"I already see your father's courage shining in your eyes."
Pinestar to Patchkit during his apprentice ceremony in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 45


Patchpelt is a small black-and-white tom[11] with smooth fur,[12] and amber eyes.[11]

Patchpelt was a ThunderClan warrior under Pinestar's, Sunstar's and Bluestar's leaderships in the forest territories. He was born as Patchkit to Adderfang and Swiftbreeze alongside his sister Leopardkit. As an apprentice, Patchpaw was mentored by Fuzzypelt. He earned his warrior name, Patchpelt and mentored Whitestorm. He fathered Longtail through Robinwing and became an older brother to his parents' second litter, Redtail, Spottedleaf and Willowpelt. He later fathered Lynxkit and Swiftpaw through Goldenflower. Patchpelt retired to the elders' den, and during a fire that ravaged ThunderClan's camp, Patchpelt was trapped with Halftail. Fireheart rescued him, however, Patchpelt died from smoke inhalation and joined StarClan.

History

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Into the Wild

Patchpelt is an elder of ThunderClan. He fights with a tortoiseshell she-cat during ShadowClan's attack on ThunderClan.

Fire and Ice

Yellowfang explains to Fireheart that both Speckletail's kit and Patchpelt have whitecough. She tells him that it isn't serious, but they need to concentrate on getting the Clan strong. Later, when greencough starts to spread through the camp, Yellowfang confirms that Patchpelt has caught it.

Forest of Secrets

"Shh! The meeting's about to start. Take no notice of Crowfur. He'd find fault with StarClan."
—Patchpelt when Crowfur insults Fireheart at a Gathering Forest of Secrets, page 19
He, along with the rest of the elders, develops a close bond with Fireheart's kin Cloudkit. When Crowfur, a WindClan elder, snaps at Fireheart during a Gathering, Patchpelt reassures the young warrior, saying that Crowfur would find fault with StarClan.

Rising Storm

Patchpelt, along with the other elders, is worried that Fireheart's corrupted deputy ceremony is a bad omen. Later, during the drought of greenleaf, he comes up with the idea of soaking moss in the stream to bring back water for the queens, Willowpelt and Goldenflower. During the fire, Patchpelt tries to get Halftail out of the burning camp, but collapses. Fireheart pulls him out of camp, dragging him all the way to Sunningrocks; however, he dies from smoke inhalation shortly after. Leopardfur asks if he was dead, and Fireheart tells her he had breathed in too much smoke. She pulls his dead body across the river so his Clan could grieve for him. Cloudpaw seems to be the most struck by Patchpelt's death, as he was close to all the elders. He is buried in RiverClan's territory, to most of ThunderClan's displeasure.

In the Super Editions

Crookedstar's Promise

At a Gathering, Ottersplash approaches Patchpelt and asks if Leopardfoot, his sister, has kitted yet.

Bluestar's Prophecy

Leopardkit: "We'll get in trouble if we're caught. We're not supposed to leave camp until we're apprentices, remember?"
Patchkit: "Then we won't get caught."
—Patchkit and Leopardkit about to sneak out of camp Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 17-18
Patchkit and his sister, Leopardkit, are Swiftbreeze and Adderfang's kits. When Swiftbreeze asks Moonflower why her daughter, Bluekit's eyes haven't opened yet, she says that Leopardkit and Patchkit's eyes were open the minute they were born, stating that her kits are true warriors.
When Bluekit wakes up in the nursery, she can hear Patchkit and Leopardkit playing outside. They are fighting over who gets to be the mouse and who gets to be the warrior in their game. Patchkit and Leopardkit show Bluekit and her sister, Snowkit, around camp, only being able to show them the apprentices' den. They visit Dapplepaw before Bluekit convinces Snowkit to sneak off with her. Patchkit then reminds Dapplepaw that she promised to take them to the sandy hollow, but she denies it. Instead, she takes them to the ravine, despite the rule that kits aren't allowed to leave camp.
When Adderfang, his father, comes back from a patrol, he plays with Patchkit and Leopardkit. The next day, Patchkit receives his apprentice name, Patchpaw, and his new mentor is Fuzzypelt. During his apprentice ceremony, Pinestar mentions that he can see the courage in his eyes just like his father, Adderfang‘s.
Dappletail pushes past Patchpaw to go talk about WindClan, causing White-eye to shrug apologetically at him. After helping the elders, Bluepaw sits beside Patchpaw to eat a mouse, and Patchpaw comments on why elders are grumpy. When ThunderClan prepares to invade WindClan, Patchpaw is dismayed when Pinestar chooses Leopardpaw to fight over him. He is instead ordered to stay and help guard camp, even though he was worriedly practicing his defense moves while Leopardpaw remained calm. Leopardpaw tells him the hardest thing he will have to worry about is keeping Thistlekit quiet.
He then becomes a warrior, Patchpelt, and his sister becomes Leopardfoot. When Pinestar announces their names at the Gathering, the Clans coldly keep silent. Patchpelt just stares ahead with his shoulders stiff.
Patchpelt enters camp with Adderfang, Sparrowpelt and Thistlepaw with two plump mice in each of their jaws, much to Bluepaw and the Clan's delight. Later, when there is a RiverClan invasion, Pinestar calls out for Patchpelt, Poppydawn, Rosepaw, and Goldenpaw to stay at the top of the ravine in case RiverClan tried to attack the camp. When Pinestar and the rest of the warriors returned from battle, Patchpelt was still ready for a fight, however, there was no invasion. When Bluefur was going to sleep in the warriors den for the first time, Patchpelt and Thrushpelt slept farther out inside the den. As Bluefur and Snowfur were wondering if there were any spaces, Patchpelt calls the two warriors to come over to where he is and take Leopardfoot and White-eye’s nests. At the next Gathering, Bluefur hopes that she won't get the same response from the other Clans that Leopardfoot and Patchpelt did.
Patchpelt later receives Whitepaw as an apprentice, and Bluefur approves of Sunstar's choice. Later, he moves to the elders' den along with many of his Clanmates, including Sparrowpelt, Dappletail, White-eye, Rosetail, and Smallear.

In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

Patchpelt is seen sitting beside the fresh-kill pile with Pinestar. When Leopardfoot is giving birth to her kits a half-moon early, her brother asks if she is okay.

Spottedleaf's Heart

Whitepaw mentions that Patchpelt is out on border patrol. Later, Thistleclaw mentions that he is taking Whitepaw with him and Tigerpaw to train, since Patchpelt has a bellyache. He ate a mouse with maggots in it so Thistleclaw calls him a bee-brain. During the training, Thistleclaw mentions to Whitepaw that he is sure Patchpelt has already taught him the same moves as he has taught Tigerpaw. After Bluefur gives birth to her kits, Spottedpaw notes she and Thrushpelt weren't affectionate in front of other cats like Robinwing and Patchpelt.

Redtail's Debt

Patchpelt is chosen to go on a patrol to damage WindClan's camp, along with Sunstar, Redtail, Thrushpelt, Thistleclaw, and Tigerclaw. As they travel to WindClan's camp, Redtail asks Patchpelt and Thrushpelt if they've ever been there before. Patchpelt says he went to their camp a few moons before with Featherwhisker, describing it as weird that they sleep right out in the open. They climb boulders up a slope, and Patchpelt asks Redtail if he's all right, saying it's a tough climb for smaller cats like them. He points out WindClan's camp in a dip on the moorland, and as Redtail helps Thrushpelt tear the nursery apart, he sees Patchpelt and Thistleclaw doing the same to the elders den. Patchpelt hesitantly approaches Barkface and the medicine den, but Bluefur orders him not to touch it, and he is later seen falling beneath two WindClan warriors. As they return home, Patchpelt and Thistleclaw help support the injured Bluefur.

Tigerclaw's Fury

Cloudpaw asks of Patchpelt and Halftail's location, and Smallear replies that they are not with him. Fireheart then hauls Patchpelt through a gorse tunnel, and manages to get him to the cliff's top.

In the Short stories and plays

The Elders' Concern

Patchpelt complains about the other elders arguing over Fireheart's deputyship, questioning if they are going to get any sleep. Halftail replies that they will not, as they must discuss what Bluestar has done. Patchpelt states that they can't change Bluestar's decision when Halftail asks what they should do about Fireheart. Dappletail and Smallear fret over the fact that Fireheart was born a kittypet, and Halftail points out that the warrior code was broken, as he wasn't appointed before moonhigh. This makes the two worry more, despite Halftail's efforts to calm them by saying that the code would be broken again, and that they have worse things to worry about. Smallear compares the young warrior to Sandstorm and Tigerclaw, questioning Fireheart's specialty.
Dappletail says that Bluestar chose him for a reason, and Patchpelt comments how Fireheart didn't seem to approve of being picked to be deputy. While Halftail tries to reassure them, Smallear and Dappletail continue expressing their displeasure. Patchpelt agrees with Smallear and Dappletail, saying that Bluestar has turned her back on StarClan, and that Lionheart mustn't approve. He finishes saying that, as elders, they can do nothing. Smallear and Dappletail claim that they won't forgive Bluestar nor will they accept Fireheart, and Patchpelt nods his agreement, to Halftail's dismay.

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Ceremonies

Patchkit's apprentice ceremony
Pinestar: Patchkit, I already see your father's courage shining in your eyes. From now on you'll be called Patchpaw, and I give you Fuzzypelt as your mentor. Listen to him carefully because, though he is young, he is clever enough to teach you how to use your courage wisely.
Everyone: Patchpaw! Leopardpaw!
Reference: Bluestar's Prophecy, page 45

Family

Patchpelt's parents are Swiftbreeze and Adderfang, and his mates are Robinwing and Goldenflower. For more on Patchpelt's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Patchpelt has SkyClan blood, because he and his sisters, Spottedleaf and Willowpelt, are SkyClan descendants.[13]

Mistakes

  • In the allegiances of Yellowfang's Secret,[14] and Tallstar's Revenge[15] he and his sister are listed as apprentices, while in Bluestar's Prophecy, which begins after Yellowfang's Secret, they are still kits.[6]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. On page 12 of Bluestar's Prophecy, Patchpaw and his sister are mentioned to be five moons older than Bluekit.
  4. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 255
  5. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 261
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 45
  8. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 144
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 507
  10. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 402
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 14
  13. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Honest Answer
  14. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, allegiances
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