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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[6] with amber eyes.[19] He has fur around his muzzle that is fading to gray,[20] long legs,[21] and a scar on his flank.[22]

Brackenfur is an elder of ThunderClan under Bramblestar's, the impostor's, Lionblaze's, Graystripe's, and Squirrelstar's leaderships in the lake territories, and previously served as a warrior under Bluestar, Firestar, and Bramblestar in the forest and lake territories. He was born to Lionheart and Frostfur along with his littermates, Thornclaw, Brightheart, and Cinderpelt. He and his siblings were captured by ShadowClan, but were later saved by a ThunderClan patrol and ShadowClan's elders. 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. After Hollyleaf decided to become a warrior apprentice, he took over as her mentor. Sorreltail gave birth to their second litter of kits, Lilykit and Seedkit, and Brackenfur fought in 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 a kit, 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. Apprenticed to Graystripe, Brackenpaw's training is neglected when his mentor frequently visits Silverstream, a RiverClan warrior. Fireheart is forced to pick up most of Graystripe's mentor duties in training Brackenpaw. 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 revealing that 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 that she left. 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, comforting her when her parents, Cloudtail and Brightheart, are captured by Twolegs. He and Sorreltail guide Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw back to Sunningrocks when they return from their journey, where the Clan is now residing. 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 have 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, chapter 12
He participates in the battle on ShadowClan's 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[]

"Didn't Juniperclaw abandon ShadowClan to follow Darktail? [...] A deputy must be loyal!"
―Brackenfur speaking against Juniperclaw as deputy The Raging Storm, page 80
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.

The Broken Code[]

The impostor: "Have I chosen the prey I want to eat yet?"
Stormcloud: "No, but Brackenfur said he was hungry, and I just thought I would bring him—"
The impostor: "You know the rules. The leader eats first, no exceptions!"
—Stormcloud and the impostor Veil of Shadows, page 164
Brackenfur has now retired from his warrior duties, and is now an elder. He joins Brightheart, his sister, and Cloudtail, her mate, in the elders' den. When Ashfur possesses Bramblestar's body, he begins implementing strict adherence to the warrior code, though often bending it to his will. The impostor snaps at Stormcloud for fetching prey to Brackenfur and punishes him with sleeping in the forest for doing so. The imposter decides that he and Squirrelflight will eat before any other cats, including the elders of ThunderClan.

A Starless Clan[]

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Super Editions[]

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

Brackenfur: "We'll need a lot of brambles to patch that up. Dustpelt, do you think—. Sorry, I forgot. I'm not sure I can do this without him."
Whitewing: "You worked with Dustpelt for many seasons. You know just what he would have done. And we'll all help rebuild our home. You're not alone."
—Brackenfur planning to rebuild the camp after the Great Storm Bramblestar's Storm, page 433
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 so soon 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, who was killed in the fight with badgers. Brackenfur is re-energized, though, once the work actually begins. After the flood subsides, he is appointed as Sorrelpaw's mentor.


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

"I know you can do this, Leafpool. Go on."
―Brackenfur to Leafpool when Whitepaw is injured Leafpool's Wish, chapter 5
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.
«At first Brackenfur seemed reluctant to let anyone else touch Sorreltail, as if they might disturb her. Gently Rosepetal, Berrynose, and Whitewing pressed around the queen's body and lifted her as carefully as if she were a newborn kit. Brackenfur stooped to cradle Sorreltail's chin on the back of his neck. His grief clung like mist to his ruffled pelt and Dovewing had to look away.»
—Dovewing's thoughts after Sorreltail's vigil Dovewing's Silence, chapter 2
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.

Detailed description[]

Scars gained[]

The following is a chronological list of scars and/or major injuries that Brackenfur has gained:

  • Scar on flank caused by a battle against ShadowClan over the clearing at their border prior to The Sight.[22]

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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.[23] Graypaw comments how Frostfur's kits are three moons old when they were captured by Clawface, meaning Brackenfur and Cinderpelt were at least four moons old when they were apprenticed.[3]

Author statements[]

  • Vicky has commented about the possibility of Lionheart fathering Frostfur's kits,[24] and at least once that Lionheart never fathered kits.[25]
  • Vicky doesn't think that he and Thornclaw are identical twins.[28]


  • Brackenfur's description is often mixed up. Over the time span of his appearance in the series, he has been called ginger,[5][29] pale ginger,[30] dark ginger,[31] light brown,[32][33] and russet colored.[34] In addition to those mistakes, he has also been depicted with a white muzzle, tail-tip, and paws in The Heart of a Warrior.[35] This is fixed in the colored edition, however.[36]
  • He has been mentioned with green eyes.[37]
  • Despite earning his warrior name in Forest of Secrets, he is mentioned as an apprentice in Tigerclaw's Fury, which takes place afterwards.[38]


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.[39]


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

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. Revealed in Into the Wild, chapter 20
  2. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 248
  4. Revealed in The Prophecies Begin, volume 1, page 219
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 95
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 214
  8. Revealed in Dawn, page 139
  9. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 98
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 149
  12. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 235
  13. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  14. Revealed in The Sight, page 251
  15. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm comic
  16. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, pages 89-90
  17. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
  18. Revealed in Sunrise, page 208
  19. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 271
  20. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 286
  21. Revealed in Midnight, page 14
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 54
  23. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 93
  24. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  25. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  26. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  27. Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 6
  28. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  29. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 146
  30. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 165
  31. Revealed in The Sight, page 38
  32. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 92
  33. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 108
  34. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 92
  35. Revealed in The Heart of a Warrior, page 11
  36. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Path
  37. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 75
  38. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 2
  39. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
  1. Graypaw says that Frostfur's kits are three moons old when they are captured by Clawface, which would put the their season of birth in late newleaf three moons prior.[3]
  2. 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.[11]