"I can't leave. I have sworn to protect my Clanmates."
— Puddleshine reluctantly staying with Darktail's rogues in Thunder and Shadow, page 347

Puddleshine is a brown tom with white splotches[1] and light blue eyes.[11]


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Tigerheart's Shadow

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The Apprentice's Quest

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

Thunder and Shadow

Puddlekit is mentioned by Crowfrost when Rowanstar and Leafpool debate on the new medicine cat. Crowfrost says he's a tom, and hasn't been an apprenticed yet, which makes Leafpool stare at him in shock. Rowanstar sharply tells Leafpool that Puddlekit will be made an apprentice any day, along with his sibilings. Leafpool presses them, asking questions before Rowanstar, his gaze hard, states that he decided Puddlekit is the one and that ShadowClan needs a medicine cat.
Later that night, Violetkit watches Pinenose's kits sleep, and she sees Puddlekit with his head lolling. Then Pinenose calls out in alarm, waking up Violetkit, as the queen orders Puddlekit to go fetch Leafpool, since one of the other queens, Grassheart, is kitting. Violetkit watches as Puddlekit darts from the den, to be followed by Birchkit and Lionkit. Leafpool tells Violetkit she already sent Puddlekit to go fetch some moss, in which Pinenose bristles and states he's not an apprentice yet. Leafpool retorts, saying he will be soon, and the quicker he starts training, the better.
When Alderpaw comes to ShadowClan with his Clanmates and makes his way over to the medicine den, he sees Leafpool crouched beside Puddlepaw, telling him the different herb names and what their uses are. Alderpaw is a bit surprised by the basic facts Leafpool's teaching him, before she gets up and greets him warmly. Alderpaw glances at Puddlepaw and thinks he wants some words alone with Leafpool without him hearing. Puddlepaw is assigned to split the pile of herbs Leafpool has gathered, to which he stares at the heap in response. Leafpool and Alderpaw discuss Puddlepaw outside the den, with Leafpool saying the young tom's a quick learner, but can't tell the difference from a weed and a herb half the time. Alderpaw states that she's been training him for half a moon. Leafpool responds to him, saying that he has no visions, and that he most likely wasn't cut out to be a medicine cat. She even admits that he said he wanted to be a warrior like his siblings. Leafpool frets, stating that StarClan has given ThunderClan three medicine cats, while ShadowClan only has Puddlepaw.
When time comes for the medicine cat meeting, Alderpaw asks Jayfeather if they should wait for Leafpool and Puddlepaw. Jayfeather answers him, saying they're already there. He also asks his apprentice if he can smell their scent. As they meet up with the other medicine cats, Mothwing calls out to them, wondering how Puddlepaw's doing. Leafpool and Alderpaw chat for a bit as they reach the Moonpool, before Leafpool glances at Puddlepaw. After Kestrelflight shows up with the WindClan cats, Sedgewhisker and Gorsetail, Jayfeather rests his blind gaze on Puddlepaw, saying dismissively on how long his talents will be wasted on ShadowClan. Puddlepaw's eyes spark with anxiety as he replies saying he appreciates everything Leafpool taught him and that he's learning as fast as he can. Alderpaw feels a surge of pity for the young tom, for in another moon he would be expected to care for every cat in his Clan.
Before the medicine cats split up, Jayfeather tests Puddlepaw on what he knows about herbs, and the young tom begins to list them. Alderpaw walks over to Leafpool and asks her if she hopes StarClan made the right choice in Puddlepaw. Leafpool answers Alderpaw and says Puddlepaw's going to make a fine medicine cat because of his sympathy and ability to learn quickly. She then calls Puddlepaw to leave, who Jayfeather was questioning on how to treat an infected claw. Looking relieved, he departs with Leafpool.
Later on, Violetkit sees Puddlepaw rolling herbs into bundles with Leafpool. Rain then appears with Raven and Flame, and Leafpool protectively moves closer to Puddlepaw. Soon after, at the next Gathering, Puddlepaw arrives behind a worried Leafpool with his tail down.
Once Violetpaw is accepted back into ShadowClan, she helps Puddleshine gather herbs in her spare time. She notes that she likes helping him because of his friendly attitude. Puddleshine walks out of the medicine den, worried. Violetpaw asks what's bothering him and about Oakfur and Wasptail, who are sick inside the medicine den with an unknown illness. He paces and begins to panic, naming every herb he's used but how none them are working. In response, Violetpaw suggests he talks to Rowanstar, guilty that it was the best advice she had. Grateful, Puddleshine calls for the leader and explains the situation. Rowanstar retorts that he wouldn't know how to treat them as he isn't a medicine cat, so Violetpaw and Puddleshine believe that they should ask Leafpool for help. Angered by the idea, Rowanstar growls that they had only needed Leafpool before because they had no other option, tells him to try other herbs, and returns to his den. Violetpaw offers to fetch Leafpool herself, to which Puddleshine declines and wanders off, thinking of different herb mixes to try. Staring after him, Violetpaw notes that tomorrow she'll ask Dawnpelt to spend the day gathering herbs.
The next day, Dawnpelt agrees to Violetpaw's idea, so they gather bundles of herbs that Puddleshine showed to them. When they return, they find out Rowanstar has caught the mysterious disease, and Crowfrost orders Violetpaw fetch Puddleshine. The apprentice finds him sleeping next to a pile of herbs, and he wakes up, mumbling that he was only napping. For a moment, she believes he is sick too, but he scrambles to his paws and assures her that he's just tired. Violetpaw tries to explain that Rowanstar is sick, but he is spacing out seems as if he can't hear her. Once more, she asks if he's okay and he says he's fine, then eagerly pushes past her. Wondering why he was acting so strangely, Violetpaw follows him.
Puddleshine excitedly explains to Crowfrost that StarClan has finally shared a dream with him, and that Runningnose told him the sickness is called yellowcough and its cure is called lungwort. He further explains that it grows on the moor, and how Runningnose showed him what it looked like. Then, Puddleshine tells Dawnpelt to give Rowanstar tansy and is about to leave, but Crowfrost calls him back, saying he's needed to treat the sick cats. Puddleshine reminds him that he's the only one who knows what lungwort looks like, so hesitantly, Crowfrost allows him to leave, telling Tigerheart, Scorchfur, and Violetpaw to go with him. He insists that they hurry, and not waste time. Puddleshine takes the lead, nimbly jumping over gashes with ease. When they spot Twigpaw and Dovewing on patrol, Puddleshine suggests that they warn them about the disease, as it might spread. He talks to Dovewing, telling her to warn Leafpool about it, Dovewing thanks him. He starts heading towards the WindClan border. When he reaches the border, he scans the area, searching for lungwort.
A patrol of WindClan cats then appears, and Violetpaw asks Tigerheart if they'll understand why they came. Puddleshine says that they would, and eagerly approaches the patrol, but hesitates after noticing the hostility in their eyes. He glances at Tigerheart, who reassures him and steps forward, explaining their presence to Crowfeather, Breezepelt, and Leaftail. Crowfeather spitefully announces that he'll take them to Onestar, but Puddleshine seemingly doesn't notice the menace behind his words. Excited that they'll be going to the WindClan camp, Puddleshine says that he needs to speak with Kestrelflight. Crowfeather responds with amusement that he doubts they'll do any talking and leads them to the camp.
Upon reaching the WindClan camp, Onestar is furious that they brought Violetpaw, but Tigerheart convinces him to let them hear what they have to say. Tigerheart glances at Puddleshine to explain, but he is frozen with fear, so Tigerheart explains for him. Onestar hisses that he doesn't care about what StarClan said and that no ShadowClan cats are allowed on WindClan territory. At that, Kestrelflight tries to reason with him, saying that Puddleshine should be able to gather herbs on their land because that's what the Clans have always allowed. Despite these efforts, Onestar orders them to leave, and the patrol sprints out of WindClan's territory.
At the Gathering after the ordeal, Onestar accuses Puddleshine and the other cats who were on the patrol of invading WindClan. ShadowClan arrives late, and Puddleshine sits next to Mothwing and Willowshine. Crowfrost, who is speaking for Rowanstar, announces that StarClan shared a dream with Puddleshine and showed him the herb necessary to cure the sickness infecting their Clan. Immediately, Willowshine exclaims that he's now truly a medicine cat and Alderpaw murmurs that as ShadowClan's only medicine cat, it's better for him to be able to speak with StarClan. Mothwing asks Puddleshine to describe lungwort, then asks Onestar if she could collect it for him, but he barks that he won't allow it if the herb is for ShadowClan. Kestrelflight whispers an apology in Puddleshine's ear and leaves with the rest of his Clan before the latter can reply.
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Shattered Sky

Puddleshine is first mentioned when Violetpaw thinks that she should be worrying about Snowbird's kits that Puddleshine had helped delivered. The apprentice then talks to Needletail and tells her that she is going to bring a mouse to him. She adds how he's been working hard, especially looking after the injured cats, and how she's sure he hasn't had time to eat. Violetpaw gets a mouse for the medicine cat and goes with Needletail to the medicine cats' den. Puddleshine and Darktail are the only cats inside. Violetpaw drops it at his paws the prey at Puddleshine, and he fixes the mouse with a hungry gaze, then thanks her, meowing how his belly thinks his throat's been clawed out, before eating the mouse up quickly. He then asks Violetpaw if she could chew up some coltsfoot and give it to Darktail, as it should help with his breathing. She finishes her task, and he comments that its fine, and says they should give it to Darktail now.
Rain enters the den, and after the two rogues talk for some time, Puddleshine announces he's ought to check on the other injured warriors, and then hesitates, saying he doesn't want to leave Darktail alone. Rain tells him not to worry, as he'll stay with Darktail, and Puddleshine thanks the rogue, gathering some herbs and hurrying off. Violetpaw then goes to pick a shrew from the fresh-kill pile for Darktail, and she spots Puddleshine on the far side of the camp, making Scorchfur stretch out his leg to show how his injured shoulder is healing.
Later on, Darktail and his Kin take over RiverClan territory and drive the RiverClan cats out. Soon after that, Alderheart and Mothwing go to collect the RiverClan's herb stores, and Needletail agrees that they can come, if they tell Puddleshine the uses of the herbs. Alderheart is confused to hear this, thinking that Puddleshine must know most of the herbs by now, since Yellowfang started teaching the ShadowClan tom in his dreams. Alderheart wonders if Needletail doesn't realize this. The rogues lead the two medicine cats to Mothwing's former den, where Puddleshine sits at its opening and sorts herbs into different piles.
As the cats leap down to the stretch of pebbles at he den's opening, Puddleshine springs up hopefully and greats them, surprised. He asks what brought them, and Needletail answers that Mothwing and Alderheart have come to collect the former's herbs. She adds that in exchange, they will tell Puddleshine how to use some of them. The silver she-cat grabs a sprig of watermint and uses it as an example. Puddleshine looks slightly confused and explains that that is an easy herb. He explains that it is watermint, used to treat bellyache, and that Yellowfang showed him that in his dreams. However, his voice trails off as he realizes that there is something going on that he doesn't understand, and Alderheart hopes that the brown tom figures out that Needletail has a plan. Puddleshine goes on that he doesn't know everything yet, and could use some help with things. He points to a marigold flower and adds that he was wondering what it was, and Mothwing explains it use. Puddleshine nods, looking as if he is trying to remember and concentrate, and Mothwing continues to lecture him on other herbs.
Later, Darktail has figured out about how Alderheart and Mothwing collected their herbs, and he asks Violetpaw who permitted them to. He questions if it was Puddleshine, Needletail, or some other cat, and Violetpaw stammers that she doesn't know. Darktail insists that she tell him the truth, and Violetpaw thinks that if she doesn't tell the white tom, Puddleshine probably will, so she admits that Needletail did say it was okay. Darktail punishes Needletail for this by saying that she must live with the prisoners, and Violetpaw objects to this and offers to go to to be with her friend. However, Darktail says that Violetpaw was loyal, unlike Needletail and Puddleshine, who gave away herbs that belong to his. The white tom adds that he isn't punishing Needletail, but Puddleshine does deserve a punishment, and he heads toward the medicine-cat den.
Meanwhile, during a Clan meeting in the ThunderClan camp about what the Clans should do next against Darktail, Mothwing mentions that a cat in the Kin could help them, and Alderheart remembers how Needletail and Violetpaw had taken them to Puddleshine. At the half-moon medicine cat meeting that night, neither Puddleshine nor Kestrelflight come. Leafpool decides to wait a little, but Jayfeather snorts that they all know that they won't come. After waiting for some time, neither medicine cat shows up, so the others decide to start.
Later, in the former RiverClan camp, Scorchfur is assigned to clean the prisoners' den, and Violetpaw recalls how Puddleshine had been ordered the task last time. The apprentice feels guilty as she remembers how she got him in trouble; fortunately though, even Darktail seemed to realize that the Kin needed a medicine cat too badly for Puddleshine to remain on cleaning duty for long. Violetpaw then offers to shortly watch over the prisoners, then she goes into the prisoner's den to secretly give them prey. She notices that Icewing's wound is red and angry and realizes that Puddleshine had not treated it with any medicine, as he had not been allowed to.
After Ratscar and Oakfur are saved from the Kin and are on their way ThunderClan camp, Alderheart notices that they have infected wounds, and he remembers how Juniperclaw had told him that Darktail made Puddleshine save his herbs for the kin. A few days later, after the ShadowClan elders are brought to the ThunderClan camp, as Alderheart re-dresses their wounds, Ratscar mentions how in the rogues' camp, Puddleshine did try to help them, but he had to sneak around Darktail, who didn't want the medicine cat doing elders any special favors.
Later on, in Darktail's camp, Violetpaw attempts feed Darktail and his closest cats prey laced with poppy seeds, but her plan fails and Darktail questions what she was trying to do, showing her the seeds. Violetpaw stammers that she doesn't know what they are, but Darktail answers that he didn't either, so he asked Puddleshine, who explained that they are poppy seeds and are powerful enough to put a cat to sleep. Violetpaw is saved by Needletail, but as a ThunderClan patrol comes to save the prisoners that Violetpaw was supposed to free, they see that there is a battle in the RiverClan camp. The prisoners and former ShadowClan cats fight against the Kin, with Puddleshine hovering behind them, waiting to deal with injuries. After winning the battle, the RiverClan prisoners are brought to ThunderClan camp, and Twigpaw returns with the entire SkyClan.
Although it is not yet the half-moon, the medicine cats travel to the Moonpool that night for advice from StarClan, and Puddleshine, who is once again ShadowClan's medicine cat, brings up the rear. Once they reach the pool, the medicine cats crouch at the pool's edge, then touch the water's surface to share with StarClan. When Alderheart opens his eyes, he finds that he is back in the hollow, but surrounded by spirit cats, and he is relieved that StarClan is finally sharing with the medicine cats. The young tom glances at the other medicine cats, who all eagerly gaze at Firestar who has come to speak to them, and he thinks that it is strange for all of them to be there together. Firestar tells them that SkyClan was "what you find in the shadows", but that not every Clan is present – referring to WindClan. As the starry cats begin to fade, the medicine cats exchange uneasy glances with each other.
Before the battle against Darktail and his Kin, the medicine cats gather at the Moonpool once again to discuss with StarClan. They have a joint vision again, where they are in a forest with all the cats of StarClan assembled around them. Firestar appears and beckons for the medicine cats to join him in the center of the clearing, and then Yellowfang tells them that ShadowClan's land must be reclaimed. She asks if they understand, and a murmur of agreement comes from the medicine cats. Firestar shares the message that the Clans must remember their names, but all of the medicine cats are confused about what he means. Once the vision fades, the healing cats are standing in a dark void, then they wake up beside the Moonpool.
The next day, the day that the Clans plan to attack and defeat Darktail, as Alderheart listens to Hawkwing describe how SkyClan got its name, he calls to Puddleshine and the other medicine cats, saying that he figured out what StarClan meant.

Darkest Night

Puddleshine is seen at the Gathering, sitting with Mothwing, Willowshine, and Kestrelflight.
Later, when the Clans are arguing about how ShadowClan lost many cats, Puddleshine states that Birchbark and Lioneye were planning to leave Darktail’s camp, and that he hasn’t seen them since.
A few days after the Gathering, Finpaw has his tail stuck under a tree, and is going into shock. Twigpaw tells Dewpaw to go back to camp, and Twigpaw will go to ShadowClan to fetch Puddleshine.
When Twigpaw reaches the ShadowClan camp, Puddleshine pokes his head out of the medicine den, asking what's wrong and if Tinycloud had had her kits yet. Twigpaw gasps out that it's Finpaw, and Puddleshine hurries toward her. Twigpaw explains how Finpaw's tail was trapped underneath a tree branch. Puddleshine tells her to wait, and then gathers herbs from his den. Then Twigpaw and Puddleshine run back to Finpaw, where Hawkwing, Sandynose, Fallowfern, Rabbitleap, Macgyver, and Blossomheart are trying to get Finpaw out.

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Interesting Facts

  • Puddleshine was picked to become a medicine cat despite wanting to be a warrior, nor did he recieve a sign from StarClan to become a medicine cat.[5]
  • Puddleshine only trained for two moons before recieving his name, which is much shorter than a usual medicine cat apprenticeship.[6]

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Pinenose:[1] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Spikefur:[2] Living (As of Shattered Sky)


Birchbark:[1] Deceased, Unnamed Residence
Slatefur:[1] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)


Lioneye:[1] Deceased, Unnamed Residence


Unnamed kit:[12] Deceased, Residence Unknown

Foster Sister:

Violetshine [13] Living (As of Darkest Night)



    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Alderpaw: "Were you hoping that StarClan would tell you if Rowanstar has made the right choice in Puddlepaw?"
Leafpool: "Puddlepaw is quick to learn and has sympathy for his patients. He's going to make a fine medicine cat."
—Leafpool and Alderpaw about Puddlepaw's progress as a medicine cat Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 7

"He was always friendly, although he seemed anxious in his role as the Clan's medicine cat, and a little overwhelmed by the daily worries of keeping his Clan healthy."
—Violetpaw's thoughts about Puddleshine Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 14

"I did my best, and StarClan guided my paws. But it's dangerous for them not to have their own medicine cat, and I don't have time to check on them everyday. Tinycloud's kits are very overdue. A medicine cat should be in their camp. Her kitting will be hard."
—Puddleshine to the other medicine cats about SkyClan not having a medicine cat Darkest Night, page 78

"That's not fair! You can't let him say that. StarClan gave you those lives because they believed in you."
—Puddleshine to Rowanstar Darkest Night, page 160

"Rowanstar is making the wisest decision. Without Tigerheart, we are no more than a bickering mob of starlings. We need the security of a Clan and the safety of Clanmates who hold the warrior code close to their hearts."
—Puddleshine Darkest Night, page 268

Scorchfur: "I've always stayed true to the warrior code."
Puddleshine: "Then obey it now and support your leader in his decision."
—Puddleshine to Scorchfur Darkest Night, page 268

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed to be chapter 22 in an unknown book, page 2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 21
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 90
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 217
  7. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 356
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 4
  9. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 10
  10. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 14
  11. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 3
  12. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 272
  13. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances

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