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

Jayfeather is a gray tabby tom with blind blue eyes.[10]

Jayfeather is a ThunderClan medicine cat that has served under Firestar's and Bramblestar'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 is 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. 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 forced to swear an oath of loyalty.


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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 born to Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight 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 with Jayfeather 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 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. 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

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.

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.
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.
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.


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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.
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,[11] mottled,[12] pale[13] gray tabby[14] tom[15] with blind,[16] pale[17] blue eyes like a jay's wing.[18] He has thin[19] and silky fur,[20] and a scar running down one side.[21]

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Jaykit's apprentice ceremony
Jaykit: What about me? I want to be an apprentice like Lionpaw and Hollypaw.
Firestar: Of course you do, and your mentor will be Brightheart. From this day until you receive your warrior name, you will be Jaypaw.
Everyone: Jaypaw! Jaypaw! Jaypaw!
Reference: The Sight, pages 89–91

Jaypaw's medicine cat apprentice ceremony
Leafpool: StarClan! I bring you Jaypaw, my apprentice, and pray you accept him as you once accepted me.
Reference: The Sight, pages 267

Jayfeather's medicine cat ceremony
Leafpool: I, Leafpool, medicine cat of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. He has trained hard to understand the ways of a medicine cat, and with your help he will serve his Clan for many moons. Jaypaw, do you promise to uphold the ways of a medicine cat, to stand apart from rivalry, between Clan and Clan, and to protect all cats equally, even at the cost of your life?
Jaypaw: I do.
Leafpool: Then by the powers of StarClan I give your true name as a medicine cat. Jaypaw, from this moment you shall be known as Jayfeather. StarClan honors your skill and your thirst for knowledge. You have saved the lives of many cats.
Everyone: Jayfeather! Jayfeather!
Reference: Long Shadows, pages 252–254


Jaypaw: "I might not be able to see what you see, but I can tell a lot from what I can hear and smell and feel. I know ShadowClan is over there, not just because the stench of them is enough to scare a rabbit, but because the tang of the pines tells me there can't be much undergrowth, so the cats who hunt there must be cunning and good at stalking. And over there I can smell the moorland. The wind comes in a great unbroken sweep, undisturbed by trees. The WindClan cats who live there must be fast and small to hunt in such open country. I know RiverClan live across the lake, though I can't smell their scent. It's hidden by the scents from the lake, which are stronger today because of the wind. But I know RiverClan will feel the coming rain first because the wind is driving the waves this way- I can hear them slapping against the shore."
Brightheart: "You can tell all that without seeing it?"
Jaypaw: "Yes, of course."
—Jaypaw and Brightheart The Sight, pages 100-101

Spottedleaf: "Jaypaw, you have power enough to shape the destiny of your entire Clan."
Jaypaw: "But I want to be a warrior!"
Spottedleaf: "Accept your destiny!"
Jaypaw: "It's not fair!"
Spottedleaf: "I know... Your gift is not a burden... But you must be brave, because it has more power than the sharpest claw...."
—Spottedleaf and Jaypaw The Sight, pages 232-233

"Rely on your instincts, Jaypaw. They are sharper than any cat's."
—Leafpool when Jaypaw will be responsible for the sick cats The Sight, page 315
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"One day we will be so powerful we shall command even StarClan!"
—Jaypaw's thoughts about the Three The Sight, page 363

Birchfall: "You're not very sympathetic for a medicine cat."
Jaypaw: "I'm here to heal you. If you want sympathy, go to the nursery."
—Birchfall and Jaypaw after he pulls out a thorn from Birchfall's paw Dark River, page 99

Cinderpaw: "Wow! Impressive. What's it like?"
Jaypaw: "What's what like?"
Cinderpaw: "Being blind."
Jaypaw: "What does it feel like being able to see?"
Cinderpaw: "I don't know, I guess it feels normal."
Jaypaw: "Well, being blind feels normal to me."
Cinderpaw: "But isn't it hard not being able to tell where everything is?"
Jaypaw: "But I can tell. Everything smells or makes a sound, and sometimes I get a- a sense of things."
Cinderpaw: "So you never get frustrated?"
Jaypaw: "Only when I get treated like I'm different. I don't feel any different, so it's really annoying when anyone makes a fuss about my blindness. It's like they feel sorry for me when there's nothing to feel sorry about."
—Jaypaw and Cinderpaw Dark River, pages 149-150

Jaypaw: "Now do you believe that I don't need eyes to see?"
Leafpool: "Oh, Jaypaw. I have always believed in you."
—Jaypaw and Leafpool Dark River, page 153

"He was surprised by how much his mentor hated using his skills like this, seeing as his victim was the snake that had killed Honeyfern. He had been fascinated to discover that there were plants that would harm instead of heal. I wonder if there are others..."
—Jayfeather's thoughts on deathberries Sunrise, page 233

"The time for lies and secrets is over. The truth must come out. StarClan was wrong not to tell you who you were a long time ago."
—Yellowfang to Jayfeather Sunrise, page 286

Rock: "So much is the same...You can't stay here. You know that, don't you?"
Jayfeather: "Why not?"
Rock: "You are too powerful to be lost in the past."
Jayfeather: "I can be powerful here! I could raise kits, teach them everything I know, and then go back to the Clans. I...I don't want to leave."
—Rock and Jayfeather Sign of the Moon, page 242

Jayfeather: "From this moment on, you will be known as the Teller of the Pointed Stones. Others will come after you, moon upon moon upon moon. Choose them well, train them well, and trust the future of your Tribe to them."
Half Moon: "Tribe?"
Jayfeather: "Yes. You are a Tribe now, united in loyalty to everything you represent. It won't be easy, but the other cats will understand what needs to be done to keep you safe here forever."
Half Moon: "I'll miss you."
Jayfeather: "And I you. I won't ever forget you, I promise."
—Jayfeather talking to Half Moon Sign of the Moon, page 268

"There are no herbs that can take away memories. You just have to learn to live with them."
—Jayfeather to Bumblestripe The Forgotten Warrior, page 9

"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

Lionblaze: "Is Jayfeather back?"
Bumblestripe: "He got back just after you left."
Lionblaze: "Was he okay?"
Bumblestripe: "He snapped at Hazeltail for getting in the way, hissed at Cherrypaw for trampling on Ferncloud's moss and ordered Foxleap and Toadstep to fetch comfrey. So I guess he's fine."
—Lionblaze and Bumblestripe about Jayfeather The Last Hope, pages 40-41

"You'll never win! You can kill me! But that won't stop me! I´ll find you beyond my death, and I'll stop you!"
—Jayfeather to Tigerstar The Last Hope, page 79

Jayfeather: "Leafpool?"
Leafpool: "Are you okay? Firestar was flustered when he came back to camp. I was worried about you. I know how it feels, to lose your place as a medicine cat."
Jayfeather: "Firestar says I can keep treating my Clanmates."
Leafpool: "Brightheart could treat the Clan, but that doesn't make her a medicine cat. You need to be able to visit StarClan and share with other the medicine cats and our ancestors."
Jayfeather: "I don't care."
Leafpool: "Go to the Moonpool. Share your dreams with StarClan. Find Flametail and make him tell the truth to his Clanmates."
Jayfeather: "How can I go? I'm not allowed to be a medicine cat outside ThunderClan!"
Leafpool: "No one can stop you from visiting the Moonpool, do you think any cat would risk displeasing StarClan by standing in your way? Go to them and make Flametail tell the truth!"
—Leafpool to Jayfeather The Last Hope, page 22

""When all cats have closed eyes, we gave the gift of sight to the cat who is blind. You see more than most, but look inside, too. See your own strength.""
Midnight to Jayfeather The Last Hope, page {{{page number}}}

"Crowfeather fought against an impulse to turn around and go home. Jayfeather was difficult and gruff at the best of times. With all that had been going on, it wouldn't be easy to ask him for help. But I'm like that, too. Perhaps I have passed down something to this kit.'"
—Crowfeather's thoughts about Jayfeather Crowfeather's Trial, page 204

Jayfeather: "You are sticking your nose into a bees' nest, aren't you? Okay, fine. I'll talk to Bramblestar about it. He's reasonable; he'll probably take this seriously. If you want my advice, WindClan needs to sort itself out. If you had brought this up right from the start, maybe Nightcloud would still be here. If nothing else, the Great Battle should have taught all the Clans the importance of working together."
Crowfeather: "You're right, of course."
Jayfeather: "I always am."
—Jayfeather and Crowfeather about the stoats Crowfeather's Trial, pages 207 - 208

"I still don't forgive you. Everything I said is still true. But I'm a medicine cat, and I can't just let a cat die when I could save him. Not even Breezepelt. So here is the burdock root."
—Jayfeather to Crowfeather Crowfeather's Trial, page 404

"What does that mean? If you try really hard, do you think you could be a bit more obscure?"
—Jayfeather's annoyance with StarClan's vague prophecy The Apprentice's Quest, page prologue

"Talking back to an old badger like me is not the same as standing up for what you believe to cats from other Clans. I was proud of you."
—Jayfeather to Alderpaw Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 21

Jayfeather: "Don't, Alderheart. Purdy's gone. He was very old and lived a long life, and now that life is done. Part of being a medicine cat is knowing when to let go."
Alderheart: "I didn't help him."
Jayfeather: "Sometimes you can't."
—Jayfeather and Alderheart after Purdy dies Shattered Sky, page chapter 7

"He has to be the worst patient ever, since the Clans came to the lake."
—Alderheart's thoughts after Jayfeather gets the sickness River of Fire, page 145

"To Alderheart's surprise, Fuzzball crept up and sat quietly beside him. He was even more astonished to see Jayfeather reach out with his tail and touch the little ginger tom lightly on his shoulder."
—Alderheart seeing Fuzzball comfort Jayfeather and not being turned away River of Fire, page 213

Jayfeather: "We need you in ThunderClan, Alderheart. You're a good medicine cat. You work hard to keep your Clan healthy, and you have a real connection to StarClan. And you're young: you’ll take care of the next generation of ThunderClan cats, just as you looked after Twigpaw. If ThunderClan had to lose you, it would be like a wound that wouldn't heal."
Alderheart: "It's true, I like Velvet. And I do feel a pull toward her. But you don't have to worry, Jayfeather. I would never leave ThunderClan. I don't doubt any longer that my place is here. It's just...well, it's nice to have a cat to talk to who doesn't need my help. I'll miss that."
Jayfeather: "Really? You weren't thinking you might go with Velvet to the Twolegplace?"
Alderheart: "No. I was thinking about how to say good-bye."
Jayfeather: "Thanks, Alderheart. That's good to hear."
Alderheart (in thought): "I know where I belong. It's with you, you grouchy, difficult, dedicated furball. And with ThunderClan."
—Jayfeather and Alderheart before Velvet leaves River of Fire, pages 238-239

"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

"Then why isn't every cat named? Am I going to be punished because my mother broke the code? She was the one who had kits with a cat from another Clan, not me!"
—Jayfeather when he learns he is a listed codebreaker The Silent Thaw, page 164

Jayfeather, purring: "Lionblaze! Are you well? Have you had enough to eat?"
Lionblaze: "I'm fine."
Jayfeather: "I want you to come to the medicine den so I can check you over properly, you smell a bit sour."
—Brotherly love The Silent Thaw, pages 202-203

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. Revealed in The Sight, page 91
  3. Revealed in The Sight, page 267
  4. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 253
  6. Revealed in The Sight, page 89
  7. Revealed in The Sight, pages 244-245
  8. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 60
  9. Revealed in Sunrise, page 306
  10. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Dark River, page 15
  12. Revealed in The Sight, page 216
  13. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 9
  14. Revealed in The Sight, page 37
  15. Revealed in The Sight, page 4
  16. Revealed in The Sight, page 36
  17. Revealed in The Sight, page 45
  18. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 10
  19. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 17
  20. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 281
  21. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 292
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