"Oh, Barley. You know me so well. Better than any cat ever has. But there is a secret that I have kept from you without meaning to: I have always been a warrior. I have a loyalty to these cats, and I must fight alongside them, whatever happens."
— Ravenpaw to Barley before the fight with the kittypets in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 10

Ravenpaw is a black tom with white on his chest and tail[4] and green eyes.[14]

Ravenpaw was a loner who lived in Barley's farm with Barley, formerly an apprentice of ThunderClan. He was born to Robinwing and Fuzzypelt of ThunderClan, along with his brother, Dustpaw. He was an apprentice under the mentorship of Tigerclaw. He witnessed Tigerclaw murder Redtail and was threatened into silence. When Rusty, a young kittypet, joined the Clan under the name Firepaw, the two apprentices became close alongside Graypaw. Fearing Ravenpaw would be killed, Graypaw and Firepaw sent Ravenpaw away to live in a barn with a loner named Barley to protect him from Tigerclaw, and Ravenpaw grew very close to Barley. When BloodClan attempted to take over the forest, Ravenpaw and Barley assisted Firestar in defeating Scourge and Ravenpaw helped Barley overcome his BloodClan past.

When the Clans left the forest, Ravenpaw opted to stay with Barley. Violet brought her kits, Riley and Bella, to the barn, and when Ravenpaw told them stories of the Clans, they excitedly said that they wanted to become warriors. Silverstream told Ravenpaw to bring the kits to SkyClan to fulfill their destiny. Leafstar rejected Bella and Riley at first, as SkyClan was dealing with kittpets attacking their borders, but Ravenpaw, Barley, and the kits helped SkyClan defeat them. After the battle, Ravenpaw was severely injured and succumbed to the painful lump in his stomach that had been bothering him. Laying on Barley's paws, Ravenpaw passed away, and Leafstar gave him a warrior's farewell. Ravenpaw went to StarClan and later appeared to give Bramblestar his ninth life.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Because the RiverClan deputy didn't kill Redtail. Tigerclaw did."
—Ravenpaw revealing the truth to Firepaw Into the Wild, page 223
Ravenpaw is a ThunderClan apprentice and is mentored by Tigerclaw. He participates in a battle with RiverClan at Sunningrocks and rushes back to camp announcing Redtail is dead. After Ravenpaw is healed from his wounds, he returns to his training and befriends Firepaw and Graypaw. His anxious and uneasy demeanor around his mentor is consistently reinforced when Tigerclaw sends Ravenpaw to hunt near Snakerocks and in ShadowClan territory. After Tigerclaw is made deputy, Ravenpaw reveals to his friends that Tigerclaw murdered Redtail. In order to silence Ravenpaw, Tigerclaw conspires Longtail and Darkstripe to spread rumors of Ravenpaw's disloyalty and plot the apprentice's death. Fearing the worse, Firepaw and Graypaw take Ravenpaw to live with Barley in his farm, and lied to the Clan about his death.
Ravenpaw settles into his new life as a loner, and offers his home for WindClan to rest when Fireheart and Graystripe bring them back. Fireheart reveals the truth to Bluestar, and she is pleased the former apprentice found peace outside the Clan. He briefly visits ThunderClan to tell Fireheart that he found Cloudpaw who was captured by Twolegs, and assists with the rescue. After paying his respects to Bluestar's grave, he, Firestar, and Graystripe sneak into RiverClan territory to rescue Graystripe's kits. He and Barley fight in the battle against BloodClan as LionClan warriors.

The New Prophecy

"Maybe it's your time now. Remember that StarClan don't like to make thing obvious. They send us prophecies, but they never tell us exactly what we should do. They expect us to show courage and loyalty to achieve what has to be done, just as Firestar [...] Just because I live outside the forest doesn't mean that I reject the warrior code. It is a noble path for cats to walk, and I would defend it as willingly as any warrior."
—Ravenpaw to Brambleclaw about his dream Midnight, page 95
Brambleclaw confides in Ravenpaw about his dream about salt-water and cliffs, and the loner reveals that place is real and called the sun-drown-place. He encourages Brambleclaw to trust in StarClan and fulfill the prophecy given to him. He warns Firestar of huge monsters destroying trees near the barn, but his friend dismisses the warning and directs him to WindClan instead. He and Barley offer their home one final time to the Clans before the Great Journey. Firestar reveals Graystripe's abduction and asks Ravenpaw to join them. Ravenpaw refuses, and he and Barley watch the Clans leave.


This section summarizes Ravenpaw's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Thank you. But I already have a name. I'm proud to have been Ravenpaw all my life, and I see no reason to change it now."
—Ravenpaw to StarClan after they volunteer to give him a warrior name Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 9
In Redtail's Debt, Tigerclaw has been bad mouthing Redtail to his apprentice and encourages Ravenpaw to pursue violent conflict. When Dustpaw scowls that Ravenpaw is going on Redtail's patrol when he isn't, Redtail admonishes Tigerclaw for bringing his apprentice on a potentially dangerous patrol. He, Tigerclaw, and Ravenpaw go to Sunningrocks to mark the border, and Ravenpaw is very enthusiastic for a potential encounter with RiverClan. When Oakheart and his cats attack the patrol, Redtail orders Ravenpaw to run, but the apprentice insists real warriors don't run. Oakheart tries to kill the apprentice, but Redtail stops him.
In Ravenpaw's Farewell, moons after the Clans have left the forest, he and his partner visit Violet and her kits, Riley, Bella, Patch, and Lulu. Silverstream visits Ravenpaw in a dream, and informs him he must bring Riley and Bella to SkyClan to become warriors. Ravenpaw teaches the two kits how to hunt and about the warrior code during their journey. When they find SkyClan, Leafstar rejects their request, citing SkyClan's growing numbers. However, Ravenpaw comes up with a plan to defeat the pesky kittypets who were causing trouble for SkyClan, and Leafstar names Riley and Bella apprentices. In his dreams, Bluestar offers to give Ravenpaw a warrior name, but he refuses. Weakened by his persistent illness, Ravenpaw passes away with Barley at his side, admitting he was always a warrior in his heart.

Ravenpaw's Path

Ravenpaw: "But ...! I turned my back on the Clans! And on you! I don't deserve their loyalty. I'm not a Clan cat now."
Bluestar: "Maybe not. But you have their friendship. And that is a loyalty that never dies."
—Ravenpaw's meeting with StarClan Shattered Peace, page 87
Willie and his friends visit the barn and ask if they could spend the night as his mate, Minty, was soon to give birth. Ravenpaw and Barley quickly accept, and Minty gives birth to her kits. At the kits grow up, Ravenpaw spends plenty of time playing with them and fetching the rogues' prey. However, after the rogues leave, they commandeer the farm and reveal themselves as former BloodClan members. The two travel to the Moonstone to seek shelter, and Bluestar, Spottedleaf, and Whitestorm insists ThunderClan will help them.
While journeying to ThunderClan, Ravenpaw and Barley come across a WindClan patrol and Mudclaw reveals Crowkit is missing. The pair finds the kit at Fourtrees and manage to deescalate a fight between WindClan and ThunderClan. Dustpelt, Ravenpaw's brother, begrudgingly leads them to ThunderClan's camp, and he delightfully meets Firestar and Sandstorm's daughters, Squirrelkit and Leafkit. Firestar wishes to help his old friend, but his patrols are raided by former BloodClan members and cannot set aside warriors to aid Ravenpaw. With the help of a determine Barley and Violet, ThunderClan raids BloodClan's camp.
A few days later, Firestar leads a patrol with Graystripe, Cloudtail, Brightheart, Brackenfur, and Bramblepaw to help Barley and Ravenpaw. Their first attempt to drive out the rogues results in a failure, but they discover that more BloodClan cats have invaded the farm. Their second attempt fares better, but they are quickly overrun by reinforcements. However, they are aided by the two dogs. Barley allows his brothers, Jumper and Hoot, to stay at the farm, and Ravenpaw is frustrated by their laziness. Barley finally snaps through his stupor, stands up for Ravenpaw, and kicks his brothers out of their farm.

Detailed description

Ravenpaw is a small,[4] sleek,[10] skinny,[4] jet[15]-black tom with a tiny white dash on his chest[4] and green eyes.[14] He has a long, thin,[15] white-tipped tail.[4]

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"A true warrior never runs away! Tigerclaw was right about you!"
—Ravenpaw to Redtail during the battle Redtail's Debt, page chapter nine

Redtail: "Ravenpaw! Ravenpaw, run! You'll get hurt!"
Ravenpaw: "Warriors don't run."
Redtail: "Go back to camp and get help. That's an order!"
Tigerclaw: "Don't you go anywhere, Ravenpaw! We're already outnumbered; we need you in this fight. Are you a warrior or a mouse-hearted kit?"
—Redtail, Ravenpaw, and Tigerclaw arguing during the battle with RiverClan Redtail's Debt, page chapter nine

Ravenpaw: "Oh no! She should have never chosen him!"
Firepaw: "Are you talking about Tigerclaw?"
Ravenpaw: "He's wanted to be deputy ever since he took care of Redtail-"
Firepaw: "Took care of Redtail?"
Tigerclaw: "Are you telling Firepaw how I protected Redtail?"
—Ravenpaw telling Firepaw his thoughts about Tigerclaw becoming deputy Into the Wild, pages 199-200

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Firepaw: "Ravenpaw, I heard Tigerclaw telling Darkstripe and Longtail that you betrayed ThunderClan. He told them you slipped away during the trip to Mothermouth and told ShadowClan that the camp was unguarded."
Ravenpaw: "But I didn't!"
Firepaw: "Of course you didn't. But Darkstripe and Longtail believe you did, and Tigerclaw persuaded them that they should get rid of you."
—Firepaw warning Ravenpaw about Tigerclaw's plan for him Into the Wild, page 222

Firepaw: "We can't take you any farther, Ravenpaw, we have to get back and find Yellowfang before the storm has passed. Will you be able to find Barley alone?"
Ravenpaw: "Yes, I remember the way."
Graypaw: "Watch out for those dogs."
Ravenpaw: "I will! How can you be sure Barley will welcome me?"
Graypaw: "Just tell him you caught an adder once!"
Firepaw: "Go, And don't worry; I'll make sure everyone knows you didn't betray ThunderClan."
Ravenpaw: "What if Tigerclaw comes looking for me?"
Firepaw: "He won't. I shall tell him you are dead."
—Firepaw, Ravenpaw, and Graypaw at the WindClan border Into the Wild, page 243

Ravenpaw: "You ... you know who I am? I thought you'd have forgotten about me!"
Bluestar: "Never. We have seen that you and Barley are in trouble. Listen to us. You have as much of a right to live on the farm as the Clans do in the forest. That is your home."
Whitestorm: "You helped your former Clanmates in the battle against Scourge. They will help you now."
Spottedleaf: "Go to Firestar. Tell him what has happened."
Ravenpaw: "But ...! I turned my back on the Clans! And on you! I don't deserve their loyalty. I'm not a Clan cat now."
Bluestar: "Maybe not. But you have their friendship. And that is a loyalty that never dies."
—Ravenpaw's meeting with StarClan Shattered Peace, pages 85-87

Firestar: "We've been through so much together. We've seen the death of Bluestar, the defeat of Tigerstar... So much has happened, like water flowing past in a river."
Ravenpaw: "More water will flow before we join StarClan. This is not an end. It is a beginning. You will need the courage of a lion to face this journey."
—Ravenpaw and Firestar before the Clans leave the forest Dawn, page 257

Bluestar: "We are honored to see you again."
Ravenpaw: "I am the one who is honored."
Whitestorm: "We have never forgotten you. I am only sorry we could not spare you the pain you suffered in ThunderClan."
Ravenpaw: "I wouldn't change a thing. If anything had been different, I might not have had my life with Barley. I have been happier than I could ever have imagined a cat could be."
Lionheart: "We have come to do something we should've done a long time ago. We would like to give you your warrior name. You have more than earned it with the courage, fairness, and loyalty you have shown these cats, and to every cat who has crossed your path."
Ravenpaw: "Thank you. But I already have a name. I'm proud to have been Ravenpaw all my life, and I see no reason to change it now."
—Ravenpaw in a dream with StarClan Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 9

"I'm sorry, my friend. I will always watch over you. Farewell, Barley. I will see you again one day."
—Ravenpaw's farewell to Barley Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 10

Brambleclaw: "Ravenpaw? Is that you?"
Ravenpaw: "Yes, it is I. Wow, I never expected to see those faces again."
Brambleclaw: "It's pretty extraordinary, isn't it? So are you here because . . . well, because you're in your own StarClan now?"
Ravenpaw: "You mean, am I a living cat, or like them? Oh, I'm one of them, but also not, because my life in the Clans was so long ago. I was so happy with Barley, and I miss him so much. But I see him still, in our home of hay, and I know it won't be long before he is with me once more."
—Ravenpaw and Brambleclaw meeting in StarClan. The Ultimate Guide, pages 56-57

"I give you a life for speaking out against injustice, for pursuing the truth above all else. Lies bring shadows in which darker things can hide. Never fear the truth, Brambleclaw, however blinding it may be."
—Ravenpaw giving Brambleclaw his final life The Ultimate Guide, page 57

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 56
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 243
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, pages chapter 9-10
  6. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  7. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 15
  8. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 505
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 68
  11. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 50
  12. Revealed in A Clan in Need, page 35
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 6
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 200
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 39
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