"Not every cat has to be the same."
— Needlepaw to Turtlepaw in Lost Stars, page 19

Needlepaw is a black-and-white she-cat.[1]

Needlekit is born to Violetshine and Tree, with her sibling Rootkit. As an apprentice, Needlepaw protects her brother Rootpaw from Kitepaw and Turtlepaw, who are constantly mocking him. She participates in several training sessions with her mentor, Reedclaw, and when Bramblestar starts accusing about the code breakers, she strongly believes that if things got worse, she would leave SkyClan. She also has pride in her father, Tree, because he was the "best at settling quarrels".


In The Broken Code

Lost Stars

Needlekit is a SkyClan kit, born to Violetshine and Tree alongside her brother, Rootkit. Leafstar calls a Clan meeting to make her and Rootkit apprentices, and she is named Needlepaw, with Reedclaw as her mentor. The other apprentices, Kitepaw and Turtlepaw, come up to her and her brother, congratulating them. They point out how Violetshine looks really proud, while Tree doesn't. Rootpaw says that he shows it differently, and Needlepaw adds that not every cat has to be the same. When Kitepaw tells the two siblings that Turtlepaw was only joking and adds that Tree was weird, she tells them that weird is good and says that Tree is the best at settling quarrels.
Needlepaw and her brother set up their nests in the apprentice' den, after which their mentors tell them to help themselves to some fresh-kill before their first tour of the territory. Tree approaches her and Rootpaw, remarking that they were apprentices now. Needlepaw tells him it's great and tells him that they were going to tour the territory after their meal. Her father tells her to remember what he said about fighting foxes, and Needlepaw replies with a mrrow of laughter, saying not to.
She is taken out with her brother for their first battle training session. Needlepaw manages to hurl herself in the air and flip Reedclaw away from her and land successfully. Dewspring tells her and Rootpaw to practice together. The she-cat pads up to her brother and encourages him when he feels bad for not impressing his mentor. She yowls at her brother when he loses his temper from Kitepaw and Turtlepaw's torments. Needlepaw tells him not to get in trouble because of the two older apprentices when they continue to pick on him. She tells him that he'd only get in trouble with Dewspring if he found out, but, promises her brother that she won't tell on him when he goes through with it.
Needlepaw is seen eating a thrush at the fresh-kill pile when she is approached by Rootpaw. She asks him what was wrong and he snaps at her. She comments and then tells him not to take it out on her. Rootpaw apologises to her, and she gets him to tell her what was wrong. He tells her that he doesn't feel as though others take him seriously because of their father and his abilities. Needlepaw reminds him of Tree's role within the Clans, but, Rootpaw reminds her that he was the first mediator that the Clans had, and that it was a reason why Tree doesn't fit into the Clans and why they weren't respected by the other SkyClan apprentices.
Needlepaw tells him that their thoughts were mouse-brained and what gave them a reason to think that. Rootpaw tells her that due to Tree's role he can rule against SkyClan and that he believes he has to work twice as hard to convince others that he is a loyal member of SkyClan. Needlepaw calmly says that she has the same father, but, instead deals with teasing by telling the other cats to mind their own business. She tells her brother that the only reason Kitepaw and Turtlepaw tease him is because he reacts to them. She adds that he should try not to worry about what their Clanmates think and instead prove himself wrong first.
When Rootpaw catches a large crow, Needlepaw praises him, saying that it was amazing. She later shares his catch with him and the older apprentices. She asks him whereabouts he caught it and adds that Dewspring must have been proud.
She is seen battle training with her brother and their mentors. Needlepaw and Rootpaw are shown a move that allows lighter cats to gain the upper hand. Rootpaw whispers to her that he was going to squash her, but, she tells him he can try. After Reedclaw and Dewspring demonstrate the move, Needlepaw and Rootpaw attempt it. She manages to pull off the move and unbalance her brother. She asks Reedclaw if she did okay, but, is thrown off of her brother when he catches her off guard. They then switch roles, and she attacks Rootpaw.
After the training session ends, the cats head back to camp and she calls to her brother when he becomes lost in thought. Dewspring tells her father that she and Rootpaw were doing well in their training. Reedclaw adds that they were hard workers and didn't complain no matter their task. Tree thanks the mentors and tells Needlepaw and her brother to not be too obedient, as it's important to think individually. Needlepaw tells her father that she knows and that it wasn't a problem.
When the Clans come together in an attempt to break the ice in the Moonpool, Needlepaw stands next to her brother and in front of their parents. She turns to her brother and comments about why warriors were needed if they weren't allowed near the pool. Violetshine tells her that it was because the medicine cats wanted them there in case they needed help. Needlepaw questions further if warriors were meant to be there, believing that the Moonpool was strictly for medicine cats.
Rootpaw asks why there were no ShadowClan cats present. Needlepaw tells him that she overheard their mother telling Tree that the Clan wasn't invited due to their medicine cat apprentice. She tells him that some cats think that the apprentice, Shadowpaw, is the reason StarClan isn't communicating with the Clans.
When the Clan leaders ask the gathered warriors for help, Needlepaw sides with her father in staying out of touching the Moonpool.
Needlepaw calls for her brother from outside of camp, telling him that Violetshine and Tree want to talk to them and that it was important. She leads them out of the forest to their parents. Tree tells her and her brother that he was unsettled by the previous Gathering, not liking Bramblestar's suggestion to start accusing those who have broken the warrior code. He suggests that they leave the Clans, and Needlepaw is shocked asking if he was serious. She tells her father that she doesn't want to leave the Clans and that StarClan wanted them all to live together. Needlepaw promises her father though if things get bad, that she would leave SkyClan.


Interesting facts

  • Needlepaw has loner blood through Tree[3] and kittypet ancestry via her great-grandparents.[4][5][6]
  • It is implied that Needlepaw is named after Needletail.[7]
  • Since her father,[8] brother,[9] and grandmother[8] can see spirits, it is possible that she can too.[8]

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Violetshine:[1] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Tree:[2] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Rootpaw:[1] Living (As of Lost Stars)

Foster siblings:

Squirrel:[10] Living (As of (Squirrelflight's Hope)
Leaf:[10] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)
Moon:[10] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)
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Twigbranch:[11] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Unnamed she-cat:[12] Status unknown


Squirrel:[10] Living (As of (Squirrelflight's Hope)
Leaf:[10] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)
Moon:[10] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)


Pebbleshine:[13] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Moonlight:[12] Deceased, unnamed residence


Hawkwing:[13] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Parsleyseed:[14] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Duskpaw:[15] Deceased, residence unknown
Quailfeather:[16] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Cloudmist:[17] Living (As of Darkest Night)
Blossomheart:[18] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Sunnypelt:[16] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Pigeonfoot:[16] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Cherrytail:[19] Livng (As of The Raging Storm)
Tinycloud:[14] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Sharpclaw:[19] Deceased, residence unknown
Sparrowpelt:[14] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Rockshade:[20] Status unknown
Bouncefire:[20] Deceased, residence unknown


Sandynose:[21] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Birdwing:[21] Status unknown
Honeytail:[21] Deceased, residence unknown


Clovertail:[20] Status unknown
Jessamy:[6] Status unknown

Great-great-great aunt:

Flower:[6] Status unknown


Unnamed tom:[22] Status unknown


Unnamed she-cat:[23] Status unknown

Second cousins:

Curlypaw:[24] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Snipkit:[24] Deceased, residence unknown
Fidgetflake:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Reedclaw:[25] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Finleap:[25] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Dewspring:[25] Living (As of Lost Stars)



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    = Gender Unknown


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Needlepaw: "I have the same father. But I just tell the other apprentices to keep their paws out of my business, and they leave me alone. They only tease you because you let them see it bothers you."
Rootpaw: "I know, but—"
Needlepaw: "You should try not to worry what your Clanmates think. If you're true to yourself, you’ll prove them all wrong. I'm sure of it."
—Needlepaw comforting Rootpaw Lost Stars, page 65

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 2
  3. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 11
  4. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 350
  5. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 215
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in the Warriors App
  7. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 273
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, chapter 11
  9. Revealed on Warriors Fan Vote on the Warriors official website
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 409
  11. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 267
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 198
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  15. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 11
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  17. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 7
  18. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 33
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 21
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 279
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in The Rescue, page 10
  22. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 280
  23. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 363
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 333
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