"Battle is not always the answer, but it is a part of our heritage, the legacy passed to us by our warrior ancestors, as well as the path to our future. Some questions can only lead to conflict; all challenges deserve a brave, carefully planned response. As long as we fight with honor, courage and respect for our enemies, the legacy of battle deserves to survive. We will continue to pass on our skills to the new apprentices, then watch as they train the next generation. Heroes will be celebrated, the losing side condemned to dust in our memories. This is what it means to be a warrior: to be proud of our legacy, of the battles that we have fought and that our ancestors fought on our behalf."
Onestar about the battles the Clans fight in Battles of the Clans, page 159

Battles of the Clans is the fourth book in the Field Guides.


For William and Oliver, two splendid boys


An inside look at each Clan's fighting secrets:

  • ShadowClan's night ambush technique
  • ThunderClan's surprise Lightning Strike tactic
  • WindClan's secret underground tunneling
  • RiverClan's water maneuvers
  • SkyClan's fearsome "skydrop" move

Plus never-before-told stories behind the most significant battles in Clan history!

Detailed plot description

Though it has no real plot, Battles of the Clans contains a lot of information about the significant battles, battle tactics, and different attack plans that are not revealed in the books. Never before seen character perspective tell the stories of the different significant battles and share the tactics that each of the respective Clans use. The reader is toured around the different battlefields in both the old and new territories, and there are short stories in which a character will explain how to use a different battle skill while some editions have an exclusive adventure game inside. It is also said that Reedwhisker is the new deputy of RiverClan, Rowanclaw is the new deputy of ShadowClan and Mistystar is the new leader of RiverClan.
The book goes in-depth on what the five Clans are especially good at. ThunderClan is good at fighting in dense undergrowth and having their famous technique, The Lightning Strike, whereas ShadowClan has a special technique called the Night Ambush. Similarly, RiverClan is good at water combat with the Rushpaw Splash, and WindClan has a special gift of speed and agility, explaning that Graywing the Wise had come up with several of their moves. SkyClan excels in above ground combat, and often use the Sky-drop in battle.
The reader is also given a tour of the battlegrounds, both from the forest, the lake and the moor. After that, the reader is taken into other character's perspectives, such as Mousefur or Cedarheart, and other elderly cats from each Clan.


Interesting facts

  • The rogue Nightwhisper in Nightwhisper Speaks: A Rogue's Story shares the same name of the third book in the Omen of the Stars series, Night Whispers.[4]


Publication list

  • Battles of the Clans(EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 1 June 2010[12]
  • Battles of the Clans(EN), HarperCollins (e-book), 1 June 2010[13]
  • 猫武士手册之4族群的战争 (ZH-CN), China Children's Publishing (paperback), 1 October 2010[14]
  • Битвы племен (RU), OLMA Media Group (unknown binding), 2014[15]


Notes and references

  1. Revealed on the dedication page
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the back flap
  3. Revealed at Barnes and Noble.com
  4. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 107
  5. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 23
  6. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 130
  7. Revealed in The Sight, page 7
  8. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 93
  9. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 57
  10. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 29
  11. Revealed in Eclipse, allegiances
  12. Information retrieved from harpercollins.com
  13. Information retrieved from harpercollins.com
  14. Information retrieved from here
  15. Revealed on OLMA Media Group website
Warriors books
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness WithinThe Place of No StarsA Light in the Mist
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's VowLeopardstar's Honor
Novellas The Untold Stories (Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's Journey)Tales from the Clans (Tigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's Silence)Shadows of the Clans (Mapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's Farewell)Legends of the Clans (Spottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's Echo)Path of a Warrior (Redtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's Life)A Warrior's Spirit (Pebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret)A Warrior's Choice (Daisy's KinBlackfoot's ReckoningSpotfur's Rebellion)
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Ultimate GuideThe Warriors Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's ReturnGraystripe's Adventure
Stand-alone graphic novels The Rise of ScourgeA Shadow in RiverClanWinds of Change
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a WarriorRavenpaw's Path
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the FloodSkyClan and the Stranger
Short stories, plays, and essays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's MercyThe Elders' ConcernSpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideWhy is Jaypaw Blind?Tigerstar: Heart of Evil?The Death of Bright Stream

Battles of the Clans chapters
Introduction:The Fire in Our BloodTechniques and StrategiesThunderClan: Nimble in the ForestShadowClan: Silent in the NightRiverClan: Strong in WaterWindClan: Proud in BattleSkyClan: Agile in AirTour of the BattlefieldsFamous BattlesIn the Midst of BattleThe AftermathConclusion: Onestar's Farewell
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