"What in StarClan's name are you doing?"
— Owlclaw to Dovepaw as she attacks him in Fading Echoes, page 288

Owlclaw is a light brown[3] tabby tom.[4]

Owlclaw was a ShadowClan warrior under Blackstar's leadership in the lake territories. As an apprentice, Owlpaw was mentored by Smokefoot and participating in a hunting challenge at the daylight Gathering. He earned his warrior name, Owlclaw, and teamed up with ThunderClan to defeat the badgers.


In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Owlpaw is one of ShadowClan's apprentices, being mentored by Smokefoot.
The young apprentice is one of the ShadowClan cats attacking ThunderClan. He is spotted by Lionpaw, who notes that he is attacking his brother, Jaypaw. Owlpaw taunts and mocks Jaypaw, who is blind and cannot see where he is attacking. Lionpaw, seeing this, rushes up to his brother's side and calls Owlpaw a coward, to which he is offended. He shows his true nature when he attacks Jaypaw, slashing at his nose. Although blind, Jaypaw fights back, with the help of Lionpaw, and manages to overtake his attacker.
At a Gathering, he and another ShadowClan cat, a warrior named Oakfur, show disdain at Firestar's acceptance of non-Clan born cats into ThunderClan, and Owlpaw says that Firestar is destroying the warrior code by letting in kittypets, loners, and other cats, like Stormfur and Brook.
Owlpaw seems very enthusiastic about Squirrelflight's idea for a Daylight Gathering, and when Heatherpaw suggests the apprentices compete against each other, he boasts, saying he could beat any ThunderClan cat when it comes to hunting.
After the Daylight Gathering, Owlpaw is furious that the Clan leaders called the contests a draw, saying that he was the best hunter, and Lionpaw and Breezepaw didn't even return from hunting. He is reprimanded by a ShadowClan she-cat, saying that the two apprentices almost died. Although still upset, Blackstar, ShadowClan's leader, announces that Owlpaw will have first pick of their prey when they return home. Each of the other Clan leaders does the same, and from RiverClan, Leopardstar announces Pouncepaw as their best apprentice, Onestar of WindClan picks Heatherpaw, and Firestar chooses Hollypaw, from ThunderClan.

Dark River

Although not formally appearing himself, Owlpaw is mentioned to be at a Gathering by Breezepaw, who says that he and Ivypaw had challenged Berrypaw, a ThunderClan apprentice, to a jumping contest.


Owlpaw does not formally appear in Outcast, but is listed in the allegiances.


Owlpaw is part of the ShadowClan patrol that takes Jaypaw, Hollypaw, and Lionpaw to ShadowClan's camp to see Sol. The apprentice is looking fearfully up at the sun, and Hollypaw wonders if they think StarClan will hide the sun if they start fighting again.

Long Shadows

Owlpaw does not formally appear in Long Shadows, but is listed in the allegiances.


He is part of a border patrol with Ivytail and Smokefoot when Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf try to find out who their father is.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Owlpaw has now become a warrior, with the name Owlclaw.
He is seen on a patrol with Tawnypelt, her apprentice, Starlingpaw, and Redwillow, another ShadowClan warrior. As the traveling cats return from finding the source of the dwindling lake. Their patrol is scented by Dovepaw, and Lionblaze notes that he never thought he would be glad to be in ShadowClan's territory again.

Fading Echoes

While a fight between ShadowClan and ThunderClan break out, Owlclaw is attacked by two ThunderClan cats, Dovepaw and Rosepetal. They overpower him and drive him into a bush, and he yowls in pain. Owlclaw is again attacked by Dovepaw, who then moves on to attacking another one of his Clanmates, a warrior named Crowfrost.
As Lionblaze tears Russetfur off of Firestar, he accidentally kills her. Owlclaw is the first to notice this, and he yowls in shock, saying that Lionblaze killed the ShadowClan deputy. Lionblaze, shocked by this, says that he didn't do anything to her.

Night Whispers

Owlclaw does not formally appear in Night Whispers, but is listed in the allegiances.

Sign of the Moon

Owlclaw does not formally appear in Sign of the Moon, but is listed in the allegiances.

The Forgotten Warrior

Owlclaw does not formally appear in The Forgotten Warrior, but is listed in the allegiances.

The Last Hope

Owlclaw does not formally appear in The Last Hope, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Super Editions

Crowfeather's Trial

Owlclaw does not formally appear in Crowfeather's Trial, but is listed in the allegiances.

Bramblestar's Storm

Owlclaw is part of a patrol that catches Bramblestar and his patrol on ShadowClan territory. He, Tawnypelt, Scorchfur, and Grasspaw make up the rest of the group. He and Scorchfur flank Bramblestar's patrol on both sides, while Grasspaw brings up the rear, as Tawnypelt leads them to camp to speak with Blackstar.
During the battle with the badgers, Owlclaw is part of the group that attacks them. Before Bramblestar is able to move in to attack, he sees Owlclaw appear and slash his claws across the badger's face. The tabby tom's attack distracts the black and white animal, who soon regains his footing and chases after Owlclaw.

In the Novellas

Hollyleaf's Story

Owlpaw does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story, but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

Owlclaw does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen, but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

Owlclaw does not formally appear in Dovewing's Silence, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Field Guides

Battles of the Clans

In Special Battle Tactics: Tigerheart Teaches the Night Ambush, he is shown as an apprentice, along with Scorchpaw, Shrewpaw, Redpaw, and OlivepawTigerheart explains that they need to keep their voices down during an ambush, saying that if he can hear the apprentices whispering, so can an enemy patrol. As Tigerheart asks for a possible call to alert other cats to be ready for an attack, Owlpaw does an imitation of an owl. This impresses Tigerheart, and he praises the apprentice for it, but he says that perhaps the attacking cats might think it's an owl calling, and asks what else they could use to signal to their fellow Clanmates.



  • He has been mistakenly called Owlfur.[5]

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"I'll show you I'm not a coward!"
—Owlpaw to Lionpaw after being called a coward for taunting Jaypaw The Sight, page 213

Oakfur: "Kittypets and outsiders!"
Owlpaw: "You are destroying the warrior code!"
—Oakfur and Owlpaw, shocked that Firestar has let so many non-Clan cats into ThunderClan The Sight, page 335

Firestar: "I have talked with Leopardstar, Blackstar, and Onestar, and we have decided that the contest is a draw. Each Clan showed itself to be worthy of StarClan's approval."
Owlpaw: "That's not fair! I was the best hunter! Lionpaw and Breezepaw didn't even come back!"
Unnamed ShadowClan she-cat: "Hush! They almost died!"
Blackstar: "It's all right; we all know who really won, even if we have to share the victory. You shall have first pick of the prey when we get home."
—Owlpaw, upset that the leaders decided to call the contests a draw The Sight, page 358

"You killed Russetfur!"
—Owlclaw accusing Lionblaze of murdering ShadowClan's deputy Fading Echoes, page 295

"Well, Owlpaw, that was a very good imitation of an owl, but perhaps the patrol might think it was a real owl?"
—Tigerheart praising Owlpaw's imitation owl call Battles of the Clans, page 27

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  4. Revealed in The Sight, page 213
  5. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 290
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