Pepper Leshy

Family: Leshy

Small plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
HP 77 (14d6 + 28)
Speed 20 ft., fly 20 ft.

7 (-2) 19 (+4) 15 (+2) 11 (+0) 17 (+3) 15 (+2)

Skills Acrobatics +6, Nature +2, Perception +7, Stealth +6, Survival +5
Damage Resistances fire
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 17
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 3 (700 XP)


  • Plant Speech. crops
  • Plant Form. Small pepper plant
  • Verdant Burst. When the Pepper leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from their body, restoring 2d6 hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with pepper plants, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for peppers, they wither and die after 24 hours.


  • Multiattack. The Pepper leshy makes two attacks with either their Spicy Wings or Pepper Pod attacks.
  • Spicy Wings. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage plus 2 (1d4) poison damage.
  • Pepper Pod. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit. Range 30/120 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8+4) bludgeoning damage. On a hit, the target must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or become blinded. The saving throw can be repeated at the end of each turn to end the blinded condition.
  • Spice Spray (Recharge 5-6). The Pepper leshy releases a cloud of powdered pepper that irritates the eyes and throat of creatures. All creatures within a 30-foot radius must make a DC 13 Con. saving throw or become blinded and suffer 14 (4d6) poison damage. On a successful save, the target is not blinded and takes half damage. The saving throw can be repeated at the end of each turn to end the blinded condition.


Whether mild or spicy, peppers are a ubiquitous part of many dishes and cuisines. Peppers come in many forms, including large bell peppers, tiny (but mighty) habaneros, plain green jalapeños, and a variety of other colorful chilies. While intelligence means knowing a pepper is a fruit, wisdom means knowing not to put it in a fruit salad, as the capsaicin they contain adds the signature heat (or in some cases, painful burning) to the dish.

The Pepper leshy draws heavily on its innate chemical irritants to deter attackers, making each strike hurt just a bit more. Modeled on the Bird’s Eye Pepper, this leshy takes to the sky if its spicy skin and strikes aren’t enough to protect it. While it may appear defeated, as with most peppers it can always come back to haunt you…

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