"Then I'm staying with you. I can't lose you, so soon after losing Sharpclaw."
— Cloudmist deciding to stay with Cherrytail at Barley's barn in Hawkwing's Journey, page 278

Cloudmist is a white she-cat with yellow eyes.[7]

Cloudmist is a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar's leadership in the gorge and lake territories. She was born to Cherrytail and Sharpclaw alongside her siblings, Hawkwing, Blossomheart, and Duskpaw. She was apprenticed as Cloudpaw to Plumwillow and mourned Duskpaw's death with her kin after he died in a fire. After becoming a warrior, Cloudmist traveled with her Clan when SkyClan was driven from the gorge by Darktail and his his rogues. However, when Cherrytail decided to stay with Barley at his barn, Cloudmist opted to stay with her mother. As Hawkwing brought a patrol to search for missing Clanmates, Cloudmist reunited with her brother and sister, Blossomheart. Ultimately, she decided to return with her kin to the lake and rejoined SkyClan.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Darkest Night

"It's not easy to start over again. Especially having known so much pain."
―Cloudmist to Hawkwing about leaving Barley's barn to return to SkyClan Darkest Night, page 132
On their journey, Hawkwing and Blossomheart tell Violetpaw about their kin who live in a barn with a tom named Barley. The apprentice is worried that their mother, Cherrytail, and sister, Cloudmist, won't like her, and wonders if she'll ever feel as attached to them as she was to Needletail.
At the barn, after Hawkwing has greeted his mother, he draws back and uneasily asks if his sister is okay. Cherrytail replies that the white she-cat is fine and calls for her daughter to come and meet the guests. Cloudmist pushes past her mother and asks what her kin is doing at Barley's barn, where everyone is, and if they've found the hunting lands Echosong dreamed of. Before her brother can tell her everything, Cherrytail rushes forward to greet Blossomheart.
The tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat calls Cloudmist to meet Violetpaw, and she exclaims that she didn't know Pebbleshine was expecting. She asks where the speckled queen is, and suddenly, both Hawkwing and Violetpaw stiffen. The two loners ask if something's happened, and the deputy explains how Pebbleshine was trying to steal prey from a monster, but she couldn't jump off in time, so it ran away with her. Violetpaw adds that everyone thinks the queen was killed on the Thunderpath. Cloudmist asks how the kits survived, and her brother replies that they were found by Clan cats.
Cherrytail becomes excited, and Hawkwing describes SkyClan's journey to the lake, how they wandered for a while, and their losses. Violetpaw presses against her father, aching for his grief. The tom's mother asks if Leafstar is one of the deaths, but hears that Echosong is one of the losses. She asks how, and Blossomheart suggests that they tell it slowly. Her brother agrees and starts by telling their kin the good news. Violetpaw watches and reflects on how once she thought only that Twigpaw was her kin. Now she has more kin and sees the tortoiseshell pelt of Cherrytail and the white pelt of Cloudmist, but sees none of her in them.
After they have eaten, the SkyClan deputy explains that the real reason they came here, and his mother guesses that he wants them to return to the lake. He says that's the place Echosong found in her vision, and they should be with their family. Cloudmist is unsure of all this because of the comfort she's found at Barley's barn, while Cherrytail adds that it's safe. She and her son argue until the white she-cat meows that it's not easy to start over, especially with the pain. Her brother says that he knows, but asks them to think about it.
When Hawkwing and his patrol returns from the gorge with their missing Clanmates, Cherrytail steps forward to tell her son that they're coming with him. The words seem to lift a burden off the tabby tom's shoulders and promises that they won't regret their decision.
The group of cats is nearly back at camp, but they settle down for the night. Frecklewish offers to grab burdock root, while the others offer to go on a hunting patrol. Cloudmist settles down and comments that it's good to be part of a Clan again.

In the Super Editions

Hawkwing's Journey

When Duskpaw wakes Hawkpaw up, he tells his brother that he, Cloudpaw, and Pebblepaw have come up with the best plan ever. Duskpaw tells the other apprentice of how they are planning to sneak to the Twolegplace to take Twoleg food, and while his littermate objects, Cloudpaw and Pebblepaw stand a few tail-lengths away, waiting. Hawkpaw decides to not go with them, and he watches Duskpaw, Pebblepaw, and Cloudpaw leave the camp.
Later that day, as Hawkpaw and his mentor, Ebonyclaw, are renewing the scent marker, they pick up a scent of fire. The two Clanmates trace it to the Twolegplace, right by the place where Duskpaw often went for Twoleg food, and Hawkpaw worries about Duskpaw and Cloudpaw. The gray apprentice looks for his littermates in terror, but there is no sign of them. He guesses that they had already left. Right after though, Ebonyclaw and Hawkpaw realize that there are apprentices trapped under a tree branch in the fire, and Hawkpaw is afraid for his littermates, who are still there. Ebonyclaw goes in, and Hawkpaw follows, struggling forward until he spots Cloudpaw trapped between the burning branch and the Twoleg rock.
Ebonyclaw fights her way to Cloudpaw's side, which gives Hawkpaw the option of freeing Pebblepaw or Duskpaw. The latter yowls something, which Hawkpaw guesses might be Duskpaw telling him to help Pebblepaw. The apprentice wishes he could ask Ebonyclaw for advice, but she is helping Cloudpaw, so he decides to save Pebblepaw. As Hawkpaw drags her out of the fire, Ebonyclaw approaches him, pushing Cloudpaw in front of her. The apprentice and his mentor go to save Duskpaw and drag the unconscious tom to where they had left Pebblepaw and Cloudpaw. The two she-cats still lay slumped on the ground, coughing and whimpering in pain. Patches of their fur are scorched, giving off a strong scent of burning, but neither seem to have life-threatening injuries.
Ebonyclaw demands what the three were doing out there, and Cloudpaw mournfully wails that Duskpaw suggested sneaking over to look for scraps of Twoleg food. The black warrior lashes her tail at Cloudpaw, clearly frustrated, and questions if they would do anything Duskpaw told them to. The white apprentice whimpers that it was their fault, but when the three got there, the fire was just inside the trash can. Ebonyclaw points out that they should have reported it, but Pebblepaw continues that it seemed safe back then, and they shouldn't let fire keep them away from the best food scraps. Cloudpaw points at the trash can and adds that there was stuff under there, but when the wind shifted it caught fire, and the branch fell and trapped them. With a miserable wail, she finishes that they never should have listened to Duskpaw.
At camp, Echosong and Frecklewish are treating the she-cats' wounds. She doesn't realize yet that her brother is dead. Frecklewish tries to tend to a burn on Hawkpaw's back, but he snaps at her to leave him alone, and she instead helps Echosong with Cloudpaw and Pebblepaw's wounds. When Hawkpaw arrives in the medicine cats' den, he sees his sister and Pebblepaw sleeping peacefully, asking if they're okay. Echosong replies that they're fine as they haven't received as bad of a burn she thought they had. She says they'll be up and running in about a day.
Several days later, Leafstar calls a Clan meeting and announces that Cloudpaw, Blossompaw, and Hawkpaw are ready to receive their warrior names. She asks their mentors if each of them are ready. All of them agree, and the SkyClan leader begins the ceremony. Calling Cloudpaw forward forces her brother to push away his grief, knowing the white she-cat is grieving too. Leafstar gives the newly made warrior the name of Cloudmist and praises her virtues of courage and resilience. Her siblings receive the names Blossomheart and Hawkwing, respectively.
After Darktail arrives and takes over the gorge, Cloudmist runs off with her mother and goes into hiding. She is in the undergrowth when Pebblepaw first finds her. The white she-cat greets her brother enthusiastically and tells him that Cherrytail is with her too. When Hawkwing sees the tortoiseshell, he gasps that she's hurt, and his sister explains that Cherrytail was wounded in the battle. He explains that Blossomheart is fine, and Pebblepaw adds that they've made a temporary camp in the garden of Ebonyclaw's Twoleg den. They trek a long way and eventually come to the stepping stones where Snipkit lost her balance. He warns them to be careful and describes how Snipkit met her demise. Cherrytail's eyes stretch wide in horror, and Cloudmist angrily growls that she'd like to drown Darktail.
They arrive at Ebonyclaw's den, and their Clanmates heartily greet them. Cherrytail lies down in what is Echosong's makeshift den, while Cloudmist and Blossomheart follow. Hawkwing apologizes for trusting Darktail and comments that he never knew the rogue would do something like killing Sharpclaw. His mother agrees, and his sister adds that they all know. It's not his fault, and there's nothing to forgive.
Upon arrival at Barley's barn, all the cats relax and tell Barley what's happened in the past few days. As they are about to leave, Cherrytail announces that she will be staying here, not just because of her wound, but because she's also left the place where Sharpclaw died. She meows that her body is too weak for the journey, and her heart is tugging her home. Cloudmist points out that gorge isn't their home anymore as Darktail has taken it over. The tortoiseshell replies that she needs time to figure out her future, and she can't follow SkyClan when she isn't sure that path is right for her. Her daughter steps up to her side and declares that she's staying too. She can't lose her mother after losing her father. Cherrytail protests that she belongs with her Clan, and Cloudmist responds that they both do, and they'll both one day find their Clan again. Hawkwing meows his good-bye, and the remaining SkyClan cats depart from the barn, leaving them both behind.

In the Novellas

Ravenpaw's Farewell

"Yeah. You should make like a tree and 'leave'."
―Cloudpaw to Ravenpaw Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 8
Cloudpaw is a young SkyClan apprentice, being trained by Plumwillow. She is one of the cats in the initial patrol that comes across the traveling cats. Cloudpaw shows open hostility to Ravenpaw, Barley, Bella, and Riley, although Ravenpaw doubts that when he notices her trembling paws and huge eyes. After Firefern says to Ravenpaw and his friends that they are in SkyClan territory, both Plumwillow and Cloudpaw join in the taunting. Cloudpaw says that they should make like trees and leave, causing Plumwillow to look down at Cloudpaw in shock.
After being introduced properly, Firefern sends Cloudpaw to fetch Leafstar, and the little white she-cat returns with her brown-and-cream leader in tow. After Ravenpaw asks if Riley and Bella can join SkyClan, Cloudpaw leans forward and sniffs Bella, saying that she smells funny. Cloudpaw exclaims that Bella can't be a warrior, although she, Firefern, and Plumwillow are soon hushed by Leafstar.

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Cloudmist's warrior ceremony
Leafstar: I, Leafstar, leader of SkyClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down of this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend her to you as a warrior in her turn. Cloudpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Cloudpaw: I do.
Leafstar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Cloudpaw, from this moment you will be known as Cloudmist. StarClan honors your courage and your resilience, and we welcome you as a full warrior of SkyClan.
Everyone: Cloudmist! Cloudmist!
Reference: Hawkwing's Journey pages 27-28




Cherrytail:[4] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Sharpclaw:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Duskpaw:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hawkwing:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Blossomheart:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
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Flower:[10] Status unknown


Sparrowpelt:[11] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Jessamy:[10] Status unknown


Violetshine:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Twigbranch:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Needleclaw:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Rootspring:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

First cousins:

Pebbleshine:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Parsleyseed:[14] Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
Sunnypelt:[15] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Pigeonfoot:[15] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Quailfeather:[15] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Jessamy ♀Unknown
Flower ♀Sharpclaw ♂Cherrytail ♀Sparrowpelt ♂
Cloudmist ♀Blossomheart ♀Duskpaw ♂Hawkwing ♂Pebbleshine ♀Parsleyseed ♂Pigeonfoot ♀Sunnypelt ♀Quailfeather ♂
Twigbranch ♀Violetshine ♀
Rootspring ♂Needleclaw ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown





"That one smells funny. She can't be a warrior!"
―Cloudpaw taunting Bella Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 8

"Cloudpaw stepped forward shakily. Hawkpaw knew that though she was recovering well from her injuries, she still hasn't built up all her strength, and it was hard for her to stand for long. He forced himself to push aside his grief for Duskpaw, knowing that Cloudpaw was grieving for their littermate too, and to focus on what was happening."
―Hawkpaw's thoughts before Cloudpaw is made into a warrior Hawkwing's Journey, page 27

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Cherrytail: "There's something I have to say. I've been talking to Barley, and I've decided to stay here in his barn until I've recovered from my injury."
Hawkwing: "You can't!"
Cherrytail: "I have to. I haven't felt right since we left the gorge. It's not just this infected wound. It's leaving the place where Sharpclaw was killed. He was my mentor when Firestar first restored SkyClan. All my life in the gorge was with him. Now I feel as though I'm leaving him behind."
Blossomheart: "But we need you!"
Cherrytail: "I love you all dealy. But I'm not sure I'm up for this journey. My body is too weak, and my heart is tugging me home."
Cloudmist: "But it's not our home anymore. You can't go back to the gorge, not when Darktail and his rogues are there."
Cherrytail: "I don't know where I'll go. But for now, I want to stay here."
—Cherrytail parting with Cloudmist, Hawkwing, and Blossomheart Hawkwing's Journey, page 277

Cherrytail: "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."
Cloudmist: "Then I'm staying with you. I can't lose you, so soon after losing Sharpclaw."
Cherrytail: "I can't ask you to do that. You belong with your Clan."
Cloudmist: "And so do you. And we'll both find our Clan again one day. I know it."
—Cloudmist opting to stay with Cherrytail at Barley's farm Hawkwing's Journey, page 278

Cherrytail: "Barley? What's going on? […] Hawkwing!"
Hawkwing: "Cherrytail! […] Where's Cloudmist? Is she okay?"
Cherrytail: "She's fine! Cloudmist! Hawkwing has come at last!"
Cloudmist: "What are you doing here? What happened to all of you? Where is everyone? Did you find the hunting lands Echosong dreamed of?"
Hawkwing: "There's so much to tell you—"
Cherrytail: "It's so good to see you, [Blossomheart]!"
—Cherrytail, Hawkwing, Blossomheart, and Cloudmist reuniting Darkest Night, page 127

"As her mentor listed their Clanmates, Violetpaw stared at Cherrytail and Cloudmist. For so long she'd believed Twigpaw was her only kin. And now she had more kin than she could ever have imagined."
―Violetpaw's thoughts upon meeting Cherrytail and Cloudmist Darkest Night, page 130

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."
—Cloudmist and Hawkwing about leaving Barley's barn Darkest Night, pages 131-132

"It feels good to be part of a real Clan again."
―Cloudmist to Frecklewish upon reaching the lake Darkest Night, page 237

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 276
  3. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 278
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 21
  5. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 28
  6. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 277
  7. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 128
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 7
  9. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 8
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in the Warriors App
  11. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 215
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 198
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  16. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 130
  17. Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  18. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  19. Cloudmist does not appear in either book, nor is mentioned or even alluded to, despite having returned with Hawkwing's group in Darkest Night.
  20. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, allegiances
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