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"When I lead ShadowClan, I'll be better than either of them, he promised himself. [...] Whatever he did, he wouldn't make Tigerstar's or Brokenstar's mistakes."
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"Oh, and Mistyfoot? Never trust the shadows. My warriors wear the night like second pelts. If you wrong ShadowClan, you will never be safe in the dark."
— Blackstar to Mistyfoot in Battles of the Clans, page 37



Blackstar is a white tom with jet-black paws[15] and amber eyes.[16]

Blackstar was a ShadowClan leader in the forest and lake territories. He was born to Blizzardwing and Hollyflower as Blackkit along with his littermates, Flintfang and Fernshade; however, his father's identity was kept a secret because Blizzardwing was already mates with Featherstorm. As an apprentice, Blackpaw learned the truth about his father, but never told his littermates. As a young warrior, Blackfoot mentored his half-sister, Dawncloud, and later became Brokenstar's deputy; however, he was exiled along with his treacherous leader, becoming a rogue until Tigerstar seized control of ShadowClan. Blackfoot returned to his status as deputy, and after Tigerstar's sudden death, took over leadership of ShadowClan. At his leadership ceremony, Blackfoot understood the horror he partook in, originally believing to be a loyal deputy. StarClan forgave him, and Blackfoot vowed to do better than his predecessors, earning his leader name of Blackstar. While Blackstar kept his word and led ShadowClan through moons of peace, he retained his Clan's history of fierceness, cunning, and stealth. He led his Clan through the Great Journey, but a rogue named Sol influenced the ShadowClan leader to abandon StarClan until StarClan themselves appeared to restore his faith. During the the Great Storm, Blackstar lost his final life, passing his leadership onto Rowanclaw.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"Then I'll see you at the next Gathering. And Blackfoot, you would do well to learn from the mistakes of your predecessors. I saw what you did to Stonefur at the Bonehill."
―Firestar warning Blackfoot The Darkest Hour, page 311
Blackfoot is the ShadowClan deputy under Brokenstar. He participates in a raid on ThunderClan, killing an elder, Rosetail, while trying to steal kits from the nursery. However, he is driven off by Yellowfang, ShadowClan's former medicine cat. He, Brokenstar, and several other cats are exiled from ShadowClan, but after Brokenstar's death, Blackfoot becomes one of Tigerclaw's rogue recruits. The ThunderClan deputy seeks help to kill Bluestar, and Blackfoot participates in another attack on the ThunderClan camp.
When Tigerstar becomes leader of ShadowClan, Blackfoot becomes his deputy. After Darkstripe fails to kill Stonefur, the RiverClan deputy, Tigerstar orders Blackfoot to finish the job. Blackfoot reluctantly agrees to unite ShadowClan with the other Clans to fight BloodClan after Tigerstar's death, and after the battle, Blackfoot plans to travel to the Moonstone to receive his new name and nine lives.

The New Prophecy

"Firestar, you're panicking over nothing. Twolegs are mad. Even the smallest kit knows that. True, they knocked down a few trees, but now they've gone away again. Whatever was going on, it's over."
―Blackstar to Firestar about the Twoleg interference Moonrise, page 45
When Twolegs destroy the forest territories, Blackstar initially denies any problem, but intends to bring his Clan to live in BloodClan's old territory. WindClan and ThunderClan rescue ShadowClan when Twolegs destroy their camp, and Blackstar finally agrees to follow the other Clans. After the Great Journey, his Clan settles in a pine forest, but are continuously threatened by vicious kittypets named Jacques and Susan.

Power of Three

"They spoke to us. You were right, Littlecloud. We can't ignore the spirits of our warrior ancestors. Now when they're still watching over us [...] I can't believe I let myself listen to that mange-ridden trickster. He told me StarClan didn't care what happened to us! But they brought us here, made the trees fall so that we had to hear them. I'll make sure no ShadowClan cat is led astray by Sol again."
―Blackstar restoring his faith in StarClan Long Shadows, page 121
Blackstar's confidence that the Clans were meant to be at the lake and his overall faith in StarClan diminishes as the moons progress. He and his Clan participate in the battle of the eclipse, and a mysterious loner named Sol correctly predicts the disappearance of the sun. Blackstar is inclined to listen to the tom, who feeds into Blackstar's doubts, convincing the leader to abandon StarClan. He reverts to his former name, Blackfoot, and refuses to bring his Clan to Gatherings. Raggedstar and Runningnose, along with the help of Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, Jaypaw, Tigerpaw, Dawnpaw and Flamepaw, appear to Blackstar, reigniting his belief in their warrior ancestors, and he reclaims his title as Blackstar.

Omen of the Stars

"I'm still leader of this Clan. And you have betrayed us all [...] I killed one traitor, and now I'm ready to kill another."
―Blackstar to Redwillow The Last Hope, page chapter 24
During a drought, Blackstar agrees to send Toadfoot and Tigerheart as representatives from ShadowClan to go on a journey to find where the water has gone. He and Firestar clash when Firestar demands ThunderClan be given back territory they had granted ShadowClan years ago. When Blackstar refuses, ShadowClan and ThunderClan fight the battle of the border, during which his deputy, Russetfur, is killed. He appoints Rowanclaw as his new deputy, and confides in Littlecloud and Flametail when he has terrible dreams. During the battle against the Dark Forest, Blackstar loses a life, but recovers to kill Redwillow, a ShadowClan warrior who sided with the Dark Forest.

Super Editions

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

"Brokenstar, your choice honors me. I'll do my best to serve you and our Clan well."
―Blackfoot after being named Brokenstar's deputy Yellowfang's Secret, page 451
In Yellowfang's Secret, he is born to Hollyflower alongside Flintkit and Fernkit. He is an eager apprentice, and very close with his siblings. He gains his warrior name, Blackfoot, and participates in a battle against rats in the Carrionplace. After Raggedstar is killed, Brokenstar names Blackfoot his deputy and promises Dawnkit to him as an apprentice, who is less than three moons old. When Yellowfang is exiled from ShadowClan after being accused of killing Mintkit and Marigoldkit, Blackfoot offers to escort her from the territory.
"My Clan will not stay to hear our dead warriors scorned by the other Clan! You all owe them a debt, just as we do."
―Blackstar at a Gathering Bramblestar's Storm, page 55
In Bramblestar's Storm, Blackstar has become too frail to keep his Clan together after the battle with the Dark Forest. He begins each Gathering by reciting the names of those who had died in the battle, though the other Clans insist they should move on. Rowanclaw slowly takes over his leadership duties, and during the the Great Storm, Blackstar loses his final life in a flood.

Novellas

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

"Can it go on like this? You say it's my choice to continue, but I feel like this is wrong. Each memory leaves me more shaken than the last. Am I really fit to lead ShadowClan?"
―Blackfoot after his seventh life during his leadership ceremony Blackfoot's Reckoning, page chapter 9
In Blackfoot's Reckoning, following the Clans' victory against BloodClan, Blackfoot heads to the Moonstone to receive his nine lives. Blackfoot fears what StarClan will do to him knowing the atrocities he's committed under Brokenstar's and Tigerstar's reigns. However, StarClan grants him nine lives, with the catch that he relives memories of his past. Blackfoot's father, Blizzardwing, gives him a life for acceptance as Blackfoot recalls learning the truth about Blizzardwing being their father, though the tom never acknowledged it. Raggedstar gives Blackfoot a life for trust, though both toms note that while they made a mistake trusting Brokentail, ShadowClan will only survive if they trust their leader. With Badgerfang's life, Blackfoot relives his nephew's death, and Badgerfang gives him a life for perspective. Gray Wing grants him unity as Blackfoot remembers driving out WindClan from their home, and Blackfoot struggles to explain that he had to obey his leader. Rosetail gives him a life for compassion as Blackfoot recalls killing her. With Bluestar's life of judgment, Blackfoot remembers how eager he was to follow Tigerclaw. After Stonefur's life of integrity and the memory of killing the half-Clan deputy without question, Blackfoot struggles to forgive himself for what he has done, and Nightstar encourages him that every leader has regrets but learns from them and gives Blackfoot a life for loyalty. Shadowstar gives Blackfoot a life for leadership, but warns of potential troubles for the Clans depending on Blackfoot's choices. Blackfoot resolves to make the right ones, and Shadowstar hails him by his new name of Blackstar.
"Those ThunderClan cats fought more fiercely than I expected. Especially that so-called kittypet, Fireheart. He may have been born in Twolegplace, but he's sure learned how to fight like a warrior."
―Blackfoot to Tigerclaw Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 2
In Tigerclaw's Fury, Tigerclaw tracks down Blackfoot and the other rogues who fled the battle against ThunderClan and leads them into the outskirts of ShadowClan territory. When Blackfoot and Tangleburr vanish from their camp, Tigerclaw finds they have been checking up on their old Clanmates, who are sick with Carrionplace disease. With Tigerclaw's permission, Blackfoot helps his former Clanmates hunt. When Tigerclaw fights a whole ThunderClan patrol by himself, Blackfoot arrives with ShadowClan backup. After Nightstar dies and Runningnose announces Tigerclaw as the new leader, Tigerclaw decides to name Blackfoot his deputy.

Detailed description

Blackstar is a tall,[17] huge[18] white tom with jet-black paws, one of which has six toes.[19] He has a sleek pelt,[20] a broad chest,[17] black-rimmed ears,[16] and amber eyes.[16]

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Killed victims

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Ceremonies

Blackfoot's deputy ceremony
Brokenstar: Meanwhile, it is time for me to choose a deputy. I say these words before the spirits of my ancestors, that they may hear and approve my choice. Blackfoot will be the next deputy of ShadowClan.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 416


Blackstar's leader ceremony
Blackfoot: Sagewhisker.
Sagewhisker: Blackfoot, I know that you are uncertain.
Blackfoot: I—I am. But I am loyal. I would put my Clan before anything else.
Sagewhisker: ShadowClan has suffered. But so have all the Clans, and part of that is ShadowClan's fault. The next leader of ShadowClan must be strong and honorable, or ShadowClan will fall into oblivion. If ShadowClan falls, the other Clans will fall too, even StarClan. There must be a balance in the forest. Do you really think you're up to the task? Can you be the strong and honorable leader ShadowClan needs?
Blackfoot: I will do my best. Like I said, I would do anything for ShadowClan. Everything I have done has been for ShadowClan.
Sagewhisker: Very well. The next few moments will be a test of sorts, then. Each cat will give you a gift. The gift may come with a memory, and not all these memories will be welcome. [...] If at any point it becomes too much, you can tell us to stop. You can leave, and live as you always have, and there will be a new leader for ShadowClan. Do you understand?
Blackfoot: I understand.
Blizzardwing: [...] I'm so sorry that I hurt you. But thank you for keeping our secret. Do you want this life? [...] With this life, I give you acceptance. Accept your past so that you may leave it behind as you and your Clan move forward.
Raggedstar: [...] I can imagine what you've seen. Putting our faith in the wrong cat has been a challenge for both of us. Are you sure you want this life? [...] Then with this life, I give you trust. Have faith in your Clanmates as you do yourself.
Blackfoot: We both trusted Brokentail. But it was a mistake, wasn't it? And that was the beginning of ShadowClan falling apart.
Raggedstar: We were wrong to put our faith in him. He killed me in the end. And following him changed you. But what's done is done. If ShadowClan is going to survive, you'll have to trust your warriors. And they'll have to trust you.
Blackfoot: [...] Should I have tried to convince Brokenstar not to train such young kits? I had to listen to my leader. That's what makes us different from rogues.
Badgerfang: You can stop anytime, you know. I don't have to give you this life. [...] With this life, I give you perspective. Always seek as many points of view as you can, while knowing that a leader must in the end think for himself.
Blackfoot: [...] We did need the territory. There were more of us than there were of the WindClan cats, and we didn't have enough prey. You don't understand. We had to survive.
Gray Wing: I know it can be hard to relive the past. As we've said all along, this is your choice. Do you want the life I offer? [...] With this life, I give you unity. Do all that you can to make sure every Clan is strong. Because if one Clan falls, all the Clans will be lost.
Rosetail: [...] With this life, I give you compassion. Do your best to understand the hopes and dreams of other cats in the forest, even if they're not in your Clan.
Bluestar: [...] Do you want this life? I need you to say it.
Blackfoot: I want this life.
Bluestar: With this life, I give you judgment. Use it when making difficult decisions. Consider all possibilities, and consequences, of the choices you make.
Stonefur: [...] With this life, I give you integrity. Use your judgment, to make sure you take yourself and your Clan down the right paths in the future.
Blackfoot: Can it go on like this? You say it's my choice to continue, but I feel like this is wrong. Am I really fit to lead ShadowClan?
Nightstar: You're honest. Every leader has made choices they regret. It isn't necessary for a leader to be perfect. But it is important that you can learn from the past, and change. Don't lose the ability to question yourself. A leader needs to be the one who makes sure he's doing the right thing. No other cat will do it for him.
Blackfoot: [...] Tigerstar didn't care about the sick ShadowClan cats, did he? He just wanted you to make him the next deputy, so that they would accept him as their leader when you died.
Nightstar: He fooled me, too. But what matters now is that you cared about the ShadowClan cats. You weren't looking for revenge, or some advantage over ShadowClan; you only wanted to help your Clanmates. [...] With this life, I grant you loyalty. To the warrior code, to all the cats in the forest, and especially to ShadowClan.
Shadowstar: Do you know who I am? I'm Tall Shadow. You know me as Shadowstar. I was the first leader of ShadowClan
Blackfoot: You're going to give me a life? You want me to lead ShadowClan?
Shadowstar: I hope you're up to the job.
Blackfoot: I hope so, too. I'll try. Surely, we're due for a few peaceful moons.
Shadowstar: Try not to be too naïve. It won't be easy. Don't think everything will be fine from now on. The Clans might have won the battle against Scourge, and the territories might be safe for a little while, but the Clans' troubles are like the seasons. They always come around again.
Blackfoot: [...] Is that the future? Are those things that are going to happen? Is this a warning?
Shadowstar: There are many paths to the future. Even StarClan doesn't see everything that's going to happen. They're only dreams of what might happen. The choices you make will matter.
Blackfoot: I'll do my best to make the right choice.
Shadowstar: That's all we can ask of you. With this life, I give you the quality that your Clan will need above all others in the long days to come. Leadership.
I hail you by your new name, Blackstar. Your old life is no more. You have gained the nine lives of a leader, and StarClan grants you the guardianship of ShadowClan. Defend it well; care for the young and old; honor our ancestors and the traditions of the warrior code. Live each life with pride and dignity.
Blackstar: I will.
StarClan: Blackstar! Blackstar!
Reference: Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapters 1-10

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Blizzardwing
Raggedstar
Badgerfang
Gray Wing
Rosetail
Bluestar
Stonefur
Nightstar
Shadowstar
Acceptance
Trust
Perspective
Unity
Compassion
Judgment
Integrity
Loyalty
Leadership
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Killed during battle with the Dark Forest in The Last Hope
Drowned in Bramblestar's Storm
Deputies
Name From To
Russetfur
Rowanclaw
The Darkest Hour
Fading Echoes
Fading Echoes
Bramblestar's Storm
Medicine cats
Name From To
Runningnose
Littlecloud
Flametail
The Darkest Hour
Firestar's Quest
Sunrise
Before Firestar's Quest
Bramblestar's Storm
Night Whispers

Personality and Relationships

Blackstar is prideful and a fierce fighter, who cares deeply for ShadowClan. He used to be loyal to Brokenstar and Tigerstar before becoming the leader of his Clan. For more of Blackstar's personality and relationships, click here!

Kin

Members

Mother:

Hollyflower:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Blizzardwing:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brother:

Flintfang:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Sister:

Fernshade:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-brothers:

Mosspaw:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Volepaw:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-sister:

Dawncloud:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Nephew:

Badgerfang:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-niece:

Blossomkit:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-nieces/nephews:

Swampkit:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Unnamed kits:[28] Status unknown

Tree

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances


Trivia

Did you know Blackstar has six toes on one paw? For more trivia about Blackstar, click here!

Quotes

Blackfoot: "Firestar. So we won the battle after all."
Firestar: "Yes we did. What will you do now, Blackfoot?"
Blackfoot: "Take my Clan home, and prepare for a journey to Highstones. I'm their leader now. We have much to do to recover, but life in the forest will go on as usual."
Firestar: "Then I'll see you at the next Gathering. And Blackfoot, you would do well to learn from the mistakes of your predecessors. I saw what you did to Stonefur at the Bonehill."
Ravenpaw: "I wouldn't trust Blackfoot. He's a troublemaker if I ever saw one."
Firestar: "I know. Don't worry, ThunderClan will be ready if he starts anything."
—Blackfoot and Firestar talking after the battle against BloodClan The Darkest Hour, pages 311-312


"Hope is easy, but it catches no prey. If you ask me, we've seen the last of them."
―Blackstar Midnight, page 264


Blackstar: "What's this? Does the great Firestar think he can go where he likes in the forest?"
Firestar: "I have come to talk to you about what the Twolegs are doing. We have to decide what we're going to do if it carries on."
Blackstar: "We? What do you mean, we? ShadowClan does not talk with ThunderClan, we make our own decisions."
Firestar: "But the forest is being destroyed!"
Blackstar: "Firestar, you're panicking over nothing. Twolegs are mad. Even the smallest kit knows that. True, they knocked down a few trees, but now they've gone away again. Whatever was going on, it's over."
—Blackstar disbelieving that Twolegs are destroying the forest Moonrise, pages 44-45


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"We are still bound by our alliance during the Great Battle! This is a problem faced by all the Clans, and therefore we should deal with it together. There cannot be any inequity between us."
―Blackstar about the alliance during the Great Battle Dovewing's Silence, page Chapter 3


Blackstar: "These cats are still with us, watching the Clanmates they died to save! We need to honor their memory!"
Mistystar: "But Blackstar, life moves on, just like the seasons. We don’t list every piece of prey we’ve eaten in the last moon, or remember every fallen leaf."
Blackstar: "Our Clanmates are not prey or fallen leaves!"
Mistystar: "I didn’t mean…"
Blackstar: "[…] You are too quick to forget that we fought as one Clan against the Dark Forest."
Bramblestar: "But we aren't one Clan now. We are four Clans, just as we were before."
Blackstar: "My Clan will not stay to hear our dead warriors scorned by the other Clans! You all owe them a debt! Just as we do."
—Blackstar about the fallen from the Great Battle Bramblestar's Storm, pages 54-55

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 141
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 161
  5. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 190
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 2
  8. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 304
  9. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 365
  10. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 84
  13. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 466
  14. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 313
  15. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed on the cover of Blackfoot's Reckoning
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, page 36
  18. Revealed in Moonrise, page 44
  19. Revealed in the Warriors App
  20. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 62
  21. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 116
  22. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 172
  23. Revealed in The Last Hope, pages 280-281
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 308
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  26. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 455
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  28. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 255
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