"ThunderClan needs more warriors. Never before have we had so few apprentices in training. It has been decided that ThunderClan will take in an outsider to train as a warrior…"
Bluestar at a Clan meeting in Into the Wild, page 34
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Chapter Number: 3 (of 25)
Page Numbers: 25-40

Chapter description

Rusty is dreaming of hunting a mouse again before awaking. He takes a drink from his water bowl and thinks about whether or not he could leave his kittypet life behind. He goes out into the garden, where he meets Smudge. Smudge asks about the forest, and Rusty tells him that he met some wild cats there. Smudge is shocked, and even more so when Rusty tells him that he has been asked to join the Clan. Rusty then tells Smudge that he is going to accept. Smudge tries to dissuade Rusty from joining the Clan, but to no avail. The two then spend their last morning together remembering their past.
Rusty then goes to meet Lionheart. Lionheart asks Rusty if he is alone; Rusty realizes that Graypaw and Bluestar are not with him. Lionheart then introduces another wild cat who comes into sight, Whitestorm. Rusty fears that it might be a trap, but then realizes that the two cats are honest. Lionheart leads the way back to camp; at one point they cross a stream, something Rusty has never done before. As they get close to the camp, Whitestorm tells Rusty to scent the air. Rusty smells lots of cats, to which Lionheart tells him that soon he will be able to name all the scents. As they enter camp, Rusty notices lots of cats sharing tongues. Lionheart also points out the nursery, where the queens and their kits live. He also tells Rusty that the most important thing to learn about living in the Clan is that loyalty to the Clan is very important.
Bluestar then approaches them, mildly surprised that Rusty came. She then goes to announce his arrival to the Clan. Bluestar tells her Clan that he has come to be an apprentice, and the Clan shout out, wondering where he's from. One cat yowls out that Rusty is a kittypet, and that he should not be allowed to be a Clan cat. Lionheart identifies the tabby as Longtail. Longtail challenges Rusty, shouting that his bell would attract attention. Rusty unexpectedly attacks Longtail, and the two fight. Longtail tries to strangle Rusty with his collar, but the collar snaps, ending the fight. Bluestar jumps down from the Highrock, announcing that Rusty has lost his collar and will become an apprentice. She tells him that he has fought well, and then announces to the Clan that he will now be called Firepaw because of his fiery colored pelt.
Graypaw then comes up to greet Firepaw, telling him that he fought well, and spoiled Longtail's good looks. Firepaw replies that he put off a good fight and the Clan calls his name. Graypaw says that Longtail probably headed to Spottedleaf's den when Firepaw asks, explaining that she is their medicine cat. He is cut off as Darkstripe approaches, who scornfully says that Firepaw was lucky and calls him a kittypet. Graypaw says that Darkstripe isn't young or pretty, but before Firepaw can agree, Smallear lets out a warning yowl and Ravenpaw enters the camp, staggering. Graypaw explains that Ravenpaw is Tigerclaw's apprentice and that they went on a mission to RiverClan. Ravenpaw scrambles up to the Highrock and announces that Redtail is dead.





Important events



Firepaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: From this day forward, until he has earned his warrior name, this apprentice will be called Firepaw, in honor of his flame-colored coat.
Reference: Into the Wild, page 37


  • Spottedleaf is mentioned as young and pretty, while Darkstripe is not young[6]; however, she is older than Darkstripe.[10]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 25
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 29
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 32
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 33
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 35
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 39
  7. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 26
  8. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 38
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 40
  10. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362

Into the Wild chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret
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