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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 continues to watch over the cats by the lake from StarClan, and guides medicine cats with the prophecies he gives.


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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.

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:


Firepaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: The newcomer has lost his Twoleg collar in a battle for his honor. StarClan has spoken its approval - this cat has been released from the hold of his Twoleg owners, and is free to join ThunderClan as an apprentice.
Bluestar: You look like a brand of fire in the sunlight. From this day forward, until he has earned his warrior name, this apprentice will be called Firepaw, in honor of his flame-colored coat.
Reference: Into the Wild, page 37

Fireheart's warrior ceremony
Bluestar: I, Bluestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these two apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Firepaw, Graypaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Firepaw and Graypaw: I do.
Bluestar: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your warrior names: Graypaw, from this moment you will be known as Graystripe. StarClan honors your bravery and strength, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan. Firepaw, from this moment you will be called Fireheart. StarClan honors your bravery and your strength, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan. Fireheart, I am proud to have you as my warrior. Serve your Clan well, young one.
Everyone: Fireheart! Graystripe!
Reference: Into the Wild, pages 269-270

Fireheart's deputy ceremony
Bluestar: I say these words before StarClan, that the spirits of our ancestors may hear and approve my choice. The new deputy will be Fireheart.
Reference: Forest of Secrets, page 297

Firestar's leader ceremony
StarClan: Welcome, Fireheart. Are you ready to receive your nine lives?
Fireheart: Yes. I'm ready.
Lionheart: With this life I give you courage. Use it well in defense of your Clan.
Redtail: With this life I give you justice. Use it well as you judge the actions of others.
Thank you. You revealed the truth when no one else could.
Silverstream: With this life I give you loyalty to what you know to be right. Use it well to guide your Clan in times of trouble.
Runningwind: With this life I give you tireless energy. Use it well to carry out the duties of a leader.
Brindleface: With this life, I give you protection. Use it well to care for your Clan as a mother cares for her kits.
Swiftpaw: With this life I give you mentoring. Use it well to train the young cats of your Clan.
Yellowfang: With this life I give you compassion. Use it well for the elders of your Clan, and the sick, and all those weaker than yourself.
Spottedleaf: With this life I give you love. Use it well, for all the cats in your care - and especially for Sandstorm.
Bluestar: Welcome, Fireheart, my apprentice, my warrior, and my deputy. I always knew you would make a great leader one day. With this life I give you nobility and certainty and faith. Use it well as you lead your Clan in the ways of StarClan and the warrior code. I hail you by your new name, Firestar. Your old life is no more. You have now received the nine lives of a leader, and StarClan grants you the guardianship of ThunderClan. Defend it well; care for young and old; honor your ancestors and the traditions of the warrior code; live each life with pride and dignity.
StarClan: Firestar! Firestar! Firestar! Firestar!
Reference: The Darkest Hour, pages 48-54

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.


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


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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 on Kate's Facebook
  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. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 47
  37. 37.0 37.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 48
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 49
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 50
  40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 51
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 52
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
  43. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 300
  44. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 461
  45. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  46. Revealed in Dawn, page 191
  47. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 2
  48. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 239
  49. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 24
  50. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 296

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