"These are your children. Though they were too small to make the journey with SkyClan, and grew up in ThunderClan instead, Spottedpelt and Gorseclaw have chosen to walk these skies with me in honor of their SkyClan ancestors."
Birdflight reuniting her kits with Cloudstar in Firestar's Quest, page 496

Gorseclaw is a broad-shouldered,[5] scarred[4] dark[3] tabby tom with amber eyes.[5]


In the Super Editions

Firestar's Quest

When SkyClan is banished from their territory, Birdflight is worried that he and her other kit wouldn't survive their exile. When Kestrelwing, the ThunderClan medicine cat, invites Birdflight and her kits to join ThunderClan, she agrees.
Gorseclaw, now a StarClan warrior, later appears with SkyClan's warrior ancestors during Leafdapple's leader ceremony with Spottedpelt and Birdflight, finally reunited with their father, Cloudstar. Firestar notes that he looks extremely similar to Tigerstar.

SkyClan's Destiny

Gorseclaw is briefly mentioned when Leafstar sees the ancestors of SkyClan at a Gathering.
Gorseclaw is seen with his family, Cloudstar, Birdflight, and Spottedpelt. Birdflight touches noses with him and his sister.

In the Field Guides

Battles of the Clans

Fawnstep has a vision of SkyClan leaving the forest, and she mentions to Cloudstar that she saw him giving his kits to ThunderClan.

The Ultimate Guide

Although not mentioned by name, it is mentioned on Cloudstar and Skywatcher's page that when SkyClan had to leave the forest to find a new home, Birdflight had to stay behind with their newborn kits, Spottedkit and Gorsekit.

In the Novellas

Cloudstar's Journey

He is first seen when he and his sister are born to Birdflight and Cloudstar, the current leader of SkyClan.
When SkyClan are driven out, he and his sister are deemed too young to make the journey to find a new territory. With much protesting, his father Cloudstar eventually agrees to let them stay behind, and he, his sister, and his mother are invited to join ThunderClan by their current medicine cat, Kestrelwing.


Interesting facts

  • He is noted to bear a striking resemblance to Tigerstar.[5]

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Official art

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Birdflight:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cloudstar:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Spottedpelt:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Distant relatives:
Spottedleaf:[7] Deceased, no residence
Tigerstar:[7] Deceased, no residence
Leopardfoot:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistkit:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Nightkit:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hawkfrost:[9] Deceased, no residence
Mothwing:[9] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Tadpole:[9] Deceased, residence unknown
Bramblestar:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Tawnypelt:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Flametail:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[11] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Dawnpelt:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelflight:[13] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Leafpool:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionblaze:[14] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollyleaf:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Jayfeather:[14] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Patchpelt:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Longtail:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowpelt:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[4] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Stormfur:[17] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Feathertail:[17] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Briarlight:[18] Deceased, residence unknown
Bumblestripe:[18] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Blossomfall:[18] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Sorreltail:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Honeyfern:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Molepaw:[20] Status unknown
Cinderheart:[20] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Poppyfrost:[20] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Lilyheart:[21] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Seedpaw:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cherryfall:[22] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Molewhisker:[22] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Lark That Sings at Dawn:[23] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Pine That Clings to Rock:[23] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Hollytuft:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Sorrelstripe:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Fernsong:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Leafshade:[25] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Honeyfur:[25] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Larksong:[25] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Lightleap:[26] Status unknown
Pouncekit:[26] Status unknown
Shadowkit:[26] Status unknown


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"Gorseclaw was a broad-shouldered tabby tom with glowing amber eyes; Firestar's belly churned at the likeness to his old enemy, Tigerstar. Birdflight had said the two cats had grown up in Firestar's own Clan. Did that mean that SkyClan's blood ran in ThunderClan? Were Spottedleaf and Tigerstar both descended from Cloudstar?"
—Firestar's thoughts on Gorseclaw Firestar's Quest, pages 496-497

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 265
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 496
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 10
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, pages 496-497
  6. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Honest Answer
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Return to the Clans, pages 2-3
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 21-22
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  16. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 223
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 158
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 2
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page manga
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
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