|"It is a matter of honor that we don't let ThunderClan take rocks that were given to us at the dawn of the Clans."|
|— Rippleclaw to Mudfur in Crookedstar's Promise, page 365|
Rippleclaw was a RiverClan warrior under Hailstar's and Crookedstar's leaderships in the forest territories. Rippleclaw was one of RiverClan's strongest warriors; he was eager to reclaim Sunningrocks and helped Hailstar to rescue Graykit and Willowkit from WindClan. He mentored Voleclaw, and became mates with Graypool. They had three kits; Morningkit, Splashkit, and an unnamed kit, but they were all born sickly and died soon after their birth.
In the Super Editions
- Rippleclaw is on patrol with Ottersplash and Owlfur when they find Talltail and Barkface on RiverClan territory. The silver tabby warrior glares threateningly at the two toms and demands to know if Heatherstar had sent them. Upon hearing that they have to come to ask for herbs for a dying Hopkit, Ottersplash and Rippleclaw exchange a glance and seem less hostile towards the WindClan cats.
- Piketooth, coming up to the patrol, suggests that they at least let Talltail and Barkface see Brambleberry. Rippleclaw, although not protesting this, growls that it will be Hailstar who makes the final decision on whether they get the herbs. The silver tabby barges past the rest of patrol and slides into the reeds, and Piketooth follows him with Talltail and Barkface. When they reach the camp, Rippleclaw tells the rest of the cats to wait, then heads into Hailstar's den and returns with his Clan leader following.
- Hailstar does allow the WindClan cats to take home some sweet-sedge for Hopkit, and then the gray tom sends Ottersplash and Rippleclaw to escort them off of RiverClan territory. Rippleclaw leads the way, maneuvering through the reeds growing along the river. He helps Barkface cross the river back to WindClan territory, guiding the medicine cat and supporting him with his shoulder. Once Rippleclaw and Barkface reach the other side, they shake the water out of their pelts. Rippleclaw then offers to watch Talltail and Barkface climb the steep path up to the gorge and make sure that they get to the top without slipping, although the WindClan cats know the RiverClan warrior is more interested in ensuring that they return to the moor than seeing that they are safe.
- In the prologue, Shellheart calls out to Rippleclaw, who is holding open the gap in the reeds of the elders' den to let the cats through. The deputy tells him to make sure every cat in the Clan headed straight for the trees. Nodding, Rippleclaw nudges an elder who refuses to go, saying they can't leave Duskwater behind. The elder reports to Rippleclaw that Duskwater had gone to make dirt before the camp flooded, and she hasn't returned. Rippleclaw assures him that they would find her, his voice calling over the wind. Glancing at his leader, his eyes wide as he gazed at the destroyed camp, Rippleclaw asks Hailstar if he could see Duskwater. Hailstar tells Rippleclaw that he couldn't, but that that he would go make sure the dens were all empty. When Hailstar comes back, Rippleclaw tells him, scowling, that there was still no sign of Duskwater. His Clanmate, Brightsky, then volunteers to go back to camp to find Duskwater and Hailstar orders the rest of the Clan to keep moving up to the trees.
- After Hailstar tells Shellheart to do something about the magpie in their territory, Shellheart wants to send a patrol right away, but Hailstar tells him to wait until Rippleclaw's patrol is back. When he comes back, Birdsong asks if he found any prey. He shakes his head, flanks heaving, and announces that ThunderClan had taken Sunningrocks. He then comments, while pacing the clearing, that ThunderClan must have thought that RiverClan lost their teeth and claws. As the debate continues, Rippleclaw comments that they must know that RiverClan can see them. When Hailstar then decides not to fight, Rippleclaw lashes his tail, demanding that they were just going to let ThunderClan take any territory they wanted. Hailstar sends a patrol to warn ThunderClan that Sunningrocks was still theirs, but that they wouldn't fight for it yet.
- Rippleclaw is part of the patrol, along with Ottersplash, Shellheart and Brightsky. He is seen following Shellheart, charging for the entrance tunnel with the rest of the patrol. A gray tom mocks RiverClan, saying that they can't fight today. Rippleclaw darts forward, hissing that if they ever meet in a battle, he will be the one to shred him first. Shellheart calls Rippleclaw back, and the group goes back to RiverClan.
- Soon after, he is briefly mentioned in Stormkit's thoughts when Stormkit was wanting to go help Brambleberry collect herbs. When she tells him that he should ask Hailstar, Stormkit remembers that he had asked Hailstar twice to shadow Rippleclaw's patrol, both rejected.
- While Stormkit is in the medicine den, he tries to get Rainflower to talk to him. Instead, Rainflower says that she had promised to be on Rippleclaw's patrol. After Stormkit is finally released from the medicine cat den, Rippleclaw is mentioned to be staring at him from under the ancient willow. Crookedkit meets his gaze and Rippleclaw looks away from him.
- After Crookedkit decides to go back to RiverClan, Rippleclaw is part of the patrol that greets him. Crookedkit apologizes for running away, and Rippleclaw stiffens, saying Cedarpelt was right about Crookedkit running away. Crookedkit nods, and Rippleclaw curls his lips, asking him if he couldn't make it as a loner. Crookedkit flinches and replies that he never stopped being a RiverClan cat. Rippleclaw tells him that he doesn't smell like a RiverClan cat, getting a hiss from Echomist, who defends Crookedkit and tells Rippleclaw that he should be pleased that Crookedkit was back. Rippleclaw is about to reply but is cut off by the pounding of paws.
- The patrol goes back to camp, and when Hailstar tells Crookedkit that it was good to have him back, Rippleclaw asks Hailstar if he was going to take him back so easily. Tanglewhisker answers Rippleclaw, stating that Hailstar would take him back as Crookedkit was one of their Clanmates.
- After Hailstar accepts Crookedkit back, Rippleclaw signals Echomist and Mudfur back to check the borders. Rainflower asks him if she could join, and he agrees, saying the borders should be checked by now. He flashes Crookedkit an accusing look, hinting that he thought it was Crookedkit's fault. Before the patrol goes out, Rippleclaw tells Volepaw, Petalpaw and Beetlepaw to come with them, as Mudfur wanted to assess their hunting.
- Rippleclaw is clearing a space in the RiverClan camp alongside Brightsky for the two cats to place mice they had caught. Because Rippleclaw is nearby, Crookedkit ignores the temptation of playing in the snow with Willowkit and Graykit. When a heron tries to attack Willowkit and Graykit, Rippleclaw prepares to attack it, but relaxes as Ottersplash and Beetlepaw attack it. When Beetlepaw asks why they don't eat heron, Rippleclaw tells him that if he had ever eaten a heron, he would know why. Then, he turns to Crookedkit and praises him for his fast thinking. He explains to Hailstar what had happened and that Crookedkit saved the kits.
- Later, when Reedfeather comes to their camp, Rippleclaw hisses at him. When Fallowtail lets out a desperate cry, Rippleclaw snarls at her, asking her if she had forgotten the meaning of loyalty. After Reedfeather leaves with Willowkit and Graykit, Fallowtail staggers to the nursery. Rippleclaw snorts and asks why she wanted to go there since she no longer had her kits to take care of, but Ottersplash hisses at him to shut up.
- Rippleclaw is among the senior warriors that Hailstar consults in to discuss the reclaiming of Sunningrocks. When Hailstar calls the Clan together to announce his decision, it is noted that Rippleclaw was watching a blackbird. The Clan appears to be shocked, but Rippleclaws says that ThunderClan was too weak to fight. He was called to join the battle patrol that would occupy Sunningrocks. During the battle, Rippleclaw retreats as ThunderClan's second battle patrol comes. He later asks Shellheart why he ordered them to retreat, but Shellheart responds that they had no option. When the second patrol that defeated RiverClan is brought up in the conversation, Rippleclaw furiously says that Hailstar should have made a plan like that. Shellheart snaps at Rippleclaw, saying that Hailstar wasn't a mind reader.
- Crookedpaw discovers Rippleclaw's scent near the sedge wall, he follows it. When Rippleclaw, Ottersplash, Owlfur, Timberfur, and Hailstar go rescue Willowkit and Graykit, he holds one of them and swims across the river. After dropping them safely on RiverClan territory, Rippleclaw helps Willowkit get dry.
- After Crookedpaw thinks of a plan to chase a dog away, Rippleclaw is part of the patrol to help chase it off. The next day, Hailstar decides to reclaim Sunningrocks. Rippleclaw asks what would happen if they lost again. Hailstar announces that there would be no battle this time, as they would just reset the boundaries on the next claw moon. He adds that if there were a battle, they would keep fighting it until they won.
- When Crookedjaw announces that Willowbreeze had been stolen, Rippleclaw leans forward, asking when. It is noted that Rippleclaw's pelt was smeared with blood. He is clearly disappointed when he mentions that ThunderClan drove RiverClan deeper into the pines so they couldn't fight very well.
- Following Mudfur's battle against Adderfang that won Sunningrocks for RiverClan, Rippleclaw hisses at Mudfur. When the brown warrior says he wanted to become a medicine cat, Timberfur beckons Rippleclaw and Owlfur to sit next to him. Rippleclaw then asks out loud if every warrior was deserting the Clan, when Shellheart announces his retirement.
- When Graypaw worries about Brightsky, who had moved to the nursery, Rippleclaw asks her if Piketooth, Graypaw's new mentor, could take her training. But, upon seeing Piketooth busy, Rippleclaw asks her if she would like him to teach her some moves while Piketooth was busy. Graypaw agrees, and Rippleclaw takes her to a shaded spot at the edge of the clearing.
- Later, when Hailstar decides to remark the boundaries, Rippleclaw asks him who he would take. Rippleclaw gets chosen. The next day, after Brightsky dies, Rippleclaw crosses the clearing to join Timberfur and Mudfur. When Hailstar calls a Clan meeting, he and Timberfur do not move away from Mudfur. Graypool is later shown to be expecting his kits. The two kits are named Morningkit and Splashkit, but both are sickly and die at a very young age.
- When RiverClan invades ThunderClan territory, Rippleclaw faces off against Bluefur. Bluefur flings herself onto his back. He shakes her off, gains the upper hand, and is about defeat her. However, Bluefur's sister, Snowfur, leaps in and helps Bluefur drive him away.
In the Field Guides
- In "Hailstar Speaks: The Lost Kits", he is one of the cats that Hailstar chooses to go take back Fallowtail's kits from WindClan. When Hailstar explains his plan, Rippleclaw points out that WindClan had increased their patrols, to which Hailstar replies that they hadn't patrolled along the cliff.
- When they are outside the WindClan camp, Rippleclaw, along with Timberfur, keeps the guards quiet. As the other members of his patrol are preparing to leave with Graykit and Willowkit, Heatherstar tells Hailstar that he cannot steal WindClan's kits. Heatherstar then asks what were three cats going to do against the whole of WindClan, and Timberfur and Rippleclaw call that they have the advantage, with their claws unsheathed and pressed to the guards' throats.
- Rippleclaw escapes with Hailstar, Timberfur, and the rest of his patrol back onto RiverClan territory. They push into the river and Rippleclaw, with the help of Timberfur carry the kits across, and deposit them safely onto the other side of the river.
- He has been mistakenly called a she-cat.
The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.
- On the Warriors website family tree, his kits with Graypool are Splashkit, Morningkit and Swankit.
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- Tallstar's Revenge
- Yellowfang's Secret (Allegiance only)
- Crookedstar's Promise
- Bluestar's Prophecy (First appearance)
- Redtail's Debt (Allegiance only)
- Battles of the Clans
- "If it comes to a battle, it'll be me who shreds you first."
- —Rippleclaw talking to Sunfall about Sunningrocks Crookedstar's Promise, page 22
- Rippleclaw: "Then you did run away. Cedarpelt was right."
- Crookedkit: "But I came back."
- Crookedstar's Promise, page 107
- "You're not even going to deny it? Have you forgotten the meaning of loyalty?"
- —Rippleclaw to Fallowtail Crookedstar's Promise, page 139
- "They didn't see us. Let's keep going."
- —Rippleclaw as he and a patrol are going to rescue Graykit and Willowkit Battles of the Clans, page 51
- (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 376
- ↑ Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 131
- ↑ Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 466
- ↑ Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 471
- ↑ Revealed on the screenshot) (
- ↑ Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 419
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 447
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 2