"Now. We have to be bold. For all our Clans."
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"But he obviously tried to kill Shadowsight! We need to kill him before he can hurt any other cat. And if you want to prove you're really with us now, you'll go along with it."
— Kitescratch growling at Bristlefrost about the impostor in Veil of Shadows, page 155

Kitescratch is a reddish-brown tom[1] with a torn ear.[3]

Kitescratch is a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born as Kitekit to Reedclaw alongside his sister, Turtlekit. After becoming apprenticed to Sagenose as Kitepaw, he would often tease Rootpaw about his father. Once he received his warrior name, Kitescratch assisted the rebels; however, he was briefly exiled from SkyClan by the demand of the impostor, though he returned after Leafstar opposed alliance with the impostor.


In The Broken Code

Lost Stars

"Maybe the reason you're having such problems with training is that you're not meant to be a warrior. Maybe you're meant to be the kind of cat who talks to dead cats. After all, your father has his 'ways', right?"
―Kitepaw mocking Rootpaw about Tree Lost Stars, page 24
When Leafstar calls a meeting, Kitepaw and Turtlepaw push their way out from apprentices' den and dart across SkyClan's camp to join their mentors, Blossomheart and Sagenose. After Needlepaw and Rootpaw's ceremony, Kitepaw bounds over and congratulates them, giving Rootpaw's shoulder a friendly shove. Turtlepaw jokes about how Tree doesn't look very proud of them, and the two new apprentices get defensive. Kitepaw tells them to keep their fur on and that Turtlepaw is only joking, and they have to admit that their father is weird. Needlepaw says weird is good, and that Tree is the mediator for all five of the Clans. Kitepaw asks if he hasn't done that recently, and Rootpaw retorts that they have been at peace with the other Clans, and they have Tree to thank for that. Kitepaw good-humorlessly mews if he says so, then urges them to come to the apprentices' den, and they'll help them make their nests.
Kitepaw and Turtlepaw are training, and their mentors leave to go hunting. Turtlepaw tells Rootpaw, who is having trouble with a battle move, that he is waiting too long. Before the young tom can reply, Kitepaw interrupts, with malicious eyes, that he could just decide to follow another path in life and maybe he's having trouble because he is not meant to be a warrior, maybe he is meant to be the kind of cat who talks to the dead. The two toms nearly fight, but Turtlepaw shoulders herself between them, saying they'll get in trouble for fighting and sneeringly adds that it's not like Rootpaw would win anyway. Rootpaw insists he will become a strong warrior, and Kitepaw suggests that if he wants to prove himself, maybe he can help them collect herbs down by the lake. Rootpaw agrees, and once they reach the lake, the two older apprentices continue jabbing at him, and Rootpaw gets furious and charges at them. However, he ends up running out onto the ice of the lake. The ice breaks and he falls in, and when Bristlepaw and a ThunderClan patrol come to help, she sees Kitepaw and Turtlepaw running up and down along the bank, yowling in terror.
After Bristlepaw saves Rootpaw, Kitepaw apologizes, ducking his head with shame and helps him walk to the ThunderClan camp where he recovers. Bristlepaw tells Rootpaw that he needs to stay away from Kitepaw and Turtlepaw and not listen to their ideas. As Rootpaw and Dewspring head out, he sees Leafstar speaking with the two apprentices, who have their heads bowed, and Dewspring explains that she is punishing them for putting him in danger. Rootpaw runs into the pair and asks how their punishment is going, and Kitepaw turns away with a hiss, as though he is too angry to speak. Turtlepaw tells him their punishment was to scrap the earth in the dirtplace to make it soft, and Rootpaw apologizes, but is interrupted by Kitepaw who says only a foolish cat would fall into the lake like he did, then adds he is the son of the weirdest cat in the Clan so it's no surprise he is that mouse-brained.
Rootpaw manages to catch a massive crow for SkyClan when they have a shortage of prey due to the harsh leafbare. He expects a mocking remark from Kitepaw, but the tom only gives him a respectful nod. Rootpaw is allowed to chose some cats to share the crow with and picks Needlepaw, Kitepaw, and Turtlepaw. Kitepaw looks surprised, but gives his Clanmate a nod of thanks. As they eat, Kitepaw admits he was impressed with Rootpaw when he stood up to him that day he fell through the ice. With a gleam of amusement, he says it was stupid, but brave. Rootpaw gets along better with the older apprentices, but since he brought Bristlepaw some prey as a thank you for saving him, he sometimes catches them glancing at him resentfully over the dwindling fresh-kill pile.

The Silent Thaw

"How did you fall into the lake again?"
―Kitescratch to Rootpaw The Silent Thaw, page 51
When Rootpaw runs away from the ghost of Bramblestar in fear, he falls into the lake. Kitescratch stares at the drenched apprentice and laughs at him, stating this is the second time he’s fallen into the lake, which embarrasses Rootpaw. Later, Rootpaw sees Kitescratch speaking with Needlepaw and Wrenpaw.

Veil of Shadows

"But he obviously tried to kill Shadowsight! We need to kill him before he can hurt any other cat. And if you want to prove you're really with us now, you'll go along with it."
―Kitescratch to Bristlefrost Veil of Shadows, page 155
Kitescratch joins the rebels wishing to overthrow Bramblestar's impostor. He arrives in SkyClan's old camp with Violetshine, Tree, Rootpaw, and Needleclaw. During another rebel meeting, Kitescratch agrees with Breezepelt that they should kill Bramblestar since he almost killed Shadowsight. He also challenges Bristlefrost's loyalty to their cause and pressures to agree. Later he, Pigeonfoot, Gravelnose, and Turtlecrawl overhear Tigerstar wishing to kill Bramblestar and wants to go to ThunderClan's territory to find proof to convince Leafstar to act. Kitescratch asks Rootspring to join them, but he refuses since he has his vigil to attend that night.
However, Kitescratch, Stemleaf, Spotfur, Dappletuft, and Conefoot launch a surprise attack on the impostor in hopes of killing him. Bristlefrost rushes off to find help for Bramblestar, but returns to find Stemleaf, Dappletuft, and Conefoot dead. Kitescratch and Spotfur stare in horror and flee. Kitescratch lies that an owl attacked him, but Shadowsight is dubious and wonders what really caused Kitescratch's numerous wounds.
The impostor arrives in SkyClan's camp and singles out Kitescratch as the one who attempted to murder him. He demands Leafstar to banish Kitescratch, and Kitescratch admits he did participate in the attack. Leafstar exiles him and Kitescratch numbly leaves the camp. Tinycloud and several other SkyClan warriors yowl in protest. After the impostor leaves, Leafstar orders Hawkwing to fetch Kitescratch, stating that now was the time for SkyClan to confront Bramblestar.

Darkness Within

Kitescratch and his sister, Turtlecrawl, are briefly seen when Rootspring scans SkyClan's camp. The pair of cats are helping do apprentice tasks, and cleaning out the elders' den, bringing them new bedding. Rootspring thinks to himself that he grew up with Kitescratch and Turtlecrawl, and tried very hard to embrace the skills he inherited from Tree in order to impress the two older cats, who had relentlessly bullied him.

The Place of No Stars

Rootspring recalls how Kitepaw and Turtlepaw taunted him enough that he fell in the frozen lake as he nearly drowns in the dark lake in the Place of No Stars.

In the Super Editions

Squirrelflight's Hope

Kitekit and Turtlekit are kits in SkyClan, born to Reedclaw. When Squirrelflight arrives in the SkyClan camp, she sees him and his sister playing in the puddles with two smaller kits. She mentions that he and Turtlekit couldn't be older than three moons. Tree tells the ThunderClan deputy that he and Turtlekit are Reedclaw's kits when she asks about them.

In the Novellas

Spotfur's Rebellion

Coming Soon

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Reedclaw:[4] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Turtlecrawl:[4] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
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Finleap:[6] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Dewspring:[6] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Plumwillow:[7] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Sandynose:[7] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member


Waspwhisker:[8] Status unknown
Patchfoot:[9] Deceased, residence unknown


Fallowfern:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Clovertail:[10] Status unknown


Nettlesplash:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Rabbitleap:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Creekfeather:[9] Status unknown


Birdwing:[10] Status unknown
Honeytail:[10] Deceased, residence unknown


Rockshade:[11] Status unknown
Bouncefire:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tinycloud:[11] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Unnamed she-cat:[12] Status unknown

First cousins:

Beekit:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Beetlekit:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

Second cousins:

Palesky:[14] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Nectarsong:[14] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Fringewhisker:[14] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Gravelnose:[14] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Curlypaw:[15] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Snipkit:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Fidgetflake:[15] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Pebbleshine:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Parsleyseed:[16] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Quailfeather:[17] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Sunnypelt:[17] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Pigeonfoot:[17] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


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"You know, I was impressed by you, that day you fell through the ice. It was a brave thing to do, standing up for yourself and attacking me like that. Stupid, but brave."
―Kitepaw to Rootpaw Lost Stars, page 96

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 81
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 255
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
  5. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, allegiances
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 333
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 332
  8. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 15
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in The Rescue, page 10
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 279
  12. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 363
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Darkness Within, page 266
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 12
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
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Mediator Tree
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Apprentice Wrenpaw
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