"Would you sacrifice our own kits and elders to save theirs? If we don't attack now, ThunderClan will be destroyed. Is it not worth risking a few WindClan lives to save all of ours?"
— Adderfang to Pinestar in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 113

Adderfang is a mottled,[2] dark[7] brown tabby tom with yellow eyes.[2] He has massive shoulders[8] and a broad head.[9]

He is first seen as an apprentice, Adderpaw, with his mentor being Harepounce. He becomes a warrior, Adderfang. When Bluekit and Snowkit are born, it is revealed his mate is Swiftbreeze and he is the father of Patchkit and Leopardkit. As a senior warrior he works hard to serve ThunderClan. His kits become warriors and later Adderfang becomes the father to Willowkit, Spottedkit, and Redkit, who all prove themselves to be valuable assets of ThunderClan as adults. He steps in as a temporary deputy when Tawnyspots becomes ill, and continues serving his Clan. Adderfang later joins StarClan and fights in The Great Battle, defending the Clan he loved so much.


In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

Adderfang does not formally appear in Tallstar's Revenge, but is listed in the allegiances.

Yellowfang's Secret

Adderfang does not formally appear in Yellowfang's Secret, but is listed in the allegiances.

Crookedstar's Promise

During a Gathering, Adderfang is boasting that there was a good batch of apprentices for ThunderClan that year. As the Gathering continues, Oakheart shouts that ThunderClan had always been kittypet friends. Adderfang whips his head around, eyes blazing, and snarls who was he calling kittypet friends.
Adderfang is on the ThunderClan patrol that encounters RiverClan when they try to take back Sunningrocks. Before they could fight, Mudfur stops it and proposes that he fight Adderfang alone to save bloodshed. Mudfur eventually pins down Adderfang like a trout and Adderfang surrenders. Adderfang is then helped home by his Clanmates, and, due to this reason, Mudfur steps down to become a medicine cat apprentice, gradually telling Hailstar he would like to save lives, not destroy them.
After Crookedjaw becomes the RiverClan deputy, Adderfang hisses at him, wondering why Hailstar made him deputy. He reasons that Crookedjaw wasn't ever ready to fight with his Clan. When Fallowtail mentions that Crookedjaw was RiverClan's strongest warrior, Adderfang slides from the crowd, sniffing that he thought Crookedjaw had never fought in a real battle. Hollyflower flicks her tail, and says that Adderfang was still sulking after being beaten by a medicine cat. Adderfang scowls, protesting that he wasn't a medicine cat at the time, and shoots an angry glance at Mudfur.

Bluestar's Prophecy

Adderfang first appears as a senior warrior of ThunderClan. He is the father of Swiftbreeze's kits, Leopardkit and Patchkit.
Adderfang is first seen playing with his kits, Leopardkit and Patchkit, outside of the nursery. Bluekit, who is watching from the nursery, thinks that Adderfang is a good father to them. She wishes that her own father, Stormtail, would pay as much attention to her as Adderfang does to his kits.
When Bluekit and Snowkit meet Goosefeather, they ask Goosefeather to interpret the clouds as a prophecy. Adderfang walks by, archly asking if there is another prophecy. Bluekit appears surprised, wondering if Adderfang believed in prophecies. Snowkit asks if the prophecy meant her and Bluekit and Goosefeather replies that it could. Hearing this, Adderfang snorts at this as he pads away.
Before the apprentice ceremonies of Leopardkit and Patchkit, Adderfang is noted to be sitting beside Swiftbreeze, at the edge of the clearing. His chest is thrust forward, and his chin is held high while Pinestar begins the Clan meeting. During Patchkit's ceremony, Pinestar acknowledges that Patchkit already had Adderfang's courage shining in his eyes.
Later, Adderfang expresses his opinion heavily on how ThunderClan should fight against WindClan. After Goosefeather has a sign from StarClan, Adderfang's will becomes all the more stronger, and he is heavily supported by Stormtail. When Pinestar talks to Bluepaw about battles, he looks at Adderfang and remarks that only mouse-brains run into battle without fear.
Adderfang later receives Thistlepaw as an apprentice. When Bluefur leads a hunting patrol, he gives her a look when she gives him an order. He later scolds his apprentice for yowling and alerting the prey, so he puts Thistlepaw in charge of guarding the catch. When Tawnyspots, the ThunderClan deputy, is ill, Adderfang is the one who fills in for him. Bluefur thought that Adderfang or Stormtail would be chosen as deputy after Tawnyspots retired, but Sunstar wanted a younger cat to succeed him and instead chose Bluefur. He is also seen after Bluefur loses her kits, asking her gently if she'd like to join a hunting patrol.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Last Hope

When Jayfeather unites StarClan and leads them over a ravine in the territory, Adderfang is seen among them, having joined with Tawnyspots, Frostfur, and Swiftbreeze.

In the Novellas

Goosefeather's Curse

Adderpaw is first seen following his mentor, Harepounce, at the back of a hunting patrol, depositing their prey on the fresh-kill pile. Adderpaw twitches his tail and invites Goosekit to try the mouse he proudly caught himself. Goosekit goes over to sniff at it, and gives a wince since he prefers his mother's milk. Adderpaw asks if he doesn’t want it, obviously sounding disappointed. Goosekit grabs the mouse but is shoved by a cat, and Adderpaw calls to Nettlebreeze to watch out. He also points out there is plenty of food to go around. Nettlebreeze asks if Adderpaw said something, but is distracted by Goosekit. Windflight mentions later that he wants to take Swiftpaw out to battle training with Harepounce and Adderpaw.
Adderpaw has his warrior ceremony along with Stormtail and Swiftbreeze, and is renamed Adderfang. The Clan cheers their new names. After ThunderClan starts burying prey to keep them fresh, Adderfang staggers past Goosefeather and deposits a squirrel into one of the holes.

Spottedleaf's Heart

Spottedkit notes that her father told her she was too small to learn anything yet. Later, Tawnyspots tells Thrushpelt and Spottedpaw to join Adderfang's hunting patrol with Thistleclaw and Tigerpaw. Thrushpelt falls in behind Adderfang. During the patrol, Adderfang scents the first prey which sends him bounding towards Sunningrocks. Spottedpaw falls out of a tree and Adderfang appears beside Thrushpelt, looking horrified as he asks his daughter where it hurts. The patrol helps Spottedpaw back to camp with Adderfang taking most of the weight of her uninjured side. When they reach camp, Adderfang tells Swiftbreeze that Thistleclaw sent Spottedpaw up a tree after a squirrel. Adderfang switches with Swiftbreeze in carrying Spottedpaw.
Thrushpelt mentions that he will go with Adderfang on a patrol. He bounds over to the warrior and the toms disappear through the gorse tunnel. Thistleclaw asks where Thrushpelt is, and Spottedpaw replies he's on Adderfang's patrol.

In the Field Guides

Battles of the Clans

When Lionpaw runs away from a battle with ShadowClan, Adderfang and his apprentice, Thistlepaw, show up to help drive out the intruders.


Interesting facts

  • He could possibly have SkyClan blood since Spottedleaf is a SkyClan descendant.[10]

Author statements

  • Vicky originally wanted to name him Adderflight.[11]

Character pixels

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Swiftbreeze:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Patchpelt:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Leopardfoot:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedleaf:[14] Deceased, no residence
Willowpelt:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Longtail:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[16] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Darkstripe:[17] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Rainwhisker:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[19] Deceased, no residence


Mistkit:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Nightkit:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sandstorm:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stormfur:[21] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Bumblestripe:[22] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Bramblestar:[23] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Hawkfrost:[24] Deceased, no residence
Tadpole:[24] Deceased, residence unknown
Molepaw:[25] Status unknown


Feathertail:[21] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Blossomfall:[22] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Briarlight:[22] Deceased, residence unknown
Tawnypelt:[23] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Mothwing:[24] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Leafpool:[26] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Squirrelflight:[26] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Cinderheart:[25] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Honeyfern:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[25] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Seedpaw:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lilyheart:[27] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Pine That Clings to Rock:[28] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Lionblaze:[29] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Jayfeather:[29] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Tigerstar:[30] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Flametail:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Molewhisker:[31] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Fernsong:[32] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Larksong:[33] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Juniperkit:[34] Deceased, residence unknown
Alderheart:[34] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Stempaw:[35] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Snapkit:[36] Status unknown


Lark That Sings at Dawn:[28] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Hollyleaf:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dawnpelt:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cherryfall:[31] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Hollytuft:[32] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Sorrelstripe:[32] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Leafshade:[33] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Honeyfur:[33] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Sparkpelt:[37] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Dandelionkit:[34] Deceased, residence unknown
Eaglepaw:[35] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Plumpaw:[35] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Shellpaw:[35] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Spotkit:[36] Status unknown
Flykit:[36] Status unknown


Shadowkit:[38] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Juniperclaw:[39] Deceased, residence unknown
Strikestone:[40] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Flipkit:[41] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Lightkit:[38] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Pouncekit:[38] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Sleekwhisker:[39] Living (As of River of Fire)
Thriftkit:[41] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Bristlekit:[41] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Adderfang: "It's interesting that Pinestar chooses now to make you apprentices. One might almost think it was unplanned."
Bluepaw: "What do you mean?"
Moonflower: "He doesn't mean anything. Do you?"
Adderfang: "Well, it has certainly distracted the Clan from WindClan's thieving."
—Adderfang talking about Bluepaw and Snowpaw's apprentice ceremony Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 63-64

Adderfang: "Stay with me. You nearly fought with a ShadowClan apprentice last time."
Thistlepaw: "You always tell me only cowards turn away from a fight."
Adderfang: "I didn't say you shouldn't have fought him. Just not at a Gathering. You're too impulsive."
—Adderfang and Thistlepaw before a Gathering Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 154-155

"Who are you calling kittypet friends?"
—Adderfang to Oakheart Crookedstar's Promise, page 242

Adderfang: "This is too easy. Are you happy with this?"
Hailstar: "Yes. Do you want to check with Sunstar before we do this?"
Adderfang: "I'm acting as deputy now and I say it's fine."
—Adderfang and Hailstar after Mudfur's challenge of one on one Crookedstar's Promise, page 368

Hollyflower: "You're still smarting after being beaten by a medicine cat."
Adderfang: "He wasn't a medicine cat then."
—Adderfang and Hollyflower talking about his defeat at Mudfur's paws Crookedstar's Promise, page 398

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 208
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 387
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 154
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 494
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 367
  8. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 127
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 96
  10. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Honest Answer
  11. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  12. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 32
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 1
  15. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  17. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  20. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 100
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 223
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 158
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Return to the Clans, pages 2-3
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 2
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 1
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  37. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page prologue
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, pages 114-115
  40. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, pages 347-348
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203