|"He wouldn't have to if your sharp tongue hadn't cut the Clan into shreds."|
|— Grassheart to Scorchfur after Rowanstar disbands ShadowClan in Darkest Night, page 268|
Grassheart is a ShadowClan warrior that has served under Blackstar's, Rowanstar's, briefly Leafstar's, and Tigerstar's leaderships in the lake territories. Grasspaw was apprenticed to Tawnypelt and later earned her warrior name, Grassheart. She became mates with Stonewing and had three kits, Whorlkit, Snakekit, and Flowerkit. When most of ShadowClan lost confidence in Rowanstar, she agreed and stayed when Darktail took over ShadowClan. After realizing the Kin's cruelty, she assisted in driving out the rogues with the other Clans.
Upon returning to ShadowClan, Grassheart struggled to support Rowanstar, especially when Scorchfur kept criticizing him, and she defended her leader. When ShadowClan was annexed to SkyClan, she reluctantly joined, despite disagreeing with Rowanstar. When Tigerstar became leader, she rejoined ShadowClan and mentored Gullswoop and Hollowspring.
In the A Vision of Shadows arc
- She is first mentioned to be expecting kits by Rowanstar. Tawnypelt, Snowbird, and Dawnpelt are said to be going to help her. Later, Pinenose tells Violetkit to take a nap because Grassheart is tired.
- At night, Violetkit is woken when Pinenose tells Puddlekit to fetch Leafpool when she's kitting. Grassheart is said to be growling. Leafpool runs a paw over her belly and says Grassheart just needs to rest, sending Puddlekit for moss. Pinenose bristles when Leafpool tells her that Puddlekit will help her deliver Grassheart's kits, even though he isn't an apprentice yet. When Alderpaw comes to visit Violetkit, Pinenose tells Violetkit to get out of the rain because she could spread a cold to Grassheart's kits. That night, Violetkit watches Grassheart's kits snuggle together at her belly.
- Tawnypelt asks Needlepaw if Violetkit could play with Grassheart's kits, but Violetkit says Pinenose thinks the kits are too small to be playing with her. She thinks about how the queens were overprotective. Tawnypelt says she'll talk to Pinenose and Grassheart. Pinenose asks Rowanstar if Grassheart could take care of Violetkit because her own kits were apprentices by then, but Rowanstar refuses, saying it was her first litter, and she wouldn't have time to care for Violetkit.
- Violetkit is tired after playing with Grassheart's kits when Grassheart had asked her to take them out to play, and she sees them now they snuggle at their mother's belly. Although not mentioned by name, Violetkit thinks about how she and Pinenose sleep very deeply when Needlepaw asks her to sneak out at night.
- Flowerkit sadly says that Grassheart spends all her time with Snakekit, as she is sick with yellowcough and isn't getting any better. When Twigpaw and Violetpaw decide to help the sick cats, Violetpaw asks Grassheart how Snakekit is. Grassheart is very worried and runs a paw over Snakekit's flank.
- Rain and Darktail mention her in their discussion. Darktail asks Rain of what he thinks about the way Grassheart fought in the battle, and Rain shrugs, responding that he's seen fiercer cats. In a sharp tone, Darktail questions if he thinks she is a traitor, and Rain hesitates, before answering that he thinks she may just need extra training.
- Scorchfur: "You can't give our land away!"
- Grassheart: "He wouldn't have to if your sharp tongue hadn't cut the Clan into shreds."
- Darkest Night, page 268
- At the Gathering where Rowanstar decides to gives ShadowClan's land to SkyClan in exchange for them joining SkyClan, Scorchfur protests that he cannot give their land away. Grassheart turns on her Clanmate and spits that he wouldn't have to do so if Scorchfur's sharp tongue hadn't cut the Clan to shreds. As more of her Clanmates start to argue, she and her mate gather around their kits, who are starting to back away in fear. Upon Hawkwing's return from the gorge with his patrol, he sees Grassheart mewing that they can fetch supplies from their old camp to help with den making, causing him to ask what is going on. She joins in on calling out Violetshine's new name at the she-cat's warrior ceremony after Stonewing does, followed by the rest of their former ShadowClan Clanmates.
- After being brought to the place where Needletail and their other dead Clanmates have arisen, she asks why the others who have not returned would stay away from their Clan, her eyes round in question.
- Grassheart is on guard duty when Violetshine, Twigpaw, and Tree appear. Grassheart demands to know why Twigpaw was with them, and Violetshine explains that she needs to talk to Leafstar. Grassheart informs them that she better not be asking to come back. After her warrior ceremony, Twigbranch sees Grassheart and Strikestone dash into camp, despite Brightheart trying to stop them. Grassheart apologizes to Bramblestar for entering their camp and informs him that his nephew, Tigerheart, has returned with the missing ShadowClan cats, and they need Hawkwing. This causes an uproar of confusion among ThunderClan, and multiple cats begin asking questions, which Grassheart and Strikestone ignore until Strikestone breaks it and turns his attention to Bramblestar, explaining to his great-uncle that Tigerheart was dead.
- Grassheart and Strikestone lead Hawkwing, Violetshine, and Alderheart to the Moonpool. Hawkwing asks why they were going that way since the SkyClan camp was in the opposite direction. Grassheart tells the SkyClan deputy that they weren't going to the camp and explains that the cats with Tigerheart insisted on bringing his body there. Strikestone then adds that Puddleshine and Frecklewish were with him. When Tigerheart receives his lives and name, he addresses the ShadowClan cats, promising to lead them as well as he can. After a moment of silence broken by Juniperclaw, Grassheart, albeit unnamed, cheers for her new leader.
- Following ShadowClan's reform, Grassheart has been given her first apprentice, Gullpaw. Her kits have also become warriors.
- She is part of a patrol with Strikestone, Blazepaw, and Snaketooth. Unbeknownst to them, a SkyClan patrol awaits in the treetops and get the jump on them, with Leafstar attacking Grassheart. With the patrol outnumbered, Grassheart orders a retreat. Leafstar tears a chunk of fur from Grassheart's leg and hisses that she can show it to Tigerstar. She is present in Puddleshine's den, as her wound from Leafstar was much more severe then originally thought. As she awakens, Alderheart and Shadowkit help her as Puddleshine was recovering from injuries. She is later mentioned numerous times throughout the book as she heals. When Alderheart is leaving, Grassheart thanks him for healing her, and the ThunderClan medicine cat responds that he is glad he could help.
- Alderheart spots Grassheart with Snaketooth huddled together by the nursery. After Alderheart gets kicked out of Tigerstar's den, Grassheart asks what he did to upset their leader, and Snaketooth adds it looked like he was going to claw his pelt off. Juniperclaw appears and orders Alderheart off their territory. Grassheart jumps in and says she and Snaketooth were going to escort him off the border. Juniperclaw, though suspicious, agrees, and the two cats lead Alderheart out. Juniperclaw mentions Grassheart when it is revealed he poisoned Sparrowpelt, as the skirmish on the border only resulted in Grassheart being the most seriously injured, and she was fine now. Bramblestar grunts that it wasn't just Grassheart, saying that Sparrowpelt nearly died because of Juniperclaw's actions.
In The Broken Code arc
- Her apprentice, Hollowpaw, is now a warrior. Grassheart is shown to have caught whitecough and both ShadowClan medicine cats are shown to be concerned over it changing to greencough. Puddleshine tells Shadowpaw to go eat something, to which he is hesitant, asking about Grassheart. Puddleshine assures him that she will be okay.
- Shadowpaw watches over Grassheart while Puddleshine is out collecting catmint. Grassheart falls asleep, relieving Shadowpaw. Puddleshine wants to ask Tigerstar to send out more hunting patrols, as Grassheart needs food to keep her strength up. Tigerstar disagrees, stating he doesn't want more cats ending up with Grassheart with exhaustion. Later, Shadowpaw is awoken and sees Grassheart sleeping calmly, then hears a voice. He, at first, thinks it is Grassheart, but confirms that she is asleep.
- Before Shadowpaw leaves for his full name ceremony, Grassheart and Scorchfur exchange looks, agreeing ShadowClan is fortunate to have a medicine cat like Shadowpaw.
- Grassheart and Pouncestep pick at the fresh-kill pile, trying to decide which prey they should take.
In the A Starless Clan arc
- When Berryheart complains about the validity of the trial, Grassheart asks if Tigerstar was biased in some way towards Fringewhisker.
In the Super Editions
- "Chase them off! They can't trespass here!"
- ―Grasspaw, eager to drive off Bramblestar's patrol Bramblestar's Storm, page 33
- When Tawnypelt agrees to escort the ThunderClan cats to their camp, Grasspaw is at the rear of the patrol, growling softly.
- "Think later. Our Clanmates are hungry. We need to take something back to the fresh-kill pile. Have you noticed the way Ratscar’s ribs are sticking through his pelt?"
- ―Grassheart to Tigerheart Tigerheart's Shadow, page chapter 2
- Snowbird asks him if there had been SkyClan cats there and if that was why Tigerheart was distracted. He confesses he had been talking to Sandynose and Rabbitleap, and Grassheart frowns as she stares at the churned up pine needles where the rabbit had been, growling that Tigerheart had let their prey run right into SkyClan paws. The two SkyClan cats end up reappearing and cutting through Tigereart's thoughts again, and they decide to return the rabbit to the ShadowClan cats. While Snowbird angrily hisses that they don't need SkyClan to hunt for them, Grassheart pads forward and looks back at her Clanmate, mewing that Ratscar would be grateful for the meal.
- She looks at Tigerheart next, stating that they should take it. Snowbird growls softly as Grassheart dips her head to the two SkyClan toms, thanking them for their generosity. Sandynose bows stiffly before he and his Clanmate leave the border, causing Snowbird to complain that they're almost as smug as ThunderClan, though Grassheart points out they were being generous. Tigerheart defends himself having lost the rabbit, saying they're lucky to have honorable warriors living nearby. The white she-cat growls that only he would see the benefit of losing half their territory, and Grassheart rolls her eyes before saying she'll be fine once she see Ratscar eating the prey, picking it up and heading back to the camp. Upon returning home, he asks Whorlpaw where Ratscar is, who tells him he's on border patrol. Scorchfur pads up to the hunting party and compliments Grassheart's catch, asking if there was anymore where that came from.
- Grassheart is working on repairing the warriors' den with Strikestone as he watches his Clanmates prepare for the coming rain. She is called to go on a patrol with Tigerheart, Strikestone, and Juniperclaw by Rowanstar. The deputy wonders where Juniperclaw and Scorchfur are because they had previously been helping Grassheart and Strikestone with the den. He mews to his leader that he'll find them, beckoning to Grassheart and the others with his tail to follow him. Outside the camp, he attempts to scent for his Clanmates, and Grassheart stops beside him. He asks her if she can tell which way the toms had gone, but she quickly responds that he shouldn't worry because they can hunt without the two. He looks closer at the pale tabby and sees her pelt prickling, before questioning if she knows where they are. She glances at Snowbird as the other she-cat catches up with them, guilt flashing in their eyes, then telling him that they had been helping with the dens last time she saw. Tigerheart sees that the two are hiding something and demands to know what's going on, causing Snowbird to flash a warning look at the pale tabby.
- Grassheart flicks her tail before informing him that they had promised they wouldn't tell, causing Tigerheart to ask who they promised. She responds that both Juniperclaw and Scorchfur had made them promise, her gaze dropping to the ground, making the deputy ask what they were doing. The she-cat guilty replies that the two toms are going to join SkyClan at that moment. The dark tom is confused, as he knew that they hated SkyClan, so Grassheart shifts her paws, and she replies that they had told her they wanted to be part of a real Clan, and Snowbird mews that they aren't unhappy, but Scorchfur was upset that he had almost blinded Tawnypelt and was afraid of what would happen if he stayed and went to go join SkyClan instead. Grassheart shifts her paws again as she answers he was afraid of what might happen if he lost his temper again, and Tawnypelt and Rowanstar might want revenge. When Tigerheart goes after Juniperclaw and Scorchfur, she and Snowbird are about to follow, but he tells them to go and hunt. After he finds the toms, he mentions that the brown she-cat had told him they had been planning to abandon ShadowClan for another.
- On a soggy, rainy day as the ShadowClan cats hunt, Juniperclaw suggests that there might be some frogs in the ditches, but Grassheart retorts that there would be fish in there by now, since the ditches had been flooded for days. She shakes the rain from her pelt and arrive where Snakepaw suggested that prey might be. Grassheart miserably kicks an empty beechnut shell, remarking that the prey had come and gone.
- Plumwillow suddenly crashes over the border and kills a rabbit. Juniperclaw angrily asks what she was doing, and Grassheart backs the black tom up, hissing that she made the kill on ShadowClan land. After Juniperclaw and Plumwillow argue, Grassheart asks if SkyClan thinks they're protecting them, and Plumwillow tells the she-cat that they barely had enough warriors for a patrol. Tigerheart steps in and tells Plumwillow to keep the rabbit. Juniperclaw and Grassheart are angered by the deputy's decision, and Grassheart asks about the warrior code, and Snakepaw reminds Tigerheart that the prey belonged to where it was caught. Plumwillow takes the rabbit after Tigerheart remains firm with his decision, and Juniperclaw and Grassheart exchange angry looks before padding away.
- When the patrol returns to the camp after the confrontation, Tigerheart is forced to defend himself after Juniperclaw brings up the subject of the rabbit. Grasheart puts in that Plumwillow had killed it on their territory, but he reminds her Plumwillow had only just crossed it and shoots her a reproachful look. Rowanstar decides that they will go back and get the rabbit, and Grassheart is among those chosen to go with him to get the prey back. Scorchfur and Grassheart claw at the ground, clearly excited at the prospect of a potential battle. The ShadowClan and SkyClan cats end up squabbling as the rabbit has already been eaten, and Rowanstar decides that the SkyClan cats have to be taught some respect, ordering battle stances for his warriors. Tigerheart interrupts, and in the end, Rowanstar and Leafstar conclude that the next rabbit will be given to ShadowClan. Some of the ShadowClan cats are annoyed that they didn't get to leave any scratches, with Grassheart and Snowbird giving Rowanstar an angry glare before they follow Juniperclaw and Strikestone, with Flowerpaw and Snakepaw following them.
- Many moons later, Spire talks about how kits ask many questions, and he needs time to think. Tigerheart remembers Grassheart's kits and how they asked questions relentlessly, and the three had wanted to play when all their mother wanted to do was doze in the sunshine for a while, as well as the elders joining in the hunting moves and games for the apprentices, in order to give Grassheart a chance to rest.
- She is now mentoring Hollowpaw.
In the Novellas
- She is sharing a frog with Cloverfoot when Shadowkit has his seizure and asks if he is alright. When Tawnypelt begins arguing with Tigerstar, Grassheart asks why StarClan would send the kit visions about the mountains.
= Gender unknown
- Dovewing's Silence (Allegiance only)
- Crowfeather's Trial (Allegiance only)
- Bramblestar's Storm (First appearance)
- The Apprentice's Quest (Allegiance only)
- Thunder and Shadow
- Shattered Sky (Mentioned only)
- Darkest Night
- Tigerheart's Shadow
- River of Fire
- Tawnypelt's Clan
- Spotfur's Rebellion (Allegiance only)
- The Raging Storm
- Squirrelflight's Hope (Allegiance only)
- Lost Stars
- The Silent Thaw
- Veil of Shadows (Allegiance only)
- Darkness Within
- Graystripe's Vow (Allegiance only)
- Daisy's Kin (Allegiance only)
- The Place of No Stars (Allegiance only)
- A Light in the Mist (Allegiance only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Allegiance only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Allegiance only)
- (Allegiance only)
- (Allegiance only)
- (Allegiance only)
- (Allegiance only)
Notes and references
- Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
- Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 20
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
- Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
- Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 150
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 22
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 23
- Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
- Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 49
- Revealed in Darkest Night, page 268
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 96
|Medicine cats||Puddleshine • Shadowsight|
|Warriors||Snowbird • Tawnypelt • Scorchfur • Berryheart • Sparrowtail • Grassheart • Stonewing • Yarrowleaf • Slatefur • Whorlpelt • Snaketooth • Flowerstem • Blazefire • Gullswoop • Pouncestep • Lightleap • Spireclaw • Hollowspring • Sunbeam • Flaxfoot • Hopwhisker • Fringewhisker|
|Queens||Dovewing • Cinnamontail|
|Kits||Rowankit • Birchkit • Firkit • Streamkit • Bloomkit • Whisperkit|
|Members||Rain • Raven • Nettle • Roach • Dragonfly • Flame • Silt • Thistle|
|ShadowClan defectors||Needletail • Juniperclaw • Sleekwhisker • Violetshine • Berryheart • Cloverfoot • Beenose • Sparrowtail • Mistcloud • Buster • Birchbark • Lioneye • Slatefur • Puddleshine • Strikestone • Dawnpelt • Stonewing • Grassheart • Whorlpelt • Snaketooth • Flowerstem • Snowbird • Scorchfur • Yarrowleaf • Conefoot • Frondwhisker • Gullswoop • Ratscar • Oakfur • Pinenose • Spikefur|
|Kittypet recruits||Max • Zelda • Loki|
|RiverClan prisoners||Reedwhisker • Mintfur • Icewing • Brackenpelt|