"I can't leave. I have sworn to protect my Clanmates."
— Puddleshine reluctantly staying with Darktail's rogues in Thunder and Shadow, page 347

Puddleshine is a thick-furred [14] brown tom with white splotches[1] and light blue eyes.[17] He has scars hidden under his pelt.[14]

He is the current medicine cat of ShadowClan. He is born as Puddlekit to Pinenose and Spikefur, with his siblings Lioneye, Birchbark and Slatefur. When Littlecloud dies, Rowanstar picks Puddlekit to become ShadowClan's new medicine cat, and Puddlekit becomes Puddlepaw under Leafpool, who expediently mentors him. He later becomes Puddleshine, and quickly has to deal with the yellowcough sickness. He reluctantly stays to join Darktail and becomes part of the Kin, but is barely able to help his injured cats. After he rejoins ShadowClan, Puddleshine gives an omen to Tigerheart as the deputy tries to let Rowanstar lead.

When Tigerheart returns to the Clans, Puddleshine decides to take him to the Moonpool so StarClan can resurrect him, which succeeds. While trying to gather herbs, he is scratched by barbed wire and develops an infection, in which Alderheart is able to heal him and the two become close friends. Puddleshine later becomes the mentor to Shadowpaw, and serves as one of Tigerstar's advisers during a harsh leaf-bare.


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A Vision of Shadows

"Rowanstar is making the wisest decision. Without Tigerheart, we are no more than a bickering mob of starlings. We need the security of a Clan and the safety of Clanmates who hold the warrior code close to their hearts."
—Puddleshine Darkest Night, page 268
He is one of the kits of Pinenose and Spikefur, and is picked by Rowanstar to train under Leafpool as their previous medicine cat, Littlecloud, died without an apprentice. Puddlekit is apprenticed early and trains under ThunderClan's medicine cat, Leafpool, for two moons until he is given his full name of Puddleshine. Soon afterwards, he is forced to deal with the yellowcough outbreak on his own. During Darktail's reign, Puddleshine joins the the Kin, becoming their only healer and only able to help the injured sparingly.
He eventually rejoins ShadowClan, and struggles to support Rowanstar, but Rowanstar steps down as leader and merges ShadowClan with SkyClan. Puddleshine struggles to work with Frecklewish due to their conflicting methods. He eventually rejoins ShadowClan under Tigerstar, but when trying to gather herbs, he is caught in barbed wire and develops a severe infection, and Alderheart seeks to cure him using seedless deathberries. Alderheart's plan is successful, and Puddleshine fully recovers.

The Broken Code

"No, of course not. StarClan is always with us. It must be the Moonpool—I've never seen it iced over before, so it must be affecting our connection with our ancestors. Once it warms up again, things should get better."
—Puddleshine Lost Stars, page 42
He is now Shadowpaw's mentor, and struggles to try and connect with StarClan, and though initially doubted his apprentice's claims to be able to still talk to StarClan, he supports him. Tigerstar also confides with him about the lack of connection with StarClan. He is proud of his apprentice when he receives his full name, but begins to question Shadowsight's status as a medicine cat when Shadowsight admits that his visions were not from StarClan.

Super Editions

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In Tigerheart's Shadow, Puddleshine tries to help Rowanstar keep the peace in ShadowClan, but agrees with the rest of the Clan that he is not a strong leader. He receives a vision about shadows and tells Rowanstar and Tigerheart about it, which Tigerheart interprets as himself standing in the way of Rowanstar's leadership. Moons later, when Tigerheart's corpse is brought back to ShadowClan, Puddleshine tries to revive him, and when that fails, decides to put him at the Moonpool and have StarClan revive him. Puddleshine's plan is successful, and Tigerheart is resurrected as Tigerstar.


Interesting facts

  • In an earlier draft of the allegiances for The Apprentice's Quest, Puddleshine was originally the son of Stonewing and Wasptail along with Needletail, Beenose and Yarrowleaf.[blog 1]
  • Puddleshine was picked to become a medicine cat despite wanting to become a warrior, and without Rowanstar or Littlecloud receiving a sign from StarClan.[6]
  • Puddleshine only trained for two moons before recieving his name, which is much shorter than a usual medicine cat apprenticeship.[7]

Author statements

  • Kate has said around the time of Tigerheart's Shadow that the only cat she really liked from ShadowClan was Puddleshine, since the rest of the Clan seemed "self-serving and disloyal."[blog 2]

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Alderpaw: "Were you hoping that StarClan would tell you if Rowanstar has made the right choice in Puddlepaw?"
Leafpool: "Puddlepaw is quick to learn and has sympathy for his patients. He's going to make a fine medicine cat."
—Leafpool and Alderpaw about Puddlepaw's progress as a medicine cat Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 7

"He was always friendly, although he seemed anxious in his role as the Clan's medicine cat, and a little overwhelmed by the daily worries of keeping his Clan healthy."
—Violetpaw's thoughts about Puddleshine Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 14

"I did my best, and StarClan guided my paws. But it's dangerous for them not to have their own medicine cat, and I don't have time to check on them everyday. Tinycloud's kits are very overdue. A medicine cat should be in their camp. Her kitting will be hard."
—Puddleshine to the other medicine cats about SkyClan not having a medicine cat Darkest Night, page 78

"That's not fair! You can't let him say that. StarClan gave you those lives because they believed in you."
—Puddleshine to Rowanstar Darkest Night, page 160

Scorchfur: "I've always stayed true to the warrior code."
Puddleshine: "Then obey it now and support your leader in his decision."
—Puddleshine to Scorchfur Darkest Night, page 268

"Fix it? Bramblestar lost a life because of Shadowsight’s visions. The Clans are turning on one another because of the codebreakers. What will they say if they find out Shadowsight’s been mistaken all along? They won’t just blame him—they’ll blame all of ShadowClan."
—Puddleshine to Tigerstar and Shadowsight The Silent Thaw, pages 249-250

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  2. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 20
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 21
  5. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 3
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 90
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 217
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 356
  9. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 89
  10. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 121
  11. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 220
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 25
  15. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  16. Revealed in River of Fire, page 252
  17. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 26

Author references


  1. Following ShadowClan's revival, Puddleshine returned to his position as ShadowClan's medicine cat.[13]
  2. Puddleshine became one of the SkyClan medicine cats following ShadowClan's merge with SkyClan, and left the position following ShadowClan's revival.[13]
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