Honey Mushroom, Giant

Family: Leshy

Gargantuan plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 19 (natural armor)
HP 315 (18d20+126)
Speed 60 ft., burrow 60 ft.

26 (+8) 19 (+4) 29 (+9) 18 (+4) 26 (+8) 23 (+6)

Saving Throws Str +13, Con +15, Wis +13
Skills Athletics +15, Perception +15, Stealth +11 (+13 in forests)
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 120 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 22 (41,000 XP)


  • Plant Speech. fungus
  • Plant Form. Gargantuan patch of honey mushrooms
  • Legendary Resistance (3/day): If the leshy fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
  • Verdant Burst. When the Honey Mushroom leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from its body, restoring 66 (8d10+22) hit points to fungal creatures in a 60-foot radius. Non-fungal creatures in the area make a DC 20 Con. saving throw or become stunned for 1 minute. This area fills with honey fungi, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for these fungi, they wither after 24 hours.
  • Honeyed Skin. Creatures that touch the leshy must make a DC 20 Dex saving throw or become grappled. If the leshy is hit with a melee weapon attack, its attacker must make a DC 20 Str. saving throw or the leshy disarms them. Weapons stuck to the leshy can be retrieved with an action.


  • Multiattack. The Honey Mushroom leshy attacks three times as an action, twice with its Mushroom Club and once with its Hyphae attack.
  • Mushroom Club. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 29 (4d10+8) bludgeoning damage plus 7 (2d6) poison damage.
  • Hyphae. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 22 (4d6+8) piercing damage. On a hit, the target must make a DC 20 Consaving throw or be stunned for 1 minute. An affected creature can attempt an additional Con. saving throw at the end of their turn.
  • White Rot (1/day). Three creatures the leshy senses within 120 feet make a DC 20 Con. saving throw, becoming poisoned and gaining a level of exhaustion on failure. An affected creature repeats this saving throw at the start of its turns, increasing its exhaustion level by 1 for each failure. Three successful saves end the poison and the effect. If the target reaches 6 levels of exhaustion, it dies and transforms into a fungus leshy. This transformation can be undone only by a wish spell.


  • Forest Step (3/day). The leshy teleports to a point it can sense within 120 feet.


The honey mushroom is the largest fungus and possibly the largest organism of any kind in the world. A single colony in the Western United States spans 2200 acres (9 km2) and may weigh as much as 7,500 tons. The immense size of the colony, and the bulk of its network being underground, makes exact measurements difficult.

Spreading rapidly underground, this pathogenic fungus infects roots of trees throughout entire forests. Come Autumn, its sticky-capped mushrooms bloom from the infected plants. These mushrooms are edible and quite tasty, though they signal danger for local flora. Colonies of these fungi live thousands of years, feeding off new trees trying to grow within its territory.

Only a fraction the size of a honey mushroom colony, the Honey Mushroom leshy is still a massive behemoth by any measure. These leshies tend to the colonies they grew from, using the network of fungi to monitor their territory.

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