|Artwork of Wood Man from Mega Man 2|
Wood Man's AI follows a simple pattern that he never strays from. Immediately on starting the fight, he throws up a Leaf Shield to reflect most projectiles. Following that, four leaves rain down onto the Player Character to do damage, and the Leaf Shield is tossed at the player mid-ways through the leaf rain. Wood Man then leaps towards the player and start the pattern over again. Unlike most bosses, defeating him does not despawn his projectiles: the falling leaves still can harm the player character until they fall from the screen.
Even if the Leaf Shield and the four upwards leaves are negated, the four leaves will still appear. The Leaf Shield is mostly indestructible when it is still around Wood Man, but the Black Hole Bomb can suck away it anytime, while it can be reflected by Proto Shield, Shine or Jewel Satellite when it is tossed. However, it still bounces most projectiles off when it is tossed. Despite having a powerful shield, Wood Man can still be damaged by armor-piercing attacks, like Ring Boomerang, Gravity Hold or Laser Trident.