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"I know the warrior code is important. I never would have broken it if I hadn't felt I was doing the right thing. I hope the mistakes I've made, I've made out of love."
— Squirrelflight to the cats of StarClan in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 350

Squirrelflight is a dark ginger she-cat[1] with one white paw,[26] a squirrel-like, bushy tail,[11] and green eyes.[1]

Squirrelflight is the current deputy of ThunderClan under Bramblestar's leadership in the lake territories. She was born as Squirrelkit to Firestar and Sandstorm alongside Leafkit. As an apprentice, Squirrelpaw was mentored by Dustpelt. While her sister was calm and patient, Squirrelpaw was independent, brave, and fiercely passionate, which often got her into trouble. She followed Brambleclaw on the journey to the sun-drown place, where the two grew close. When the Clans arrived at their new home by the lake, she was given her warrior name, Squirrelflight. She became mates with Brambleclaw, much to her close friend Ashfur's dismay. Unbeknownst to the rest of the Clan, Leafpool gave birth to Crowfeather's kits, and Squirrelflight protected her sister by raising the kits as her own. She and Brambleclaw raised Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf; however, after the truth was revealed, Brambleclaw was furious about being lied to, and the two broke up. Squirrelflight also mentored Foxleap and Rosepetal.

After the battle against the Dark Forest, Brambleclaw became leader and appointed Squirrelflight as his deputy as a display of forgiveness. Following the Great Storm, Squirrelflight mentored Stormcloud, a former kittypet. She and Bramblestar eventually had kits of their own: Alderkit, Sparkkit, Juniperkit, and Dandelionkit, though only Alderheart and Sparkpelt survived to adulthood. Squirrelflight eventually came at odds with Bramblestar when she defended the Sisters from ThunderClan and was almost killed by a rockslide. StarClan allowed her body to heal, but Leafpool died. After Bramblestar's unexpected death, Squirrelflight took over his duties but she relinquished them when he was revived. When she discovered Bramblestar was being possessed, she was exiled by the false leader and took refuge in ShadowClan. After deposing the impostor, Squirrelflight rejoined ThunderClan and became its acting leader, which drew conflict from the Clan as she did not have nine lives. She revealed Ashfur as the identity of the impostor, and struggled to keep her Clan together, advocating for the return of Bramblestar's spirit. However, she somberly accepted his permanent disappearance, but Ashfur kidnapped Squirrelflight through the Moonpool, bringing her to the Place of No Stars, where she learned that Ashfur planned to destroy the Clans in the name of his love for her. With the help of Rootspring and Shadowsight, Squirrelflight and Bramblestar returned to the living world, and Ashfur was eventually defeated.


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The New Prophecy

"Yes, O Great One, I shall do exactly what you say. And when we come back empty-pawed, maybe you'll admit that I was right."
―Squirrelpaw to Brambleclaw Midnight, page 16
Squirrelpaw is a ThunderClan apprentice, and one of the daughters of Firestar, the Clan leader, and Sandstorm. She is mentored by Dustpelt and is stubborn and independent, often doing what she believes is right even if it is against her mentor's wishes. She and her sister, Leafpaw, share a very close connection and have the ability to know what each other are feeling. She discovers that Brambleclaw leaving on a journey to find Midnight, and convinces him to let her join, to which he reluctantly agrees. The two ThunderClan cats set out on their journey with Feathertail, Stormfur, Tawnypelt and Crowpaw. Squirrelpaw earns their respect with her courage and her connection with Leafpaw is used to recall herbs to heal Tawnypelt's infected rat bite.
After hearing Midnight's message, the six cats return home and she helps lead the Clans on the Great Journey to the lake territories. Firestar rewards her with her warrior name, Squirrelflight, for her courage and service to the Clans. While the Clans settle into their new territories, Brambleclaw becomes very close to his half-brother, Hawkfrost. Squirrelflight distrusts Hawkfrost and their relationship greatly, and after multiple arguments with Brambleclaw, they break up. She finds comfort in her friend, Ashfur, though she does not reciprocate the romantic feelings he has for her. When Brambleclaw saves Firestar from a fox trap set by Hawkfrost, she grows to trust Brambleclaw again, becoming mates shortly after.

Power of Three

"Kill them, then. You won't hurt me that way. If you really want to hurt me, you'll have to find a better way than that. They are not my kits."
―Squirrelflight to Ashfur Long Shadows, page 276
Squirrelflight becomes the mother of Jaykit, Lionkit and Hollykit, and raises them affectionately along with her mate. When her milk didn't come, Ferncloud nursed the kits. She and her family journey to assist the Tribe in the the mountains, and Squirrelflight eventually mentors Foxpaw as her first apprentice. Ashfur never forgave her for choosing Brambleclaw over him, and he confronts her in a fire and threatens to kill her kits as revenge, but Squirrelflight reveals that Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Hollyleaf are not her kits. They were originally born to Leafpool and Crowfeather, but she had raised them to hide her sister's secret. Despite Squirrelflight and Leafpool's wishes, Hollyleaf reveals the truth at a Gathering. Brambleclaw is furious that he was lied to, cutting ties with Squirrelflight.

Omen of the Stars

"Brambleclaw, I'm sorry. You have to understand I never intended to hurt you. I loved you, and was proud to raise these kits with you. You were a wonderful father. [...] Don't throw away everything just because you are angry with me!"
―Squirrelflight to Brambleclaw The Last Hope, page 201
Her second apprentice, Rosepetal, has become a warrior. Brambleclaw still has not forgiven Squirrelflight, and things remain tense and awkward between the two. Squirrelflight spends her time with her sister, who stepped down from her medicine cat duties, and trying to earn her adopted kits' forgiveness. She still cares for Lionblaze and Jayfeather, despite them wanting nothing to do with her. Squirrelflight is chosen to once again journey to the Tribe, and she comforts Jayfeather when he is accused of murdering Flametail. After the Great Battle, Brambleclaw becomes leader and appoints Squirrelflight to be his deputy as a display of forgiveness.

A Vision of Shadows

"You know as well as I do, that medicine-cat apprentice has to be just the right cat."
―Squirrelflight to Jayfeather The Apprentice's Quest, page 69
Squirrelflight and Bramblestar have a litter of kits, Alderkit, Sparkkit, Dandelionkit, and Juniperkit. Juniperkit and Dandelionkit die shortly after they're born, but Alderkit and Sparkkit grow up to be a medicine cat and warrior respectively. She is protective of her two surviving kits, but allows them to journey to find SkyClan. She participates in the battle to drive out Darktail and the Kin, and welcomes SkyClan to the lake.

The Broken Code

Squirrelflight: "I'm not going along with any of this."
Ashfur: "Don't be mouse-brained. It will all be worth it when I control the forest and StarClan. We can be together, and I'll forgive you for betraying me to the Clans."
Squirrelflight: "Never!"
Ashfur: "But you must see that I'm the better choice. Right now, with all the power I have over the Dark Forest and StarClan, I may be the most powerful cat who ever lived!"
Squirrelflight: "Powerful? The sort of power you had in ThunderClan, where you turned cats against you and provoked a battle where so many of them died? That's not a power I want any part of. Power is inspiring cats to want to follow you —like Bramblestar did."
Ashfur: "Bramblestar is lost and defeated. He couldn't even find his way back to his body to reclaim his next life."
Squirrelflight: "Oh, shut up! I'm not listening to your rambling anymore. I'm going to find a way back through the Moonpool—alone, if I have to."
Ashfur: "After all this, why would you still choose Bramblestar over me?"
Squirrelflight: "Don't you understand, fur-for-brains? This isn't about Bramblestar—although I do choose my own mate, thank you. You could be the only cat left in the world, and I still wouldn't choose you, not after everything you've done. [...] Are you ready to fight me? Because that's what you'll have to do, if you want to stop me."
Ashfur: "No, I don't want to harm you. I still love you."
—Squirrelflight and Ashfur within the Dark Forest The Place of No Stars (book), pages 178-179
Squirrelflight takes over Bramblestar's duties as he falls ill, and when he dies, she is overcome with grief, refusing to take up leadership. When he is revived, she is overjoyed, returning to her position as deputy. She later becomes suspicious of the way her mate is acting towards the codebreakers. When Rootpaw and Bristlefrost tell her that Bramblestar is a ghost and ThunderClan's leader is an impostor, she tries to inform the other Clans, but her plot is discovered by the impostor, who exiles her. Squirrelflight goes to ShadowClan and informs Tigerstar, who allows her to stay in ShadowClan until the impostor is dealt with. She helps lead the exiled cats, and is heavily adamant about keeping the impostor alive until Bramblestar can be restored to his body. She also fakes her death to make the impostor stop looking for her.
During the battle for ShadowClan, she leads the rebels into battle, and upon seeing her, the impostor is subdued and defeated by Tigerstar. Squirrelflight then becomes ThunderClan's acting leader, choosing Lionblaze as her deputy. At a Gathering, after contemplating the impostor's actions and personality, she realizes his true identity as Ashfur, coming back as vengeance for choosing Bramblestar over himself. Squirrelflight's authority is challenged by some of her Clanmates who question the nepotism present in the Clan's leadership lineage, and pressure her to give up on Bramblestar. After the Sisters discover the spirits of their fallen Clanmates in pain and agony with no sign of Bramblestar, the Clan leaders decide to murder Ashfur in Bramblestar's body. Rootspring and Bristlefrost comfort her as she accepts her mate's death, but while seeking comfort at the Moonpool, Ashfur escapes from ShadowClan's prison and kidnaps Squirrelflight through the Moonpool, entering the spirit realm.
Lionblaze succeeds her as acting leader, though his leadership falls apart as the Clan falls into further turmoil, and Graystripe takes over instead. Ashfur attempts to convince Squirrelflight to be with him, and even has her mate's possessed spirit attack her when she refuses Ashfur's affections, but Squirrelflight remains firm in her choice of mate and further condemns Ashfur for all that he has done. Shadowsight distracts Ashfur for both Bramblestar and Squirrelflight to escape, and Rootspring and Snowtuft later help Bramblestar reunite with his body. Squirrelflight and Bramblestar escape the Dark Forest and return to the living world. She resumes her deputy duties, and requests Graystripe to deliver a message to Ashfur from her that she never loved him and will only love Bramblestar. After Ashfur's death, Squirrelflight mourns Graystripe's death and welcomes Bramblestar's return.

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"Pride surged through him as he looked at the tiny scraps of fur. He had so many hopes for them: good hunting, happiness, perhaps even leadership of their Clan. Though he had been a kittypet, his daughters were Clanborn through and through. His blood would run through ThunderClan for many seasons to come, even when he no longer walked the forest."
―Firestar's thoughts about his newborn daughters Firestar's Quest, page 510
In Firestar's Quest, moons after Firestar and Sandstorm return from restoring SkyClan, Sandstorm gives birth to two kits. Squirrelkit is named for her bushy and squirrel-like tail, while her sister, Leafkit, is named after Leafstar and Spottedleaf. Firestar can't believe how beautiful they are and ponders how the prophecy will relate to his daughters.

Squirrelflight and Bramblestar looking forward to their future family

Bramblestar: "Squirrelflight...I just wanted to say...I wanted to thank you for everything. For supporting me over the badger battle. For welcoming the kittypets I brought back. For—for raising three wonderful cats that I'm so proud of."
Squirrelflight: "We did it together."
Bramblestar: "Maybe. I wouldn't have wanted to do it with any other cat."
—Bramblestar thanking Squirrelflight Bramblestar's Storm, page 465
In Bramblestar's Storm, she and Bramblestar guide the Clan through the Great Storm. She gently reminds Bramblestar of his leadership duties, and he wonders how lost he'd be without her. Squirrelflight isn't too impressed when Bramblestar brings a few kittypets to ThunderClan to seek shelter from the flood and notices how close he and Jessy are getting. She supports Bramblestar's decision to help ShadowClan and Tawnypelt with badgers, noting how she would do anything for her sister. One of the kittypets, Frankie, becomes her apprentice. Meanwhile, Jessy helps Bramblestar realize the bond he and Squirrelflight share and the two reconcile their relationship. Moons later, she happily reveals to Bramblestar that she is expecting his kits.
"Being a good deputy doesn't mean blindly following orders. It means standing up for what I believe, and this time, I believe I'm right."
―Squirrelflight's arguing with Bramblestar Squirrelflight's Hope, page 145

Squirrelpaw and Leafpaw

In Squirrelflight's Hope, hoping to settle border disputes between the Clans, Squirrelflight and Leafstar travel outside Clan borders to find a suitable home for SkyClan. They discover the Sisters, a strange yet friendly group of she-cats, who plan to leave their territory once Moonlight's kits were weaned. Squirrelflight's strong desire to have another litter and her sense of justice for the Sisters drives a wedge between her and Bramblestar, who is trying to stabilize the fragile peace. She and Bramblestar find a brief serenity while nurturing for Sparkpelt's two kits after Larksong and Flickerkit pass away.
When the other Clans decide to forcefully drive out the Sisters, Squirrelflight and Leafpool have a terrible dream forewarning them about Moonlight's kits. They help Moonlight deliver her kits, but the outnumbered Sisters fiercely defend their camp from the Clan warriors. While saving Moonlight's kits during a cave in, Squirrelflight and Leafpool are fatally injured and walk in StarClan. Determined to return to Bramblestar and Sparkpelt, Squirrelflight chooses to return to ThunderClan. She and Bramblestar reconcile, and the Clan mourns for Leafpool.


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"I will love these kits as if they were my own. I already do! I will never take them from the Clan, you will see them all the time, and they will know you are my kin so they will always be close to you. Remember what Feathertail said: These kits deserve parents who can be proud of them, who can raise them among their Clanmates as fine warriors. Brambleclaw and I can do that. And the secret of their birth will die with me, I promise."
―Squirrelflight to Leafpool Leafpool's Wish, page chapter 9
In Leafpool's Wish, Squirrelflight chooses Brambleclaw as her mate and is unaware of his secret meetings in the Dark Forest with Tigerstar and Hawkfrost. When Leafpool finds out that she is expecting kits, she asks Squirrelflight to raise them. Squirrelflight at first refuses to betray her mate and lie to her Clan. Yellowfang tries to encourage her by revealing Squirrelflight will never have kits of her own, and this would be her only chance to be a mother. Squirrelflight still has doubts, but journeys with Leafpool away from Clan territory so she can give birth. A visit from Feathertail finally convinces Squirrelflight to raise them with Brambleclaw, and she, Leafpool, and the kits return to ThunderClan.

Detailed description

Squirrelflight is a dark ginger she-cat[1] with forest[27]-green eyes.[1] She has one white paw,[26] short legs,[28] a torn ear tip,[29] glossy fur,[30] and a long,[31] squirrel-like, bushy tail.[11] She has a scar running from her chest to the top of her hind leg along her right flank.[note 3]

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Personality and Relationships

Squirrelflight is a passionate and determined daughter, sister, mother, mate, and leader. She had a strong bond with her sister, Leafpool, and her relationship with Ashfur left an impact on her life for moons to come. For more of Squirrelflight's personality and relationships, click here!


Squirrelflight's parents are Firestar and Sandstorm. Her mate is Bramblestar, and Alderheart, Sparkpelt, Juniperkit, and Dandelionkit are their children. She was also the adopted mother to Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf. For more of Squirrelflight's family, click here!



Toys and Plush

Squirrelflight Large Plush Cat

  • Series 2
  • Large soft plush of Squirrelflight, approximately 35cm in length.
  • ThunderClan's deputy is a loyal and passionate cat, who feels—and loves—deeply, sometimes letting her heart rule her head. But no cat fights harder than she does to protect her Clanmates and kin.
  • Approximately $29.99 USD.

Squirrelflight & Scourge - Mini Collector Figures

Squirrelflight and Scourge

  • Series 3
  • Though these two share kinship ties through Firestar, the turns their lives took couldn't be more different. As a young kittypet, young Tiny was tormented by his littermates, and when he dared to venture beyond his own garden, he suffered a vicious assault from ThunderClan apprentice Tigerpaw. Tiny, now calling himself Scourge, allowed his bitterness at the world to grow and fester like ice inside of him, forming BloodClan from the vicious rogues of Twolegplace and ruling over them with an iron paw, waiting for the chance to pay back Tigerstar's early viciousness with blood. Meanwhile, Squirrelflight grew up safe and loved within the safety of ThunderClan's camp, and her bond with her only sister was one of the closest and most loving any cat could ever hope for. Her boundless courage and enthusiasm led her to becoming one of the cats to lead the Clans to their new home, and while her fierce loyalty to her sister would came to test her in ways she never could have imagined, she has proved her devotion to her Clan and her family beyond any doubt.
  • Sturdy mini figure of Squirrelflight and Scourge, approximately 7cm in height.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with the rest of Series 3: Mudclaw, Ashfur, Yellowfang, and Ivypool.
  • Possible approximate individual price is $12.99 USD, and the three-pack bundle is $38.97 USD.


Did you know Squirrelflight is one of the few cats to become deputy twice, and the first cat to become leader twice? For more trivia about Squirrelflight, click here!


External links

  • Darkness Within: A look at the most popular fan theories on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Winners of the September Fan Challenge + New Challenge Announcement on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • The Place of No Stars: A look at the most popular fan theories on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • A Light in the Mist: A look at the most popular fan theories on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only) (backup link)
  • Winners of the October 2021 Fan Challenge + New Challenge Announcement on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Cute Warrior Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Mothers and Kits Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Fathers and Kits Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Hunting Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Apprentices Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Mentors and Apprentices Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Codebreakers Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Our Favorite Moonlight Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Changing Seasons Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • The Sisters Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • The Sun-Drown Quest Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • The Great Journey Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Warrior Ceremony Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Ghosts Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • 'Veil of Shadows Scenes Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Our Favorite Impostor Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Fire Confrontation Scene Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Hollyleaf's Revelation Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Leafbare Scenes Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • The Gathering Island Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • More Darkness Within Scenes Artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Our favorite artwork from 2021 on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • Top five scenes of The Broken Code artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  • More leafbare scenes artwork on the Warriors official website (backup link)

  • Notes

    1. Squirrelflight spent time in StarClan while her body healed, and returned to ThunderClan afterwards.[4]
    2. Midnight reveals that Squirrelpaw is eight moons of age in early chapters, placing the sisters' birth to leaf-bare earlier in the year.[10]
    3. Squirrelflight's scar is depicted on her official plush and was originated from her injury in Eclipse.[32]

    Notes and references

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
    2. Revealed in A Light in the Mist, allegiances
    3. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 248
    4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 247
    5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 374
    6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 301
    7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 310
    8. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 74
    9. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 4
    10. Revealed in Midnight, page 13
    11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
    12. Revealed in Starlight, page 27
    13. Revealed in Outcast, page 136
    14. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
    15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 328
    16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 278
    17. Revealed in Lost Stars, pages 245-248
    18. Revealed in Outcast, page 35
    19. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 7
    20. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 454
    21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, pages 245-254
    22. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 254
    23. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 91
    24. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 312
    25. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 328
    26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 87
    27. Revealed in Starlight, page 82
    28. Revealed in Starlight, page 80
    29. Revealed in Sunset, page 13
    30. Revealed in Dawn, page 51
    31. Revealed in The Sight, page 8
    32. Revealed in Eclipse, pages 235-236