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"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] muscular[14] smoky-black tom. He has a long tail,[2] long legs,[13] orange eyes,[15] and a torn ear-tip.[16]

Blackclaw was a warrior of RiverClan under Crookedstar's and Leopardstar's leaderships in the forest and lake territories. Blackkit was born to Shimmerpelt and Piketooth along with his sister, Skyheart. He became an adopted brother to Leopardstar as well, and he eventually became an apprentice as Blackpaw with the RiverClan leader, Hailstar, as his mentor. He earned his warrior name of Blackclaw, proving to be a head-strong and aggressive warrior. Before retiring to the elders' den, Blackclaw mentored Heavystep, Voletooth, and Beechfur. He soon died of thirst and starvation during a drought, and he ascended to StarClan. He then fought in the battle against the Dark Forest.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"I don't believe a word of it! You can't trust a ThunderClan cat."
—Blackclaw after Fireheart and Graystripe rescued Mistyfoot's kits Forest of Secrets, page 130
Blackclaw is a RiverClan warrior and is noted to be aggressive and loyal. He mentors Heavypaw. He confronts Fireheart and Graystripe when they rescue two of Mistyfoot's kits from the river, but remains suspicious of their motives. He goes to ThunderClan's camp to demand Silverstream's kits and fights for Sunningrocks. His apprentice becomes a warrior named Heavystep, and Blackclaw participates in the battle against BloodClan.

The New Prophecy

Blackclaw: "I don't get it. Surely no cat would be mousebrained enough to drink that."
Mistyfoot: "Mousebrain yourself. Can't you see cats must have picked it up on their pads? You tread in it accidentally, you lick yourself clean, and there you are."
—Blackclaw and Mistyfoot Twilight, page 163
He participates on the Great Journey and mentors Volepaw. Blackclaw befriends Hawkfrost as the two explore the island together and believe it would make a suitable camp. He also thinks Hawkfrost would be better suited as deputy than Mistyfoot, and helps spread false rumors about her. Blackclaw also supports exiling Stormfur and Brook when Mothwing has a vision of them. After Voletooth becomes a warrior, Blackclaw mentors Beechpaw.

Power of Three

"It was Blackclaw's idea to push stones into the stream."
—Willowpaw explaining her Clanmate's plan to secure the camp Dark River, page 193
His apprentice is now a warrior named Beechfur. When Twoleg kits terrorize their camp, Blackclaw is placed in charge of fortifying their camp while the rest of their Clanmates seek refuge on the island. He urges his Clanmates to hurry to push stones in the stream to widen the river and rescue supplies from their old camp. Blackclaw also participates in the battle of the Clans, fighting against ThunderClan and ShadowClan.

Omen of the Stars

"That's for Leopardstar to say, not you!"
—Blackclaw protesting to Mistyfoot at a Gathering The Fourth Apprentice, page 102
Blackclaw is now an elder and continues to confront Mistyfoot's decisions at Gatherings. After a drought cripples RiverClan, Blackclaw dies of thirst and hunger alongside few of his Clanmates, including his former apprentice, Voletooth, and Dawnflower.

Super Editions

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

"Blackpaw, Skypaw, Loudpaw and Reedpaw fidgeted behind him, eyes shining, their apprentice names still fresh on the tongues of their Clanmates. Hailstar's decision to wait until Leopardkit had reached six moons before he made any new apprentices had been welcomed by the Clan. The young cats had been born so close together that they'd formed a strong bond."
—Narrator at Blackpaw's apprentice ceremony Crookedstar's Promise, page 337
In Crookedstar's Promise, Blackkit is born to Piketooth and Shimmerpelt alongside Skyheart. He forms a close bond with the other nursery kits, and after the death of Brightsky, Blackkit gains her sole surviving kit, Leopardkit, as an adopted sister. He is mentored by Hailstar, the Clan leader. He is eager to begin his training and prove himself in battle. He soon earns his warrior name, Blackclaw. He participates in a battle against some rats that ultimately kill his former mentor.

Trivia

Author statements

  • Vicky considers Blackclaw a "sensible option" for the father of Mistystar's kits.[17]

Mistakes

  • Blackclaw has been mistakenly described as dark gray.[18]
  • Blackclaw has mistakenly been described as a WindClan cat,[19] and he was mistakenly referred to as Blackstar.[20]

Continuity

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

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Kin

Members

Father:

Piketooth:[4] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)

Mother:

Shimmerpelt:[4] Status unknown

Sister:

Skyheart:[4] Living (As of Mothwing's Secret)

Adopted sister:

Leopardstar:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Nieces/Nephews:

Unnamed kits:[23] Living (As of Mothwing's Secret)

Tree

Genetic

Piketooth ♂Shimmerpelt ♀
Skyheart ♀Blackclaw ♂
Unnamed kits

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Adopted

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances


Quotes

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


"Since when have ThunderClan cats risked their lives for us?"
—Blackclaw after Fireheart and Graystripe rescued Mistyfoot's kits Forest of Secrets, page 132


"StarClan, what a bully Blackclaw is."
—Feathertail's thoughts A Shadow in RiverClan, page 60


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"Little killer, you are!"
—Blackclaw praising Hawkpaw A Shadow in RiverClan, page 134


Blackclaw: "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."
Feathertail: "That's Blackclaw. He's loyal to the Clan, but..."
Mistyfoot: "You forget the times when RiverClan has needed help from other Clans. If they had not helped us then, we would not be here today."
—Blackclaw and Mistyfoot arguing at a Gathering Midnight, page 47


"Blackclaw was nodding agreement, with a hostile glance at the blue-furred she-cat; did he think Hawkfrost should still be deputy? Leafpool wondered. Was Hawkfrost trying to gain followers who were loyal to him alone, and not to the Clan?"
—Leafpool's thoughts about Blackclaw Twilight, page 164


"The dream seems clear enough to me. Nothing will be right in RiverClan unless we get rid of these two."
—Blackclaw arguing to send Stormfur and Brook away Sunset, page 224


"That's because I am old. Blackclaw was only a few seasons older than me! Sometimes I feel as if I've overstayed my welcome here, as if I should be walking in StarClan with Stonefur now."
—Mistyfoot to Mothwing after Blackclaw's death Mistystar's Omen, page chapter 2


Blackclaw: "Going to see if he has wings instead of the courage of a warrior, are you? Good idea."
Spiderfoot: "Are you really going to push me off?"
Pouncetail: "Not this time. Go back to your Clanmates, and warn them not to underestimate RiverClan warriors again."
Blackclaw: "You missed a chance to show ShadowClan just how fierce RiverClan can be."
—Blackclaw to Pouncetail about killing Spiderfoot Battles of the Clans, page Page 106

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Mothwing's Secret, chapter 8
  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 Dark River, page 191
  15. Revealed in A Shadow in RiverClan, page 44
  16. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 303
  17. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  18. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 259
  19. Revealed in Starlight, page 7
  20. Revealed in Starlight, page 30
  21. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  22. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 316
  23. Revealed in Mothwing's Secret, chapter 2
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