"StarClan may go where they please. They have betrayed SkyClan. From this day on, I will have nothing more to do with our warrior ancestors. StarClan allowed the Twolegs to destroy our home! They look down on us now, and let the moon go on shining while you drive us out! They said there would always be five Clans in the forest, but they lied. SkyClan will never look to the stars again!"
— Cloudstar to the other Clan leaders in Firestar's Quest, page 7

Cloudstar is a pale gray tom with white patches[2] and blue eyes.[10]

Cloudstar was the leader of SkyClan when they left the forest territories. He was originally a warrior named Cloudstorm, and later became Flystar's deputy. He succeeded Flystar as SkyClan's leader and was renamed Cloudstar. Cloudstar became Birdflight's mate, and she bore his kits, Spottedkit and Gorsekit. Cloudstar happily led SkyClan until Twolegs came and destroyed SkyClan's territory. At the Gathering, Cloudstar pled with the other Clans to share their territory. However the other leaders refused and told SkyClan to leave. Cloudstar angrily took SkyClan and left the forest, and turned his back on StarClan. Cloudstar led SkyClan to the gorge and left his family behind, since the kits were too young to travel.

Cloudstar later died at the gorge, and was succeeded by Buzzardstar as the leader of SkyClan. He went to StarClan, separated from the rest of the Clans, and urged Firestar to reform his Clan. He granted Leafstar one of her nine lives. Only then was he reunited with Birdflight and his kits, who were now warriors named Spottedpelt and Gorseclaw.


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Super Editions

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"I have waited long for you to come, a strong cat, a leader, and one who bears no taint of our betrayal in his blood. You are not descended from the cats that drove us out, and yet you are a true Clan warrior. It is your destiny to restore SkyClan."
—Cloudstar to Firestar Firestar's Quest, page 86
In Firestar's Quest, Cloudstar sends Firestar, ThunderClan's leader, unexplained visions of his Clan wandering to find a new home. Firestar is troubled by the visions, and after hearing Smudge has seen the strange cat too, Firestar sleeps in Smudge's yard. Cloudstar finally appears to Firestar and explains how SkyClan was driven out by the other Clans many moons ago. He asks Firestar, a cat who was not a descendant of those who betrayed him, to rebuild his Clan in their old home. Firestar accepts his quest. After successfully revitalizing SkyClan, Cloudstar appears at Leafstar's leadership ceremony to give her a life for endurance. He is also finally reunited with his mate, Birdflight, and children, Spottedpelt and Gorseclaw.
In Hawkwing's Journey, Cloudstar and Brackenheart meet with Skystar in StarClan to discuss SkyClan's impending doom. Cloudstar is insistent SkyClan will endure the coming trials, but Skystar replies it wouldn't be enough and the Clan needs to find spark that remains.


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"Cowards! Where are you? Come and face me, and tell me now that SkyClan is safe!"
—Cloudstar to StarClan Cloudstar's Journey, page chapter 10
In Cloudstar's Journey, Cloudstar is the leader of SkyClan with Buzzardtail as his deputy. Maplestar, Darkstar and Rowanstar visit him in his dreams and insist SkyClan will endure through any challenge. Fawnstep begins to have troubling dreams, but Cloudstar brushes aside her worries. While training with the apprentices, a Twoleg monster uproots the tree they were in, and reassures his Clanmates' worries that StarClan wouldn't let anything happen to them. He orders his warriors to avoid the territory the Twolegs have commandeered, and denies any problems at the Gathering despite the lack of prey.
Cloudstar prepares his Clanmates for battle against ThunderClan in hopes to regain territory Darkstar had given them moons ago. They lose the fight, however, and Fawnstep confides she had a dream of SkyClan leaving the forest. As Twolegs have taken a majority of their territory, Birdflight gives birth to his kits, Gorsekit and Spottedkit. At the next Gathering, Cloudstar begs to the other Clans to give up land, but they refuse to help. Without another option, Cloudstar leads his Clan away and leaves behind his family to ThunderClan, the kits too young to travel.

Field Guides

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"StarClan watches us. That's different. It was my idea to take the fight into Twolegplace, not theirs. I hope we have their support, but our paws will carry us into battle, our claws will prove our strength to those thieving kittypets. This is our fight to win, not StarClan's."
—Cloudstorm to Petalfall Battles of the Clans, page 78
In Battles of the Clans, Cloudstorm is a young warrior and comes up with a strategy to drive away kittypets from their territory. Petalfall, the deputy, agrees to his plan with Flystar away. SkyClan attacks the Twolegplace, and they successfully terrorize the kittypets away from SkyClan land. Cloudstorm is confident SkyClan's destiny lies within their own paws and not StarClan.

Detailed description

Cloudstar is a small, lithe,[11] pale gray tom with very pale[12] water-blue eyes.[10] He has white patches[2] that resemble clouds,[13] and broad shoulders.[14]

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Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Faith in Instincts
Name From To
Buzzardtail Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Firestar's Quest
Medicine cats
Name From To
Fawnstep Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Firestar's Quest


Cloudstar's mate is Birdflight, and their kits are Spottedpelt and Gorseclaw. For more of Cloudstar's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Cloudstar has the same shade of fur as Skystar.[13]


  • He was mistakenly called female.[15]


Petalfall: "But what if StarClan has told [Flystar] to do something else to deal with the kittypets? What if StarClan doesn't want us to attack them like this, in their own territory?"
Cloudstorm: "Our warrior ancestors gave us the warrior code and the battle skills to protect and feed ourselves. They don't live among us, risking their fur to catch prey and drive out trespassers. These are things we must do for ourselves. We should be grateful for what they have taught us, but our actions are our own."
Petalfall: "But StarClan guides us in all things!"
Cloudstorm: "StarClan watches us. That's different. It was my idea to take the fight into Twolegplace, not theirs. I hope we have their support, but our paws will carry us into battle, our claws will prove our strength to those thieving kittypets. This is our fight to win, not StarClan's."
Petalfall: "I will fight alongside you. And with StarClan's blessing, we will win. But if I were you, I'd be careful about dismissing our ancestors so lightly. We owe them everything, and it is a debt that will never be repaid."
—Petalfall and Cloudstorm arguing about StarClan's role Battles of the Clans, page 78

Buzzardtail: "Those ThunderClan cats think they can hunt where they like. If Duskstar hadn't given them that strip of SkyClan territory to start with, they wouldn't walk all over us as if our scent marks meant nothing. I know he was our leader, but really, it was a mouse-brained decision."
Cloudstar: "Duskstar had his reasons."
Buzzardtail: "What, that he had bees in his brain?"
Cloudstar: "This part of the forest offered better hunting for ThunderClan warriors than for us. And he knew that ThunderClan queens had recently had several litters of kits, and their need for food was greater than their territory could provide. We may be rivals, but there have always been five Clans in the forest. If one is in danger of starving to death, it is our duty to help them survive."
Buzzardtail: "That's not part of the warrior code."
Cloudstar: "No, but obeying your leader is. Thanks to Duskstar, in fact. You remember he was responsible for this part of the warrior code? And right now, your leader is ordering you to return to the camp to see what the hunting patrols have caught for us!"
—Cloudstar and Buzzardtail discussing Darkstar's decision to give land to ThunderClan Cloudstar's Journey, page chapter 1

Buzzardtail: "The only burden you'll have is those kits of yours keeping you awake once they arrive. I heard Birdflight tell Hazelwing that she's going to let them sleep in your den to give her some peace."
Cloudstar: "They'll be welcome. I can't wait to meet them."
Buzzardtail: "You might not feel that way when they start pulling your tail and chewing your whiskers."
Cloudstar: "I don't recall you putting up much of a fight with your three when they wanted to play!"
Buzzardtail: "Just you wait. Chasing that squirrel will seems easy compared to looking after kits!"
—Cloudstar and Buzzardtail about kits Cloudstar's Journey, page chapter 1

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Rainleap: "We don't stand a chance against the yellow monsters. SkyClan is going to be destroyed!"
Cloudstar: "Never say that! As your leader, I will give my last breath to keep you safe. I promise the Twolegs will not harm a hair on your pelts or touch one branch of our homes. StarClan is watching over us--how else would we have escaped the falling tree today? They know that this is our home, and they will protect it."
—Cloudstar reassuring SkyClan that they are safe Cloudstar's Journey, page chapter 4

"SkyClan can survive without it. I will never go groveling to Redstar to get us out of trouble, and we can't go back on Duskstar's decision to let them have that territory. It would be like challenging all our ancestors, as well as the warrior code. SkyClan will survive, without the help of ThunderClan. We are strong, skillful, and more honorable than any of the five Clans of the forest. Trust me, warriors. The Twolegs will not destroy our home."
—Cloudstar refusing to ask ThunderClan for help Cloudstar's Journey, page chapter 5

"Cats of SkyClan! The reason we lost today is that ThunderClan fought harder and better. They wanted victory more than us. I don't blame any of you. All I ask is that you look at what you did today and see if you could have done any more. If the answer is yes, then there will be other battles, other chances to prove what it means to be a SkyClan warrior. SkyClan will take back what is rightfully ours. We will seize that territory from those ThunderClan thieves!"
—Cloudstar vowing to take back the territory Darkstar gave to ThunderClan Cloudstar's Journey, page chapter 9

Birdflight: "Then this is good-bye."
Cloudstar: "Birdflight, no. How can I leave you?"
Birdflight: "You must. Our Clan needs you, but our kits need me just now."
Cloudstar: "I'll wait for you..I'll wait for you forever."
—Cloudstar and Birdflight Cloudstar's Journey, page chapter 10

Firestar: "Do you come from SkyClan?"
Cloudstar: "You know of SkyClan, then?"
Firestar: "A little. I spoke with a warrior of StarClan. She told me that there were once five Clans in the forest, but SkyClan left when—"
Cloudstar: "Left? We didn't leave. The other Clans drove us out of the forest because they said there was no room for us anymore."
—Firestar first speaking with Cloudstar Firestar's Quest, page 83

"StarClan! StarClan betrayed us. They allowed the other Clans to chase us out like rogues. When we left the forest, I vowed that I would never look to the stars again."
—Cloudstar to Firestar Firestar's Quest, page 84

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 265
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 469
  4. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 1
  5. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 2
  6. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 75
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  8. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 154
  9. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 70
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 21
  11. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 2
  12. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, allegiances
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 10
  14. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 9
  15. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 7
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