"Blood isn't everything. Loyalty is everything. And Ravenpaw has been more loyal to me than you could be in a hundred lifetimes."
— Barley to Hoot and Jumper in The Heart of a Warrior, page 83

Barley is a black-and-white tom with blue eyes.[8]

Barley is a loner who lives on a farm on the edge of WindClan territory in the forest. He was born into BloodClan along with his siblings Violet, Hoot and Jumper. He escapes BloodClan, and settles in a barn. He is friendly with the Clans, and allows Ravenpaw to stay with him, growing incredibly close to the former apprentice. He and Ravenpaw assert their place at the farm from BloodClan, and provide shelter and prey for wandering cats and the Clans.

Barley, nervous around crowds and prefers his life as a loner, worries about Ravenpaw leaving him for the Clans, but Ravenpaw continuously proves his loyalty to Barley. After taking his niece and nephew, Riley and Bella, to SkyClan, Barley wishes farewell to Ravenpaw as the latter dies. Barley continues to live at the farm, and points SkyClan in the direction of the other Clans.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Thanks for sending Ravenpaw to me. He's turning into a fine ratter. And it's good to share a meal with a fellow cat from time to time."
—Barley to Fireheart Fire and Ice, page 73
Barley is a loner who lives on a farm on the edge of Clan territory. He welcomes Bluestar, Tigerclaw, Firepaw, Graypaw and Ravenpaw to his barn from their journey from the Moonstone. Rats attack them, and Tigerclaw accuses Barley of leading them into a trap. Ravenpaw flees ThunderClan and stays with Barley. The pair quickly bond and offer sanctuary for several cats, including WindClan. When BloodClan poses as a threat to the forest, Barley confides with Firestar that he used to live in BloodClan and that their leader, Scourge, only has one life. He and Ravenpaw participate in the battle against BloodClan.

The New Prophecy

"Don't mind Barley. It's not often we have so many visitors all at once."
—Ravenpaw to Brambleclaw Midnight, page 159
Barley and Ravenpaw welcome Brambleclaw, Squirrelpaw, Tawnypelt, Stormfur, Feathertail and Crowpaw to their barn while on their journey to the sun-drown-place. They tell them what they know of the place. Later, the pair lets the Clans stay at their farm before the Great Journey.

A Vision of Shadows

"How'd you like to help me hunt while they share their news? You look like you'd make a good ratter."
—Barley to Molewhisker Darkest Night, page 130
Barley reunites with Hawkwing and his patrol as they return to the gorge. Cherrytail and Cloudmist, who had been staying with him, reunite with their kin. Barley provides them with food and shelter before they resume their quest.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Barley's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"I'm so sorry to hear what happened to you. And sorry too that your vision must mean that Firestar is dead. I can point you in the direction Ravenpaw told me the Clans went, but I don't know anything beyond that. The days when Ravenpaw and I lived alongside the Clans seem such a long time ago now."
—Barley to Leafstar Hawkwing's Journey, page chapter 24
In Hawkwing's Journey, Barley reunites with his kin, Rileypool and Bellaleaf, when SkyClan arrives trying to find the other Clans. Barley points them int he direction the others went, but notes it has been many moons since the Clans have left. Cherrytail and Cloudmist decide to remain with the loner, and Barley agrees. Sandynose and Fallowfern arrive at the farm and Barley relays the same information.


This section summarizes Barley's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"I'm so sorry. I should never have tried to stop you from helping Violet's kits. You are brave, and generous, and I don't deserve you..."
—Barley to Ravenpaw Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 6
In Ravenpaw's Farewell, Violet, Barley's sister, introduces Barley and Ravenpaw to her kits, Lulu, Patch, Riley and Bella. When Ravenpaw receives a dream from StarClan asking him to take Riley and Bella to SkyClan, Barley confronts him about his desire to be in a Clan again. However, Barley later joins them on their journey. They find SkyClan, but Leafstar refuses to let the kits join. Meanwhile, Barley worries for Ravenpaw's deteriorating condition. The four help SkyClan fight off some kittypets and Leafstar names Riley and Bella apprentices. Barley comforts Ravenpaw as the latter dies from his illness, promising to meet him again one day.

Ravenpaw's Path

"You worthless piles of manure! Do you think I'm blind? Did you think I'd let you treat Ravenpaw like that? This is his home too! You don't belong here. Get out."
—Barley to his brothers The Heart of a Warrior, page 82
A few moons after the battle with BloodClan, he and Ravenpaw allow Willie and his friends to stay at their barn due to Minty close to giving birth. As the group waits for Willie and Minty's kits to grow up, Barley is highly suspicious of Snapper and the others. He attempts to convince Ravenpaw, but he brushes off his concerns. When Willie and his group commandeer the barn and reveal they're from the former BloodClan, Barley and Ravenpaw are driven out from their home and seek guidance from StarClan who urge them to go to ThunderClan.
The pair arrive in ThunderClan, and Firestar begrudgingly refuses to help them since BloodClan's former members are terrorizing his warriors. Barley, a former member of BloodClan, initially refuses to help out of fear of old memories resurfacing. However, Ravenpaw encourages him, and the two seek out Violet for help. Violet, along with a friend, Mitzi, reveal the location of BloodClan's new hideout. Barley is horrified to discover his brothers, Snake and Ice, are BloodClan's new leaders, and helps ThunderClan to chase them out.
A few days later, Firestar leads a patrol with Graystripe, Cloudtail, Brightheart, Brackenfur, and Bramblepaw to help Barley and Ravenpaw. Their first attempt results in failure as Snake and Ice and other former members of BloodClan are hiding at the farm. However, their second try, along with aid from the dogs, results in success. Barley allows his brothers, renamed Hoot and Jumper, to stay out of loyalty. They order Ravenpaw around and he grows frustrated with Barley's lack of assertiveness. However, Barley stands up for Ravenpaw and orders his kin to leave the farm for good.

Detailed description

Barley is a short,[9] long-furred,[10] black-and-white tom.[1] He has a plump belly,[9] big paws,[11] broad shoulders,[12] and face.[13] He has a black-and-white tail, rump[10] and face[13] and blue eyes.[8]


Author statements

  • Vicky believes that Barley will not go to StarClan when he dies,[14] as he lacks the necessary faith.[15] Kate, however, believes that he'll live just on the outskirts of StarClan.[blog 1]
  • Vicky has stated that Ravenpaw and Barley loved each other and their life together.[16]
  • Vicky doesn't think that Barley is still alive.[17]
    • This is later contradicted, as he appears alive in Hawkwing's Journey.[18]

Interesting facts

  • Ravenpaw and Barley would rather die then let BloodClan take over the barn, and they are safely in control of it.[19]


  • He has been mistakenly called tall.[12]
  • The Warriors App erroneously states that Barley killed Spottedleaf instead of Clawface.[20]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Barley lives with his sister, Violet, despite Scourge's law prohibited cats from living together and caring for each other. Scourge discovers what the two had been doing, and as punishment, Violet is brutally attacked by Ice and Snake, her other two brothers, and Barley is forced to watch. Barley discovers that his sister is still alive, and he immediately takes her to a nearby Twoleg dwelling, where he meets a kittypet named Fuzz. After Barley is assured that his sister is safe, he leaves the forest, and makes a home in a Twoleg barn, where he lives the rest of his life in peace.[21]

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"As always, Bluestar, you are tied to your Clan like a queen to her kits."
—Barley to Bluestar Into the Wild, page chapter 16

Firepaw: "Will you be able to find Barley alone?"
Ravenpaw: "Yes, I remember the way."
Graypaw: "Watch out for those dogs."
Ravenpaw: "I will! How can you be sure Barley will welcome me?"
Graypaw: "Just tell him you caught an adder once!"
—Ravenpaw to his friends Into the Wild, page chapter 21

"I don't know about that. All I want is a quiet life—but I won't get it until BloodClan is dealt with."
—Barley to Firestar The Darkest Hour, page chapter 24

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Unnamed BloodClan tom: "I know you! You didn't have the courage to stay with Scourge."
Barley: "At least I had the courage to leave. It's your turn to run. You don't belong here."
—Barley to the BloodClan cats The Darkest Hour, page chapter 28

"Hoot... Jumper. I pity you. You've only got each other now. No other friends. No other family. And you have no idea what loyalty means. How long will you last out there? How long before you turn on each other?"
—Barley to his brothers before they leave The Heart of a Warrior, page 86

Barley: "I'm so sorry, Ravenpaw. I really wanted to believe they'd change."
Ravenpaw: "Don't apologize. I'm very proud of what you just did... I know it must have been hard. You... You didn't have to send them away just because of me."
Barley: "I didn't. I sent them away because this is our home. Yours and mine. We fought for it because we have the right to live here. As strong as a Clan."
—Ravenpaw and Barley right after Barley made his brothers leave The Heart of a Warrior, pages 87-88

Barley: "I'm so sorry. I should never have tried to stop you from helping Violet's kits. You are brave, and generous, and I don't deserve you..."
Ravenpaw: "Don't be such a mouse-brain. You were right to be concerned. It's been hard, but we're okay. Even better now that you're here."
Barley: "I left not long after you did. I thought that the barn was my home, but my home is wherever you are. I...I thought you were leaving because you didn't want to be with me anymore."
Ravenpaw: "That will never happen! I'm sorry I left without you. I've missed you every step of the way."
—Barley and Ravenpaw reuniting while on the journey to SkyClan Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 6

"I never questioned my life with BloodClan until I met Fuzz. I thought all cats lived in terror, afraid of being punished by one of Scourge’s minions. I thought every cat had to find food by scrabbling through Twoleg trash. I thought all cats slept in the dark, cold alleys and dreaded the day they got too sick or too old to take care of themselves."
—Barley Secrets of the Clans, page 140

Fuzz: "My name is Fuzz! What's yours?"
Barley: "Er—Barley."
Fuzz: "Hello, Erbarley!"
Barley: "No, just Barley."
Fuzz: "All right, Justbarley."
—Barley and Fuzz's first encounter Secrets of the Clans, page 140

Barley: "You'll be safe now. Remember, I love you."
Violet: "I love you too, Barley."
Barley: "I'll always be your brother. However far apart we are."
—Barley and Violet Secrets of the Clans, page 146

"I would be safe here. Safe and free to live my own life. Maybe one day I'd go back and look for Violet — or maybe she'd be happy living with Fuzz and his Twolegs. Maybe she'd get plump on tuna and sleep on the bed with the Twolegs, purring contendly. The important thing was we’d escaped from BloodClan. Scourge couldn’t hurt us anymore."
—Barley about settling into the barn Secrets of the Clans, page 146

"Neither of them forgot Ravenpaw's Clan origins, and they helped the cats from the forest many times over, joining the battle against BloodClan with relish and then allowing all four Clans to hunt and rest at their farm before they embarked on the Great Journey."
—Narrator on Barley and Ravenpaw The Ultimate Guide, page 193

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 183
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 249
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in A Clan in Need, page 35
  4. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, pages chapter 9-10
  5. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  6. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Path, page 91
  7. Revealed in A Clan in Need, page 77
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Path, page 10
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 47
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Path, page 12
  11. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 1
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 7
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 273
  14. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  15. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  16. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  17. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  18. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 24
  19. Revealed in Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  20. Revealed in the Warriors App
  21. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans

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