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"It helps if I remember that I'm more use to my Clan where I am now. Every cat has the potential to be a warrior, but only a few of us can be medicine cats."
— Hawkheart to Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret, page 336

Hawkheart is a stone-gray tom with flecks of darker brown fur,[6] yellow eyes,[7] and graying whiskers.[8]

Hawkheart was a WindClan medicine cat under Heatherstar's leadership in the forest territories. He originally served as a warrior before becoming a medicine cat. He was said to have an unusually strong and rough personality. During an attack on WindClan's camp, Hawkheart violently defended his herbs from Moonflower and he killed her. He mentored Barkpaw as his apprentice, who he later named Barkface, and passed away later on.


In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

"He wondered if Hawkheart was mellowing now that gray whiskers were showing on his muzzle. But he suspected it was Hopkit's warmth that had thawed the stern, old medicine cat."
―Talltail's thoughts Tallstar's Revenge, page 484
After seeing his leader stumble and fall to her knees during her nine lives ceremony, he asks her if she's alright. Daisytail replies she is strong. When StarClan leaves, he tells Heatherstar that they should return to the Moonstone since their ancestors have faded. He then pads down the slope and vanishes into the shadows.
Hawkheart, Heatherstar, and Reedfeather are seen at the bottom of the Meeting Hollow with their breath billowing as they spoke. He then looks up and catches Tallkit's eye and murmurs that their youngest kit was exploring again. Palebird had already warned her son that Hawkheart has little patience for kits. He tells the kit to stay under cover, as he could attract buzzards. Reedfeather tells him not to scare Tallkit before asking Shrewkit what he would be showing Tallkit. Heatherstar warns the two to be careful, and Hawkheart tells them not to come to him if they get a sprained paw.
After Tallkit gets a thorn stuck in his paw, Barkkit is able to pull it out. He expresses interest in becoming a medicine cat, and is going to ask Heatherstar to become Hawkheart's apprentice. Tallkit speculates that Hawkheart will be impressed by the kit's courage, and Barkkit, reassured, goes to ask Heatherstar. She approves, and he is apprenticed to Hawkheart as Barkpaw.
During Tallpaw's apprentice ceremony, he glares at Barkpaw when he is late. Barkpaw apologizes, saying he was sorting herbs. Afterwards, he pads up behind Tallpaw and tells him although he thinks he's been given an easier path, it is a path that leads further away from his kin, and he needs to make sure not to lose his way. Tallpaw promises he won't.
After Shrewpaw teases Tallpaw for having a tunneler father and tells him he'll always be a tunneler, Hawkheart tells the two that everyone chooses their own destinies. Before the Gathering, he tells Whiteberry that he should be resting, but the elder insists that he will go. Barkpaw says that he gave Whiteberry half a pawful of heather blossoms, just like the medicine cat showed him, and Hawkheart murmurs his approval, before asking the elder if it helped. Whiteberry replies that he was fine beforehand, and then limps away.
At the Gathering, he greets Goosefeather and jokingly asks if he's killed anyone. The ThunderClan medicine cat responds that he hasn't on purpose. He scolds Stormtail for letting Moonpaw run her mouth, and she growls that she won't break the truce before stalking off.
He asks to look at Tallpaw's wounds, but the apprentice brushes him off, stating that he killed Brackenwing. Hawkheart scoffs and tells him that WindClan's safety doesn't rest with him alone, and that the others on the patrol aren't blaming him.
After Tallpaw is dragged out of the tunnels by Woollytail, Hawkheart gives him thyme before looking him over. He comments that the wounds aren't deep, and that he'll be fine. He then orders cats to fetch moss so he can clean the mud out of Tallpaw's wounds. As Tallpaw falls asleep, he prods him awake, because he's in shock.
The apprentices are going to the Moonstone, and he lays out the traveling herbs for them. There are two piles, and Tallpaw asks if he eats both, to which Hawkheart responds that he could, but he wouldn't recommend it. Shrewpaw comes in and begins to argue with Tallpaw, but Hawkheart pushes in between them, breaking up the fight. He then pushes the piles towards both cats, and tells them to eat.
Hawkheart and Barkpaw supervise Palebird's kitting, while Plumclaw reassures a nervous Woollytail. Afterwards, Talltail asks if she's okay, and once he and Woollytail are inside, Hawkheart warns them that Palebird is very tired. She asks how she's supposed to feed them all when he gets up to leave, and he assures her that they'll do the work. He also tells her she'll have enough milk to feed them, before walking out.
Hopkit cuts his paw on some sharp stones and is taken to the medicine cat den to be treated. However, he soon gets an infection, and starts burning up. Talltail takes him outside to cool him down, but Hawkheart orders him to take the kit back inside, and says he'll give Hopkit something for the fever he has. He orders Meadowslip out so he can focus on treating her kit.
He also argues with Hopkit when he gets better, telling him he can hunt if he can limp. Hawkheart adds that he can argue his enemy to death, which the kit disputes. Talltail notes that Hopkit may be thawing the stern medicine cat.

Yellowfang's Secret

"I've found my warrior training very useful, and I expect you will too."
―Hawkheart greeting Yellowfang as a medicine cat apprentice Yellowfang's Secret, page 249
Goosefeather halts beside the Moonstone after having led the medicine cats. He nods to each medicine cat as he names them. With an impatient twitch of his tail, Hawkheart mutters to Goosefeather to get on with the ceremony. The ThunderClan medicine cat glares at him, but performs the medicine cat apprentice ceremony. He sits a couple tail-lengths away with the other medicine cats as Featherpaw's ceremony progresses.
He is at the Moonstone when Yellowfang goes with Sagewhisker to become a medicine cat apprentice. He is supportive of the ShadowClan cat, telling her that he was once a warrior as well and that he had always found his warrior training to be useful as a medicine cat, something that surprises Yellowfang.
Hawkheart repeats this advice when Yellowfang goes to the Moonstone with her mentor to become a full medicine cat.
Hawkheart shows Yellowfang a friendly attitude once more when she goes to the Moonstone without Sagewhisker, comparing experiences of when his experience as a warrior has helped him to heal wounds. He states that he enjoys being a medicine cat, and that having his position set him apart from the warriors as only a select few cats can be medicine cats.
He is later with his apprentice, Barkpaw. Yellowfang and her apprentice Runningpaw greet them warmly.

Crookedstar's Promise

Hawkheart is at a Gathering when Bluepaw is introducing the medicine cats, and explains her scorn to Crookedpaw, since the harsh medicine cat had killed her mother, Moonflower, in a battle between ThunderClan and WindClan.
At another Gathering much later on, Pinestar throws a veiled challenge at the other Clans, stating his Clan's boundaries were secure, Hawkheart calls out that WindClan had stuck to their side of the borders.

Bluestar's Prophecy

"Well, if it isn't the kit-warrior. Are you an apprentice at last?"
―Hawkheart to Bluepaw Bluestar's Prophecy, page 156
When Bluepaw helps drag the wounded Leopardpaw away from the battle between ThunderClan and WindClan, Hawkheart sees how small she is, and sarcastically gasps that ThunderClan had brought kits. Bluepaw protests that she wasn't a kit; Hawkheart stalks toward her threateningly, and prepares to attack her, knowing that she was too young to be able to defeat him. Heatherstar, WindClan's leader, stops him, telling him he needs to help the injured cats. Just then, the ThunderClan cats break into the medicine den to destroy his herbs. Hawkheart is forced to leave, and Bluepaw escapes, unharmed. She is unsure of whether Hawkheart was really a medicine cat or not until Swiftbreeze, a ThunderClan warrior, says that he had been the fiercest warrior in WindClan until StarClan called him to become a medicine cat.
Hawkheart is seen attacking Bluepaw's mother, Moonflower, as she appears from his den. He leaps on her and flings her across the blood slicked clearing by the throat, killing her. When Bluepaw says that Moonflower should not have died, Hawkheart claims the apprentice's mother destroyed the medicine supplies, and that was reason enough to kill her. When Bluepaw says that StarClan gave Goosefeather, the ThunderClan medicine cat, a sign that they had to attack, Hawkheart snorts and mockingly asks that they'd risk so much on his word.
At a Gathering a few moons later, he taunts Bluepaw, calling her a kit-warrior. As she gets enflamed, Sunfall, the ThunderClan deputy, tells Bluepaw that StarClan will be the one to judge him for his actions.
During another Gathering, when Crookedpaw, an apprentice of RiverClan, asks why Bluepaw says Hawkheart's name so hatefully, she tells him that Hawkheart killed her mother.

In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

During the battle between ThunderClan and WindClan in WindClan camp, Hawkheart streaks across the damaged camp and crouches at the entrance of his medicine den. Two warriors of each Clan have entered his den, and the medicine cat lashes his tail as if he is waiting for prey. Moonflower bursts out of the den and Hawkheart lunges at her, hurling her off her paws. He springs onto the she-cat and sinks her teeth into the warrior's neck. Moonflower manages to struggle free and smacks Hawkheart's muzzle, but the tom shrugs her off as if it was a fly. He grabs Moonflower by the throat and throws her across the grass, killing her.
Hawkheart justifies himself but saying that Moonflower was trying to destroy his medicine supply. That to him is a good enough reason. He exits the medicine den and crouches not far from Moonflower's body. Bluepaw reveals that Goosefeather said that StarClan wanted them to fight the battle, and Hawkheart gives a harsh huff. He sarcastically asks if they risked so much on Goosefeather's word. The medicine cat lashes his tail before stalking away, hunching himself against the rain. Bluepaw asks what he means.

Goosefeather's Curse

Hawkpaw: "Why did I have to wait until I was six moons until you apprenticed me? Didn't StarClan send you a sign about me?"
Chiveclaw: "You became my apprentice when it was right for you. Now be quiet and close your eyes. Make sure you touch the Moonstone with your muzzle, remember."
—Hawkpaw and Chiveclaw Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 4
Hawkpaw is the apprentice of the WindClan medicine cat Chiveclaw. He is seen on Goosepaw’s first visit to the Moonstone, demanding to know why he had to wait until he was six moons old to be made an apprentice. Chiveclaw sighs and tells Hawkpaw that he was made an apprentice when the time was right. He is then told to be quiet, close his eyes and make sure his muzzle touches the Moonstone.
When Goosefeather is given his full name, Hawkpaw, now Hawkheart, is seen nodding to welcome the new medicine cat.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

It is mentioned on Pinestar's page that the attack of WindClan's camp was as bloody as Pinestar feared, with the death of Moonflower in the claws of warrior-turned-medicine cat, Hawkheart.

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Hawkheart has killed:



Interesting facts

  • He was originally described as mottled dark brown,[7] before his description was changed to his current stone-gray with flecks of darker brown.[6]

Author statements

  • Vicky stated during the Erin Hunter Chat 7 that Hawkheart likely went to the Dark Forest.[10] However, in a Facebook post in 2014, she indicated that Hawkheart was probably in StarClan.[11]


  • Hawkheart is mistakenly referred to as a she-cat in the preview of Yellowfang's Secret available in the back of Enter the Clans.[12] This error is corrected in the official release of the novel.[13]
  • He was mistakenly described as gray-brown[14] and mottled gray.[3]
  • Although he has been said to be a warrior before he became a medicine cat,[15] he is shown as a medicine cat apprentice with the suffix of -paw,[16] and was said to be apprenticed to Chiveclaw at six moons.[2]
  • In Goosefeather's Curse, Heatherstar is listed as leader of WindClan while Hawkheart is still a medicine cat apprentice.[16] However, in the prologue of Tallstar's Revenge, Hawkheart has his full medicine cat name during Heatherstar's nine lives ceremony.[17]


"He used to be the fiercest warrior in WindClan till StarClan called him to be a medicine cat."
―Swiftbreeze about Hawkheart Bluestar's Prophecy, page 130

Bluepaw: "And that's Hawkheart."
Crookedpaw: "Don't you like him?"
Bluepaw: "He killed my mother."
—Bluepaw and Crookedpaw about Hawkheart at a Gathering Bluestar's Prophecy, page 161

"Then there's Hawkheart of WindClan. He can sound gruff, but he's a good cat."
―Yellowfang to Runningpaw about Hawkheart Yellowfang's Secret, page 363

"Palebird had told him to stay away from the gray-brown tom; he had little patience for kits."
―Narrator about Hawkheart Tallstar's Revenge, page 7

Hopkit: "Hawkheart? If Heatherstar says I can't become a warrior, do you think I could become a medicine cat?"
Hawkheart: "No. You're too fidgety. Besides, WindClan doesn't need another medicine cat."
Hopkit: "But how can I be a warrior with this?"
Hawkheart: "You can walk on it, can't you?"
Hopkit: "I can limp."
Hawkheart: "If you can limp, you can walk. If you can walk, you can hunt."
Hopkit: "What about fighting? What if I can't fight?"
Hawkheart: "Then you'll just have to argue your enemies to death. You're great at arguing."
Hopkit: "No, I'm not."
—Hawkheart and Hopkit Tallstar's Revenge, pages 483-484

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 129
  4. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 366
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 484
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 156
  10. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  11. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  12. Page 1 of the preview in Enter the Clans
  13. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 1
  14. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 55
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 130
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  17. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 2