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Leshens are Relicts first introduced in Monster Hunter: World.

Physiology

The Leshen's body structure or biology is completely alien to the known world. The creature stands upright on two limbs that support an eerily humanoid body made of what appears to be wood, which it covers with ragged clothing; branches grow out of its shoulders, which may have the remains of its most recent victims hanging upon them. The Leshen's head is an animal's skull, topped by a pair of antlers unlike anything seen in the Old or New World. The Leshen seemingly lacks any functioning eyes, mouth or any features expected from the head of a living monster. Indeed, in its own world it is thought to be a nature spirit rather than any kind of living creature.

The only features of Leshens that would make sense are its long pair of arms, which end in razor-sharp claws. While Leshens aren't nearly as fast or ferocious in close-quarter combat as many creatures of the known world, the Leshen's cunning mind and magic allows it to make effective use of its claws, often pulling deceptively slow maneuvers or using its teleportation to cut down unwary opponents from behind.

Geralt of Rivia, the Witcher who came from the same world as the Leshen noted that the creature has made itself more powerful than its average brethern in their home world by absorbing the rich nutrients of the New World.

Behavior and Abilities

Leshens are very territorial and will attack anything that they can not (or do not wish to) influence with their magic. It is said that that they are closely attuned to the forests in which they live, and will slay anyone who fails to treat the forests with respect. For this reason, legends in its homeworld claim that Leshens despise humans for destroying woodlands as they expand their settlements.

While not physically agile or strong in comparison to most creatures the Commission faced (even after absorbing rich nutrients from the New World), Leshens have powerful magical abilities that they can use to command nature itself.

Leshens can summon and control strangling roots from the ground and take control of the minds of lesser creatures. So far, Jagras, Gajalaka and Revolture are the only creatures that have proven vulnerable to a Leshen's mind control. They have also been observed to teleport, dissolving into a cloud of smoke which reforms elsewhere.

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter: World
MHW-Leshen Icon.png Dwelling deep inside the forest, these creatures use their innate magic to control all flora and fauna within their territory.

Element/Status Effectiveness

Element Effectiveness Status Effectiveness
Fire ★★★ Poison ★★★
Water Sleep
Thunder ★★ Paralysis ★★
Ice Blast ★★
Dragon ★★ Stun

Monster Materials

Icon Item Name Rarity Value Description
MHW-Bone Icon Dark Green.png Cursed Bone 6 2900z Rare material. The bone of a creature that fell prey to a leshen's cunning cruelty.
MHW-Medicine Icon Dark Green.png Leshen Resin 6 2600z A lump of resin excreted by a leshen. Contains arcane components that should be handled with care.
MHW-Claw Icon Dark Green.png Leshen Claw 6 3000z A rare sharp leshen claw. One hit is enough to leave a deep gash on its victim.
MHW-Claw Icon Dark Green.png Leshen Antler 6 3400z Rare material. The horrifying antlers of a leshen, nourished by the innate powers of primeval woods
MHW-Head Icon Dark Green.png Leshen Skull 7 4000z Proof of defeating a leshen. In another world, hunters hang this from their horse saddle to show off.

Equipment

For more information, see Leshen Equipment

Leshen materials can be used to craft one armor set: Geralt α Armor.

The following is a complete list for Leshen weapons:

Sword and Shield:

Gallery

Notes

  • Leshen is part of the collaboration with The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and was added in the v.6 update on February 8, 2019 (UTC).
  • The music that play when encountering, fighting and slaying the the Leshen are all pieces of "The Trail" by Marcin Pzybyłowicz, which is itself an original track for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
  • Leshen's body and legs can be broken in unison. Leshen antlers can be broken twice.
  • Breaking parts of Leshen's body will affect it's ability to summon minions. Leshen will summon less frequently and less number of Jagras or Revoltures at a time the more parts are broken.
  • Leshen can command Revoltures to fly around its body, acting as a damaging "aura". This aura can be dispelled by hitting the Leshen with the Igni Sign or enough Dragons Pods.
    • During the final phase of the fight, Leshen will put on a Revolture aura that can't be completely removed.
  • Despite seemingly lacking any eyes, Leshen can be disoriented with Flash Pods.
  • Leshen can be mounted. However, players can only cling to its head and the Leshen will not attempt to ram into surfaces like other monsters do.
  • The Leshen is inspired by a Slavic Mythological creature known as the Leshy.
  • Technically, the Hunter never fought the regular variant of the Leshen, as it was hunted down single-handedly by Geralt.
  • The Leshen and its counterpart the Ancient Leshen are the first humanoid monsters in the series.

See Also



Monsters appearing in Monster Hunter: World (edit)
Herbivore MHW-Apceros Icon.png Apceros MHW-Aptonoth Icon.png Aptonoth MHW-Gastodon Icon.png Gastodon MHW-Kelbi Icon.png Kelbi MHW-Kestodon Icon.png Kestodon MHW-Mosswine Icon.png Mosswine
Fish MHW-Gajau Icon.png Gajau
Lynian MHW-Felyne Icon.png Felyne MHW-Gajalaka Icon.png Gajalaka MHW-Grimalkyne Icon.png Grimalkyne
Neopteron MHW-Hornetaur Icon.png Hornetaur MHW-Vespoid Icon.png Vespoid
Bird Wyvern MHW-Kulu-Ya-Ku Icon.png Kulu-Ya-Ku MHW-Pukei-Pukei Icon.png Pukei-Pukei MHW-Tzitzi-Ya-Ku Icon.png Tzitzi-Ya-Ku
Brute Wyvern MHW-Anjanath Icon.png Anjanath MHW-Barroth Icon.png Barroth MHW-Deviljho Icon.png Deviljho MHW-Radobaan Icon.png Radobaan MHW-Uragaan Icon.png Uragaan
Fanged Wyvern MHW-Girros Icon.png Girros MHW-Jagras Icon.png Jagras MHW-Shamos Icon.png Shamos
MHW-Dodogama Icon.png Dodogama MHW-Great Girros Icon.png Great Girros MHW-Great Jagras Icon.png Great Jagras MHW-Odogaron Icon.png Odogaron MHW-Tobi-Kadachi Icon.png Tobi-Kadachi
Piscine Wyvern MHW-Jyuratodus Icon.png Jyuratodus MHW-Lavasioth Icon.png Lavasioth
Wingdrake MHW-Barnos Icon.png Barnos MHW-Mernos Icon.png Mernos MHW-Noios Icon.png Noios MHW-Raphinos Icon.png Raphinos
Flying Wyvern MHW-Bazelgeuse Icon.png Bazelgeuse MHW-Diablos Icon.png Diablos MHW-Black Diablos Icon.png Black Diablos MHW-Legiana Icon.png Legiana MHW-Paolumu Icon.png Paolumu MHW-Rathalos Icon.png Rathalos MHW-Azure Rathalos Icon.png Azure Rathalos MHW-Rathian Icon.png Rathian MHW-Pink Rathian Icon.png Pink Rathian
Elder Dragon MHW-Behemoth Icon.png Behemoth MHW-Kirin Icon.png Kirin MHW-Kulve Taroth Icon.png Kulve Taroth MHW-Kushala Daora Icon.png Kushala Daora MHW-Lunastra Icon.png Lunastra MHW-Nergigante Icon.png Nergigante MHW-Teostra Icon.png Teostra MHW-Vaal Hazak Icon.png Vaal Hazak MHW-Xeno'jiiva Icon.png Xeno'jiiva MHW-Zorah Magdaros Icon.png Zorah Magdaros
Relict MHW-Leshen Icon.png Leshen MHW-Ancient Leshen Icon.png Ancient Leshen
Monsters appearing in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (edit)
Herbivore MHWI-Anteka Icon.png Anteka MHW-Apceros Icon.png Apceros MHW-Aptonoth Icon.png Aptonoth MHW-Gastodon Icon.png Gastodon MHW-Kelbi Icon.png Kelbi MHW-Kestodon Icon.png Kestodon MHW-Mosswine Icon.png Mosswine MHWI-Popo Icon.png Popo
Fish MHW-Gajau Icon.png Gajau
Lynian MHWI-Boaboa Icon.png Boaboa MHW-Felyne Icon.png Felyne MHW-Gajalaka Icon.png Gajalaka MHW-Grimalkyne Icon.png Grimalkyne
Fanged Beast MHWI-Rajang Icon.png Rajang MHWI-Furious Rajang Icon.png Furious Rajang
Neopteron MHW-Hornetaur Icon.png Hornetaur MHW-Vespoid Icon.png Vespoid
Bird Wyvern MHW-Kulu-Ya-Ku Icon.png Kulu-Ya-Ku MHW-Pukei-Pukei Icon.png Pukei-Pukei MHWI-Coral Pukei-Pukei Icon.png Coral Pukei-Pukei MHW-Tzitzi-Ya-Ku Icon.png Tzitzi-Ya-Ku MHWI-Yian Garuga Icon.png Yian Garuga MHWI-Scarred Yian Garuga Icon.png Scarred Yian Garuga
Brute Wyvern MHW-Anjanath Icon.png Anjanath MHWI-Fulgur Anjanath Icon.png Fulgur Anjanath MHWI-Banbaro Icon.png Banbaro MHW-Barroth Icon.png Barroth MHWI-Brachydios Icon.png Brachydios MHWI-Raging Brachydios Icon.png Raging Brachydios MHW-Deviljho Icon.png Deviljho MHWI-Savage Deviljho Icon.png Savage Deviljho MHWI-Glavenus Icon.png Glavenus MHWI-Acidic Glavenus Icon.png Acidic Glavenus MHW-Radobaan Icon.png Radobaan MHW-Uragaan Icon.png Uragaan
Fanged Wyvern MHW-Girros Icon.png Girros MHW-Jagras Icon.png Jagras MHW-Shamos Icon.png Shamos MHWI-Wulg Icon.png Wulg
MHW-Dodogama Icon.png Dodogama MHW-Great Girros Icon.png Great Girros MHW-Great Jagras Icon.png Great Jagras MHW-Odogaron Icon.png Odogaron MHWI-Ebony Odogaron Icon.png Ebony Odogaron MHW-Tobi-Kadachi Icon.png Tobi-Kadachi MHWI-Viper Tobi-Kadachi Icon.png Viper Tobi-Kadachi MHWI-Zinogre Icon.png Zinogre MHWI-Stygian Zinogre Icon.png Stygian Zinogre
Piscine Wyvern MHWI-Beotodus Icon.png Beotodus MHW-Jyuratodus Icon.png Jyuratodus MHW-Lavasioth Icon.png Lavasioth
Wingdrake MHW-Barnos Icon.png Barnos MHWI-Cortos Icon.png Cortos MHW-Mernos Icon.png Mernos MHW-Noios Icon.png Noios MHW-Raphinos Icon.png Raphinos
Flying Wyvern MHWI-Barioth Icon.png Barioth MHWI-Frostfang Barioth Icon.png Frostfang Barioth MHW-Bazelgeuse Icon.png Bazelgeuse MHWI-Seething Bazelgeuse Icon.png Seething Bazelgeuse MHW-Diablos Icon.png Diablos MHW-Black Diablos Icon.png Black Diablos MHW-Legiana Icon.png Legiana MHWI-Shrieking Legiana Icon.png Shrieking Legiana MHWI-Nargacuga Icon.png Nargacuga MHW-Paolumu Icon.png Paolumu MHWI-Nightshade Paolumu Icon.png Nightshade Paolumu MHW-Rathalos Icon.png Rathalos MHW-Azure Rathalos Icon.png Azure Rathalos MHWI-Silver Rathalos Icon.png Silver Rathalos MHW-Rathian Icon.png Rathian MHW-Pink Rathian Icon.png Pink Rathian MHWI-Gold Rathian Icon.png Gold Rathian MHWI-Tigrex Icon.png Tigrex MHWI-Brute Tigrex Icon.png Brute Tigrex
Elder Dragon MHWI-Alatreon Icon.png Alatreon MHW-Behemoth Icon.png Behemoth MHWI-Fatalis Icon.png Fatalis MHW-Kirin Icon.png Kirin MHW-Kulve Taroth Icon.png Kulve Taroth MHW-Kushala Daora Icon.png Kushala Daora MHW-Lunastra Icon.png Lunastra MHWI-Namielle Icon.png Namielle MHW-Nergigante Icon.png Nergigante MHWI-Ruiner Nergigante Icon.png Ruiner Nergigante MHWI-Safi'jiiva Icon.png Safi'jiiva MHWI-Shara Ishvalda Icon.png Shara Ishvalda MHW-Teostra Icon.png Teostra MHW-Vaal Hazak Icon.png Vaal Hazak MHWI-Blackveil Vaal Hazak Icon.png Blackveil Vaal Hazak MHWI-Velkhana Icon.png Velkhana MHW-Xeno'jiiva Icon.png Xeno'jiiva MHW-Zorah Magdaros Icon.png Zorah Magdaros
Relict MHW-Leshen Icon.png Leshen MHW-Ancient Leshen Icon.png Ancient Leshen