"He couldn't wait to start learning how to hunt and fight so he could be a great warrior like his father, Rooktail."
Goosekit thinking about Rooktail in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 2

Rooktail is a black tom with blue eyes.[2]

Rooktail was a ThunderClan warrior under Oakstar's and Doestar's leaderships in the forest territories. His mate was Daisytoe, and he mentored Stormtail. He fathered two kits, Moonkit and Goosekit. After his death, Rooktail went to StarClan.


In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

When Oakstar decides to send a raid on the Twolegplace to scare the kittypets into not trespassing, selects Rooktail as part of the patrol. Flashpaw gets to go but without her mentor, Nettlebreeze. Rooktail offers to him to keep an eye on his apprentice and Nettlebreeze nods his thanks. During the raid, A kittypet is soon spotted and Doefeather orders Harepounce, Rooktail, and Flashpaw to go get them. The cats race over a Thunderpath to chase after the kittypet, who tries to escape. Rooktail gives a yowl and his patrol speeds up, hurtling around a corner with the kittypet just ahead of them.

Goosefeather's Curse

Stormpaw: "Look, Rooktail! Your son doesn't melt in the sunlight!"
Rooktail: "That's enough, Stormpaw. Go see if the elders want anything to eat."
—Rooktail and Stormpaw Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 2
Rooktail follows Larksong into the ThunderClan camp, having attended her hunting patrol. He brings his mate, Daisytoe, a red squirrel, brushing his tail across Daisytoe's flank and purring that he had caught it just for her. Daisytoe thanks him, her eyes lighting. When his apprentice, Stormpaw gapes at Goosekit being outside, commenting to Rooktail that his son doesn't melt in the sun. Rooktail sighs and tells Stormpaw to see if the elders have anything to eat.
After Moonkit demonstrates a battle move to Stormpaw that he had taught her, Stormpaw asks if she wants to help him give the elders prey. Rooktail narrows his eyes at Stormpaw, reminding him that he was the apprentice and he didn't need kits doing his duties for him.
While Goosekit is debating on his mentor, he realizes that he doesn't want a cat like Stormpaw but he wants a great warrior, like Doestar or Rooktail. When Swiftpaw disappears, Rooktail announces that he'll go out to look for her, with the rest of the cats in his patrol. Rooktail comes back with Flashnose, but without Swiftpaw, saying that they searched all the way to Snakerocks and back, but saw no sign of her. Soon after, Swiftpaw is found, thanks to the help of Goosekit who had told them that she was near Sunningrocks, and Goosekit explains that a dark brown tom told him where Swiftpaw was. He asks Goosekit if it was Squirrelwhisker, and Goosekit denies it, saying that he knew the difference between a tom and she-cat. Rooktail is confused, along with Pineheart, noting that the only dark brown cat in ThunderClan was Squirrelwhisker, and she was a she-cat. 
Cloudberry asks Goosekit to be her apprentice, and Goosekit swallows. He hadn't planned to become a medicine cat, but he wanted to be a great warrior, like his father, Rooktail. During leaf-bare, when prey was scarcer than it had ever been, Rooktail is clawing at where the fresh-kill pile used to be, with Squirrelwhisker. The fresh-kill pile is composed of only scraps of fur and some bones. During another of Goosefeather's visions, he sees Daisytoe leaning on Rooktail's shoulder. Daisytoe tells Rooktail that he said he had gone out to hunt, and Rooktail growls that he did, but there was no prey in the snow. When rain invades ThunderClan's camp, and the prey that the cats had dug into the anticipated frozen ground floods, Pineheart announces that they'll have to move it to higher ground, and says that he will assign Rooktail and Mumblefoot to do so after they return from the dawn patrol.

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Daisytoe:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Goosefeather:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Moonflower:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Bluestar:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Mistystar:[5] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Mosskit:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stonefur:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sootfur:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Reedwhisker:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Perchkit:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sorreltail:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Molepaw:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cinderheart:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Poppyfrost:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Honeyfern:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lilyheart:[11] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Seedpaw:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Molewhisker:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Fernsong:[13] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Larksong:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Cherryfall:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Hollytuft:[13] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Sorrelstripe:[13] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Leafshade:[14] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Honeyfur:[14] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



"You're the apprentice. Don't let the kits do your duties for you!"
―Rooktail to Stormpaw Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 2

"No, Goosekit wanted to learn from ThunderClan's best warriors, like Rooktail or Doestar herself."
―Goosekit about Rooktail Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 2

"This wasn't what he planned. He was going to be a great warrior, like Rooktail!"
―Goosekit about his father Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 3

Daisytoe: "You said you would go out hunting."
Rooktail: "I did. But there's no prey in this snow."
—Daisytoe and Rooktail Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 8

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 502
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 18
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  8. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 6, undefined
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
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