"Kits take no sides. They are the responsibility of all of us."
— Rockshade to Nutmeg in SkyClan's Destiny, page 449

Rockshade is a black tom[5] with a torn ear[6] and orange eyes.[7]

Rockshade was a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar's leadership in the gorge. He was born as Rock to a rogue queen named Clover with his littermates, Tiny and Bounce. When his mother joined the newly formed SkyClan that was being rebuilt by Firestar, Rock took on the Clan name of Rockkit. He was later apprenticed to Cherrytail as Rockpaw, and earned his warrior name of Rockshade.


In the Super Editions

Firestar's Quest

While Firestar and Sandstorm are hunting, they find a queen being attacked by a fox. The two launch into action and protect the queen. Scratch, a rogue, joins in to protect the cat. The three successfully protect the queen, and she reveals her name, Clover. Clover shows her saviors her kits, Rock being one of them, along with his littermates, Tiny and Bounce. Later, when Clover chooses to join SkyClan, she is renamed Clovertail and Rock is made Rockkit, and his siblings gain Clan names as well.
When he and his littermates are playing one day, they find themselves in a cave with shining moss, and go back to the main part of the camp. Rockkit claims they saw shiny cats there. No one believed them at first, but eventually a patrol was sent to investigate. The cave then became known as the Whispering Cave. He is one of the kits who almost drowns in the gorge when they first see the cave.
When Petal and Rainfur come to the gorge with their kits Mint and Sage, Rockkit and his siblings are seen being excited that they weren't the littlest cats in the gorge anymore.
He, Tinykit, and Bouncekit are soon made into apprentices and given their new names, with Rockpaw being given Cherrytail as his mentor.

SkyClan's Destiny

"It's no surprise that other cats want to learn from us. We're so strong and fierce!"
—Rockshade to Lichenfur SkyClan's Destiny, page 102
He and his siblings, Tinypaw and Bouncepaw, have become warriors. Their names are Rockshade, Tinycloud and Bouncefire.
When Billystorm leaves to go back to his Twoleg nest because of the snow, Rockshade comments that Billystorm only likes to be involved in the fun stuff and goes home when there's work to be done.
Leafstar chooses him, Bouncefire, Ebonyclaw, Mintpaw, Sagepaw, and Snookpaw to go look at the unused dens further along the gorge. He helps Mintpaw climb up to the higher caves when she can't reach the next crack. Later, when Leafstar tells them about ancient SkyClan, he says he wishes he were a descendant of an ancient SkyClan cat. Then he mentions that he is strong unlike some cats, and Leafstar knows he means the daylight-warriors.
During Leafstar's dream, she sees Rockshade and his siblings on their vigil. Then when she wakes up, he and his siblings are bickering about where to hunt.
After Sagepaw falls from the cliff, Echosong asks Rockshade to lay down so she could compare his leg to Sagepaw's. He also complains when Leafstar tells him to go on a hunting patrol, saying he wants to join the training session. Billystorm tells him that when your Clan leader tells you to do something, you do it. Rockshade doesn't say anything back to him but gives Billystorm a glare. Then he mutters to Cherrytail, asking what a kittypet would know.
During the battle with the rats, he joins Sharpclaw's patrol to kill the rats once they flee from their nests. He is seen fighting off a rat that had its teeth clamped onto his shoulder. Leafstar comes to help him and he thanks her.
Before the Gathering, his sister, Tinycloud, challenges him to race up to the Skyrock. Cora then asks what the Skyrock is and he explains it to her. When Billystorm tells Leafstar about seeing SkyClan cats in the Twolegplace, he mentions that Rockshade was in the patrol.
He and his brother, Bouncefire come up with an idea to get revenge on the Twoleg who had trapped Petalnose and Shrewtooth. They say they can use their SkyClan skills to climb up a tree while some other cats lure the Twoleg underneath the tree. Then the cats in the tree would jump out and attack the Twoleg. Coal interrupts and says they shouldn't attack the Twoleg, along with the other Twolegplace cats. When they decide to scare the Twoleg rather than fight it, Rockshade is chosen, along with Cora and Bouncefire, to lead the dog away because they are fast runners.
During the battle against Dodge's group, he is attacked by a cream-colored she-cat. Leafstar goes to his aid and together they drove her off. Then they help a queen named Nutmeg escape from the battle with her kits. Nutmeg says that they are on the other side in the fight, but Rockshade tells her that kits took no sides and that they are the responsibility of everyone.

In the SkyClan and the Stranger arc

The Rescue

When Leafstar and Echosong come back to camp, they find Rockshade and two other warriors searching camp, and Leafstar asks Rockshade what's wrong. He answers that their apprentices, as well as Nettlesplash and Plumwillow, seem to have misplaced themselves. When the five young cats are seen entering the gorge, Rockshade points out where they are.

Beyond the Code

Rockshade and Bouncefire approach Billystorm, Harveymoon, and Ebonyclaw, who are lying in the shade. He insults the daylight-warriors by saying that they're not working hard enough, and just because they eat kittypet slop every night doesn't mean the rest of the Clan should go hungry. This begins an argument, but Rockshade backs down when Leafstar stops the dispute.

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Rockkit's naming ceremony
Firestar: All right. Come here. You can't be apprentices yet, but you can have Clan names. From now on, these kits will be known as Rockkit, Bouncekit, and Tinykit.
Everyone: Rockkit! Bouncekit! Tinykit!
Reference: Firestar's Quest, page 336

Rockpaw's apprentice ceremony
Leafstar: Cherrytail, you are a new warrior, but the whole of SkyClan has seen your dedication. You will mentor Rockpaw.
Reference: Firestar's Quest, page 504

Rockshade's warrior ceremony
Leafstar: I, Leafstar, leader of SkyClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these three apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Bouncepaw, Tinypaw, and Rockpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Rockpaw, Bouncepaw, & Tinypaw: I do.
Leafstar: Rockpaw, from this moment you will be known as Rockshade. StarClan honors your courage and your strength, and we welcome you as a full warrior of SkyClan.
Everyone: Bouncefire! Rockshade! Tinycloud!
Reference: SkyClan's Destiny, pages 20-21




Clovertail:[2] Status unknown


Unnamed tom:[8] Status unknown


Bouncefire:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tinycloud:[2] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Sandynose:[9] Deceased, verified ghost


Birdwing:[9] Status unknown
Honeytail:[9] Deceased, residence unknown
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Unnamed she-cat:[10] Status unknown


Pebbleshine:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sunnypelt:[12] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Pigeonfoot:[12] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Parsleyseed:[11] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Quailfeather:[12] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Curlypaw:[13] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Snipkit:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Reedclaw:[14] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Fidgetflake:[13] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Finleap:[14] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Dewspring:[14] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Violetshine:[15] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Twigbranch:[15] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Needleclaw:[16] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Rootspring:[16] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown




  • In the allegiances of SkyClan's Destiny, he is mistakenly not listed as one of Clovertail's kits.[4]
  • He is mistakenly shown with a lighter muzzle in Beyond the Code.[17]
  • His torn ear disappears for a page in SkyClan and the Stranger.[18]


"Back in the forest where Firestar lives there are four Clans. They meet at the full moon, too, and exchange their news, and there's a truce so they're not allowed to fight one another."
—Rockshade explaining Gatherings to Stick, Cora, Shorty, and Coal SkyClan's Destiny, page 164

Shrewtooth: "What was that?"
Billystorm: "Don't worry. It's only one of those cows."
Rockshade: "Well, I hope they aren't going to keep it up all night. I want to get some sleep."
—Shrewtooth, Rockshade, and Billystorm talking about the cows SkyClan's Destiny, page 427

Rockshade: "Hmmph. Daylight-warriors."
Billystorm: "What was that, Rockshade? Did you want to say something?"
Rockshade: "Sure—how about this? Why don't you start pulling your weight around here for once? Just because your bellies are filled with kittypet slop every night doesn't mean the rest of the Clan should go hungry!"
—Rockshade and Billystorm quarreling Beyond the Code, page 14

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 336
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 279
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 504
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  6. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 149
  7. Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger
  8. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 280
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in The Rescue, page 10
  10. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 363
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 332
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 15
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  17. Revealed in Beyond the Code, page 12
  18. Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger, page 92
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