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"Your future lies ahead of you, where the Clans are. I'm not sure where my future lies, and I need time to work it out. Oh, my dear kits, you are all so brave and loyal. I shall miss you dreadfully, but I can't follow you into a future I know is not the right one for me."
— Cherrytail to her kits in Hawkwing's Journey, page 278

Cherrytail is a fluffy[10] tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat[11] with green eyes[12] and hard gray paw pads.[13]

Cherrytail is a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar's leadership in the gorge and lake territories. She was formerly a kittypet named Cherry alongside her brother, Boris. Cherry and Boris joined SkyClan as apprentices, and she was renamed Cherrypaw with Sharpclaw as her mentor. With guidance from Firestar, she participated in a battle against rats and following the rats' defeat, she earned her warrior name of Cherrytail. She later became a mentor to Rockshade.

Cherrytail and Sharpclaw became mates and had four kits, Hawkwing, Cloudmist, Blossomheart, and Duskpaw. She traveled with her Clan after being driven out by Darktail and mourned the deaths of Duskpaw and Sharpclaw. Afterwards, she decided to stay at Barley's barn with Cloudmist, still mourning her mate deeply. When Hawkwing and his patrol reunited with her, she and Cloudmist accompanied them back to the lake.


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A Vision of Shadows

"I suppose we should. After all, we said we'd rejoin you someday. But leaving here would be a great loss."
―Cherrytail about rejoining SkyClan Darkest Night, page 132
Hawkwing leads a patrol to the gorge to search for their missing Clanmates and reach Barley's barn. Cherrytail and Cloudmist joyfully reunite with Hawkwing and Blossomheart, and Cherrytail meets her granddaughter, Violetpaw. They eagerly ask questions and are updated on SkyClan's current whereabouts and everything that has happened since they last saw each other. Despite being unsure at first, she and Cloudmist eventually decide to travel with the patrol to the lake and rejoin SkyClan. When they arrive at camp, Leafstar rushes to greet the patrol and her old friend.

Super Editions

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

Cherrypaw: "We never told him we were sorry for calling him names."
Sparrowpaw: "I wish we had."
—Cherrypaw and Sparrowpaw when Skywatcher dies Firestar's Quest, page 352
In Firestar's Quest, Cherry and her brother, Boris, are two kittypets, who often torment Skywatcher, whom they believe to be mad. They meet Firestar and Sandstorm, who they mistake for Skywatcher. Firestar gives the two a hunting session, and while hunting with Cherry, he tells her about SkyClan, and her relation to them. He explains that he is searching for their descendants and rebuilding the Clan. Cherry is enthusiastic about the idea of joining. She and Boris come up with the idea to go into Twolegplace and then hold a meeting to recruit cats to join. After the meeting, Cherry and Boris decide to leave their easy lives as kittypets to be warriors of SkyClan. They are made apprentices and are renamed to Cherrypaw and Sparrowpaw. Cherrypaw is given Sharpclaw as her mentor. She fights in the battle against the rats, and afterwards, is made a warrior, named Cherrytail, and given Rockpaw as her first apprentice.
Egg: "She's just copying me."
Cherrytail: "I am not! I've always been able to do that. Now I teach apprentices to do it, too."
—Cherrytail and Egg SkyClan's Destiny, page 240
In SkyClan's Destiny, Cherrytail completes Rockpaw's training, and the apprentice is made into a warrior with the name Rockshade. She is shown to be disapproving of the daylight-warriors and often critical toward their second lives as kittypets. Cherrytail is one of the cats who join the patrol to drive the rats out of the Twoleg dump site and to get revenge from the Twoleg who tormented Petalnose and Shrewtooth. After finding an injured Twoleg kit, Cherrytail goes on the patrol to find its parents. Later, Cherrytail fights against Dodge's group of rogues with her Clanmates and Stick's group. After the battle, Cherrytail is the most injured out of all the Clan cats; however, she makes a full recovery.
In Hawkwing's Journey, Sharpclaw and Cherrytail's son, Duskpaw, dies in a fire, and she and the rest of her family are grief stricken over his loss. The rest of her kits are eventually made warriors, named Cloudmist, Blossomheart, and Hawkwing, and she is shown to be proud of them. Later, Darktail's rogues attack and drive SkyClan out of the gorge, killing multiple Clan cats, including Cherrytail's mate, Sharpclaw. The cats stay at Barely's barn before continuing on their journey to reunite with the other Clans. Cherrytail remains behind with Barely as the Clan departs, her injuries from the attack making her too weak to journey and finding it hard to leave Sharpclaw and everything behind. Cloudmist stays with her mother, and they bid farewell to the rest of their kin and hope to meet again one day.

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Cherrypaw's apprentice ceremony
Firestar: It's time to add two new apprentices to the Clan. From this day forward, this apprentice will be known as Cherrypaw. Sharpclaw, you have much to teach an apprentice, so you will be her mentor.
Reference: Firestar's Quest, page 334

Cherrytail's warrior ceremony
Leafstar: I, Leafstar, leader of SkyClan call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these two apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Cherrypaw, Sparrowpaw, do you promise to uphold the ways of the warrior code, and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Cherrypaw and Sparrowpaw: I do.
Leafstar: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your warrior names. Cherrypaw, from this moment on you will be known as Cherrytail. StarClan honors your bravery and enthusiasm, and we welcome you as a full member of SkyClan. Sparrowpaw, from this moment you will be known as Sparrowpelt. StarClan honors your courage and strength, and we welcome you as a full member of SkyClan.
Everyone: Cherrytail! Sparrowpelt! Cherrytail! Sparrowpelt!
Reference: Firestar's Quest, pages 503-504


Cherrytail's brother is Sparrowpelt. Her mate is Sharpclaw, and Hawkwing, Blossonheart, Cloudmist, and Duskpaw are their children. For more of Cherrytail's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Cherrytail and Sparrowpelt are the first cats Leafstar made warriors.[5]


  • Despite having returned to SkyClan,[1] Cherrytail and Cloudmist are not included in the allegiances, and do not appear in River of Fire.[14][15]
  • Cherrytail appears on a patrol with Hawkwing,[19] and a few moments later, she appears in camp with Leafstar although Hawkwing takes his patrol to the Moonpool.[20]


"The kittypets will be fine. They’re young; they’ve got lots of time to learn. And they’re true SkyClan cats! Have you seen how high they can leap?"
―Sandstorm about Cherry and Boris Firestar's Quest, page 284

Cherrypaw: "We never told him we were sorry for calling him names."
Sparrowpaw: "I wish we had."
—Cherrypaw and Sparrowpaw when Skywatcher dies Firestar's Quest, page 352

"Remember the first time we met? You told us off for making fun of Skywatcher. I thought I'd never seen such a dangerous cat! Now I'm dangerous too!"
―Cherrytail boasting to Firestar Firestar's Quest, page 506

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"The young tortoiseshell warrior had been a kittypet once, and she would be familiar with the Twolegplace."
―Leafstar's thoughts on Cherrytail SkyClan's Destiny, page 186

Cherrytail: "Well, they're just gorgeous, aren't they? Makes me wish I could have some of my own..."
Leafstar: "Now, Cherrytail, don't play coy. I've seen you and Sharpclaw together."
—Cherrytail and Leafstar The Rescue, page 56

"Sharpclaw and his mate, Cherrytail have been arguing ever since the flood. He keeps telling her she shouldn’t be working so hard, since she’s expecting kits, and Cherrytail keeps telling him to quit worrying, while I try to keep myself from teasing him about it too much. Of course, Cherrytail does enough of that for both of us."
―Leafstar’s thoughts of Cherrytail and Sharpclaw After the Flood, page 17

Hawkwing: "We've found the place Echosong saw in her vision. You should be there with us."
Cloudmist: "I'm not sure. We have a good life here, Hawkwing. We have plenty of fresh-kill and clean water."
Cherrytail: "And it's safe."
Hawkwing: "You will be safe beside the lake. You only decided to stay here because you were injured—"
Cherrytail: "And because it's closer to Sharpclaw."
Hawkwing: "You can't live for the past and hide from the future."
Blossomheart: "Your Clan needs you. We need you."
—Cherrytail about leaving Barley's barn Darkest Night, pages 131-132

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 276
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 215
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 277
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 334
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 503
  6. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 122
  7. Revealed in After the Flood, page 11
  8. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 270
  9. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 504
  10. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 131
  11. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 290
  13. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 271
  14. Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  15. Cherrytail does not appear in River of Fire, nor is mentioned or even alluded to, despite having returned with Hawkwing's group in Darkest Night.
  16. Revealed in The Raging Storm, page 155
  17. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  18. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, allegiances
  19. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 33
  20. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 34