"Not every cat has to be the same."
— Needlepaw to Turtlepaw in Lost Stars, page 19

Needleclaw is a black-and-white she-cat[1] with a black chest,[5] and bright eyes.[6]

Needleclaw is a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar's leadership in the lake territories. Needlekit was born to Violetshine and Tree, with her sibling Rootkit. As an apprentice, Needlepaw protected her brother Rootpaw from Kitepaw and Turtlepaw, who were constantly mocking him. She participated in several training sessions with her mentor, Reedclaw, and when Bramblestar started accusing the codebreakers, she strongly believed that if things got worse, she would leave SkyClan. She also has pride in her father, Tree, because he is the "best at settling quarrels". She later earned her warrior name of Needleclaw.


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The Broken Code

"It would be fun to train with Needlepaw. She could be annoying because she was faster than him and liked to rub it in, but she was his sister, after all, and she might show him a new move. It would be better than worrying about ghosts."
—Rootpaw's thoughts about his sister. The Silent Thaw, page 14
Needlekit and her brother, Rootkit, are the kits of Violetshine and Tree, SkyClan's mediator. She is later apprenticed to Reedclaw and renamed Needlepaw. While Rootpaw fails behind in his training, Needlepaw excels in hers and Rootpaw feels guilty that he is not on the same level as his sister. She encourages him not to listen to the teasing of Turtlecrawl and Kitescratch. Needlepaw later earns her warrior name of Needleclaw and continues to support her brother as he helps the rebels and SkyClan expose Bramblestar's impostor.

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Needleclaw's warrior ceremony
Leafstar: Then I, Leafstar, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend her to you as a warrior in turn. Needlepaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Needlepaw: I do.
Leafstar: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your warrior name. Needlepaw, from this moment on you will be known as Needleclaw. StarClan honors your skill and your patience, and we welcome you as a full warrior of SkyClan.
Everyone: Needleclaw! Needleclaw!
Reference: Veil of Shadows, chapter 3


Needleclaw's parents are Tree and Violetshine, and her brother is Rootspring. For more of Needleclaw's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Needleclaw has Sister blood through Tree.[7]
  • Since her father,[8] brother,[9] and grandmother[8] can see spirits, it is possible that she can too.[8]

Author statements


Needlepaw: "I have the same father. But I just tell the other apprentices to keep their paws out of my business, and they leave me alone. They only tease you because you let them see it bothers you."
Rootpaw: "I know, but—"
Needlepaw: "You should try not to worry what your Clanmates think. If you're true to yourself, you’ll prove them all wrong. I'm sure of it."
—Needlepaw comforting Rootpaw Lost Stars, page 65

Needlepaw: "What's wrong with you? You're acting weird again."
Rootpaw: "Am I? I guess I'm just worried about my assessment."
Needlepaw: "You don't even know when it is. Why bother—I understand now. You want to talk to Bristlefrost. I'll leave you in peace. But don't let Leafstar see. She doesn't approve of cats having mates in other Clans."
Rootpaw: "She's not my mate!"
—Needlepaw and Rootpaw at a Gathering The Silent Thaw, pages 41-42

"Who are you, and what have you done with Tigerstar?"
—Needleclaw joking to Rootspring Veil of Shadows, page Chapter 23

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 81
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 18
  4. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 36
  5. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 44
  6. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 41
  7. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 11
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 170
  9. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 305

Author references

Logo-skyclan SkyClan cats
Leader Leafstar
Deputy Hawkwing
Medicine cats FrecklewishFidgetflake
Mediator Tree
Warriors SparrowpeltTinycloudSagenoseMintfurNettlesplashRabbitleap (Wrenpaw)PlumwillowMacgyverHarrybrookBlossomheartBellaleafDewspringReedclawVioletshineFringewhiskerPaleskyGravelnoseNectarsongQuailfeatherPigeonfootSunnypeltKitescratchTurtlecrawlNeedleclawRootspring
Apprentice Wrenpaw
Queens N/A
Kits N/A
Elders Fallowfern
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