"And it's hard to trust new cats. After Darktail."
— Nettlesplash to Hawkwing in Darkest Night, page 169

Nettlesplash is a pale brown tom.[8]

He is born as Nettlekit to Waspwhisker and Fallowfern, along with his siblings Plumwillow, Creekfeather and Rabbitleap. He becomes an apprentice named Nettlepaw, and later on, a warrior named Nettlesplash. He and several other SkyClan cats try taking twoleg food from an elderly twoleg, though Leafstar catches them and reprimands them. Nettlesplash later becomes Rileypool's mentor, and becomes Mintfur's mate, fathering Gravelnose, Nectarsong, Palesky and Fringewhisker with her. In the aftermath of the Battle of the gorge, Nettlesplash and Mintfur opt to become loners as their young kits won't be able to handle the long trek to find ThunderClan.

As he and Mintfur raise their kits, Nettlesplash becomes worried when Darktail and his band of rogues remain in the gorge, but when Dragonfly, a cat of Darktail's, falls sick near their den, Nettlesplash feels pity over the she-cat and helps nurse her back to health. Moons later, a SkyClan patrol led by Hawkwing finds Nettlesplash and his family again, and the family rejoins SkyClan once again, returning to SkyClan's new home.


In the Super Editions

SkyClan's Destiny

Nettlekit is a kit of Fallowfern and Waspwhisker. He and his littermates, Plumkit, Creekkit, and Rabbitkit, are always getting into mischief. Just before Bouncefire, Rockshade, and Tinycloud have their warrior ceremony, Plumkit accidentally pushes him in the river while they are play-fighting. His father, Waspwhisker, jumps in and saves him.
Once he gets out of the river he tells Plumkit that he will teach her to push him into the water. Fallowfern rushes over and starts to lick his fur, but he gets away and pounces on Plumkit. He and his four littermates tell Fallowfern that they can't wait to become warriors and that being six moons was forever away.
He and his siblings are then seen coming out of the nursery. When Leafstar reprimands some warriors that were speaking out against the daylight-warriors, she says that no cat can blame them for Nettlekit falling into the river.
Nettlekit says that he wanted to train with the apprentices. When Leafstar gives permission for some cats to try out other caves, as dens, Nettlekit says that he wanted to sleep in one. After the battle with the rats he and his littermates are seen running down the trail and climbing on Waspwhisker. Nettlekit is then seen by Leafstar as she sees Fallowfern trying to smooth out Nettlekit's rumpled fur.
Leafstar and Billystorm then offer to take Nettlekit and his littermates out for a while, so Fallowfern can get a rest, Fallowfern agrees and they decide to go to the training area. The kits are shown to be very excited when Billystorm catches a blackbird. When they pretend that they are the warriors in the Twoleg attack, he chooses to be Billystorm, saying that the warrior knows everything about fighting. His siblings retort, saying that Billystorm is a kittypet, and didn't show up at the battle, though Nettlekit refuses to be anyone else until his sister threatens him by saying that he can't play. He then quickly changes his mind to Sparrowpelt. He is then seen saying he wanted to be Billystorm in a game the kits were playing and the kits tell him that Billystorm was not a real warrior, he was a kittypet, and that if he wanted to be Billystorm he could play by himself.
When Echosong tells Leafstar that she needs an apprentice, Leafstar tells her to wait until one of Fallowfern's kits are old enough, but the kits say that they don't want to be a medicine cat. When a Twoleg kit gets trapped upstream from the camp, Fallowfern says that Plumkit and Nettlekit heard strange noises. Nettlekit is then seen saying that he wanted to see Twolegplace. Nettlekit is then seen with his siblings having a fake warrior ceremony. Nettlekit says that he'd rather be a kittypet, and Leafstar worries for a moment, but then she remembers that it was all just a game.
He is then seen complaining, due to the fact that Fallowfern wants the kits to clean out the nursery. When Waspwhisker leaves camp with the rest of the warriors, he is seen telling him that he should not leave, and that he didn't want anything to happen to him.
In the manga adventure at the end of the book, Nettlepaw, along with his siblings, Creekpaw, Plumpaw, and Rabbitpaw all pass their assessments and receive their warrior names: Creekfeather, Plumwillow, Rabbitleap, and Nettlesplash.

Hawkwing's Journey

When Echosong mentions she had a vision when the fire happened, Nettlesplash asked if the vision predicted the fire then, jumping to his paws. This unsettles the Clan and it takes Sharpclaw to quieten them. However, they still murmur following Nettlesplash's question. When the patrol that was sent to find Firestar's kin returns, Nettlesplash, Rabbitleap and Plumwillow emerge into the open, giving out caterwauls and hurling onto Waspwhisker. After finishing their greetings with their father, Nettlesplash asks where Billystorm is, not realizing the tom was killed by a badger. Leafstar announces the failure of the quest during a Clan meeting but is still determined to fulfill the prophecy. Nettlesplash questions how they would do that and his mate and mother of his four kits, Mintfur, agrees with him.
Nettlesplash is seen as part of the larger patrols, due to the two attacks from raccoons. Hawkwing stops and Nettlesplash, along with the rest of the patrol, vanishes into the undergrowth. After a border patrol is attacked by rogues, Nettlesplash questions how long SkyClan can keep fighting against every threat. After SkyClan is driven out by the rogues, Nettlesplash regroups with the Clan in Ebonyclaw's garden, his mate and kits with him. Sparrowpelt announces since they have daylight-warriors again, they can attack the rogues. Nettlesplash yowls his agreement, growling they'll rip their fur off. Nettlesplash's apprentice, Rileypaw has his warrior ceremony and Nettlesplash says that he is ready for his warrior name, not waiting for Leafstar to ask him as traditional. The leader dips her head in acknowledgement to the warrior instead. When Leafstar decides for SkyClan to leave, Nettlesplash stands protectively over his mate and kits as he announces they have thought carefully and decided to remain behind. He explains this is because the pair's kits are too small to make the long journey. SkyClan leaves that day, with Nettlesplash, Mintfur and their kits remaining behind as loners.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Darkest Night

He and Mintfur emerge out of the gorge they're living in when a SkyClan patrol consisting of Hawkwing, Violetpaw, Blossomheart, Rabbitleap, and Molewhisker are stopped by Palepaw and Gravelpaw. Happy to see him, Blossomheart comments that Nettlesplash looks well, and he returns the compliment to her. He introduces his and Mintfur's other kits, Fringepaw and Nectarpaw to them. He asks who Violetpaw is and Hawkwing introduces her as one of his and Pebbleshine's kits. Mintfur goes to ask where Pebbleshine is but Violetpaw explains that she had died. Eager to move the conversation on, Nettlesplash asks if they traveled far and invites them to rest and eat in the gorge when told they have walked for a quarter moon.
More Coming Soon

River of Fire

Nettlesplash does not formally appear in River of Fire, but is listed in the allegiances.

The Raging Storm

Coming Soon

In The Broken Code arc

Lost Stars

Nettlesplash does not formally appear in Lost Stars, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the SkyClan and the Stranger arc

The Rescue

Sharpclaw mentions that he sent Nettlesplash out on patrol. When Leafstar and Harveymoon go for a walk they encounter part of his patrol, Waspwhisker and Tinycloud tell Leafstar that their patrol split up, and somehow they had lost Nettlesplash and Sandypaw. When the cats go to look for Sandypaw and Nettlesplash, they find them. Leafstar asks them what they were doing, and they replied that they were looking for the fox-scent, but they couldn't find it. Leafstar then asks them if they had been eating and they reply that they only ate a little. Leafstar reminds them that it is against the warrior code to eat before the kits and the elders. She then sends them back to camp, telling them that for a punishment they have to check Lichenfur and change her bedding. Once back at camp, he and Sandypaw are seen cleaning Lichenfur and Tangle's fur for ticks.
Later, Rockshade tells Leafstar that the apprentices, Plumwillow and Nettlesplash were missing. They appear back in camp with only a mangled pigeon. Waspwhisker asks what their story is and why they came back with bad fresh-kill, and Nettlesplash, who had been carrying it, says that they got carried away when they caught it.
After a few days, Leafstar sees the young cats head up the gorge again, and thinks that she should have know that the mystery around them would come up again. Sharpclaw asks where they are going, and Nettlesplash stammers that they thought they would go on their own dawn patrol. Later, while lying in the Whispering Cave, Leafstar hears arguing from outside, and sees Nettlesplash tell Sandypaw that he can't tell Tinycloud about their secret. Leafstar decides to keep a close eye on the young cats from then on.
They later tell Leafstar that they are going to cool their paws off in the water. Clovertail is glad that at least Nettlesplash has gotten over his fear of water, as he had never liked it since Plumwillow pushed him in when they were kits. Leafstar decides to follow them, them and finds them at a Twoleg nest, being fed by an elderly Twoleg. Leafstar tells them that what they are doing is wrong, and Nettlesplash stammers that she is really nice and that her food tastes good. Leafstar commands them to go back to the gorge.
Nettlesplash is later mentioned after Leafstar has been captured. Leafstar doesn't want to eat any kittypet food, but thinks that since Birdpaw, Honeypaw, and Nettlesplash ate it for days with no ill effects, she must eat it for her kits. Later, Nettlesplash is mentioned, though not by name, when Leafstar meets Sol, and he comforts her that she will be fed, though he is surprised that the other wild cats didn't after tasting the food. Leafstar exclaims that they would never stay, as they are warriors like her.
After Leafstar and her kits have been rescued and Leafstar calls a Clan announcement, she reminds the apprentices that they must never take food from Twolegs, and Nettlesplash is seen embarrassed.

Beyond the Code

Nettlesplash is mentioned by Fallowfern when Patchfoot tells Leafstar about Sol’s idea to divide their hunting patrol. She worries that Nettlesplash and his sister, Plumwillow, could be trapped by foxes or badgers. While this is happening, Nettlesplash and the rest of the patrol return with enough fresh-kill to keep the Clan fed for days.
He is then one of the cats to be on Sol's patrol the next night. When they go very deep into the woods, Leafstar asks what they are doing, and Nettlesplash shows Leafstar a fox den. Leafstar is surprised and exclaims that they must get away from there, but Nettlesplash tells her to wait, reassuring her that it’s okay. When Sol gives the order to steal prey from the fox den, he snatches a rabbit and runs back to the gorge. Later, at the top of the gorge, he and the patrol are scolded by Leafstar, who makes them promise not to bring this up with the rest of the Clan.

In the Novellas

Ravenpaw's Farewell

At Rileypaw's and Bellapaw's apprentice ceremony, Leafstar nods to Tinycloud and Nettlesplash, asking if they can be the newest apprentices’ mentors. Nettlesplash nods as he stands beside Tinycloud.

Tawnypelt's Clan

Nettlesplash does not formally appear in Tawnypelt's Clan, but is listed in the allegiances.


Interesting facts

  • Nettlesplash has kittypet blood through Waspwhisker,[8] and loner blood through Fallowfern.[8]

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Mintfur:[9] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Palesky:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Nectarsong:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Fringewhisker:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Gravelnose:[7] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Waspwhisker:[8] Status unknown


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


Rabbitleap:[1] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Creekfeather:[1] Status unknown


Plumwillow:[1] Living (As of Lost Stars)
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Reedclaw:[11] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Finleap:[11] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Dewspring:[11] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Turtlecrawl:[12] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Kitescratch:[12] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Waspwhisker ♂Fallowfern ♀
Mintfur ♀Nettlesplash ♂Rabbitleap ♂Creekfeather ♂Plumwillow ♀Sandynose ♂
Palesky ♀Gravelnose ♂Nectarsong ♀Fringewhisker ♀Dewspring ♂Finleap ♂Reedclaw ♀

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    = Gender Unknown


"I'll teach you to push me into the river!"
—Nettlekit to Plumkit SkyClan's Destiny, page 16

"Nettlekit, Plumkit, I don't want to hear another squeak from either of you."
—Fallowfern scolding Nettlekit and Plumkit SkyClan's Destiny, page 24

Sandypaw: "Oh just-just in the woods, ah, trying to follow the fox-scent."
Nettlesplash: "Yeah, the fox-scent, but we didn't, uh, didn't ever find anything."
—Sandypaw and Nettlesplash to Leafstar After the Flood, page 30

Echosong: "It’s true that I had the vision on the same day that the fire happened, but—"
Nettlesplash: "Was StarClan predicting the fire?"
—Nettlesplash and Echosong about the vision Hawkwing's Journey, page 38

Sagenose: "But they'll be back!"
Nettlesplash: "Yes, how long can we keep fighting?"
—SkyClan about the rogues Hawkwing's Journey, page 162

"Yes, rip their pelts off!"
—Nettlesplash about attacking the rogues Hawkwing's Journey, page 214

Dragonfly: "Go ahead. Whatever you're going to do, I can't stop you."
Nettlesplash: "I'm not going to do anything. I'm not like Darktail's rogues. I wouldn't attack a helpless cat."
Dragonfly: "I haven't...I joined Darktail after the cats who used to live in the gorge were gone. I was never going to attack you. I don't want to hurt other cats either."
Nettlesplash: "If you stay with Darktail, you'll have to... What's your name."
Dragonfly: "Dragonfly. I met Rain in the forest, and he convinced me to join Darktail's group. He said it would be safer than living as a loner."
Nettlesplash: "And is it?"
Dragonfly: "At first, it seemed better. I had other cats to help me. But once I got sick...Darktail doesn't like sick cats. When I wasn't strong enough to hold my own against the other cats, I wasn't allowed to eat. I got pushed out of the best sleeping places, and I've gotten sicker."
Nettlesplash: "Did you try tansy for your cough?"
Dragonfly: "I haven't seen any. One of the other cats told me that catmint could help a cough, and we went to find some, but Darktail took it away from us. He said he'd give helpful herbs to cats who deserve the, He doesn't think I deserve them...Following him was the wrong choice. I've made a lot of bad decisions. Maybe this'll be my last one."
Nettlesplash: "Don't fall asleep! Tell me why you're here now."
Dragonfly: "I...wanted to find more herbs. But I didn't see anything that looked right. And... I tried to hunt but I was too weak. The longer I went without catching anything...the weaker I got."
Nettlesplash: "Stay awake! Can you get up if I help you?"
Dragonfly: "What? Where are we going?"
Nettlesplash: "I'm taking you back to my den. We're going to help you."
—Dragonfly and Nettlesplash Darkest Night: Bonus Scene, pages 9-11

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 17
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Rescue, page 51
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 235
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page manga
  6. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 12
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 15
  9. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 98
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 167
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 333
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, undefined
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