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

Cloudstar was the leader of SkyClan during the destruction of the SkyClan forest territory. Originally a warrior named Cloudstorm, he later became Flystar's deputy and succeeded him as Cloudstar. Cloudstar became Birdflight's mate, and she bore his kits, Spottedkit and Gorsekit. After Twolegs destroyed the entirety of SkyClan territory, Cloudstar pleaded with the other Clans to share their land. However, the other leaders refused and forced SkyClan to leave, causing Cloudstar to turn his back on StarClan. He led SkyClan to the gorge but had to leave his family behind, since his kits were too young to travel. Cloudstar died at the gorge and was succeeded by Buzzardstar as the leader of SkyClan. He joined SkyClan's ancestors, separated from the rest of StarClan, and urged Firestar to rebuild 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. Cloudstar's faith in his Clan never wavered, and he continued to watch over his Clan even when they were forced out of the gorge by Darktail and his rogues.


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Super Editions

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

"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.
"SkyClan will never end! We have suffered great losses before, only to rise and thrive again. When we were driven out of the forest, so many seasons ago, we persevered. We found a home in the gorge, and even when the rats destroyed and scattered most of the Clan, a few cats kept the memory alive until Firestar came to restore what had been lost."
―Cloudstar to Brackenheart and Skystar about their Clan's future Hawkwing's Journey, page 2
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.


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

"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

This section summarizes Cloudstar's significant appearances in the Field Guides. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"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.

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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 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. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 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. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 2
  11. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 21
  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