How to Get a Pot of Gold from a Leprechaun


According to the Irish legends, a leprechaun keeps his fortune in a pot of gold and will give it anyone who follows the correct procedure. If you are feeling lucky, here’s how to get it.


  1. Listen for the sound of his hammer. Leprechauns are often busy making a shoe (and only one shoe) for an elf.
  2. Sneak up on the leprechaun. Hopefully, he will be absorbed in his work and will not hear you.
  3. Hold on to the leprechaun and don’t let go. Expect him to put up a pretty good fight, even if he is only about 2 feet tall.
  4. Keep your eyes on the leprechaun. He will do anything to get you to look away for a second. If you do, he will disappear into the mist, and his pot of gold is safe.
  5. Threaten him if he is especially resistant to telling you where the pot of gold is hiding.
  6. Make the leprechaun take you to his pot of gold. You should find it at the end of the rainbow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leprechauns are always male. No one has ever given a credible report of a female leprechaun.
  • Although leprechauns are now usually depicted wearing nothing but green, at the turn of the twentieth century they were renowned for wearing red coats.


A note from the editor:

As I was fishing around looking for a fun St. Patty’s Day article, I also came across this great little story:

The Legend of The Leprechaun: Pots of Gold, Magic and Rainbows?


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