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"With this life I give you love. You have known so much, but still have much to give. Leadership without love will never be enough to draw your Clan from the shadows. Let your heart lead when your head does not know the way."
— Flametail to Tigerheart in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 405

Flametail is a lean,[10] orange flame-colored tom[11] with broad shoulders[12] and bright blue eyes.[13]

Flametail was a medicine cat of ShadowClan under Blackstar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born as Flamekit to Rowanclaw and Tawnypelt alongside his littermates, Tigerkit and Dawnkit. Flamepaw temporarily joined ThunderClan after ShadowClan was under Sol's influence, and despite wanting to be a medicine cat apprentice, Flamepaw gained Cloudtail as his mentor. He assisted in faking a sign from StarClan to regain Blackstar's faith, and Flamepaw rejoined ShadowClan, with him becoming Littlecloud's apprentice. After Flametail earned his medicine cat name, he played on the frozen lake, falling through the ice and drowned, despite Jayfeather's efforts to save him. Dawnpelt accused Jayfeather for purposely letting him drown, though Flametail came to forgive Jayfeather for trying to save him and told the medicine cats that Jayfeather was innocent. In StarClan, Flametail gave Tigerstar one of his nine lives.


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Power of Three

"But StarClan really did come. They proved that they are still watching over us, that we should still listen to them and live by the warrior code. They have the Clan's best interests at heart; we have to believe what they say for our own sake."
―Flamepaw Long Shadows, page 123
Flamekit is born to Rowanclaw and Tawnypelt alongside Tigerkit and Dawnkit. He has aspirations to become a medicine cat, but when Sol takes over ShadowClan, Flamepaw is forced to train as a warrior. Because of this, Tawnypelt takes Flamepaw and his littermates to ThunderClan with her kin, and he is apprenticed to Cloudtail. He, his littermates, and Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jaypaw fake a sign from StarClan to convince Blackstar to believe again. Their plan succeeds, and Flamepaw and his littermates return home. He then becomes Littlecloud's apprentice.

Omen of the Stars

"The warriors maybe. But never the medicine cats. Something's happening inside StarClan. All the Clans will be affected. This time we cannot risk relying on anyone but ourselves."
―Flametail talking to Rowanclaw about alliances Night Whispers, page 103
He has earned his full name, which is Flametail. He maintains a close relationship with his littermates. Following the battle of the border, Flametail receives a dream from Raggedstar warning him that ShadowClan must stand alone. Littlecloud disagrees, and Flametail continually worries about his ailing mentor. He also repeatedly has dreams of falling into darkness. While playing prey-stone with his Clanmates on the frozen lake, Flametail falls through the ice and drowns. Jayfeather tries to save his friend, but Rock prevents him.
Once in StarClan, Flametail is lured to the Dark Forest. Brokenstar orders Ivypaw to kill him, but Tigerheart prevents her. Dawnpelt accuses Jayfeather of murdering Flametail, and he is confined to camp. After finding a burning reed, Jayfeather visits the Moonpool to speak with Flametail, who explains to the other medicine cats that Jayfeather did not kill him. Flametail is not the fourth cat in the prophecy, like Jayfeather originally thought, but promises to stand with the Clans in the coming battle.

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In Tigerheart's Shadow, Flametail appears at Tigerheart's nine lives ceremony and gives him the gift of love.


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In Tawnypelt's Clan, Tawnypelt often thinks about her deceased son when she feels out of place in ShadowClan. Tawnypelt reminisces about Flametail when watching over Pouncekit, Lightkit, and Shadowkit and thinks of him, Dawnpelt, and Rowanclaw.

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Flametail's parents are Tawnypelt and Rowanclaw. His littermates are Dawnpelt and Tigerstar. For more of Flametail's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Flametail has ThunderClan blood through Tawnypelt.[14]

Author statements

  • Kate believes that if Flametail were still alive during Thunder and Shadow, he would have stayed with ShadowClan and turned rogue, as Kate states that "although I like him, but I don't remember him as an outside the box thinker".[blog 1]


  • Either he or his brother, Tigerstar, were mentioned as female.[15]
  • It is mentioned that Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, Tigerheart, and Dawnpelt schemed to make a false StarClan prophecy,[16] forgetting to mention that Flametail also helped.[17] This is also mentioned later in the book.[18]
  • Flametail is mistakenly called dark ginger,[19] and he is mistakenly shown with green eyes of the cover of Night Whispers and in The Ultimate Guide.
  • He is mistakenly referred to as a medicine cat apprentice despite being a full medicine cat.[20]
  • He is accidentally written as Flame-tail.[21]


"I'll protect my Clan, whatever it takes."
―Flametail's vow Night Whispers, page 87

"Flametail screwed up his face, reminding himself that he was lucky to have such affectionate kin. Sometimes at Gatherings, he glimpsed Breezepelt eyeing Crowfeather and Nightcloud with undisguised rage."
―Narrator Night Whispers, page 185
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"The water would have killed him on its own; he didn't need me as well."
―Jayfeather on Flametail's death The Forgotten Warrior, page 287

"Jayfeather didn't kill me! I drowned. Jayfeather was trying to save me. But I was too heavy and the current was too strong. My death was not his fault!"
―Flametail confessing to the medicine cats that Jayfeather did not murder him The Last Hope, page 188

"It wasn't fair. It was such a stupid way to die!"
―Flametail to Jayfeather about his death The Last Hope, page 182

"What about Flametail, my littermate? You didn’t manage to save him, though, did you?"
―Tigerstar to Jayfeather The Raging Storm, page chapter 7

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 292
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 89
  4. Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 282
  6. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 77
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
  10. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 70
  11. Revealed in The Last Hope, chapter 16
  12. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 402
  13. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 186
  14. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 20
  15. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  16. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 77
  17. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 109
  18. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 86
  19. Revealed in Outcast, page 128
  20. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 306
  21. Revealed in Night Whispers, chapter 6

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