"You don’t even know what you’re doing! […] It’s just getting worse!"
— Shellfur to Flipclaw after the medicine cat attempts to treat his wound in Veil of Shadows, page 224

Shellfur is a tortoiseshell tom.[4]

Shellfur is a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Bramblestar's, the impostor's, and Squirrelflight's leaderships in the lake territories. He was born to Blossomfall and Thornclaw as Shellkit alongside his siblings, Eaglewing, Stemleaf, and Plumstone. He was apprenticed to Bumblestripe as Shellpaw and earned his warrior name of Shellfur.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Shattered Sky

Shellkit is born to Blossomfall and Thornclaw, along with his siblings, Plumkit, Eaglekit, and Stemkit. Briarlight is thrilled about the kits, begging to be told about them again. It's noted that they were born the previous night as Leafpool and Alderheart were up half the night for the kits' birth. Leafpool comments it's great to see new life and that the birth of the kits brings her hope. Briarlight asks if their eyes are open yet and Alderheart replies they won't for a few days yet, but all the kits are healthy and strong. Briarlight tests herself to see if she remembers their names and takes a bit to remember Shellkit's. She comments they have beautiful names and is sure the kits are beautiful too, expressing her impatience to see the kits. Leafpool recalls that Thornclaw was very anxious at the arrival of his first litter of kits. Alderheart notes that he expected Twigpaw to be excited about the kits, but she doesn't appear to be.
When the Clan discusses about the rogues, Thornclaw asks what would happen to his kits if they attack. When Snowbird's kits, Gullkit, Frondkit, and Conekit, move into ThunderClan's nursery, Shellkit and his siblings are seen frisking around with them.

Darkest Night

When Blossomfall speaks with Tinycloud, a SkyClan queen, about her unborn kits, Eaglekit scrambles over her mother, with Stemkit following. Both kits hurtle after Shellkit and Plumkit, their littermates, and dart between cats, squealing. Their mother meows that once Tinycloud's kits are born, there won't be any peace for her.
He is later playing with his siblings and the elders. Plumkit demands her grandfather, Graystripe to give her a badger ride, and Stemkit chimes in. Eaglekit and Shellkit both join in, both demanding badger rides. Millie purrs and tells them there's enough room for all of them, taking each of the kits and plopping them on the gray tom. He staggers and cries that they weigh more than owls. All the kits squeal with delight as Graystripe swings one way, then the other. The elder puffs that he can't carry the kits, and his mate replies that he can; he's still the strongest cat in ThunderClan.
In camp, when Willowshine visits ThunderClan's camp, Shellkit and his littermates are playing. Eaglekit hooks a moss ball away from her littermates, letting out a delighted mew. Later, during a visit to Leafpool, Thornclaw reports to the medicine cat that his kits are doing well. He says that Shellkit and Eaglekit are determined to climb Higheledge, so they can explore Bramblestar's den.
When a rockslide occurs in ThunderClan's camp, every cat is ordered to evacuate to the lakeshore. Blossomfall passes Stemkit and Shellkit through a gap in the brambles, and Fernsong and Ivypool grab them. The warriors take them and race out of camp, their mother following behind. Shellkit makes it safely out of danger, and as Alderheart dozes, he can hear the litter squeaking excitedly.

River of Fire

At a Gathering, Bramblestar reports that Shellkit, along with his littermates, have now become apprentices, and that Shellpaw has been given Bumblestripe as a mentor. He is mentioned, although unnamed, by Blossomfall at Briarlight's funeral. Her mother hopes Shellpaw and his siblings will inherit some of their aunt's courage and optimism.
When Velvet, a visiting kittypet, is moved to the apprentices' den, Twigpaw happily tells the gray she-cat that she would enjoy staying in the den with her, Shellpaw, the other apprentices, and Fuzzball, another kittypet visitor. Not long after Twigpaw mentions Shellpaw, the tom returns from a patrol with Bumblestripe and Poppyfrost, with a strange kittypet in tow. He is introduced as Ajax, and he has come to fetch Velvet and Fuzzball.

The Raging Storm

Shellpaw is mentioned briefly by Twigbranch to be hunting with Plumpaw and their mentors.

In The Broken Code arc

Veil of Shadows

Shellfur, along with Leafshade, fights shoulder to shoulder with Bramblestar when he is ambushed by the rebels. His paw gets injured during the attack and he sees Flipclaw to get it treated after it becomes infected and gives him a fever. Shellfur tells the young tom that he isn't making it better and has no idea what he is doing. During the battle with the rebels, he and Leafshade are ordered by their leader to attack Leafstar, but the two warriors turn their backs on Bramblestar.

In the Super Editions

Squirrelflight's Hope

He is now a warrior named Shellfur.


Interesting facts

Author statements

  • Kate envisions Shellfur as white with a few tortoiseshell patches.[blog 1]


  • Shellfur was intially described as a white she-cat.[6]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • On the Warriors website family tree, Shellfur is depicted as tortoiseshell-and-white.[7] His grandfather is also Lionheart.[8]

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Blossomfall:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Thornclaw:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Eaglewing:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Plumstone:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Stemleaf:[1] Deceased, verified ghost
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Briarlight:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[9] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Cinderpelt:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Bumblestripe:[5] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Brackenfur:[10] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Feathertail:[11] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member


Stormfur:[11] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)


Millie:[5] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)
Frostfur:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Graystripe:[5] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Brindleface:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ravenpaw:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dustpelt:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great uncles/aunts:

Unnamed kits:[12] Status unknown


Sorreltail:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sootfur:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Longtail:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Willowpelt:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Robinwing:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Fuzzypelt:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Adderfang:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Swiftbreeze:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Spottedleaf:[17] Deceased, no residence
Leopardfoot:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
One-eye:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Redtail:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flashnose:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member

First cousins:

Whitewing:[21] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Ambermoon:[22] Deceased, residence unknown
Molepaw:[23] Deceased, residence unknown
Dewnose:[22] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Snowbush:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cinderheart:[23] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Honeyfern:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[23] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Lilyheart:[24] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Seedpaw:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lark That Sings at Dawn:[25] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Breeze That Rustles the Leaves:[26] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Feather of Flying Hawk:[26] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Pine That Clings to Rock:[25] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)

Second cousins:

Ashfur:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ferncloud:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Two unnamed kits:[28] Deceased, residence unknown
Spiderleg:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Shrewpaw:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hollykit:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Larchkit:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birchfall: [30] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Foxleap:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Icecloud:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftpaw:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Unnamed kit:[33] Status unknown
Bramblestar:[34] Deceased, verified ghost
Tawnypelt:[34] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Distant ancestors:

Cloudstar:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birdflight:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedpelt:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Gorseclaw:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 192
  3. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  4. Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Revealed in Eclipse, page 159
  6. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  7. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  8. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  9. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-63
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 220-221
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 329
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  15. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  16. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  18. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  19. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  20. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 3
  21. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 2
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter six
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 41-42
  28. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 226
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 19
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 5
  32. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 225
  33. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4

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