"I like to remember [Pebbleshine]. And it's easier now that I have found you both. She was the kindest, sweetest cat I've ever known, and I miss her every day. But missing her doesn't have to feel so sad anymore because I have part of her with me."
— Hawkwing to Violetpaw and Twigpaw in Darkest Night, page 54

Hawkwing is a big,[7] dark gray[1] tabby[8] tom with yellow eyes.[1]

Hawkwing is the current deputy of SkyClan under the leadership of Leafstar. He is the son of Sharpclaw, a former deputy, and Cherrytail, alongside his littermates, Blossomheart, Cloudmist, and Duskpaw. As an apprentice, Hawkpaw was mentored by Ebonyclaw, and blamed himself for his brother's death. He earned his warrior name, Hawkwing, and met Darktail, who he befriended. However, Darktail betrayed him and he and his rogues drove SkyClan from their home. While on their journey to find the other Clans, Hawkwing became mates with Pebbleshine, but she was carried away in a Twoleg monster. He raised Plumwillow's litter until their father, Sandynose, returned.

After his apprentice, Curlypaw, left the Clan to become a kittypet and Waspwhisker was captured, Hawkwing was appointed deputy and he helped lead SkyClan to the lake. Twigpaw discovered SkyClan and led them back to the lake. Hawkwing also discovered that Twigpaw and Violetpaw are his daughters. He helped Leafstar lead the Clan through the ShadowClan-SkyClan conflict and firmly established their place at the lake.


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A Vision of Shadows

"I will always save you if I can. I just wish I had been around to save your mother."
—Hawkwing after saving Violetpaw on a Thunderpath Darkest Night, page 93
Hawkwing is the deputy of SkyClan as his Clan journeys to find the other Clans. Twigpaw, following the signs of Alderheart's dreams, finds the struggling Clan and brings them back to ThunderClan. Hawkwing realizes that Twigpaw and Violetpaw are his and Pebbleshine's lost daughters, and he lovingly reunites with them. Hawkwing becomes close to his daughters, as they had always desired to have a relationship with family.
After driving out Darktail, Hawkwing encourages his daughters to join SkyClan, and finds himself relating more with Violetpaw through their shared grief caused by Darktail. He leads a journey to find their missing Clanmates and return them back to SkyClan. Twigpaw leaves to return to ThunderClan, and Hawkwing promises to remain in touch. He helps settle in his Clan in their new territory and manage the growing tensions between the ShadowClan cats when the two Clans merge. Hawkwing participates in the conflict with ShadowClan, and leads his Clan briefly back to the gorge until the other Clans bring them back.

The Broken Code

"We can try countless times, but we don't know where the water begins...or whether it's frozen solid."
—Hawkwing after their attempts to break the ice at the Moonpool fail Lost Stars, page 195
His daughter has given birth to Tree's kits, Needlekit and Rootkit. He and the other deputies organize their warriors to try to push a large rock onto the ice covering the Moonpool. However, their results prove fruitless. He stands by Leafstar and SkyClan when Bramblestar's impostor starts a tyrannical rule of ThunderClan.

Super Editions

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"As long as I'm alive, SkyClan will never be exiled. We will always survive!"
—Hawkwing thinking about SkyClan Hawkwing's Journey, page 169
In Hawkwing's Journey, Hawkpaw is a SkyClan apprentice under the mentorship of Ebonyclaw. He is son of Sharpclaw and Cherrytail, along with his littermates Duskpaw, Cloudpaw and Blossompaw. Duskpaw dies from smoke inhalation after trying to steal some Twoleg food, and Hawkpaw blames himself horribly for his brother's death, and his father's distance doesn't help him cope any better. After the vigil, Leafstar gives him his warrior name, Hawkwing, along with his siblings Cloudmist and Blossomheart. He encounters Darktail who is accepted into SkyClan, as they assume he's apart of a prophecy that Echosong received.
Hawkwing, Billystorm, Waspwhisker, Pebblepaw, and Blossomheart go on a journey to find the Clans at the lake under Darktail's instructions. Before they get very far, badgers attack on them, and Billystorm dies during the battle. Hawkwing becomes furious, exploding on Darktail for leading them to Billystorm's death. When the rogues lead a night attack on SkyClan, Darktail reveals his true nature, and SkyClan is scattered as they're driven out of the gorge. Several of Hawkwing's Clanmates are lost or are killed, including his father. The remaining cats of SkyClan begin their journey to try to find the other Clans.
Hawkwing becomes mates with Pebbleshine, and she reveals she is expecting his kits. He loses her tragically after she get trapped in a monster. Hawkwing, heartbroken, turns to other cats for comfort as they continue their travels. Plumwillow asks him to be an adoptive father to her kits, since her mate Sandynose had disappeared after a battle. He lovingly raises Finkit, Reedkit, and Dewkit with her until their father returns. He also mentors Curlypaw until she leaves to become a kittypet. After Waspwhisker is taken away by Twolegs, Leafstar appoints Hawkwing as the next SkyClan deputy. He helps lead the Clan on the remainder of their journey. The meaning of Echosong's final prophecy is revealed to Hawkwing and Leafstar: streaks of "blood" across the sky, leading them to the Clans.


Author statements

  • Kate Cary has said Hawkwing does not favor Violetshine over Twigbranch, but instead just has more of an affinity with Violetshine.[blog 1]

Interesting facts

  • He has kittypet blood through his parents. [9][10]


  • He was called Hawkwing before his warrior ceremony,[11] and called Hawkpaw after his warrior ceremony.[3]
  • He was mistakenly called Hawkheart.[12]
  • He was mistakenly described with amber eyes.[13]
  • He is shown as a solid-colored cat with a lighter muzzle in the manga of Hawkwing's Journey.[14]
  • He was mistakenly called Hawking.[15]
  • He is mistakenly listed as a member of RiverClan on the official tree.[16]

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Hawkwing has killed:


Hawkwing's warrior ceremony
Leafstar: Cats of SkyClan, today we have gathered together for one of the most important events in the life of a Clan. The making of new warriors. Plumwillow, Bouncefire, Ebonyclaw, have your apprentices learned the skills of a warrior? And do they understand the importance of the warrior code in the life of a Clan?
Plumwillow: Cloudpaw has worked hard to understand all that.
Hawkpaw: I do.
Leafstar: [...] Hawkpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Plumwillow: And Hawkpaw.
Leafstar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Hawkpaw, from this moment you will be known as Hawkwing. StarClan honors your courage and your bravery, and we welcome you as a full warrior of SkyClan.
Reference: Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 3

Hawkwing's deputy ceremony
Leafstar: I speak these words before StarClan, that the spirits of our warrior ancestors may hear and approve my choice. Hawkwing will be the new deputy of SkyClan.
Reference: Hawkwing's Journey, page 379


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 21
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 30
  4. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 182
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 379
  6. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 234
  7. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 376
  8. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 151
  9. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 215
  10. Revealed in the Warriors App
  11. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 26
  12. Revealed on HarperCollins' Catalog page
  13. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 196
  14. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, manga
  15. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 125
  16. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  17. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 264
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