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"It wasn't your fault. It was my time to go. I sensed when I decided to go with you to search for SkyClan that I might not survive the journey. You know, I never wanted to spend my last days as an elder, sitting around in camp. I wanted to die doing something important...and your quest gave me the chance to relive a special memory with Firestar."
— Sandstorm reassuring Alderpaw after her death in The Apprentice's Quest, page 260

Sandstorm is a pale ginger she-cat[4] with barely visible stripes of darker fur,[19] and leaf-green eyes.[20]

Sandstorm was a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Bluestar's, Firestar's, and Bramblestar's leaderships in the forest and lake territories. She was born as Sandkit and was later apprenticed as Sandpaw to Whitestorm. She constantly teased the newcomer, Firepaw, a former kittypet, and after Fireheart saved her life, Sandpaw grew to respect him. After becoming a warrior, Sandstorm grew closer to Fireheart and mentored Sorreltail. Eventually, Firestar became her mate, and together, they journeyed to rebuild SkyClan, where she was their unofficial medicine cat. Afterwards, she had two kits, Squirrelkit and Leafkit, and mentored Honeyfern at the lake.

She served as one of Firestar's closest advisors, and when Firestar was killed in the Great Battle, Sandstorm mourned heavily for him. Feeling her age, she retired to the elders' den alongside Graystripe, and while she was unsatisfied staying in the elders' den, Sandstorm journeyed alongside Alderpaw and his companions to find SkyClan, but succumbed to an infected shoulder wound. Sandstorm ascended to StarClan and thanked Alderpaw for rekindling her adventures with Firestar before reuniting with him.


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The Prophecies Begin

"[Firepaw] smells like a kittypet! Don't tell me I'm going to have to share my nest with that revolting stench!"
―Sandpaw when she meets Firepaw Into the Wild, page 53
Sandpaw is a ThunderClan apprentice with Whitestorm as her mentor when Rusty is first brought to the Clan as a kittypet. She is a feisty yet loyal she-cat, and she and her close friend, Dustpaw, taunt and scorn Firepaw for his kittypet roots out of jealousy after he is given much of the Clan's attention. Eventually, she warms up to Fireheart after he saves her from falling over the edge a cliff during a battle against RiverClan, making Dustpaw jealous. After she bravely fights against Brokenstar and his rogues, she receives her warrior name, Sandstorm.
Sandstorm and Fireheart become increasingly close as warriors, and she is often seen at his side. She helps him save Cloudpaw when he is trapped in a Twoleg nest. She is jealous and hurt when Fireheart chose Brackenfur to mentor Tawnypaw instead of her, thinking she was the rightful choice, but Fireheart admits to her that he was trying to protect her from Tigerstar. Fireheart is utterly clueless about Sandstorm's love for him, until he is told by Cinderpelt, and they become openly mates. She fights alongside ThunderClan against Tigerstar's dog pack, and convinces Firestar to fight against BloodClan. She later fights in the battle against BloodClan, where her former mentor, Whitestorm, dies.

The New Prophecy

"One of my kits has returned! […] You're back. That's all I care about. I wondered if I'd ever see you again."
―Sandstorm when Squirrelpaw returns from her journey with Brambleclaw Dawn, page 51
She and Firestar have two daughters, Squirrelpaw and Leafpaw. Sandstorm is one of Firestar's closest advisors and helps him make some of his biggest decisions. During the destruction of the forest, she rejoices when her daughters return to ThunderClan after long disappearances. She encourages Firestar to leave the forest and Graystripe behind, who was taken by Twolegs, for the good of the Clan. Sandstorm makes the Great Journey with the other Clans. She is later one of the cats that influenced Firestar to pick a new deputy moons after Graystripe's disappearance.

Power of Three

"You wait. I'll be the crankiest elder the Clans have ever seen. Mousefur will seem sweet and gentle next to me!"
―Sandstorm to Firestar on the journey to a Gathering Sunrise, page 300
Her daughter, Squirrelflight, gives birth to Brambleclaw's kits, Lionkit, Hollykit, and Jaykit. Sandstorm is also given her second apprentice, Honeypaw, and is frustrated when she rambles about Berrynose. After Honeyfern is made a warrior, she temporarily mentors Squirrelflight's apprentice, Foxpaw, after she is injured in battle. Firestar encourages her to rest, but Sandstorm refuses and remains by Squirrelflight's side. She worries for her mate when he loses a life to greencough. When Hollyleaf reveals Leafpool and Crowfeather of WindClan are her littermates' real parents, Sandstorm gazes at her with disappointment.

Omen of the Stars

Sandstorm: "Firestar. This is your last life. You can't risk losing it now. Your Clan needs you."
Firestar: "They need me to fight."
Sandstorm: "But what will they do if you're killed?"
Firestar: "They'll fight harder. My warriors have only one life, and they are willing to give up for their Clanmates. I'm not different. My place is beside them."
Sandstorm: "I love you."
Firestar: "I love you too."
—Firestar and Sandstorm The Last Hope, pages 260-261
Sandstorm is at Firestar's side when he loses a life to a fox. Much to Sandstorm's ire, she falls ill to Whitecough and Firestar and Jayfeather fuss over her. Before the Great Battle, she tries to deter Firestar from fighting because he is on his last life but Firestar insists otherwise. Sandstorm fights ferociously for ThunderClan and is nearly murdered by Mapleshade, who was jealous of everything Sandstorm had going for her. Spottedleaf saves Sandstorm's life and is killed herself, her spirit fading forever. She grieves heavily after Firestar is killed in battle.

A Vision of Shadows

"And now I will live for many more in StarClan. I will get to see Firestar again, and all the cats I have loved and lost. Alderpaw, this was how it was meant to be. You have nothing to be ashamed of, or guilty about. […] There was nothing you could've done to save me. It was my time to die. No cat lives forever. This is one of the most important lessons you—or any medicine cat—will ever learn."
―Sandstorm to Alderpaw The Apprentice's Quest, page 182
Her daughter, Squirrelflight, gives birth to Bramblestar's kits, Alderkit, Sparkkit, Juniperkit, and Dandelionkit. Despite being an elder, Sandstorm joins Alderpaw’s journey to SkyClan, since she is the only living cat who had been there before. Unfortunately, she wounds her shoulder trying to get over a fence, and it gets badly infected. Despite Alderpaw's efforts to save her, she dies and joins the ranks of StarClan. The patrol buries her and honors her spirit. She and Firestar are reunited in StarClan, and she guides Alderpaw to the gorge in his dreams.

Super Editions

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

"I meant it when I said I wanted to come on this journey. But I want to share your mission. I want to understand why you need to help this Clan, and play an equal part in finding them."
―Sandstorm wanting to journey with Firestar Firestar's Quest, page 171
In Firestar's Quest, Sandstorm is given her first apprentice, Sorrelpaw. She and Firestar venture out to the gorge in search of the long lost Clan, SkyClan. They endure a long and difficult journey and are even separated for a period of time after Sandstorm is swept away by a flood. They rebuild the Clan together from a group of kittypets, rogues, and loners. Sandstorm plays a large role in the new Clan as their part-time medicine cat and eventually helps Echosong learn herbs. She and Firestar return to ThunderClan, and she gives birth to his kits, Squirrelkit and Leafkit.
"Sometimes Clan boundaries cause more damage than they’re worth."
―Sandstorm in regards to Clan borders Bramblestar's Storm, page chapter 19
In Bramblestar's Storm, she helps advise Bramblestar and admits she still greatly misses Firestar, but knows he's watching over her and ThunderClan from StarClan. Feeling her age, she retires to the elders' den with Graystripe. Moons later, she is watching the apprentice ceremony of her great-grandchildren, Fernpaw, Sorrelpaw, and Hollypaw.

Detailed description

Sandstorm is a slender,[21] pale ginger she-cat[4] with pale[22] leaf-green eyes.[20] She has soft,[23] sleek fur,[24] and barely visible stripes of darker fur.[19]

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Sandstorm's warrior ceremony
Bluestar: I, Bluestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these two apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Sandpaw, Dustpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Sandpaw and Dustpaw: I do.
Bluestar: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your warrior names: Sandpaw, from this moment you will be known as Sandstorm. StarClan honors your courage and your spirit, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan.
Everyone: Sandstorm! Dustpelt!
Reference: Fire and Ice, pages 279-280

Sandstorm's elder ceremony
Bramblestar: Sandstorm, is it your wish to give up the role of warrior and go to join the elders?
Sandstorm: It is.
Bramblestar: Your Clan honors you and all the service you have given us. I call upon StarClan to give you many seasons of rest.
Reference: Bramblestar's Storm, page 453

Personality and Relationships

Sandstorm is feisty, diligent, and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She initially disliked Firestar when he first joined ThunderClan, but developed feelings for him after he saved her life. For more of Sandstorm's personality and relationships, click here!


Sandstorm and Firestar are mates, and Squirrelflight and Leafpool are their children. For more of Sandstorm's family, click here!



Ravenpaw & Sandstorm - Mini Collector Figures

Ravenpaw and Sandstorm

  • Series 2
  • Proud and fierce Sandstorm doubted Firestar when he first joined ThunderClan—but once he earned her respect, and her love, she stood firmly by his side. And even though Ravenpaw fled ThunderClan in terror to avoid Tigerclaw's wrath, he never forgot his loyalty to the friends he left behind, and offered them help whenever they needed it.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with the rest of Series 2: Cinderpelt, Brightheart, Jayfeather, and Blackstar.
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Did you know one of Leafstar's kits, Stormheart, is named after Sandstorm? For more trivia about Sandstorm, click here!


"Fireheart, every cat in the Clan can see that Sandstorm is very, very fond of you!"
―Cinderpelt telling Fireheart that Sandstorm obviously likes him Rising Storm, pages 154-155

"I love you, Sandstorm. You'll never be second-best for me. My love for you belongs here and now, in the life we share—and it will last for all the moons to come."
―Firestar affirming his love to Sandstorm Firestar's Quest, pages 401-402

"No more secrets, Firestar. I promise to try to understand how important Spottedleaf is to you, but I need to be able to trust you."
―Sandstorm to Firestar Firestar's Quest, page 403

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"You were trying to do your best, and you deserve praise for that. Now you'll know better for next time. Being an apprentice is all about learning and growing, and aren't you lucky to have the opportunity? And to have Leafpool and Jayfeather, such wise cats, to guide you?"
―Sandstorm to Alderpaw The Apprentice's Quest, page 96

Alderpaw: "I failed you."
Sandstorm: "No. No cat could've done more to help me. I doubt that even Jayfeather or Leafpool could have kept me alive so long. I knew the risks when I chose this quest. I know how important your visions are."
Alderpaw: "But you could have lived for many seasons in ThunderClan."
Sandstorm: "And now I will live for many more in StarClan. I will get to see Firestar again, and all the cats I have loved and lost. Alderpaw, this was how it was meant to be. You have nothing to be ashamed of, or guilty about. [...] There was nothing you could've done to save me. It was my time to die. No cat lives forever. This is one of the most important lessons you—or any medicine cat—will ever learn."
—Sandstorm in Alderpaw's vision The Apprentice's Quest, pages 181-182

"Firestar's loyal mate, a good mother to Squirrelflight and Leafpool, she's the cat that won Firestar's heart after Spottedleaf died ... is this how Sandstorm will be remembered? She deserves far more than that, in my opinion."
―Rock on Sandstorm's life Cats of the Clans, page 12

"Sandstorm had a quick temper and a strong sense of what was right, which Firestar respected. Next to his deputies and medicine cats, Sandstorm was the cat Firestar consulted most often before making any decisions for the Clan."
―Narrator The Ultimate Guide, page 19

"Sandstorm would have loved to have more kits, but she knew that Firestar had enough demands on him by the rest of the Clan. She shared his sense of responsibility to all the cats who lived in the hollow, and never wished that their lives could have been different."
―Narrator on Sandstorm The Ultimate Guide, page 19

"I hold Sandstorm in higher esteem than I do almost any other Clan cat. She has traveled far from the days when she and Dustpaw tormented Rusty the kittypet. I hope Firestar appreciates her journey as much as she deserves."
―Rock Cats of the Clans, page 12

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  1. While not an official medicine cat, she played the part while SkyClan was without one, using what she was taught by Cinderpelt.[13]
  2. Sandstorm unofficially mentored Echosong, and taught her what she knew of medicine and healing, using the skills she learned from Cinderpelt.[13]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 181
  2. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  3. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 333
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 15
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 180
  7. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  8. Revealed in the Warriors App
  9. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 280
  10. Revealed in Dawn, page 56
  11. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  12. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 453
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 340
  14. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  15. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  16. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 270
  17. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 202
  18. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 53
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 158
  21. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 179
  22. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 241
  23. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 309
  24. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 107