|"She's a whole moon older than me. Come and talk to her, you'll see she's not as soft as she looks."|
|— Mousepaw telling Lionpaw about Minnowpaw at a Gathering in The Sight, page 134|
Minnowtail is a RiverClan warrior who has served under Leopardstar's and Mistystar's leaderships in the lake territories. She was born as Minnowkit to Dawnflower alongside her siblings, Pebblefoot and Tumblekit, in the old forest. They participated on the Great Journey and, after settling by the lake, the family fell ill from poisoned water, and Tumblekit died. As an apprentice, Minnowpaw was mentored by Voletooth. After earning her warrior name, Minnowtail trained an apprentice, Mossyfoot, and was trained in the Dark Forest. However, she fought for the Clans in the Great Battle, and mentored another apprentice, Breezeheart.
In The New Prophecy arc
- Minnowkit is born to Dawnflower, a RiverClan queen, along with her two siblings, Pebblekit and Tumblekit. She makes the journey with the four Clans to their new home by the lake. When she and her siblings are stuck out on the Thunderpath, they are saved by Squirrelpaw, Crowpaw and Dawnflower. They are then checked over by Leafpaw, who finds that they are not hurt, just tired and frightened.
- They are later seen being carried by Dawnflower and two other RiverClan Warrior|warriors. In the mountains, when a second eagle attacks, she and the other Clan kits are herded into a corner until the Tribe cats can fight it off. She and her siblings and Tallpoppy's kits share prey and play with the Tribe's kits.
- "The other day they ran away from camp and went exploring on their own. It was Minnowkit's idea. She can think of more ways of getting into trouble than there are stars in Silverpelt. The sooner she has a mentor to keep an eye on her, the happier I'll be."
- —Mistyfoot to Leafpool about Minnowkit Twilight, page 163
- After Minnowkit tells the story to Leafpool she asks if it is her fault and Leafpool assures her it isn't, and calmly tells her to go to sleep. Eventually, Tumblekit dies from the poisoning, although all the other cats, except for an elder named Ivytail, recover.
- Later, Minnowkit and Pebblekit are playing by dabbing their paws in water. Mothwing tells them to play somewhere else because if they fell in, she wouldn't have enough time to save them. Minnowkit and Pebblekit move and play by running around in circles.
In the Power of Three arc
- Pouncepaw: "What do you think of the island?"
- Lionpaw: "It's great."
- The Sight, page 135
- Minnowpaw is now an apprentice with Voleetooth as her mentor. She attends the first Gathering which siblings Lionpaw and Hollypaw attend. Mousepaw calls Lionpaw over to meet her. He mentions that she is a whole moon older than him, even though she has fluffy fur like a kit. Minnowpaw introduces two other RiverClan apprentices, Pouncepaw and Pebblepaw, to Lionpaw and Mousepaw. She offers to show the two toms around the island, but Lionpaw irritably rejects the offer, though he thinks Mousepaw would have enjoyed a moonlit walk with the pretty apprentice.
- Minnowpaw participates in the Daylight Gathering and her Clanmate, Pouncepaw, earns the fattest fish.
- While her Clanmates are trying to reconstruct the RiverClan camp, she and Pouncepaw help Voletooth shift stones to try to block the stream so it becomes deeper and wider. Minnowpaw is the one who warns them of the Twolegs returning in time for them to flee.
- Later, she is one of the cats who Hollypaw meets while in RiverClan; she is alarmed by the ThunderClan apprentice's presence, asking why she was there and why she smelled so bad. She is also on patrol when WindClan find them on their side of the border after they were chased by a horseplace dog. She asks if they should run when the WindClan patrol come but is told that it is no use. She and Pouncepaw are seen moving closer together.
In the Omen of the Stars arc
- She is now a warrior known as Minnowtail. She has also been given an apprentice, Mossypaw.
- When Ivypaw goes to the Dark Forest for a training bout, she spots Minnowtail and Hollowpaw along with many other warriors, training in the ways of the gloomy forest. Minnowtail's reason for training in the Dark Forest is unknown.
- When Dovewing uses her powers, she hears Minnowtail giving Mossypaw a fishing lesson, and tells her apprentice that she has to sit where her shadow doesn't fall over the water.
- Her apprentice, Mossypaw, is now a warrior named Mossyfoot. Minnowtail is seen in climbing training in the Dark Forest. Minnowtail pushes past Hollowpaw to head for the top of the tree, almost knocking Ivypool off her branch. She is noted to have a light, strong body and confident movements. Minnowtail wins the exercise, her reward being that she did not have to jump down, expecting an attack from the tree, while the other cats did. Minnowtail jumps gracefully down from the tree and lands in a clump of fern, then pairs up with Breezepelt for battle training. Afterwards, Minnowtail asks if they did well, and Shredtail growls that the Clan cats aren't there for praise, they are there to fight. When battle training is over, Minnowtail has a small patch of fur missing from the fight.
- Later at a Gathering, Ivypool catches Minnowtail's gaze, reminding Ivypool of their training together in the Dark Forest.
- After Jayfeather's business with RiverClan is done, Minnowtail escorts ThunderClan's medicine cat off of their territory, and nudges Jayfeather impatiently from behind. She is joined by Hollowflight, Beetlewhisker, and RiverClan's deputy, Reedwhisker. After finally realizing what the Place of No Stars is, and what Tigerstar and his cats hoped to accomplish, she and Sunstrike are horrified, and they all fight for their respective Clans during the battle with the ghostly cats.
In the A Vision of Shadows arc
- Minnowtail is now mentoring Breezepaw. At a Gathering, Mallownose and Minnowtail are seen sharing tongues with Brightheart and Cloudtail, and the RiverClan cats look sleek again after the long leaf-bare. When the Gathering starts without ShadowClan, Bramblestar announces that Violetpaw has returned to said Clan, and that StarClan's prophecy is safe again, yet Crowfeather opens question on if Violetpaw and Twigpaw are really part of it. From among the RiverClan warriors, Minnowtail asks what else the prophecy could mean, and she points out that the kits are the only things they found in the shadows.
- Minnowtail is only seen once entering the ThunderClan camp, where RiverClan are temporarily staying, coming back from a patrol with Mistystar, Breezepaw, Mallownose, and Podlight.
- Minnowtail attends the Gathering with her Clan, and stands near Reedwhisker as they talk to Lionblaze and Twigbranch.
In the Super Editions
- Her apprentice, Breezepaw, is now a warrior named Breezeheart.
In the Novellas
- "You don't understand! I trained in the Dark Forest. I gave away our battle secrets. They said they were training me to be a better warrior for my Clan. They said they'd kill me. But I would never have betrayed RiverClan."
- —Minnowtail confessing to Mothwing during the Great Battle Mothwing's Secret, page chapter 8
- "Hush, Mossypaw! Reedwhisker is a loyal and brave warrior, and will make a great deputy."
- —Minnowtail scolding her apprentice Mistystar's Omen, page chapter 2
- Minnowtail is sent on another hunting patrol, this time led by Mallownose. She hunts with Petalfur and Robinwing, as well as Mossypaw. Mistystar is dismayed at the small amount of prey that is brought back, saying that they couldn't even feed Podkit and Curlkit, Duskfur's two kits with this prey.
- She was mistakenly described as black.
The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.
- On the Warriors website family tree, Minnowtail's grandparents are Mosspelt and Frogleap. Her half-aunt is Willowshine.
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|Lakeshine ♀||Cedarpelt ♂||See More|
|Sunfish ♀||Frogleap ♂||Mosspelt ♀|
|See More||Dawnflower ♀||Willowshine ♀|
|Pebblefoot ♂||Minnowtail ♀||Tumblekit ♀|
= Gender Unknown
- Mothwing's Secret
- Dawn (First appearance; mentioned only)
- The Sight
- Dark River
- Outcast (Allegiance only)
- Eclipse (Allegiance only)
- Long Shadows (Allegiance only)
- Sunrise (Allegiance only)
- Hollyleaf's Story (Allegiance only)
- The Fourth Apprentice (Allegiance only)
- Mistystar's Omen
- Fading Echoes (Allegiance only)
- Night Whispers
- Sign of the Moon (Mentioned only)
- The Forgotten Warrior
- The Last Hope
- Dovewing's Silence (Allegiance only)
- Crowfeather's Trial (Allegiance only)
- Bramblestar's Storm (Allegiance only)
- The Apprentice's Quest (Allegiance only)
- Thunder and Shadow
- Shattered Sky (Allegiance only)
- Darkest Night
- River of Fire (Allegiance only)
- Tigerheart's Shadow (Allegiance only)
- Tawnypelt's Clan (Allegiance only)
- The Raging Storm
- Squirrelflight's Hope (Allegiance only)
- Lost Stars (Allegiance only)
- The Silent Thaw (Allegiance only)
- Veil of Shadows (Allegiance only)
- Leafpool: "And did he drink it?"
- Minnowkit: "We all did. It was yucky."
- Twilight, page 172
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Allegiance only)
- (Indirect mention only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Twilight, page 172
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, pages 72-73
- ↑ Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Night Whispers, page 79
- ↑ Revealed in Dark River, page 196
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 134
- ↑ Revealed in Twilight, page 171
- ↑ Revealed on the screenshot) (
- ↑ Revealed in Twilight, page 167
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Twilight, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Twilight, page 154
- ↑ Revealed on the
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