"I only ever wanted to help my Clan. My life was worth that."
— Rippletail to Mistystar in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3

Rippletail is a dark gray tabby tom.[6]

Rippletail was a RiverClan warrior under Leopardstar's leadership in the lake territories. As an apprentice, Ripplepaw was mentored by Reedwhisker. He aided Leafpool and Mothwing with treating the ill from tainted water. After earning his warrior name, Rippletail mentored Mallownose. During a drought that dried up the lake, Rippletail and Petalfur were chosen to represent RiverClan on a journey to free the lake water. Rippletail died while fighting the beavers and Dovepaw was traumatized by his death. He joined StarClan and gave Mistystar one of her nine lives.


In The New Prophecy arc


When RiverClan is infected with sickness, Ripplepaw manages to remain healthy, unlike many of his Clanmates. When the ThunderClan medicine cat Leafpool comes to help, he is introduced to her by his mentor, Reedwhisker, who also thanks Leafpool for saving him when he was still a very young apprentice. They volunteer to fetch yarrow for the sick cats, and return with the herbs that are used to cure all the sick in RiverClan.

In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

After several moons of training, Ripplepaw earns his warrior name of Rippletail.

Long Shadows

Rippletail is appointed as Mallowpaw's mentor.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Rippletail's apprentice, Mallowpaw, becomes a warrior, and takes on the name Mallownose. Later, he and his Clanmate Petalfur are chosen to represent RiverClan to go on the patrol upstream to see what happened to the water, as a drought is currently happening and the stream is blocked by something. The cats journeying with them are Lionblaze, Dovepaw, Sedgewhisker, Whitetail, Tigerheart, and Toadfoot. They are mentioned to be weaker and more easily tired than the other cats because of the drought and famine, which is worse in RiverClan because of the lack of water.
Later, when dogs attack the patrol, he reveals that he, Petalfur, and the WindClan cats don't know how to climb trees, as there aren't many on their territory. The ThunderClan and ShadowClan cats have to assist them, and they all make it up safely. When one of the cats is wounded, Rippletail treats them and it is mentioned that he learned about herbs from Mothwing in preparation for the journey.
When they reach the beaver dam, he and Petalfur stop and start playing in the river, happy to be back near water. The beavers then start swimming after them, and almost catch the RiverClan warriors. When they reach the beavers, he and the other cats attempt to fight with them. In the battle, a couple of beavers corner Rippletail. The biggest beaver rips a large wound in his shoulder with its huge, jagged teeth. Petalfur brings him out of harm's way, but the wound is too much for him to recover from without proper care, and he suffers all night. He slowly dies when dawn comes, as he is the only cat who knew which herbs to use.
The other seven cats bury him by the stream as they would have been unable to bring him home, and they vow that they will find a way to bring back the water so that he will not have died in vain, but they realize that they must do so without fighting the beavers. While the remaining seven cats struggle in the flood, Dovepaw and Petalfur eventually meet up and Petalfur helps Dovepaw, saying that Rippletail won't have died in vain.
When the warriors return to the lake, Lionblaze and Dovepaw offer to go to RiverClan with Petalfur to break the news of Rippletail's death, but she declines, saying it is something that she must do alone. It is noted that Petalfur is still grieving heavily, but silently, for her lost Clanmate.

Fading Echoes

Dovepaw and Petalfur continue to grieve heavily for him. As she dreams, Dovepaw hears Rippletail's lonely whimper ring into her ears. Later on, Jayfeather asks Dovepaw if she was dreaming about Rippletail. He goes on to tell her that Rippletail was always going to be part of the quest to unblock the stream and that he was born with courage and the cats couldn't have succeeded without him. Jayfeather continues by saying that his death steered Dovepaw's path in helping her find another way to defeat the beavers. It is said that StarClan led him to the battle that killed him, not Dovepaw. Afterward, it is mentioned that Dovepaw felt peace for the first time since Rippletail's death.

In the Novellas

Mistystar's Omen

Rippletail is present among the ranks of StarClan during Mistyfoot's leader ceremony. When he comes to give the new leader a life for curiosity, Mistyfoot gratefully tells him that his sacrifice had brought back the water in the lake, leaving out the fact that the fish had yet to return. Rippletail notes that he doesn't regret losing his life if it meant helping his Clan.


Interesting facts

  • Kate Cary mentioned that he may be one of Mistystar's kits. However, Reedwhisker is confirmed to be one of her kits by Victoria Holmes in the same chat, making Rippletail too young to be from the same litter.[7]
    • Later it is revealed that Graymist and Rippletail are not Reedwhisker's siblings, and that the litter Fireheart saved from the river consisted of Reedwhisker, Perchkit, Primrosepaw, and Pikepaw.[1]


  • Rippletail has been mistakenly called a silver she-cat.[8]

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"Rippletail was facing the creature defiantly, with teeth bared and claws extended, but Lionblaze could see that he didn't have a chance."
—Lionblaze watching Rippletail fight a beaver The Fourth Apprentice, page 229

"Rippletail died saving the lake, and all the Clans. He will be honored forever."
—Mistyfoot telling Leopardstar her opinion on Rippletail Mistystar's Omen, page chapter 1

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Twilight, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 233
  4. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Long Shadows, allegiances
  6. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  8. Revealed in Twilight, page 156, 161
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