"What's wrong with you? I wish I had a cat following me around like that."
— Rosetail to Bluefur about Thrushpelt in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 393

Rosetail is a gray tabby she-cat with a bushy,[9] pinkish-orange tail.[3]

Rosetail was a ThunderClan elder who lived under the leaderships of Pinestar, Sunstar, and Bluestar in the forest territories. She was born to Poppydawn and Windflight alongside Thistleclaw and Sweetpaw as Rosekit, and apprenticed to Tawnyspots as Rosepaw. She earned her warrior name, Rosetail, and served her Clan for many moons until becoming an elder. Rosetail was killed by Blackfoot while defending the ThunderClan nursery from a ShadowClan attack.


In The Prophecies Begin arc

Into the Wild

Rosetail is not mentioned in the allegiances, but is seen during the first battle against ShadowClan. Being an elder, her role in the battle is to guard the nursery, where Frostfur and Goldenflower's kits are sheltering. Firepaw sees that she was killed by the ShadowClan deputy, Blackfoot, and dragged viciously from the nursery, and the former ShadowClan medicine cat, Yellowfang, takes her place fighting off the strong ShadowClan deputy.

In the Super Editions

Crookedstar's Promise

Rosepaw is not seen, but is asked after by Crookedjaw at a Gathering. He asks Poppydawn and Windflight where she, Sweetpaw, and Thistlepaw were. Poppydawn says that Thistlepaw had gotten into trouble with Smallear again, and Windflight says that she and Sweetpaw had stayed behind to comfort him. Crookedjaw says they sound loyal, and Poppydawn proudly replies that they are.
Rosetail is later at another Gathering, although her name is not mentioned. When Crookedjaw spots Bluefur in the crowd, Rosetail is seen staring at Oakheart as though she was watching a StarClan warrior speak.

Bluestar's Prophecy

Rosekit is the daughter of Poppydawn and Windflight, along with her littermates Sweetkit and Thistlekit. Snowkit names her because of her pinkish-orange tail. Bluekit states that she and her littermates are growing very fast. When Bluekit and Snowkit are made apprentices, she, Sweetkit, and Thistlekit come dashing up to them, excited that they are apprentices. Rosekit mentions that she'll miss them in the nursery. She and Thistlekit play beside the fallen tree.
Rosekit plays with a moss ball as Thistlekit asks her to play outside. She complains that it is cold and windy. She mentions that when Featherwhisker brought a mouse into the camp, he said that rain was coming. When Speckletail tells all the kits to go outside and get some fresh-air, Rosekit worries if the rain is coming. She stops playing with her moss ball, and Thistlekit nudges the kits outside and promises to protect them from the rain.
When Moonflower dies during the battle with WindClan, she is carried back and Rosekit sees her and asks what's wrong with her. She finds out from the other Clan cats that she is dead. She and her littermates are stunned at the sight of a dead cat.
She becomes a new apprentice with Tawnyspots as her mentor with her littermates, although her ceremony is not shown. When Lionpaw moves into the apprentices den, Bluepaw remarks that Rosepaw, Thistlepaw, and Sweetpaw always purr and fidget when he is in the den.
Rosepaw teases Sweetpaw about a battle move when she bumps into Bluepaw, when she and Smallear catch up to her. Tawnyspots takes Rosepaw to collect the thick, waxy leaves on the bush near the ShadowClan border to help keep the nests dry. The patrol later returns with a huge pile of the leaves, and Rosepaw passes the leaves to Snowpaw to block the leaks of water.
Pinestar calls Rosepaw and some other warriors to wait at the top of the ravine when ThunderClan tries to take back Sunningrocks. Rosepaw and her group of warriors see no sign of invasion while the rest of the Clan was fighting RiverClan. Later, she and Sweetpaw practice their battle moves on each other, beyond the undergrowth.
She is later sent out on a hunting patrol by Sunfall with Tawnyspots, Bluefur, and Thrushpelt. Bluefur is later delayed to the hunting patrol by Pinestar though.
During Leopardfoot's kitting, she shares a bad mouse with Sweetpaw, and her friend Bluefur. All three of them suffer from bellyaches the next sunrise. Rosepaw makes a lot of dirt while she is sick. Poppydawn worries about her kits when they are ill. When Bluefur checks on them, Rosepaw tells her that she feels better, but Sweetpaw stays sick and dies. Rosepaw, Poppydawn, and Thistleclaw sit vigil for her in grief.
Rosepaw patrols the RiverClan border with Sunfall, Swiftbreeze, Tawnyspots, Lionpaw, and Bluefur. They find RiverClan warriors crossing the border, and Lionpaw is sent to get help. When he returns with more warriors, ThunderClan attacks. Rosepaw is directed to go with some other cats and strike the flank of the enemy's ranks. Rosepaw is cornered by two RiverClan warriors, but Bluefur and Snowfur help her fight them off.
Her mentor, Tawnyspots, becomes the deputy after Pinestar leaves the Clan to become a kittypet and Sunstar becomes Clan leader. Rosepaw is shown to be very proud of her mentor. During the same meeting, Rosepaw is awarded her warrior name, Rosetail.
Rosetail teases Bluefur about how Thrushpelt is in love with her, and how she thinks that Bluefur is mooning over him, like when Snowfur moons over Thistleclaw, after she falls into the river during her encounter with Oakheart. She goes to fetch moss for Whitekit, and tells Bluefur that he was chasing Snowfur's tail all morning. She states that Tigerkit might have a bad influence on him, but Leopardfoot wouldn't stop his dirty little tricks because she thinks Tigerkit can do no wrong.
Rosetail sits beside Bluefur at the Gathering. She mentions that WindClan is looking plump. When Oakheart speaks for RiverClan, instead of reflecting Bluefur's disgust with him, she sighs dreamily, and asks why there couldn't be such handsome toms in ThunderClan too.
Rosetail keeps on teasing Bluefur about Thrushpelt's love for her, and states that she and him make a good couple, although Bluefur keeps on reminding her they're just friends. Rosetail gossips with Bluefur who the new deputy could be after Tawnyspots steps down from his deputy position due to sickness. Rosetail suggests Adderfang and her brother Thistleclaw. Although Bluefur thinks he is too blood-thirsty and young, Rosetail thinks he would be a good deputy, just that he would lead ThunderClan into too many unnecessary battles.
Bluefur sits beside Rosetail during the Clan meeting when Tigerkit is made an apprentice. Rosetail says to Bluefur that now that Thistleclaw had got Tigerpaw as an apprentice, he would think he has more of a chance to believe he will be the next deputy.
Bluefur eats a piece of fresh-kill with Rosetail. Rosetail mentions that she wishes she had a cat mooning over her like Thrushpelt does to Bluefur. She also tells Bluefur that she can see she has her eye on the deputy position. Bluefur gets snappy with Rosetail, saying that she is not mooning over him and it doesn't matter if she wants to become deputy.
Rosetail is surprised when she hears that Bluefur will be having kits. She thinks that Thrushpelt is the father. She and Leopardfoot sleep beside Bluefur, supporting her. Rosetail later congratulates Thrushpelt on becoming a father, even after Bluefur told her not to tell him. She uses Rosetail as an excuse to get away from Thrushpelt when he tells her what a good mother she'd make.

In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

Although not mentioned, she would be sitting next to Bluefur and Lionpaw when Pinestar announces to the Clan that he is leaving to become a kittypet.

Spottedleaf's Heart

Featherwhisker mentions that Rosetail gathered tansy and marigold for him the previous day but she let the leaves get mixed up. When Spottedpaw is looking for Stormtail, Bluefur suggests he stopped to check the scent marker beside the Thunderpath, but Rosetail pops out from the grass and explains she just did that one. They find Stormtail collapsed so Speckletail orders Rosetail to take his haunch weight so they can get him to camp.
As the Clan talks about Bluefur’s pregnancy, Rosetail asks if they will know who the father is by the time her kits become warriors. Fuzzypelt believes that Thrushpelt is the father and Rosetail agrees she cannot see who else it could be. Keeping her voice quiet, she asks Fuzzypelt if he has seen the two together. Later, Rosetail is seen talking to Bluefur around a tree stump.

Redtail's Debt

While Redpaw ruminates on how Tigerclaw had changed from when he was an apprentice, he sees Rosetail sharing a vole with her mother Poppydawn, talking quietly about something as they eat.

In the Field Guides

Secrets of the Clans

Goldenflower mentions Rosetail, and remarks that she would have done the same thing during the battle with ShadowClan if she had been in Rosetail's position, protecting the nursery and the kits from Blackfoot, the ShadowClan deputy. However, since Goldenflower was nursing Swiftkit at the time, she didn't have the chance.

Code of the Clans

In "A Dark Path Chosen", she is next to her dead mother, Poppydawn, when she dies of greencough, and is clearly distraught at her mother's death, wailing for Poppydawn to not leave her. In "Pinestar's Secret", she is seen sitting next to Bluefur and Lionpaw, when Pinestar announces to the Clan that he is leaving to become a kittypet.


Interesting facts

  • Rosetail has WindClan blood through Windflight.[10]
  • Her mentor was her half-brother, despite kin usually not mentoring kin.[8]
  • She was named for her tail.[3]


  • She has been mistakenly mentioned with a red[11] and reddish tail.[9]
  • She was not listed in the allegiances of Into the Wild despite being in ThunderClan at the start of the book.[12]

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Rosetail's warrior ceremony
Sunstar: Rosepaw fought bravely against RiverClan and has earned her warrior name. Rosepaw, from this moment you will be known as Rosetail. StarClan honors your intelligence and loyalty, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan. Serve your Clan well.
Reference: Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315



"It just sat there under the sycamore as if it wanted to be caught... One pounce and I'd caught it-a nice juicy starling."
—Rosepaw to Sweetpaw Bluestar's Prophecy, page 253

Rosetail: "You look moony. Like Snowfur when she's talking about Thistleclaw."
Bluefur: "Don't be silly."
Rosetail: "Who is it?"
Bluefur: "No one!"
Rosetail: "Thrushpelt?"
Bluefur: "Of course not!"
Rosetail: "Too bad. He spends enough time mooning over you."
—Rosetail teasing Bluefur about Thrushpelt Bluestar's Prophecy, page 339

Bluefur: "Smooth as a snake."
Rosetail: "I know, and so handsome."
Bluefur: "You don't actually think-"
Rosetail: "Hush! He's speaking!"
—Rosetail mooning over Oakheart Bluestar's Prophecy, page 366

Rosetail: "You have your eye on the deputyship, don't you?"
Bluefur: "So what if I do?"
Rosetail: "Well, not many cats get to be deputy, so don't miss out on other things while you're waiting."
—Rosetail to Bluefur Bluestar's Prophecy, page 393

Crookedjaw: "Hi, Poppydawn. Are Sweetpaw, Rosepaw, and Thistlepaw here?"
Poppydawn: "No. Thistlepaw's in trouble with Smallear again."
Windflight: "Sweetpaw and Rosepaw stayed behind to cheer him up."
Crookedjaw: "They sound loyal."
Poppydawn: "They are."
—Poppydawn, Crookedjaw and Windflight Crookedstar's Promise, page 239

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 195
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 196
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 144
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 175
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 452
  11. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 340
  12. Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
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