"You wouldn’t know a great job if it sat up and bit you. Or you wouldn’t have been so eager to turn your back on Jayfeather and Lionblaze, after all they’ve done for the Clan.”
— Flipclaw criticizing Bristlefrost in Veil of Shadows, chapter 4

Flipclaw is a brown[blog 1] tabby tom.[1]

Flipclaw is a ThunderClan warrior under Bramblestar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born as Flipkit to Ivypool and Fernsong with his sisters Bristlefrost and Thriftear. He was later apprenticed to his aunt Hollytuft as Flippaw, and he and Thriftpaw encouraged Bristlepaw to complete her warrior training early. He later became a full warrior named Flipclaw. He was then forced to become a medicine cat by Bramblestar's impostor, and soon, forced to become the full medicine cat of ThunderClan when Alderheart was exiled. However, he returned to his warrior duties after Jayfeather and Alderheart returned to ThunderClan.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

River of Fire

Alderheart enters the nursery to check up on Ivypool and her kits. He sees the silver-and-white queen curled around three little shapes, with Fernsong sitting beside his mate. The ginger tom learns that Ivypool has named them, one being Bristlekit, a tabby kit as Flipkit, and his sister, Thriftkit. Alderheart bends down, and gives their bodies a check, asking if the young kits have been feeding well. Ivypool says they never stop, but her blue eyes gleam with amusement and love. Fernsong puts in that neither he nor his mate can be happier.
Ivypool admits that when her sister, Dovewing left, she felt angry and betrayed, but now that she has her own kits, she understands her kin's thinking. Alderheart complies, then goes to see how Cinderheart is, curled around her own kits, and the gray tabby gazes affectionately at Ivypool's litter.
After Briarlight's death, Jayfeather blames himself, saying that he must've passed his sickness onto her when he aided in delivering Flipkit, Thriftkit, and Bristlekit. Alderheart, however, reassures the gray tabby it isn't his fault Briarlight passed due to her illness.
Dovewing and the newly renamed Tigerstar return back to the lake, and Dovewing pays a visit to her old home. Graystripe and Millie come running over, but Ivypool overtakes, joyfully greeing her sister, her young kits squirming after their mother. The three siblings sniff at the new, unfamilar cats, and Ivypool introduces her litter to her sister and her kits. She lists Flipkit off, with his siblings, Thriftkit and Bristlekit.
Lightkit says it's good she and her littermates have kin, after a quick introduction and explanation from Dovewing. When the smoky gray she-cat breaks the news of her living in ShadowClan, Ivypool gathers her kits close, and turns her back on Dovewing. As the ShadowClan queen leaves, Flipkit's mother still refuses to look at her departing sister.

The Raging Storm

Coming Soon

In The Broken Code arc

Lost Stars

Flippaw is apprenticed to Hollytuft. He, along with Thriftpaw, greet Bristlepaw after she rescues Rootpaw from drowning. They are both very impressed with their sister, and agree she should be made a warrior immediately. Later, Flippaw hears that Bristlepaw is taking her warriors' assessment early, and wishes her well. When Bristlepaw returns having failed, he and Thriftpaw are both very supportive of their sister, which Bristlepaw is grateful for.
Flippaw and Thiftpaw meet up with Bristlepaw later, showing off the mice they caught. The three accidentally eavesdrop on Bramblestar and Squirrelflight talking over the lack of connection with StarClan. Bristlepaw snorts to herself that the Clan should be more worried about finding prey, which Jayfeather overhears, and scolds all three littermates. Bramblestar overhears Jayfeather talking to them, and decides the three should come to the Gathering.
Flippaw follows along with his littermates and Clan to the Gathering island that night. Later, when Bristlepaw decides to retake her warrior assessment without them, they are both still very supportive and wish her luck.
More Coming Soon

The Silent Thaw

He is now a warrior named Flipclaw. Flipclaw plays moss-ball with Snaptooth and Dewnose while waiting for Squirrelflight to organize patrols. When she and Bramblestar finally appear, the three offer to hunt and Flipclaw notes he scented a mouse nest the other day. Bramblestar confronts him for not catching it sooner, but Flipclaw explains he thought it can wait. Squirrelflight agrees, citing they shouldn't hunt the forest clean and Bramblestar congratulates Dewnose for training the young cats well, albeit getting his name wrong.
Squirrelflight orders Flipclaw to go on a hunting patrol with Eaglewing near the beech grove and Bramblestar interrupts her to try the ancient oak instead. Bristlefrost asks to help and Squirrelflight distractedly replies she can join her brother's patrol. Bramblestar later announces Flipclaw's and Thriftear's warrior names at the Gathering and Bristlefrost is one of the first to cheer their names. Bristlefrost organizes patrols and tasks Thornclaw on a hunting patrol with Stemleaf and Flipclaw. Rosepetal remarks Thornclaw won't appreciate hunting with younger cats and Lionblaze jokes that he'll have to keep up since Flipclaw and Stemleaf are as fast as hares.

Veil of Shadows

Coming Soon

In the Super Editions

Squirrelflight's Hope

Flippaw: "Why do we care if foxes get sick from this prey?"
Hollytuft: "Sickness harms everyone. Do you want a fox carcass rotting near camp?"
—Flippaw to Hollytuft about burying the sick prey Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 14
He and his mentor, Hollytuft, nose through the fresh-kill pile after a training session. Thriftpaw catches a rabbit, and her littermates are impressed with her catch. Flippaw tells them how Mousewhisker caught a weasel earlier that morning, peeking Squirrelifight's interest about his injuries. When Squirrelflight returns from the Sisters, Flippaw eagerly badgers her with questions, and Hollytuft stops him. He, Thriftpaw, Dewnose and Hollytuft arrive into camp when the Sisters bring Sunrise for ThunderClan to heal. Bramblestar orders him and Thriftpaw to help Twigbranch and Finleap gather ferns for Sunrise to rest on. Flippaw and a few other cats stare hostility at the Sisters.
When Larksong falls ill to a mysterious sickness, Squirrelflight, Hollytuft, Flippaw, and Bristlepaw bury the prey outside of camp. Flippaw asks why it is so important to bury the prey, and Hollytuft grimly reminds him that sickness affects everyone in the forest. Hollytuft takes the apprentices hunting afterwards. He attends Larksong and Flickerkit's vigils with the rest of his family.

In the Novellas

Tawnypelt's Clan

Flipkit is briefly mentioned by Fernsong when Dovewing asks how Ivypool and her kits are doing, to which Fernsong replies they are doing well.


Interesting facts

Author statements

  • Kate originally believed him to be gray.[blog 2]
    • However, she has since said that she believes him to be a brown tabby.[blog 1]


  • He is present when the Sisters bring Sunrise to ThunderClan's camp,[11] but in the next chapter, he is seen coming into camp and unaware of the events that transpired. [12]

Character pixels

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Ivypool:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Fernsong:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Bristlefrost:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Thriftear:[1] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
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Snaptooth:[13] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Hollytuft:[14] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Sorrelstripe:[14] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Spotfur:[13] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Flywhisker:[13] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Dovewing:[9] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Lionblaze:[14] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Birchfall:[9] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Cinderheart:[14] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Whitewing:[9] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Leafpool:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ferncloud:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[18] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Crowfeather:[15] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Brackenfur:[16] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Dustpelt:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cloudtail:[18] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Jayfeather:[15] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Molepaw:[16] Deceased, residence unknown
Thornclaw:[19] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Ashfur:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Elderkit:[21] Deceased, residence unknown
Tulipkit:[21] Deceased, residence unknown
Ravenpaw:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Hollyleaf:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Honeyfern:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[16] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Lilyheart:[22] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Seedpaw:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Breezepelt:[15] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Crowfeather and Nightcloud's kits:[23] Deceased, residence unknown


Thornclaw:[24] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Rainwhisker:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Squirrelflight:[26] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Cinderpelt:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[24] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Cherrypaw:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Chestnutkit:[21] Status unknown


Eaglekit: [28] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Hillkit:[21] Status unknown
Downkit:[21] Status unknown


Firestar:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Deadfoot:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionheart:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sandstorm:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ashfoot:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowpelt:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Frostfur:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Meadowslip:[33] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Wrenflight:[21] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)
Nutmeg:[33] Living (As of Fire and Ice)
Brindleface:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Robinwing:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftbreeze:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Hickorynose:[33] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Stagleap:[21] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Jake:[33] Deceased, residence unknown
Thistleclaw:[33] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Fuzzypelt:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Adderfang:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flashnose:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Palebird:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistmouse:[36] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Robinwing:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftbreeze:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moonflower:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Woollytail:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hareflight:[36] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Fuzzypelt:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Adderfang:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stormtail:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Windflight:[36] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Princess:[37] Living (As of Dawn)
Sorrelpaw:[38] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Morningflower:[21] Living (As of Hollyleaf's Story)


Pigeonpaw:[38] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Onestar:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rabbitkit:[39] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Doespring:[36] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Ryestalk:[36] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Bristlekit:[39] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Flykit:[39] Status unknown

Great-great-great uncles/aunts:

Ferris:[40] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)
Whiskers:[40] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)


Tallstar:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tawnyspots:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thrushpelt:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Finchkit:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dappletail:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Fallowsong:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Daisytoe:[44] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flashnose:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelwhisker:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rooktail:[47] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglestorm:[46] Status unknown


Rabbitleap:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Goosefeather:[48] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sweetbriar:[21] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)

First cousins:

Pouncestep:[49] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Lightleap:[49] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Shadowsight:[49] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Myrtlepaw: [2] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Baypaw: [2] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Second cousins:

Cherryfall:[50] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Molewhisker:[50] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Leafshade:[51] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Honeyfur:[51] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Larksong:[51] Status unknown
Smokehaze:[51] Deceased, verified ghost
Brindlewing:[51] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Applepaw: [2] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Woodpaw: [2] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Distant Ancestors:

Windstar's mother:[52] Deceased, residence unknown
Gorsestar's mother:[53] Status unknown
Windstar's sister:[52] Deceased, residence unknown
Gorsestar:[54] Deceased, residence unknown
Windstar:[54] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Micah's mother:[55] Deceased, residence unknown
Micah:[56] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moth Flight:[57] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Emberkit:[58] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morning Whisker:[59] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dust Muzzle:[59] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Bubbling Stream:[60] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Honey Pelt:[60] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Spider Paw:[60] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Blue Whisker:[61] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Blue Whisker's three unnamed kits:[21] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Flippaw: "I'm glad you're back. Hollytuft said the Sisters wanted to keep you captive forever. She said they were twice the size of normal cats. Were they scary?"
Squirrelflight: "They were nice."
Flippaw: "But they held you hostage."
Squirrelflight: "Yes, but they shared their prey with us and took care of Leafstar's wounded paw."
Flippaw: "Is that why you didn't try to escape?"
Squirrelflight: "Leafstar's injury made it hard to escape, and I wasn't going to leave her."
Flippaw: "But you said they were nice. She would have been okay."
Squirrelflight: "It wouldn't have been right to escape by myself."
—Flippaw badgering Squirrelflight about the Sisters Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 7

Flipclaw: "Should we hunt in the beech grove? I think I smelled a fresh mouse nest there yesterday."
Bramblestar: "Then why didn't you dig it up yesterday?"
Flipclaw: "I'd already caught a squirrel. I thought it could wait."
—Flipclaw and Bramblestar's imposter The Silent Thaw, page 24

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 115
  5. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 189
  6. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 188
  7. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 286
  8. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 219
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  10. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 44
  11. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 127
  12. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 132
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, manga
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 17
  19. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-63
  20. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 42
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 21.13 21.14 21.15 21.16 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  23. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 406
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 62
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 100
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  27. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 95
  28. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 32
  29. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 247
  30. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 211
  31. Revealed in Starlight, page 131
  32. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 99
  33. 33.00 33.01 33.02 33.03 33.04 33.05 33.06 33.07 33.08 33.09 33.10 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 89
  34. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 3
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  36. 36.00 36.01 36.02 36.03 36.04 36.05 36.06 36.07 36.08 36.09 36.10 36.11 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 26
  37. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 111
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 208
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 274
  40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 5
  41. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 6
  42. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 21
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  44. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 4
  45. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 3
  46. 46.0 46.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  47. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  48. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 23
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  50. 50.0 50.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 51.3 51.4 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  52. 52.0 52.1 Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene, page 2
  53. Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene, page 15
  54. 54.0 54.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  55. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 72
  56. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 318
  57. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 189
  58. Revealed in The First Battle, page 194
  59. 59.0 59.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 139
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 321
  61. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, manga

Author references

Logo-thunderclan ThunderClan cats
Leader Squirrelflight
Deputy Lionblaze
Medicine cats JayfeatherAlderheart
Warriors ThornclawWhitewingBirchfallMousewhisker (Baypaw)PoppyfrostCinderheart (Finchpaw)BumblestripeBlossomfallIvypoolCherryfallMolewhiskerLilyheart (Flamepaw)DewnoseStormcloudFernsongSorrelstripeHollytuftSparkpeltHoneyfurLeafshadeTwigbranchFinleapEaglewing (Myrtlepaw)PlumstoneShellfurSnaptoothFlywhiskerSpotfurBristlefrostThriftearFlipclaw
Apprentices BaypawMyrtlepawFlamepawFinchpaw
Queens Daisy
Kits N/A
Elders GraystripeBrackenfurBrightheartCloudtail
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