"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]

Appledusk was a RiverClan warrior under Darkstar's leadership in the forest territories. He was a mentor to Perchpaw, and Appledusk accidentally caused the deaths of Birchface and Flowerpaw, resulting in rising tensions between RiverClan and ThunderClan. He became mates with Mapleshade, a ThunderClan she-cat, and she gave birth to Patchkit, Larchkit, and Petalkit. Upon ThunderClan learning the truth, Mapleshade and her kits were banished and the kits drowned trying to cross the river. Blaming Mapleshade for their deaths, Appledusk rejected her and with the support of his new pregnant mate, Reedshine, he was allowed to stay in RiverClan. Mapleshade was banished and swore revenge; she murdered Appledusk when he took a fatal blow for Reedshine, but his bloodline lived on through Applefrost, Shyheart, and Willownose.


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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.


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In Mapleshade's Vengeance, Appledusk is revealed to have indirectly killed 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]


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]

Official art

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Killed victims

The list shows the victims Appledusk has killed:


"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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