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

Nettlesplash is a pale brown tom[9] with green eyes.[10]

Nettlesplash is a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar's leadership in the gorge and in the lake territories. He was born as Nettlekit to Waspwhisker and Fallowfern, along with his siblings, Plumkit, Creekkit, and Rabbitkit. He became an apprentice named Nettlepaw, and later on, a warrior named Nettlesplash. He and several other SkyClan cats tried taking Twoleg food from an elderly Twoleg, though Leafstar catches them and reprimanded them that warriors reject the soft life of a kittypet. Nettlesplash later became Rileypool's mentor, and Mintfur's mate, fathering Gravelkit, Nectarkit, Palekit, and Fringekit with her. In the aftermath of the battle of the gorge, Nettlesplash and Mintfur opted to become loners as their young kits wouldn't be able to handle the long trek to find ThunderClan.

As he and Mintfur raised their kits, Nettlesplash became worried when Darktail and his band of rogues remained in the gorge, but when Dragonfly, a cat of Darktail's, fell sick near their den, Nettlesplash felt pity over the she-cat and helped nurse her back to health. Moons later, a SkyClan patrol led by Hawkwing found Nettlesplash and his family, and they rejoined SkyClan once again, returning to SkyClan's new home beside the lake.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Darkest Night

"I'm taking you back to my den. We're going to help you."
―Nettlesplash to Dragonfly Darkest Night, pages 9-11
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.
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In The Broken Code arc

The Silent Thaw

Nettlesplash and Plumwillow are on a border patrol with Hawkwing when Dewspring and Rootpaw ask to join them. He marks the border and reminisces with the ThunderClan patrol about prey returning to the forest. Later, Rootpaw spots Nettlesplash and Macgyver selecting prey from the fresh-kill pile.

Veil of Shadows

Nettlesplash and Blossomheart arrive in SkyClan's camp with Bramblestar's impostor in tow and he announces they found Bramblestar near the border wishing to speak to Leafstar.

In the Super Editions

SkyClan's Destiny

"I'll teach you to push me into the river!"
―Nettlekit to Plumkit SkyClan's Destiny, page 16
Nettlekit is a kit of Fallowfern and[Waspwhisker, and 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 tumble 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.

Nettlesplash's, Creekfeather's, Plumwillow's and Rabbitleap's warrior ceremonies

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 later complains 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 comic the end of the book, Nettlepaw, along with his siblings, Creekpaw, Plumpaw, and Rabbitpaw all pass their assessments and receive their warrior names: Nettlesplash, Creekfeather, Plumwillow, and Rabbitleap.

Hawkwing's Journey

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

Squirrelflight's Hope

His kits are now warriors, Palesky, Gravelnose, Nectarsong and Fringewhisker.

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.

In the SkyClan and the Stranger arc

The Rescue

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 The Rescue, page 30

Leafstar confronting Nettlesplash and Sandypaw for eating food

Sharpclaw mentions that he sent Nettlesplash out on patrol with Waspwhisker, Tinycloud and Sandypaw to check on the fox scent. When Leafstar and Harveymoon go for a walk, they encounter Waspwhisker and Tinycloud looking for Nettlesplash and Sandypaw, who had disappeared when the patrol had split up beyond the border. After some searching, they find the two young cats, and Leafstar asks them what they were doing. Nettlesplash and Sandypaw uneasily reply that they were looking for the fox-scent, but couldn't find it. However, Leafstar detects the scent of food on them and asks them if they had been eating. Sandypaw replies they did, but only ate a little, and 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 clean Lichenfur's and Tangle's fur for ticks.

Nettlesplash being petted by the Twoleg

Later, Rockshade tells Leafstar that the apprentices, Plumwillow and Nettlesplash are missing. However, they promptly return to 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, insists that they got carried away when they caught it. After a few days, Leafstar spots the young cats heading up the gorge again, and Sharpclaw confronts them. Nettlesplash stammers that they thought they would go on their own dawn patrol. Later, Leafstar overhears Nettlesplash telling Sandypaw that he can't tell Tinycloud about their secret. Leafstar decides to keep a close eye on the young cats from then on.

Nettlesplash embarrassed

Nettlesplash, Birdpaw and Sandypaw later tell Sharpclaw 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, and finds them at a Twoleg nest, being fed by an elderly Twoleg. Leafstar angrily confronts them, and Nettlesplash stammers that the Twoleg is really nice and her food tastes good. Leafstar furiously orders them to go back to the gorge.
When Leafstar and her kits are captured by the Twoleg, 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. When Leafstar meets Sol, he comforts her that she will be fed, though he is surprised that the other wild cats didn't stay after tasting the food. Leafstar exclaims that they would never stay, as they are warriors like her. After Leafstar and her kits are rescued, Leafstar reminds the apprentices that they must never take food from Twolegs, and Nettlesplash is embarrassed.

Beyond the Code

Nettlesplash and the patrol returning with bountiful prey

When Leafstar and Sharpclaw decide to send the hunting patrols in groups of eight, Patchfoot's patrol return, but with only four cats. He tells Leafstar that it was Sol's idea to divide their hunting patrol into four cats. Fallowfern worries that Nettlesplash and his sister, Plumwillow, could be attacked by foxes or badgers. However, Nettlesplash, Plumwillow, Mintfur and Sol return with enough fresh-kill to keep the Clan fed for days.

Nettlesplash and the patrol stealing prey from foxes

Sharpclaw is unsure about Sol's unexpected hunting skill, so Leafstar volunteers to join Sol and his patrol on another hunting session. 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, Nettlesplash and the others snatch rabbits and run back to the gorge. Later, at the top of the gorge, he and the patrol are scolded by Leafstar and Sharpclaw for potentially leading the foxes to their camp, and Leafstar makes the young warriors promise not to bring this up with the rest of the Clan.

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Nettlesplash's parents are Waspwhisker and Fallowfern. His mate is Mintfur, and Gravelnose, Palesky, Fringewhisker and Nectarsong are their children. For more of Nettlesplash's family, click here!



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

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

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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

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 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. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 257
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, manga
  7. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 12
  9. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 15
  10. Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger
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