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"He doesn't know what he's getting into, but neither did I."
Ivypool about Hollowpaw joining the Dark Forest in Sign of the Moon, page 135

Hollowflight is a dark brown tabby tom[1] with a sleek, pale-furred belly.[7]

Hollowflight was a RiverClan warrior under Mistystar's leadership in the lake territories. As an apprentice, Hollowpaw was mentored by Reedwhisker. Hollowpaw also trained in the Dark Forest and mentored by Ivypool, Shredtail and Applefur. He earned his warrior name, Hollowflight. While argumentative with his Clanmates, Hollowflight remained friendly with Ivypool. He was initially set to attack the Clans, but Hollowflight changed his mind and fought for the Clans during the Great Battle. He died in the battle.


In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Hollowpaw is a RiverClan apprentice, and his mentor is Reedwhisker.

Night Whispers

"Their eyes were shining! It was as if they were truly Dark Forest warriors."
―Ivypaw observing Hollowpaw and some other Dark Forest apprentices Night Whispers, page 289
Hollowpaw trains in the Dark Forest with Antpelt, Snowtuft, Shredtail, and Ivypaw. He has visited the dark warriors in his dreams before this appearance. He participates in a training session in which they learn how to fight in water. The warriors take them to train in a river, although Ivypaw is uncertain whether or not it is a true river, because of its oily nature. After wrinkling his nose at its stench, Hollowpaw remarks it was the best the Dark Forest had to offer. Hollowpaw is assigned to work with Snowtuft by Hawkfrost. As he wades into the water, Hollowpaw exclaims that it was too slimy to be real water. Snowtuft sourly shoves him in, causing Hollowpaw to stumble and struggle to keep his head above the surface.
When Darkstripe pins his partner, Ivypaw, down against the riverbed, drowning her slowly, Hollowpaw swims to her and drags her away from him, to her relief. Hollowpaw gestures toward Darkstripe to Ivypaw, and the two work together to pull his hind legs out from underneath him. Darkstripe falls over, and Ivypaw and Hollowpaw emerge from the water, yowling triumphantly. Hollowpaw whispers to Ivypaw to watch out for Darkstripe before running further upstream, to the rest of the cats participating in the exercise.
When Dovepaw explains her powers to Ivypaw, she says she can hear Hollowpaw getting lectured for not getting all the ticks out of Pouncetail's fur the day before.
Hollowpaw sits beside Tigerheart, Antpelt, and Breezepelt shortly before Tigerstar makes an announcement. Tigerstar refers to them as Ivypaw's friends, and tells her to go sit with them. Ivypaw angrily thinks that they weren't her friends, but goes to them anyway. As Tigerstar talks about abolishing the warrior code and the final destruction of the Clans, Ivypaw sees Hollowpaw's eyes are shining, showing that his loyalties have shifted from RiverClan to the Place of No Stars. She is horrified, and thinks they were very much like real Dark Forest warriors.

Sign of the Moon

"I came here in a dream and talked to Hawkfrost. I told him how the other apprentices were bullying me and he said he'd teach me how to stand up to them."
―Hollowpaw to Ivypool Sign of the Moon, page 135
Hawkfrost calls Ivypaw, now Ivypool, over, and tells her Hollowpaw was a new apprentice, contradicting all his previous appearances. Hawkfrost asks her to teach him a new move or two. Ivypool greets Hollowpaw in a friendly manner, and asks if he'd been in the Dark Forest before this. Hollowpaw says this was his second visit; Hawkfrost had visited him in a dream before then, and upon telling the dark warrior that he was being bullied by some of the older apprentices, Hawkfrost promised Hollowpaw he could teach him how to stand up to them. Ivypool sadly thinks he didn't realize what he was getting into, and neither had she in the beginning. She tells Hollowpaw they could do as Hawkfrost said, to Hollowpaw's delight. He brightly says that he'd give Mossypaw and Troutstream a surprise, and that Troutstream had become a bigger pain since she received her warrior name.
Ivypool teaches him a basic ThunderClan move, but asks him to keep his claws sheathed during the session, hoping that Hawkfrost and Brokenstar wouldn't notice them.

The Forgotten Warrior

"It's really weird, being in the Dark Forest. I mean, half of those cats are dead!"
―Hollowflight to Ivypool The Forgotten Warrior, page 82
Hollowpaw trains in the Dark Forest one night, practicing tree-climbing techniques. He is climbing on a limb beneath Ivypool, but with a moan, he slips and falls. The only cat to succeed in the session is Minnowtail, his Clanmate, and Shredtail sweeps him with a critical glance, saying he wished they were all as good as Minnowtail.
Soon after, he teams up with Ivypool to practice a backflip move. She is surprised by the strength behind his blows, noting how far he had come in training since she'd first met him. During this exercise, the participants are expected to unsheathe their claws against each other, and Hollowpaw pads away when it is over, bleeding from claw wounds Ivypool had given him.
At a Gathering later on, Mistystar announces he and Mossypaw were now warriors with the names Hollowflight and Mossyfoot. The Clans cry out their new names, but it is noted most of the yowls came from their own Clan, RiverClan.
Hollowflight seeks Ivypool out after the leaders finish speaking, where she congratulates him on his new rank. Hollowflight purrs thankfully, and says the climbing session had been great the night before, despite the fact that he had not done so well in that field; Ivypool tries to silence him, telling him they weren't supposed to talk about the Dark Forest amongst the Clans, but Hollowflight continues. He says it was weird to be in the Dark Forest because so many of the cats there were dead. Ivypool agrees, distracted. Hollowflight is called away by his former mentor, Reedwhisker, and he tells her goodbye. He says that he'd see her again, but doesn't mention that it would be in the Dark Forest.

The Last Hope

During some Dark Forest training, Applefur comments that Hollowflight and Blossomfall wished to fight Dark Forest warriors. Hollowflight reasons that they came to learn skills that couldn't be found anyplace else. His pelt is matted with blood, with fur clumps sticking out along his spine. When the Dark Forest trainees are told to leave, Hollowflight complains that it was too early. He, along with Redwillow and Applefur, leave after Birchfall. As she speaks with Jayfeather, Mothwing mentions that Hollowflight is one of her Clanmates that acts restless and argumentative. As he leaves the RiverClan camp, Hollowflight and Minnowtail flank Beetlewhisker. They lead him to the border, and Hollowflight walks on one side of Jayfeather, hurrying him up to the fallen tree. As Jayfeather leaves, Hollowflight warns him that he must bring a patrol should he return. At a Dark Forest meeting, Redwillow, Applefur, and Hollowflight cluster together, fur spiked with excitement. When they mention the numerous things the trainees would learn, Hollowflight adds that they would learn where to corner their enemies. As trainees begin volunteering, Tigerstar selects Beetlewhisker and Hollowflight for RiverClan.
As they look through ThunderClan territory, Hollowflight asks Ivypool how she could live with such scents present. Ivypool flicks his ear with his tail, and promises that she would put up with his scent when visiting RiverClan territory if he put up with hers. When Ivypool asks Redwillow if he wanted to be the best ShadowClan warrior, Hollowflight comments that Dark Forest warriors were stronger, and they didn't worry about rules. He adds that only the strongest survived in the Dark Forest, and Redwillow comments that it should be the same way in the Clans. Ivypool questions his thinking, and Redwillow looks at Hollowflight, responding that they had a lot to learn from Dark Forest warriors. After looking at the territory, Hollowflight notes that RiverClan's territory was much different than ThunderClan's, as the reed beds were spots used for ambushes. As the Dark Forest announces its plans for attacking the Clans, Hollowflight speaks out that the Clans had been flawed for a long time, and they would show them that only the strongest would survive. Hearing such words makes Ivypool feel ill, and wonders how he could believe the Dark Forest murderers. During the battle, Hollowflight fights alongside the Clan cats, swelling the ranks.

In the Novellas

Mistystar's Omen

Hollowpaw goes missing along with Rushpaw when they were supposed to be changing the elder's bedding and Pouncetail complains to Pebblefoot. Mistystar then asks Troutpaw, Mossypaw, Minnowtail, and Graymist if they had seen Hollowpaw and Rushpaw. Graymist replies that they weren't at the marshes. Mossypaw says that they were muttering about something last night when she was trying to sleep, but she didn't hear exactly what they were saying. A few moments later Hollowpaw and Rushpaw appeared with moss and a triumphant look on their faces. Pebblefoot instantly scolds them. Hollowpaw protests that they were collecting fresh bedding. Hollowpaw and Rushpaw are further scolded by Pouncetail and Robinwing. Rushpaw mutters that they were just trying to help. Mistystar watches the two apprentices clear out the elders' den and replace it with Robinwing's moss instead.
Later, Hollowpaw and Rushpaw go out to do battle training by themselves knowing that their assessments are coming up soon. Mothwing asks Mistystar where Hollowpaw and Rushpaw are and Mistystar replies that they were out battle training.
After exploring beyond their territory, Mossypaw asks if she can have more mouse, but Reedwhisker replies that Hollowpaw and Rushpaw hadn't had theirs yet. Just then, Hollowpaw and Rushpaw appeared and were asked how their battle training was. Rushpaw says it was good, while Hollowpaw brags that he is best. Mistystar asks them where they went and Rushpaw says they went to the elderflower by the holly tree. Then Mistystar offers them a mouse, but Hollowpaw replies that they aren't hungry and if they could have it later. Mistystar says yes and comments how proud of them she is for practicing their battle moves.
Mistystar later wonders if Hollowpaw and Rushpaw really practiced because there are few holly trees on RiverClan territory and she was pretty sure none were close to an elderflower.
Hollowpaw and Rushpaw get into trouble when they get trapped in a corner by a pair of dogs. Rushpaw attempts to fight a dog, while Hollowpaw calls out for help. Mistystar thinks that Hollowpaw and Rushpaw look as tiny as kits and even more vulnerable when they escape. When Mistystar sees Reedwhisker's wound with bone showing, Hollowpaw says they were just looking for food. Then Rushpaw guiltily adds that they were looking for kittypet food. Mistystar resists the urge to claw the apprentices' ears off.

Dovewing's Silence

During a meeting to discuss the fate of the cats who sided with the Dark Forest, Mistystar reports that Hollowflight was killed in the battle with the Dark Forest, and cannot speak for himself.

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  • In the allegiances of The Last Hope, he is mistakenly listed as an apprentice.[8]


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

  • On Vicky's Facebook, Hollowflight went to StarClan.[9]


"The RiverClan cat was not the nervous apprentice she had tried to help when he first came to the Dark Forest a moon ago. He had learned a lot since then, and his movements were strong and sure."
―Ivypool thinking about Hollowpaw's progress The Forgotten Warrior, page 72

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, chapter 4
  3. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 78
  4. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, pages 135-136
  5. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 73
  6. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 7
  7. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 164
  8. Revealed in The Last Hope, allegiances
  9. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook