"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,[4] dark[3] tabby tom with amber eyes.[4]

Gorseclaw was an ancient member of ThunderClan. He was born to Birdflight and Cloudstar as Gorsekit in SkyClan’s home in the forest territories, along with his littermate, Spottedkit. When SkyClan’s territory was destroyed by Twolegs, and the other Clan leaders refused to give SkyClan any of their territory, Gorsekit, Spottedkit, and Birdflight were accepted into ThunderClan as the kits were too young. Gorsekit grew up in ThunderClan and received the name of Gorseclaw, later ascending to StarClan. Gorseclaw, Spottedpelt, and Birdflight were finally reunited with Cloudstar at Leafstar's leadership ceremony when Firestar revived SkyClan.


In the Super Editions

Firestar's Quest

"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
When SkyClan is banished from the forest 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 member, 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 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.

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.

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Birdflight:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cloudstar:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Spottedpelt:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Distant relatives:
Spottedleaf:[6] Deceased, no residence
Tigerstar:[6] Deceased, no residence
Leopardfoot:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistkit:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Nightkit:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hawkfrost:[8] Deceased, no residence
Mothwing:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Tadpole:[8] Deceased, residence unknown
Bramblestar:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Tawnypelt:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flametail:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Dawnpelt:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelflight:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Leafpool:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionblaze:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Hollyleaf:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Jayfeather:[13] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Patchpelt:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Longtail:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowpelt:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[16] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Stormfur:[17] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Feathertail:[17] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Briarlight:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bumblestripe:[18] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Blossomfall:[18] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
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] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cinderheart:[20] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Poppyfrost:[20] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Lilyheart:[21] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Seedpaw:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cherryfall:[22] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Molewhisker:[22] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Lark That Sings at Dawn:[23] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Pine That Clings to Rock:[23] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Hollytuft:[24] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Sorrelstripe:[24] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Fernsong:[24] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Leafshade:[25] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Honeyfur:[25] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Larksong:[25] Status unknown
Pouncestep:[26] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Lightleap:[26] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Shadowsight:[26] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Bristlefrost:[27] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Thriftear:[27] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flipclaw:[27] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flamepaw:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flickerkit:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Finchpaw:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Baypaw:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Myrtlepaw:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

  • He is noted to bear a striking resemblance to Tigerstar.[4]
  • On the Warriors website family tree, Gorseclaw is depicted with scars.[30]

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 4.3 4.4 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, pages 496-497
  5. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Honest Answer
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Return to the Clans, pages 2-3
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 21-22
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  14. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  15. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  16. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  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, 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
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  29. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 253
  30. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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