"Give us the word, Nightstar, and we'll tear them apart."
— Cinderfur about a trespassing ThunderClan group in Forest of Secrets, page 184

Cinderfur is a thin gray tom.[2]

Cinderfur was a deputy of ShadowClan under Nightstar's leadership. He is born as Cinderkit to Clawface and Rowanberry alongside his brother, Stumpykit. He becomes an apprentice as Cinderpaw with Nutwhisker as his mentor. He earns his warrior name, Cinderfur, and later joins the elders' den. After Brokenstar and his followers are exiled, Nightstar names Cinderfur his deputy. Cinderfur is the first cat to fall ill to the sickness from the Carrionplace, and Nightstar is too weak to name his replacement. From StarClan, Cinderfur watches Tigerstar's leadership ceremony with worried eyes.


In The Prophecies Begin arc

Fire and Ice

Cinderfur is revealed to be the cat chosen to become ShadowClan's deputy when Nightpelt becomes Clan leader. This is unusual, since deputies were rarely chosen from cats as old as Cinderfur.

Forest of Secrets

Cinderfur: "I think they're here to spy."
Tigerclaw: "Spy? What can we spy on here? We're nowhere near your camp."
Cinderfur: "Give us the word, Nightstar, and we'll tear them apart."
—Cinderfur to a ThunderClan Gathering patrol trespassing on ShadowClan land Forest of Secrets, page 184
When ThunderClan is forced to travel through a strip of ShadowClan's territory to attend a Gathering because of a flooded stream in their territory, ShadowClan stops and challenges them. Cinderfur stands near the front of his Clan's Gathering patrol, and accuses them of spying. Tigerclaw contemptuously asks how they could spy on anything when they were nowhere near their camp. Cinderfur growls, and tells Nightstar to give the word to attack. Both sides prepare to lunge at each other, but Nightstar doesn't give the order, saying that he wanted ThunderClan at this Gathering, much to their bewilderment. Cinderfur respects his leader's order, and backs down, a sign of his respect and loyalty for Nightstar.

Rising Storm

"The two ShadowClan cats looked away. Did that mean Cinderfur had already died, or that he was just too old to become leader?"
—Fireheart's thoughts, while talking with Littlecloud and Whitethroat Rising Storm, page 131
Whitethroat and Littlecloud tell Fireheart and Sandstorm they feared Nightstar would die from the sickness when there was no cat to take his place as leader. Fireheart prompts them about Cinderfur, but they ignore him. It's assumed by Fireheart that either Cinderfur was too old to become Clan leader, or he had already died. At a Gathering, Whitestorm asks if Cinderfur was going to represent ShadowClan after Nightstar is revealed to be dead, but Runningnose tells them he had been one of the first to become ill and die.

A Dangerous Path

Tigerstar, ShadowClan's new leader, explains Nightstar had been too weak to appoint a new cat in Cinderfur's place and died without a deputy, leaving ShadowClan without a leader up until Tigerstar's arrival.

In the Super Editions

Yellowfang's Secret

Cinderkit and Stumpykit are born to Clawface and Rowanberry. They look out at the camp curiously beside their mother. Cinderkit soon becomes Cinderpaw, with Nutwhisker as his mentor, and occasionally eating at the fresh-kill pile.
He later earns his warrior name of Cinderfur. The night Raggedstar dies, Cinderfur discusses what to do about WindClan with Scorchwind, Tangleburr, and Blackfoot, declaring that they will think they're weak without a leader. Cinderfur agrees with Brokenstar about the elders moving out of the camp, saying that with the amount of kits that are around they will forever bother the elders, so it would be best if they would go. As ShadowClan are debating whether or not Yellowfang really killed Marigoldkit and Mintkit, he sniffs and says that she's been acting like the entire Clan is a nuisance.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

Clawface: "Where's Cinderfur? I heard he'd been made deputy."
Rowanberry: "He died, Clawface. He was the one who brought the sickness into the camp, when he caught an infected rat."
Clawface: "He died? I should have been here, Rowanberry. If I had caught that rat instead..."
Rowanberry: "Hush. Our son walks with StarClan now. He will know what you have done for us today."
—Clawface and Rowanberry about Cinderfur's death Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 4
When Clawface returns to ShadowClan's camp, he is looking around for Cinderfur, hearing that he had been made deputy. Upon hearing this, he is approached by Rowanberry, the mother of his son. She tells Clawface that their son walks with StarClan, and that he was the one to bring the infected prey to camp. Rowanberry reassures Clawface, telling him that their son will know of what his father has done to ShadowClan, bringing them healthy prey.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

It is said on Tigerstar's page that Tigerstar had succeeded Nightstar instead of Cinderfur, who is referred to as elderly. At the end of Tigerstar's leader ceremony, Cinderfur is shown along Tallpoppy, Darkflower, and Dawncloud standing close together, and they watch with hopeful, anxious eyes.


Interesting facts

  • He is said to have brought the infected rat that caused the Carrionplace disease to ShadowClan in Tigerclaw's Fury,[9] but in Rising Storm, Littlecloud said an apprentice brought the infected rat.[10]


  • Although he is an elder before his appointment as deputy, Yellowfang's Secret shows that he was in fact a warrior and too young to be an elder during that time.[2]


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

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Rowanberry:[12] Living (As of Tigerclaw's Fury)


Clawface:[12] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member


Stumpytail:[4] Living (As of Tigerclaw's Fury)
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Yellowfang:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Marigoldkit:[14] Deceased, residence unknown


Nutwhisker:[13] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Mintkit:[14] Deceased, residence unknown
Nightstar:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Brightflower:[13] Living (As of Into the Wild)


Brackenfoot:[13] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Silverflame:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Brokenstar:[16] Deceased, no residence
Wishkit:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hopekit:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Silverflame ♀
UnknownBrightflower ♀Brackenfoot ♂
Nightstar ♂Clawface ♂Rowanberry ♀Nutwhisker ♂Yellowfang ♀Mintkit ♂Marigoldkit ♀
Cinderfur ♂Stumpytail ♂Brokenstar ♂Hopekit ♀Wishkit ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 96
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 313
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 396
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 400
  6. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 442
  7. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 131
  8. Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 4
  10. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 94
  11. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 467
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 473
  15. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 327
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 320
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