"Squirrelflight and Leafpool were friends to us. If Squirrelflight has lost her mate, then we must help her find him again. We owe her that much. She stood up for us when no other cat could."
— Moonlight convincing the Sisters to help the Clans in Darkness Within, page 196

Moonlight is a huge gray she-cat.[11]

Moonlight was the former leader of the Sisters. She took several mates, and in one litter with a loner named Root, Moonlight had three kits, Earth, Sunrise, and Ice; however, due to the Sisters' custom, she made Earth leave the Sisters, making him resent Moonlight for it. Many moons later, Moonlight was carrying Jack's kits, and refused to let the Sisters move when the Clans were wanting to drive them out for territory. She briefly reunited with Tree, but he condemned her for abandoning him, and she befriended Squirrelflight when the ThunderClan deputy defended the Sisters' ways against the Clans. During the battle to drive out the Sisters, Moonlight went into labor and had three kits, Leaf, Squirrel, and Moon, but she later died of her injuries sustained in the battle. She became a ghost, but never forgot how Squirrelflight and Leafpool helped the Sisters, and convinced them to help the Clan cats when they needed help looking for Bramblestar's ghost.


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A Vision of Shadows

"One day my mother brought a mouse back to the den. It was injured, but not dead. She told me how to kill it. So I killed it, and when I did, she said, "You're grown now". The next morning, when I woke, she was gone. My sister was too."
―Tree about his mother leaving him Thunder and Shadow, page Bonus Scene, page 17
Moonlight is mentioned numerous times by her son, Tree. He claims that his mother had given him an injured mouse to kill, stating afterward that he was grown up. Tree claims that upon waking up the following morning, he discovered that his mother and sister were gone, having abandoned him, and Tree did not know where they had gone. When asked his name, Tree tells Needlepaw that if his mother gave him one, he forgot.

The Broken Code

"Do we need their respect? Aren't you curious about what's going on? If something is stopping spirits from wandering the forest, shouldn't we find out what it is?"
―Moonlight to the Sisters about the Clans Darkness Within, page 196
Moonlight appears as a ghost to the Sisters and her grandson, Rootspring, when Rootspring's patrol asks for help to find a lost Clanmate, Bramblestar's ghost. She meets Tree's son, Rootspring, and the yellow tom thought he would never meet his father's mother. The Sisters, at first, are not wanting to help the Clans due to past experiences, but Moonlight tells them that Squirrelflight and Leafpool helped them in the past, where Squirrelflight was the only cat to stand up for them. Moonlight adds that the Clans have rules, but the Sisters should not listen to them as they will only be there for a little while. She says they must help if something is stopping spirits from wandering the forest. Snow, the current leader of the Sisters, is convinced to help the Clans afterwards.

Super Editions

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

"Then reason with me. Don't quote words given to you by someone else. You're my son. I hope I taught you to have a mind of your own."
―Moonlight to Tree Squirrelflight's Hope, page 291
In Squirrelflight's Hope, Moonlight is the heavily pregnant leader of the Sisters and shows distrust of the Clans. After the Sisters take Squirrelflight and Leafstar captive, she briefly reunites with Tree, but her son angrily condemns her for abandoning him as a kit. Moonlight is unapologetic to Tree and refuses to move her group until her kits are born. All attempts at a peaceful resolution fail due to the Clans' unwillingness to work together, Tree's bias towards his mother, and Moonlight's stubbornness.
Eventually, tensions between the Clans grow to a point where they are willing to force out the Sisters, but Moonlight, long overdue for her kits, goes into labor, giving birth to two she-cats and a tom. However, as soon as they are born, she leaves her kits and goes to fight in the battle instigated by the Clans, but later dies from her injuries. Her kits are named Leaf, Squirrel, and Moon, the latter who is named after her.


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

In Tree's Roots, Moonlight leads the Sisters in the ceremonies to send toms away and the mourning ceremony for Haze. She asserts to her son, Earth, that toms must be sent away and refuses to let him to stay, insisting that he is ready. At night, Earth is sent away, and much later, Earth meets his father Root, who reveals that Moonlight abandoned him without giving him a chance to know his kits.

Detailed description

Moonlight is a huge, long-furred,[11] thickly-pelted[12] well-muscled, and broad-shouldered[13] gray she-cat with wide paws, and a bushy tail.[2][13][14]

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Personality and Relationships

Moonlight can be peaceful and wise, but stubborn and prideful to a fault. Much like the other Sisters, Moonlight prefers her daughters over her sons, something Tree resents her for. However, despite fighting against the Clans, Moonlight befriends Squirrelflight, the ThunderClan deputy. For more of Moonlight's personality and relationships, click here!


Moonlight had several mates and litters of kits throughout her life. With Root, she had Tree, Ice, and Sunrise, and she had Leaf, Moon, and Squirrel with Jack. For more of Moonlight's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Her daughter, Moon, is named after her.[15]


  • Moonlight is mistakenly said to be in a group of loners.[3]


Needlepaw: "Didn't your mother name you? You said you named yourself, but your mother must have given you a name when you were born."
Tree: "If she did, I forgot it."
—Needlepaw and Tree about his name Thunder and Shadow, Bonus scene, page 16

Squirrelflight: "Aren't you frightened you might have sons who'll have to leave you?"
Moonlight: "We can't hold on to those we love forever."
Squirrelflight: "What about their father? I hope you don't mind me asking, but did you love him?"
Moonlight: "I liked him. But Jack's an everkit—a den-bound cat. He was fun to be around, and handsome. And I was ready to have another litter. But my life is with the Sisters."
Squirrelflight: "Will you see him again?"
Moonlight: "I'll visit the barn where he lives and show him his kits when they're old enough to travel. They may want to know him, and they might even choose to live near him when they're old enough to leave our group. We let our young decide how they want to live. Not every cat wants a life like ours."
—Squirrelflight and Moonlight discussing Jack Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 5

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"A spirit so young needs guiding. He won't understand what he's lost and who waits for him beyond death. We must help him find a place in the hearts of the living and the dead so that he can know both."
―Moonlight about Flickerkit Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 18

"Do you think like a Clan cat too? Dividing land out like prey to be given to others. Have you forgotten that as a tom, you are a protector of the land? You should wander it, not own it!"
―Moonlight to Tree about the roles of toms Squirrelflight's Hope, page 292

"Is the land really worth that much to the Clans? Would they harm kits to get their paws on it?"
―Moonlight to Tree and Squirrelflight Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 20

Squirrelflight: "I'm sorry to hear about Moonlight."
Snow: "She died defending her kits. It was an honorable way to die. Besides, we still see her."
Squirrelflight: "Do you talk to her?"
Snow: "Yes. She wanted me to thank you for saving her kits from the landslide. And for trying to save us from your Clanmates. It was a courageous thing to do."
—Snow telling Squirrelflight how thankful Moonlight is Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 29

"I don't want to. [Moonlight] abandoned me in life. Why should I have to put up with her in death?"
―Tree refusing to see Moonlight's ghost Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 29

"Moonlight's death was regrettable, but SkyClan has done what it can, offering shelter to her kits until they are strong enough to travel."
―Bramblestar about Moonlight Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 30

Rootspring: "One of their ancestors is here."
Needleclaw: "Here? Now?"
Rootspring: "She's a spirit."
Moonlight: "You are Tree's kit, aren't you? […] I am his mother."
Rootspring: "I didn't think I'd ever meet you."
Moonlight: "Really? Even though you clearly have [Tree's] gift?"
Rootspring: "I only learned I had it recently."
—Moonlight meeting Rootspring Darkness Within, pages 195-196

"The Clans love making rules. Let them if they must. You will not be with them long."
―Moonlight about the Clans Darkness Within, page 196

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 408
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 59
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 404
  4. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 321
  5. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 407
  6. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 60
  7. Revealed in the blurb for Squirrelflight's Hope
  8. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 196
  9. Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 3
  10. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 190
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 57
  12. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 308
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 61
  14. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 94
  15. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 409
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