Reed Leshy

Family: Leshy

Small plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 14
HP 88 (16d6+32)
Speed 30 ft., swim 20 ft.

16 (+3) 19 (+4) 20 (+5) 11 (+0) 14 (+2) 15 (+2)

Saving Throws Dex +6, Cha +5
Skills Acrobatics +6, Performance +5, Perception +3, Stealth +6 (+8 in wetlands)
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 3 (700 XP)


  • Plant Speech. wetland plants
  • Plant Form. Small reed
  • Amphibious The Reed leshy can breathe water or air.
  • Verdant Burst. When the Reed leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from its body, restoring 13 (3d8) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with reeds, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for reeds, they wither after 24 hours.


  • Multiattack. The leshy makes two attacks as part of its action using either its Kick or Blow Dart attack.
  • Kick. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6+4) bludgeoning damage. On a hit, the target must make a DC 13 Strength saving throw or be pushed 10 feet.
  • Blow Dart. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 30/120 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8+4) piercing damage. On a hit, the target must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or become paralyzed and poisoned until the end of their next turn.
  • Leaping Kick. The reed leshy leaps up to 15 feet towards a target, making a Kick attack. On a hit, the target is pushed back 10 additional feet for a total of 20 feet if they fail their save and are knocked prone.


Despite its small size, rice was a key ingredient in early mortar, even helping hold the Great Wall of China together! The addition of rice to mortar was the first example of a composite mortar, and was important for creating monuments and structures that have withstood the test of time.

Reed leshies are popular familiars for bards and musically inclined magicians. Their natural reed flutes and horns are used as backing vocals for performers, and they make for great entertainment when sitting around the campfire. Many Reed Leshies pick up simple tricks and cantrips from their musical masters, which they carry into their solo careers adventures.

“Reeds” commonly refer to a number of different plants common to wetlands and riverbanks. Originally, reed was a specific type of grass now known as the common reed. Other types of reeds include sedges, like the papyrus-producing paper reed, and even cat-tails!

Reed Leshies are often modeled off the frogs that frequent the wetlands where reeds are common. Powerful legs make it a strong swimmer and allow for devastating kicks, while small reeds along its body make a slight whistling noise as it moves. In addition, the large reed on its face serves as a trunk, which it uses to play music and launch poisonous darts.

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