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"You must promise me that you will be loyal to your Clan above all other things. What you want for yourself is nothing compared to the needs of your Clan. Nothing, remember? Do you make that promise?"
— Mapleshade demanding Crookedkit's fateful promise in Crookedstar's Promise, page 116

Mapleshade is a tortoiseshell-and-white[10] or orange-and-white[11] she-cat,[10] with amber eyes.[10]

Mapleshade is a Dark Forest warrior, and a former warrior of ThunderClan in the forest territories under Oakstar's leadership. She was apprenticed to Bloomheart and later became a warrior named Mapleshade. Mapleshade became mates with Appledusk, who had just killed Birchface in a fight for Sunningrocks, and grew pregnant with his kits. Wishing to not reveal the kits' father to ThunderClan, she instead told them their father was Birchface. She gave birth to Larchkit, Petalkit and Patchkit. However, when her kits were rescued from the river, Ravenwing realized who their real father was and told the whole of ThunderClan. Oakstar banished the already angry Mapleshade, and her troubles became worse when her kits drowned in the river and Appledusk disowned her, having found a new mate in Reedshine. Darkstar denied her a place in RiverClan, which fueled her anger even more.

Mapleshade then became obsessed with avenging her kits, promising to harm any cat believed to have ruined her life. She achieved this by killing Ravenwing, Frecklewish, and Appledusk, but not before being fatally wounded by Perchpaw and ascending to the Dark Forest. From there, Mapleshade continued to affect the lives of the living, attempting to ruin Crookedstar's life by giving him a fateful promise, which took away most of his loved ones. However, Crookedstar broke free of her in the end. Mapleshade even helped Tigerstar rise as ShadowClan's leader. Later on, she fought in the Great Battle and attempted to kill Sandstorm, who had everything she wanted. She instead killed Spottedleaf, and was then chased back to the Dark Forest.


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Omen of the Stars

"You have everything that I wanted, Sandstorm! A mate that loved me, kits that I could watch grow up and have kits of their own, the respect of my Clanmates! I should have had all that!"
—Mapleshade to Sandstorm The Last Hope, page 314
Mapleshade is one of the oldest members of the Place of No Stars and several of the senior members respect her word. She initially doubts Ivypool's loyalty to their cause, but grows to trust her. She is still determined to settle scores from her past against the Clans, and suggest killing kits in the final battle. During the Great Battle, Mapleshade attacks Sandstorm, jealous of everything she has, but Spottedleaf throws her off. Mapleshade kills her, and as Firestar mourns, Sandstorm chases Mapleshade away.

Super Editions

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

"Can you imagine what that feels like? To be rejected twice? To be a loner when all you tried to do was love? But don't worry, I made them pay. I looked for revenge whenever I could! Why do you think I'm here?"
—Mapleshade to Crookedstar Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
In Crookedstar's Promise, Mapleshade appears in Crookedkit's dreams after he runs away from RiverClan and urges him to return. She makes him promise to remain loyal to his Clan above everything else. She convinces him to leave his mother, Rainflower, in order to save his Clanmates from a dog, and breaks a squirrel's jaw to fake an omen signaling Crookedjaw as deputy. Crookedjaw discovers Mapleshade is actually from the Dark Forest and attempts to break ties with her.
After Crookedstar's nine lives ceremony, Mapleshade exclaims they won. Crookedstar blames her for the death of Willowbreeze and two of their kits, and Mapleshade reveals her past, how she lost her kits and mate before being exiled. She vowed revenge on her mate's bloodline, including Crookedstar. In the manga, Mapleshade tells Crookedstar his punishment is complete after Silverstream's death, but Crookedstar insists she lost and he had his family waiting for him in StarClan.


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

"I will never forget this. You have betrayed me and my kits. You will live to regret this day forever, ThunderClan, and that is a promise."
—Mapleshade when she is exiled Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 4
In Mapleshade's Vengeance, Mapleshade is a ThunderClan warrior and she gives birth to Appledusk's kits, Larchkit, Petalkit, and Patchkit. She is determined their kits will reunite the two Clans, however, tensions are high due to Appledusk killing Birchface, Oakstar's son, and Flowerpaw in battle. Frecklewish assumes Mapleshade's kits are her deceased brother's, and the Clan is puzzled when Mapleshade's kits fail to portray Birchface's skills.
Ravenwing discovers the truth and tells the Clan despite Mapleshade's pleas. She and her family are exiled, and while attempting to flee to RiverClan, the kits drown. Appledusk denies having feelings for Mapleshade, and Darkstar exiles Mapleshade. She seeks revenge on those who wronged her; Mapleshade murders Ravenwing, leaving ThunderClan without a medicine cat, and lures Frecklewish to get bitten by an adder. She kills Appledusk, but his apprentice, Perchpaw, fatally wounds her. Reedshine mocks that Appledusk's bloodline will live on through her kits, and Mapleshade dies and wakes up in the Dark Forest, plotting her vengeance.
In Goosefeather's Curse, Mapleshade mocks Goosepaw if she'd been forgotten already. She teaches Goosefeather a few battle moves, insisting he needs to fend for himself. In a vision, Goosefeather sees Mapleshade leaving Frecklewish to die and he confronts hers, confused why she helped him. She explains she seeks vengeance on ThunderClan and that Goosefeather is already doomed.
In Tigerclaw's Fury, Mapleshade taunts Tigerclaw in his mind for losing against a kittypet after failing to kill Bluestar. She whispers doubts into his head about his leadership skills, and urges him to make it clear he's in charge. She brings him to the Dark Forest and reveals she's been watching him throughout his life. Mapleshade encourages him to rise as the rightful leader of ShadowClan, but warns him to be patient.

Detailed description

Mapleshade has two different descriptions, depending on which source you use. Listed below are her descriptions sorted by what she is called.
Mapleshade is a large, tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat,[10] with a scarred[12] white muzzle,[13] and white patches throughout her pelt.[14] She is thick-furred,[11] and her pelt is ragged,[15] patched, and scarred.[16] Her fur is thick around her neck, like a mane,[17] and she has a broad muzzle[12] and face.[16] She has amber eyes.[10]
She could also be a large[10] orange-and-white[11] she-cat,[10] with a thick, white tail.[18] She is thick-furred,[11] and her pelt is ragged,[15] patched, and scarred.[16] Her fur is thick around her neck, like a mane,[17] and she has a broad muzzle[12] and face.[16] She has amber eyes.[10]


Author statements

  • Vicky doesn't think that Mapleshade was medically insane, but was driven mad by grief and feelings of betrayal, and that led to hallucinations that her dead kits were urging her to commit murder.[19]


  • There has been much confusion over Mapleshade's description. She has been described as orange-and-white and shown as orange-and-white on the Warriors family tree.[20][21] However, she has also been called tortoiseshell-and-white by Vicky,[10] who reiterated that Mapleshade is indeed a tortoiseshell and modified Mapleshade's son Patchkit's description to match his mother's.[22] Here is a list of when she is called orange-and-white or tortoiseshell-and-white.
    • Tortoiseshell-and-white: Goosefeather's Curse,[23] Crookedstar's Promise,[24] Spottedleaf's Heart,[12] Tigerclaw's Fury,[16] and The Last Hope.[14]
    • Orange-and-white: Mapleshade's Vengeance,[25] Crookedstar's Promise,[26] and Night Whispers.[11]
  • She has mistakenly been mentioned with green eyes.[7]
  • She is said to have broken the jaw of a pike in order to make Crookedjaw deputy,[27] although she had actually broken the jaw of a squirrel.[28]
  • Although listed as a RiverClan cat in The Ultimate Guide,[29] Mapleshade was never accepted into RiverClan,[5] and was rejected upon seeking refuge after the death of her kits and exile from ThunderClan.[3][5][30]

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"I will never forget this. [...] You have betrayed me and my kits. You will live to regret this day forever, ThunderClan, and that is a promise."
—Mapleshade after she is exiled from ThunderClan Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 42

"You told me you loved me! I went through the agony of bearing your kits! And now you treat me worse than prey. You will regret this, Appledusk. That is my last promise to you."
—Mapleshade to Appledusk Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 53

"Mapleshade had found a place where she truly belonged. From here, she could cause more suffering that when she had been alive, and fighting her battles alone. For all eternity, Appledusk's kin would mourn the day he had destroyed the life of a ThunderClan warrior. Just as she had promised to Reedshine, Mapleshade's desire for vengeance would never sleep."
—Narrator about Mapleshade when she joins the Dark Forest Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 88

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Mapleshade: "Don't take any notice of that old fool."
Goosefeather: "I may be an old fool, but at least my heart is true. My heart isn't soured by bitterness or guided by revenge."
—Goosefeather arguing with Mapleshade Crookedstar's Promise, page 236

"So what? If she can't keep herself safe then she's no use to you. Your loyalty should be to your Clan, not her! Your Clanmates are lying injured in camp yet you sneak off and risk your life to save a warrior who can't even outrun a Twoleg! She should be ashamed that she caused so much trouble. You should be ashamed that you deserted your Clan on a fish-brained mission! Did Hailstar say you could go? No! He told you to wait. Your disloyalty makes me sick. Cats who betray their Clan should be banished. They should live as rogues and loners because that's what they are!"
—Mapleshade to Crookedjaw about Willowbreeze Crookedstar's Promise, page 311

"Why would you want to go to StarClan? That place is full of weak-willed cowards who clung to the warrior code like ants to a leaf in a puddle. You will find much better company in the cats here, Tigerclaw."
—Mapleshade's opinion on StarClan Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 7

"My name is Mapleshade. I have walked beside you from the day you were born, guiding your paw steps, laying out your destiny before you. For now, you don't need to know anything else. Much, much more lies ahead of us, Tigerclaw. Be patient, and you will find out everything."
—Mapleshade to Tigerclaw Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 7

Ivypaw: "Leave me alone!"
Mapleshade: "Are you having a bad dream, dear?"
Ivypaw: "Why don't you just fade away to nothing?"
Mapleshade: "Oh, I'm not going anywhere until I've settled a few scores."
—Ivypaw and Mapleshade Night Whispers, page 263

"Mapleshade—she's a really old Dark Forest cat, and all of the others seem afraid of her, even Tigerstar—well, Mapleshade is taking a special interest in me. She trusts me now, and I'm so close to the truth!"
—Ivypool to Dovewing about Mapleshade Sign of the Moon, page 84

"I'm going to make you pay for every blessing StarClan gave you! And every blessing they stole from me!"
—Mapleshade threatening Sandstorm The Last Hope, pages 313-314

Spottedleaf: "Let [Sandstorm] go!"
Mapleshade: "Spottedleaf! Why don't you let me kill her? She stole Firestar's love from you."
Spottedleaf: "There was nothing to steal. Sandstorm made him happy!"
—Mapleshade's confrontation with Spottedleaf The Last Hope, page 314

"Mapleshade could never make the Clans suffer enough for what had been done to her."
—Narrator about Mapleshade's failed accomplishment The Ultimate Guide, page 121

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 380
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 9
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 120
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 4
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 115
  8. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page 156
  9. Revealed in Night Whispers, pages 263-264
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 77
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 5
  13. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 11
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 8
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 254
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 7
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 117
  18. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 1
  19. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  20. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  21. File:Mapleshade.Icon.png
  22. Revealed on Victoria Holmes's Facebook Page
  23. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 5
  24. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, manga
  25. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, allegiances
  26. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 3
  27. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 118
  28. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 383
  29. Mapleshade is listed under RiverClan's character list in the table of contents, just after Crookedstar.
  30. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 31
  31. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 2
  32. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 6
  33. Revealed in The Last Hope
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