"Redtail was a brave warrior. His loyalty to ThunderClan could never be doubted. I always relied on his judgement, for it bore witness to the needs of the Clan, and was never swayed by self-interest or pride. He would have made a fine leader."
Bluestar before Redtail's vigil in Into the Wild, page 44

Redtail is a dark tortoiseshell tom with a bushy[1] ginger tail[2] and amber eyes.[12]

Redtail was a ThunderClan deputy under Bluestar's leadership in the forest territories. He was born as Redkit to Swiftbreeze and Adderfang alongside his sisters, Willowkit and Spottedkit. As an apprentice, Redpaw was mentored by Halftail and felt loyalty to Tigerclaw when the tom saved him from a hawk. However, after becoming a warrior, Redtail realized Tigerclaw's true intentions and stopped having any loyalty towards him. He mentored Dustpelt and became Bluestar's first deputy. Thereafter, over a battle at Sunningrocks, Tigerclaw murdered Redtail in hopes of becoming deputy. Redtail ascended to StarClan and thanked Fireheart for revealing the truth over his death, giving him one of his nine lives.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Thank you. You revealed the truth when no other cat could."
―Redtail thanking Fireheart for revealing Tigerstar's actions The Darkest Hour, page 48
Redtail is the deputy of ThunderClan, and his apprentice is Dustpaw. During a RiverClan attack at Sunningrocks, Redtail's patrol is overwhelmed, and knowing they cannot win, he orders a retreat. A second battle takes place some time later, where Redtail is killed by Tigerclaw. Tigerclaw tells ThunderClan that Redtail had died at the paws of Oakheart, RiverClan's deputy, before he was also killed. However, Tigerclaw's apprentice, Ravenpaw, witnessed Tigerclaw murdering Redtail and reveals the truth to Firepaw and Graypaw. Fireheart shares his concerns about Tigerclaw with Bluestar, and although the leader initially does not believe him, Fireheart brings the truth about Tigerclaw's treachery to light after Tigerclaw attempts to kill Bluestar. Redtail appears in StarClan, giving Firestar his second life, the life of justice, and thanks Fireheart for revealing Tigerclaw's treachery and giving him peace.

Omen of the Stars

Redtail partakes in the Great Battle and helps the Clans fight back the Dark Forest, reuniting with his friends from when he was alive. As he witnesses Firestar's death, Jayfeather tells ThunderClan of Firestar's lives, one of which being him, and afterwards, Redtail helps bring Firestar to StarClan.

Super Editions

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

In Bluestar's Prophecy, Redkit is born to Adderfang and Swiftbreeze's second litter along with his sisters, Willowkit and Spottedkit. He is apprenticed to Sparrowpelt and trains along with Willowpaw to become a warrior, while their other sister, Spottedpaw, becomes a medicine cat apprentice. He later becomes Bluestar's deputy when she becomes leader.


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"I am worried about Bluefur. Your stupid grudge almost got her killed. And I don't owe you anything anymore."
―Redtail to Tigerclaw about why he ordered the retreat Redtail's Debt, page chapter 6
In Redtail's Debt, Tigerclaw saves Redpaw from being killed by a hawk, and as the latter frantically thanks his Clanmate, Tigerclaw insists that Redpaw owes him his life in return. Now a warrior, Redtail and Tigerclaw discover Sorrelpaw, a WindClan apprentice, accidentally trespassing on ThunderClan territory. Tigerclaw manipulates the incident to Sunstar, who agrees to launch an attack on WindClan's camp. Redtail struggles between staying loyal to Tigerclaw and speaking out against the injustice. He finds his courage during the raid when Bluefur is gravely injured, and Redtail calls a retreat. He and Tigerclaw begin a bitter rivalry, which heightens when Redtail becomes Bluestar's deputy. During a patrol to Sunningrocks, RiverClan attacks, and Redtail accidentally kills the RiverClan deputy, Oakheart. However, once the battle subsides, Tigerclaw murders Redtail in order for him to become deputy. Sunstar takes him to StarClan where the former ThunderClan leader tells him that fire will save the Clan, referring to the newcomer, Firepaw.

Detailed description

Redtail is a small,[2] dark, dappled[1] tortoiseshell tom[2] with amber eyes.[12] He has a distinctive,[2] bushy[1] ginger tail[2] as red as fox fur,[13] and feathered ears.[14]

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Redtail's warrior ceremony
Sunstar: Redpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your own life?
Redpaw: I do.
Sunstar: Then, by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Redpaw, from now on you will be known as Redtail. StarClan honors your bravery and your loyalty. We welcome you as a full member of ThunderClan. Serve your Clan well. You'll be a fine warrior.
Everyone: Willowpelt! Redtail! Willowpelt! Redtail!
Reference: Redtail's Debt, page 39

Personality and Relationships

Redtail is a deeply loyal cat with strong morals that help guide him in his decision making. For more of Redtail's personality and relationships, click here!


Redtail's parents are Swiftbreeze and Adderfang. His littermates are Willowpelt and Spottedleaf, and Leopardfoot and Patchpelt are his older siblings. For more of Redtail's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • He has SkyClan blood, because he and his sisters, Spottedleaf and Willowpelt, are SkyClan descendants.[15]


  • He has been mistakenly described as russet[16] and red.[17]
  • In The Last Hope, it is said that he gave Firestar a life of courage,[18] when he really gave him a life of justice,[1] and Lionheart gave him courage.[19]
  • There is a major inconsistency in Redtail's Debt, where Redtail physically kills Oakheart,[20] whereas in Forest of Secrets, Oakheart is said to have died from a rockfall.[21]
  • In Redtail's Debt, he is hinted to be a young apprentice[22] when at the time, he is about twelve moons old.[23]
    • This could be due to him not becoming an apprentice until later on rather than the traditional six moons,[24] but this is not touched upon.


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


Redpaw: "D-do we have to tell Sunstar what I did?"
Tigerclaw: "Of course we do. Sunstar's our leader and he needs to know why his plan failed. But I'll stick up for you, no matter what the others say. After all, every warrior in the Clan did some dumb things as a 'paw. I mean, those things don't usually have such awful effects, but that was just bad luck, really."
Redpaw: "Thanks, Tigerclaw. I really owe you one."
Tigerclaw: "You owe me more than one. You owe me your life!"
—Tigerclaw comforting Redpaw after he saves Redpaw Redtail's Debt, page chapter three

Redtail: "Was Sorrelpaw too hurt to come to the Gathering?"
Stagleap: "She's sore, but she'll be all right. No thanks to you."
Redtail: "I didn't want to hurt her. I was just doing my duty."
Stagleap: "Your duty? You haven't been a warrior very long, have you, Redtail? Warriors are supposed to teach apprentices, not hurt them."
—Stagleap scolding Redtail for his actions Redtail's Debt, page chapter five

Tigerclaw: "Nice move."
Redtail: "What do you mean?"
Tigerclaw: "Trying to make it look like you're worried about Bluefur. You're just a coward. You always had been-ever since you were a 'paw and I had to save you on that bridge. So much for loyalty. So much for the life you owe me."
Redtail: "I am worried about Bluefur. Your stupid grudge almost got her killed. And I don't owe you anything anymore."
—Tigerclaw and Redtail arguing after Redtail called a retreat Redtail's Debt, page chapter six

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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 urging Ravenpaw to run during a battle at Sunningrocks Redtail's Debt, page chapter nine

Redtail: "Why?"
Tigerclaw: "You were in my way, Redtail. It's nothing personal, but ThunderClan needs a real deputy. I'm just doing what I should have let that hawk do back when you were a 'paw."
Redtail: "But...you saved my life."
Tigerclaw: "And you should have been loyal from then on. But you weren't. So, better for me, better for the Clan, if you're not here."
—Redtail as Tigerclaw delivers a fatal blow to him Redtail's Debt, page chapter ten

"Redtail was her deputy for many, many, moons. She won't want to let him go too quickly. He was one of the best warriors. Not as big and powerful as Tigerclaw or Lionheart, but quick and clever."
―Graypaw about Redtail Into the Wild, page 45

"With this life I give you justice. Use it well as you judge the actions of others."
―Redtail to Fireheart The Darkest Hour, page 48

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 48
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  4. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 40
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 241
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 364
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 403
  8. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 44
  9. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 2
  10. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 504
  11. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 51
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed on the cover of Redtail's Debt
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 2
  14. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 39
  15. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  16. Revealed to be 329 in The Last Hope, pages 328-329
  17. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 265
  18. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 329
  19. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 47
  20. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 10
  21. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 57
  22. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 1
  23. According to Bluestar's Prophecy, Redtail is born in leaf-fall (as revealed on pages 334 + 362), and he is mentioned to be an apprentice in the leaf-fall the year after (as revealed on page 403). Redtail's Debt reveals it takes place in that particular leaf-fall, (as revealed in chapter 1, as well as events such as Whitestorm and Tigerclaw revealing to be new warriors syncing up to Bluestar's Prophecy events), so he is twelve moons old at that period.
  24. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 7-8
  25. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  26. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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