"Run! Now! Make this count, Violetpaw!"
— Needletail's last words to Violetpaw in Shattered Sky, page 218

Needletail is a silver-gray she-cat with white chest fur and green eyes.[10]

Needletail was the eldest kit of Sparrowtail and Berryheart, and a former ShadowClan apprentice under Rowanstar's leadership in the lake territories who turned rogue to join Darktail's Kin. As an apprentice, Needlepaw joined Alderpaw's quest to find SkyClan, and the apprentices discovered two abandoned kits who they named Violetkit and Twigkit. After Violetkit was taken to join ShadowClan, Needlepaw befriended her, but being frustrated with Clan life and the warrior code, took Violetkit with her to join Darktail's group and renamed herself Needletail. However, when Violetpaw was discovered to be working against the Kin, Needletail sacrificed herself to save her. She appeared as a ghost and led Violetpaw to Tree before joining StarClan.


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A Vision of Shadows

"I'm sick of living in a Clan that only cares about peace. The rogues would have made us strong. But, if you don't want them to join us, I'm going to join them!"
—Needlepaw deciding to go live with the rogues Thunder and Shadow, page 176
Needlepaw is the sole daughter of Berryheart and Sparrowtail, mentored by Tawnypelt, and is often showed to pay little respect towards Clan life. She meets the ThunderClan medicine cat apprentice, Alderpaw, and forcibly includes herself on his journey to the gorge. There they encounter Darktail; Needlepaw befriends him and his rogues, but flees from their camp when they are suspected of plotting with SkyClan. She and Alderpaw become separated from the rest of their patrol, but find two kits abandoned in a tunnel underneath a Thunderpath. They return to the lake, and at a Gathering, Needlepaw supports ShadowClan's claim to a kit, and Rowanstar chooses to take the kit Needlepaw had named, Violetkit.
Initially, Needlepaw ignores Violetkit, but after being pressured by Alderpaw, the two become friends, and Needlepaw allows Violetkit to meet in secret with her sister, Twigkit. She aligns herself with Darktail when rebellion arises among the ShadowClan apprentices, leaving the Clan to join the rogues and taking Violetkit with her. Changing her name to Needletail, she unofficially mentors Violetpaw and is shocked when she returns to ShadowClan. However, Needletail convinces her to join the Kin after Darktail takes over ShadowClan.
After Darktail kills Rain and cats who attempt to flee his Kin, Needletail realizes her mistake. She allows Mothwing and Alderheart to recover herbs from their camp, causing her to be starved in the prisoners den. When Violetpaw is caught sneaking poppy seeds into Darktail's prey, Needletail is nearly drowned. Darktail tells her to earn her life by killing Violetpaw, but Needletail instead attacks him, Sleekwhisker, and Roach, allowing Violetpaw to escape. She is killed, but her spirit leads Violetpaw to Tree, a cat prophesied to help the Clans, before joining StarClan.

Detailed description

Needletail is a short-furred,[blog 1] sleek, silver-gray she-cat with white chest fur.[10] She has a long body, a thick tail,[11] and bold green eyes.[10]


Interesting facts

Author statements


  • She is called a ShadowClan warrior twice, despite never earning the rank.[12][13]
  • She is depicted without white chest fur on the cover of Shattered Sky.[14]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page prologue
  2. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, pages 176-177
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 300
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 218
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, manga
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 198
  9. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 13
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 46
  11. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 12
  12. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 95
  13. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 96
  14. Revealed on the cover of Shattered Sky
Author references
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The Prophecies Begin FirestarGraystripeYellowfangCinderpeltSpottedleafSandstormCloudtailBluestarTigerstar
The New Prophecy BrambleclawFeathertailStormfurSquirrelflightCrowfeatherTawnypeltLeafpoolHawkfrostMothwing
Power of Three LionblazeJayfeatherHollyleafBreezepeltRockSolAshfur
Omen of the Stars DovewingIvypoolLionblazeJayfeatherCinderheartHawkfrostTigerstarFirestarFlametail
Dawn of the Clans Gray WingClear SkyThunderTall ShadowWind RunnerRiver RippleTurtle TailJagged PeakStormBright Stream
A Vision of Shadows AlderheartNeedletailTwigbranchVioletshineDarktailTreeRowanclawTigerstarLeafstarFinleap
The Broken Code BristlefrostRootpawShadowsightBramblestarSquirrelflightBramblestar's impostor
Graystripe's Adventure GraystripeMillie
Tigerstar and Sasha SashaKenJeanPineShnukyTigerstar
Ravenpaw's Path RavenpawBarley
SkyClan and the Stranger LeafstarBillystormSol
Super Editions FirestarSandstormLeafstarSkywatcherBluestarThistleclawSnowfurGoosefeatherCrookedstarOakheartRainflowerMapleshadeSharpclawEchosongStickYellowfangSagewhiskerBrokenstarRaggedstarTallstarJakeSparrowBramblestarSquirrelflightJessyMoth FlightMicahHawkwingTigerheartDovewingSpireCrowfeatherBreezepeltNightcloudAshfootSquirrelflightBramblestarMoonlight
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Leader Darktail
Members RainRavenNettleRoachDragonflyFlameSiltThistle
ShadowClan defectors NeedletailJuniperclawSleekwhiskerVioletshineBerryheartCloverfootBeenoseSparrowtailMistcloudBusterBirchbarkLioneyeSlatefurPuddleshineStrikestoneDawnpeltStonewingGrassheartWhorlpeltSnaketoothFlowerstemSnowbirdScorchfurYarrowleafConefootFrondwhiskerGullswoopRatscarOakfurPinenoseSpikefur
Kittypet recruits MaxZeldaLoki
RiverClan prisoners ReedwhiskerMintfurIcewingBrackenpelt
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