"Don't underestimate Shrewtooth's courage, I've seen him chase off a fox on border patrol, when the rest of us were stuck in brambles."
Billystorm to Leafstar about Shrewtooth in SkyClan's Destiny, page 441

Shrewtooth is a long-furred,[5] skinny black tom[1] with yellow eyes.[5]

Shrewtooth was a former kittypet who became a warrior of SkyClan under Leafstar’s leadership in the gorge. He lived with the same Twoleg that owned Petalnose; the Twoleg abused him, and its dog was equally terrifying. Shrewtooth eventually escaped and joined SkyClan, but his ordeal left him skittish and unwilling to trust others. However, Shrewtooth eventually revealed his past to his Clanmates, which caused SkyClan to seek revenge on the Twoleg. Later, he discovered that Sol had been hiding Leafstar’s kits, resulting in Sol's exile from SkyClan.


In the Super Editions

SkyClan's Destiny

"It's a trap...a trap. You brought me here....I knew you never wanted me in the Clan! But I'll never go back! Never!"
—A confused and scared Shrewtooth to Leafstar SkyClan's Destiny, page 258
With his Clanmates, Cherrytail and Sparrowpelt, Leafstar notes that Shrewtooth constantly casts suspicious glances in their direction, still being skeptical of his Clan despite having had lived with them for a few moons.
Later, Shrewtooth is assigned guard duty of the gorge. He sees cats approaching the gorge, but he can only make out their silhouettes. Shrewtooth believes they are being invaded and calls out a frantic alarm. The whole Clan is startled, but they soon see it was only the daylight-warriors, Ebonyclaw, Billystorm, and Snookpaw arriving. Shrewtooth apologizes, embarrassed.
When it starts snowing heavily, and they begin to explore some of the caves farther along the gorge, Shrewtooth worries that they'd fall off a cliff or freeze to death. Cherrytail teases him, saying she has never seen a cat worry about so many things.
When Sagepaw falls from a cliff in a gorge, Shrewtooth sees his unmoving body and shrieks that the apprentice was dead. Leafstar snaps back at him to stop terrifying every cat and to go fetch some wet moss. Shrewtooth stares back at Leafstar, shocked, but quickly leaves to follow orders.
During a Gathering, Leafstar tries to make the Clan understand that they are one now and that SkyClan descendants don't matter anymore. Shrewtooth is one of the cats she mentions by name; she praises him for his sharp hearing, which would keep them from being snuck up on by enemies. Shrewtooth is surprised at being addressed and complimented like this. Sparrowpelt gives the tom's back a friendly shove.
Later, Ebonyclaw asks Leafstar to take Shrewtooth out hunting to show him he is welcome in SkyClan and is a valued warrior. She also mentions he was too afraid to ask any cat himself. Leafstar agrees.
Shrewtooth catches a large thrush while out hunting with Leafstar and is very pleased with himself. He seems to be building some confidence. When Leafstar leads him past a dilapidated Twoleg nest, Shrewtooth freezes at the sight of it and panics, believing Leafstar wants him gone. Leafstar is confused, not understanding his fear, and helps him back to camp to see Echosong.
Later on, it is revealed that Shrewtooth once lived in the old Twoleg nest and was abused and neglected by the Twoleg and terrorized by the dog that lived there, causing him to become skittish and untrusting. Petalnose can relate easily to Shrewtooth, because she and her kits were once in the same situation as he was. Petalnose is impressed that Shrewtooth had escaped by himself, as she had needed to be rescued by her now deceased mate, Rainfur, and a group of SkyClan cats.
Shrewtooth wants to join the patrol arranged to go scare the Twoleg into not hurting any more cats, for revenge, and so he could face his fears. Leafstar hesitates, though, because she worries that he will freeze up and get captured again. She convinces him, eventually, to stay behind and guard camp while they attacked.
When Frecklepaw attempts to get some honey for Echosong from the beehive, Shrewtooth is one of the cats stung. Upon Sharpclaw's return from patrol, Shrewtooth reports the incident to the deputy.
Leafstar includes Shrewtooth into a patrol that goes to the Twolegplace to help Stick. A few moments before the battle with the rogues, Billystorm praises Shrewtooth to Leafstar, saying that he is more courageous than he looks and that he once chased a fox off SkyClan's territory while his Clanmates were stuck in a bramble bush.
During the battle with Dodge and his gang, Shrewtooth spots a ginger tom sneaking up on Cherrytail while she was licking a wound. Shrewtooth lets out a loud screech, and he and Egg simultaneously pounce on Cherrytail's attacker.

In the SkyClan and the Stranger arc

The Rescue

Shrewtooth brings sheep's wool.SS

Shrewtooth brings sheep's wool for Firekit, Stormkit, and Harrykit.

When coming back from a patrol, Shrewtooth explains how he, Mintfur, and Ebonyclaw discovered a fox scent in SkyClan's territory. Sharpclaw compliments him on the idea, but Mintfur explains that it was actually Ebonyclaw's idea.
Later, he is mentioned, though not by name, when Sharpclaw tells Leafstar that he and Cherrytail checked the fox-scent, and it was no farther than the branches marked by Ebonyclaw's patrol. After Leafstar gives birth to her three kits, Shrewtooth brings sheep's wool to her to make her and her kits more comfortable.

Beyond the Code

When Leafstar changes the patrols to dawn and dusk only, so the Clan can sleep during the day in greenleaf, Shrewtooth is worried that their enemies would find out about their new pattern and attack the gorge. Sharpclaw harshly tells him there would, obviously, always be a few warriors awake on guard.

Sharpclaw rebuking Shrewtooth.

After the Flood

Shrewtooth: "You smeared those leaves all over you so we wouldn't smell the kits scents!"
Sol: "You're too smart for your own good!"
—Shrewtooth fighting Sol SkyClan and the Stranger, page 243
While clearing away camp, Shrewtooth and Harveymoon come across some silverthorn, and with Billystorm's help the three shove the deadly bush inside of a hollowed out tree stump.
When Leafstar assesses Sol, they come to the Twoleg den where the old Twoleg used to live, and she explains that the Twoleg terrorized Shrewtooth and Petalnose a long time ago.
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Shrewtooth annoyed with Sol.

When Leafstar's kits are missing and Leafstar asks around if anyone has seen them, Sol says that he last saw them heading toward the training corner, but Shrewtooth contradicts that he just checked and they are not there. Shrewtooth says he was out with Sol the other night, and the tortoiseshell was rolling in smelly leaves. Shrewtooth has the leaves all over his fur and knows he must have picked them up from Sol. He washes up in the water by the camp, and Leafstar goes to have a word with Sol about where the leaves were.
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Shrewtooth fighting Sol after he discovers he stole Leafstar's kits.

When Leafstar goes to her den, she sees Sol heading up the gorge, and Shrewtooth crouching behind a rock, watching him. Sol goes to the abandoned Twoleg den and Shrewtooth follows, with Leafstar walking after both of them, and wondering why Shrewtooth is acting as if Sol is prey.
Shrewtooth confronts Sol and they start to fight, and Shrewtooth suddenly realizes that Sol had smeared the leaves on him to keep the Clan cats from recognizing the kits' scent. In combat, Sol says that Shrewtooth is too smart for his own good. Leafstar rams Sol out of the way, and Shrewtooth is one of the cats that backs up Sharpclaw in proving Sol that he is wrong about what he had done. When Leafstar banishes Sol from the Clan, Shrewtooth looks satisfied.

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Unnamed she-cat:[4] Deceased, residence unknown




  • He is said to have been persuaded to join SkyClan after spying on the Clan two moons prior to the beginning of SkyClan's Destiny,[3] and then shortly after, on the very same day, said to have been living in the warriors den for three moons.[6]


Shrewtooth: "He's dead! Sagepaw's dead!"
Leafstar: "No, he's not. And he's not going to die, Shrewtooth, instead of terrifying every cat, go find some moss and wet it in the river."
Shrewtooth: "Sorry, I-I guess I'll go and do that, then."
—Shrewtooth worrying about Sagepaw's fall SkyClan's Destiny, pages 71-72

Shrewtooth: "I'll come, too."
Leafstar: "Thanks, Shrewtooth, but there's no need."
Shrewtooth: "But I want to. I don't want to be a coward anymore."
Leafstar: "No cat will call you a coward. But we don't need every cat to come. Patchfoot is going to stay behind to guard the camp, but he can't do it alone. What if the rats attacked Clovertail and Fallowfern and the kits?"
Sharpclaw: "Leafstar's right. Guarding the camp is the most important job there is. We trust you, Shrewtooth."
Shrewtooth: "Okay, Sharpclaw. I won't let you down."
—Sharpclaw and Leafstar persuading Shrewtooth to stay and guard the camp SkyClan's Destiny, pages 272-273

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 89
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 13
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 260
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger
  6. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 19
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