"When the Clans have a common enemy, we unite to defend ourselves. We have to help those cats!"
— Foxleap to Swoop about the intruders in Sign of the Moon, page 282

Foxleap is a reddish-brown tabby tom[11] with glossy fur[12], auburn paws[13], and a russet-colored muzzle[14].


In the Super Editions

Bramblestar's Storm

Foxleap is first mentioned by Dewpaw, when he is reciting the names of the fallen warriors of the long battle with the Place of No Stars. When prompted by Whitewing, his mentor, Dewpaw recites the names of all his fallen Clanmates, and that Foxleap died of his wounds after the battle. He is again mentioned by Blackstar during a Gathering in which he names the fallen warriors from all Clans.
After the death of his father, Dustpelt, Foxleap is seen with his mother, Ferncloud, and the rest of his deceased siblings, who welcome their father to StarClan. Bramblestar is amazed at the sight, and marvels in their presence, shocked and humbled that these StarClan warriors made their way to the living world to walk with their father as he entered their world.
The ginger tom, Firestar, and many other StarClan cats make an appearance during a Gathering, and it's this appearance that prompts Bramblestar to suggest a new law to the warrior code, so that the four Clans may never have to face such a devastating event alone.

In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Foxkit and Icekit are born to Ferncloud and Dustpelt. When Jaykit, Hollykit, and Lionkit are playing a game with a mouse, Jaykit is thrown onto Foxkit, causing Ferncloud to be very cross with Jaykit. When Firestar decides that Jaykit, Hollykit, and Lionkit can become apprentices, Foxkit and his sister Icekit say good-bye to the three older kits. Later, when the three kits move out of the nursery, Hollypaw teaches Icekit and Foxkit some fighting moves.
When Hollypaw becomes a warrior apprentice, she finds Foxkit and Icekit play fighting. She helps them to counter attack each other.
When Whitewing runs back to camp, telling them that a dog has attacked WindClan, Ferncloud shields both him and Icekit, worried for them. Later, Ferncloud catches a sickness, and is forced to leave the nursery, leaving Daisy to take care of the two kits.
Foxkit and Icekit are then seen being chased by Birchfall and Berrypaw until the cats have to leave for their duties.
During the Daylight Gathering, Foxkit and Icekit have to stay in the ThunderClan camp. Ferncloud orders them to catch her a fly, a beetle, and some moss in order to keep them busy. They leave to find these items, quarreling about who will win.

Dark River

When the fresh-kill pile is low, Foxkit gets a cold and says that he will eat a stale mouse. Daisy says that he and his sister, Icekit, can only eat warm fresh-kill.
The two kits are seen frequently play fighting and running around. When Hollypaw is playing with Cinderpaw after she hurts her leg, he and Icekit ask if they can play too. The game turns into a mock battle and Hollypaw notes that even the kits are ready for battle against WindClan.
Later, when the WindClan kits go missing and everyone blames RiverClan, Foxkit and Icekit are willing to fight, only to be shooed into the nursery by Ferncloud, who says they would only get in other cats' way.


Foxkit and Icekit help Lionpaw to repair the elders' den with brambles. They ask Longtail and Mousefur for a story, and the elders tell the two kits about Tigerstar.
Later, Squirrelflight is chosen as his mentor when he and his sister are apprenticed. The two new apprentices receive their new names of Icepaw and Foxpaw.
When Squirrelflight goes on the patrol to help the Tribe of Rushing Water, Squirrelflight requests to Firestar that Sorreltail should mentor Foxpaw until she gets back.


He returns from a patrol with Brambleclaw, Squirrelflight, and Berrynose. Foxpaw tackles Lionpaw, pretending Lionpaw is a fox. He says he wants to catch a fox all by himself and then Firestar will name him "Foxcatcher." At Honeypaw and Poppypaw's warrior ceremony, he argues with Icepaw, insisting he wants to be called Foxcatcher. This earns them both a scolding from Ferncloud as Firestar is waiting to speak.
He shows off his newly learned skills to Lionpaw, urged on by Icepaw, but Lionpaw sends them away.
When Sol comes to ThunderClan, Icepaw introduces herself and Foxpaw. Whitewing quickly steps in and takes them battle training despite Foxpaw's reluctance. He and Icepaw overhear Leafpool and Jaypaw talking with Sol about the disappearing sun. Jaypaw warns them to keep quiet about it and convinces them that Sol is only spreading gossip.
He helps repair the camp after the WindClan invasion, and later joins the battle patrol with Squirrelflight and Dustpelt. Before they leave, he says goodbye to Ferncloud, who tells him to do as he is ordered.
Foxpaw fetches cobwebs with Lionpaw for Leafpool to treat Squirrelflight's wounds and helps build her a nest.
He boasts about his victory over a RiverClan cat to Icepaw, and teaches Toadkit and Rosekit some battle moves when Lionpaw is too busy to do so.

Long Shadows

Due to Squirrelflight's injury in the battle with WindClan, Sandstorm becomes Foxpaw's temporary mentor until Squirrelflight recovers.
He and Icepaw get some help with the apprentice chores when the ShadowClan apprentices, Flamepaw, Tigerpaw, and Dawnpaw come to ThunderClan with their mother, Tawnypelt. He explains the benefits of the ThunderClan stalking techniques to Tigerpaw.
Foxpaw is affected by the illness in camp though recovers quickly. He is part of the patrol that go out to fetch bedding for the ill cats when they are moved to the Abandoned Twoleg Nest.
When Foxpaw refuses to fetch bedding for the elders, Jayfeather threatens to tell Daisy that Foxpaw was plotting to feed Toadkit rabbit droppings, telling him they were a new kind of berry. Foxpaw is genuinely intimidated by this threat, and wonders how Jayfeather knew; while Icepaw doesn't know what Jayfeather was talking about.
When the forest catches fire, he and Icepaw are led out of camp by their mentors.


Foxpaw and Icepaw are seen cleaning out the elders' den, and later practicing fighting moves outside the apprentices' den.
When he is chosen to go on a border patrol with Sandstorm and Squirrelflight, he is reluctant to go out of fear of WindClan. Squirrelflight gives him a choice between going with them or checking the elders for ticks, and he agrees to go. He is later asked to take Purdy to the elders' den to meet Mousefur and Longtail.
When Sol is brought to ThunderClan, Foxpaw and Icepaw keep close to the more experienced cats. Once Sol is gone, he asks Lionblaze excitedly if it was hard to bring Sol to ThunderClan.
When Honeyfern is killed by the snake, he and Icepaw are sent with Lionblaze to fetch brambles to make a barrier. He voices the fear that Sol summoned the snake to kill Honeyfern, but this is quickly dismissed by Lionblaze. He is the first to scent the three leaders of the other Clans when they arrive at the camp. Later, when Whitewing starts kitting, he alerts Lionblaze and Jayfeather.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Over the next six moons, Foxpaw and his sister Icepaw have become warriors, now known as Foxleap and Icecloud.
On the way to the Gathering, he questions why they are walking all the way around the lake when they could have gone straight across the mud. Cinderheart explains that it is more respectful to take their usual route, to which Foxleap has no reply. He exchanges a glance with Lionblaze when Leopardstar struggles to leap into the branches of the tree at the Gathering.
He speculates about the Great Journey with Rosepetal, saying that he wasn't born then but it was probably exciting. He blames the blocking of the streams that feed the lake on badgers.
When Dovepaw is chosen to go on the journey with Lionblaze, Foxleap and Icecloud question her beside the fresh kill pile, asking her how she knows about the stream and if she had a dream from StarClan. Jayfeather tells them it is between her and Firestar and that they should go and fetch some water for the elders instead of standing around doing nothing. Foxleap hisses in annoyance, but he and Icecloud go.
Foxleap gets excited about it raining when he is about to go on a water patrol. Squirrelflight hisses at him, saying the lake won't fill up with one rainstorm. He is subdued and promises to wash the moss that he dropped when they get to the lake. He is later seen on the patrol with Sandstorm, Icecloud, and Toadstep, that meet Lionblaze and Dovepaw when they return from their journey. He is the first to greet them and is sent ahead to tell the Clan of their return.

Fading Echoes

He is first seen as a part of the patrol who attend the Gathering. On the way there he suggests leaving scent marks in ShadowClan territory as a comeback. Rosepetal instantly agrees with him and Dovepaw notes that she seems to agree with everything he says.
When ShadowClan and WindClan start arguing over boundaries, Foxleap defends ThunderClan from Crowfrost, saying that they saved the lake. Onestar retorts that they all saved the lake and Firestar quickly ends the Gathering before fighting can break out.
He is seen escaping the camp with Thornclaw and Toadstep when the tree falls into the hollow. He later helps with the repairs to the apprentices' den.
In the battle between ThunderClan and ShadowClan he fights Crowfrost and is outnumbered by the ShadowClan warrior and two apprentices, Starlingpaw and Pinepaw who try and separate him from the rest of ThunderClan. He is helped by Ivypaw and Dovepaw who take on the two apprentices, allowing him to regain his balance and tackle Crowfrost. Toadstep joins him and they see the ShadowClan warrior off. They are beckoned by Brackenfur who explains the new plan to them. He helps Toadstep out by pushing Tigerheart away from him and later fights Owlclaw alongside Thornclaw.

Night Whispers

Foxleap loses a claw in the fight with a fox that comes into ThunderClan's camp. When Rosepetal asks him if it hurts, he replies proudly that it only hurts a little.
Later, he asks Lionblaze what his last fighting move against the fox was.

Sign of the Moon

When his sister falls into the tunnel, he is one of the cats called to help. He offers to be the one to help get her out of the tunnel, but she is instead helped out by Dovepaw.
He goes with Jayfeather, Dovewing, and Squirrelflight to the Tribe and is very excited to be chosen to go. He is worried about Dovewing during their journey, and tells her to walk beside him so she won't be scared. When a kittypet threatens the patrol on the way to the mountains, Foxleap wants to attack the hostile cat, but Squirrelflight tells him to keep moving. While in the mountains, he stays very close to Dovewing and promises to protect her. They play fight for a bit before Squirrelflight tells them to stop, and they continue on.
While on a border patrol with Dovewing, Crag, Swoop, and Splash, he convinces them to help some intruders with an eagle. When told to stand back, Foxleap doesn't listen. He jumps on the eagle and is saved by Swoop, who dies in the process. Splash is very quick to blame him, but Crag tells her that blaming Foxleap isn't going to help. For the rest of his time with the Tribe, he looks very sad and wants to go home.

The Forgotten Warrior

Foxleap is first seen coming from a training session with Blossomfall, asking her if she could show him a fighting move.
He later becomes the mentor of Cherrypaw, and helps fight a fox off that attacks his apprentice and her brother, Molepaw. However, due to injuries sustained during the fight with the fox, he cannot train Cherrypaw for a while.
He is seen talking to Hazeltail about how they think Hollyleaf is a killer. During a Clan meeting, Foxleap refers to Cinderheart and Hollyleaf as "the odd ones" in the Clan. Millie tells him not to be so disrespectful towards his Clanmates and he is embarrassed.
When Mousewhisker and Cherrypaw gets a stomachache, he is asked to carry them both with Hazeltail to Jayfeather's den.
After Dovewing and Ivypool finish the tunnel training with Hollyleaf, Bumblestripe and Foxleap invite them to share some fresh-kill. Foxleap informs Dovewing and Ivypool that Cinderheart is staying in Jayfeather's den now. He also wonders if Cinderheart is a medicine cat or a warrior at heart.

The Last Hope

Foxleap first gets yelled at by Jayfeather when he's with Toadstep, both being told that they must go get some comfrey. When Cherrypaw wakes up with Molepaw, she tells him that it's dawn and it was time to wake up, but Foxleap is with Rosepetal and Spiderleg, preparing to train for tree battle. His Clanmate, Berrynose is told to go on the tree battle practice because Firestar is afraid of not being prepard for the cold moons. So when Spiderleg and Rosepetal start leaving, he follows the Berrynose right behind him.
Later, Ivypool sees him hunting and identifies him by his red pelt. She briefly talks to him, and she tells him to gather a patrol to go to the WindClan border, because she said she thought she smelled WindClan scents by the border, and that they'd crossed the stream. Foxleap leaves to go gather some cats. Foxleap comes running towards the border with his patrol and confronts Sunstrike. Brackenfur accuses her Clan of trespassing, he tells them that WindClan has left scent on ThunderClan's side of the border. He and Sunstrike are about to lunge at each other and fight, and Ivypool feels a surge of guilt, not wanting the warriors to attack. Birchfall then arrives, and calls out. Foxleap is taken by surprise, and Birchfall tells him that no cat had crossed the borders. Foxleap remains suspicious and wants to check for WindClan scent on his Clan's territory before they go, he checks every clump of grass before he confirmes no one had been there. He leaves a scent marker and then tells all the cats to come back to the camp. Foxleap and Ivypool talk while they head back to the camp, and he doesn't believe her when she tells him that she only caught a slight scent when she was in the forest.
When Bumblestripe and Dovewing want to go hunting, Dovewing asks Foxleap if he would like to come along. He narrows his eyes and tells them he wants to make sure Blackstar and his patrol cross the border. Foxleap is seen chasing after the patrol when they leave.
Foxleap is practicing battle moves with Toadstep while they wait for their Clanmates to gather for the Gathering. He is sitting beside Lionblaze and Cloudtail as they wait by the thorn tunnel for the rest of the patrol. Foxleap is looking through yesterday's fresh-kill with Toadstep in the clearing.
When ThunderClan is preparing patrols, Foxleap is sent to help and defend RiverClan with Toadstep and Rosepetal. Unfortunately, his apprentice is a messenger and doesn't get to fight with him. When the Dark Forest cats are about to attack, he is seen pushing through Berrynose and Hazeltail.
After the death of Ferncloud, Foxleap and Icecloud mourn the loss of their mother, alongside their father, Dustpelt, who is seen crouching over his deceased mate.

In the Novellas

Hollyleaf's Story

Foxleap is seen with the patrol of cats who chase off the fox that goes after Cherrypaw and Molepaw. He, Brightheart, and Rosepetal end up chasing the fox off, but it makes its way back and goes after the apprentices.

Mistystar's Omen

Foxleap does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen, but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

Foxleap is badly injured after the battle against the Dark Forest, and his brother Birchfall takes him to the medicine den to be treated. Dovewing remembers his mother is Ferncloud, who died during the battle. Leafpool and Spiderleg proceed to pad down crushed leaves into the wound on his belly, but Foxleap lies very still, with the only sign of life being his flickering eyelids. The next day, Jayfeather is changing Foxleap's dressing on his wound. Dovewing asks how he is, and Jayfeather says he's not doing well.
Three days later, he is still healing, lying on his side and eyes closed as Jayfeather changes his dressing, and the stench of the wound is overwhelming as Jayfeather replaces the dressing. Dovewing asks if Foxleap can feel it, but Jayfeather says he can't, as he has had enough poppy seeds to keep him asleep. Jayfeather meows that he wants Foxleap to stay like that until his wound heals, and is sure his duty right now is to Foxleap and the other injured cats. The medicine cat finishes that the reddish tom cannot die, because they have lost too many already. Jayfeather then tells Dovewing to go away, as nothing is more important than saving Foxleap.
Days later, most of the cats wounds are now on their way to being fully healed, with only Foxleap still in danger. Leafpool's and Jayfeather's efforts are in vain though, as Foxleap dies in his sleep. Jayfeather is left in agony over his death, and Dovewing wonders about how Dustpelt will cope with his son's death. Jayfeather growls that StarClan wanted him more than ThunderClan did. In her shocked state, Dovewing spits at Graystripe, saying that Foxleap is dead, and the Dark Forest is not finished with them. Three nights later, Dovewing remembers Foxleap dying from the infection, and thinks there are some wounds that will never heal.


Interesting facts

  • On Kate Cary's blog, she stated that Foxleap and Ivypool would be a couple that might work.[15]
    • Vicky later answered a question on her Facebook page, and she confirmed that Foxleap and Ivypool will not be mates.[16]
    • Vicky has also confirmed that she had once thought Foxleap and Rosepetal might become mates, but after her editor told her they were related she had to do some rewriting.[17]
  • Foxleap was originally going to die in Sign of the Moon.[18]


  • He has been mistakenly called Foxtail several times.[19][20]
  • He was mistakenly called a tawny tabby,[21] fox-red,[22] and russet.[23]

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Dustpelt:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ferncloud:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Larchkit:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hollykit:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Icecloud:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Spiderleg:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Shrewpaw:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birchfall:[28] Living (As of Darkness Within)
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Brindleface:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Robinwing:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Whitestorm:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Fuzzypelt:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Snowfur:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Thistleclaw:[31] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member


Moonflower:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stormtail:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Windflight:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rooktail:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglestorm:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Fallowsong:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Daisytoe:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelwhisker:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Ashfur:[40] Deceased, verified ghost
Ravenpaw:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Frostfur:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cherrypaw:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Chestnutkit:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Elderkit:[30] Deceased, residence unknown
Tulipkit:[30] Deceased, residence unknown


Longtail:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Toadstep:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rosepetal:[43] Deceased, verified ghost
Ivypool:[44] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Dovewing:[44] Living (As of Darkness Within)


Lightleap:[45] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Pouncestep:[45] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Thriftear:[46] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Bristlefrost:[46] Living (As of Darkness Within)


Shadowpaw:[45] Status unknown
Flipclaw:[46] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)

First cousins:

Cinderpelt:[47] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brackenfur:[47] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Brightheart:[48] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Thornclaw:[48] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Foxpaw's apprentice ceremony
Firestar: Squirrelflight, your time for an apprentice is long overdue. You will be mentor to Foxpaw.
Everyone: Foxpaw! Icepaw!
Reference: Outcast, pages 35-36


"Next time we need leaves, I'm sure Brambleclaw will ask you to help!"
―Icekit to Foxkit when he shows off his hunting skills by catching leaves The Sight, page 327

Icepaw: "He'll catch a real fox one day!"
Poppypaw: "Yeah, right."
Foxpaw: "I will catch one; you just wait!"
Poppypaw: "You couldn't catch greencough!"
Foxpaw: "Yes, I could!...I mean, I could catch anything I want."
—Poppypaw teases Foxpaw Eclipse, page 43

"Then a RiverClan warrior tried to leap on top of me, but I rolled out of the way. And I gave him a real nip on his hind leg. I bet he can still feel it."
―Foxpaw to Icepaw about the battle Eclipse, page 286

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"What's Firestar going to do with him?...I think he should rip his pelt off and feed him to the crows."
―Foxpaw's opinions on Sol Sunrise, page 194

Firestar: "In the future—any cat caught on the ice will be severely punished."
Foxleap: "Yeah...By death."
—Foxleap's remark Night Whispers, page 285

Splash: "You'll be snow cats before you know it."
Foxleap: "I'm a snow cat now!"
—Foxleap about getting snow on his fur Sign of the Moon, page 190

"We'll show them. They can't order us around like that!"
―Foxleap about WindClan The Forgotten Warrior, page 137

"Surely we need warriors more than another medicine cat?"
―Foxleap about Cinderheart being a reincarnation of Cinderpelt The Forgotten Warrior, page 245

"I see the odd ones are sticking together."
―Foxleap about Hollyleaf and Cinderheart sitting with each other The Forgotten Warrior, page 246

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, chapter 31
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 35
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 18
  5. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, chapter 6
  6. Revealed in Outcast, pages 35-36
  7. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Outcast, page 114
  9. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
  10. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 49
  11. Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Outcast, page 34
  13. Revealed in The Sight, page 82
  14. Revealed in The Sight, page 248
  15. Revealed on Kate Cary's blog
  16. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  17. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  18. Revealed on The Warriors Official Forum
  19. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 73
  20. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 56
  21. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 285
  22. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 64
  23. Revealed in The Last Hope, chapter 22
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 12
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Starlight, page 265
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 6
  27. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 19
  28. Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  29. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 41
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 30.7 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 327
  32. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  33. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  34. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 19
  35. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  36. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  37. 37.0 37.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  38. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  39. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 4
  40. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 42
  41. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 329
  42. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 8
  44. 44.0 44.1 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  47. 47.0 47.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  48. 48.0 48.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 61-62
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