"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 in Long Shadows, page 248

Heathertail is a sleek,[7] soft and thick-furred,[8] lithe,[9] light brown tabby she-cat[10] with smoky,[11] heather-blue eyes.[12]

She is the daughter of Whitetail and Onestar and is first seen as an apprentice named Heatherpaw, with her mentor being Crowfeather. At the Gathering, she meets Lionpaw and the two become friends. The next Gathering, she convinces Lionpaw to meet her outside of Gatherings, on the border between WindClan and ThunderClan. Soon after, she finds the network of tunnels under the border, and Lionpaw and Heatherpaw begin meeting in the tunnels.

Sometime later, when she sneaks to go find Lionpaw in the tunnels, three kits, Sedgekit, Thistlekit, and Swallowkit, try to follow her in. She takes them back to camp, but after the Heatherpaw and Lionpaw quit meeting in the tunnels, the kits adventure in the tunnels and get stuck. Heatherpaw, Lionpaw, Jaypaw, Hollypaw and Breezepaw manage to find the kits with the help of Fallen Leaves and return them to the WindClan camp, thus preventing the battle between WindClan and RiverClan.

When WindClan attacks ThunderClan through the tunnels, Lionpaw blames Heatherpaw for revealing their existence, despite her claims that it was Sedgekit who was boasting about the tunnels. Despite this, Lionpaw still attacks Heatherpaw and almost kills Crowfeather when the warrior tries to stop him. Later, she becomes a warrior named Heathertail, and now has an extreme dislike for Lionblaze, but is deeply loyal to WindClan.

She, later, becomes mates with Breezepelt and has two kits with him: Smokehaze and Brindlewing.


In the Super Editions

Crowfeather's Trial

Coming Soon

Bramblestar's Storm

Bramblestar spots Heathertail, Crowfeather, Harespring, and his apprentice Slightpaw blatantly trespassing on ThunderClan's territory, heading towards the stream, but Bramblestar is unable to confront them with only Jessy, a kittypet, with him. The same patrol is chased back across the border by Squirrelflight's patrol. The WindClan cats look disheveled, but none are seriously injured.

Tigerheart's Shadow

Heathertail does not formally appear in Tigerheart's Shadow, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Heatherpaw is part of the patrol that finds Jaypaw drowning in the lake on his second day as an apprentice. She is with her mentor, Crowfeather, along with Breezepaw and his mentor, Whitetail. She asks Whitetail if he'd be okay, and Crowfeather tells her he'll be fine.
Heatherpaw is later talking to Lionpaw, Jaypaw's brother at a Gathering, and tells him that she has met Jaypaw before. Upon seeing Heatherpaw, Lionpaw stops, thinking she is the prettiest she-cat he has ever seen. She asks Lionpaw if Jaypaw is recovering and he says that he is fine now. Heatherpaw comments to Lionpaw that Jaypaw is brave to go out on his own, even though he's blind, and Lionpaw feels a twinge of envy. She tells him she'd be miserable too if she was cramped in camp all day. Heatherpaw also tells Lionpaw that she's been an apprentice for a moon and a half. When Lionpaw asks her if she's met Mousepaw, Heatherpaw says she's never met him, and she asks Mousepaw if Russetfur, ShadowClan's deputy, tried to get information out of him, since she tried to with her. Then, she introduces Lionpaw to Breezepaw and tells him that Breezepaw is the newest apprentice, and has been trying to boss around other apprentices since he became an apprentice. Heatherpaw teases Breezepaw by telling him that he'll be a warrior before he knows it, and then he can boss around the apprentices all he wants. She tells Breezepaw that he thinks that he can boss her around because his father, Crowfeather, is her mentor.
She takes part in a battle with a dog pack on WindClan territory. She tears her claws through the dog's hind legs to help Lionpaw. Heatherpaw tells Brambleclaw that WindClan couldn't have chased the dogs off without ThunderClan's help, and also says that Lionpaw saved her from one of the dogs, but Crowfeather gets in between them, blocking their view from each other. When Breezepaw agrees with Crowfeather that WindClan can fight on their own, Nightcloud scolds him, telling him that if Lionpaw wasn't there, Heatherpaw could've gotten hurt.
During the daylight Gathering, she competes with Hollypaw, Lionpaw and Jaypaw's sister, in a mock battle, in which Hollypaw wins. Heatherpaw later wins the climbing contest, and Onestar tells Heatherpaw she may have the fattest rabbit as a reward. From the first minute, Lionpaw shows certain feelings of love for Heatherpaw.

Dark River

When Lionpaw and Hollypaw walk together to the Gathering, Hollypaw says that she is excited to meet Willowpaw, and Lionpaw starts thinking of Heatherpaw. Hollypaw asks him what he's thinking about, and Lionpaw lies that he was worried about Jaypaw. When Lionpaw greets Heatherpaw, she observes that he doesn't seem too happy to see her. She tells him that she had been on her best behavior all moon so she could go to the Gathering. Heatherpaw gets excited when she sees Jaypaw, and exclaims to Lionpaw that he brought his brother this time, which makes Lionpaw a bit jealous. This enrages Jaypaw, and he snaps at her that no one had brought him, and that he had come with his Clan. Flustered and embarrassed, Heatherpaw apologizes.
After a Gathering, Heatherpaw talks Lionpaw into secretly leaving camp to visit her. They meet in secret along their shared border until Hollypaw, Lionpaw's sister, and her friend, Cinderpaw, follow the scent trail and discover them there.
Heatherpaw finds a network of underground tunnels that lead from WindClan to ThunderClan. She tells Lionpaw and they resume meeting in secret again. There, they make up a Clan themselves, DarkClan, where Heatherpaw makes herself a leader as Heatherstar because she is the one who found the tunnels, and makes Lionpaw her deputy, naming him Lionclaw.
Lionpaw stops meeting with Heatherpaw after a meeting with Tigerstar in his dreams, where the former ShadowClan leader tells Lionpaw that he can't be a good warrior if he keeps meeting Heatherpaw. In their next meeting, he tells her this and she protests, but then storms off with a broken heart, declaring that she hopes being a warrior for Lionpaw is worth it.
Heatherpaw then enters the underground tunnels and three WindClan kits - Sedgekit, Thistlekit, and Swallowkit, follow her in, and are trapped. Heatherpaw, along with Breezepaw, Lionpaw, Hollypaw, and Jaypaw, goes looking for the kits, and they find them. However, the river begins to rise, and soon floods the tunnels. The cats desperately try to find the way out, and are saved by Fallen Leaves, who guides them out. Heatherpaw realizes that she and Lionpaw started the whole trouble of the missing kits, and she understands that they cannot meet with each other anymore. Heatherpaw sadly tells Lionpaw that he would make a good warrior and then goes back to her territory without another word.


Lionpaw and Heatherpaw no longer meet, and both cats appear to be upset over this development.
When Squirrelflight goes to WindClan to ask Crowfeather about the trip to the Tribe of Rushing Water, it is obvious that Crowfeather doesn't really want to go, and argues, because he didn't want to leave and neglect his apprentice, Heatherpaw's training. She's given Whitetail as a temporary mentor so Crowfeather can go to the mountains, and Breezepaw joins them. Heatherpaw shows envy that Breezepaw was chosen, saying she would have given her tail to go.


When Lionpaw and Ashfur try to find the WindClan patrol, Hollypaw accidentally finds another entrance to the tunnels, which she tries to hide from Lionpaw so he wouldn't start meeting Heatherpaw again. When Lionpaw finds the tunnels, he thinks to himself that he wouldn't ever meet Heatherpaw again, because he was trying to be a loyal ThunderClan cat.
When WindClan attacks ThunderClan, Lionpaw finds Heatherpaw near the border. He yells at her because he thinks she told WindClan about the tunnels and that's why they had attacked. Heatherpaw protests, saying that Sedgekit had been boasting to Weaselfur about them, and that's why the whole Clan knew. Lionpaw doesn't believe her. He almost kills Crowfeather when he gets in his way, trying to get to Heatherpaw, but barely misses his neck and she stops him. Heatherpaw is horrified by what Lionpaw could have done. They separate when the fight starts to form, and Lionpaw tells Heatherpaw she will always be his enemy forever, and that he will never forget. After the sun disappears, Heatherpaw, like all the other cats, is confused and terrified.
In Lionpaw's dream, he wrestles with an unknown cat and ends up slaughtering them. As he looks down, he realizes that it is Heatherpaw, and he secretly feels that she deserved it. 

Long Shadows

She appears in Lionblaze's dream. She is splayed out in the mud, dead, with a gash down her body, from her neck to her tail. Her fur is soaked in blood, her lips are pulled back in a snarl, and her blue eyes stare sightlessly at the sky. When Tigerstar tells him that he fought her well, Lionblaze protests this wasn't what he wanted for Heatherpaw. Tigerstar reminds Lionblaze about how she betrayed him, by telling WindClan about the tunnels. Lionblaze tells him that she didn't deserve to die like that, and Tigerstar tells him all traitors deserve to die. After the dream, visions of Heatherpaw's broken body fill Lionblaze's mind.
In Lionblaze's second dream, she appears again, lying dead in a lake filled with blood. Lionblaze gets scared that he'll end up killing Heatherpaw. He wishes that he could believe Heatherpaw about the kits telling WindClan about the tunnels, but he can't. He thinks of her as his enemy now because he is completely committed to ThunderClan. Lionblaze will never forgive her, but doesn't want her blood on his paws.
She confronts Lionblaze when he is traveling through the tunnels to get catmint. She reveals she is now a warrior, and her new name is Heathertail. She is angry at Lionblaze, but lets him pass back into ThunderClan territory without fighting, stating that she has no quarrel with ThunderClan or sick cats and does not want to see any cat die. She also seems to know how close Lionblaze got to killing her, telling him not to end up a bully like Tigerstar before she leaves the tunnels. Lionblaze appears to still have affection for Heathertail, but he does not act on it out of respect for the warrior code.


When Lionblaze, Firestar, Brackenfur, Sorreltail, and Brambleclaw visit WindClan to learn more about the murder of Ashfur, Lionblaze sees Heathertail. All he can see in her eyes is cold contempt. Lionblaze thinks that she could kill him now for a couple of mousetails. Lionblaze is aware of her padding right behind him, her gaze piercing his pelt. Heathertail is seen standing off to one side, fixing her gaze on Lionblaze. She seems to be daring him to strike out so that she could sink her claws into his fur. Breezepelt sits very close to Heathertail and gives Lionblaze a gloating look, as if to say that she was his now. Lionblaze privately thinks that he could have her.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Heathertail does not formally appear in The Fourth Apprentice, but is listed in the allegiances. She now has an apprentice, Furzepaw.

Fading Echoes

Heathertail first appears in one of Lionblaze's memories that Jayfeather walks through. He sees Heathertail up on the rock in the cave, where he had seen Rock, looking at Lionblaze affectionately, and saying that she is the leader of DarkClan.
When Dovepaw and Ivypaw come to the WindClan camp, she wants to go with the patrol to look for more ThunderClan cats. Onestar asks Heathertail and Breezepelt to escort them back to ThunderClan. Breezepelt is very bossy, speaking abusively to the young apprentices. Heathertail finally snaps at him, saying that he wasn't Clan leader. Heathertail tells Ivypaw and Dovepaw that they're bringing them back to ThunderClan camp, and Ivypaw argues, saying that Firestar would kill them. When Ivypaw and Dovepaw ask her how she knows where the ThunderClan camp is, she tells them that she's been there before. She often puts Breezepelt down, and gets angry at him for being too harsh on Dovepaw and Ivypaw. She then tells Lionblaze in the ThunderClan camp that he needs to keep a better eye on his apprentice, with a hint of a cold, scolding expression on her face.

Night Whispers

Heathertail does not formally appear in Night Whispers, but is listed in the allegiances.

Sign of the Moon

Heathertail does not formally appear in Sign of the Moon, but is listed in the allegiances. She is only thought of by Lionblaze as he remembers Heathertail and himself had been the first to find the tunnels under their territory.

The Forgotten Warrior

Heathertail briefly appears on a patrol with Breezepelt, Boulderpaw, and Furzepaw over challenging Ivypool and Birchfall, who were washing their paws in the border stream. They snap at them to leave, and that they were specifically crossing WindClan's border. Breezepelt threatens them to fight, but the skirmish is broken up by a ThunderClan patrol led by Sorreltail.
Later, she is among a group of WindClan cats attempting to raid ThunderClan through the tunnels. She openly accuses Jayfeather of murdering Flametail before the battle. During the battle, Dovewing knocks into Heathertail and Cinderheart, who are fighting.

The Last Hope

Heathertail is seen calling out at a Gathering. She tells the Clans that she found a tuft of orange fur on a gorse bush, but it didn't smell like any Clan cat she knew.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Heathertail does not formally appear in The Apprentice's Quest, but is listed in the allegiances. She is now a queen, and has mothered Breezepelt's two daughters—Smokekit and Brindlekit.

Thunder and Shadow

Heathertail does not formally appear in Thunder and Shadow, but is listed in the allegiances. Her daughters have become apprentices, and are now named Brindlepaw and Smokepaw.

Shattered Sky

Heathertail does not formally appear in Shattered Sky, but is listed in the allegiances.

Darkest Night

Heathertail does not formally appear in Darkest Night, but is listed in the allegiances.

River of Fire

Heathertail does not formally appear in River of Fire, but is listed in the allegiances. Her daughters have become warriors with the names of Brindlewing and Smokehaze.

The Raging Storm

Heathertail does not formally appear in The Raging Storm, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Field Guides

Cats of the Clans

In this, Heathertail is referred to by her apprentice name, Heatherpaw. Rock tells the StarClan kits how Heatherpaw found the tunnels and convinced Lionpaw to join "DarkClan" with her. To Lionpaw, she seemed like the bravest, most devoted companion he could wish for. She saw Lionpaw as brave, loyal, and a great companion. Hawkfrost and Tigerstar soon put a stop to Lionpaw meeting with her, but Rock thinks Heatherpaw is not guilty of anything but selfishness as, after all, they didn't do any real harm to their Clans by meeting each other, and luckily they never had to face each other in battle. Rock says that she was brave to enter the tunnels to search for the lost WindClan kits, but then again, maybe they wouldn't have gotten into the tunnels if she hadn't led them there by accident.

Battles of the Clans

Heathertail explains the lost art of tunneling, and how the smallest cats were trained to dig tunnels under the moor. She says that some lead into other Clans' territories, giving them access to the Clans', or they can use them as escape routes. Heathertail says that some tunnelers were clumsier on the ground, because they were so used to the blackness of the tunnels. The job for tunneling was keenly fought over, and the training took twice as long as a warrior's training, and that injuries and death were common among them.
They learned to leave a clear scent trail, to help lead them throughout the caves. They learned that just because the wind would hit them on their muzzles, didn't mean that they are close to the end of the tunnel. It could mean that there was an air shaft in the tunnel, allowing air to flow into it. Even the least experienced tunneler knew to listen for the sound of dripping water, or the river, since rivers are no places for WindClan cats, above ground or below ground. They learned to recognize the smell of underground animals, to not hunt them, but to stay away from them. After several moons of tunneling, the tunnelers were able to picture their route above ground, which was one of the skills that was highly prized among the Clan, and even other Clans.
Heathertail says that when they first arrived in WindClan's new territory, the senior warriors said that there were no tunnels under the ground, so every cat must be trained to fight above ground.
She also claims that Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Breezepelt are the only ones who know about the underground tunnels.
She says that she shouldn't have explored underground with Lionblaze, but she was in love with him, so she risked everything to be with him. She says that her discovery nearly brought them to StarClan, and the games that they played ended up breaking their hearts.

The Ultimate Guide

It is mentioned on Rock's page that he watched Lionpaw and Heatherpaw play in the underground cavern, tolerating this disturbance because this solitude could weigh heavy even on him.
Heathertail has her own page. She was a lively, curious and impulsive apprentice. She first met Lionpaw when she was taking Jaypaw back to ThunderClan camp and the second time is fighting a dog on the moor side by side, blurring the invisible borders between them. She was frustrated with the difficulty of speaking to Lionpaw at Gatherings, so she suggested meeting at night by the border. Her discovery of the tunnels gave her the idea to meet in them instead, playing games of DarkClan and exploring the underground world, not realizing ancient eyes watched them. Border clashes made Lionpaw decide he could no longer meet with Heatherpaw. When the three WindClan kits went missing, Heatherpaw and Lionpaw guessed that they went into the tunnels. Torrential rain blocked their tunnel escapes, so they were washed out into the lake, narrowly escaping with their lives. She knew she could never rekindle with Lionpaw. Their Clans were at war and she has learned that loyalty had limits, no matter what her heart felt. The one time came when she had to face Lionblaze in battle, and the memories were pushed aside for her duty to her Clan. Heathertail never completely forgot Lionblaze and did not find his equal in her WindClan Clanmates.

In the Novellas

Hollyleaf's Story

Heathertail does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story, but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

Heathertail does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen, but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

Heathertail does not formally appear in Dovewing's Silence, but is listed in the allegiances.


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.[13] However, after Fading Echoes was released, it was revealed that Heathertail no longer cares for Lionblaze.[14]
  • Her temporary mentor was Whitetail, her mother, despite kin not usually mentoring kin. [5]

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,[15] and Kate Cary 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.[16]
  • Kate thinks that Heathertail was lying about Sedgekit boasting about the tunnels,[17] although Vicky believes she was telling the truth.[18]


  • She was mistakenly described as gray.[19]

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Breezepelt:[20] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Smokehaze:[4] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Brindlewing:[4] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Whitetail:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


Onestar:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Darktail: [21] Deceased, residence unknown


Unnamed kits:[22] Status unknown


Wrenflight:[2] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)


Stagleap:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Bristlekit:[2] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)
Flykit:[2] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)


Rabbitkit:[2] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)
Doespring:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ryestalk:[2] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)
Morningflower:[2] Living (As of Hollyleaf's Story)
Ashfoot:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tallstar:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Finchkit:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Palebird:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistmouse:[2] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)


Woollytail:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hareflight:[2] Status unknown


Tornear:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mudclaw:[2] Status unknown
Crowfeather:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Ealgekit: [2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hillkit:[2] Status unknown
Downkit:[2] Status unknown
Breezepelt:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Lionblaze:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Jayfeather:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Hollyleaf:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hollytuft:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Sorrelstripe:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Fernsong:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Flypaw:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Snappaw:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Spotpaw:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Bristlekit:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Thriftkit:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Flipkit:[2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"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 The Sight, page 137

"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

"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

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

"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

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  3. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 248
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 140
  6. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  7. Revealed in The Sight, page 348
  8. Revealed in Dark River, page 115
  9. Revealed in Dark River, page 42
  10. Revealed in The Sight, page 135
  11. Revealed in Dark River, page 11
  12. Revealed in The Sight, page 136
  13. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  14. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  15. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  16. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  17. Revealed on Kate's blog
  18. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  19. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 161
  20. Kate's blog
  21. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 259
  22. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 258