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"Fire will save the Clan...you never understood, did you? Not even when I gave you your apprentice name, Firepaw. And I doubted it myself, when fire raged through our camp. Yet I see the truth now. Fireheart, you are the fire who will save ThunderClan. You will be a great leader. One of the greatest the forest has ever known. You will have the warmth of fire to protect your Clan and the fierceness of fire to defend it. You will be Firestar, the light of ThunderClan."
Bluestar to Firestar in A Dangerous Path, page 311

Firestar is a bright flame-colored[25] tom[26] with emerald-green eyes.[27]

Firestar was a leader of ThunderClan in the forest and the lake territories, and prophesied as the "fire to save ThunderClan." He was born to Jake and Nutmeg, and lived as a kittypet named Rusty. He joined ThunderClan as an apprentice, receiving the name of Firepaw, and was mentored by Lionheart and Tigerclaw before being assigned to Bluestar. Fireheart earned his warrior name, and ascended to deputyship after Tigerclaw's banishment. He also mentored Cinderpelt before her injury, his nephew, Cloudtail, and Tigerclaw's son, Brambleclaw. After Bluestar's death, he rose to leader as Firestar appointing Whitestorm as his second-in-command. He later passed the role to Graystripe upon the white deputy's death during the battle against BloodClan, and defeated Scourge. Firestar became mates with Sandstorm, and they went on a journey to rebuild SkyClan. They were successful, and upon their return, had two daughters together: Leafpool and Squirrelflight.

When Twolegs destroyed the forest, he led his Clan on the Great Journey and helped them settle into the lake territories. Firestar appointed Brambleclaw as deputy due to Graystripe's disappearance, and had him keep the role after his friend returned. Firestar, as the fourth cat in the prophecy, fought in the Great Battle and lost his final life due to wounds. He went to StarClan, and gave Bramblestar one of his nine lives. From StarClan, Firestar watched over the cats by the lake and provided prophecies to the medicine cats. When Ashfur separated the connection between StarClan and the Dark Forest, Firestar temporarily entered Rootspring's body to kill Darkstripe, and assisted in the final fight against Ashfur.


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The Prophecies Begin

"There was a deeply buried mystery surrounding these cats, and he was beginning to feel that it might be beyond his power to ever understand it."
―Fireheart thinking about Bluestar, Stonefur, and Mistyfoot Forest of Secrets, page 88

Rusty versus Longtail

Rusty is a kittypet and is intrigued by the forest outside his Twolegplace. After being invited to join ThunderClan to learn the ways of the wild, he receives the name Firepaw and befriends Graypaw and Ravenpaw. Firepaw is assigned to Lionheart and Tigerclaw for training, but Bluestar later takes him as her apprentice. He develops a friendship with Yellowfang after finding her in the forest, and is happy to see her become ThunderClan's medicine cat after Spottedleaf's death. However, after Tigerclaw is named deputy after Lionheart's death, Ravenpaw reveals that Tigerclaw murdered Redtail in hopes of becoming deputy, and Firepaw and Graypaw guide Ravenpaw to live at Barley's farm for his protection. After driving the treacherous Brokenstar out of ShadowClan, he is given the warrior name Fireheart. Along with his best friend Graystripe, Fireheart guides WindClan back home, and helps RiverClan when their territory floods.

Fireheart checking in on Yellowfang

Fireheart is given Cinderpaw as an apprentice, but the she-cat gets injured on the Thunderpath in one of Tigerclaw's schemes. He finishes Brackenpaw's training for Graystripe, as his friend is off seeing Silverstream. Fireheart is given his nephew Cloudpaw as an apprentice, and struggles to rein his flippancy towards the warrior code. Tigerclaw's treachery is revealed to the Clan during a foiled attack on Bluestar's life, and Fireheart is made deputy in wake of his banishment. He attempts to hold a fragile ThunderClan together as Bluestar's judgement and faith in StarClan falters, and ThunderClan seeks help from RiverClan when a fire ravages their camp. Fireheart also mentors Tigerclaw's son Bramblepaw, but struggles not to see his father's shadow. Upon learning that Tigerstar, now leader of ShadowClan, plans to lure a pack of dogs to ThunderClan's camp, Fireheart rallies his Clanmates to lead the dogs to the gorge, with Bluestar saving Fireheart's life.
Upon Bluestar's death, Fireheart ascends to leader as Firestar and gains his nine lives, but is warned of blood ruling the forest. He appoints Whitestorm as his deputy, and together they rebuild the Clan. Tigerstar joins ShadowClan and RiverClan to form TigerClan and brings BloodClan to the forest in hopes of destroying ThunderClan and WindClan. However, their leader Scourge kills him and threatens to take control of the forest for himself. Firestar forms the four Clans into LionClan, and together they are able to drive BloodClan from the forest. Whitestorm dies during the battle, and Firestar appoints Graystripe as ThunderClan's new deputy.

The New Prophecy

"Loyalty is what matters, and that exists now, not in the past. Loyalty has to be proved every day, in every piece of fresh-kill brought back for the Clan, every claw mark on our enemies, every patrol, every training session."
―Firestar Sunset, page 240
Firestar and his mate Sandstorm have had two daughters, Squirrelpaw and Leafpaw. He becomes concerned when Cinderpelt reveals a prophecy concerning the kin of fire and tiger, along with danger. However, his attempts to keep Squirrelpaw and Brambleclaw apart because of it simply spur them further into leaving on a journey. Firestar, not knowing where they are, is devastated by the loss. Twoleg monsters begin to destroy the forest, and the leader struggles to keep his Clan well-fed.

Firestar announces Onewhisker as WindClan's leader

Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw return from their journey and bring the news that StarClan has a plan for them to move to a new home. While the other Clans are resistant, Firestar agrees they should go - when all four Clans travel together. After the destruction of ShadowClan's camp, the four Clans start the Great Journey. The Tribe of Rushing Water assists them over the mountains, and they eventually arrive at the lake territories. Firestar helps ThunderClan settle into their new territory, and supports Onewhisker's leadership during Mudclaw's rebellion.
Badgers attack ThunderClan's camp and heavily damage it, and the leader welcomes Stormfur and Brook when they wish to stay and help. ShadowClan tries to take advantage of ThunderClan's weakness and take territory, but are beaten off. Firestar accepts the loss of Graystripe and appoints Brambleclaw as deputy. Brambleclaw struggles on what to do when he is offered the chance to kill Firestar and take leadership for himself, but ultimately does his former mentor proud by saving his leader.

Power of Three

"Surely it is our struggle against hardship that makes us true warriors. You think fresh blood in the Clans will weaken us? A life without hardship will weaken us more."
―Firestar to Blackstar at the Gathering The Sight, page 335
Firestar continues to lead ThunderClan and makes his grandchildren, Hollypaw, Jaypaw, and Lionpaw, into apprentices. Graystripe finds his way back to the Clans, and the leader ultimately decides to keep Brambleclaw as deputy. Two cats from the Tribe of Rushing Water come for Stormfur and Brook, and he releases them once he hears why they need help. He sends Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight along with them, along with Hollypaw, Lionpaw, and Jaypaw.
Later, Firestar defends ThunderClan's borders, and devises a plan to keep WindClan from continuing to cross the border. He and a patrol cave in a tunnel the rival Clan's been using to trespass, and several fights across the forest soon ensue. A Great Battle ensnares all four Clans, and is only stopped by an eclipse of the sun. The Clan is struck by a greencough plague that infects a large part of ThunderClan. Firestar has the ill cats move to the abandoned Twoleg nest to keep it contained, and while catmint is eventually found to cure it, he loses a life before that.
After the mystifying murder of Ashfur, he sends a patrol to track down Sol, believing him the killer. They find him and bring him to camp, but no evidence is found. However, once they return, Hollyleaf reveals at a Gathering that her parents are Leafpool and Crowfeather. Firestar is shocked, but insists the Clan needs to stay strong despite this.

Omen of the Stars

"He gave his life to save the thing that mattered most to him: his Clanmates. He truly has the power of the stars in his paws now. You will see him again, when it is time."
―Jayfeather to Dovewing after Firestar's death The Last Hope, page 324
Firestar loses a life to a fox attack, but soon recovers, which relieves his medicine cat. He sends Lionblaze and Dovepaw on the journey to the beaver dam, which succeeds and ends the lake's drought. Firestar experiments with new training methods, and encourages his Clanmates to learn tree-climbing. He welcomes Mistystar as RiverClan's new leader after Leopardstar passes away. Firestar believes Ivypaw when she tells him of a dream where ShadowClan came to take ThunderClan's territory from them. After persuasion, he reclaims a stripe of land that he'd given away previously, and loses a life in the resulting conflict.
Ivypaw crosses the ShadowClan border, and is held captive in exchange for catmint. Firestar makes the trade, but is unhappy with how low the other Clan was willing to go. The leader tries out a new assessment technique, but the attempt ends in Icecloud getting injured. He gives Dovewing her warrior name for helping save her, while her sister Ivypool completes a normal assessment for her name. Firestar agrees to send Jayfeather, Dovewing and some other warriors to the Tribe of Rushing Water after the medicine cat is called there by his dreams.
Upon their return, tensions begin to rise between the Clans. Onestar accuses Firestar of conspiring against WindClan, which he denies. Sol returns, and the leader allows him to stay, but is wary nonetheless. Hollyleaf also returns, and Firestar welcomes her back into the Clan. Dovewing urgently informs him of their escape from the tunnels after hearing WindClan and Sol plotting an attack on ThunderClan. They prepare for the attack with advanced skills from Hollyleaf, and drive the rival Clan away. Hollyleaf admits to killing Ashfur, and decides not to punish her. He also accepts that Cinderheart wishes to become a medicine cat, after the discovery that she was a reincarnation of Cinderpelt.
After Dawnpelt accuses Jayfeather of killing Flametail, Firestar bans Jayfeather from attending more Gatherings. Tensions continue to rise within the Clans, since rogue scents are being found in every territory. Firestar is discovered to be the fourth cat in the Tribe of Endless Hunting's prophecy, and works together with Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovewing to fortify the Clan for the upcoming confrontation with the Dark Forest. The Clans work together to drive out the evil cats, and fights Tigerstar. He succeeds in killing his longtime enemy, but succumbs to his wounds and joins StarClan.

A Vision of Shadows

"Every Clan must grow strong, but not by stealing another's territory. They must learn to live together. If the five Clans cannot live as one, the coming darkness will destroy them all."
―Firestar The Raging Storm, page 3
Firestar continues to watch over the forest from StarClan, and delivers a message to the Clans' medicine cats that they must embrace what they find in the shadows. He sends a vision to Alderpaw, which leads to the medicine cat apprentice going on a journey to find SkyClan with Sandstorm, following the same route Firestar and his mate took several seasons ago. He continues to appear in dreams to medicine cat, and guides Leafpool to realize they need to drive the Kin out of Clan territory, and find SkyClan. Firestar meets with other Clan leaders in StarClan to discuss the coming darkness, and how they can help the cats by the lake.

The Broken Code

"But he would do what he had to do. A true warrior always did—and he had never stopped being a warrior."
―Firestar in Rootspring's body A Light in the Mist (book), page 157
Ashfur escapes to the living world and seals off the Clans' connection to StarClan and the Dark Forest, causing both afterlives to slowly disappear. When Rootspring, Bristlefrost, and Shadowsight enter the Dark Forest to save the Clans, Firestar sends his wandering spirit to Rootspring's mind and takes over his body to kill Darkstripe. Firestar leaves Rootspring's mind, and enters the Dark Forest with several other StarClan cats to defeat Ashfur. He joyfully reunites with Graystripe when he and other living cats arrive to help as well. With an army of StarClan, Dark Forest, and living cats, Firestar leads them to confront Ashfur. Bristlefrost sacrifices herself to kill Ashfur, and both afterlives are restored. Firestar welcomes his best friend Graystripe in StarClan when he dies from his wounds, and agrees to let the Clans decide changes to the warrior code in three moons time.

Super Editions

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

"I love you, Sandstorm. You'll never be second-best for me. My love belongs here and now, in the life we share-and it will last for all moons to come, I promise."
―Firestar to Sandstorm Firestar's Quest, pages 401-402
In Firestar's Quest, Firestar receives several dreams of fleeing cats in need of help. Bluestar tells him of SkyClan, the fifth Clan of the forest that was driven out long ago. He finds Smudge has had similar dreams, and has a vision of Cloudstar, the former leader of SkyClan. Firestar realizes that he must go on a journey to rebuild SkyClan, and takes Sandstorm with him to find where they went after leaving the forest. Once they arrive, they find Skywatcher, the last upholder of SkyClan's traditions.
The pair of ThunderClan cats gather the descendants of SkyClan cats from the area with Cherrypaw and Sparrowpaw's help, along with any other cat interested. They find Echo in the Twolegplace, a kittypet who's been having many dreams of strange things. She joins SkyClan, and becomes a medicine cat with the name Echosong. Firestar and Sandstorm help the new Clan in a battle against rats threatening the territory, and he loses a life. Per StarClan's will, Leafstar is made leader of the new SkyClan, with Sharpclaw as her deputy. Firestar and Sandstorm return to ThunderClan and have two kits together: Squirrelkit and Leafkit.
"A prophecy? My first prophecy! I am a true StarClan cat!"
―Firestar's thoughts about receiving Cloudstar's prophecy Bramblestar's Storm, page 6
In Bramblestar's Storm, Firestar settles into life in StarClan. He passes on a prophecy to Bramblestar: when water meets blood, blood will rise. Cats within ThunderClan still grieve the loss of their former leader, and Bramblestar struggles to come into his own as a leader. Firestar meets with his former apprentice in dreams to encourage him onwards. During a Gathering, he appears with many of the other cats who died in the Great Battle, showing that they are still watching over the Clans.

Stand-alone graphic novels

Firestar saving Onewhisker from Mudclaw

"I need you to think back. Think back and remember what it was like when Tigerstar returned to the Clans. A ThunderClan cat, if I need to remind you. Tigerstar became leader of ShadowClan and took over RiverClan as well. The same thing is happening again. Right here, right now. Firestar is trying to take control of both ThunderClan and WindClan. We must prevent this. For the sake of every Clan. For the life of every cat. And the first thing we have to do...is attack.'"
―Hawkfrost to this followers about Firestar Winds of Change, page 147
In Winds of Change, upon the Clans' arrival at their new home, Tallstar, on his death bed, encourages Mudclaw to consider a possible friendship with ThunderClan, though Mudclaw refuses, harnessing a disdain for Firestar. After Tallstar's death, Firestar announces that Tallstar named Onewhisker his deputy before he died, though Mudclaw finds it odd that ThunderClan cat would claim such a thing. With Onewhisker as WindClan's new leader, Mudclaw challenges Onewhisker's favoritism towards ThunderClan and his decision to foster friendship instead of establishing firm borders. Hawkfrost spins ideas into Mudclaw's head that Firestar plans to take over WindClan as a puppet leader, encouraging Mudclaw to rebel. Mudclaw and his supporters attack WindClan's camp in hopes of killing Onewhisker, but Firestar and his warriors arrive to aid WindClan.

Detailed description

Firestar is a large,[28] bright, flame-colored[25] tom[26] with a pale orange belly.[29] He has short,[30] sleek,[31] and thick fur,[2] large ears,[27] a long tail,[32] and bright,[33] emerald-green eyes.[27]

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Firestar has killed:


Leader info

Personality and Relationships

Firestar was courageous and dedicated, and he had a firm sense of doing what was right, even if it went against the warrior code. His best friend was Graystripe, and he fostered a close relationship with his former apprentices, Cinderpelt, Cloudtail and Bramblestar. For more of Firestar's personality and relationships, click here!


Firestar's parents were Jake and Nutmeg. His mate was Sandstorm, and they had two daughters, Squirrelflight and Leafpool. For more of Firestar's family, click here!



Toys and Plush

Firestar Large Plush Cat

Good luck getting this guy when he's in stock

  • Series 1
  • Large soft plush of Firestar.
  • Complete with his mesmerizing green eyes and vibrant orange coat, Firestar comes with a special Clan symbol on his paw and measures approximately 35cm in length.
  • Approximately $29.99 USD.

Firestar & Leafstar - Mini Collector Figures

Firestar and Leafstar

  • Series 1
  • Sturdy mini figure of Firestar and Leafstar, approximately 7cm in height.
  • Brave Rusty cast away the comforts of kittypet life to defend, and then lead ThunderClan as the legendary Firestar; while the adaptable Leafstar–once a rogue with no Clan at all–took leadership of SkyClan after its reformation. These humble and brilliant leaders will always defend their Clans.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with the rest of Series 1: Graystripe, Jayfeather, Tigerstar, and Tawnypelt.
  • Approximate individual price is $12.99 USD, and the three-pack bundle is $38.97 USD.

Firestar Keychain - Discontinued

  • Head to school in style with ThunderClan's Firestar, a cute Warrior Cats keychain.
  • Firestar, the kittypet who proved more loyal than the Clanborn traitor he exposed, embodies the courage and honor of ThunderClan.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with Mistystar and Gray Wing.
  • Approximate individual price is $7.99 USD.

Firestar Mini-Plush Head - Discontinued

Firestar.mini plush.jpg
  • Series 1
  • A stackable mini-plush head of Firestar. Approximately 7cm with an anti-stress bean filling.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with Bluestar and Tigerstar.
  • Approximate individual price is $9.99 USD, and the three-pack bundle is $27.99 USD.


Did you know one of Firestar's favorite duties as leader was holding apprentice ceremonies? For more trivia about Firestar, click here!


External links

  • Warriors Super Edition: A World Without Limits on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • A First Time For Nine Lives on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Apprentices: A Fresh Perspective on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only) (backup link)
  • The Ancient Cats on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Unexpected Storylines on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Forbidden Romance on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • The Role of a Medicine Cat on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • The Tribe of Rushing Water on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Destiny guides our paws... on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • How the Clans began on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Characters and Family Tree, or not on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Marvellous Maps on the Warriors official website (Indirect mention only) (backup link)
  • Building a Religion on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Tallstar's Decision on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Erin Hunter opinion: We need to talk about Snowtuft on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • New exclusive Warrior Cats chapter by author Vicky Holmes on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Where it began - for me on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)

  • Notes and references

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 327
    2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 9
    3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 37
    4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
    5. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 333
    6. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 15
    7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 324
    8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, chapter 27
    9. Revealed in the Warriors App
    10. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 7
    11. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 270
    12. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 297
    13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 54
    14. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 99
    15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 56
    16. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 97
    17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 149
    18. Although unofficial at first, Fireheart essentially finished Brackenpaw's training due to Graystripe's inability because of his constant leaving camp to maintain a relationship with Silverstream.[17]
    19. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, allegiances
    20. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 235
    21. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 270
    22. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 328
    23. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 299
    24. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 77
    25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Dawn, page 26
    26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
    27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 219
    28. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 3
    29. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 110
    30. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Path
    31. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 127
    32. Revealed in Dawn, page 52
    33. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 240
    34. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 307
    35. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 468
    36. Revealed in A Light in the Mist, page 157
    37. 37.0 37.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 47
    38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 48
    39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 49
    40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 50
    41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 51
    42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 52
    43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
    44. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 300
    45. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 461
    46. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
    47. Revealed in Dawn, page 191
    48. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 2
    49. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 239
    50. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 24
    51. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 296

    Author references