"I hope that this last life of yours is a long one and I don't have to lead for many moons. But, even if it happens tomorrow, I promise to do my best. I will guide and protect ShadowClan and follow the code."
— Raven Pelt expressing his loyalty to Shadowstar in Shadowstar's Life, page 286

Raven Pelt is a black tom[2] with yellow eyes.[12]

Raven Pelt was the second leader of ShadowClan in the forest territories. He was formally a rogue in Slash's group as Raven. However, after leaving Slash, Raven joined Tall Shadow's group and was named Raven Pelt. He and his mate, Juniper Branch, had three kits, Dangling Leaf, Dusk Nose, and Shade Pelt, and after Sun Shadow's death, Raven Pelt was named deputy. He showed great loyalty toward Shadowstar, and following a battle among the Clans, Raven Pelt became leader after Shadowstar's death.


In the Dawn of the Clans arc

Path of Stars

Raven: "May I join the first patrol tomorrow? As Raven Pelt?"
Tall Shadow: "You can lead it, if you like."
—Raven becoming a Clan cat Path of Stars, page 264
Raven goes hunting with Juniper, Violet, and Red in the Twolegplace. He asks Violet nervously if she thought Slash saw them leave. The dark gray she-cat tells him that the tabby leader was busy teaching battle moves. When Juniper mentions the food rotting in camp, Raven growls why Slash doesn't share it and claims that he gives the best to his allies, Beetle and Splinter. Juniper and Violet contemplate Star Flower's escape and kitting, hoping she's doing okay. The four soon leave the Twolegplace, secretly.
Violet, Juniper, and Raven later come to camp after hunting and losing Red. Raven gasps that the dogs are there, and Juniper says that Red was going to explore an alley, but he never showed up. Willow tells her that he led the dogs to the camp, thus being responsible for Stone and Beech's deaths. When Gray Wing arrives to the pines, Raven and Juniper are digging graves for their dead campmates. Raven dips his head in greeting, and Juniper says hello. When Pebble Heart sees that Frog's spine is broken, he tells them he must be carried, and Gray Wing notices that Raven is fit for the job. He calls him, Lightning Tail, Moss, and Juniper to help and they accept. Raven tugs Frog's scruff, and Pebble Heart cautions him to be careful. Raven hoists the injured tom onto Moss' shoulders, but has to stop, to Pebble Heart's demand.
After Frog dies when arriving at the moor, Wind Runner flattens her ears at Juniper, Ember, and Raven. She hisses that they didn't help after they attacked them a few days ago, but Gray Wing defends them, saying they had no choice. Wind Runner sneers and circles Juniper and Raven asking if she really was supposed to trust them. Raven quickly tells her they won't hurt her, but she curls her lip, hissing if only he'd felt that way last time they'd met. She ends up allowing them to spend the night, after some convincing.
Juniper and Raven settle into Tall Shadow's camp, but are mentioned by Tall Shadow that they only hunt together and not with anyone else. She says they won't work with Jagged Peak and Holly, their trainers. Clear Sky asks if they share their catch, and she says they do, but eat by themselves. Tall Shadow hisses that it's hard to trust past thieves, but Clear Sky tells her cats can change. But after that, he's told of Red's history with Slash, a rogue he took in.
Later when Slash's former cats go to swear oath to the groups, Raven is present. Sun Shadow leans closer to him and Juniper and is mentioned to look comfortable beside them. Tall Shadow tells the other leaders that Raven and Juniper like their plan, and the ceremony continues. Raven swears oath, fluffing out his fur glancing at his leader. Everyone else does as well. The rogues choose their new names, and Tall Shadow nods to Juniper and Raven, but they ask for the others to chose their new names. Sun Shadow suggests Juniper Branch for Juniper, and Pebble Heart suggests Raven Pelt for Raven. Both accept their new names, and Raven Pelt asks if he can join the next hunting tomorrow. Tall Shadow agrees he can lead it. When Slash comes back, Raven Pelt and everyone, besides Ember, betrays him.

In the Super Editions

Moth Flight's Vision

"Her gaze drifted to Juniper Branch and Raven Pelt. They were gazing at their kits, and then each other, with eyes warm with love."
―Moth Flight thinking about Juniper Branch and Raven Pelt Moth Flight's Vision, page 290
When Moth Flight takes Micah to a Gathering to introduce him to the Clans, Tall Shadow is seen leading her cats, including Raven Pelt, into the clearing. Later, during the medicine cats' half-moon gathering, the cats discuss diseases among their Clanmates, and Pebble Heart mentions that Sun Shadow and Raven Pelt have been coughing for days.
When Moth Flight comes to the ShadowClan camp after Micah's death, she sees Juniper Branch and Raven Pelt together, and he glances at Moth Flight before looking away. The next day, Pebble Heart suggests to Moth Flight that she visits Juniper Branch, as the she-cat is expecting Raven Pelt's kits. Moth Flight turns down the offer, but she decides to go hunting with Sun Shadow, and as she leaves camp, she passes by Raven Pelt, who had been sorting through the prey pile and glances up to see her leaving the camp.
When Juniper Branch's kits start coming early, Moth Flight goes to the queen's den to help, and Raven Pelt is seen crouching beside his mate, his pelt spiked with fear. The black tom looks at Moth Flight, and his hackles rise as he asks what she is doing there. Moth Flight answers that she came to help, and Pebble Heart reassures him that she is a medicine cat too, but Raven Pelt looks at her nervously. He asks if a young cat like her would know anything about kitting, but Pebble Heart counters that he wouldn't either. When Moth Flight looks at Juniper Branch, she asks Raven Pelt to bring moss soaked in water for Juniper Branch to drink, but he looks at Pebble Heart questioningly. The tabby tom orders him to get it, and Raven Pelt leaves the den. However, Juniper Branch is fearful and says that she needs him, but Moth Flight comforts the she-cat that her mate is not going far. After Juniper Branch has many spasms, Raven Pelt returns with the moss, and his mate laps at it thirstily. Raven Pelt frets if she will be alright, and Pebble Heart answers that they are trying and noses the black tom out of the den.
After the kits are born, one of the kits has water in her chest, and Moth Flight tries to pump the liquid out, but when Juniper Branch protests, Raven Pelt darts inside the den and demands to know what is going on. Moth Flight doesn't look at him, but the black tom pushes past Pebble Heart and stares at Moth Flight, horrified, and he asks what she is doing. As he speaks, though, water bubbles out of the kit's mouth, and Moth Flight lets Raven Pelt pick up the kit by her scruff and put her beside her littermates. He gazes proudly at Juniper Branch and their kits, then says that they are beautiful. Moth Flight watches the mates as they purr and look at their kits and each other with such loving eyes.
Later, Cow and Mouse come to the ShadowClan to visit Moth Flight, and as the the rogues near camp, Raven Pelt pads from the entrance and tastes the air. His eyes narrow at the sight of the visitors, but Moth Flight hurries toward him and explains that they are friends. Tall Shadow welcomes to cats into the camp, and Moth Flight and Raven Pelt follow the black she-cat into camp. When Cow meets Raven Pelt and Juniper Branch's kits, Dangling Leaf asks Cow if she knows Micah is dead, but Dusk Nose scolds her brother that that is a rude question. Dangling Leaf responds that Raven Pelt says that they can ask whatever they like, but Shade Pelt points out that their father also says that they must know when to be quiet, or they will never be good hunters.

In the Novellas

Shadowstar's Life

"Shadowstar was not going to stand by and watch another one of her deputies die. She had failed Sun Shadow—but she was not going to fail Raven Pelt. He would live to be the next leader of ShadowClan."
―Shadowstar's thoughts as she saves Raven Pelt from Quick Water Shadowstar's Life, page 292
Raven Pelt looks for Shadowstar and Sun Shadow after they go missing after a Gathering. He discovers Shadowstar mourning over her deputy's body, and she orders him to fetch help. During Sun Shadow's vigil, he leans against Juniper Branch in comfort. He shares a mouse with his daughter, Dusk Nose, and stops Juniper Branch and Mouse Ear from bickering about who should take over Sun Shadow's duties.
Raven Pelt joins Shadowstar, Pebble Heart, and Mud Paws searching for suitable territory for SkyClan near Highstones. When a cat attempts to kill Shadowstar on the Thunderpath, Raven Pelt chases the intruder away and reports it was Quick Water. Shadowstar praises him and believes she's found a new deputy. The patrol heads to SkyClan territory to report Quick Water's attempted murder to Skystar, and Raven Pelt questions if Skystar sent Quick Water to kill her, but Shadowstar doubts that statement. He stands up for Shadowstar and confirms he saw Quick Water.
Back at camp, Shadowstar names Raven Pelt her new deputy, and the Clan fully supports him. Juniper Branch is proud of him, and Mouse Ear stiffly congratulates him. She takes Raven Pelt out to speak to Thunderstar, intent on teaching him how to lead, and he detects Quick Water's scent despite Skystar exiling her previously. They argue against Thunderstar decision to allow Quick Water to stay.
Shadowstar calls an emergency Gathering, and Windstar approves of Raven Pelt as her new deputy. He speaks up at the Gathering confirming that he did chase Quick Water away from the Thunderpath. She lets Raven Pelt lead the Clan home despite his complaints about that happened the last time she came home alone. The next morning, Shadowstar cleaned her nest just in case Raven Pelt slept in it soon. She pulls him aside and reveals she's on her last life and trusts Raven Pelt to lead the Clan well after her death. He tries to convince her that he'll protect her, but promises to lead the Clan and follow the code. He and Quick Water fight in the battle, and Shadowstar saves him, intent on not losing another deputy to Quick Water. Both she-cats kill each other, and Raven Pelt attempts to clean the blood off Shadowstar's face. Shadowstar enters StarClan knowing that Raven Pelt would do well.

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Raven Pelt's deputy ceremony
Shadowstar: I've chosen a new deputy. This loyal and brave cat, one who I know will always try to make the best choices for ShadowClan. I say these words before StarClan, so that Sun Shadow and the spirits of our warrior ancestors may hear and approve of my choice. The new deputy of ShadowClan is Raven Pelt.
Reference: Shadowstar's Life, chapter 5




Juniper Branch:[13] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)


Dangling Leaf:[14] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Shade Pelt:[14] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)


Dusk Nose:[14] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)


Raven Pelt ♂Juniper Branch ♀
Dusk Nose ♀Dangling Leaf ♂Shade Pelt ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown




  • Despite appearing in Path of Stars, Raven Pelt is not listed in the allegiances.[15]


Gray Wing: "Their camp is no longer safe. They need our help."
Wind Runner: "They didn't need our help when they attacked our patrol a few days ago."
Gray Wing: "They had no choice. Disobeying Slash would have cost them their lives. But Slash is gone now. These cats are no different from you and me."
Wind Runner: "Really? Are we supposed to trust you now?"
Raven: "We won't hurt you."
Wind Runner: "If only you'd felt that way last time we met."
—Wind Runner, Raven, and Gray Wing Path of Stars, page 193

Tall Shadow: "Juniper and Raven hunt, but only together. They won’t work with Jagged Peak and Holly, who are meant to train them. Even when I send them on a patrol with others, they go off by themselves."
Clear Sky: "They share their catch, though?"
Tall Shadow: "They add what they catch to the prey pile. But they eat by themselves, and they’ve made a nest as far from the others as they can."
—Tall Shadow explaining how Juniper and Raven have settled into her camp Path of Stars, page 200

"Sun Shadow leaned close to Juniper and Raven. Ears pricked and fur slicked, the mountain cat looked comfortable beside the rogues."
―Sun Shadow's calmness at sitting next to Raven and Juniper Path of Stars, page 260

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River Ripple: "Do you promise loyalty to your new Clanmates?"
Willow: "Yes."
River Ripple: "Will you hunt for them and fight for them? Protect them when they are weak and stand by them when they are strong?"
Raven: "Yes!"
River Ripple: "Then you are part of our group. Our ancestors have watched us tonight. They have heard the promise you have made to your new campmates. May you keep it always, for their sake and all of ours."
—Raven becoming a Clan cat Path of Stars, page 262

Tall Shadow: "Do you want new names?"
Juniper: "Will you choose them for us?"
Sun Shadow: "What about Juniper Branch?"
Pebble Heart: "And Raven Pelt!"
Tall Shadow: "Do you like those names?"
Juniper: "Yes."
Raven: "May I join the first patrol tomorrow? As Raven Pelt?"
Tall Shadow: "You can lead it, if you like."
—Raven becoming a Clan cat Path of Stars, page 264

"They're beautiful."
―Raven Pelt about his newborn kits Moth Flight's Vision, page 290

Dangling Leaf: "Raven Pelt says we can ask anything we like."
Shade Pelt: "He also says we have to know when to be quiet, or we'll never be good hunters."
—Shade Pelt and Dangling Leaf about Raven Pelt Moth Flight's Vision, page 300

Raven Pelt: "What are you doing here?"
Moth Flight: "I've come to help."
Pebble Heart.: "It's okay. She's a medicine cat too."
Raven Pelt: "She's young. Does she know anything about kitting?"
Pebble Heart: "Do you?"
—Moth Flight, Raven Pelt, and Pebble Heart during Juniper Branch's kitting Moth Flight's Vision, page 282

"He's brave and loyal, and he doesn't lose his head in a crisis. Maybe I've finally found my deputy."
―Shadowstar's thoughts about Raven Pelt Shadowstar's Life, page 254

Shadowstar: "We are prepared. But I have to tell you something. This is my last life. I want you to know that you are the right cat to lead this Clan."
Raven Pelt: "No. I'll do everything I can to protect you. You can survive this battle!"
Shadowstar: "Whether I survive or not doesn't really matter anymore. I appreciate your loyalty, but you can't let that affect your ability to lead ShadowClan. You have to be ready to become leader if you must."
Raven Pelt: "I'll try to be ready. But I don't know that I'm strong enough to take your place."
Shadowstar: "You are ready. And you will be a strong leader. Just never forget to follow what you know is right. Never put anything—not even your own life—above your Clan. StarClan will guide you."
Raven Pelt: "I hope that this last life of yours is a long one and I don't have to lead for many moons. But, even if it happens tomorrow, I promise to do my best. I will guide and protect ShadowClan and follow the code."
Shadowstar: "I know you will."
—Raven Pelt and Shadowstar before the fight Shadowstar's Life, page 286

"He's aware of his Clanmates. He's not afraid to fight, but he's not excited at the thought of shedding blood. He's eager to learn."
―Shadowstar's thoughts about Raven Pelt Shadowstar's Life, page 288

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 305
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Path of Stars, page 157
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Path of Stars, page 263
  4. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 264
  5. Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, allegiances
  6. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 2
  7. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 5
  8. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 10
  9. Raven Pelt becomes the leader of ShadowClan with Shadowstar's death. He is also not shown to take on the name Ravenstar, and as such, his real leader name remains ambiguous.[8]
  10. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 264
  11. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 295
  12. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 261
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 299
  15. Revealed in Path of Stars, allegiances
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