Lichen Leshy

Family: Leshy

Small plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 13
HP 75 (10d6+40)
Speed 30 ft.

15 (+2) 16 (+3) 18 (+4) 9 (-1) 13 (+1) 11 (+0)

Saving Throws Dex +5, Wis +3
Skills Acrobatics +5, Perception +3, Stealth +5, Survival +3
Senses passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


  • Plant Speech. lichen
  • Plant Form. Small patch of lichen
  • Verdant Burst. When the Lichen leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from its body, restoring 4 (1d8) hit points to each plant and fungi creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with lichen, becoming difficult terrain. Without active care, they wither after 48 hours.
  • Resist Death (1/day). The Lichen leshy is able to survive the most extreme environments, going dormant to conserve energy until conditions improve. When it enters this dormant state, the leshy becomes immune to cold and fire damage, as well as any environmental effects. While in this state, the leshy can take no actions other than maintaining Resist Death. A Wisdom (Perception) check (DC 14) is required to determine if the leshy is alive or dead.


  • Branching Fist. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d8+2) bludgeoning damage. On a hit, the target is grappled (escape DC 13).
  • Yellow-Tipped Spear. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) piercing damage plus 2 (1d4) poison damage.


Some 20,000 varieties of lichen are known to exist, and many more likely remain to be discovered.

These lichen come in numerous forms and colors, and possess unique adaptations for their particular environment.

Lichen Leshies may take on any of these forms, resulting in unique leshies constantly being created.

Not quite a plant, not quite a fungus, lichen are actually composite organisms. They form from the union of algae and bacteria with varying fungal species, giving rise to an entirely new type of creature. Lichen are incredibly hardy, surviving extreme environmental conditions and are considered some of the longest-living organisms in the world.

Lichen Leshies are quite hardy, and can be found in even the most remote portions of the planet. Their propensity for travel, and an ability to survive extreme conditions, makes them excellent explorers. These leshies are also great first responders, willing and able to enter dangerous events before other creatures would safely be able.

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