"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.


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Super Editions

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In Bluestar's Prophecy, Poppydawn is a queen expecting Windflight's kits. She soon gives birth to Rosekit, Sweetkit, and Thistlekit and is often seen caring for her litter. Once they are apprenticed, Poppydawn returns to her warrior duties. When Sweetpaw becomes sick after eating a bad mouse, Poppydawn protectively watches over her daughter, but the sickness claims her life. Moons later, Poppydawn retires to the elders' den.


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In Goosefeather's Curse, Poppykit is a young kit, often playing with her brothers, Heronkit and Rabbitkit, and Daisytoe's daughter, Moonkit. She attempts to play hide-and-seek with Moonkit's brother, Goosekit, but accuses the young tom of cheating when he finds the hiders very quickly. She earns her apprentice name Poppypaw, and later her warrior name, Poppydawn.
In Redtail's Debt, Poppydawn trains an apprentice, Willowpaw. She is assigned to the second battle patrol against RiverClan to take back Sunningrocks, but when Willowpaw's brother, Redpaw, is attacked by a hawk, Poppydawn orders the warriors to protect the apprentices. Though the battle is lost because of their delay, Poppydawn remarks that Redpaw's safety is more important.

Field Guides

This section summarizes Poppydawn's significant appearances in the Field Guides. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Code of the Clans, Poppydawn is sick with greencough during a cold leaf-bare. ThunderClan's medicine cat, Spottedleaf, insists that she needs prey in order to fight the sickness, so Longtail and Darkstripe are sent out on a hunting patrol. Longtail manages to catch a large squirrel, but he is persuaded by Darkstripe to eat the squirrel and continue hunting. When they return to camp, they find Poppydawn dead.

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

  • Vicky once stated that Poppydawn could be Pinestar's daughter.[16]
    • However, they were later revealed to be cousins.[17]
  • In Spottedleaf's Heart, Poppydawn becomes Willowpaw's mentor. However, Poppydawn retires prior to Willowpaw's apprenticeship in Bluestar's Prophecy.[18]


  • She has been called dark brown at least twice.[6][19]


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

"Goosepaw always smells of leaves. He's more likely to be chased by a rabbit!"
—Poppypaw teasing Goosepaw Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 5

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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

"Oh, Swiftbreeze, we all know that no kit can compete with your two."
—Poppydawn to Swiftbreeze Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8

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

"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

"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

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 Warriors Wish
  17. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  18. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, page 18
  19. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
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