"Listen well, young kittypets. The history of our Clans is alive around you, preserved in the memories of every cat."
— Dapplenose to the reader in Battles of the Clans, page 100

Dapplenose is a mottled gray she-cat[4] with blue eyes.[3]

Dapplenose was a RiverClan warrior that served under Leopardstar's leadership in the lake territories. As an apprentice, Dapplepaw was mentored by Mistyfoot and soon earned her warrior name, Dapplenose. She fought in the battle against ThunderClan and ShadowClan until StarClan stopped it by covering the sun. Dapplenose retired to the elders' den and helped bury Leopardstar when she passed. During the battle against the Dark Forest, Dapplenose was killed by Hawkfrost, a former Clanmate, and she ascended to StarClan soon after.


In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Dapplepaw is assigned to be Mistyfoot's apprentice. She is mentioned when Jaypaw enters Willowpaw's dream at the Moonpool. Willowpaw asks Mudfur if she was right to give Dapplepaw assurance rather than herbs for her bellyache. Mudfur replies that Dapplepaw will get better on her own and that the herbs will be saved for a cat that was worse off.


In RiverClan, Dapplepaw earns her warrior name of Dapplenose.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Dapplenose retires from her warrior duties to become a RiverClan elder.

The Last Hope

At a Gathering, Dapplenose noses her way through a cluster of ShadowClan cats. Dovewing shuffles to make room for Dapplenose, beckoning to her with a flick of her muzzle. Dapplenose sits by Dovewing, who closes her mouth to block out the fish scent and thanks her. She mentions to Dovewing that they found footprints in RiverClan tracking around the camp. When the Clan leaders start to become distrusting it is said that she pulls away from Dovewing, her gaze suddenly suspicious. During the Great Battle, Dapplenose is killed.

In the Super Editions

Bramblestar's Storm

When the cats who had died in the Great Battle appear as StarClan cats in front of Bramblestar at a Gathering, Dapplenose is one of the cats noted to be among them.

In the Novellas

Mistystar's Omen

Mistyfoot finds Dapplenose and Pouncetail at RiverClan's favorite basking place, a sandy slope. She tells the two elders that they must find a place to bury Leopardstar. Dapplenose gets to her paws and tells her leader that she knows just the place. She leads them to a small clearing with a view of the surrounding areas and says that she had always thought that this would be the perfect spot for Leopardstar. Mistyfoot agrees and asks if the tom and she-cat are able to dig the hole. Pouncetail snorts, telling her that they could, and Dapplenose tells Mistyfoot to ignore Pouncetail, telling her that they could manage. She tells Mistyfoot to go back to camp to eat and rest, saying that Mistyfoot will need energy to travel to the Moonpool.
Mistystar receives her nine lives and returns to the Clan. Dapplenose tells her leader that they were leaving to bury Leopardstar and asks if she'd like to join them. Mistystar does, and they bury Leopardstar in the spot that Dapplenose had chosen.

Mothwing's Secret

Before the Great Battle, Mothwing spots the elders, Dapplenose and Pouncetail, looking fierce outside their den. She asks where the ThunderClan's warriors were, but Dapplenose remains skeptical since it was Firestar's idea. During the battle, Dapplenose, Pouncetail, and Duskfur face off a Dark Forest cat in front of the nursery. Hawkfrost confronts them and kills Dapplenose. After the battle, Mothwing watches Dapplenose's spirit ascend to StarClan.

In the Field Guides

Battles of the Clans

At the Gathering, Dapplenose warns the reader not to sit in a particular place, saying that it is Pouncetail's favorite spot to sit. She points out three ShadowClan elders, Snaketail, Tallpoppy, and Cedarheart, telling the reader not to worry about them, adding that ShadowClan cats are always making faces. She also points out Mousefur from ThunderClan, she expresses pity towards Mousefur and tells the reader to talk gently to the old she-cat, as her denmate, Longtail, had died within the last moon when a tree fell into ThunderClan's camp.
Dapplenose mentions that the last battle she fought in had been the Great Battle in ThunderClan's territory. She tells the reader about how StarClan stopped the battle by making the sun disappear, and the Clans were very scared for a very a long time afterwards. She says that Pouncetail was the only cat that brought honor to RiverClan that day and tells the reader that he would tell the story if you asked him nice enough. She spots Nightwhisper and tells the reader that Nightwhisper has a story that will haunt your dreams if you would dare to listen, adding that his ShadowClan Clanmates have said that the tom's sleep is haunted, and he often wakes up screeching. 
Dapplenose points Graystripe out to the reader and explains that not all of the Clans' battles had been against other Clans, that sometimes the Clans would unite. One notable time was when the Clans united against some troublesome foxes, Dapplenose tells the reader that Graystripe might tell them about the Clans uniting against the foxes later.



  • Dapplenose is introduced as a new apprentice in The Sight,[2] but is retired by The Fourth Apprentice[5] due to old age.[6][3]

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Dapplenose: "I've always thought this would be a good spot for Leopardstar to rest."
Mistyfoot: "It's perfect. Are you able to dig the hole, or should I fetch some help?"
Pouncetail: "For StarClan's sake, trust us to do this one last duty for our leader! Do you think we've lost the use of our legs?"
Dapplenose: "Ignore this bad-tempered old trout. But he's right that we can manage."
—Dapplenose, Pouncetail, and Mistyfoot discussing Leopardstar's burial Mistystar's Omen, page chapter 2

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 471
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Mothwing's Secret, chapter 8
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  6. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 100
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