"They can have a father if you want. I'll be here if you need me. I love you, Bluefur. Whatever happens, they'll always be my kits, too!"
— Oakheart after Bluefur decides to raise their kits alone in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 454

Oakheart is a large,[13] thick[14] and sleek-furred,[15] plump,[16] dark[17] reddish-brown tom.[8] He has a broad head[18] and shoulders,[1] massive paws,[19] and clear[20] amber eyes.[21]

He is born as Oakkit to Rainflower and Shellheart, along with his brother, Stormkit. When he and Stormkit sneak out of camp to Sunningrocks, they disturb Goosefeather who is out collecting herbs. Goosefeather chases them back to the stepping stones, and along the way, Stormkit slips and falls, breaking his jaw. Oakkit stays very close to his brother during his recovery, but when Hailstar renames Stormkit to Crookedkit, Oakkit gets named an apprentice Oakpaw, and receives his father, Shellheart, as a mentor.

When Crookedkit returns from living away from RiverClan with loners, Oakpaw receives his warrior name, Oakheart, for defeating dogs on a patrol. He tells Crookedpaw that he'll get his name next, and Rainflower pulls Oakheart aside, cruelly telling him that Crookedpaw will never be as good as him due to his injury. When Crookedjaw receives his warrior name, Oakheart congratulates him, and says that it's Rainflower's loss if she can't be proud of Crookedjaw.

Oakheart grows very close with a ThunderClan warrior, Bluefur, often sneaking off in the night to see her. She gets pregnant with his kits, and when she decides to give them to RiverClan, he supports her lovingly and takes Mistykit and Stonekit to Graypool to foster, mourning the loss of his third kit, Mosskit.

During a battle between RiverClan and ThunderClan over Sunningrocks, he is crushed by a rockfall, but ends up in a conspiracy that Tigerclaw made up, where Oakheart killed Redtail and Tigerclaw killed Oakheart to get revenge. He goes to StarClan, and when Bluestar dies, he guides her to StarClan where they become mates again.


In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

When Talltail and Barkface visit RiverClan looking for a special herb that might heal one of their sickly kits. Oakkit tells Rainflower to look at the WindClan cats; he's curious about them as WindClan cats do not visit RiverClan very often. Rainflower asks Oakkit what is it, and he responds that there are intruders in the camp, and he fluffs out his fur, hissing at the WindClan cats.

Crookedstar's Promise

While RiverClan is evacuating their camp due to flooding, Rainflower begins to give birth. Brambleberry, the medicine cat, hurries her into a tree, where she gives birth to two toms. One she names Stormkit after the storm he was born in, and the other Oakkit, after the oak tree she had sheltered in.
One moon later, while Stormkit is climbing the limb of a fallen tree, Oakkit warns him to be careful. Later, Stormkit then sinks his claws into Oakkit's tail. Oakkit says that he is older than Stormkit, so he will get to be leader.
When ThunderClan invades Sunningrocks, Oakkit and Stormkit sneak out of camp to watch the RiverClan warriors negotiate with the four ThunderClan cats on Sunningrocks. Oakkit and Stormkit sneak out to Sunningrocks again later; they see Goosefeather, ThunderClan's medicine cat, gathering herbs, and the two kits attempt to sneak up on him. Goosefeather turns on them and chases them to the stepping stones; Oakkit gets across safely, but Stormkit slips and breaks his jaw on the rocks.
Oakkit often keeps Stormkit company when he is recovering in Brambleberry's den. At Rainflower's request, Hailstar renames Stormkit to Crookedkit. Also, Oakkit is made an apprentice, named Oakpaw, though Crookedkit isn't. Shellheart is made his mentor, which is very unusual, as parents usually aren't allowed to train their own kits. Rainflower says that she had asked Hailstar to do this because she wanted the best warrior to mentor her kit.
When Crookedkit returns to RiverClan from living with loners, Oakpaw and Shellheart greet him. Oakpaw goes on a patrol with Owlfur, Shellheart, and Softwing, and when they return, they tell Hailstar that Oakpaw saved the rest of the patrol from a dog. As a reward, Hailstar makes him a warrior, gaining the name Oakheart; Hailstar notes his qualities of courage and quick wit. He tells Crookedpaw after the ceremony, that it will be his turn next. Rainflower overhears and tells him that Crookedpaw will never be as good as him. When Shellheart tells her off, Oakheart tells Crookedpaw Rainflower doesn't mean it.
Oakheart is chosen to help reclaim Sunningrocks when Hailstar calls for a gathering in which war against ThunderClan is waged. Before the battle, Oakheart is asked by Rainflower to keep an eye on Crookedpaw. He wishes his brother good luck in the battle.
After Crookedpaw comes up with a plan to scare away a troublesome dog, Oakheart is in the attack patrol. He tells Crookedpaw that it was a good plan as they run after Hailstar. When Crookedpaw lures the dog past his Clanmates and it flees, he leads the charge after it, driving it back towards it's home.
After the incident with the dog, he teases his brother about Willowpaw and asks if he likes her; Crookedpaw tells him she's just a denmate, he doesn't seem convinced.
Oakheart is the one to fetch Crookedpaw and Willowpaw back to camp, saying that Hailstar wants everyone there. After the announcement that RiverClan would take Sunningrocks back, Crookedpaw receives his warrior name, Crookedjaw. Oakheart runs up to his brother afterwards and congratulates him, then says it's Rainflower's loss if she can't be proud of him.
At a leaf-fall Gathering, Crookedjaw asks him why she-cats wait until the last minute to move into the nursery. He shrugs and says he'd think they'd like having everything done for them. When Rainflower says that maybe they enjoy helping their Clan, he sniffs and says he was glad he didn't have to sleep in the nursery, since Frogkit and Sunkit were being loud.
Oakheart watches the old cats, saying they'd talk the night away if they could. He then asks his brother how it feels to be a warrior instead of an apprentice at the Gathering, and is then led away by his mother to meet Talltail, saying he'd be WindClan's leader one day.
When arguing starts over cats being accused of crossing scent lines, Oakheart says that ThunderClan cats were always a bunch of kittypet friends. As Crookedjaw asks if Pinestar knew they were going to take back Sunningrocks, he replies that he was acting strange, but wonders how he could know. He asks what Bluefur said, and if he felt weird talking to her when they were planning an attack, saying that he kind of felt sorry for her.
When Shimmerpelt is kitting, Crookedjaw turns to him and suggests they start collecting bulrushes for a training wall for the kits. Oakheart purrs and says it's a bit early to do that. After the kitting, Oakheart washes his paws and asks his brother if he was okay and tells him to stop fidgeting when he says he is. When they wake up, Oakheart asks why he was so cheerful, and if he had been dreaming about Willowpaw in which his nose is flicked by Crookedjaw's tail as he passes.
In his brother's patrol, Oakheart helps check the Twoleg bridge for WindClan scent. He says they shouldn't ruin Whitefang's dream when Crookedjaw asks if they should wake him up, then asks what the mission was. When Graypaw asks if they could fish, he tells her she could if she wanted to carry it for the rest of the morning.
As they check the bridge, he starts growling, seeing Twolegs right by Graypaw, who was on the other side. The patrol manages to escape from the Twoleg kits.
Half a moon later, he leaps down from the willow tree, commenting that it's never too hot to talk about battles, and that Hailstar had said claw-moon, and glances up at the sky. When Crookedjaw says he'd rather be taught to swim by a snake than by Beetlenose, Oakheart doesn't answer, saying that he bet Hailstar was going to announce the retaking of Sunningrocks. He is chosen to be part of the patrol that would re-mark the Sunningrocks border. When Crookedjaw tries to appease Beetlenose, he purrs and says that they must fight as a Clan.
Two days later, as he is guarding Sunningrocks, he remarks that it is surprising that ThunderClan hadn't tried to fight for the rocks yet, and that they'll be able to bring the elders soon. As a ThunderClan border patrol passes, he bounds down off the rocks and peers at the patrol, turning away after Bluefur hisses at him viciously. When Whitefang asks if he saw anything, he says it was just a nosy young warrior. Crookedjaw asks if it was Bluefur, and says that he seemed really interested in finding out about her. Oakheart tells his brother that he wasn't the one who mooned over she-cats. The two tussle for a moment, before Fallowtail scolds them.
When Hailstar leads a patrol to claim more of ThunderClan's territory, Oakheart goes on his brother's patrol to check the bridge and fence. He tastes the air, and when Crookedjaw asks him if he can see a cat, he asks if he thinks Twolegs were taking their kittypets out with them. When Crookedjaw says it's a warrior, he still can't see it. Oakheart purrs that he thinks he should get Brambleberry to check his eyes, and that Beetlenose would be mad since he was collecting herbs and had missed two patrols.
When the adult Twoleg sees the cats, he hides behind a rock watching as Willowbreeze is captured, then asking what they should do. Oakheart tells the cats that they couldn't rescue her then, as there were too many Twolegs.
Oakheart is called over by his brother who is trying to reassure the kits that Twolegs won't invade the camp. He tells the kits that they rarely go beyond the marsh meadow. He tells Crookedjaw that he's leaving when his brother proposes they could stalk Oakheart, and leaves with Petaldust and Whitefang.
He is found near the alders after Petaldust, Whitefang, and Crookedjaw deal with another dog. Whitefang tells Crookedjaw that Oakheart thought he had seen ThunderClan cats by Sunningrocks. His pelt is wet, and he looks startled when he is found. Crookedjaw asks what happened and if it was Bluefur, and he replies that it wasn't worth mentioning, admitting it was her. He is reminded of the patrol, and dashes away to get back to them.
As Shellheart is organizing patrols, he is asked to come on a hunting patrol with Mudfur, Petaldust, and Crookedjaw. He delivers a fish to the nursery before they go. He teases Petaldust when she falls into the river after catching a huge pike. He wonders where ThunderClan are, and says there was usually a warrior or two yowling at them. When Crookedjaw says they might be mourning Snowfur, he asks why he didn't mention it, and how she died. Oakheart then says he feels sorry for Bluefur.
A quarter moon later, Oakheart is at another Gathering. Hailstar asks where he is, saying he wanted Oakheart to tell the Gathering about the pelt-dens. Crookedjaw points him out. After Hailstar tells the cats RiverClan's news, Oakheart bounds up onto the Great Rock, to the surprise of many. He tells the Clans about the pelt-dens, and Crookedjaw admits to himself that he does look like a leader on the rock.
Oakheart receives his first apprentice, Loudpaw, who is later made a warrior, Loudbelly. Afterwards, when he brings Stonekit and Mistykit to the Clan, he does all the hunting for them. It is revealed by Mapleshade that they are Oakheart and Bluefur's kits. Crookedstar is upset but, Mistykit and Stonekit are his kin, and thus he would not throw them out of the Clan. When he is confronted by this from Crookedstar, there is a challenging hint in his voice telling Crookedstar he would defend his kits if his leader decided to throw them out.
When Crookedstar is hunting with Loudbelly and Piketooth, Crookedstar wishes Oakheart was with them, saying he was fast and light enough on his paws to cross the snow without breaking the frosty crust. He says that Oakheart was resting, after a vicious battle with Thistleclaw three moons ago that had left him with a wrenched leg.
After Willowbreeze, Willowkit, and Minnowkit die, Oakheart stands up to Crookedstar and tells him he is acting like Rainflower. They begin to fight until Silverkit tells Sunfish that they are fighting. Oakheart then nudges Crookedstar forward to introduce himself.
In the manga at the end of the book, Crookedstar mentions that he misses Oakheart, and wishes his brother could be present to see RiverClan as peaceful as it is.

Bluestar's Prophecy

In the prologue, Bluestar is drowning in the gorge after one of the dogs from the dog pack pulls her in. She hears Oakheart's spirit guiding her while she was swimming, and he tells her that their kits were waiting for her.
At a Gathering, Hailstar announces him as a new warrior, Oakheart. His brother, Crookedpaw, tells Bluepaw that they are littermates.
Later on, Bluefur is with a ThunderClan patrol and the RiverClan warriors are sunning themselves on Sunningrocks. Oakheart goes to investigate and the two lock gazes. Bluefur snarls at him but finds she is drawn to his gaze. Sunfall, the ThunderClan deputy, tells Bluefur to come back, but she can't turn her eyes away. Oakheart finally breaks eye contact and walks away.
Oakheart is chased off ThunderClan territory by Bluefur when he is sunning himself on Sunningrocks. Bluefur spits insults at him and attacks, causing Oakheart to throw Bluefur into the river. He tells her to stand up when she appears to be drowning in one of the shallowest parts of the river.
Bluefur catches a bird, and Oakheart compliments her from his side of the river. She is angered and asks if he was spying, and he teases that he can patrol his own border.
When ThunderClan takes a patrol to RiverClan to ask for Sunningrocks back, Oakheart tells Bluefur to meet him the next day at moonhigh at Fourtrees. At Fourtrees, Bluefur and Oakheart meet. There, after he remarks that it's too cold to stand around, Bluefur challenges Oakheart to a race to the top of one the four oaks. Oakheart then reveals he can't climb, and Bluefur shows him how to climb trees. They climb up one of the oak trees. Once at the top, Oakheart vows to teach Bluefur how to swim. Bluefur has no interest, for she fears the water because of Goosefeather's prophecy. Oakheart and Bluefur then build a nest in one of the roots of the great oaks, and they fall asleep together. Bluefur soon becomes pregnant with his kits, Mosskit, Mistykit, and Stonekit.
In a meeting at the border, Oakheart tries to convince Bluefur to join RiverClan or let him join ThunderClan. Bluefur refuses both and insists on raising the kits as pure ThunderClan. When Tawnyspots, the ThunderClan deputy, becomes ill, Bluefur makes a heartbreaking choice and gives the kits to Oakheart to raise as she cannot let the bloodthirsty Thistleclaw to be the deputy. On the journey to RiverClan in the middle of a snowstorm, though still on ThunderClan territory, Mosskit dies of hypothermia. Snowfur comes and leads Mosskit away to StarClan.
Bluefur can tell that Oakheart doesn't understand why she is giving up the kits, but that he agrees to take them all the same. She then takes the kits to Sunningrocks for Oakheart to take them to RiverClan. When doing so, Mosskit freezes in the snow and Bluefur buries her, taking Mistykit and Stonekit to him. Oakheart takes the kits to RiverClan, and the two never speak to each other again after this meeting, fearing some cat would put some connections to two strays found in RiverClan to Bluefur's lost kits, though his former mate admits to herself that she never stopped loving him or their kits.

Yellowfang's Secret

Oakheart is present at Yellowpaw's second Gathering. She asks who the two strange, sleek cats were, to which Brackenfoot replies that they are Oakheart and Timberfur of RiverClan.

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Into the Wild

In the prologue, Oakheart, the deputy of RiverClan, leads RiverClan into battle against ThunderClan at Sunningrocks. He is pinned by the ThunderClan warrior, Tigerclaw. Tigerclaw tells him that Sunningrocks is ThunderClan territory. Oakheart then replies that Sunningrocks will belong to RiverClan after tonight. Then more RiverClan warriors appear out of the water, and Tigerclaw lets go of Oakheart when he hears Mousefur scream. During the battle, the ThunderClan deputy, Redtail realizes that ThunderClan cannot match RiverClan's number of warriors, and he orders ThunderClan to retreat. Oakheart raises his voice in a caterwaul of victory, declaring that RiverClan has won Sunningrocks.
Later, when a ThunderClan apprentice, Ravenpaw, returns from the second battle at Sunningrocks, he says that Oakheart was leading a party of RiverClan warriors toward Sunningrocks. Ravenpaw said that Tigerclaw told Oakheart to back down, but Oakheart said that RiverClan had to be fed. When Tigerclaw returns, he said that Oakheart killed Redtail, but he was able to avenge Redtail's death by killing Oakheart. Afterward, the ThunderClan apprentice, Graypaw, remarks that Oakheart was one of the greatest warriors in the forest.
At a Gathering, a ThunderClan apprentice, Firepaw, listens to Tigerclaw talk about the battle at Sunningrocks, but he doesn't mention Oakheart's death. Firepaw assumes it is so he doesn't offend RiverClan warriors. But when Ravenpaw tells the story at the same Gathering, he says that Redtail raced past him yelling, "Oakheart is dead!" Firepaw is then confused because he thought that Oakheart killed Redtail and Tigerclaw then killed Oakheart. But according to Ravenpaw, Redtail killed Oakheart.

Forest of Secrets

In the prologue, Oakheart is seen with his fur fluffed against the cold by the river, emerging from the reeds. Irritably shaking the snow from his paws as he sinks into the snow drifts, Oakheart continues with two unknown kits in front of him. Every time they attempt to stop, he nudges them on. As the three cats move forward, the river widens out and they arrived at a small island near the bank. Oakheart meows in encouragement that they were almost there, to the kits. Sliding down the bank into a narrow pathway, Oakheart continues on through the reeds and leaps onto the dry earth of the island. The biggest kit scrambles to follow him as the smaller kit collapses on the ice and remains there, pitifully mewing. Pausing for a moment, Oakheart jumps down beside the kit and attempts to nudge it to its paws. Too exhausted to move, the kit's ears are licked by Oakheart to comfort it. Proceeding to pick the helpless scrap up, Oakheart carries it onto the island.
As bright eyes watch Oakheart from the shelter, he leads the way to a large clump of bushes, which is the nursery. As Oakheart draws closer, a she-cat suckling a kit raises her head. Oakheart sets down the kit and the other one staggers into the shelter from behind him. Oakheart is asked by the queen what he has brought, to which he replies that they were kits who needed a mother to look after them. Eyes shocked, Graypool asks who the kits belonged to, knowing they didn't belong in RiverClan. She also asks where Oakheart found the kits. Not meeting the eyes of Graypool as he speaks, Oakheart claims that he found them in the forest and says that the kits were lucky that a fox had not found them first. Graypool rasps with disbelief, telling Oakheart not to talk to her as if she is mouse-brained. She demands what cat would abandon kits in the forest, especially in the current weather. Oakheart shrugs, suggesting that rogues or Twolegs would. Nosing the small kit, Oakheart says that he couldn't just leave them there. He pleads for Graypool to care for the kits, as her other kits died and the ones he brought will unless she helped them. Graypool murmurs that she will take care of them, then.
Puffing his chest out in a sigh of relief, Oakheart picks up the first kit and then the next, laying them next to Graypool. When the kits were settled, Graypool meows that she didn't understand, asking why two kits would be alone in the forest, noting that their mother must be frantic. Oakheart prods a piece of moss with his paw, telling Graypool that he didn't steal them. Graypool looks at Oakheart for a while before admitting that she didn't think he did, but adds that Oakheart wasn't telling her the whole truth. Oakheart says that he has told her all that she has needed to know, but Graypool snaps that he hasn't, demanding how the mother of the kits would feel. Lifting his head, growling, Oakheart says that the mother was probably a rogue cat and the weather wasn't good to be looking for her. Attempting to protest, Graypool is cut off as Oakheart speaks, springing to his paws, leaving the nursery. He promises Graypool that he will bring her some fresh-kill over his shoulder as he exits. As Graypool begins to wash the kits, she suddenly identifies the scent of the kits, noting that Oakheart refused to explain their origins.
Fireheart and Graystripe visit Ravenpaw so he can tell them the story of Sunningrocks again. Ravenpaw tells them that when Redtail attacked a RiverClan warrior and also Oakheart's son, Stonefur, Oakheart came out of nowhere and said that no ThunderClan warrior would harm Stonefur. Ravenpaw then says that Redtail sprung on Oakheart, knocking them both off of a cliff, under an overhang, and then a rock collapsed on top of them. Then Redtail came and yowled that Oakheart was dead. Ravenpaw tells them that Oakheart was killed by a rock slide, not Redtail.
Later, Fireheart goes over to RiverClan to talk to Oakheart's daughter, Mistyfoot, who confirms that Oakheart was killed by a rock slide, but has no idea why Oakheart said that Stonefur would not be harmed. When he goes over the second time to RiverClan, Mistyfoot brings Graypool. Graypool then reveals to Fireheart that Mistyfoot and Stonefur came from ThunderClan, but that is all she knows.
After Bluestar discovers that Fireheart had been going to RiverClan she then confirms that Mistyfoot and Stonefur both came from ThunderClan. She also reveals that they were her kits, and Oakheart was the father. She tells the whole story of how she and Oakheart met and when she gave up her kits, so she could become deputy, instead of the bloodthirsty Thistleclaw.

A Dangerous Path

Although he doesn't formally appear, as Bluestar dies, she wonders if Oakheart is coming for her. This signals that she is about to join StarClan.

In The New Prophecy arc


Oakheart chooses the RiverClan representative to go on the great journey to meet Midnight. Despite Bluestar's challenge of his choice, he chooses Feathertail and appears to her in a dream to tell her of her duty. In turn, he challenges and jokes at his mate's choice, but not in an offending tone. When Bluestar challenges him, he asks if she was not well mentored. This was because Feathertail's mentor was Mistyfoot, Bluestar and Oakheart's daughter.


Oakheart is briefly seen at the beginning of the book at the Moonpool. When Bluestar is worried about trouble in the Clans, he tells her that that the Clan cats are not kits and they know how to defend themselves against foxes, badgers, and Twolegs. Bluestar retorts to him that there are more dangers to the Clans than what he had listed.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

Night Whispers

In the prologue, he appears in StarClan with Lionheart and Mudfur discussing the uprising of the Dark Forest.

In the Field Guides

Cats of the Clans

Rock mentions that Mosskit should be proud of Oakheart for raising Mistystar and Stonefur to be strong, respected warriors. When Rock talks about Crookedstar, he mentions that when he brought Mistystar and Stonefur to Riverclan, he came to Crookedstar with a tale of finding two kits lost in the snow. Oakheart gave his two kits to Graypool, one of the oldest queens in RiverClan. He knew she would recognize their scent, but he trusted her to keep quiet. Rock tells Mosskit that all three of his kits inherited Oakheart's strength and courage.

Battles of the Clans

He does not make an appearance, but Tigerstar mentions him when he is taking the reader on a tour of the old territories. At Sunningrocks, he points out the spot where he claims Redtail cornered Oakheart in a narrow gully and attacked him, then stepped back when he was dying.

The Ultimate Guide

Oakheart appears on Bluestar's page. Isolated by grief, Bluefur fell in love with Oakheart, but ended when Bluefur realized she could not be loyal to ThunderClan while her heart lay elsewhere. Unknown to them, she was expecting his kits. Bluefur gave up her three kits to Oakheart so she can become deputy instead of Thistleclaw. Oakheart raised Mistyfoot and Stonefur in his own clan. Oakheart appears on Crookedstar's page. Rainflower showered Oakkit with attention, leaving Crookedkit discontent. Crookedjaw’s world fell apart with Oakheart falling in love with Bluefur and compromising his loyalty to RiverClan. This is also mentioned on Mapleshade's page.
Oakheart has his own page. Oakkit was aware that his mother Rainflower favored him over Crookedkit. Oakkit was fiercely protective of and loyal to Crookedkit still and was shocked when Crookedkit left RiverClan and Oakkit was forced to enter the apprentice den alone. He trained hard and honed his skills and soon there were murmurs of leadership qualities, but Crookedkit arrived shortly before Oakpaw became a warrior, and everything seemed as it should be, until Oakheart met Bluefur, and was fascinated by her and sought her out at Gatherings. Crookedjaw warned him not to get too close but Oakheart saw no harm. Oakheart suggested to Bluefur they should meet at Fourtrees at night. On top of the trees staring at the stars, Oakheart knew he had fallen in love forever, but understood they could not be together. Not long after, Crookedstar became leader and asked Oakheart to be his deputy, but Oakheart refused. His loyalties were still torn until Bluefur told him she was expecting his kits. Oakheart was eager for either of them to change clans but Bluefur raised them alone, telling nothing of their real father. Soon came the time that Bluefur brought them to Oakheart to be raised in RiverClan. Oakheart gave them to Graypool to raise and watched over them. Oakheart was killed by a rock slide during a clash of Sunningrocks.
He appears on Mistystar and Stonefur's page. Mistykit and Stonekit were born to Bluefur after her short relationship with Oakheart. They were taken to Oakheart and RiverClan, leaving Bluefur to save her Clan. Graypool and Crookedstar guessed where they came from but kept Oakheart’s secret.

In the Novellas

Mapleshade's Vengeance

Although unnamed, Reedshine mentions how Appledusk will live on through his great-grandkits. Mapleshade promises to watch over all of Reedshine's and Appledusk's kin and punish each one. She thinks of how for all eternity, their kin will mourn the day Appledusk destroyed her life.

Spottedleaf's Heart

Oakheart is briefly seen by Spottedpaw when Bluefur gives away her kits. The tortoiseshell sees both talking in urgent voices before he splits away to lead her kits to the other side of the river.

Redtail's Debt

Oakheart, the RiverClan deputy, and his patrol ambush Redtail, Tigerclaw and Ravenpaw when they go to remark the Sunningrocks border. Oakheart insists that RiverClan will not back down from claiming Sunningrocks. A fight ensues, and Redtail tries to prevent Oakheart from fighting Ravenpaw. Oakheart threatens to kill Ravenpaw, and Redtail instinctively delivers a fatal blow to the RiverClan deputy. Despite Tigerclaw's praise, Redtail immediately regrets killing Oakheart.

Mistystar's Omen

At Mistyfoot's leader ceremony, Oakheart appears to his daughter and apologizes for not acting as a true father to her in life. He promises that they will walk together in StarClan one day and gives her a life for finding the courage to follow her heart.


Interesting facts

  • His mother was originally a she-cat named Lilystem;[22] however, this was changed to prevent an inconsistency in a scene in the book.[23]
  • Oakheart's mentor was his father despite close kin not normally mentoring kin, though Shellheart wouldn't have been his mentor if Rainflower didn't ask Hailstar.[24]

Author statements

  • On Twitter, Kate has confirmed Bluestar and Oakheart are mates in StarClan, but that she and the rest of the Erin Hunter team never had time to point it out in the books.[25]


  • He has mistakenly been described with green eyes.[26]
  • He has been described as tawny,[27] fox-colored,[28] bracken-colored,[29][30][13] and a dark brown tabby.[31][32]
  • He was once mistakenly called Oakpaw in Crookedstar's Promise even though he had already received his warrior name.[33]
  • In Mistystar's Omen, Mistystar mentions that she did not know Oakheart to be her father until after Bluestar's death.[34] However, in Forest of Secrets, long before Bluestar's death, Mistyfoot tells Fireheart that Oakheart is her father.[35]
  • In Bluestar's Prophecy, Leopardfoot says Oakheart had broken up the fight between Brokenpaw and two apprentices,[36] but in Yellowfang's Secret, it was Cedarstar who broke it up.[37]
  • In Redtail's Debt, he is killed by Redtail, when in reality Oakheart died from a rockfall.[4]

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Bluestar:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Mistystar:[39] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Mosskit:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stonefur:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Shellheart:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rainflower:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Crookedstar:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Primrosepaw:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Reedwhisker:[40] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Perchkit:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Silverstream:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowkit:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Minnowkit:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Feathertail:[42] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member


Stormfur:[42] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)


Lark That Sings at Dawn:[43] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)


Pine That Clings to Rock:[43] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)


Applefrost:[44] Status unknown
Shyheart:[44] Status unknown


Willownose:[44][45] Status unknown


Patchkit:[46] Deceased, residence unknown
Larchkit:[47] Deceased, residence unknown


Petalkit:[48] Deceased, residence unknown


Reedshine:[49] Living (As of Mapleshade's Vengeance)


Appledusk:[50] Deceased, residence unknown


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    = Gender Unknown


"Thank you. I hope we get to train together soon. You're my littermate and I'll always be there for you."
—Oakpaw to Crookedkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 61

"We are a Clan and when one cat fights, he fights for the whole Clan."
—Oakheart talking to Beetlenose and Crookedjaw Crookedstar's Promise, page 265

Oakheart: "Why don't you go in and see her?"
Crookedstar: "I've got other things to worry about."
Oakheart: "Really? You can't avoid her forever, you know. She's going to be racing around camp playing hunt the frog before you know it. Don't you want her to know who her father is?"
Crookedstar: "What? Like your kits knew who their father was?"
Oakheart: "That was different. I was always there for them, hunting for them, playing with them. Silverkit hardly knows you exist."
Crookedstar: "Leave me alone. It's none of your business."
Oakheart: "Actually it is my business. You're my littermate! Silverkit is my kin, too! You're being a fish-brain and every cat knows it. I'm just the only cat brave enough to tell you!"
Crookedstar: "Brave? You? You couldn't even tell me that Bluestar was expecting your kits. If she hadn't dumped them on you so she could be deputy, it'd still be a secret. [...] Don't pretend you understand how I feel, because you don't!"
Oakheart: "No, I don't! But I do understand there's a kit in there whose father doesn't want anything to do with her. How can you lead a Clan when you won't even take responsibility for your own kit?"
Crookedstar: "Like you did?"
Oakheart: "Like I've done! I don't know how you can let her grow up thinking you don't love her. You, more than anyone, should know how terrible that feels. But you're doing it to your own kit."
Crookedstar: "How dare you accuse me of that? [...] How can I love her when every cat I love dies?"
Oakheart: "I'm still here."
Crookedstar: "You're here for now."
Oakheart: "It's a risk every cat has to take. Would you rather have no feelings at all? Do you wish you'd never loved Willowbreeze? Where's your courage, Crookedstar?"
—Oakheart and Crookedstar about Silverkit Crookedstar's Promise, pages 488-490

Oakheart: "But I want to know you. Everything about you-your favorite fresh-kill, your earliest memory, what you dream of..."
Bluefur: "You can't! The warrior code!"
Oakheart: "This isn't about the code. This is about us. Meet me tomorrow at moonhigh at Fourtrees."
Bluefur: "I can't!"
Oakheart: "Just meet me. Give me a chance!"
—Oakheart to Bluefur Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 420-421

Oakheart: "Bluefur! Crookedstar is about to send a patrol."
Bluefur: "Okay, I'm going to have kits."
Oakheart: "It'll be all right. Our kits will be great. Brave and strong and clever, good at swimming and climbing trees!"
—Bluefur tells Oakheart that she is going to have his kits Bluestar's Prophecy, page 452

Bluefur: "It's not that. My Clan needs me."
Oakheart: "I need you, too."
Bluefur: "No, you don't. I'm going to raise these kits as ThunderClan. My Clanmates will assume that a ThunderClan cat is the father."
Oakheart: "Any cat in particular?"
Bluefur: "No! But this is the only way it can be. Don't you see that? To give our kits the best chance, I must raise them as if they were pure ThunderClan."
Oakheart: "What about me?"
Bluefur: "It's my problem. I'm the one having these kits. I'll be the one raising them without a father!"
Oakheart: "They can have a father if you want. I'll be here if you need me. I love you, Bluefur. Whatever happens, they'll always be my kits, too!"
—Bluefur telling Oakheart about her decision Bluestar's Prophecy, page 454

Tigerclaw: "Oakheart! How dare you hunt in our territory? The Sunningrocks belong to ThunderClan!"
Oakheart: "After tonight, Tigerclaw, this will just be another RiverClan hunting ground!"
—Oakheart to Tigerclaw, fighting at Sunningrocks Into the Wild, page 1

Oakheart: "I will begin. Crookedstar, do I have your permission to speak for RiverClan?
Then I invite you all to see and approve my choice.
Bluestar: "That one? Are you sure, Oakheart?"
Oakheart: "I thought that choice would please you, Bluestar. Do you not think she was well mentored?"
Bluestar: "She was excellently mentored."
—Oakheart chooses Feathertail to go on the journey to the sun-drown-place Midnight, pages 2-3


Oakpaw's apprentice ceremony
Hailstar: Shellheart and Oakkit share courage, strength, and loyalty. Strengthen those talents in your apprentice, Shellheart, and make Oakpaw a warrior who will lead RiverClan to greatness.
Everyone: Oakpaw! Oakpaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 5

Oakheart's warrior ceremony
Hailstar: Oakpaw. From this moment on you shall be known as Oakheart. StarClan honors your courage and your quick wits, and we welcome you as a full warrior of RiverClan.
Everyone: Oakheart! Oakheart!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 12

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 8
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 40
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 10
  5. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 57
  6. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 61
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 153
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 60-61
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 338
  11. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 454
  12. Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 1
  14. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 338
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 336
  16. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 83
  17. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 74
  18. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 337
  19. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 4
  20. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 458
  21. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 408
  22. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  23. Revealed on Kate's blog
  24. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 5
  25. Revealed on Kate Cary's Twitter
  26. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 421
  27. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 185
  28. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 419
  29. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 13
  30. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 1
  31. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, page 68
  32. Revealed in Starlight, page 2
  33. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 219
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  35. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 56
  36. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 447
  37. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 369
  38. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 452
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 465
  40. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 6, undefined
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 474
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 223
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  45. Revealed in an unknown book
  46. Revealed on A letter
  47. Revealed on A letter
  48. Revealed on A letter
  49. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 8
  50. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480


  1. Redtail's Debt depicts Oakheart's death being caused by Redtail.[4] However, one of the foundational aspects of The Prophecies Begin was that he did not die that way, and instead was confirmed to be killed by a rockfall.[5]