"You have not won, Mapleshade. Appledusk will live on in his kits, and their kits in turn. His spirit will not die. He will be part of RiverClan forever!"
Reedshine about Appledusk and their kin in Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 59

Appledusk is a pale brown tom[4] with pale[5] green eyes.[4]

He is a RiverClan warrior, named Appledusk. He develops a relationship with the ThunderClan warrior Mapleshade and often meets with her in secret, and accidentally causes the deaths of Birchface and Flowerpaw during a battle; this causes hostility between their Clans.

Appledusk soon discovers he's going to have kits with Mapleshade and is delighted, but also concerned for their safety as half-Clan cats. Mapleshade has their three kits; she calls them Patchkit, Larchkit, and Petalkit.

When Mapleshade is banished and tries to cross the river with their kits, Appledusk rushes to save them, but only she survives. He blames Mapleshade for their death, so he refuses to support her. He begs for forgiveness from RiverClan, and with the support of Reedshine, he is allowed to stay. Appledusk tells Mapleshade he doesn't want to see her ever again, and she swears revenge.

Afterwards, Reedshine becomes pregnant with Appledusk's second litter. Mapleshade uses his apprentice Perchpaw as bait and ends up killing Appledusk when he takes the blow for Reedshine. Reedshine shouts that Appledusk will live on through his descendants, whom Mapleshade promises she will punish as well.


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Super Editions

In Crookedstar's Promise, Mapleshade reveals to Crookedstar that she wants his lineage to suffer because Appledusk, who is revealed to be Crookedstar's great-grandfather, promised to only love her, but broke his promise and she swore vengeance on his bloodline.


Mapleshade's Vengeance

Before the start of the book, Appledusk indirectly kills Birchface and Flowerpaw and is secretly Mapleshade's mate. While Mapleshade gives birth to their three children, he takes another mate in RiverClan; Reedshine, who becomes pregnant with his kits.
When Mapleshade is exiled due to the medicine cat sharing a sign with the leader and the true father of her kits is revealed, she tries to take her kits to RiverClan. They drown in a flood, and Appledusk blames Mapleshade for their deaths and swears loyalty to RiverClan. Mapleshade, hurt, enraged, and betrayed by him, swears vengeance against him and his bloodline. A few days after the accident at the river, Mapleshade goes to hunt him down. When she encounters him, she tries to kill Appledusk's pregnant mate. Appledusk takes the blow, killing him. Appledusk's mate- Reedshine- tells Mapleshade that Appledusk's blood will live on through his kits, but Mapleshade vows to punish his descendants as well.

Detailed description

Appledusk is a broad-shouldered, soft, thick, and glossy-furred,[6] pale brown tom[4] with pale[5] holly[7]-green eyes.[4]

Official art

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Killed victims

The list shows the victims Appledusk has killed:


Author statements

  • Vicky thinks Appledusk genuinely loved Mapleshade, but not more than he loved his position in RiverClan, and his reputation as a loyal warrior.[8]

Interesting facts

  • Reedshine may have named Applefrost after him.[9]


"It was an accident. I never meant for him to fall into the river."
—Appledusk on the death of Birchface Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 1

"I'm going to be a father. Incredible."
—Appledusk after he heard Mapleshade’s expecting kits. Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 1

"Mapleshade waited for Appledusk to send the other warriors on ahead, to find some excuse to be alone with her so they could mourn their kits together before facing the rest of his Clan. But he didn't turn back to look at her. [...] He hasn't even asked what I named them."
—Mapleshade before facing the RiverClan cats Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 4
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Appledusk: "Many moons ago, I met with Mapleshade in secret."
Darkstar: "You knew about these kits?"
Appledusk: "Mapleshade told me she would raise them in ThunderClan. I… I knew I had made a mistake so I said nothing to my Clanmates. I should never have betrayed my Clan by meeting with Mapleshade. I will regret it for the rest of my life, and I can only beg for your forgiveness."
—Appledusk confessing to RiverClan Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 4

Darkstar: "The loss of any kits is a loss to all of us. But you broke the warrior code, Appledusk. How can I ever trust you again?"
Reedshine: "There is no cat more loyal to RiverClan than Appledusk. If I am willing to forgive him for his past mistakes, then so should you, Darkstar."
—RiverClan talking of Appledusk's loyalty Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 4

"I believe that you are sorry for what you did, and that you have been punished enough by the death of your kits. I will allow you to remain in RiverClan – but know that I and the rest of the Clanmates will be watching you. You will have to earn back our trust."
—Darkstar to Appledusk Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 4

"But what made it worse was the father of my drowned kits took a RiverClan mate! He promised he would only love me!"
—Mapleshade about Appledusk Crookedstar's Promise, page 480

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 9
  3. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 120
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 4
  6. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 8
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 1
  8. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  9. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
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