"Please tell her that I miss her just as much as she misses me. And I will love her kits as if they were my own. Berrynose does love her. He's just scared of losing her as he lost me. I am watching over both of them."
— Honeyfern to Jayfeather about Poppyfrost in The Fourth Apprentice, page 243

Honeyfern is a sleek,[7] lithe, dappled,[8] light brown tabby she-cat[4] with blue eyes.[3]

Honeyfern was a ThunderClan warrior under Firestar's leadership in the lake territories. She was born as Honeykit to Sorreltail and Brackenfur along with her siblings Molekit, Poppykit, and Cinderkit while badgers were attacking ThunderClan's camp. She became an apprentice named Honeypaw with Sandstorm as her mentor. Shortly after being apprenticed, her brother Molepaw died to greencough. She and Poppypaw earned their warrior names, Honeyfern and Poppyfrost, and she and Berrynose grew closer, even talking about kits. Honeyfern saved Briarkit from a snake but was unfortunately bitten and died.

After her death, Poppyfrost and Berrynose became mates and Honeyfern informed Poppyfrost from StarClan that she approved of the relationship. She participated in the Great Battle and fought alongside her sister.


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The New Prophecy

Honeykit is born to Sorreltail and Brackenfur along with her littermates, Poppykit, Cinderkit, and Molekit during the battle against the badgers. Their aunt, Cinderpelt, sacrifices herself to protect Sorreltail and her newborn kits from the badgers.

Power of Three

"[Lionblaze] bunched his muscles to spring, but Honeyfern was quicker. Leaping down from the rock, she bundled Briarkit out of the way. The snake arched its neck; before Honeyfern could move it struck down and buried its hooked fangs in her shoulder. Honeyfern sprang backward with a screech of pain."
—Honeyfern saving Briarkit from the snake Sunrise, page chapter 16
Honeypaw becomes an apprentice with Sandstorm as her mentor. She develops a crush on Berrynose, and later, after passing her warrior assessment with her sister Poppypaw, she and her sister earn their warrior names, Honeyfern and Poppyfrost. Honeyfern later falls ill during the Greencough epidemic, but recovers. However, one day, Honeyfern sees a snake slithering toward Briarkit and dives in front of the kit to save her from the snake’s bite. She is bitten and dies of the poison, and her loss is mourned by all of ThunderClan, especially by Berrynose.

Omen of the Stars

"Get away! You're not wanted here! And as for you, Breezepelt- You get out of here, too. Or do you want a couple of shredded ears?"
—Honeyfern to Brokenstar and Breezepelt The Fourth Apprentice, page 242
Poppyfrost, Honeyfern's sister, becomes Berrynose's mate. Feeling guilty for "stealing" him from Honeyfern, Poppyfrost travels to the Moonpool while pregnant with Berrynose’s kits to talk to her deceased sister. Jayfeather follows her and tells her that she can’t speak with StarClan, but before the two ThunderClan cats can leave the Moonpool, they are attacked by Breezepelt and a cat from the Dark Forest, Brokenstar. Jayfeather tries to protect the pregnant Poppyfrost, but is losing the fight when Honeyfern comes down from StarClan to help him defeat the attackers. She tells Jayfeather that she approves of Poppyfrost’s relationship with Berrynose, and Jayfeather passes the message on to Poppyfrost, who is pleased. Later, Honeyfern is seen fighting side by side with Poppyfrost during the battle with the Dark Forest.

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Honeyfern's warrior ceremony
Firestar: I, Firestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as a warrior in their turn. Poppypaw and Honeypaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Honeypaw and Poppypaw: I do.
Firestar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior names. Poppypaw, from this moment you will be known as Poppyfrost. StarClan honors your courage and your initiative. Honeypaw, from this moment you will be known as Honeyfern. StarClan honors your intelligence and kindness.
Everyone: Poppyfrost! Honeyfern!
Reference: Eclipse, pages 89-90

Personality and Relationships

Honeyfern is selfless, kind, and intelligent, though sometimes anxious. She is close with her sisters, and drew close to Berrynose, but was killed before anything could go further. For more of Honeyfern's personality and relationships, click here!


Her parents are Sorreltail and Brackenfur, and her siblings are Cinderheart, Poppyfrost, and Molepaw. For more of Honeyfern's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • It was revealed in the sixth Erin Hunter Chat that Honeyfern was killed to have a reason for bringing deathberries into camp.[9]
  • She was originally described as a pale bracken-colored tabby,[2] but this was later changed to her current light brown tabby appearance.[4]

Author statements

  • Kate suspects that Honeyfern had a crush on Lionblaze.[10]



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

  • On the Warriors website family tree, Honeyfern's grandfather is Lionheart.[14]


Berrynose: "We'll have kits like that one day."
Honeyfern: "I'd like that."
Berrynose: "You'll make a wonderful mother."
—Berrynose and Honeyfern discussing kits Sunrise, page 210

"We'll all miss her. She was so gentle as a kit. And so quick to learn! She knew most of the hunting moves even before she was apprenticed."
—Sorreltail grieving for Honeyfern Sunrise, page 247

Jayfeather: "Honeyfern came to me just now."
Poppyfrost: "Did she…did she speak to you?"
Jayfeather: "She told me that she’s delighted that you’re with Berrynose. And she said that she’ll watch over your kits."
Poppyfrost: "Really? Oh, I’m so glad!"
Jayfeather: "Oh, and she told me that Berrynose really loves you."
Poppyfrost: "I wish I could believe that… But I don’t see how Honeyfern could possibly know."
Jayfeather: "She’s a StarClan cat. She knows lots of things that you don’t."
—Jayfeather about Honeyfern The Fourth Apprentice, page chapter 23

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 241
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 215
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Eclipse, pages 89-90
  6. Revealed in The Sight, page 70
  7. Revealed in Eclipse, page 86
  8. Revealed in The Sight, page 66
  9. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  10. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  11. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Eclipse, page 120
  13. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 43
  14. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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