"If you insist on Hailstar going ahead with the renaming ceremony then we are no longer mates. I will never share a den or piece of fresh-kill with you again."
— Shellheart to Rainflower in Crookedstar's Promise, page 53

Shellheart is a dappled gray tom[2] with graying whiskers.[7]

Shellheart was a RiverClan deputy under Hailstar's leadership in the forest territories. He was born to Willownose and was the grandson of Appledusk. Shellheart and his mate, Rainflower, had two kits, Oakkit and Stormkit. Though when Stormkit broke his jaw, Rainflower began to neglect him, causing Shellheart to break up with her after she cruelly told Hailstar to rename Stormkit to Crookedkit. Shellheart defended his son from her and also became a mentor to Oakpaw, under Rainflower's wishes.

When Rainflower died, Shellheart was distraught, having still loved her despite being able to recognize the abuse she put Crookedjaw through. Feeling his age and having a painful lump in his stomach, he retired to the elders' den, with Crookedjaw taking his place as deputy. Shellheart eventually succumbed to the pain and joined StarClan, giving Crookedstar one of his nine lives.


In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

Shellheart is RiverClan's deputy under Hailstar's leadership. When Talltail and Barkface visit RiverClan to retrieve sweet-sedge, Shellheart is shown sitting on the arching root of a willow, watching through narrowed eyes.

Crookedstar's Promise

"No warrior wants to feel like he can't help his Clan."
―Shellheart to Mudfur Crookedstar's Promise, page 372
During the flooding of the camp, Hailstar asks for Shellheart's opinion on what to do. He replies that the water is rising fast and will reach the elders' den soon. At this point, Hailstar announces that they must evacuate. A warrior, Brightsky, who is trying to keep the nests together, argues, but when Shellheart states that together they can rebuild anything except for cats who have drowned to save bits of twig, Brightsky reluctantly agrees. Just as they're about to leave, he asks where Rainflower is, and she answers, coming along with Brambleberry. Shellheart narrows his eyes, asking if she was beginning to kit, to which Brambleberry replies that she doesn't know. Rainflower tells him to go help Hailstar, and he turns away, worried for his mate and unborn kits.
Soon, Rainflower begins to kit, and Shellheart carries her up to a wide branch of an old oak tree. There, Rainflower begins to give birth, and Brambleberry asks him if he can go back to get her herbs. He nods, but comes back with nothing, as the water had already flooded the medicine den, destroying Brambleberry's store. The first kit comes out, and Brambleberry hands it to Shellheart cautiously. The second kit is soon born as well, and Rainflower names them Oakkit, after the tree they sheltered in, and Stormkit, after the storm they were born in. They both admire them, and Shellheart states that kits born in a tough storm are destined to be great warriors, and it's a shame they can't both be leaders of RiverClan.
Shellheart is later seen with Ottersplash gathering stems to rebuild the camp. After Stormkit is knocked out of a tree by a magpie, Hailstar tells him that it wouldn't have happened if he had stayed in the clearing. He is amused by this and calls to Shellheart. Shellheart arrives and notices that it is about Stormkit. He assumes that his son has done something else troublesome and asks if everything's okay. Hailstar then tells him that Stormkit will be a brave warrior if he doesn't drown himself before he begins his training. Shellheart suggests they do something about the magpie, as it's becoming very bold. Shellheart asks if they should drive it off or catch it, and Hailstar responds by saying that they should kill it, due to lack of fish. Shellheart immediately wants to send out a patrol to catch the magpie, but Hailstar tells him to wait until Rippleclaw's patrol returns.
When Rippleclaw returns with news of ThunderClan taking Sunningrocks, Shellheart growls and climbs the branch to see Pinestar has stretched out on the rocks as if it's his own territory. He then scrambles down and asks if they're going to let ThunderClan stay there. Stormkit says that they could win, but Shellheart snaps his head around and hushes his son. Stormkit once again tries to argue, but Shellheart brushes him off, telling him that he's too young for this debate. Through arguments, Hailstar finally decides that they won't fight. However, he sends Shellheart, Rippleclaw, Ottersplash, and Brightsky to Sunningrocks not to fight, but to warn ThunderClan that Sunningrocks belong to RiverClan. Shellheart digs his claws into the ground, stating that they'll certainly get the message. He and his patrol swim to Sunningrocks, and Shellheart growls that they're on RiverClan's territory. Sunfall, the ThunderClan deputy, steps forward and challenges him to force them to leave. Shellheart calmly replies that it is not a battle worth fighting yet and conveys the rest of the message to Pinestar and Sunfall. Rippleclaw starts to get aggressive, but Shellheart warns him and ends by saying they'll take the rocks back when they want them back.
Just before Stormkit and Oakkit sneak out of camp, he and Hailstar are seen beside a tree, heads dipped in conversation. After Stormkit breaks his jaw, he is later let out of the medicine den, and Oakkit says that Shellheart had sat with him night after night. Shellheart pokes his nose into the nursery and asks how he was doing. Stormkit informs him that he had his own nest now, and Rainflower insists on Stormkit sleeping in his own nest and wants to rename him Crookedkit. Shellheart gets furious at her because of this and calls her heartless. Then, he declares that if she names him Crookedkit, they would no longer be mates, and that he would never share a den or a piece of fresh-kill with her ever again. When Stormkit says that he would sleep in his own nest and get his name changed to stop their fighting, Shellheart replies that their fighting was Rainflower's fault, not Stormkit's.
During Oakheart's warrior ceremony, Rainflower tells him that Crookedpaw would never be as great as him. Shellheart gets angry at her and defends Crookedpaw by demanding why she can't keep her thoughts to herself, just once.
Later on, he is selected on a patrol along with Owlfur, Echomist, Timberfur, Softwing, Rippleclaw, Whitefang, Crookedjaw, Oakheart, and Voleclaw to remark the boundaries at Sunningrocks.
When Rainflower dies, Shellheart sees her body and is absolutely devastated by her death. Crookedjaw realizes that although Shellheart never understood how she could be so heartless to Crookedjaw, he never stopped loving her, even when she was cruel to their son. He also notices that his father suddenly looked older in that moment.
After Mudfur announces that he wishes to become a medicine cat, Shellheart tells the Clan that he wants to step down from his position and become an elder. Crookedjaw is named his successor.
Brambleberry tells Crookedjaw that Shellheart is suffering from a painful lump in his belly that has never been survived by any warrior that has had it. Later, Crookedjaw visits him after the Gathering. Shellheart tells his son how proud he is of him and how proud Rainflower would have been.
Two moons later, Shellheart dies. As Crookedjaw is sitting by the river, he tells Willowbreeze that he liked to sit there and watch the river and says that maybe Shellheart's spirit still came there to fish. When Willowbreeze says he has the warm waters of StarClan, Crookedjaw wonders if he'd miss his old river. Willowbreeze says that she's sure he's watching from StarClan, wanting to see what his sons are up to.
When Crookedjaw is receiving his nine lives, he is the one who gives Crookedjaw his ninth life, along with the gift of loyalty, after which stating that if he'd known about Mapleshade, he would've guided Crookedjaw better during his life.

Bluestar's Prophecy

"More prey for RiverClan, less for ThunderClan. Now stop fussing and keep moving."
―Shellheart while his patrol is invading ThunderClan territory Bluestar's Prophecy, page 297
Shellheart is on the patrol that scouts inside of ThunderClan's territory, stating that it was more prey for RiverClan and less for ThunderClan. When he smells fresh ThunderClan scent, his patrol stops at the flick of his tail. He is attacked by Stormtail in the battle against ThunderClan. He yowls at his Clanmates to fight. Shellheart is attacked by Bluefur, though he manages to throw her off, wrenching her forepaw. He tells his Clan to retreat, then states that the rocks are still theirs.

In the Novellas

Mapleshade's Vengeance

Although unnamed, Reedshine mentions how Appledusk will live on through his kits' kits, then their kits in turn. Mapleshade promises to watch over all of Reedshine and Appledusk's kin and punish each one. She thinks of how for all eternity, their kin will mourn the day Appledusk destroyed her life.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

It is mentioned on Crookedstar's page that when Shellheart retired from Clan deputy, an omen from the fresh-kill pile predicted that his son, Crookedjaw, should take his place.

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Willownose:[4][8] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Former mate:

Rainflower:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Oakheart:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Crookedstar:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Applefrost:[10][8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Shyheart:[10][8] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Petalkit:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Larchkit:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Patchkit:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Appledusk:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Reedshine:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stonefur:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Mistystar:[11] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Mosskit:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowkit:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Minnowkit:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Silverstream:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Reedwhisker:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Perchkit:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stormfur:[15] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Pikepaw:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Primrosepaw:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Feathertail:[15] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member


Pine That Clings to Rock:[16] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Feather of Flying Hawk:[17] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


Lark That Sings at Dawn:[16] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Breeze That Rustles the Leaves:[17] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

  • Shellheart mentored his own son despite close kin not normally mentoring kin, though he wouldn't have if Rainflower didn't ask Hailstar.[18]


  • Shellheart has mistakenly been called a she-cat.[19][20]
  • Shellheart has been mistakenly said to have been Crookedstar's mentor.[5]


Shellheart: "You're on RiverClan territory."
Sunfall: "Make us leave, then."
Shellheart: "This is not yet a battle worth fighting."
—Shellheart to Sunfall Crookedstar's Promise, page 22

"He's going to be a great warrior, like Shellheart."
―Crookedkit saying Shellheart is a great warrior Crookedstar's Promise, page 60

"Shellheart, RiverClan thanks you for your loyalty and wisdom. You have never flinched from your duty or shown anything but courage. You have served your Clan well and we wish you peace and comfort in the elder's den. You have earned a long rest."
―Hailstar to Shellheart Crookedstar's Promise, pages 387-388

Crookedjaw: "Perhaps his spirit still come here to fish."
Willowbreeze: "Even when he's got the warm rivers of StarClan?"
Crookedjaw: "But he'll miss his old river, surely?"
Willowbreeze: "I'm sure he's always watching from StarClan. He'll want to see what his sons are up to."
—Willowbreeze and Crookedjaw after Shellheart dies Crookedstar's Promise, page 405

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 444
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 404
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 388
  6. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 60-61
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 361
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 8
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 8
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 465
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 474
  13. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 2
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 223
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, page 166
  18. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 5
  19. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 297
  20. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 300


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