"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 white patches,[12] matted fur,[11] and amber eyes.[10]

Mapleshade was a warrior of ThunderClan in the forest territories. She was apprenticed to Bloomheart and became a warrior named Mapleshade. She fell in love with a RiverClan tom, Appledusk, who had previously caused the death of Oakstar's son, Birchface. She and Appledusk had three kits: Petalkit, Larchkit, and Patchkit. Eventually the Clan learned the truth of the kits father, and Oakstar banished them from ThunderClan. The kits drown after Mapleshade tries crossing the river. When she went to RiverClan, Appledusk and Darkstar rejected her. Mad with grief, Mapleshade killed Ravenwing, Frecklewish, and Appledusk to avenge her kits. Perchpaw killed Mapleshade, and she went to the Place of No Stars after death.

In the Dark Forest, she targeted and trained a number of cats, and made a promise with Crookedstar to put his Clan above all else. During the Great Battle, she fought for the Dark Forest, and retreated with the remaining Dark Forest residents after the battle was lost.


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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 Sandstorm had, but Spottedleaf throws her off. Mapleshade kills her, and as Firestar mourns, Sandstorm chases Mapleshade away.

Super Editions

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"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.


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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 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 is a large,[10] tortoiseshell-and-white[10] or orange-and-white[11] she-cat[10], with a white muzzle,[13] and white patches.[12] She has thick fur like a mane around her neck,[14] a massive, scarred head,[15] and a scarred, broad muzzle[16] and face.[17] She has thick,[11] ragged,[18] patched, scarred[17] matted fur,[11] and 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 in Night Whispers,[11] and on the Warriors family tree.[20][21] She has also been described as a tortoiseshell,[10] with Vicky also confirming that Mapleshade is indeed a tortoiseshell. Her son, Patchkit, also had his description modified to match Mapleshade.[22]
  • 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,[23] although she had actually broken the jaw of a squirrel.[24]
  • Although listed as a RiverClan cat in The Ultimate Guide,[25] 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][26]

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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

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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 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 77
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 8
  13. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 11
  14. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 117
  15. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 7
  16. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 5
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 7
  18. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 254
  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 The Ultimate Guide, page 118
  24. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 383
  25. Mapleshade is listed under RiverClan's character list in the table of contents, just after Crookedstar.
  26. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 31
  27. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 2
  28. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 6
  29. Revealed in The Last Hope
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