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"Every leaf and every blade of grass reminds me of her. I know she's watching over me and her kits from StarClan. One day we'll meet again. I would wait forever to see her face once more."
— Brackenfur to Bramblestar about Sorreltail in Bramblestar's Storm, page 31

Brackenfur is a golden-brown tabby tom[1] with amber eyes.[17] He has fur around his muzzle that is fading to gray,[18] long legs,[19] and a scar on his flank.[20]

Brackenfur is an elder of ThunderClan who has served under the leaderships of Bluestar, Firestar, Bramblestar, the impostor, Squirrelflight, Lionblaze, and Graystripe in the forest and lake territories. He was born to Lionheart and Frostfur along with his littermates, Thornclaw, Brightheart, and Cinderpelt. He was apprenticed early with the name Brackenpaw, mentored by Graystripe. However, Graystripe neglected his duties, and Brackenpaw's training was mostly completed by Fireheart. He earned his warrior name, Brackenfur, and served as a diligent warrior, becoming the mentor of Tawnypelt before she left for ShadowClan. Later, he also mentored Whitewing.

After the Great Journey, Brackenfur grew closer to Sorreltail, and the two became mates. During the battle against the badgers, Sorreltail gave birth to their kits, Cinderkit, Honeykit, Poppykit, and Molekit. He also became mentor to Hollyleaf after she switched to a warrior apprenticeship. Sorreltail gave birth to their second litter of kits, Lilykit and Seedkit, and Brackenfur fought in the the Great Battle. Despite the death of Sorreltail in the battle, Brackenfur continued to serve as a ThunderClan warrior, becoming mentor to his granddaughter, Sorrelstripe, and eventually retiring as an elder.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Though Brackenfur had not been a warrior for many moons, he had the serious air of a much older cat. He was ready for an apprentice, and Fireheart was sure he would make a fine mentor—patient and responsible."
―Fireheart's thoughts on Brackenfur A Dangerous Path, page 90
As kits, he and his littermates are stolen by Clawface, a ShadowClan warrior, and are later rescued by ThunderClan warriors with the help of Yellowfang and some ShadowClan elders. Brackenpaw is apprenticed to Graystripe, and he and his sister, Cinderpaw, are very close. His training is neglected when his mentor frequently visits Silverstream, a RiverClan warrior, and Fireheart is forced to pick up most of Brackenpaw's training. He earns his warrior name, Brackenfur, after a battle with ShadowClan and WindClan.
Brackenfur spends time with Snowkit in hopes to become his mentor and realizes something is wrong with him. He tells Fireheart and Cinderpelt, the latter reveals Snowkit is deaf. After a hawk snatches Snowkit, who was unable to hear any cats' cries, Brackenfur and Swiftpaw chase after it but fail to rescue Snowkit. Fireheart gives Brackenfur Tawnypaw to mentor instead. When Tawnypaw leaves ThunderClan to join her father, Tigerstar, in ShadowClan, Brackenfur searches frantically for her and insists it was his fault. He later participates in the battle against BloodClan.

The New Prophecy

"I'd almost decided to appoint Brackenfur. He would be a good deputy too, and he is a loyal warrior. But I have to remember that I’m not only choosing a deputy, I'm choosing the cat who might be the next leader of ThunderClan. And somehow...I'm not sure Brackenfur is that cat."
―Firestar about appointing his next deputy Sunset, page 256
Brackenfur is now a senior warrior and has a new apprentice, Whitepaw. He comforts his apprentice when her parents, Cloudtail and Brightheart, are captured by Twolegs. He and Sorreltail run into Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw when they return from their journey and guide them back to Sunningrocks, where the Clan is now residing. When Graystripe is captured, Mousefur and Rainwhisker believe Brackenfur would make a great deputy. During the Great Journey, Brackenfur saves a kit from an eagle.
He becomes closer with Sorreltail as the Clan settles in their new home. Sorreltail eventually is revealed to be expecting his kits. When badgers attack the camp, Brackenfur fiercely fights in front of the nursery to protect his mate and unborn kits. However, Sorreltail's kits are coming, and Cinderpelt suffers a fatal blow from the badgers to ensure her brother's kits are safe. After the attack, Brackenfur guards his new family defensively, and Sorreltail announces they've named the kits Molekit, Poppykit, Honeykit, and Cinderkit. Firestar considers making Brackenfur deputy until Leafpool reveals she had a sign from StarClan that Brambleclaw should be deputy.

Power of Three

"Did Brackenfur always give such little warning before he shot off?"
―Hollypaw on Brackenfur Dark River, page 253
Whitepaw is now a warrior with the name Whitewing, and Brackenfur's daughters are now apprentices. However, his son, Molepaw, is revealed to have died of greencough. Brackenfur becomes Hollypaw's new mentor after she decided to switch her training from a medicine cat apprentice to a warrior. He promises her she will have to work hard to catch up with the rest of the apprentices.
After participating in the Battle of the Eclipse, Hollyleaf earns her warrior name, and Brackenfur mentors Tigerpaw temporarily when Tawnypelt brings her kits to ThunderClan. He is chosen to go on a journey to find Sol along with Brambleclaw, Hazeltail, Birchfall, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf. As the two senior warriors, he and Brambleclaw take charge leading the patrol through the Twolegplace. Afterward, he takes over Icepaw's training when her mentor, Whitewing, moves to the nursery.

Omen of the Stars

Brackenfur: "Stupid furball. What were you thinking of, leaving the camp like that?"
Sorreltail: "I needed air. I wasn't expecting the kits to come yet, and I thought it would be cooler at the lake..."
Brackenfur: "Never frighten me like that again. Stay where you're told next time!"
Sorreltail: "There won't be a next time!"
—Brackenfur teasing Sorreltail as she gives birth The Forgotten Warrior, page chapter 12
He participates in the battle on ShadowClan border, leading a patrol with Thornclaw to outflank the ShadowClan cats. Later, his mate Sorreltail gives birth early to their second litter while she is walking by the lake. When he discovers Cinderheart is the reincarnation of his sister, Cinderpelt, he questions Jayfeather why StarClan would do it and what it meant for her future. However, he and Sorreltail insist they love their daughter for who she is. When Hollyleaf returns to the Clans, she trains ThunderClan to fight in the tunnels and Brackenfur becomes the second best fighter after Hollyleaf. He participates in the battle against the Dark Forest, and is seen protecting the nursery.

A Vision of Shadows

Brackenfur participates in the initial fight against Darktail when they attack WindClan. He also takes part in Sparkpelt's warrior assessment and noted she did brilliantly. When a mudslide occurs in ThunderClan's camp, Brackenfur runs out of the warriors' den and orders his Clanmates to clear evacuation routes and escort the elders out. During a Gathering, Brackenfur calls out in protest about Juniperclaw's appointment as ShadowClan's deputy due to the fact he was a follower of Darktail.

Super Editions

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In Bramblestar's Storm, Brackenfur desperately misses Sorreltail, and is reminded her of in everything he sees. When the camp floods, Brackenfur calls to Lilypaw and Seedpaw to evacuate. He helps Briarlight escape using the Stick of the Fallen. While fetching sticks, Seedpaw drowns and Lilypaw blames herself. Brackenfur demands to know what happened, and asks how he can bear to lose his daughter after Sorreltail's death. He participates in the training to fight the badgers by having the apprentices cling to his back. When the water level lowers, Brackenfur admits he may not be able to rebuild the camp without Dustpelt, though he is re-energized as the work actually begins. After the flood subsides, he is appointed as Sorrelpaw's mentor.


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In Leafpool's Wish, Brackenfur heads to the medicine cat den for some tansy to give to Sorreltail, who had just given birth to his kits. He is grateful Leafpool came back to ThunderClan, insisting some absences leave them more vulnerable than others. Berrykit shows Brackenfur his new battle move Thornclaw taught him, and Daisy scolds Berrykit for bothering the warriors. Brackenfur brings Whitepaw to Leafpool, who had dislocated her tail hunting a hare, and he helps Leafpool treat Whitepaw.
In Dovewing's Silence, after the Great Battle, Brackenfur looks for Sorreltail, and Brightheart suggest looking in the nursery. His sobs are heard by Dovewing when he discovers that his mate Sorreltail died from her wounds. Brackenfur attends her vigil, and his agonizing grief is felt by all his Clanmates. He visits her grave often, and no cat questions him.

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Brackenpaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: This moonhigh, we gather together to name two new apprentices. Come foreward, you two. From this day forward, until she has earned her warrior name, this apprentice will be called Cinderpaw.
Cinderpaw: Cinderpaw!
Bluestar: Fireheart, you are ready for your first apprentice. You will begin Cinderpaw's training. You are fortunate, Fireheart, to have had more than one mentor. I expect you to pass on everything I have taught you to this young apprentice and share with her the skills you have learned from Lionheart and Tigerclaw. And this apprentice will be known as Brackenpaw. Graystripe, you will train Brackenpaw. Our lost friend Lionheart was your mentor. I hope that his skill and wisdom will pass through you to your new apprentice.
Reference: Apprentice ceremony in Fire and Ice, pages 96-97

Brackenfur's warrior ceremony
Bluestar: Brackenpaw, it was you who warned the Clan today, and you fought bravely in the battle. It is time for you to become a warrior. I, Bluestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. He has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend him to you as a warrior in his turn. Brackenpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Brackenpaw: I do.
Bluestar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Brackenpaw, from this moment you will be known as Brackenfur. StarClan honors your forethought and your determination, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan.
Everyone: Brackenfur! Brackenfur!
Reference: Forest of Secrets, pages 214-215


Brackenfur's parents are Lionheart and Frostfur. His mate is Sorreltail, and Cinderheart, Poppyfrost, Honeyfern, Molepaw, Lilyheart, and Seedpaw are their children. For more of Brackenfur's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Brackenfur, along with Cinderpelt, was apprenticed before becoming six moons old.[21]

Author statements

  • Vicky doesn't think that he and Thornclaw are identical twins.[22]


  • Brackenfur's description is often mixed up. Over the time span of his appearance in the series, he has been called ginger,[3][23] pale ginger,[24] dark ginger,[25] light brown,[26][27] and russet colored.[28] In addition to those mistakes, he has also been depicted with a white muzzle, tail-tip, and paws in The Heart of a Warrior.[29] This is fixed in the colored edition, however.[30]
  • He has been mentioned with green eyes.[31]
  • Despite earning his warrior name in Forest of Secrets, he is mentioned as an apprentice in Tigerclaw's Fury, which takes place afterwards.[32]


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

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Brackenfur recounts his last day as an apprentice when Fireheart takes him out to hunt, noting he had no idea where Graystripe was. He scents WindClan and ShadowClan and instantly knows that the cats are coming for Brokentail. Fireheart sends him racing back to the camp, and Brackenpaw places himself in front of Brokentail's den to protect the prisoner. After driving off the invaders, he is named a warrior. Brackenfur then recalls the day he received Whitepaw as an apprentice, and how he cannot wait for the day she becomes a warrior and experiences the feelings that he did at his ceremony.[33]


Fireheart: "You were lucky, thank StarClan, and you saved me from a nasty bite. It was a brave thing to do, Brackenpaw."
Brackenpaw: "It wasn't really brave, I didn't have time to think."
Sandstorm: "A warrior couldn't have done better."
—Brackenpaw being praised for his bravery after a badger attack Forest of Secrets, page 95

Brackenfur: "You should have been with me."
Cinderpaw: "No, I'm fine as I am. You'll have to be a warrior for both of us. And I'll have to settle for being the greatest medicine cat this forest has ever seen!"
—Brackenfur to Cinderpaw after his warrior ceremony Forest of Secrets, pages 215-216
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Brackenfur: "Are you okay?"
Sorreltail: "No, I'm fine, Brackenfur. Just a bit tired."
Brackenfur: "Come a bit farther. We've found a nice sunny spot under a tree. You can rest and we'll see how Whitepaw's hunting skills are coming on."
—Brackenfur speaking to Sorreltail while knowing she is pregnant Twilight, page 51

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  2. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 95
  4. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 97
  5. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 214
  6. Revealed in Dawn, page 139
  7. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 98
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 149
  10. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 235
  11. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  12. Revealed in The Sight, page 251
  13. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm graphic novel
  14. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, pages 89-90
  15. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
  16. Revealed in Sunrise, page 208
  17. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 271
  18. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 286
  19. Revealed in Midnight, page 14
  20. Revealed in The Sight, page 54
  21. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 93
  22. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  23. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 146
  24. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 165
  25. Revealed in The Sight, page 38
  26. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 92
  27. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 108
  28. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 92
  29. Revealed in The Heart of a Warrior, page 11
  30. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Path
  31. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 75
  32. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 2
  33. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans


  1. Although unofficial at first, Fireheart essentially finished Brackenpaw's training due to Graystripe's inability because of his constant leaving camp to maintain a relationship with Silverstream.[9]