"Berryheart insisted; no other name would do."
Dovewing to Tigerheart on why Berryheart named Spirekit in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 372

Spireclaw is a black and white tom.[6]

Spireclaw is a ShadowClan warrior that has served under Tigerstar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born as Spirekit to Berryheart and Sparrowtail, with his siblings Sunkit and Hollowkit, and Spirekit was named after Spiresight, who died leading Tigerheart's patrol to ShadowClan. Upon reaching ShadowClan, Spirekit joined the reformed Clan and became an apprentice named Spirepaw with Yarrowleaf as his mentor soon after. He earned his warrior name of Spireclaw.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

River of Fire

Spirekit is among the cats to return to ShadowClan, consisting of his littermates, Berryheart, Sparrowtail, his aunt Cloverfoot, and Slatefur. The young tom is spotted by Violetshine, who goes over to speak with Berryheart. The queen introduces Violetshine to Spirekit and his littermates, and adds that she may receive one of them as her apprentice. This causes all three siblings to demand that Violetshine be their mentor. Violetshine is delighted by their antics, but feels remorse that Berryheart is unaware of ShadowClan's demise. Upon being revived and becoming leader, Tigerstar reunites ShadowClan and takes them home. Spirekit is among the crowd of cats following his new leader.

The Raging Storm

Alderheart mentions him when he tells Berryheart that Hollowkit should be kept away from his siblings until his cough is a little better. Berryheart informs the medicine cat that they are already sleeping with Yarrowleaf's kits.

In The Broken Code

Lost Stars

He is now a warrior of ShadowClan named Spireclaw.

In the Super Editions

Tigerheart's Shadow

Warning: Rippletail's appearances in Tigerheart's Shadow are a mistake as confirmed by Kate Cary and further installments in the canon. Slatefur was meant to be in the patrol traveling with Tigerheart.
Spirekit is born to Berryheart and Sparrowtail, along with his siblings, Sunkit and Hollowkit. His name is unusual, but his mother insists on the name.
A moon passes, and Spirekit, Sunkit, and Hollowkit have already tasted fresh-kill. However, even though they grow more and more adventurous, they still suckle from Berryheart. When Tigerheart reaches the camp he sees the kits playing together. He and his brother are stalking Pouncekit and Lightkit, and he springs onto the latter. The tom begins tugging at the she-cat's tiny tail, as Pouncekit is being attacked by Hollowkit. Tigerheart brings some mouse into the little camp, and Hollowkit and Spirekit run over to smell it. Spirekit complains that it's furry, and Pouncekit mews that she likes the fur. The dark brown tabby tom pads over to his daughter Lightkit, and suggests that she go and show Spirekit how to strip away the meat.
Spirekit is latched onto his father's tail, and the brown tabby doesn't notice until Tigerheart calls a meeting. Sparrowtail shakes off his son and licks the tom lovingly between the ears. Berryheart also nudges her daughter away. Pouncekit is instructed by her mother to keep the younger ones busy, but the gray she-cat protests and tells Dovewing she wants to listen too. The kits are allowed to listen, but not to interrupt. When Tigerheart tells the group they must leave based on Shadowkit's dreams, Berryheart interrupts and says her kits are not ready.
When Tigerheart dies and joins StarClan, he sees Spirekit and his littermates, along with his own kits, being shielded by Berryheart, Cloverfoot, and Cinnamon from his corpse, as it is being carried by Sparrowtail and Rippletail. Spirekit, his siblings, and his kin are all brought back as new additions of ShadowClan, and they are welcomed with delight.

Squirrelflight's Hope

Spirepaw and his littermates are now apprentices, and his mentor is his aunt, Yarrowleaf.

In the Novellas

Tawnypelt's Clan

Spirekit is mentioned when he plays with his littermates, and is lazily watched by his mother, Berryheart. When Shadowkit gets his strong vision about the Tribe of Rushing Water, Spirekit and the other kits, together with Yarrowleaf and Berryheart, are standing near the nursery's walls, watching with fear at what's happening. Later, he is seen by Tawnypelt, playing in the clearing with Hollowkit, Sunkit, Flaxkit, and Hopkit.

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Berryheart:[7] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Sparrowtail:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Needletail:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sunbeam:[7] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Hollowspring:[7] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
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Cloverfoot:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Beenose:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Yarrowleaf:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Bluebellkit:[blog 1] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Frondwhisker:[11] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Gullswoop:[11] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Dewkit:[12] Deceased, residence unknown
Mistcloud:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Buster:[10] Living (As of River of Fire)
Conefoot:[11] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member


Snowbird:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Kinkfur:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Scorchfur:[10] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Ratscar:[14] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)

First cousins:

Flaxfoot:[15] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Hopwhisker:[15] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Kinkfur ♀Scorchfur ♂Snowbird ♀Ratscar ♂
Dewkit ♀Mistcloud ♀Sparrowtail ♂Berryheart ♀Cloverfoot ♀Beenose ♀Yarrowleaf ♀Buster ♂Gullswoop ♀Frondwhisker ♀Conefoot ♂Bluebellkit ♀
Needletail ♀Spireclaw ♂Sunbeam ♀Hollowspring ♂Flaxfoot ♂Hopwhisker ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

Author statements

  • Каte thinks that the name Spirekit is and will be great when he becomes a warrior. However, she did not comment on the future of Spirekit and the details of this character, because she thinks that "we'll have to wait and see what he holds".[blog 2]

External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 409
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 20
  3. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 150
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  6. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 371
  8. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 407
  9. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, manga
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 336
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 241
  13. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 246
  14. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 279
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 17
  16. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 372

Author references

Logo-shadowclan.png ShadowClan cats
Leader Tigerstar
Deputy Cloverfoot
Medicine cats PuddleshineShadowsightMothwing
Warriors SnowbirdTawnypeltScorchfurIcewingDovewingBerryheartSparrowtailGrassheartStonewingYarrowleafSlatefurWhorlpeltSnaketoothFlowerstemHarelightCinnamontailBlazefireGullswoopPouncestepLightleapSpireclawHollowspringSunbeamFlaxfootHopwhisker
Apprentices N/A
Queens N/A
Kits N/A
Elders Oakfur
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