Rutabaga Leshy

Family: Leshy

Huge plant (leshy), neutral good

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
HP 136 (16d6+80)
Speed 30 ft.

20 (+5) 16 (+3) 21 (+5) 10 (+0) 15 (+2) 13 (+1)

Saving Throws Str +8, Con +8
Skills Athletics +8, Nature 3, Perception +5, Stealth +6
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


  • Plant Speech. crops
  • Plant Form. Small rutabaga
  • Verdant Burst. When the Rutabaga leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from its body, restoring 22 (5d8) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with rutabagas, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for rutabagas, they wither after 24 hours.
  • Glimpse of Redemption. As a reaction, when one of the Rutabaga leshy’s allies is damaged by an enemy and both are within 15 feet of the leshy, the enemy hesitates under the weight of sin as visions of redemption play in their mind’s eye. You may choose one of two effects to occur from the options below:
    • The ally is unharmed by the triggering damage.
    • The ally gains resistance against all damage of the triggering type.
    • After the damaging effect is applied, the enemy becomes stunned until the end of its next turn.
  • Innate Spellcasting The Rutabaga leshy’s innate spellcasting is Wisdom. It can innately cast the following spell, requiring no components. Its spell save DC is 13 and its spellcasting ability modifier is +5.


  • Multiattack. The leshy makes two attacks as its action, using its leaf scythe attack.
  • Leaf Scythe. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8+5) slashing damage.


The rutabaga is a root vegetable that arose as a hybrid of cabbage and turnips. Both the root and the leaves of the vegetable are edible, though the leaves are usually used for livestock while the roots are cooked and mashed for human consumption. Some find rutabaga bitter, but its high vitamin C content and prevalence in colder climates keeps it part of regional diets.

While some leshies delight in exploring the world, the humble Rutabaga leshy is content tending its farms and contributing to its community. This creature wants nothing more than to grow good food and help its neighbor.

Its hard work and dedication have earned the leshy many gifts, including the skills needed to defend its land and community. The Rutabaga leshy would prefer to offer you a stew, but will not hesitate to turn its farming tools to weapons, should the need arise.

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