"True warriors don't hide from the weather."
— Poppydawn to Goldenkit in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 92

Poppydawn is a long-haired dark red she-cat with an extremely bushy tail and amber eyes.[10]

Poppydawn was a ThunderClan elder who lived under the leaderships of Doestar, Pinestar, Sunstar, and Bluestar in the forest territories. She was born as Poppykit to Fallowsong alongside her brothers Heronkit and Rabbitkit and became an apprentice as Poppypaw. After becoming a warrior, Poppydawn became mates with Windflight and mothered Rosekit, Sweetkit, and Thistlekit. After retiring, her life was claimed by greencough.


In the Super Editions

Crookedstar's Promise

Crookedjaw: "Hi, Poppydawn. Are Sweetpaw, Rosepaw, and Thistlepaw here?"
Poppydawn: "No. Thistlepaw's in trouble with Smallear again."
Windflight: "Sweetpaw and Rosepaw stayed behind to cheer him up."
Crookedjaw: "They sound loyal."
Poppydawn: "They are."
—Poppydawn, Crookedjaw and Windflight Crookedstar's Promise, page 239
During a Gathering, Crookedjaw asks Poppydawn if Thistlepaw, Rosepaw, and Sweetpaw are there, and she tells him that Thistlepaw was in trouble with Smallear again, so as a punishment, he had to stay behind. Windflight, her mate, shakes his head and says that Sweetpaw and Rosepaw stayed as well to cheer him up.

Bluestar's Prophecy

"Oh, Swiftbreeze, we all know that no kit can compete with your two."
―Poppydawn to Swiftbreeze Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
Poppydawn is a ThunderClan queen who is expecting Windflight's kits around the time Bluekit and Snowkit are born. When Bluekit moves around her mother, Poppydawn assures Swiftbreeze that no kit could compete with hers. Soon after, Bluekit wakes up from a nap, and she can hear Poppydawn wheeze a bit as she breathes. Once Bluekit opens her eyes, she sees Poppydawn laying on her side near a wall, and she recognizes her due to the lack of milk scent and kits. Snowkit and Bluekit then plan to surprise Swiftbreeze's kits, but Poppydawn warns them not to go far, before she goes back to sleep. Bluekit asks where Poppydawn's kits are, and Snowkit answers that they won't arrive for another two moons. After Snowkit accidentally eats poppy seeds, Poppydawn questions Goosefeather's actions in disbelief. Bluekit asks if Snowkit would die, and Poppydawn presses her muzzle against Bluekit's cheek, assuring her that she would be fine. She then asks Moonflower how many Snowkit ate, which she confirms that she ate two, and Poppydawn remarks that she would be fine after sleeping.
Shortly afterwards, Pinestar calls for a Clan meeting, and Poppydawn stretches her forepaws, asking about Snowkit. Moonflower responds that she was fine, prompting Poppydawn to remark that Snowkit wouldn't do it again, and asks if she was coming to the meeting. Four moons after, Poppydawn has her kits; Sweetkit, Thistlekit, and Rosekit. One of her kits strays from her nest, and they are mentioned to be spilling out of Poppydawn's nest continually. As Bluekit goes back to sleep, Poppydawn grunts, and trying to disentangle herself from Rosekit and Sweetkit, rolls over. Thistlekit also rolls after her, and rests his chin on Poppydawn's flank. When the other nursery kits are brought food by Bluepaw, Poppydawn agrees to let the kits outside to eat, pushing Sweetkit off her belly. She silences her kit before suggesting Sweetkit play outside. Rosekit complains about the weather, and Poppydawn reasons that it would be a good idea to get exercise before the rain came.
Once Bluepaw lets out a noise to make her presence known, Poppydawn greets her, and heard of her catch the day prior. Bluepaw brushes it off as luck, but Poppydawn disagrees. The other kits complain of the weather outside, and Poppydawn remarks that true warriors didn't hide from the weather. The kits then reluctantly leave the den, and Poppydawn rolls on her back, remarking that Bluepaw must be tired after the Gathering. She asks if Pinestar mentioned WindClan, and hopes that his words were enough to warn them, as a battle near leaf-bare wouldn't do any good. She adds that they should conserve their strength for the season ahead, and Speckletail agrees with her. Bluepaw asks if they thought WindClan was stealing from them, and Poppydawn notes that they did it before.
When they prepare for a battle with WindClan, Poppydawn is outside with Speckletail along with their kits. Thistlekit demonstrates what he would do to a WindClan warrior, and Poppydawn scolds him for playing with his food, remarking that it died so they would live. Bluepaw wishes that she was back with Moonflower and Poppydawn and the kits in the nursery after smelling some nursery scent. The next day, Moonflower shares tongues with Poppydawn, and the latter gives Moonflower a lick between her ears before she scoops up the kits, sending them back into the nursery. After the battle, Poppydawn races to Moonflower's corpse to crouch over her, burying her nose into her fur. She and Speckletail then collect mint and rosemary, and rub her mother's body with the aforementioned herbs. When Bluepaw trains with Sunfall, it is noted that Poppydawn constantly tells Bluepaw that it is an honor to be mentored by the deputy.
While ThunderClan attempts to take back Sunningrocks, Poppydawn is ordered to wait at the ravine's top in case RiverClan tried to attack camp. After the attempt, Poppydawn and the others meet the returning cats at the ravine's top, and asks if they shredded RiverClan. At a Gathering, Poppydawn sits with a group of apprentices, purring as they boast. One of them claims to have climbed their first tree the day prior, and Poppydawn asks if RiverClan cats did that. When Oakheart remarks that ThunderClan and Twolegplace were practically denmates, Poppydawn refers to him as fish-breath. That night, Bluefur sees Poppydawn pacing outside the apprentices' den.
Featherwhisker then greets Poppydawn, and asks if she wanted him to look after Sweetpaw and Rosepaw. Poppydawn glances apologetically at her paws, before responding that she was worried, as Sweetpaw could hardly stand. Bluefur glances at Poppydawn, remarking that Featherwhisker didn't sound hopeful, and she gazes after him, more worried about her kits. Bluefur notes that she had the same bellyache, and Poppydawn jerks her head, asking for clarification. Bluefur explains that they shared a mouse, and Poppydawn shakes her head, remarking of the conditions of her kits. Bluefur assures Poppydawn that Sweetpaw would recover, but adds that she had never seen her sickly. Featherwhisker then returns, suggesting to find moss and soak it, and Poppydawn nods, heading for the gorse tunnel. Bluefur suggests for him to take a rest, as Poppydawn was taking care of Rosepaw and Sweetpaw.
When Bluefur checks up on Sweetpaw and Rosepaw, she asks Rosepaw if Poppydawn had brought her some water. Poppydawn then pushes through with the moss, and places two wads beside her kits. She licks Sweetpaw fiercely, and encourages her to wake up. Bluefur offers to get Featherwhisker, but Poppydawn shakes her head, as he was sleeping. She strokes Sweetpaw with her tail, and plans to watch over the two apprentices, while suggesting Bluefur to get some fresh air. After Leopardfoot has her kits, Poppydawn joins Swiftbreeze, remarking that if the kits died, they wouldn't have met their father. A few days later, it is noted that Poppydawn sleeps outside the apprentices' den, as she is worried to leave Sweetpaw. As he makes patrols, Sunfall looks down at Poppydawn, and Bluefur speculates if he was wondering if she would be better off patrolling. Once Bluefur is selected to lead the hunting patrol, Sunfall pads away to join Poppydawn.
Once they return, Poppydawn asks for the size of the dog Thistlepaw fought, and then glances over her shoulder at then apprentices' den. The next morning, Poppydawn remarks that Sweetpaw wouldn't wake up, even after licking and shaking her. Poppydawn then asks if she was dead, and Rosepaw presses hard against her mother as Bluefur confirms. Thistleclaw wishes to see her, and Poppydawn touches his head lightly with her tail, and allows him to. Rosepaw asks if she was with Sweetpaw when she died, and Poppydawn explains that she was asleep, and when she woke up, Sweetpaw smelled different. When Goosefeather asks what was going on, Poppydawn informs him of Sweetpaw's death. Dappletail presses against Poppydawn, and offers to prepare Sweetpaw for vigil. Poppydawn then says that she would get some rosemary.
Some time after, Poppydawn and Dappletail are said to have smoothed Sweetpaw's fur, and arranged her paws under her. Thistleclaw then informs Poppydawn that he would help bury her after vigil. When Sunfall calls for Pinestar, Poppydawn looks up from Sweetpaw's body. Pinestar announces that he would become a kittypet, and Poppydawn questions his actions, wide-eyed. She notes that she would live among StarClan, and share tongues with lost Clanmates if he stayed in the Clan, stroking Sweetpaw's pelt with her tail. The next day, it is noted that Thistleclaw had sat vigil with Poppydawn grieving beside him. After a fight with RiverClan, Rosepaw has her warrior ceremony, and Poppydawn hurries to her side, smoothing her fur. As Sunstar sets up patrols, Poppydawn is one of the cats gathered around him.
After Snowfur dies, Poppydawn and Speckletail are seen chatting with Windflight and Dappletail at the clearing's edge, and they all join Featherwhisker and Goosefeather. After Tigerkit's ceremony, Poppydawn is noted to have chosen to move to the elders' den. Bluefur notices that Poppydawn often trailed at the end of patrols, and brought weaker fresh-kill than her Clanmates. She sees gray around her muzzle, and Poppydawn dips her head, remarking that she was grateful for her Clan to give her the chance to serve them a long time, as well as her peaceful life she would have as an elder. Poppydawn's Clanmates stream around her, and Tigerpaw comments that he would take care of her better than any other apprentice, touching his nose to hers.
As Bluefur sees Stormtail and Dappletail together, she recalls Poppydawn telling Swiftbreeze that some she-cats never had kits, no matter how great their desire. As Tigerpaw boasts, Poppydawn drags bracken across the clearing, and remarks that RiverClan should watch out for him. Four seasons later, it is noted that Fuzzypelt and Windflight had joined Poppydawn, Larksong, and Stonepelt in the elders' den. During some point in Bluestar's leadership, it is noted that Poppydawn was among the cats gone during a time of hunger.

In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

Doestar makes Poppydawn a warrior along with Heronwing, Rabbitleap, and Moonflower. The next day, however, the Clan leader dies, and the four new warriors crouch at the edge of the clearing, bowing their heads in sadness. When Pinestar announces that he is going to leave ThunderClan, Poppydawn's daughter Sweetpaw has just died. The dark red she-cat looks up from Sweetpaw's body and wails, demanding to know how the reddish-brown tom could do this.

Goosefeather's Curse

"Goosepaw always smells of leaves. He's more likely to be chased by a rabbit!"
―Poppypaw teasing Goosepaw Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 5
Poppykit plays with Moonkit, one of her denmates. She and Moonkit are joined by Poppykit's brother, Heronkit, who charges over with a flurry of brown fur, and their pelts clash with mixture of colors as they wrestle with one another, leaving the ball of moss they had as it tumbles away. Daisytoe, Moonkit and Goosekit's mother, urges Goosekit to join in with Poppykit and the others, but the small kit is afraid he'll get hurt.
Poppykit continues to wrestle with Heronkit, this time over a stick that one of them had found. She is cheered on by Rabbitkit, her other brother, and Daisytoe again tries to get Goosekit to join them. He later does, and Poppykit finds him hiding near Cloudberry's herbs. Poppykit tells Goosekit that he was in a good hiding spot, as she couldn't find him over the scent of the herbs. The two are yelled at by the old white she-cat, though. Poppykit thinks that Cloudberry must have never played when she was a kit, and Goosekit wonders if she was ever a kit to begin with.
Soon, it's Poppykit's turn to hide, and she and Rabbitkit go near Doestar's den. Goosekit finds them, blaming the noise and scent for their easily found location. Poppykit protests, saying that it was Rabbitkit who made the noise, and the light brown tom says it's because he sat on a nettle. Goosekit sends Poppykit and Rabbitkit away, and the two storm over to the half-tree, sitting down while Goosekit goes to find Heronkit and Moonkit. After their game is over, Poppykit and Heronkit accuse Goosekit of cheating, and no longer want to play with him.
Poppykit becomes an apprentice and is renamed Poppypaw. Goosepaw bursts into camp and startles the apprentices around the fresh-kill pile. Poppypaw teases that he always smell likes leaves and it’s likely he was chased by a rabbit. She huffs with laughter with Moonpaw. Doestar suddenly requests for Goosepaw to receive his full medicine cat name. Jealous, Poppypaw complains that he has only been an apprentice for three moons. Moons later, Doestar performs Poppypaw’s warrior ceremony alongside Moonpaw, Heronpaw, and Rabbitpaw. The leader mentions their courage and loyalty, and renames them Poppydawn, Moonflower, Heronwing, and Rabbitleap.

Spottedleaf's Heart

Poppydawn receives Willowpaw as her apprentice, and it is noted that although the dark red she-cat is an older warrior, she is an excellent hunter. After Spottedpaw wrenches her leg falling from a tree, Poppydawn and Willowpaw come to visit her while she is resting in the medicine den. Willowpaw brings her a thrush to eat and asks when she will be training again. Poppydawn adds that the tortoiseshell apprentice is very young to suffer an injury like she did. She asks Featherwhisker if Spottedpaw be okay, to which the medicine cat responds that she needs a few more days off her paws and then they'll see how she is.
At Whitestorm's warrior ceremony, Bluefur comments Snowfur would be so proud of her kit if she was still alive. Poppydawn, noting how Bluefur is pregnant herself, glances at the blue-gray she-cat's belly and comments that it won't be long before she is watching her own kits grow up.

Redtail's Debt

Poppydawn, Willowpaw's mentor, chides her and Redpaw for chattering instead of remaking nests. She asks Redpaw to fetch more feathers now that the hunting patrol has arrived with starlings. While waiting to find the opportunity to spy on Sparrowpelt's discussion with Sunstar, he spots Poppydawn sharing a vole with Rosetail. She joins the second battle patrol with the apprentices. When the hawk attacks them, she orders the other warriors to bunch together to protect the apprentices. She and the rest of the patrol goes to check on the battle and sadly reports ThunderClan has lost. Poppydawn insists it's important Redpaw is safe despite the loss.

In the Field Guides

Code of the Clans

"Poppydawn told good stories and was popular with all the kits in the Clan because she let them chase her tail, which was as thick as a fox's."
―Longtail about Poppydawn Code of the Clans, pages 38-39
Poppydawn is very elderly, sick with greencough and weakened by hunger in the middle of a very cold and harsh leaf-bare, too weak to even eat the catmint Spottedleaf had given her. Spottedleaf says that if she doesn't get fresh-kill soon, she will die. Longtail, who had been assigned to hunt with Darkstripe, catches a large, plump squirrel, and is ready to take it back to camp. Darkstripe, hungry himself, tries to convince Longtail to eat it in order to get strength to catch more prey. Longtail disagrees at first, but Darkstripe begins to eat the squirrel himself, not waiting for Longtail's answer. Longtail gives in, convincing himself that he was doing the right thing.
After only catching a few more pieces of prey, they come back to camp and hear Rosetail's wail rise from the ferns around the medicine cat den. She pleads with Poppydawn not to leave her, though Spottedleaf says that there was nothing she could do, and that StarClan is waiting for her. Longtail panics and wants to tell the Clan about the squirrel, saying that they had killed Poppydawn. However, Darkstripe convinces him not to, saying that they are the most important cats of the Clan and that Poppydawn was going to die anyway. He further adds that if Longtail were to say anything, he will say that it was his fault that they ate the squirrel. After Longtail agrees to keep quiet, he feels Poppydawn's presence and apologizes, but she whispers that it's too late.

Detailed description

Poppydawn is a long-haired, dark red[2] tabby[11] she-cat[2] with a long,[11] extremely bushy,[10] thick tail,[12] amber eyes,[13] a broad face,[14] and a muzzle turned gray with age.[15]

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Poppydawn's warrior ceremony
Doestar: They have fought hunger alongside us, with the courage of lions and the loyalty of true warriors. Poppydawn, Heronwing, and Rabbitleap, your Clan welcomes you.
Reference: Goosefeather's Curse, Chapter 10


Poppydawn's mother is Fallowsong, and her brothers are Rabbitleap and Heronwing. Her mate is Windflight, and Thistleclaw, Rosetail and Sweetpaw are their children. For more of Poppydawn's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Pinestar and Poppydawn were later revealed to be cousins.[16]


  • She has been called dark brown at least twice.[6][17]
  • In Spottedleaf's Heart, Poppydawn becomes Willowpaw's mentor. However, Poppydawn retires prior to Willowpaw's apprenticeship in Bluestar's Prophecy.[18]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook, Weedwhisker was the father of Poppydawn and her littermates.[19] Her mentor was also Littlestep.[20]


Poppykit: "Found you! Great hiding place, Goosekit! The smell of Cloudberry’s herbs really hid your scent!"
Cloudberry: "Are you kits playing hide-and-seek near my den again? I've told you not to flatten those ferns! They keep out the drafts!"
Poppykit: "Cloudberry is such a grump! I bet she never played when she was a kit."
Goosekit: "Playing probably wasn't allowed back then!"
—Poppykit playing hide-and-seek with Goosekit Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 2

Poppykit: "You must have. You didn't look anywhere else except where we were hiding!"
Goosekit: "I told you that I heard Rabbitkit move!"
Poppykit: "I don't believe you, I don't want to play with you anymore."
—Poppykit accusing Goosekit of cheating while playing hide-and-seek Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 2

Poppydawn: "Hello, Bluepaw! I didn't see you come in. I hear you made a great catch yesterday. Weedwhisker was certainly pleased to have such a big meal."
Bluepaw: "I was just lucky."
Poppydawn: "I'm sure it was more than luck."
—Poppydawn and Bluepaw about her catch Bluestar's Prophecy, page 92
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"Let’s hope Pinestar's words were enough to warn them off. A battle so close to leaf-bare will do no cat any good. We need to conserve our strength for the cold moons ahead."
―Poppydawn about WindClan Bluestar's Prophecy, page 94

"Don't play with your food. It's disrespectful. That shrew died so that we may live."
―Poppydawn scolding Thistlekit for playing with a shrew Bluestar's Prophecy, page 106

"Of course, little one. Wish your sister well on her journey to our ancestors."
―Poppydawn to Thistleclaw after Sweetpaw's death Bluestar's Prophecy, page 290

"You would live among StarClan. And share tongues with Clanmates you have lost."
―Poppydawn trying to convince Pinestar to stay with ThunderClan Bluestar's Prophecy, page 308

"I am grateful to my Clan for giving me the chance to serve them this long, and for the peaceful life I will have as an elder."
―Poppydawn when she retires to the elders' den Bluestar's Prophecy, page 387

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 42
  4. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  5. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 6
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 386
  7. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 38
  8. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  9. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 2
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, allegiances
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 10
  12. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 39
  13. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  14. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 1
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 386-387
  16. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  17. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  18. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, page 18
  19. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  20. Revealead on Vicky's Facebook
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