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"Destiny isn't a path that any cat follows blindly. It is always a matter of choice, and sometimes the heart speaks loudest. Deep down, I always knew what I had to do, and that's why I came back to the Clan. Whatever else happens, I trust you to know the right thing to do as well. Listen to your heart, Lionblaze, because that's where your true destiny lies."
— Leafpool advising Lionblaze in Sign of the Moon, page 108

Leafpool is a small,[29] lithe,[30] pale[29] brown tabby she-cat[11] with amber eyes.[31] She has a white chest and paws.[32]

Leafpool was a ThunderClan medicine cat who served under Firestar's, Bramblestar's, Rowanstar's, and Leafstar's leaderships in the lake territories. She was born as Leafkit to Firestar and Sandstorm alongside her sister, Squirrelkit, and was apprenticed as a medicine cat apprentice to Cinderpelt as Leafpaw. Following the Great Journey, Leafpaw discovered the Moonpool and earned her full medicine cat name, Leafpool. Soon after, she fell in love with Crowfeather, a WindClan warrior, and broke the warrior code to run away with him. However, after meeting Midnight, Leafpool and Crowfeather returned to Clans and assisted in the battle against the badgers that resulted in Cinderpelt's death.

Unbeknownst to the Clan, Leafpool gave birth to Crowfeather's kits, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf, who were raised by Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight to protect her, though Squirrelflight was the one who knew the truth. She initially mentored Hollypaw; however, Jaypaw became her apprentice after switching roles. After the secret was revealed by Hollyleaf, Leafpool stepped down from her position and became a warrior. After her kits forgave her, Leafpool returned as a medicine cat to assist during the Great Battle. Eventually, she mentored Puddleshine in ShadowClan and stayed in SkyClan when they had no medicine cat. Following the battle against the Sisters, Leafpool was gravely injured in a rockslide, and after her StarClan trial, she remained in StarClan, reuniting with her kin.


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The New Prophecy

"It's all right. I'll stay here and take good care of the Clan, I promise. One day we'll meet again, walking among the stars."
―Leafpool to Crowfeather Twilight, page 310
Leafpaw is a ThunderClan medicine cat apprentice training under Cinderpelt. She shares a strong connection with her sister, Squirrelpaw, and the littermates are able to sense what the other is feeling or thinking. This ability proved helpful on Squirrelpaw's journey to the sun-drown-place, when Leafpaw thinks of a herb needed to be used. Leafpaw befriends Mothwing, the new RiverClan medicine cat apprentice, and is trapped by Twolegs while looking for Brightheart and Cloudtail, and during this time, she befriends a kittypet named Cody. She escapes with the help of a rescue patrol led by Graystripe and Squirrelpaw.
She takes part on the Great Journey and, guided by Spottedleaf, discovers the Moonpool by the lake, earning her full name, Leafpool. Leafpool and Crowfeather fall in love and decide to flee the Clans to be together. After one night, they meet a badger, Midnight, who tells them that her kin is planning to attack ThunderClan. Leafpool realizes that she cannot abandon her Clan and her medicine cat duties, deciding to go back. Crowfeather is heartbroken by her decision to leave him and takes her home. Cinderpelt dies in the attack, and Leafpool pledges her loyalty to being a medicine cat.

Power of Three

"I know I cannot be ThunderClan's medicine cat any longer. I'm so very sorry to you, Firestar, and to all my Clanmates. Please know that I tried my best, and regretted what I had done with every single breath. But I couldn't regret having my kits. They are fine cats, and I will always be proud of them."
―Leafpool's confession at the Gathering Sunrise, pages 306-307
Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight become parents to Lionkit, Jaykit, and Hollykit, and Leafpool dotes on her new kin. At first, she trains Hollypaw, but soon realizes Jaypaw's gifted ability and takes him as her apprentice. After the Clan recovers from a deadly greencough outbreak, Leafpool gives Jaypaw his full name, Jayfeather. When the siblings learn that Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw are not their true parents, Jayfeather puts the pieces together that Leafpool is his mother, and Leafpool tells Hollyleaf the truth herself. Once Hollyleaf reveals the secret at a Gathering, Leafpool steps down to become a warrior. Hollyleaf orders her mother to eat deathberries as repentance, but Leafpool refuses, reasoning with her.

Omen of the Stars

"There's nothing to forgive. You did what you thought was best. No cat can blame you for that."
―Jayfeather to Leafpool The Last Hope, page 249
With Leafpool no longer a medicine cat, Jayfeather struggles to take care of the Clan by himself. Leafpool is not a very good hunter or fighter at first and spends time close to Squirrelflight, who is also shunned from the Clan. When Lionblaze and Breezepelt are fighting, she screeches to Crowfeather to stop them. While Jayfeather remains distant, Leafpool grows close to Lionblaze who seeks her advice about Cinderheart. She is overjoyed when Hollyleaf is revealed to be alive, and before the Great Battle, she assists Jayfeather with preparing herbs. The Clan agrees that she is a gifted medicine cat and should be given a second chance.

A Vision of Shadows

"You think it's that easy? I'm not training him to stalk birds. There's a lot to learn. And even then a medicine cat needs experience--more experience than you can get in a couple of moons."
―Leafpool to Rowanstar about training Puddlekit Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 1
She and Jayfeather have a dream that Alderpaw's destiny is to become a medicine cat, and the two train the young tom. She becomes the ShadowClan medicine cat temporarily when Littlecloud dies without a successor, training Puddlepaw to fulfill the position. Leafpool later becomes SkyClan's temporary medicine cat until Frecklewish is found, allowing her to return to ThunderClan. After the fire in RiverClan's camp, she goes to help Mothwing and Willowshine cure the wounded cats in their Clan.

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"I don't regret having my kits. Only that I lied about being their mother. I wish I'd had more courage, but I thought I was doing the best for everyone by choosing to remain a medicine cat. [...] But please don't turn Squirrelflight away. Everything she did was out of loyalty for me. I couldn't wish to have a better sister. [...] If some cat must be punished for what we did, punish me, not her."
―Leafpool to the StarClan cats during her trial Squirrelflight's Hope, pages 347-348
In Firestar's Quest, moons after Firestar and Sandstorm return from restoring SkyClan, Sandstorm gives birth to two kits. Leafkit is named after Leafstar, the current SkyClan leader, while her sister, Squirrelkit, is named for her bushy and squirrel-like tail. Firestar can't believe how beautiful they are and ponders how the prophecy Skywatcher ominously gave him could relate to his daughters.
In Crowfeather's Trial, Leafpool is asked to go to WindClan to tend to some of their wounded cats. She goes alongside Crowfeather, and she gives advice to Crowfeather about his relationship with Nightcloud, but realizes that that same advice could apply to their relationship. While tending to Crowfeather's wounds, she gets him to open up to her about his relationship with Breezepelt and Nightcloud, including his struggles to love Breezepelt. Leafpool gives him advice about how he should love all of his kits, including Lionblaze and Jayfeather.
In Squirrelflight's Hope, Leafpool comforts her sister after she argues with Bramblestar. After several of her Clanmates fall ill to a mysterious sickness, Leafpool travels with Squirrelflight to the Sisters who reveal a cure. She and Squirrelflight share a dream of wounded kits and rush to aid Moonlight as she struggles to give birth. Leafpool leads Moonlight and her newborn kits to hide in a cave while the Clans attack the Sisters. Leafpool and Squirrelflight are fatally injured when the cave collapses, and during her trial to be accepted into StarClan, Leafpool reveals she doesn't regret breaking the code to have her kits. Despite Jayfeather and Alderheart's efforts to heal her, Leafpool dies but happily remains in StarClan while Squirrelflight returns to ThunderClan.


This section summarizes Leafpool's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Be brave, my little son. I will always walk beside you, I promise."
―Leafpool's promise to Jaykit Leafpool's Wish, page chapter 10
In Leafpool's Wish, Leafpool is suspicious of Brambleclaw as Squirrelflight's choice of mate, since she witnessed him train with his father, Tigerstar, and Hawkfrost in the Dark Forest. However, Brambleclaw proves himself as a loyal warrior after he kills Hawkfrost to save Firestar and insists to Leafpool that his loyalty is to ThunderClan only. Leafpool becomes pregnant with Crowfeather's kits and shares the secret with Squirrelflight, urging her to take care of them. Squirrelflight is hesitant about lying to her mate and Clan, but joins Leafpool in leaving the Clan so that Leafpool can give birth to Lionkit, Jaykit, and Hollykit. Leafpool is heartbroken when Jaykit is revealed to be blind, but insists it won't make a difference. Squirrelflight agrees to raise them, and they leave for ThunderClan when the kits are big enough to travel.

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Leafpool's medicine cat ceremony
Cinderpelt: I, Cinderpelt, medicine cat of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the ways of a medicine cat, and with your help she will serve her Clan for many moons. Leafpaw, do you promise to uphold the ways of a medicine cat, to stand apart from rivalry between Clan and Clan and to protect all cats equally, even at the cost of your life?
Leafpaw: I do.
Cinderpelt: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your true name as a medicine cat. Leafpaw, from this moment you will be known as Leafpool. StarClan honors your courage and faith. By finding this place, you have proven that this is truly our new home.
Everyone: Leafpool! Leafpool!
Reference: Starlight, page 284


Leafpool's parents are Firestar and Sandstorm, and she secretly bore Crowfeather's kits, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf. For more of Leafpool's family, click here!



Did you know Leafpool is named after Leafstar, and possibly Spottedleaf? For more trivia about Leafpool, click here!


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Lost Stars: Bonus Scene
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Twilight, page 252
  3. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 22
  4. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 177
  5. Revealed in River of Fire, page 264
  6. Revealed in River of Fire, page 198
  7. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 510
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 381
  10. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 9
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Twilight, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Starlight, page 287
  14. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 196
  16. Revealed in The Sight, page 88
  17. Revealed in The Sight, page 245
  18. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 126
  19. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 60
  20. Revealed in Sunset, page 203
  21. Revealed in Twilight, page 309
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 7
  23. Brightheart served as ThunderClan's temporary medicine cat while Leafpool left to give birth to her kits.[22]
  24. Revealed in Sunrise, page 306
  25. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 34
  26. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 217
  27. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 294
  28. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 295
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 19
  30. Revealed in Dawn, page 114
  31. Revealed in Midnight, page 144
  32. Revealed in Midnight, page 104