"We can't trust them! Let WindClan set one paw over our border, and they'll be taking our prey as well as our water."
— Blackclaw to Leopardstar at a Gathering in Midnight, page 47

Blackclaw is a lean,[13] smoky-black tom. He has a long tail,[2] long legs, broad shoulders,[13] and a torn ear-tip.[14]

Blackkit is born to Shimmerpelt and Piketooth of RiverClan, along with his sister, Skykit. After the death of Brightsky, Blackkit gains her sole surviving kit, Leopardkit as a foster sister. With the rest of RiverClan, he spoils her out of pity. Soon, he is appointed as an apprentice along with his littermate, now called Blackpaw, gaining the RiverClan leader, Hailstar as his mentor. Then he becomes known as Blackclaw, proving to be a head-strong and aggressive warrior.

He is given his first apprentice, Heavypaw. At some point, he becomes mates with Mistyfoot and father to Reedwhisker, Pikepaw, Primrosepaw, and Perchkit. For unknown reasons, only Reedwhisker survives to warriorhood. At the same time, Blackclaw becomes a second-time mentor to Volepaw. Blackclaw thinks that Mistyfoot is not the rightful deputy, when another warrior, Hawkfrost, briefly takes her place, after Mistyfoot goes missing. He helps spread false rumors about her. After Hawkfrost's death, Blackclaw continued to serve a simple loyal warrior, training a third apprentice, Beechpaw, and then retiring to become an elder. After a drought at the lake territories, Blackclaw dies of thirst and hunger alongside few of his Clanmates. He goes to StarClan.


In the Super Editions

Crookedstar's Promise

Blackkit and Skykit are often seen playing with their denmates, Reedkit, Loudkit and Sedgekit. He makes a brief appearance, when he tells Crookedjaw to hide him. He hides under Crookedjaw's belly and waits for the 'kit-patrol' to find him. Loudkit scents him and Crookedjaw steps aside and lets the kits jump on top of Blackkit. He then follows his sister and joins in with Frogkit and Sunkit, who are playing moss ball. Blackkit and Skykit scamper to the nursery when Shimmerpelt calls them back.
Several moons later, Blackkit is apprenticed, though his ceremony is actually never shown. His mentor is Hailstar, RiverClan's leader. He is obviously eager for the ceremonies to be over, shown by his constant fidgeting. When the ceremonies are finished, he is seen play-fighting with his father, Piketooth. Blackpaw then says he wants to join Crookedjaw, his apprentice, Sedgepaw, along with Frogpaw and a couple of other apprentices and warriors.
When Hailstar announces RiverClan will take back Sunningrocks from ThunderClan, Hailstar states that he only wants his strongest warriors to come, and Blackpaw says he has sharp teeth. He is obviously disappointed, as this would have been his first battle.
Though the ceremony isn't shown, Blackpaw is made a warrior, and his name has been changed to Blackclaw.
Blackclaw participates in the battle against the rats in the barn. He is seen diving into the brown bodies of the rats and hooking them with his claws and throwing them away, into the shadows of the barn.

Firestar's Quest

Blackclaw does not formally appear in Firestar's Quest, but is listed in the allegiances.

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Fire and Ice

Blackclaw is at a Gathering as a young warrior. He is seen with Wetfoot, who introduces him to Fireheart. He scornfully tells Fireheart who Leopardfur is when he asks.
Later, when Fireheart and Graystripe are looking for WindClan, they see Blackclaw and some other RiverClan warriors hunting rabbits in WindClan territory. Fireheart remarks that they aren't very good at it. Fireheart and Graystripe hide from the RiverClan cats in a badger set. When Blackclaw's hunting patrol is considering going into the badger set in search of a rabbit, Blackclaw tells them not to, saying that the scent of the rabbit they are chasing led away from the set, and the two ThunderClan cats go undetected.
Blackclaw is seen fighting with Dustpelt during the battle when ThunderClan goes to help WindClan against an attack by ShadowClan and RiverClan. It is noted that it looked like Dustpelt needed no help to fight Blackclaw, and if Fireheart came, the dark tabby wouldn't appreciate his intervention.

Forest of Secrets

Blackclaw is on a patrol with Silverstream and a younger cat whom Fireheart guesses to be Blackclaw's apprentice, Heavypaw.
Blackclaw is on a nearby patrol when Fireheart and Graystripe rescue his and Mistyfoot's missing kits, and he rudely demands to know why the two ThunderClan warriors are trespassing on RiverClan territory. Even after he realizes that they rescued his kits, Blackclaw remains very aggressive and suspicious towards the two young ThunderClan warriors, but is told off by Leopardfur. It is noted that Blackclaw takes one of his sons and stalks threateningly alongside Fireheart and Graystripe.
When the ThunderClan warriors are brought to confront Crookedstar, Blackclaw claims he doesn't believe them, and argues against Fireheart and Graystripe. He is eventually reprimanded by Crookedstar. When Silverstream observes that the ThunderClan warriors' story makes sense, Blackclaw turns his back with a snort of disgust and walks away.
When ThunderClan is attacked by rogues led by Tigerclaw, Blackclaw is among the RiverClan warriors that help drive them away. Later, after Silverstream's kits are born, Blackclaw, Leopardfur, Mistyfoot, and Stonefur return to ThunderClan, and demand that they are given to RiverClan, arguing that kits belong in their mother's Clan. When they win the argument fairly easily, he and Leopardfur seem suspicious of their easy victory.

Rising Storm

Blackclaw does not formally appear in Rising Storm, but is listed in the allegiances.

A Dangerous Path

Blackclaw is in the raid between ThunderClan and RiverClan at Sunningrocks, fighting with ThunderClan's deputy, Fireheart. Fireheart seems to be having difficulty until Cloudpaw comes to his aid, clinging to Blackclaw's back and pulling him off of Fireheart. It is also noted at the end of the battle that Blackclaw is at the head of the patrol returning to RiverClan territory.

The Darkest Hour

Blackclaw makes a brief appearance fighting off the BloodClan cats along with the rest of the newly formed temporary Clan, LionClan.

In The New Prophecy arc


Blackclaw appears at a Gathering. He protests when Tallstar asks Leopardstar to let them drink water from RiverClan, saying that WindClan would take their prey. He is then countered by Mistyfoot. Leopardstar announces that Blackclaw and Stormfur killed some rats that were in RiverClan territory.


Blackclaw does not formally appear in Moonrise, but is listed in the allegiances.


Blackclaw does not formally appear in Dawn, but is listed in the allegiances.


Blackclaw congratulates Hawkfrost after he explores the island and pronounces it a good camp for RiverClan. It is obvious that the two warriors are good friends. It is mentioned that he and Hawkfrost drove out a badger that was in RiverClan territory.
Blackclaw, along with many others, joins the rebellion against Onewhisker.


Blackclaw has a new apprentice, Beechpaw.
Blackclaw and Hawkfrost start to spread rumors behind Mistyfoot's back, saying she is not a proper deputy, and that Hawkfrost should be deputy instead. When a pool of Twoleg liquid is making the cats of RiverClan sick, Blackclaw helps Hawkfrost build a barrier around the pool, to keep cats and prey from being contaminated, and agrees when Hawkfrost comments that if patrols had been organized properly, they would have caught the threat, another indication that the two cats believe that Mistyfoot isn't a proper deputy.


Blackclaw is at the Gathering, defending Hawkfrost when he almost starts a fight about RiverClan needing more territory.
Blackclaw is one of the many cats that don't wish for Brook to reside in RiverClan, and when Hawkfrost points out that she had chased a squirrel over the ShadowClan border, he demands she be exiled. He quarrels with Stormfur, Brook, and Hawkfrost for a few moments and shortly after this, he is told to break up a fight between Hawkfrost and Stormfur. He pulls Stormfur away more roughly than is necessary, and claws the gray warrior's nose.

In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Blackclaw does not formally appear in The Sight, but is listed in the allegiances. His apprentice, Beechpaw, is appointed a new warrior and receives his name, Beechfur.

Dark River

Blackclaw is in charge of overseeing the fortification of the RiverClan camp, in order to make it inaccessible to Twoleg kits. He has the idea to build a dam to make the river wider, and thus less accessible to the Twoleg kits.


Blackclaw does not formally appear in Outcast, but is listed in the allegiances.


Blackclaw does not formally appear in Eclipse, but is listed in the allegiances.

Long Shadows

Blackclaw does not formally appear in Long Shadows, but is listed in the allegiances.


Blackclaw does not formally appear in Sunrise, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Blackclaw has retired and become an elder. He is at a Gathering, yelling at Mistyfoot that it isn't her decision to send cats with the patrol.

Fading Echoes

Blackclaw does not formally appear, but is mentioned once. Mistystar tells Firestar that Blackclaw, Voletooth and Dawnflower all died from hunger and thirst as a result of the drought.

In the Tigerstar and Sasha arc

Return to the Clans

Blackclaw is on the RiverClan patrol that confronts Sasha and her kits, Hawk and Moth, when they are crossing the river. When Sasha asks to join the Clan, Blackclaw disagrees and predicts that they will drain their resources.
He later trains and hunts with Hawkpaw and Mothpaw.

In the Field Guides

Battles of the Clans

Blackclaw leads a patrol consisting of Dawnflower, Reedwhisker, and Pouncetail through ThunderClan territory during the great battle, when RiverClan and WindClan are fighting against ThunderClan. Blackclaw knows a perfect place for an ambush, as he had been in the territory previously with Mothwing, and leads the patrol to an abandoned Twoleg nest. When he hears noises inside, he directs them to attack.
Three ShadowClan cats are inside, Blackclaw and Pouncetail confront Antpelt, pouncing on him and sending him running. The RiverClan cats quickly sends ShadowClan retreating. The patrol then finds the ShadowClan warrior Spiderfoot hiding, too afraid to help his Clanmates. Pouncetail directs Spiderfoot to walk up a sloping plank of wood, and Blackclaw thinks he's going to push him off, and compliments him on the idea. When Pouncetail lets the warrior go, Blackclaw angrily tells him he missed a chance to show ShadowClan the strength of RiverClan cats, and Pouncetail replies that there would be no honor in that.

In the Short stories and plays

Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar

During a unofficial Gathering called by Firestar, Blackclaw and two WindClan cats, Tornear and Nightcloud, get into an argument over Blackclaw's claims that RiverClan will invade WindClan's territory. Blackclaw, who was provoked by Tornear, defends his Clan when Tornear says that RiverClan cannot protect their own territory. After this, Blackclaw and Tornear get into a scuffle, with each warrior throwing insults at the other, and their respective Clans.
Upon seeing this, Firestar tries to intervene, but to no avail, as Tornear tries to attack Blackclaw again. This time, however, Firestar sees where Tornear is aiming, and saves Blackclaw from getting hit by the blow, saying that he wouldn't let Blackclaw and Tornear kill each other, just because of the lack of a full moon. After saying this, with a suggestion from Jayfeather, RiverClan, with Blackclaw included, each hold a vote to decide what to do about the lack of prey.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

Blackclaw does not formally appear in Tigerclaw's Fury, but is listed in the allegiances.

Leafpool's Wish

Blackclaw does not formally appear in Leafpool's Wish, but is listed in the allegiances.

Hollyleaf's Story

Blackclaw does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story, but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

While walking back to camp, Leopardstar notes that Blackclaw, Voletooth, and Dawnflower did not survive the drought, and that she had to watch her Clanmates starve because of the lack of prey and water. Shortly after Leopardstar's death, Mistyfoot points out that Blackclaw was merely a few seasons older than her.


Author statements

  • Vicky thinks that Blackclaw fathered Mistystar's kits.[15]
    • This is confirmed to be true on the Warriors family tree.[16]


  • He has been described as dark gray.[17]
  • He has mistakenly been described as a WindClan cat.[18]
  • He was mistakenly referred to as Blackstar.[19]

Character pixels

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Piketooth:[4] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)


Shimmerpelt:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Skyheart:[4] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)

Foster sister:

Leopardstar:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Mistystar:[16] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Reedwhisker:[16] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Perchkit:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Primrosepaw:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member



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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"Hide me! Don't tell them where I am!"
—Blackkit to Crookedjaw Crookedstar's Promise, page 256

"Your Clan is full of weaklings, and it always has been!"
—Blackclaw to Tornear about WindClan The Clans Decide, page 7

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 23
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 248
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 30
  6. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 337
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 429
  8. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 340
  10. Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Dawn, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Twilight, allegiances
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 51
  14. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 303
  15. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  17. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 259
  18. Revealed in Starlight, page 7
  19. Revealed in Starlight, page 30
  20. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 316