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"I can't believe you said that! Breezepelt is just as loyal to WindClan as any of you—maybe more. Like you said, he was with [Nightcloud] in the tunnels, putting his life on the line for all of us—and where were you?"
— Heathertail standing up for Breezepelt against Crouchfoot in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 9

Heathertail is a lithe,[8] light brown tabby she-cat[9] with wide,[10] smoky,[11] heather-blue eyes,[12] and sleek,[13] soft, and thick fur.[14]

Heathertail is a WindClan warrior under Onestar's and Harestar's leaderships in the lake territories. She was born as the sole kit of Whitetail and Onestar, and she was apprenticed as Heatherpaw to Crowfeather. She formed a close bond with a ThunderClan apprentice, Lionpaw, and they often met in the tunnels, but ultimately, Lionpaw ended his meetings with her. To prevent a battle amongst their Clans, Breezepaw, Lionpaw, and his siblings rescued Gorsetail's kits from the flooding tunnels, and afterwards, Heatherpaw ended things with Lionpaw, only being loyal to her Clan. After earning her warrior name, Heathertail mentored Furzepelt, and following the Great Battle, she defended Breezepelt from her Clanmates. Heathertail became mates with Breezepelt and had two kits, Smokekit and Brindlekit, and later had Applekit and Woodkit.


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Power of Three

"Go, and don't come back, you can take the catmint. I've no quarrel with ThunderClan; I don't want to see cats suffer, whatever you might think. Just be careful you don't end up a bully like your kin, Tigerstar."
―Heathertail to Lionblaze Long Shadows, page 248
Heatherpaw is a WindClan apprentice. Her mentor is Crowfeather, and she befriends Breezepaw, a fellow apprentice. At a Gathering, Heatherpaw warms up to Lionpaw, a ThunderClan apprentice. They agree to meet in secret to play, and Heatherpaw discovers the tunnels underneath their territory. They create DarkClan, an imaginary Clan, and pretend to be leader and deputy. Tigerstar and Hawkfrost convince Lionpaw to stop meeting with Heatherpaw if he wants to be a loyal warrior, and Lionpaw breaks off their friendship. However, Sedgekit, Swallowkit and Thistlekit follow Heatherpaw and are lost. Together with Hollypaw, Jaypaw, and Breezepaw, the pair find the kits, and Heatherpaw agrees to stop meeting with Lionpaw.
Whitetail is assigned her temporary mentor when Crowfeather and Breezepaw leave for the mountains. During a battle between the Clans, WindClan attacks from the tunnels, and Lionpaw accuses Heatherpaw of breaking their secret. She is horrified when he almost kills Crowfeather, and Lionpaw begins to dream of killing her much to his horror. She earns her warrior name, Heathertail, and confronts Lionblaze when he sneaks into WindClan territory to gather catmint. She sternly allows him to pass and warns him about becoming like Tigerstar.

Omen of the Stars

"And Jayfeather murdered Flametail! And you've been crossing our boundaries and stealing our prey!"
―Heathertail during the battle in the tunnels The Forgotten Warrior, page chapter 25
Heathertail now has an apprentice, Furzepaw. Heathertail and Breezepelt escort Dovepaw and Ivypaw back to their camp when the two apprentices are caught sneaking into WindClan's camp to see Sedgewhisker. She snaps at Breezepelt for being too verbally harsh with the apprentices and scorns Lionblaze for his apprentice's behavior. She is openly angry at Lionblaze and ThunderClan, and she later participates in the raid against ThunderClan in the tunnels with Sol. Soon after, Heathertail accuses Jayfeather of murdering Flametail, ShadowClan's medicine cat. Her apprentice earns her warrior name, Furzepelt, and Heathertail participates in the Great Battle.

A Vision of Shadows

Heathertail and Breezepelt are now mates, and she has given birth to their daughters, Smokekit and Brindlekit. They become apprentices, and her former apprentice, Furzepelt, dies from an attack by Darktail's group. Heathertail, with the rest of WindClan, learns of Onestar's former affair with a kittypet named Smoke and the truth about Darktail, a ruthless rogue that was terrorizing the Clans, as well as her half-brother. Her daughters later become warriors with the names Smokehaze and Brindlewing.

The Broken Code

She and Breezepelt have another litter, Applekit and Woodkit, who once are apprenticed, are mentored by their older sisters, Smokehaze and Brindlewing. During a battle against the Clans instigated by Bramblestar's impostor, her daughter, Smokehaze, is killed, and becomes a ghost.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Heathertail's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Crowfeather caught a questioning look from Nightcloud, and responded with a nod. Yes, this will be the mother of our son's kits. Breezepelt was lucky, he reflected, to have such a strong warrior in his life, so loyal to him and to their Clan."
―Crowfeather's thoughts about Heathertail Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 32
In Crowfeather's Trial, Heathertail is a prominent supporter of Breezepelt when his Clanmates outcast him and accuse him of killing Nightcloud, his mother. Breezepelt saves Heathertail from the stoats while searching for Nightcloud. She, Breezepelt, Gorsetail, Crowfeather, and Hootpaw search for Nightcloud in the Twolegplace and rescue her from a Twoleg nest. She was the one who came up with the idea to ask the kittypets when Crowfeather overlooked that simple fact. However, Heathertail was supposed to be keeping watch over camp, and the stoats attack WindClan's camp during the night. Onestar, who has lost a life, scolds her for leaving her post and had feared her dead but eventually forgives her. She participates in the battle against the stoats with ThunderClan, and Nightcloud allows her to stay with Breezepelt when he's gravely injured. Crowfeather and Nightcloud are proud of Breezepelt's choice of a mate and suspect that there will be new kits soon.

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Whitetail:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Onestar:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Darktail:[15] Deceased, no residence


Unnamed kits:[16] Deceased, residence unknown


Breezepelt:[17] Living (As of River)


Smokehaze:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brindlewing:[5] Living (As of River)
Appleshine:[17] Living (As of River)
Woodsong:[17] Living (As of River)
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Ashfoot:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morningflower:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Wrenflight:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stagleap:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Palebird:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistmouse:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Woollytail:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hareflight:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Bristlebark:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flytail:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rabbitear:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Doespring:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ryestalk:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tallstar:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Finchkit:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member

First cousins:

Gorsepaw:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Storkkit:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Quailkit:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Crowfeather:[27] Living (As of River)
Eaglekit:[28][29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hillkit:[30][29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Downkit:[30][29] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Second cousins:

Tornear:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mudclaw:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Breezepelt:[31] Living (As of River)
Jayfeather:[32] Living (As of River)
Lionblaze:[32] Living (As of River)
Hollyleaf:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Distant ancestors:

Windstar:[33][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Gorsestar:[33][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dust Muzzle:[33][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Emberkit:[33][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morning Whisker:[33][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moth Flight:[33][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Micah:[35][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Honey Pelt:[36][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spider Paw:[36][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bubbling Stream:[36][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Blue Whisker:[36][34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Three unnamed kits:[37][34] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision comic)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender unknown



Interesting facts

  • Prior to the release of The Fourth Apprentice, Heathertail was still in love with Lionblaze. At the time, she harbored no romantic feelings towards Breezepelt, but their relationship was more complex than just friends.[38] However, after Fading Echoes was released, it was revealed that Heathertail no longer cares for Lionblaze.[39]

Author statements

  • After the release of Bramblestar's Storm, it was revealed that during the gap between that book and The Apprentice's Quest, Heathertail and Breezepelt had become mates,[blog 1] and Kate believes that it is because they wanted to redeem Breezepelt, and help him become the happy, loyal, and true warrior that he should have been.[blog 2]
  • Kate thinks that Heathertail was lying about Sedgekit boasting about the tunnels,[blog 3] although Vicky believes she was telling the truth.[40]


  • Heathertail was mistakenly described as gray.[41]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook, Heathertail's older siblings are Willowclaw, Emberfoot, Rustlepaw, a golden tabby tom with a white belly and chest and green eyes, and Drizzlepaw, a speckled brown-and-white she-cat with amber eyes.[42]


"This is Breezepaw. He's our newest apprentice though you couldn't tell it from his manner. He's been trying to boss the other apprentices since he went from a 'kit to a 'paw. Don't worry, Breezepaw, you'll be a warrior before you know it, and then you can boss all of the apprentices around. He thinks I have to do what he says because his father, Crowfeather, is my mentor."
―Heatherpaw introducing Breezepaw at a Gathering The Sight, page 137

Heatherpaw: "Isn't it brilliant? It'll be like our own camp! We could be DarkClan. I'll be the leader and you can be my deputy!"
Lionpaw: "Deputy? What if I want to be leader?"
Heatherpaw: "I found the place, so I'm the leader!"
Lionpaw: "Okay, Heatherstar. What's the plan?"
—Heatherpaw and Lionpaw playing in the tunnels Dark River, pages 77-78

Heatherpaw: "I name you Lionclaw, warrior of DarkClan! Congratulations. But first you have to prove yourself a warrior by outrunning me!"
Lionpaw: "That's not fair! WindClan cats are really fast; everyone knows that."
Heatherpaw: "If you want to be a DarkClan warrior, you've got to be as fast as me."
Lionpaw: "In that case, you've got to prove you're as strong as me!"
Heatherpaw: "Hey! That's cheating! You didn't warn me!"
Lionpaw: "The leader of DarkClan must be prepared for anything."
—Heatherpaw and Lionpaw playing in the tunnels Dark River, page 114

"Under all those trees and closed in by stone walls? No, thanks! Besides, we don't need to live in the same Clan when we've got this cave all to ourselves."
―Heatherpaw to Lionpaw when she's asked to join ThunderClan Dark River, page 115

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"I think you're great, Heatherpaw. But you need to find someone in your own Clan. I need to be the best warrior I can be, and I can't do that if I'm here every night."
―Lionpaw to Heatherpaw Dark River, page 241

"Oh, Lionpaw, what have we done?"
―Heatherpaw to Lionpaw Dark River, page 290

Heathertail: "Will you stop making that noise!"
Breezepelt: "Do you want to make them feel welcome?"
Heathertail: "I think they got the message from Onestar, they don't need you snarling at them all the way to the hollow. They're just apprentices."
Breezepelt: "It'll teach them not to do it again."
Heathertail: "Just shut up! No one died and made you leader."
—Heathertail arguing with Breezepelt Fading Echoes, pages 67-68

"They're fleabags who are trespassing on our territory. Leave now, or fight."
―Heathertail to Ivypool The Forgotten Warrior, page chapter 2

Crowfeather: "You know, Heathertail isn't listening. You don't have to act tough."
Breezepelt: "Are you trying to tell me you’ve never done the same?"
Crowfeather: "Well...I can't remember a specific time. But I'm sure I must have acted tough to impress a she-cat at some point."
Breezepelt: "I feel guilty, thinking only of Heathertail and my feelings for her. There's so much else going on in the Clan, and we've lost Nightcloud..."
Crowfeather: "Maybe that means you truly love Heathertail. There's nothing wrong with that...You'll be okay, provided you make less of a mess of things than I did."
Breezepelt: "That wouldn't be hard!"
—Breezepelt and Crowfeather about Heathertail Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 16

Crowfeather: "I'm sorry for the way I behaved before, Heathertail. I'm sure you're figuring out...I'm not always the easiest cat."
Heathertail: "Well, I enjoy a challenge sometimes. Breezepelt isn't always easy, either."
—Heathertail forgiving Crowfeather Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 22

Onestar: "Heathertail, when I couldn't find you after the battle, I thought the stoats had gotten you. How do you think I felt then?"
Heathertail: "I'm sorry. But I had to go. I wanted to help."
Onestar: "That's very noble. But it doesn't excuse any of you from breaking the warrior code. You could have cost cats' lives by not being here. You did cost one cat's life. Mine."
—Onestar when he's reunited with Heathertail Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 25

"Some of us have explored and played and battled for our lives in the web of tunnels coiled below our new home. Cats in other Clans know our secret—Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf. But it was all a terrible mistake. I never should've followed my curiosity belowground, out of the safety of daylight and fresh, clean air. I risked everything because I was in love with Lionblaze. But my discovery nearly carried us to StarClan—and the games we played ended up breaking our hearts."
―Heathertail about her time in the tunnels Battles of the Clans, page 68

"I don't think Heatherpaw was guilty for anything but selfishness; she stayed loyal to her Clan, although luckily she never had to face her friend on the other side of a battle."
―Rock about Heathertail Cats of the Clans, page 56

External links


  1. Heathertail's kit name, Heatherkit, has only ever been revealed on the Warrior Cats website.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  3. Heathertail's profile on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  4. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 248
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  6. Revealed in Outcast, page 140
  7. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Dark River, page 42
  9. Revealed in The Sight, page 135
  10. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 417
  11. Revealed in Dark River, page 11
  12. Revealed in The Sight, page 136
  13. Revealed in The Sight, page 348
  14. Revealed in Dark River, page 115
  15. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 259
  16. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 258
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 26
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 274
  23. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 6
  24. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 21
  25. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 208
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  27. Revealed in Starlight, page 131
  28. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 2
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
  31. Revealed in The Sight, page 118
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 290
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 Revealed in The First Battle, page 139
  34. 34.00 34.01 34.02 34.03 34.04 34.05 34.06 34.07 34.08 34.09 34.10 34.11 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  35. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 318
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 321
  37. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision comic
  38. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  39. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  40. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  41. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 161
  42. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook

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