Ancient Leshen

ancient leshen mhw
Enemy Type Large Monsters
Species Relicts
Elements None
Ailments BleedingBleeding

mhw fire damage sFire ⭐
mhw dragon damage sDragon ⭐⭐
mhw thunder damage sThunder ⭐⭐
mhw ice damage sIce ⭐

Resistances mhw water elemental damage sWater
Locations Ancient Forest

Ancient Leshen is an Large Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). エンシェント・レーシェン (Enshento Rēshen) in Japanese. The Ancient Leshen, a seasoned and powerful monster in Monster Hunter World, poses a unique challenge for hunters. Known for its strategic abilities, it curses hunters and commands packs of Jagras. This adversary utilizes mystical wood magic, using roots for both offense and defense


 An old leshen that arrived through a portal to assume control of the Ancient Forest. Sometimes revered as an indigenous deity. Ancient Leshens use their wisdom and tactical knowledge to curse hunters and send packs of wild Jagras after them.

Ancient Leshen Details & Locations


Ancient Leshen Combat Info

  • This monster attacks with its claws, and commands a flock of Revolture and a group of Jagras to attack Geralt. It can also use wood magic to summon roots to attack or "defend".
  • This monster can inflict BleedingBleeding
  • This monster is weak to mhw fire damage sFire (⭐⭐), mhw dragon damage sDragon (⭐⭐) andmhw thunder damage sThunder (⭐⭐)
  • Player can break the Ancient Leshen's Antlers, Body and Legs.
  • This monster is resistant to mhw water elemental damage sWater and SleepSleep
  • Kinsect Extract:
    • Red: Head/Antlers
    • Orange: Waist/Body
    • White: Legs


Ancient Leshen Guide & Tips

Ancient Leshen Combat Guide

This quest’s difficulty will be on par with Extreme Behemoth. While it is possible to solo, Ancient Leshen’s large health pool and summoning mechanics will make it extremely difficult. Gather some friends or find a lobby that is hosting this quest to easily find other players as SOS were little to none during the time tested.

Upon arrival quickly open your map and fly to Camp 11 in the Northeast as the Ancient Leshen starts in Quadrant 12. Pick up the Redpit slinger thats on the slope near camp. Jump across the gap, swing from the vine, and head down the root to be outside of the Leshen’s first area. Hopefully, one member of the team have wide range to share their buffs with the whole team. These buffs include:

Enter Quadrant 12 by crawling under the tree vine and have 1 member turn left, look up and shoot down the boulder onto the Leshen. Doing this deals 3375 damage to the Leshen and 480 to the surrounding Jagras. Another member should run up to the Leshen and drop their Health Booster. Other team members should dawn their Temporal Mantle and go to town. Temporal Mantle will negate heavy damage but the chip damage taken from the Leshen’s crow aura will bypass it thus needing the Health Booster on the ground to counter it. I usually refrain from popping my Temporal until a minute goes by so not all Temporal Mantles will be on cool down at the same time.

The Leshen fights similarly as the one everyone had to fight in Contract: Trouble in the Ancient Forest. His primary attacking are summoning roots to attack the player. The offensive version will travel in a linear V-shaped path while the defensive version will summon a wall of roots around the Leshen which will spread outward 3 times.If players get too close he will swing his arms punching the player away. He also have a root attack that will come up from the ground at the feet of a random player. This attack has a long range on where it can spawn and it has a moderate range from which it extends to. He can send out his murder of crows to attack the player in succession.

The deadly attack to watch out for is a CC type move from the Leshen which he will imprison a player with roots. The crows will deal damage over time as well as the Leshen may attack the player or summon his pack of Jagras until the Leshen will shoot a bursting root at the player. This attack is lethal as a 200 HP character with good defense will barely survive it let alone if they were already weak or was attack by other beings once caught. Luckily your teammates can save you if you are caught. Use the Hunter Runestone or Igni to set the roots aflame. Alternatively, players may also flash the Leshen which will break the hold.

The Leshen likes to teleport around the area, so using the slinger and shooting him will stagger him at times allowing your teammates to continue their onslaught. There are scatternuts, redpits, puddle pods, and the Leshen will drop dragon and piercing pods that all can be used.

When the Ancient Leshen summons his Jagras pack make sure to eliminate them as quick as possible. These Jagras are tanky and are highly annoying due to the vast number of them while the Leshen will enclose players in a root prison while distracted. Players that have long weapons like a longsword should focus them down to allow the other teammates to focus on the Ancient Leshen. If overrun use flash pods to temporarily stun the Leshen and all the Jagras.

At times the Ancient Leshen will cause a large rumble and explode scattering tons of crows throughout the map. This attack hits very hard so it’s not wise to try to tank it. This attack is similar to Teostra’s fire AOE which they charge up then explodes. A flash pod will be able to counter this attack or simply use your superman dive to safely avoid it. This attack may occur up to 4 times during this quest.

The Leshen has 2 different paths he may take during this quest.

  • Path 1 is Quadrant 12, 8, 7, finally 6.
  • Path 2 is Quadrant 12, 5, 4, finally 2.

Ancient Leshen Combat Tips

To successfully conquer the Ancient Leshen in Monster Hunter World's "Contract: Woodland Spirit" event quest, strategic planning and collaboration within a well-coordinated team are imperative. The quest is specifically designed for a 4-player group, emphasizing the importance of organizing roles for each member to ensure a streamlined and effective approach to the encounter. 

In the final stage of your strategy against the Ancient Leshen in the Contract: Woodland Spirit event quest, there are some additional crucial tips to keep in mind. Utilizing the boulder in Quadrant 12 to hit the Leshen is paramount, delivering a significant blow to aid in weakening the formidable foe. Equipping both Temporal Mantles and Health Boosters adds an extra layer of defense and sustenance, increasing your team's chances of success.

  • Considering a Health Augment on your weapon proves effective in countering the chip damage inflicted by the Leshen's crow aura, providing a valuable means of self-sustainability. It's highly recommended to have at least one player dedicated to healing the team, significantly improving the overall success rate.
  • Exploiting weapons that facilitate mounting can be advantageous, granting your team precious moments to unleash coordinated attacks. Understanding the Ancient Leshen's elemental weaknesses is key—prioritize fire-based weapons for optimal damage, followed by dragon and thunder. Poison emerges as the most effective ailment against the Leshen, while the paralyze status can afford players extra opportunities for relentless assaults.
  • Don't forget to bring Flash Pods to disrupt the Leshen's moves and create openings for your team. Additionally, if you have access to the Igni from the Witcher version of the quest, it serves as a potent tool for creating openings and managing the bats, contributing to a smoother and more successful encounter. Incorporating these final tips into your strategy will bolster your team's resilience and increase the likelihood of triumph against the Ancient Leshen.
  • Recommended skills further enhance the team's survivability and offensive capabilities.
    • Health Boost Level 3 increases Vitality,
    • Flinch Free Level 1 prevents flinching from Jagras attacks
    • Speed Eating expedites item consumption for faster recovery
    • Partbreaker facilitates the breaking of the Ancient Leshen's parts, offering more opportunities for damage.


  • Composing an effective team involves key roles: a healer or supportive player (preferably wielding a Hunting Horn or Sword and Shield), a player designated to handle Jagras and break parts (such as with a Charge Blade or Longsword), a ranged player for efficient horn breaking (using a Bow), and the consideration of a tank, though not strictly necessary.
  • Felyne Moxie and Insurance, obtained through the daily food skills, prove essential for preventing one-shot situations and providing an extra cart, respectively. The Ancient Leshen introduces new moves, including an expanded root barrier and teleportation attacks. Players need to be vigilant, using the Igni Sign to burn roots, dodging teleportation moves, and reacting promptly to immobilization by employing Flash Pods or Igni Sign.
  • During phase transitions, regrouping at camp, restocking, and reapplying buffs are essential for maintaining the team's resilience. Elemental weaknesses play a significant role, as the Ancient Leshen is particularly vulnerable to fire and poison. When confronted with the boss's devastating "Birdemic Move," players must rely on Flash Pods or execute well-timed Superman Dives to evade the incoming wave of birds.

Above all, patience and coordination are paramount. Prioritizing survival over dealing damage and taking advantage of openings ensure a methodical and effective approach to overcoming the Ancient Leshen's challenges.

Final Tips

  • Hitting the Leshen with the boulder in Quadrant 12 is a must!
  • Bring Temporal Mantles and Health Boosters
  • Health Augment on your weapon can counter the chip damage from the Leshen’s crow aura.
  • Having 1 player healing the team will improve success rate.
  • If players have weapons that helps them mount, take advantage of it.
  • Ancient Leshen is 3 star weak to fire, 2 star weak to dragon and thunder
  • Poison is the ailment he is weakest to.
  • Paralyze can allow players extra time to attack.
  •  Bring Flash Pods
  • Bring your igni! (quest reward from witcher version) Its a great way to give you an opening and help care for the bats!

Ancient Leshen Weaknesses

Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each ailment

Ailment mhw poison status effect s sleep mhw status effect wiki paralysis icon Blastblight stun icon
Weakness Level  ⭐⭐ -  ⭐  ⭐  ⭐


Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each damage type

Weak Point great sword mhw smalls hammer mhw smalls normal ammo mhw wiki
Antlers (Breakable Twice)  ⭐⭐⭐  ⭐⭐⭐  ⭐⭐⭐
Body & Legs (Breakable Twice) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)

ancient leshen hzv min

Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.



Ancient Leshen High Rank Carves

Defeating this monster allows the player to carve the following items:

Ancient Leshen Carves

Carves Frequency %
Ancient Cursed Bone ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Ancient Leshen Claw ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Leshen Resin ⭐⭐⭐⭐  


Ancient Leshen Rewards

Rewards Frequency %
Ancient Leshen Claw ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Ancient Cursed Bone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Leshen Resin (Break Body & Legs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Ancient Leshen Antlers (Break Antlers) ⭐⭐⭐  

Ancient Leshen Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Ancient Leshen Monster. 




Notes & Trivia

  • Can be lured with ??
  • Camouflage works until ?? range




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    • Anonymous

      This ain't no death March, I've killed a leshen there in 30 seconds.

      Geralt would give up being a witcher if every fight took him this long.

      • Anonymous

        Not a fan of fights where Capcom just tries to shoehorn in a filter to stop people from enjoying the fight solo.

        Like, if they got ridd of the stupid root pin attack that you cannot escape from and that will leave you nearly dead even in Master Rank armour (and only "nearly" dead if it wasn't during the Jagras phase, frankly I'm not sure if the Jagras summons have less health than a low rank Great Jagras) and the whole target marking system... well, it'd still be an annoying and unbalanced fight, but it would not make me commit horrible acts of violence against my PC.

        • Anonymous

          Hearing people say its a annoying fight, but i missed my chance to fight normal leshen, i wont let that happen again.

          • Anonymous

            Fooker is over all annoying as hell but the most fustrated part is it keep teleporting away without let the player get to hit it properly.

            Managed to kill one and will never play this quest ever agin.

            • Anonymous

              this fight is stupid annoying but honestly just don't do it til u feel ready. it's a fun fight if u actually care to do it, though if ur having problems a team would be a good idea; the whole point was for it to be a challenge. not every monster is supposed to be an easy w.

              • Anonymous

                Everyone seems to hate this fight, but I actually enjoyed it. I have only done it solo because I don’t have friends…

                • Anonymous

                  Revolshits deal ten time his own damage when using a melee bcs you are in melee range and... that's pretty much it.even with a long sword you are not far enough. Its literally a potion drinking simulator.

                  and i don't see how ranged weapons are supposed to deal with jagras swarms.

                  do yourself a favor and bring a team to fight him

                  • Anonymous

                    even though its the most unfun soloable monster, master rank gear and ranged weapon(lbg/bow) with health augments is your best bet. i tried melee but there's lots of bs with it.

                    • Anonymous

                      WHY IS HIS FACE DARK MAGIC...............................................................................................................................................................................WHY JEBUS

                      • Anonymous

                        I was so confused why I was loosing my health then I realized the birds was attacking me and circling him! He was so hard in High rank but now he's still hard but less. If your a range weapon than you would have little problem form the crows

                        • Anonymous

                          this monster is broken... the devs dont test this ****ing **** on their test player solo... the chance of running out of ****ing time is too high...

                          • With MR gear, the fight is easier to solo than it may look at first.
                            Should take about 30 to 40 min, due to health not scaling down for Solo play.
                            - Flinch Free is recommended, to prevent the Jagras stunlocking you.
                            - Flash Pod the Jagras and you can easily kill them.
                            - Take the Health Booster and use it when the Jagras attack. This will make it impossible to die, even if you get caged.
                            - If you want to have the Health Booster available every time the Jagras are summoned, you may want to get Tool Specialist LVL3.
                            - If the Health Booster is on cooldown and you want to play it extra safe, you can always lure them out of the range of Leshen and then Flash Pod them before they turn around and go back to the Leshen.
                            - The fight is pretty easy with the Lance, but this may apply to all weapons that can block.

                            • Anonymous

                              Tried soloing him today, it's kind of a breeze with MR gear, his rooting attack that used to kill now does like half health so that's cool. But, he still has a ton of health, I don't think it scales for player count, I ended up running out of time in the fourth area. Didn't lose time to carts, just to having to kill the jagras. Seems doable with my unoptimized build.

                              • Anonymous

                                i once went on an ancient leshen hunt and i don't know if i had a god on my team but we killed it in 6 minutes.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Had him dead to rights for the best part of 30mins... Only for two of my laggard team to get carted out of nowhere, followed by me (HBG) getting vine-trapped (because we were two short), and no one to bother help me... Game over. >_>

                                  • Anonymous

                                    what a terrible luck i had with this guy last hunt on pc. usual 4 hunters, I was using GS and melee-ing him together with a LS hunter. AL dude targeted both of us for his slow surprise root sprout attack and we were really close to eachother. mitigate tackle both of the root attacks with 75-80% hp due to the birds. ded with 3hp decos + 489 def + mega armorskin.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I really love how even after platinum and hundreds of hours in, this game still finds the ways to hand my butt to me lel

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This is NOT the leshen you fight as Geralt. Just had to throw that out there. Geralt Leshen is cake compared to this.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          failed the puki side quest, carted once, but managed to kill him on the first try, solo as Geralt. Maybe it helps to play a bit of dark souls 3 so you get more experience with humanoid targets, but you can roll/sprint away from all his ranged attacks, wait for igni to recharge, then blast him and his three *****ing lizards back to hell, and get in a good chunk of damage. Stick to his butt and koncho him a new hole, then run away like a casul scrub, wait for igni and repeat.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Holy***** are you *****ing kidding me. This fight is *****ing bull*****BULL*****Never in my 30 years of playing video games have I experienced such a massive ***** you to the player. This thing is literally unbeatable. Its attacks are super *****ing fast, impossible to dodge and stunlock you to death effortlessly. It can kill you in two *****ing hits and can jump out of the way of any attack with ease, and even if you do somehow manage to hit it GOOD LUCK because it has *****ing 200 million HP. Let's not forget the 5-10 constant enemy add-ons that rape you from all sides and through all orifices while you try to fight it. And if that garbage wasn't enough, it randomly shifts into rage mode which makes everything *****ing 2 times worse AND gains both a ramming attack that hits you even if you're behind it because *****ed up hitboxes somehow equal good game design, and an extra buttslam move with a shockwave that covers half the *****ing field. ***** this game and ***** the assholes who somehow convinced me it was worth anything at all.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Welp I fought him 2 times and killed him 2 times but that damn antler won’t break and I need it to upgrade my sword.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Naa, its fine the way Ancient Leshen is.. This requires you to plan the hunt and make no mistakes! its a Challenge like this and to be honest, the Challenge keeps me entertained.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  make his skull able to get plunderbladed by the palico cause the fight too long and difficult and he teleports too much in stage 4 and make him nearly impossible to kill, please capcom fix this for the fans .. also make the reward more worth the long impossible fight, i still havent beat him and i played him everyday in the spring fest and lost every time cause he has too much hp and just too hard, so capcom please make him much easier!!

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    too much hp and the one shot moves are annoying, please make this fight much easier cause its making a lot of people not want to play anymore, atleast make the fight perment or no time limit or let players have unlimited lives on this quest or all other quest, we should be able to play the game till we kill the monster and not have a time restriction or amounts of times we could die...please fix this and tweek the ancient leshen so the fight wont be so long or hard!!!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Always have a steady supply of flash pods for mob control, major AOE prevention, and most importantly root-binding defense. PLEASE, if you see someone getting caught in roots, for the love of god launch a flash out there.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        umm, yesterday i have finished special assignment of " contract: trouble in the ancient forest'' but i can't farm nor find leshen's set. any idea please?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Should the in-game weakness information pic be edited to show the Ancient Leshen's page rather than the vanilla Leshen?

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Is the ancient leshen coming back im the same guy ho sed is it coming back?I really want to know can some one tell me

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              If you or your random teammates die all the time, mayby it's a good thing to consider a Healer position with the appropriate build. With SnS (Empress edge "Blaze" for example, the skill Guts can be important), with Wide range 5, Speed eating 3, Divine blessing 3, Health boost 3 (of course !), Guard 3 minimum with Guard up (to block the root prison), maybe Evade extender 3 and/or Recovery up to stay safe at the maximum. No need to be as DPS as your teammates, a Healer stay safe while looking at health bar, flashing the beast and buffing his friends. It's also important to me to bring a lot of Sushifish/Great sushifish as possible. From my experience, it's the only way to keep the common unpreprepared teammates alive.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This monster is way easier if just 1 person know when to flash. Flash trivialize this monster way too much. It should have immunity after 2 flashes like Extremoth. Root prison? Flash! Jargas? Flash! Raven Nova? Who would have guessed! Flash!

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