"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]

He was a ShadowClan leader born to Hollyflower along with his littermates, Flintfang and Fernshade. As a young warrior, Blackfoot is made Brokenstar's deputy, but becomes a rogue when Brokenstar and his supporters are driven from the Clan. After Tigerstar gains control of ShadowClan, Blackfoot returns to his status as deputy, and under his command, executes the RiverClan deputy, Stonefur. When Tigerstar is killed by Scourge, Blackfoot takes over the leadership of ShadowClan and participates in the battle against BloodClan.

After becoming Blackstar, he appoints Russetfur as his deputy and leads his Clan through the Great Journey. When Sol influences ShadowClan to lose faith in StarClan, Blackstar reverts back to his warrior name of Blackfoot. However, StarClan appears, and Blackfoot orders Sol away, becoming Blackstar once more. He serves his Clan during the Great Battle, where his age begins to catch up with him, and Rowanclaw, his new deputy, slowly takes over his duties. Blackstar drowns in The Great Storm and is succeeded by Rowanclaw as leader.


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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 ShadowClan's deputy under Brokenstar. Blackfoot participates in a raid on ThunderClan and kills the elder, Rosetail, while trying to get into the nursery to take kits to recruit for ShadowClan. However, he is driven back by Yellowfang, ShadowClan's former medicine cat and a ThunderClan prisoner. He, Brokenstar, and others are exiled from ShadowClan. After Brokenstar's death, Blackfoot becomes one of Tigerclaw's rogue recruits. Tigerclaw seeks help to kill Bluestar, and Blackfoot participate in the raid on the ThunderClan camp so that Tigerclaw can achieve his goals, but is driven out once more.
When Tigerclaw flees to ShadowClan with the rest of his gang, Blackfoot becomes the new deputy under Tigerstar, and is loyal to his new leader, despite Tigerstar's treacherous, murderous past. When Sorrelkit follows Darkstripe out of camp, she sees him talking to Blackfoot. Afterwards, Blackfoot is in the RiverClan camp as part of the newly formed TigerClan. After Darkstripe fails to do so, Blackfoot, on Tigerstar's orders, obediently murders Stonefur after he refused to kill Stormpaw, and Featherpaw.
After Tigerstar's death, Blackfoot reluctantly agrees to merge ShadowClan with the other three Clans, who were forming one giant Clan, LionClan, to drive out BloodClan and their leader, Scourge. After BloodClan's defeat, Blackfoot plans to go to the Moonstone to receive his new name and nine lives. Firestar thinks Blackstar will not shed any more blood needlessly, though he doesn't believe Blackstar will ever be his ally.

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 Moonrise, page 45
When Twolegs threaten to destroy the forest, Blackstar hints at his Clan living in the Twolegplace since BloodClan is gone. WindClan and ThunderClan save his Clan when Twolegs destroy the ShadowClan camp, and finally agrees the Clans should leave. He and the other leaders lead their Clanmates to their new home at the lake. His Clan settles in the pine forest, and are continuously threatened by kittypets Jacques and Susan. Blackstar is eager for more territory when they discover that Twolegs visit his territory during green-leaf.

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 believing in StarClan once again 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 Great Battle when RiverClan and WindClan both attack ThunderClan. A mysterious loner named Sol arrives, predicting the sun would go dark. When Sol's prediction becomes true, Blackstar is inclined to listen to him. Sol feeds into Blackstar's doubts, and convinces Blackstar to not believe in StarClan. He reverts to his former name, Blackfoot, and refuses for his Clan to attend 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 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 as he kills 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 free the lake. He and Firestar come at odds when Firestar demands ThunderClan be given back territory Firestar had granted them years ago, to which Blackstar denies, and ShadowClan and ThunderClan fight for the strip of territory. His deputy, Russetfur, dies during a border fight with ThunderClan, and expresses his profound grief for his former Clanmate. He appoints Rowanclaw as his new deputy. Blackstar confides with Littlecloud and Flametail when he has terrible dreams and questions if they heard anything from StarClan. During the battle against the Dark Forest, Blackstar loses a life and Stoatpaw runs to ThunderClan for help. Blackstar kills Redwillow, his Clanmate who trained with the Dark Forest and fought against the Clans.

Super Editions

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

In Yellowfang's Secret, he is born to Hollyflower alongside Flintpaw and Fernpaw. He is an eager apprentice, and very close with his siblings. He gains his warrior name, Blackfoot, and participates in a battle against the rats in the Carrionplace. After Raggedstar is killed, Brokenstar names Blackfoot his deputy and promised Dawnpaw as an apprentice, who is still less than three moons old. When Yellowfang is exiled from ShadowClan after being accused of killing Mintkit and Marigoldkit, Blackfoot offers to escort her off of the territory.
In Bramblestar's Storm, Blackstar is becoming 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 during the battle, but the other Clans insist they should move on. Blackstar argues and wants to keep honoring their memory. Rowanclaw continues to slowly take over leadership duties as Blackstar begins to show his age. During the the Great Storm, Blackstar loses his final life when ShadowClan's territory floods, and Rowanclaw succeeds him as leader.


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In Tigerclaw's Fury, Tigerclaw tracks Blackfoot and the other rogues who fled the battle against ThunderClan and informs them of his disappointment. When Blackfoot and Tangleburr don't show up at their camp, Tigerclaw finds them checking up on their old Clanmates in ShadowClan who are very frail and sick. With Tigerclaw's permission, Blackfoot eagerly helps his former Clanmates hunt. When Tigerclaw fights a whole ThunderClan patrol by himself, Blackfoot arrives with ShadowClan support. After Nightstar dies and Runningnose announces Tigerclaw as the new leader, Tigerclaw thinks how he'll name Blackfoot his deputy.

Detailed description

Blackstar is a tall,[16] huge[17] white tom with-black paws,[15] one of which with six toes.[18] He has a sleek pelt[19] and a broad chest.

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Killed victims

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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

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Killed during battle with the Dark Forest in The Last Hope
Drowned in Bramblestar's Storm
Name From To
The Darkest Hour
Fading Echoes
Fading Echoes
Bramblestar's Storm


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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"I was loyal to Brokenstar because he was the leader of my Clan, just as every ShadowClan warrior should have been. I am still a ShadowClan cat, whatever happens."
—Blackfoot to Tigerclaw after being discovered trying to find ShadowClan cats Tigerclaw's Fury, page 25

Blackfoot: "Did you think we would let you fight alone?"
Tigerclaw: "No, my friend. I knew you would come."
—Blackfoot to Tigerclaw Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 6

"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 the Warriors App
  8. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 365
  9. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 84
  12. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 65
  13. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 466
  14. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 313
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  16. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, page 36
  17. Revealed in Moonrise, page 44
  18. Revealed in the Warriors App
  19. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 62
  20. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 116
  21. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 172
  22. Revealed in The Last Hope, pages 280-281
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