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"As a medicine cat, I'll never understand a parent's feelings for their kits, but I have many cats that I care for, and worry about, and I'd do anything for them. Rootspring saved my life once, and I feel such a strong sense of duty and loyalty to him because of that. But what I feel even more is a sense that all of this—everything that's happened—is vital for the Clans' survival. All five of them. I could not turn my back, even if I wanted to."
— Shadowsight to his father about his duty to save his friend and the trapped spirits in The Place of No Stars, page 252

Shadowsight is a scrawny, little,[12] dark[13] gray tabby tom with wide, dark stripes along his flanks,[2] amber eyes,[14] and a shredded ear[15] that he is unable to move.[16] He is also scarred.[17]

Shadowsight is a ShadowClan medicine cat under Tigerstar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born as Shadowkit to Dovewing and Tigerheart alongside Pouncekit and Lightkit in the guardian cats' territory. Shadowkit experienced violent seizures followed by visions usually warning him of something to happen, and they progressed throughout his apprenticeship. He became a medicine cat apprentice named Shadowpaw under Puddleshine. When contact with StarClan was severed, Shadowpaw began hearing a voice, and after following his orders to save Bramblestar, became the sole remaining connection to StarClan. He later earned his full name, Shadowsight, and learned of Bramblestar's impostor, realizing the voice he heard was using him. After the impostor attempted to kill him, Shadowsight became a ghost and freed Bramblestar's spirit from the Dark Forest. After returning to his body, Shadowsight was demoted to a medicine cat apprentice since he was believed to be too inexperienced and was forced to take care of Ashfur, the imprisoned impostor. Ashfur manipulated Shadowsight into believing he must be spared from execution in order to save Bramblestar's body, and Shadowsight helped him escape ShadowClan's camp. Determined to right his wrong, Shadowsight used his connection to Ashfur to dream his way to the Dark Forest. He attacked Ashfur so Bramblestar and Squirrelflight could escape, and later re-entered the Dark Forest with Bristlefrost to save Rootspring. Shadowsight later brought living cats to the Dark Forest to help defeat Ashfur. Bristlefrost saved his life by sacrificing herself to kill Ashfur, reestablishing the Clans' connection with StarClan. Shadowsight learned that his visions came from his connection with Ashfur, and he couldn't communicate with StarClan. However, Shadowsight found his peace as a respected medicine cat.


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A Vision of Shadows

"I did it! I did what my vision told me and I brought the Clans together!"
―Shadowkit The Raging Storm, page 314
While staying in ShadowClan temporarily, Alderheart treats Shadowkit during his seizure, which usually signifies him receiving a vision. Alderheart interprets the kit's vision of him drowning. After he heals, Shadowkit spends time in the medicine cat's den which solidifies his ambitions to become a medicine cat. In order to fulfill his vision, Shadowkit throws himself into the flood so the Clans could work together to rescue him. Juniperclaw sacrifices himself to save Shadowkit, and the young kit excitedly exclaims he did what his visions told him to do.

The Broken Code

"Shadowsight. Never lose your courage. StarClan will always be with you. Keep us in our heart even though you can't share it with us. You have always been different. You've known it since you were a kit. It's your challenge, but it's also your strength. You've seen into the shadows, just as you were meant to. But that part of your life is over now. You can begin anew."
―Leafpool to Shadowsight about his powers A Light in the Mist (book), page 285
Shadowpaw is now a medicine cat apprentice mentored by Puddleshine. During a harsh leaf-bare, StarClan's connection is severed, and Shadowpaw believes his unusual visions are to blame. He receives a vision of Tigerstar and Bramblestar viciously fighting in a blaze. An unidentified spirit warns Shadowpaw about codebreakers and provides Shadowpaw instructions to heal Bramblestar's illness. However, Bramblestar dies, and Shadowpaw blames himself. Luckily, the ThunderClan leader is revived, and ShadowClan begins to trust Shadowpaw. He earns his full name, Shadowsight. After ShadowClan is plagued by numerous injuries, Shadowsight decides to tell the other Clans about his vision of the codebreakers. Bramblestar, whose body is now inhabited by an impostor, uses this knowledge to severely punish the codebreakers. Shadowsight realizes that the voice he heard before tricked him, and Rootpaw and Tree reveal the true Bramblestar's spirit to ShadowClan.
Shadowsight is attacked by the impostor while on the way to the Moonpool, and is on the brink of death. Spiresight's ghost fetches Rootpaw to save Shadowsight, and Shadowsight's ghost confronts the impostor in ThunderClan's camp where he is threatened by the his true form. After he regains consciousness, Shadowsight uses deathberries to travel to the Dark Forest and rescue Bramblestar's ghost. He recovers and the impostor is taken prisoner following a battle between the Clans. However, the impostor warns Shadowsight that his plans aren't foiled yet. Shadowsight is demoted to a medicine cat apprentice since Mothwing believes he is too inexperienced and he became a full medicine cat because he saved Bramblestar. He is entrusted to take care of Ashfur, the real identity of the impostor, who weaves doubts of Shadowsight's place in ShadowClan, and praises his special abilities. Shadowsight protects Ashfur from Tigerstar, Lionblaze, and others who wish to kill him because he wishes to protect Bramblestar's body, wanting to prove he's not a murderer. When the Clan leaders decide to execute Ashfur for the good of the Clans, Ashfur pressures Shadowsight to help him escape in order to save Bramblestar, warning about his power over spirit cats.
Several cats wish for Shadowsight to see justice after he lets Ashfur escape, and Shadowsight, having realized his mistake in letting the dark warrior go, volunteers to go into the Dark Forest to atone, an idea which is heavily debated amongst the leaders. After Willowshine is killed by Ashfur, Shadowsight convinces Mothwing to let him venture into the Dark Forest, which she agrees to. In the Place of No Stars, Shadowsight meets a Dark Forest cat named Snowtuft, who reveals to Shadowsight that the Dark Forest is shrinking because of Ashfur's interference, and asks for his help in saving his home. Shadowsight is able to help the ghost of Bramblestar escape Ashfur's grasp, eventually allowing the former leader and Squirrelflight to escape the Dark Forest. He, Bristlefrost, and Rootspring discover a thick bramble barrier sealing the entrance between StarClan and the Dark Forest created by Ashfur, and both afterlives are slowly disappearing. However, the barrier weakens with hope, and Shadowsight returns to the living world to bring more cats to help. A patrol of StarClan, Dark Forest, and living cats confront Ashfur in a final battle, and Ashfur attempts to convince Shadowsight that he must kill Bristlefrost to bring the peace. Shadowsight refuses, and Bristlefrost sacrifices herself to kill Ashfur and save Shadowsight. While StarClan and the Dark Forest are saved, Shadowsight blames himself for his friend's death, though Juniperclaw convinces him that it's not his fault. Leafpool also informs Shadowsight that he was never able to communicate with StarClan; he was always meant to see into the shadows, his connection was with Ashfur from the very beginning, and now that Ashfur is gone, that connection faded. However, Shadowsight finds his peace with his fellow medicine cats, finally feeling free. He is also named a Light in the Mist for his part in saving Bramblestar.

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"This one will see into the shadows."
―Spire's thoughts on Shadowkit Tigerheart's Shadow, page 360
In Tigerheart's Shadow, Shadowkit is born to Tigerheart and Dovewing along with Pouncekit and Lightkit in a large Twolegplace with the guardian cats. Once he and his littermates are old enough, he and his family travel back to the Clans. During the journey, Shadowkit dreams of the way to lake. His parents are unsure of how he knows this, but trusts him to lead the way after Tigerheart is mortally injured. He witnesses his father's revival as Tigerstar, and joins ShadowClan.


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"I believe you will show us the way to a new ShadowClan, little one."
―Tawnypelt to Shadowkit Tawnypelt's Clan, page 194
In Tawnypelt's Clan, Shadowkit continues to suffer violent seizures. When his vision depicts a tree destroying a cave, Tawnypelt believes he is meant to go to the Tribe of Rushing Water. Tigerstar disagrees sending his young son on a journey to the mountains, but Dovewing and Tawnypelt do so anyway. When they reach the Tribe, Stoneteller teaches Shadowkit how to control his seizures, and is impressed that Shadowkit's powers can reach both the Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan, and beyond. After Shadowkit successfully saves the Tribe's home, the three head back home.

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Killed victims

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Personality and traits

Shadowsight is a nervous tom with little faith in himself. He just wants to be normal, like his littermates.[19] He often wonders whether he is the reason for StarClan's silence, and doesn't understand his visions or the seizures that accompany them.[20]



Tigerstar is proud and protective of his son.[19] He often does everything he can to make things comfortable for Shadowsight and doesn't hesitate to help him when he is worried.[21]


"Dovewing can be really embarrassing at times, treating me like I'm still a kit, but I can't imagine how much it would hurt to lose her."
―Shadowpaw's thoughts about Dovewing Lost Stars, page 51
Dovewing is supportive and proud of her son.[19] She can be protective of her littlest kit, especially since he is prone to seizures.[22] Shadowsight feels like he can confide in her, and often does. Dovewing always tries to comfort Shadowsight when he comes to her, as she knows all about his tendency to worry.[23] When Dovewing is outed as a codebreaker, Shadowsight is reluctant to share his vision, as he doesn't want his mother to be put in danger.[24]


"I'm still getting to know you, but I do love you, little one. I will protect you."
―Tawnypelt thinking about Shadowkit Tawnypelt's Clan, page 15
Tawnypelt harbors affection for Shadowsight and his siblings, as they are her kin.[25] Even though she didn't know them very well as kits due to the fact that they were born in a Twolegplace, she loves them unconditionally.[26] When she sees one of Shadowsight's seizures, she promises to protect him and do what she thinks is best for him.[26]

Lightleap and Pouncestep

"Hey, Shadowpaw! Come and play with us!"
―Lightleap to Shadowpaw Lost Stars, page 44
Shadowsight often compares himself to his sisters, Lightleap and Pouncestep, thinking that they seem much more comfortable and confident in their warrior positions.[27] They are often more cool-headed than their brother, and don't worry nearly as much as he does.[28] However, they are still supportive, and try to comfort Shadowsight when he is anxious.[28] As kits, they often played together with Shadowsight, and still like to roughhouse together sometimes, even as warriors and medicine cat.[29]


"[Shadowpaw] always enjoyed working with Puddleshine to find, sort, and store the herbs. Treating cats with herbs made him feel calm and in control...the opposite of how he felt during his seizures and the accompanying visions."
―Shadowpaw thinking about training with Puddleshine Lost Stars, page 13
Shadowsight enjoys training as a medicine cat under Puddleshine.[30] The scent of herbs make him feel calm and in control, the opposite of how he feels during his visions.[30] Puddleshine is supportive of Shadowsight[31] and straightforward with his apprentice, comforting him when the Moonpool freezes over.[32] However, when Shadowsight reveals that his visions didn't come from StarClan, Puddleshine begins to wonder if the dark gray tom was ever meant to be a medicine cat.[33]


Ashfur first appears to Shadowsight posing as a member of StarClan and leads the apprentice to believe that he must heal Bramblestar by leaving him out in the freezing cold.[34] After Ashfur takes over Bramblestar's body, he attacks and leaves Shadowsight in a ravine to die.[35]
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Shadowsight's parents are Tigerstar and Dovewing, and his sisters are Lightleap, Pouncestep, and Rowankit, and his brother is Birchkit. For more of Shadowsight's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Shadowsight has ThunderClan blood via Dovewing[36] and kittypet blood through Cloudtail.[37]
  • Shadowsight has the same dark stripes as his father, Tigerstar.[38]
  • Shadowsight is noted to look a little like his cousins, Flipclaw, Bristlefrost and Thriftear.[39]
  • His suffix is named after Spiresight.[40]
  • His and Pouncestep's favorite prey is mouse.[41]
  • Shadowsight could never communicate with StarClan, as he could only "see into the shadows" as Spiresight foretold, meaning his connection with Ashfur (the shadows) gave him his visions. After Ashfur died, Shadowsight's connection with him disappeared and he could never communicate with their ancestors.[42][43]

Author statements

  • Shadowkit was named after his father's Clan, thought of by Dovewing who was trying to celebrate hers and Tigerstar's differences.[blog 1]
  • Kate believes Shadowsight to be short-furred.[blog 2]

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 35
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
  3. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 301
  4. Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 89
  6. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 231
  7. Revealed in A Light in the Mist, page 328
  8. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 198
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 87
  11. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 36
  12. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 230
  13. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 189
  14. Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 1
  15. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 190
  16. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 212
  17. Revealed in River, page 27
  18. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 245
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 3
  20. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 41
  21. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 46
  22. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 4
  23. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 44
  24. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 239
  25. Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, page 10
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, page 15
  27. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 43
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 47
  29. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 52
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 5
  31. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 42
  32. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 13
  33. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, chapter 22
  34. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 166
  35. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 332
  36. Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  37. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 220
  38. Revealed in River of Fire, page 251
  39. Revealed in The Raging Storm, page 48
  40. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 37
  41. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 32
  42. Revealed in A Light in the Mist, pages 284-285
  43. Revealed in A Light in the Mist, pages 319-320

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