"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 light brown tabby she-cat[7] with heather-blue eyes.[8]

Heathertail is a warrior of WindClan at the lake territories. She was born to Onestar and Whitetail, and became an apprentice with the name Heatherpaw and having Crowfeather as her mentor. She formed a friendship with Lionpaw and they met in the tunnels in secret, but Lionpaw eventually ended the meetings.

She, Breezepaw, Lionpaw, and his siblings rescued Gorsetail's kits from the flooding tunnels, preventing a battle between their Clans. After WindClan used the tunnels to invade ThunderClan, Lionpaw blamed Heatherpaw, believing she revealed their existence to her Clanmates. She eventually became a warrior now named Heathertail and Breezepelt's mate, having two daughters named Smokehaze and Brindlewing, and later on, two more daughters named Applepaw and Woodpaw.


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Detailed description

Heathertail is a sleek,[9] soft and thick-furred,[10] lithe,[11] light brown tabby she-cat[7] with wide,[12] smoky,[13] heather-blue eyes.[8]


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.[14] However, after Fading Echoes was released, it was revealed that Heathertail no longer cares for Lionblaze.[15]
  • Her temporary mentor was Whitetail, her mother, despite kin not usually mentoring kin. [5]
  • She is one of the few single-litter kits in the series.[2]

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,[16] 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.[17]
  • Kate thinks that Heathertail was lying about Sedgekit boasting about the tunnels,[18] although Vicky believes she was telling the truth.[19]


  • She was mistakenly described as gray.[20]

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"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
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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

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  3. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 248
  4. 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. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 135
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 136
  9. Revealed in The Sight, page 348
  10. Revealed in Dark River, page 115
  11. Revealed in Dark River, page 42
  12. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 417
  13. Revealed in Dark River, page 11
  14. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  15. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  16. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  17. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  18. Revealed on Kate's blog
  19. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  20. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 161
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