"Firestar and I never discovered what we might have meant to each other. I was alive in the forest for such a short time after he came to ThunderClan. But I know for sure that he and I could never have been mates. I was and always will be a medicine cat. That comes first, more than any cat that walks the forest, more even than Firestar."

—Spottedleaf to Sandstorm on Firestar in Firestar's Quest, page 401

Spottedleaf guide

Highest Rank
Medicine Cat
Redkit, Willowkit, older siblings are Leopardkit, Patchkit
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Previous Name(s)
Spottedpaw, Spottedkit

Spottedleaf is a orange-and-brown,[1] dark[2] tortoiseshell[3]-and-white[4] she-cat with a distinctive dappled coat,[3] white splashes on her pelt,[5] white paws,[6] a white chest,[7] and a white muzzle.[1] One of her eyes is rimmed with darker fur than the other,[1] she has a black-tipped,[6] gold-and-brown-striped tabby tail,[8] soft fur.[9] She has a mottled face,[1] with a pink nose,[10] and pale,[1] clear[11] amber eyes.[12]


Spottedkit was born in ThunderClan. Her mother was Swiftbreeze and her father was Adderfang. Her litter-mates were her brother Redkit and her one sister Willowkit. She is the younger sister of Patchpelt and Leopardfoot, who were born in her mother's first litter.


She became an apprentice named Spottedpaw. Her mentor was Thrushpelt. Spottedpaw trains as a warrior but is always seen playing with herbs and helping Featherwhisker out. When Goosefeather becomes an elder, Spottedpaw asks Sunstar to make her Featherwhisker's apprentice.

Medicine Cat Apprentice

He agrees, and Spottedpaw becomes the medicine cat apprentice.

Medicine Cat

At some point in the book, Spottedpaw receives her full medicine cat name, Spottedleaf. While talking to Bluestar after a battle against RiverClan one night, Spottedleaf receives a message from StarClan, saying that Fire alone can save our Clan. Spottedleaf is unsure what it means. Later, a kittypet named Rusty joins the Clan. Spottedleaf thinks that he is the fire that will save the Clan, and tells him about the prophecy, though he is confused.

Later, ShadowClan attacks ThunderClan. Spottedleaf tries to stop Clawface from stealing Frostfur's kits, but is sadly killed by him. Clawface steals the kits. Yellowfang becomes the medicine cat after her, when she proves that she isn't dangerous.

StarClan Resident

She is known for giving Fireheart and Firestar some warnings and achivements, she also gave Fireheart one of his nine lives, the life of love. She also helps Leafpool find the Moonpool when the Clans reached their new homes. She also told Jayfeather about his destiny.

Sadly, during the The Last Hope, Spottedleaf is killed the second time by Mapleshade and is never seen again. She stopped existing after that.


  • In Into the Wild, she was mentioned as young and pretty, while Darkstripe was not young; however, she is older than Darkstripe.[13]
  • Kate stated that Spottedleaf was killed so "Firestar didn't have to choose between her and Sandstorm in StarClan."[14]
  • It was revealed by Kate that Spottedleaf's destiny was to save Sandstorm.[15]
  • Vicky stated that the reason why she killed Spottedleaf in TPB was because "she would be more interesting dead than alive, and that she wasn't confident about a medicine cat to fall in love."[16]
    • Kate personally believes that Spottedleaf would never have given up her duties for Firestar as she was too committed to healing and StarClan.[17]
  • Kate felt guilty to kill off Spottedleaf.[18]


Father: Adderfang

Mother: Swiftbreeze

Brothers: Patchpelt, Redtail

Sisters: Leopardfoot, Willowpelt

Nephews: Longtail, Graystripe, Darkstripe, Rainwhisker, Sootfur, Tigerstar

Nieces: Mistkit, Nightkit, Sandstorm, Sorreltail

Grandnephews: Stormfur, Bumblestripe, Bramblestar, Hawkfrost, Tadpole, Molepaw

Grandnieces: Feathertail, Blossomfall, Briarlight, Tawnypelt, Mothwing, Leafpool, Squirrelflight, Cinderheart, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, Seedpaw, Lilyheart

Great-Grandnephews: Pine That Clings to Rock, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Tigerstar, Flametail, Molewhisker

Great-Grandnieces: Lark That Sings at Dawn, Hollyleaf, Dawnpelt, Cherryfall

Great-Grandnieces/Great-Great-Grandnieces: Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe

Great-Grandnephew/Great-Great-Grandnephew: Fernsong

Distant Ancestors: Cloudstar, Birdflight, Gorseclaw, Spottedpelt

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in The Sight, page 32
  2. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 25
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Into the Wild
  4. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 2
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 373
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 33
  7. Revealed in Moonrise, page 169
  8. Revealed in Dawn, page 95
  9. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 314
  10. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 42
  11. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 112
  12. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 47
  13. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  14. Revealed on Kate's Facebook Page
  15. Revealed on Kate's blog
  16. Vicky's Facebook
  17. Revealed on Kate's blog
  18. Revealed on [1]Kate's Blog
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