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"I'm sorry, Willowshine. I know it was stupid. Can I have some herbs for my scratches, please?"
— Jayclaw to Willowshine after his fight with Owlnose in River of Fire: Bonus Scene, chapter 1

Jayclaw is a gray tom.[2]

Jayclaw was a RiverClan warrior under Mistystar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born to Mallownose and Petalfur alongside his littermates, Brackenpelt and Owlnose. He and his brother got into a physical argument about their nest, and Willowshine had to treat Jayclaw's injuries. He and Curlfeather later became mates, and she bore their kits: Frostkit, Graykit, and Mistkit. Jayclaw died when his kits were still young, and his death was predicted by his daughter, Frostkit. He ascended to StarClan afterwards.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc[]

The Apprentice's Quest[]

He is a warrior named Jayclaw.

River of Fire[]

«On her way to fetch the herbs, Willowshine wondered what could have possessed Jayclaw and Owlnose to get into a fight over something so trivial. They were both reasonable cats, so what was suddenly making them so aggressive?»
—Willowshine about Jayclaw's wounds River of Fire, bonus scene, chapter 1
Jayclaw calls to Willowshine from the top of a bank, interrupting the medicine cat's vision. He leaps down to join her, and she notices the scratches and blood in his fur, startling her. Willowshine asks him what happened, questioning if he'd met a fox or badger, causing him to duck his head in embarrassment. The gray tom replies that it was Owlnose, and Willowshine disbelievingly asks if it really was Owlnose. Still not looking at her, Jayclaw explains that they had a sort of discussion over his nest in the warriors' den because his brother had scattered moss and bracken all over the place when he stood on it. Willowshine rolls her eyes in response and asks if they're kits, so Jayclaw apologizes to her and finally looks her in the eyes. He requests some herbs for his scratches, and though Willowshine scolds him a little more, she agrees to get some marigold while he sits and cleans his wounds.
While she's retrieving the herbs, she wonders what could've made Jayclaw and Owlnose fight each other over something so trivial since they're both reasonable toms. She returns and starts squeezing marigold juice into his wounds which causes him to complain, so she retorts that it serves him right for being a mouse-brain. Jayclaw attempts to defend himself, but he stops when he catches sight of the medicine cat's gaze, and instead promises that it won't happen again. She replies that it better not, adding that he was free to go and had better not get into anymore fights. He thanks her and says he won't, springing back up and disappearing. The gray tabby then tells her mentor, Mothwing, about the conflict between the two brothers, and that she treated his wounds with marigold. Mothwing comments that they already have enough trouble, while Willowshine supposes she had better talk to Owlnose too.

In The Broken Code arc[]

Lost Stars[]

Mistystar announces the birth of his kits at the Gathering, Frostkit, Graykit, and Mistkit.

The Place of No Stars[]

When Mistystar needs a cat to fetch Willowshine, she sends Jayclaw, noting that the tom was a fast cat.

In the A Starless Clan arc[]


«She'd been too young when Jayclaw died to remember much about her father, but sometimes she wondered how her life might be different if he had lived. Would her mother be so protective of Frostpaw and her littermates?»
—Frostpaw about her father River (book), page 18
Curlfeather reminds Frostpaw that she's special since she had a dream of Jayclaw leaving her alone shortly before he died. Frostpaw wonders if her mother would've always been fiercely protective of her and her littermates if their father had lived.


When Owlnose is chosen to be leader, Frostpaw recalls how he's her father's brother.


When Curlfeather is speaking with Splashtail about their plan to take over RiverClan, she states that she knew RiverClan needed to change after Jayclaw died. In response to Frostpaw's allegations against Curlfeather, Duskfur does not believe that Jayclaw's death could have caused her to try to take over RiverClan.

In the Super Editions[]

Bramblestar's Storm[]

Although unnamed, he is mentioned at a Gathering by Mistystar as one of Petalfur and Mallownose’s newborn kits.

Character pixels[]

Official art[]




Petalfur:[blog 1] Deceased, residence unknown


Mallownose:[blog 1] Living (As of Wind)


Owlnose:[6] Living (As of Wind)


Brackenpelt:[blog 1] Living (As of Wind)


Curlfeather:[5] Deceased, verified the Place of No Stars member


Frostpaw:[5] Living (As of Wind)
Mistpaw:[5] Living (As of Wind)


Graypaw:[5] Living (As of Wind)
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Beetlewhisker:[7] Deceased, residence unknown
Grasspelt:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pricklekit:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sneezecloud:[8] Living (As of Wind)


Nightsky:[2] Living (As of Wind)
Breezeheart:[2] Living (As of Wind)


Icewing:[9] Living (As of Wind)
Graymist:[8] Living (As of The Last Hope)


Mintfur:[blog 2] Living (As of The Raging Storm)

First cousins:

Splashtail:[10] Living (As of Wind)
Fognose:[10] Living (As of Wind)
Troutkit:[11] Living (As of Wind)
Rapidkit:[11] Living (As of Wind)
Floatkit:[11] Living (As of Wind)


    = Tom

    = She-cat

    = Gender unknown



Interesting facts[]

  • His name was originally planned to be Jaywing.[blog 1]


Willowshine: "Okay, you're done. Come tomorrow to let me check those scratches. And don't get into any more fights."
Jayclaw: "I won't. I'm really sorry. Thanks, Willowshine."
—Willowshine treating Jayclaw River of Fire, chapter 1

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, chapter 5
  4. Revealed in River, chapter 2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Revealed in River, page 18
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Sky, page 141
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Dark River, page 134
  9. Revealed in Eclipse, allegiances
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Wind, page 181
  1. Jayclaw appears in The Place of No Stars and is dead by River, which begins in early leaf-fall.[4]

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