"Thank you. I'll make sure Nightstar knows what you have done. There will be no grudges against you after this."
— Dawncloud thanking the rogue group for the prey they caught in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 4

Dawncloud is a small[6] pale ginger[7] tabby she-cat.[6]

Dawncloud was a ShadowClan warrior under Brokenstar's, Nightstar's and Tigerstar's leaderships in the forest territories. She was born as Dawnkit to Blizzardwing and Featherstorm alongside her brothers, Mosskit and Volekit. Her mother had a prior litter consisting of Raggedstar and Scorchwind. After Mosspaw's death, she and Volekit were apprenticed early, and she was renamed Dawnpaw with Blackfoot as her mentor. After earning her warrior name, Dawncloud gave birth to Finchflight's kits, Blossomkit and Swampkit, and both perished under Brokenstar's rule. She joined StarClan after her death and gave Tigerstar one of his nine lives.


In The Prophecies Begin arc

Into the Wild

Dawncloud is an elderly queen of ShadowClan forced to hunt and protect herself due to Brokenstar's brutality. She is shown as one of Yellowfang's friends, when Yellowfang was still living in ShadowClan, and is against Brokenstar, the ShadowClan leader. It is revealed by Yellowfang that she had lost two kits in the battle with WindClan, and Dawncloud tells the ThunderClan patrol that she does not wish to lose any more kits. She then agrees to join the other cats in the group going up against Brokenstar.
After it is decided to attack ShadowClan and reclaim the abducted kits, Dawncloud tells Firepaw that there is no way to take them in secret, as Brokenstar will be expecting a ThunderClan assault. She tells the apprentice that the only way it will work is to charge at ShadowClan head-on, making sure to explain that this is their only hope.
During the battle with ShadowClan, Dawncloud is the cat to alert Firepaw of Clawface, saying that he is about to attack. After warning Firepaw, she returns to battling against Brokenstar's cats.

Fire and Ice

Dawncloud does not formally appear in Fire and Ice, but is listed in the allegiances.

Forest of Secrets

Dawncloud does not formally appear in Forest of Secrets, but is listed in the allegiances.

Rising Storm

Dawncloud does not formally appear in Rising Storm, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Super Editions

Yellowfang's Secret

Dawnkit is born to Featherstorm and Blizzardwing, along with her siblings Mosskit and Volekit.
When her brother, Mosskit, is apprenticed early to Brokenstar, Dawnkit complains that she wants to be made an apprentice as well. Brokenstar promises that the kits will be apprenticed when they're as large as Mosspaw, and tells Blackfoot that he can mentor her.
When Mosspaw is killed during training, she is apprenticed to Blackfoot as promised.
She sides against Yellowfang when the medicine cat is blamed for the deaths of Marigoldkit and Mintkit, telling the Clan that Yellowfang had refused to treat her wounds recently because she'd be wasting herbs.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

Dawncloud is mentioned by Blackfoot, who is telling Tigerclaw that he had met her and Rowanberry while they were out hunting, and had informed him of the terrible sickness in ShadowClan.
She is part of the patrol that runs into Tigerclaw, who is waiting for them. After he tells them that he and his group wish to hunt for the Clan, she steps forward and asks him whether they want to come back to the camp. Although Flintfang is suspicious of Tigerclaw and asks what Nightstar would say, Dawncloud retorts that her leader would say that pride wouldn't stock their fresh-kill pile. She continues that it is a generous offer, and that they accept.
The next day, Dawncloud, Flintfang, and Boulder meet with Tigerclaw again, and the others. She blinks warmly and thanks them, informing them that she will make sure Nightstar knows what they have done and there will be no grudges held against them after this. She leads the way back through the pines with the fresh-kill, her tail brushing against Stumpytail. Tigerclaw knows that they had been close friends as apprentices.
Rowanberry emerges from a den when the rogue cats enter the camp, saying that although Dawncloud had told them they were going to hunt for ShadowClan, she didn't expect them to deliver it themselves. Dawncloud pads over to the elderly ShadowClan leader when he emerges from branches telling him to look at the fresh-kill pile and they will all be fed that night.
When Tigerclaw summons his group of cats so they can go, Stumpytail glances at Dawncloud, as if reluctant to leave.
After Runningnose calls a Clan meeting, Tigerclaw watches Stumpytail go over to sit beside Dawncloud. Once Tigerclaw and the others are a part of ShadowClan, Dawncloud and Stumpytail touch their noses together.
At another Clan meeting, Runningnose spots a claw at the base of the rock, covered in shadowy stripes. Dawncloud gasps that it must be a sign from StarClan.

In the Field Guides

Secrets of the Clans

She is revealed to have been an apprentice of ShadowClan during Brokenstar's tyrannical reign as leader.

The Ultimate Guide

At the end of Tigerstar's leader ceremony, Dawncloud is shown along Tallpoppy, Darkflower, and Cinderfur standing close together, and they watch with hopeful, anxious eyes. Tigerstar promises to lead ShadowClan back to the glory that Dawncloud and the other elders knew of.


Interesting facts

  • While shown as alive in Tigerclaw's Fury,[8] which ends a day before the Gathering in which Tigerclaw is a newly-named leader of ShadowClan,[8][9] The Ultimate Guide depicts Dawncloud as deceased and present at Tigerclaw's leadership ceremony.[1] Given that Dawncloud is not present in the allegiances for A Dangerous Path, it is possible that she died the same day that Tigerclaw got his nine lives.[10] It is unsure if Dawncloud actually died the same day as Tigerclaw's leadership ceremony, or if this is an editor error, due to not having anything to either confirm or deny what actually happened to her.


  • Despite being a very young apprentice in Yellowfang's Secret,[11] she is depicted as an elderly queen in Into the Wild.[6]
  • She is mistakenly listed as Nightstar's apprentice.[4]
  • She is mistakenly shown as dark ginger on the family tree.[12][13]

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Finchflight:[12] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Blossomkit:[6][12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Swampkit:[6][12] Deceased, residence unknown
Unnamed Kits:[6] Status unknown


Blizzardwing:[14] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Featherstorm:[3] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Mosspaw:[3] Deceased, residence unknown
Volepaw:[3] Deceased, residence unknown


Raggedstar:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Scorchwind:[15] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
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Brokenstar:[16] Deceased, no residence
Rowanclaw:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cedarheart:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Hopekit:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Wishkit:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Lavenderkit:[12] Status unknown


Tigerstar:[18] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Flametail:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dawnpelt:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sleekwhisker:[19] Living (As of River of Fire)
Pouncestep:[20] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Lightleap:[20] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)


Juniperclaw:[19] Deceased, residence unknown
Strikestone:[19] Living (As of The Silent Thaw)
Shadowsight:[20] Status unknown


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Dawnpaw's apprentice ceremony
Brokenstar: Volepaw, you will be my apprentice. Clawface, I know I promised him to you, but you can have Littlepaw instead. I owe it to Mosspaw to train his brother in his place. Blackfoot, you take Dawnpaw. Boulder, you will have Wetpaw, and Stumpytail will have Brownpaw.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 466


Volekit: "That's not fair!"
Dawnkit: "That's right! We're just as old as he is!"
—Volekit and Dawnkit protesting Mosspaw becoming an apprentice and not them Yellowfang's Secret, page 451

"Aw, we want to say hi to the new kit."
—Dawnkit wanting to see Fernshade's new kit Yellowfang's Secret, page 453

"She said she didn’t want to treat my scratch because it was a waste of herbs!"
—Dawnpaw siding against Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, page 489

Yellowfang: "And this is one of our elder queens, Dawncloud. Two of her kits died driving out WindClan."
Dawncloud: "I do not wish to lose any more of my kits."
—Yellowfang and Dawncloud about her kits Into the Wild, page 255

Firepaw: "Is there any way of taking the kits without alerting the whole Clan?"
Dawncloud: "They are very closely guarded. Brokenstar will be expecting ThunderClan to try to take them. You won't be able to steal them in secret. Open attack is your only hope."
—Firepaw and Dawncloud discussing how to rescue the ThunderClan kits Into the Wild, page 257

"He'd say, 'Pride won't stock the fresh-kill pile!' Tigerclaw, it's a generous offer, and we accept."
—Dawncloud accepting Tigerclaw's offer to hunt for ShadowClan Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 4

"Look, do you see the fresh-kill pile? We will all fill our bellies tonight!"
—Dawncloud to Nightstar about the fresh-kill pile Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 4

"It’s a sign! It must be!"
—Dawncloud about the claw covered in shadowy stripes Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 10

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 96
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 418
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 64
  5. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 466
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 255
  7. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, page 41
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter ten
  9. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 5
  10. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 489
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  13. File:Dawncloud.Icon.png
  14. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  16. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 77
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 71
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in Dark River, page 21
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed on Kate's blog
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
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