"Tell Tigerstar I'm sorry."
— Juniperclaw to Violetshine before accepting his death in The Raging Storm, page 313

Juniperclaw is a black tom[13] with green eyes.[14]

He is the son of Dawnpelt and Crowfrost, and the brother of Strikestone and Sleekwhisker. He is apprenticed under the name of Juniperpaw and his mentor is Stonewing. He, along with the other apprentices, feels ShadowClan was no longer feared, and eventually leaves with Sleekpaw, Needlepaw and Violetkit to become one of Darktail's rogues, giving himself the name of Juniperclaw. He soon realizes that Darktail is cruel and dishonorable, and escapes for ThunderClan, but Dawnpelt is killed before she can get there.

After gaining Whorlpaw as an apprentice, he speaks out against Rowanstar and becomes part of SkyClan when ShadowClan is annexed to them. He rejoins ShadowClan under his uncle Tigerstar, and is made deputy when Tawnypelt steps down. As deputy, Juniperclaw tries to end the fighting with SkyClan by poisoning SkyClan's fresh-kill, which Alderheart uncovers. Tigerstar strips him of his deputy position. Juniperclaw escapes ShadowClan and saves Violetshine and Shadowkit stuck in a flood, but decides to let himself drown in atonement for his actions.


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A Vision of Shadows

"There are cats in SkyClan right now who followed Darktail. I'm one of them. Will you drive us out too, one day? Don't you believe a cat can change?"
—Juniperclaw to Leafstar River of Fire, page 92
Juniperpaw is a young ShadowClan apprentice with Stonewing as his mentor. His parents are Dawnpelt and Crowfrost, the ShadowClan deputy. He and his littermates speak out against the warrior code, much to their parents' horror, and eventually leaves ShadowClan with Needletail, Sleekpaw and Violetkit to join Darktail, giving himself the name of Juniperclaw. While he enjoys the freedom of being a rogue, he realizes how cruel Darktail is and regrets his decision to leave ShadowClan. He manages to escape with his brother, Strikestone, with help from their mother. He participates in driving out the Kin from the lake, but still holds resentment against Rowanstar for letting ShadowClan be taken over. During this time, he is given Whorlpaw as an apprentice.
After Rowanstar loses confidence in his leadership and Tigerheart disappears, the entirety of ShadowClan joins SkyClan. After Leafstar turns away his sister, Sleekwhisker, and Yarrowleaf, Juniperclaw helps harbor them in ShadowClan's old camp, and begins to spite Leafstar. He later rejoins ShadowClan when Tigerheart becomes leader, and Whorlpaw becomes a warrior. At the reformed ShadowClan's first Gathering, he is announced as ShadowClan's new deputy in place of Tawnypelt, which sparks an uproar among the Clans as Juniperclaw had abandoned ShadowClan in favor of being a rogue with Darktail.
As the fight with SkyClan reaches its peak, Juniperclaw decides to poison SkyClan with deathberry seeds to coerce them to leave the lake and nearly kills Sparrowpelt. However, his plot is discovered by Alderheart and the accusations are brought before ShadowClan, to which Juniperclaw admits to poisoning SkyClan but tries to affirm he did it for the sake of ShadowClan. ShadowClan is horrified, and Strikestone and Tigerstar effectively disown him as family, the latter demoting him from deputyship. Juniperclaw escapes the camp soon afterwards and upon discovering Violetshine and Shadowkit in a flood, he sacrifices himself to save them both to atone for his actions.

Super Editions

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Strikestone: "I suppose we do get a rabbit, and no bloodshed."
Juniperclaw: "I still wish we could have left them with a scratch or two."
—Strikestone and Juniperclaw after a battle is prevented Tigerheart's Shadow, page 66
In Tigerheart's Shadow, Rowanstar has given Juniperclaw Whorlpaw as an apprentice, though Juniperclaw still dislikes Rowanstar and even attempts to leave for SkyClan with Scorchfur until Tigerheart convinces them otherwise. The trio of cats fight a badger together and Juniperclaw wounds his paw during the the fight. Later on, when Tigerheart returns to ShadowClan and becomes leader, Juniperclaw is the first to cheer Tigerstar's new name.


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Juniperclaw: "Oh, that’s enough! You kits need to settle down right now. You’re waking up the whole camp!"
Dovewing: "Sorry, Juniperclaw. But they’re only kits."
Juniperclaw: "Maybe that’s how kits act in ThunderClan, but here we expect them to have some consideration for their Clanmates."
—Juniperclaw after Shadowkit, Pouncekit and Lightkit wake him up Tawnypelt's Clan, page Chapter 1
In Tawnypelt's Clan, he gets angry when his younger cousins wake him up, and begins to yell at Dovewing until Tigerstar intervenes. Tawnypelt also feels distant both from both Juniperclaw and Strikestone since they were her grandsons, but didn't feel like kin at all.

Detailed description

Juniperclaw is a sleek,[1] skinny[15] lithe, black tom,[13] with green eyes and a thin tail.[14]


Interesting facts

Author statements

  • Kate thinks Juniperclaw went to StarClan, claiming that "because he redeemed himself at the end, and he was only misguided, not evil."[19]


  • He has been mistakenly described as a she-cat.[13]

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Stonewing: "How could you embarrass me like this? Haven't I been a good mentor to you? I've taught you everything you know."
Juniperpaw: "Cats are born knowing how to hunt and fight. Why do I need you telling me what I already know?"
—After the apprentices speak out against the older cats Thunder and Shadow, page 144

"Not even WindClan respects us anymore. At the last Gathering, Fernpaw called us a bunch of frog-eaters. In the old days, apprentices from other Clans didn't even dare speak to us. Ratscar told us that ThunderClan used to tell nursery stories about how terrifying we were. I bet their nursery stories aren't so scary now."
—Juniperpaw on why he wants to join Darktail Thunder and Shadow, page 143

"I'm going with her. Nobody's going to tell me what prey I can eat ever again."
—Juniperpaw after Needlepaw goes rogue Thunder and Shadow, page 176

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Leafstar: "Darktail was our enemy! He killed our Clanmates too!"
Juniperclaw: "How? You only joined our last battle with the rogues. I don't remember hearing that any of you died."
Leafstar: "He invaded our home in the gorge and took over. Eventually, he drove us from our camp."
Juniperclaw: "Eventually?"
—Juniperclaw and Leafstar at a Gathering Darkest Night, page 35

"Scorchfur wasn't alone in wanting a stronger leader than Rowanstar."
—Juniperclaw about Rowanstar at a Gathering Darkest Night, page 268

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  2. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 20
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 176
  4. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 10
  6. Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Raging Storm, page 317
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 182
  9. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 205
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 6
  12. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 25
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 82
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 1
  15. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 14
  16. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 20
  17. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  18. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 197
  19. Revealed on Kate's blog
Noimage Kin cats
Leader Darktail
Members RainRavenNettleRoachDragonflyFlameSiltThistle
ShadowClan defectors NeedletailJuniperclawSleekwhiskerVioletshineBerryheartCloverfootBeenoseSparrowtailMistcloudBusterBirchbarkLioneyeSlatefurPuddleshineStrikestoneDawnpeltStonewingGrassheartWhorlpeltSnaketoothFlowerstemSnowbirdScorchfurYarrowleafConefootFrondwhiskerGullswoopRatscarOakfurPinenoseSpikefur
Kittypet recruits MaxZeldaLoki
RiverClan prisoners ReedwhiskerMintfurIcewingBrackenpelt
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