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"Warriors aren't meant to be afraid of anything."
— Leafpaw's opinion on being a warrior in Thunder and Shadow, page 235

Leafshade is a tortoiseshell she-cat.[1]

Leafshade is a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Bramblestar's, the impostor's, Squirrelflight's, Lionblaze's, and Graystripe's leaderships in the lake territories. She was born to Lilyheart and Snowbush as Leafkit, along with her siblings Honeykit and Larkkit and Twigkit as an adoptive sister. She was renamed Leafpaw and apprenticed to Bumblestripe. Afterwards, she earned her warrior name of Leafshade and was assigned an apprentice of her own, Spotfur. Leafshade fought in the battle for ShadowClan on the side of the impostor, but changed sides partway.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

"[Lilyheart]'s not your mother! She's our mother, you came from a long way away—beyond the lake even!"
―Leafkit The Apprentice's Quest, page chapter 24
Leafkit, Larkkit and Honeykit are the kits of Lilyheart and Snowbush. Before Alderpaw leaves to go on his quest, Leafkit and her siblings are seen playing around Daisy and Lilyheart's paws. After returning from the journey, Alderpaw enters the nursery, and Lilyheart tells him to be careful about where he puts his paws. He looks down and notes why, as her three kits, Larkkit, Leafkit, and Honeykit are play-fighting with each other on the floor of the den.
Leafkit is with her littermates, and Twigkit asks what an apprentice is. Larkkit explains to her that it's when a cat turns six moons old, they gain a mentor, and learn how to become a warrior. Leafkit shakes scraps of moss from her pelt and mews that it's when you learn to fight as an apprentice. When Alderpaw and Sparkpaw take Twigkit and Violetkit to the Gathering, Sparkpaw reassures the nervous kits that they'll have a lot to tell Larkkit, Honeykit, and Leafkit when they get home.

Thunder and Shadow

Leafpaw: "Warriors aren't meant to be afraid of anything."
Bumblestripe: "I'll remind you of that next time we smell a fox while we're out training."
Leafpaw: "I wasn't being afraid. I was being smart."
—Leafpaw and Bumblestripe about bravery Thunder and Shadow, page 235
Leafpool mentions that Leafkit and her siblings are too boisterous for their foster sister Twigkit. The kits nose through the apprentices' den with Leafkit gasping there is so much room. Later on, the kits clamber over a fallen beech. Fernsong brings Honeykit to the medicine den over a cough, since Lilyheart is too busy with Leafkit and Larkkit to do otherwise. Honeykit soon mentions that she shared a rabbit with Leafkit and Larkkit. Twigkit tells Honeykit that Leafkit and Larkkit are going to explore some ferns and said for Honeykit to hurry up. She asks to join but the white-and-yellow kit states that Leafkit caught a frog there and she'll only get in the way of hunting. Later on, Leafkit and her littermates doze beside their mother outside the nursery.
Leafkit and Larkkit invent battle moves in the clearing. Twigkit decides to leave camp and bring back watermint to impress her Clanmates. She imagines Leafkit, Honeykit and Larkkit would be amazed. She falls into the lake instead though, and Leafkit and Honeykit constantly tease her because of it. They tease her like they do each other, but don't mean any harm. Later on, Twigkit is impatient to tell Leafkit and Honeykit that she is special like Jayfeather. Leafpaw becomes an apprentice with her mentor being Bumblestripe. Twigpaw also becomes an apprentice and thinks that she wants to become as good as them. They have been learning battle moves while Twigpaw has been hunting. However, they were apprenticed when it was heavily snowing and prey was scarce.
On the way to the Gathering, Leafpaw and Larkpaw jostle near the tree-bridge. Rosepetal nudges them so Honeypaw could go first. Leafpaw snorts to Rosepetal's comment that being afraid is being smart, replying that warriors aren't meant to be afraid of anything. Bumblestripe gives her a nudge, stating that'll her remind her next time they come across fox scent. Leafpaw puffs her chest and states she wasn’t being afraid, but smart. On the island, Leafpaw and her siblings race into the clearing. Leafpaw calls out to Nightpaw and Breezepaw, greeting with a purr and hurrying to them. One night later on, Leafpool calls to Alderpaw. Leafpaw shifts around in her nest and doesn't wake up. When a ShadowClan patrol comes to ThunderClan camp, Leafpaw and her siblings whisper excitedly to each other near the fresh-kill pile.

Shattered Sky

Before the battle with the Kin, Twigpaw observes Leafshade and her littermates, awaiting their first chance to fight for their Clan as true warriors.

River of Fire

During a storm, Alderheart alerts Bramblestar that a fire has started by lighting. The leader plunges into the warriors' den, emerging with Leafshade and Stormcloud. He instructs them to check it out and see if any Clan needs help, but to not get too close. Leafshade says they will and both bound out of camp. They bring back Velvet and Fuzzball, explaining that they checked the fire and discovered these two kittypets who needed help because it burnt their homes.

The Raging Storm

Leafshade has received her first apprentice, Spotfur.

In The Broken Code arc

Veil of Shadows

Shadowsight spots Leafshade at the head of a hunting patrol returning with their catches. Later, she fights shoulder to shoulder with Bramblestar when he is ambushed by the rebels. During the battle, she and Shellfur are ordered by their leader to attack Leafstar, but Leafshade and Shellfur turn their backs on Bramblestar.

The Place of No Stars

"That hasn't stopped [Squirrelflight] from betraying us now."
―Leafshade about Squirrelflight following Ashfur's escape The Place of No Stars (book), page 18
When Lionblaze and Bumblestripe reveal that Ashfur had escaped, the Clan argues if Squirrelflight, who is also missing, had something to do with it, and Leafshade snarls that Squirrelflight might have betrayed them. Lionblaze takes Leafshade, Bumblestripe, Plumstone, and Bristlefrost with him to confront Shadowsight and Tigerstar in ShadowClan.

In the Super Editions

Squirrelflight's Hope

Honeyfur: "I'll sit the vigil."
Leafshade: "So will I. Larksong is with Snowbush now."
Honeyfur: "They'll be watching over us."
—Leafshade and Honeyfur comforting each other Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 18
Leafshade's apprentice, Spotpaw, is now a warrior named Spotfur. Before Larksong and Flickerkit's vigil that night, Leafshade goes on a patrol with Squirrelflight, Honeyfur and Fernsong. She and her sister inform the deputy they'll be sitting vigil for her brother, and Leafshade somberly remarks that Larksong was with their father now. Honeyfur and Leafshade huddle between Lilyheart. Later, when Squirrelflight's spirit walks in ThunderClan's camp, she spots Leafshade clearing the camp of fallen leaves.

In the Novellas

Spotfur's Rebellion

Coming Soon

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Official art




Lilyheart:[1] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)


Snowbush:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Honeyfur:[1] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)


Larksong:[1] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Adopted sister:

Twigbranch:[7] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)

Foster sister:

Violetshine:[7] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
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Finchpaw:[8] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)


Flamepaw:[8] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Flickerkit:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Brightheart:[10] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Sorreltail:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cloudtail:[10] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Brackenfur:[11] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)


Princess:[12] Living (As of Dawn)
Frostfur:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowpelt:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Oliver:[15] Status unknown
Whitestorm:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionheart:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Nutmeg:[18] Living (As of Fire and Ice)
Robinwing:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftbreeze:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Speckletail:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Jake:[18] Deceased, residence unknown
Fuzzypelt:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Adderfang:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thistleclaw:[21] Deceased, verified the Place of No Stars member
Smallear:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flashnose:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moonflower:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Harepounce:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Crystal:[29] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)


Stormtail:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Windflight:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stagleap:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Daisytoe:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Fallowsong:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelwhisker:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rooktail:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglestorm:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dewnose:[35] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Molepaw:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Whitewing:[37] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Ambermoon:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Honeyfern:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[36] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Cinderheart:[36] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Seedpaw:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thornclaw:[39] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Rainwhisker:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cinderpelt:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great aunts/uncles:

Nami:[42][15] Status unknown
Zack:[42][15] Status unknown
Livy:[42][15] Status unknown
Taylor:[42][15] Status unknown


Graystripe:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Darkstripe:[44] Deceased, no residence
Ashfur:[45] Deceased, no residence
Elderkit:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tulipkit:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ferncloud:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Firestar:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dustpelt:[47] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ravenpaw:[48] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Patchpelt:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowkit:[49] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Brindleface:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedleaf:[20] Deceased, no residence
Leopardfoot:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Goldenflower:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistlekit:[50] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Filou:[51][52] Status unknown
Luna:[51][52] Status unknown
Tommy:[51][52] Status unknown
Chestnutkit:[19][47] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cherrypaw:[19][47] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Scourge:[18] Deceased, no residence
Socks:[18] Living (As of The Rise of Scourge)
Longtail:[53] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ruby:[18] Living (As of The Rise of Scourge)


Bluestar:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
One-eye:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ferris:[29] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)
Whiskers:[29] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)


Dappletail:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tawnyspots:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thrushpelt:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Goosefeather:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rabbitleap:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sweetbriar:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member

First cousins:

Dovewing:[54] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Ivypool:[54] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Molewhisker:[55] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Cherryfall:[55] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Hollytuft:[56] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Fernsong:[56] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Sorrelstripe:[56] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Spotfur:[57] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Flywhisker:[57] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Snaptooth:[57] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Baypaw:[58] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Myrtlepaw:[58] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)

Second cousins:

Plumstone:[59] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Eaglewing:[59] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)
Stemleaf:[59] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Shellfur:[59] Living (As of A Light in the Mist)



    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Lilyheart ♀
Honeyfur ♀Larksong ♂Leafshade ♀Twigbranch ♀Violetshine ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts


  • She was mistakenly called a tom.[60]

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 188
  3. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 235
  5. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  6. The allegiances of The Apprentice's Quest establish that Leafshade, Honeyfur, and Larksong are born to Lilyheart. While never outright stated that Snowbush is the father of this litter, Snowbush is confirmed to be Lilyheart's mate on page 74 of River of Fire.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 279
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 253
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 17
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Twilight, page 50
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 219
  13. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-63
  14. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  16. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 95
  17. Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 6
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 197
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 329
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 327
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  23. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 1
  24. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  25. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 3
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 5
  30. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 19
  31. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  34. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  37. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  38. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  39. Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 100
  41. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 95
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 230
  43. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 44
  44. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  46. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 111
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  48. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 9
  49. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  50. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 16
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 116-117
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  53. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  54. 54.0 54.1 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  55. 55.0 55.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  58. 58.0 58.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  60. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 269