Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Ancient Leshen Monster Guide

A guide on Ancient Leshen in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, including an overview, monster stats, materials, and strategy on how to defeat it.

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Monster Hunter: World Iceborne - Velkhana

Ancient Leshen

A powerful spirit from the Witcher that dwells in the Ancient Forest. Ancient Leshen’s head is a deer’s skull and its body consists of decaying wood. Being a forest spirit, it’s endowed with wisdom and can order nearby Jagras to pursue its prey.


Type Element Ailments Inflicted Weakness
Large monster None Bleeding Fire, Dragon, Thunder
Weak Points Breakable Parts Location Tempered Level
Antlers, Body, Legs Antlers, Body, Legs Ancient Forest


Material How to Obtain Notes
Ancient Cursed Bone Body Carving, Quest Reward
Ancient Leshen Claw Body Carving, Quest Reward
Ancient Leshen Antlers Quest Reward
  • Break Antlers
Leshen Resin Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • Break Body and Legs
Mutagen Body Carving


Locating Ancient Leshen

1 Fast travel to Camp 11 in the Northeast.
2 Collect the redpit slinger on the slope.
3 Jump over the gap, swing from the vine, then follow the root down to reach the entrance.
4 Have the support cast party buffs.
5 Crawl under the tree vine to reach Quadrant 12 to find Ancient Leshen.

Cooperate with the Team

If you’ve fought Behemoth, you’ll have to employ a similar tactic to defeat Ancient Leshen. You’ll need a party, since its health is the same in any mode you pick. Upon reaching Quadrant 12, have one member move to the left to lure the boulder to Leshen. If successful, Ancient Leshen and the Jagras will take some damage. Assign another member to drop a Health Booster as they draw Leshen’s attention. The purpose of the booster is to soak the chip damage that emanates from Leshen’s aura. The remaining members should use their temporal mantles, but don’t proc all of them at the same time to avoid sharing cool down times.

Rescue your Ally

Sometimes Ancient Leshen will immobilize hunters by wrapping them with its roots. This attack can kill the hunter if left unchecked. To prevent its effect, you need to bring the Hunter Runestone or the Igni Sign to burn the roots. You can also use a flash pod to interrupt Leshen’s grapple and release its trap.

Stop it from Teleporting

Leshen can also teleport around the map. You have to disrupt its movement by firing pods. For instance, you can pick up the piercing pods on the ground to load the slinger.

Take out the Minions Quickly

The boss is capable of sending a pack of Jagras to do its bidding. To make matters worse, Leshen will often use its poison spell when performing this attack. You need to split the group into two in order to deal with it. Have the first group whittle down the Jagras, then command the second group to channel their attacks on Ancient Leshen. If the party fails to react in time, one member can still buy some time by throwing a flash pod.
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