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"Oh, great. Let's lump all the useless cats together and hope a tree falls on them!"
— Jaypaw's thoughts right after his apprentice ceremony in The Sight, page 91

Jayfeather is a gray tabby tom with blind blue eyes.[17]

Jayfeather is a ThunderClan medicine cat that has served under Firestar's, Bramblestar's, the impostor's, Squirrelflight's, Lionblaze's, and Graystripe's leaderships in the lake territories. He was born as Jaykit, and is one of the children of Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight, alongside his siblings Hollykit and Lionkit. He was apprenticed to Brightheart to train as a warrior, becoming Jaypaw. After discovering an extraordinary ability to connect with other cats' feelings and walk in their dreams, he was urged by Spottedleaf to train as a medicine cat. At first, he refused, but he eventually agreed to train under Leafpool. While walking in the dreams of Firestar, Jaypaw heard about the Kin of Your Kin prophecy, realizing he and his littermates were destined to be powerful.

He earned his medicine cat name, Jayfeather. When a fire erupted in ThunderClan's camp, it was forced out by Ashfur that Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw were not his true parents. The truth was eventually revealed that Leafpool and Crowfeather were their parents, causing a strain on the family. Shortly after Hollyleaf vanished, he and Lionblaze realized that she was not one of the Three and the prophecy was predicting the Dark Forest's rising.

Fulfilling the prophecy, he, Lionblaze, and the third cat, Dovewing, helped the Clans fight off the Dark Forest in the Great Battle. After the battle, Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Dovewing lost their powers, and Jayfeather gained an apprentice, Alderheart, whom he grew very close to. After Bramblestar's revival, he was adamant about punishing the codebreakers. Jayfeather was one of them and was forced to swear an oath of loyalty. He was later exiled by the impostor and joined as a refugee in ShadowClan. He returned to being a medicine cat of ThunderClan after the impostor was taken down.


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Power of Three

"I'm here to heal you. If you want sympathy, go to the nursery."
―Jaypaw to Birchfall about his injury Dark River, page 99
Jaykit is the son of Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight along with his siblings Lionkit and Hollykit, and they are the grandkits of Firestar, the Clan leader. He is desperate to become a warrior apprentice despite his blindness and gets frustrated when any cat fusses about him. He is apprenticed to Brightheart as Jaypaw and scoffs when her training methods are handicapped for his lack of sight. He discovers his special power to travel in cats' dreams. When Spottedleaf visits his dreams to insist his destiny is to become a medicine cat, he argues with her and is determined to become a warrior. However, he eventually agrees and becomes Leafpool's apprentice.
Jaypaw discovers he and his littermates are destined to become powerful cats after walking in Firestar's dreams. As a medicine cat apprentice, he is a natural healer with powerful visions, but is often impatient with his patients and argues with Leafpool frequently. He finds a stick and uses it to communicate with Fallen Leaves and Rock from the ancient cats. He visits them by living through Jay's Wing, his previous incarnation. He meets Half Moon and guides the ancient cats to the mountains. He is given his full medicine cat name Jayfeather after helping his Clan during a bought of deadly greencough.
During a fire, Jayfeather and his littermates are trapped in the blaze. Squirrelflight tries to save them but is prevented by Ashfur who uses the opportunity to take revenge on Squirrelflight. In an attempt to save them, Squirrelflight reveals Jayfeather and his siblings are not her kits. Jayfeather puts together fragmented memories from his kithood and help from Yellowfang to discover his true parents are Leafpool and Crowfeather of WindClan. He reveals the truth to Leafpool who insists he move on. Hollyleaf reveals the truth at the Gathering, and Leafpool steps down, leaving Jayfeather as the only medicine cat. Though he is distraught when Hollyleaf supposedly dies in the tunnels, Jayfeather is ecstatic the prophecy will still be fulfilled through Whitewing's newborn kits.

Omen of the Stars

"This will not be the end of the Clans. As long as I have breath in my body, the Clans will be safe."
―Jayfeather vowing to protect the Clans The Forgotten Warrior, page 204
Jayfeather stresses about being the only medicine cat to take care of the entire Clan. Lionblaze's apprentice, Dovepaw shows signs of being the third cat, and Jayfeather tests her abilities before informing the young cat of the prophecy. When Jayfeather follows Poppyfrost to the Moonpool, Breezepelt, his half-brother, attacks him with the help of Brokenstar from the Dark Forest. Yellowfang and Spottedleaf warn him of the rising power of the Dark Forest. He is determined to keep Briarpaw alive when a tree crushes her spine and comes up with some exercises to keep her strength up.
He, Lionblaze, Dovepaw, and Ivypaw conspire Ivypaw to spy for them in the Dark Forest while she trains. He tries with no avail to save Flametail, the ShadowClan medicine cat, when he falls in the ice. Rock insists it was Flametail's time to die, and Dawnpelt, Flametail's littermate, accuses Jayfeather of murdering him. Jayfeather returns to the Tribe of Rushing Water and once again relives his time as Jay's Wing. He and Half Moon develop feelings for each other and he wants to raise a family with her, but Rock insists Jayfeather cannot stay. Reluctantly, Jayfeather says goodbye to Half Moon and appoints her the first Stoneteller.
He is pleased to see his sister alive when Hollyleaf returns to ThunderClan. When he is told to find the fourth cat, Jayfeather believes it is Flametail. However, the fourth cat turns out to be Firestar. During the battle against the Dark Forest, Jayfeather treats the injured and is horrified when he couldn't save Hollyleaf. He is briefly reunited with Half Moon, and comforts Dovewing when Firestar dies. After the battle, the Three lose their powers.

A Vision of Shadows

"I know where I belong. It's with you, you grouchy, difficult, dedicated furball. And with ThunderClan."
―Alderheart thinking about Jayfeather River of Fire, pages 238-239
Jayfeather and the other medicine cats receive a message from StarClan to find the shadows in order to clear the sky, and Jayfeather is frustrated about the unclear message. He and Leafpool are also informed about Alderpaw's destiny to become a medicine cat, and Jayfeather gains him as an apprentice. While not the most patient mentor, Jayfeather knows Alderpaw is gifted, compassionate and strong, and the two grow close. He grows frustrated when Twigkit follows Alderpaw around and insists he should focus on his training. He is impressed by his ability to stand up to WindClan to fetch the lungwort to heal ShadowClan and gives him his full medicine cat name Alderheart. Jayfeather grows wary when Alderheart shows feelings for a visiting kittypet named Velvet, but is pleased when Alderheart stays. Jayfeather starts vomiting and must be treated by Alderheart, which does not please Alderheart. During this time, Briarlight, whom he had grown close to and helped heal, succumbs to a sickness ravaging ThunderClan. Jayfeather, in particular, is devastated and blames himself for potentially causing her death.

The Broken Code

Bramblestar's impostor: "I promise I will always obey my leader without question. And I will do whatever I'm asked for the good of the Clan."
Jayfeather: "As if we didn't before."
—Jayfeather getting snarky with the impostor The Silent Thaw, page 204
Jayfeather is now ThunderClan's head medicine cat with the death of Leafpool and remains just as grouchy. He chastises his grandniece, Bristlepaw when she insults StarClan but is stopped by Bramblestar. Jayfeather is also mentioned as a "codebreaker" by a StarClan spirit to Shadowsight, along with several other cats. When Bramblestar dies, Jayfeather is heartbroken and blames Squirrelflight for trying Shadowpaw's unusual method to cure him, but is relieved when his adopted father suddenly comes back to life.
When he is informed that he is a codebreaker, he becomes angry that he and Lionblaze are being punished for being half-WindClan, something they had no control over. He later, though very reluctantly, swears an oath of loyalty to Bramblestar's impostor with Lionblaze and Twigbranch. The impostor exiles him, Lionblaze, and Twigbranch for being codebreakers. He temporarily joins ShadowClan as a refugee and helps take down the impostor and returns to ThunderClan along with the other exiles after the impostor is taken down by the Clans. Upon learning that the impostor is Ashfur, Jayfeather mutters that Ashfur is obsessed with Squirrelflight. Jayfeather also wishes to wait and see if Bramblestar's spirit is still present, and to avoid killing his father's body, much to the chagrin of Lionblaze, who argues the opposite. Following Squirrelflight's kidnapping by Ashfur, Jayfeather becomes the medicine cat to Lionblaze, and serves as his brother's voice of reason, fully aware of Lionblaze's short temper and impulsive decision making. Jayfeather and Lionblaze later then agree that Graystripe should be their acting leader instead of Lionblaze.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Jayfeather's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Breezepelt tried to kill my brother. He said he was glad that Hollyleaf was dead, and that none of us should ever have been born. Lionblaze might have forgiven Breezepelt, but Lionblaze is a nicer cat than I am. Or a more stupid one. I can't forgive Breezepelt. I can't forgive you."
―Jayfeather to Crowfeather Crowfeather's Trial, page 403
In Crowfeather's Trial, after the battle against the Dark Forest, Crowfeather occasionally thinks about his ThunderClan kits, and how he often found Jayfeather prickly. He visits ThunderClan in hopes of consulting Leafpool about the stoats, but Jayfeather appears instead. Jayfeather agrees to talk to Bramblestar and Crowfeather grimly wonders where his ThunderClan son got his attitude from. He later visits Jayfeather to ask for help with Breezepelt who is gravely injured. Jayfeather sharply insists he cannot forgive Breezepelt for what he did in the Dark Forest, but cannot let any cat die without doing anything.
"My sons are so grown up, so confident and talented. How could I have regretted raising them for a single moment?"
―Bramblestar reflecting on his love for Lionblaze and Jayfeather Bramblestar's Storm, page 362
In Bramblestar's Storm, Jayfeather creates a memorial to remember the fallen warriors who died during the Great Battle called the Stick of the Fallen. Strong winds destroy much of Jayfeather's herbs supply, and Jayfeather worries it could be a bad omen. He is displeased when Bramblestar brings kittypets to the camp, and Bramblestar tells him his dream about blood rising. Bramblestar reflects about raising Jayfeather and his siblings as kits, and how proud he was being their adopted father.
"You didn't give me a chance to finish. I was about to say I forgave her eventually. Even though I could never love her as a mother after what she'd done, I respected her as a medicine cat and loved her as a Clanmate. Don't pretend you loved her anymore then I did."
―Jayfeather to Squirrelflight and Lionblaze Squirrelflight's Hope, page 396
In Squirrelflight's Hope, Squirrelflight fondly remembers raising him and Lionblaze, and knows that she will always love them even if she isn't their mother. When Squirrelflight nearly dies but is brought back, he, Squirrelflight and Lionblaze mourn the death of Leafpool.


This section summarizes Jayfeather's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Does that mean you can make me see? Hollykit and Lionkit can see things, I know. And I guess you and my mother can. Why not me?"
―Jaykit to Leafpool about his blindness Leafpool's Wish, page chapter 11
In Leafpool's Wish, Leafpool gives birth to Jaykit and his littermates. He is named after his blue eyes which are the color of jay wings, and Leafpool thinks he will be named Jayfeather when he grows up after his father. When Squirrelflight and Leafpool discover that Jaykit is blind, Leafpool is fiercely protective of him, and insists he will have a normal life like any other cat. She holds a special place in her heart for him.
"Medicine cat, wise you are, and such you know. Care for your Clanmates you can without walking in their thoughts and dreams. Let those hidden be from your sight."
―Midnight to Jayfeather about the loss of his powers Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 10
In Dovewing's Silence, Jayfeather accompanies Brambleclaw to the Moonpool to receive his nine lives. He is very stressed treating the injured after the Great Battle. He is in shock after realizing privately he lost his powers, but tries to bury his concern by treating his Clanmates. When Foxleap dies, Jayfeather growls that StarClan has given up on them. He meets with Lionblaze and Dovewing to discuss their powers, and Midnight and Rock reveal their powers are no longer needed, and assure the Three will be successful without them.

Detailed description

Jayfeather is a lean,[18] mottled,[19] pale[20] gray tabby[21] tom[22] with blind,[23] pale[24] blue eyes like a jay's wing.[25] He has thin[26] and silky fur,[27] and a scar running down one side.[28]

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Personality and Relationships

Jayfeather is a sharp, sarcastic, and wise medicine cat. He is not afraid to make scathing remarks to anyone and everyone, including his Clan leader. Despite his attitude, Jayfeather has strong relationships with those close to him, including Lionblaze, Alderheart and Briarlight. For more of Jayfeather's personality and relationships, click here!


Jayfeather's parents are Crowfeather and Leafpool, but his adopted parents are Bramblestar and Squirrelflight. His littermates are Lionblaze and Hollyleaf. For more of Jayfeather's family, click here!



Toys and Plush

Jayfeather Large Plush Cat

  • Series 1
  • Large soft plush of Jayfeather.
  • The original winner of the first "Pick a Plush" poll, ThunderClan's grumpy medicine cat is a large plush that you'll want to get your claws into. Complete with a special Clan symbol on his paw and a striking scar on his back, the plush depicts Jayfeather's blindness with absent pupils.
  • Approximately $29.99 USD.

Jayfeather & Graystripe - Mini Collector Figures

Jayfeather and Graystripe

  • Series 1
  • Sturdy mini figure of Graystripe and Jayfeather, approximately 7cm in height.
  • Graystripe and Jayfeather are two of the most important cats of ThunderClan—Graystripe for his kindness, loyalty, and devotion to his Clanmates; and Jayfeather for his skills as a healer, his prophetic visions, and of course, his inimitable bedside manner.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with the rest of Series 1: Firestar, Leafstar, Tigerstar, and Tawnypelt.
  • Approximate individual price is $12.99 USD, and the three-pack bundle is $38.97 USD.

Blackstar & Jayfeather - Mini Collector Figures

Blackstar and Jayfeather

  • Series 2
  • Though radically different in many ways, these toms both served their Clans in moments of dire need. Although Blackstar did the bidding of ShadowClan's cruelest leaders, when he came to power, he restored ShadowClan’s honor and nobility. And when Jayfeather learned of the prophecy that promised a power greater than StarClan, he set off to save the Clans from darkness—with the help of a certain ancient stick.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with the rest of Series 2: Cinderpelt, Brightheart, Ravenpaw, and Sandstorm.
  • Approximate individual price is $12.99 USD, and the three-pack bundle is $38.97 USD.

Jayfeather Mini-Plush Head - Discontinued

Jayfeather, Mistystar, and Graystripe

  • Series 2
  • A stackable mini-plush head of Jayfeather. Approximately 7cm with an anti-stress bean filling.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with Graystripe and Mistystar.
  • Approximate individual price is $9.99 USD, and the three-pack bundle is $27.99 USD.


Did you know Jayfeather is the second known cat in the series to be referred by the prefix of his name as an affectionate nickname? For more trivia about Jayfeather, click here!


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 286
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 27
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 34
  5. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 82
  6. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 186
  7. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 140
  8. Revealed in The Sight, pages 87-91
  9. Revealed in The Sight, page 91
  10. Revealed in The Sight, page 267
  11. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 253
  13. Revealed in The Sight, page 89
  14. Revealed in The Sight, pages 244-245
  15. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 60
  16. Revealed in Sunrise, page 306
  17. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  18. Revealed in Dark River, page 15
  19. Revealed in The Sight, page 216
  20. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 9
  21. Revealed in The Sight, page 37
  22. Revealed in The Sight, page 4
  23. Revealed in The Sight, page 36
  24. Revealed in The Sight, page 45
  25. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 10
  26. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 17
  27. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 281
  28. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 292