"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[6] with heather-blue eyes.[7]

Heathertail is a warrior of WindClan at the lake territories under Onestar's and Harestar's leaderships. She 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 mentors Furzepaw. She becomes Breezepelt's mate, having two daughters named Smokehaze and Brindlewing, and later on, two more daughters named Applepaw and Woodpaw.


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Power of Three

"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
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

"They're fleabags who are trespassing on our territory. Leave now, or fight."
—Heathertail to Ivypool The Forgotten Warrior, page chapter 2
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. 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; Heathertail participates in the raid against ThunderClan in the tunnels with Sol and accuses Jayfeather of murdering Flametail. 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 later warriors, Smokehaze and Brindlewing. Heathertail, with the rest of WindClan, learns of Onestar's former affair with a kittypet named Smoke and the truth about Darktail, her half-brother. Her father dies destroying Darktail during a battle against the Kin.

The Broken Code

She and Breezepelt have another litter, Applekit and Woodkit. They are mentored by their older sisters.

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. Breezepelt saves Heathertail from the stoats while searching for Nightcloud. She, Breezepelt, Gorsetail and Hootpaw search for Nightcloud in the Twolegplace and rescue her. However, Heathertail was supposed to be keeping watch over camp and the stoats attack WindClan's camp during the night. Onestar scolds her for leaving her post and had feared her dead. 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 there will be new kits soon.

Detailed description

Heathertail is a sleek,[8] soft and thick-furred,[9] lithe,[10] light brown tabby she-cat[6] with wide,[11] smoky,[12] heather-blue eyes.[7]


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]

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 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.[blog 2]
  • Kate thinks that Heathertail was lying about Sedgekit boasting about the tunnels,[blog 3] although Vicky believes she was telling the truth.[15]


  • She was mistakenly described as gray.[16]


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

  • On the Warriors website family tree, Onestar and Whitetail are her parents.[17] She is also a descendant of Windstar through Mistmouse.[18]

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Breezepelt:[19] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Smokehaze:[3] Deceased, verified ghost
Brindlewing:[3] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Applepaw:[19] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Woodpaw:[19] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


    = 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

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

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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

"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

"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 her in the tunnels, putting his life on the line for all of us—and where were you?"
—Heathertail standing up for Breezepelt against Crouchfoot Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 9

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

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 248
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Outcast, page 140
  5. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 135
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 136
  8. Revealed in The Sight, page 348
  9. Revealed in Dark River, page 115
  10. Revealed in Dark River, page 42
  11. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 417
  12. Revealed in Dark River, page 11
  13. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  14. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  15. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  16. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 161
  17. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  18. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances

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