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"It's true. We'll be picked off one by one."
— Dawnflower about the eagles in the mountains in Dawn, page 288

Dawnflower is a very pale gray she-cat.[7]

Dawnflower was a RiverClan warrior under Leopardstar's leadership in the forest and the lake territories. As an apprentice, Dawnpaw was mentored by Heavystep, and after earning her warrior name, Dawnflower gave birth to her kits, Minnowkit, Pebblekit, and Tumblekit. She and her kits traveled on the Great Journey and settled in their new home. Her kits accidentally got covered in tainted water, and Dawnflower and her kits fell ill. Tumblekit died, but Minnowtail and Pebblefoot grew to be warriors. She retired to the elders' den and died from dehydration during a drought, joining StarClan. She later fought in the Great Battle.

History

InThe Prophecies Begin arc

A Dangerous Path

Dawnpaw becomes a RiverClan apprentice, and her mentor is Heavystep.

In The New Prophecy arc

Midnight

Dawnflower has earned her warrior name and is now a RiverClan queen.

Dawn

"All the Clans should sleep together. Lie down, Tumblekit."
—Dawnflower caring for Tumblekit Dawn, page 269
Dawnflower has three kits, Minnowkit, Pebblekit, and Tumblekit. When it is revealed that Hawkfrost and Mothwing are Tigerstar's kits, Dawnflower hisses at Leopardstar for agreeing to let them stay in RiverClan, and lets out a low growl when Sasha tells her kits that she can see their father in them. Sasha seems oblivious to their hisses.
While the Clans are crossing WindClan's torn up territory, one of Dawnflower's kits dangerously strays in front of a Twoleg monster's path, but Crowpaw saves it. She blinks at him gratefully as he brings it back to her, and she comforts them and washes the mud off of the face of one. Dawnflower later rescues one of Tallpoppy's kits from being run over by a Twoleg monster on the Thunderpath and starts licking it fiercely, before realizing that the kit is not her own and is quite embarrassed. However, Tallpoppy is very grateful. She later suggests that the Clans should all sleep together to avoid being attacked by foxes.
In the mountains, she becomes frightened when Marshkit is grabbed by an eagle, thinking that they all will be picked off one by one. When another eagle attacks, Brambleclaw shields her and her kits and herds them into the shelter. When the Tribe finds them, she gives her approval for her kits to go share prey with one of the Tribe kits.

Twilight

Dawnflower's kits sneak out of camp and find and play in some silver-and-green, foul-smelling liquid. Minnowkit dares Pebblekit and their sister to drink some, and all the kits try it.
They return to camp with traces of the liquid still on them. They end up spreading it around camp, causing the Clan to be very sick. Dawnflower licks them clean, in turn getting poisoned along with others. She is the first fully-grown cat to get sick. Leafpool is called to help Mothwing treat the sickness, and when she gently pats Dawnflower's belly, the queen moans and tries to pull away. After giving the sick cats treatment, they examine Dawnflower, and though she is still very weak, she seems to be getting better.
Later, Tumblekit dies as she is too weak to recover and Mothwing is frantic, afraid of what Dawnflower will say. Leafpool comforts her and advises against telling the siblings of her death, saying that in the morning Dawnflower might be awake to comfort them. Soon, the queen has recovered enough to wash, and Mothwing later reports that she and the kits have moved back into the nursery.

In the Power of Three arc

Outcast

Dawnflower moves out of the nursery and returns to being a warrior when her kits, Minnowpaw and Pebblepaw, become apprentices.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

She has now retired to the elders' den.

Fading Echoes

When Mistystar travels to the ThunderClan camp with Mothwing after receiving her nine lives, she tells Firestar that Dawnflower, Blackclaw and Voletooth have all died from hunger and thirst as a result of the drought. Mousefur and Longtail become upset when they hear this.

In the Novellas

Mothwing's Secret

"But they’re Tigerstar's kits!"
—Dawnflower furious with Hawkfrost and Mothwing Mothwing's Secret, page chapter 4
When Leopardstar calls a Clan meeting to announce that Mudfur has received a sign from StarClan, Dawnflower and Skyheart poke their heads out from the nursery. Later, Mothwing recalls the dream she had at the Moonstone, where she saw Dawnflower's kits growing strong and healthy. Moons later as the Clans prepare to embark on the Great Journey, Dawnflower is reluctant to accept Hawkfrost and Mothwing after Sasha reveals they are Tigerstar's kits. Mothwing thinks to herself bitterly how she had given Dawnflower catmint when she was ill and healed Minnowkit's infected paw. Sasha says she sees Tigerstar in both of her kits, causing Dawnflower to let out a growl. During the Great Battle, Dawnflower appears from StarClan to join the fight. She greets her daughter, Minnowtail, intertwining her tail with the bloodied warrior.

Mistystar's Omen

Mistyfoot is speaking with Leopardstar, saying that it had been a hard greenleaf, but RiverClan had survived. Leopardstar snaps at Mistyfoot that Blackclaw, Voletooth, and Dawnflower had not survived and that she had had to watch her Clanmates starve to death with no fish to catch.

In the Field Guides

Battles of the Clans

"This one was hiding in here like a coward. His Clanmates won’t thank him for leaving them to face us alone. Shall we teach him a lesson?"
—Dawnflower to Pouncetail about Spiderfoot Battles of the Clans, page 105
In the great battle on ThunderClan territory, Dawnflower is in a patrol with Blackclaw, Pouncetail and Reedwhisker. They are setting an ambush in the Abandoned Twoleg nest. On the way there, her fur gets caught on a bramble tendril, and Pouncetail has to free her. When they find ShadowClan cats in the nest, Dawnflower attacks from the front with Blackclaw. She later finds the ShadowClan warrior Spiderfoot hiding, too scared to fight. She asks Pouncetail if they should teach him a lesson, and is shocked, along with the others, when Pouncetail lets him go.

Trivia

Continuity

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

Character pixels

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Official art

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Kin

Members

Son:

Pebblefoot:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Daughters:

Minnowtail:[11] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Tumblekit:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Tree

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances


Quotes

"Tallpoppy and Dawnflower quickly gave their approval, and the Clan kits wasted no time following the Tribe kit across the cave."
—The Clan queens allowing their kits to explore Dawn, page 314

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Mothwing's Secret, chapter 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 136
  4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 276
  5. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 30
  6. Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  8. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  9. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  10. Revealed in Twilight, page 167
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Twilight, allegiances
  12. Tumblekit is shown to be a black she-cat on Twilight pg. 154, which matches the official website's family tree.
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