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"What are you doing? Do you mind? I washed this morning."
— Pinepaw as Flametail examines her pelt in Night Whispers, page 183-184
Current: ShadowClan[1]
Puddlekit, Slatekit, Birchkit
Unnamed kit
Mentor(s): Ratscar[1]
Book Appearances
Living: The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Mistystar's Omen, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Last Hope, Dovewing's Silence, Bramblestar's Storm, The Apprentice's Quest

Pinenose is a black she-cat.[1]


In the Super Edition Arc

Bramblestar's Storm

After the battle with the Dark Forest, Pinenose has returned to the rank of warrior, participating in a border patrol to renew the scent markings along their borders. This patrol consists of herself, Scorchfur, Spikepaw, and Ferretclaw. Bramblestar, ThunderClan's leader, meets this group of cats on his way to check on ShadowClan. Pinenose confronts the ThunderClan patrol, who asks where their scent markings are. She hisses that they were on their way to renew the markers now, and lets Scorchfur handle the confrontation, while she stands by and watches, her fur still bristling.
After saving Frankie and meeting Jessy, Bramblestar spots Pinenose yet again, this time on a patrol with the three cats from the previous encounter, and ShadowClan's new deputy, Crowfrost. He watches as the five cats run past them, their eyes wide and fur on edge. Lionblaze questions their motives, saying they can't be hunting prey or on another border patrol.
Pinenose is one of the cats who helps gather bedding for ShadowClan's nursing queens, and says to Scorchfur that Snowbird and their kits will sleep well tonight. ThunderClan's warriors offer to help, and both Pinenose and Pouncetail look grateful for the help. Rowanstar is not happy with Cinderheart and Spiderleg's offer, however, and rejects their help, saying his Clan can manage. Rowanstar again rejects ThunderClan's help when they try and take care of the kittypets that are tormenting ShadowClan.
During the battle with the badgers, Pinenose is seen fighting alongside Lionblaze. Near them, Mousewhisker fights with Stoatfur, trying to drive the animals away. When Bramblestar notices Ivypool performing a Dark Forest move, his vision is cut off as another badger roars past him, being chased by Pinenose. She is joined by Lilypaw and Poppyfrost, and the three manage to successfully fend off the badger. After the battle, Pinenose and Stoatfur help get Crowfrost home, who was attacked and injured by the badgers.
Pinenose is a member of yet another patrol, this one headed by Tigerheart. The patrol leader and Pinenose are joined by Stoatfur, and the three cats confront Bramblestar, who is within the safe territory by the lake. They ask what Bramblestar is doing, and he explains that he is taking one of the kittypets, Minty, home.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Pinepaw does not formally appear in The Fourth Apprentice but is listed in the allegiances. She is a ShadowClan apprentice being mentored by Ratscar.

Fading Echoes

Pinepaw is with her mentor and her Clanmates, Crowfrost and Tigerheart. The four cats make up a patrol that finds a ThunderClan patrol lurking near the border of the two Clans. Pinepaw's patrol questions the ThunderClan patrol, which consists of Graystripe, Thornclaw, Lionblaze, Briarpaw, and Dovepaw. When questioned, Graystripe growls that his patrol is checking for ShadowClan scent inside their territory. Lionblaze explains that a hazel bush has been recently found with ShadowClan scent all over it. The three ShadowClan warriors deny this, as ShadowClan would gain nothing from the meaningless bush. Thornclaw challenges ShadowClan to come see for themselves. Pinepaw snaps at Thornclaw, saying that ThunderClan is not in charge of every cat just because it was their idea to go upstream to find the source that's blocking the river. Ratscar then accuses ThunderClan of trying to trick them into a fight.
After Lionblaze asks why they would do such a thing, Tigerheart cleverly offers to check, giving him an opportunity to hide the scent on the bush, which is known to only himself and Dovepaw. He returns to the two glaring patrols. Crowfrost, Ratscar, and Tigerheart briefly discuss the matter between themselves as Pinepaw paces back and forth, her hackles still raised. After a moment, the patrols part ways.
Later, Firestar, Brambleclaw, and Jayfeather arrive in the ShadowClan camp, asking for the land that Firestar had given to ShadowClan. Blackstar summons Russetfur and Littlecloud, matching his company. As Littlecloud emerges from his den, Jayfeather scans the camp, and hears coughing from the apprentices' den. He senses that Pinepaw was the one coughing, but her young body would shake off the illness soon enough.
During the battle against ThunderClan, Starlingpaw and Pinepaw are seen flanking Crowfrost. Dovepaw digs her claws into Pinepaw's back and Ivypaw fights Starlingpaw. After Pinepaw screeches in pain, Dovepaw and Ivypaw release their grip and the ShadowClan apprentices run back to their Clanmates.

Night Whispers

Pinepaw is in ShadowClan camp being taught by Rowanclaw how to be better prepared for the next battle; ShadowClan was in a Clan meeting discussing how to be better prepared for the next battle with ThunderClan in order to regain the lost land. Ferretpaw pretended to be Thornclaw and Oakfur was pretending to be Hazeltail, and while Pinepaw is attacking 'Thornclaw', 'Hazeltail' knocks her over, exactly how it was in the battle. Keeping in mind what Rowanclaw had been trying to tell her, Pinepaw escapes from 'Hazeltail's' grip and finds a way to use the situation to her advantage. This is met with approval from her Clan.
Pinepaw is next heard of when Dovepaw stretches her senses to the ShadowClan camp, with either Ferretpaw or Starlingpaw complaining about her crushing his nest and asking her to move over.
Later, Pinepaw is on a hunting patrol with Tigerheart, Snowbird, and Ratscar. Pinepaw was playing in the snow when she lands, painfully, in a snowdrift concealing a patch of brambles. When the patrol runs into Flametail, who is out looking for herbs mainly for Littlecloud, who is the only ShadowClan cat sick at the time, Flametail smells borage on her pelt. This helps Flametail figure out that there may be unharmed herbs hidden under brambles, which helps save ShadowClan from a devastating leaf-bare.
She is playing on the frozen lake with her denmate, Starlingpaw, and Clanmate, Olivenose. Starlingpaw tells Flametail that they are playing a game they made up called prey-stone. Flametail teams up with Olivenose against the two apprentices. While Flametail and Olivenose pass the stone to get in a position to score, Pinepaw and Starlingpaw guard the prey-hole. Nearing the prey-hole, Flametail shoots, but is blocked by Pinepaw. Pinepaw sends the stone hurtling back at Flametail, but he misses the catch of the stone and chases after it out deeper into the middle of the ice-covered lake causing him to drown, despite the efforts of Jayfeather.

Sign of the Moon

Pinepaw does not formally appear in Sign of the Moon but is listed in the allegiances.

The Forgotten Warrior

She is now a warrior with the name of Pinenose. Her warrior name is announced at a Gathering, along with Starlingwing and Ferretclaw.

The Last Hope

She appears briefly as a queen, when the Place of No Stars cats attack the ShadowClan camp. It is noticed that her kit is lying dead on the ground and she is wailing over its lifeless body. Tallpoppy helps her get away from the thick of the fighting, where she could continue grieving over her kit.

In the A Vision of Shadows Arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Pinenose does not formally appear in The Apprentice's Quest but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Novellas

Mistystar's Omen

Pinepaw does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

Pinenose does not formally appear in Dovewing's Silence but is listed in the allegiances.


  • She is mistakenly referred to as a tom in Fading Echoes.[4]
  • When asked about Pinenose's unnamed kit, Kate said that Happykit, a name given by the fandom, sounded like a good name.[5]

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Spikefur:[6] Living (As of The Apprentice's Quest)


Lionkit:[7] Living (As of The Apprentice's Quest)


Slatekit:[7] Living (As of The Apprentice's Quest)
Birchkit:[7] Living (As of The Apprentice's Quest)
Puddlekit:[7] Living (As of The Apprentice's Quest)


Unnamed kit:[8] Deceased, Residence Unknown



    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"Don't tell us what to do! Just because it was ThunderClan's idea to go upstream to find the river doesn't mean you're in charge of every cat."
—Pinepaw Fading Echoes, pages 92-93

Pinepaw: "Do you mind? I washed this morning."
Flametail: "Where have you been?"
Pinepaw: "Near the larch."
Tigerheart: "Pinepaw fell into a snow drift."
—Pinepaw, Flametail, and Tigerheart Night Whispers, page 184

"Shrieks sounded from the lake. Flametail pricked his ears. Was a cat in trouble? Then he recognized the the voices of Redwillow and Pinepaw. They didn't sound in fear for their lives. In fact, they sounded happy."
—Flametail's thoughts Night Whispers, page 277

"We'll take this straight to the nursery. Snowbird and your kits will sleep warm tonight."
—Pinenose to Scorchfur Bramblestar's Storm, page 292

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  2. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 81
  3. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 246
  4. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 275
  5. Revealed on Kate Cary's blog
  6. Kate's Blog
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  8. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 272

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