"With this life I give you hope. As long as hope burns in your heart, it will burn in the hearts of your Clanmates."
— Dawnpelt to Tigerheart in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 403

Dawnpelt is a cream-furred she-cat.[11]

Dawnpelt was ShadowClan warrior under the leaderships of Blackstar and Rowanstar in the lake territories. She was born as Dawnkit to Tawnypelt and Rowanclaw alongside her brothers, Tigerstar and Flametail. As an apprentice, Dawnpaw temporarily joined ThunderClan when ShadowClan was influenced by Sol to abandon StarClan, but returned following his exile. After becoming a warrior named Dawnpelt, Flametail died suddenly, and Dawnpelt went mad with grief, accusing Jayfeather of his murder. Moons later, she became mates with Crowfrost and bore three kits: Juniperclaw, Strikestone, and Sleekwhisker. She mentored two apprentices, Beenose and Violetshine, and when the Kin took over ShadowClan, she chose to join them with her kits, but was killed by Darktail after attempting to escape.


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Power of Three

"... I think Dawnkit will be the best fighter, if only she listens to what her mentor tells her once she’s apprenticed. Right now she doesn’t listen to any cat."
—Tawnypelt about Dawnkit Outcast, page 152
Dawnkit is born to Tawnypelt and Rowanclaw along with Flamekit and Tigerkit. Her mother temporarily leaves the Clans to journey to the Tribe of Rushing Water, and Snowbird takes care of Dawnkit and her littermates in her absence. She is apprenticed to Ivytail, but when Sol convinces ShadowClan to lose their faith in StarClan, Tawnypelt takes her children to ThunderClan where Dawnpaw is temporarily apprenticed to Spiderleg. Dawnpaw, along with her littermates, and Lionblaze, Hollyleaf and Jaypaw, fakes a sign for ShadowClan to regain their faith in StarClan, and is astonished when two spirits, Raggedstar and Runningnose actually appear. With ShadowClan's faith restored, Dawnpaw and her family return to ShadowClan.

Omen of the Stars

"Since when has Jayfeather shown compassion for cats in other Clans? “I believe that he deliberately drowned Flametail in front of all of us!"
—Dawnpelt accusing Jayfeather of murdering Flametail The Forgotten Warrior, page 286
She is now a warrior with the name of Dawnpelt. When it is decided that two cats from each Clan will journey upstream to investigate the cause of the drought, Dawnpelt volunteers to go, though her brother, Tigerheart, is chosen instead. She further argues with Tigerheart about which of them would make a better deputy. When Flametail drowns beneath the frozen lake, Dawnpelt is outraged, insisting that her brother had been murdered by Jayfeather. She becomes increasingly aggressive, and at a Gathering, asserts to all the Clans that Jayfeather murdered Flametail. Tigerheart supports her, and Jayfeather is barred from his medicine cat duties until he proves his innocence, confronting Flametail in StarClan. During the battle against the Dark Forest, Dawnpelt is attacked by Redwillow, a ShadowClan warrior who betrayed the Clans by swearing allegiance to the Dark Forest.

A Vision of Shadows

"Her mentor's gaze was empty as she gently washed Oakfur's pelt. It had been hard enough for Dawnpelt to lose Sleekwhisker and Juniperclaw to the rogues. But the death of her mate, Crowfrost, had been devastating. And yet Dawnpelt had carried on with her duties without complaining."
—Violetpaw's thoughts on Dawnpelt Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 22
She has become mates with Crowfrost. After their kits, Juniperpaw, Strikepaw and Sleekpaw, become apprentices, she receives her first apprentice, Beepaw. However, when ShadowClan's apprentices spark a rebellion, Juniperpaw and Sleekpaw leave to join Darktail's group, though Strikepaw chooses to remain in ShadowClan. Crowfrost succumbs to yellowcough, devastating Dawnpelt, and her apprentice, Beepaw, leaves to join the rogues as well. When Violetkit returns from Darktail's camp, Dawnpelt is appointed as her mentor, and the two form a close bond. Eventually, Darktail's group arrives in the ShadowClan camp with intention of taking over ShadowClan. Dawnpelt reluctantly joins the Kin so that she can remain with her kits.
Dawnpelt grows to regret her decision after witnessing Darktail's true nature, and organizes cats to escape. She is successful in getting Juniperclaw and Strikestone to ThunderClan, but reveals to Violetpaw that Sleekwhisker enjoys being part of the Kin too much to even try and convince her otherwise. When Dawnpelt attempts to escape, she is caught by Darktail, who offers to escort her to the border personally. However, she is never seen again, much to the distress of her family, leading many to believe that Darktail drowned her, like he had done with many other cats. This is revealed to have been the case, and her ghost is eventually summoned from the lake by Tree. She sends a message to Puddleshine to not dispel the shadows, and moves on to StarClan.

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In Tigerheart's Shadow, Dawnpelt appears in StarClan at Tigerheart's leader ceremony, giving her brother a life for hope. He is saddened to know that she is dead, but promises to lead ShadowClan well.


Author statements

  • Vicky thinks that Dawnpelt and Jayfeather did make amends after it was revealed that he didn't kill Flametail, although Jayfeather is so grumpy that Dawnpelt might not notice a difference.[18]

Interesting facts


  • She was originally described as gray.[21]

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"We’re the best fighters! Come on, let’s defend the camp!"
—Dawnkit to her brothers when Brambleclaw and his kits visit Tawnypelt Outcast, page 128

Dawnpaw: "Can we hunt? We're starving!"
Tigerpaw: "Don't be such a stupid furball. You don't hunt in another Clan's territory."
Dawnpaw: "Well, I asked."
—Dawnpaw once arriving in ThunderClan. Long Shadows, page 79

Tigerpaw: "What's the matter with you? Come and help!"
Flamepaw: "I still don't know... I'm not sure it's right to fake a sign from StarClan."
Dawnpaw: "We've been through this. We already agreed to try anything. This might just work, and let us go back to our own Clan."
—Dawnpaw convincing Flamepaw to help fake a sign Long Shadows, pages 108-109

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Tigerheart: "One day I’ll be deputy, and then you won’t be allowed to tease me."
Dawnpelt: "No, you won’t! I’ll be deputy!"
—Dawnpelt and Tigerheart play fighting Night Whispers, page chapter 6

Dawnpelt: "I don't understand why you're so angry. When I was your age, I was proud to be an apprentice. We all were. We wanted to learn the warrior code."
Needlepaw: "Only because you wanted to be like ThunderClan."
Dawnpelt: "That's not true!"
—Dawnpelt and Needlepaw when the apprentices' rebel against the Clan Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 8

"He's right. I can't leave every single one of my kits. And this is the only home I've known. How can I leave?"
—Dawnpelt reluctantly staying with the rogues Thunder and Shadow, page 348

"I realize now that staying with Darktail and his Kin was a mistake. They're bad cats! So I'm doing what I should have done in the first place: I'm going to ThunderClan to be with Rowanstar and Tawnypelt, and I'm leaving now so that Darktail won't know that I've gone until it's too late."
—Dawnpelt to Violetpaw Shattered Sky, page chapter 9

"There must always be five Clans. Where there is sky, thunder, wind, and river, there must also be shadow."
—Dawnpelt to Tigerheart Tigerheart's Shadow, page chapter 35

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 403
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 89
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 23
  6. Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  7. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 9
  8. Revealed in River of Fire, page 28
  9. Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 5
  10. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 77
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 348
  14. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
  16. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  17. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, pages 215-216
  18. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  19. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 19
  20. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 197
  21. Revealed in Outcast, page 128
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Leader Darktail
Members RainRavenNettleRoachDragonflyFlameSiltThistle
ShadowClan defectors NeedletailJuniperclawSleekwhiskerVioletshineBerryheartCloverfootBeenoseSparrowtailMistcloudBusterBirchbarkLioneyeSlatefurPuddleshineStrikestoneDawnpeltStonewingGrassheartWhorlpeltSnaketoothFlowerstemSnowbirdScorchfurYarrowleafConefootFrondwhiskerGullswoopRatscarOakfurPinenoseSpikefur
Kittypet recruits MaxZeldaLoki
RiverClan prisoners ReedwhiskerMintfurIcewingBrackenpelt
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