"This warrior will not stop until every Clan cat has paid for what he believes was stolen from him when he was alive." This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, Darkness Within. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
After the battle against the Dark Forest, Brambleclaw became leader and appointed Squirrelflight as his deputy as a display of forgiveness. They 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. 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.
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.
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 Foxleap 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.
"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!"
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.
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 findSkyClan. She participates in the battle to drive out Darktail and the Kin, and welcomes SkyClan to the lake.
"I'll leave, but there's something you must know. My mate would never behave like this. You must know in your hearts that this cat, has none of the courage, honor, and honesty of the real Bramblestar. This Bramblestar is an impostor."
―Squirrelflight about Bramblestar's impostor, as she's being exiled The Silent Thaw, page 285
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 of the rebels, 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.
This section summarizes Squirrelflight's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!
"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."
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.
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."
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."
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.
In Graystripe's Vow, Squirrelflight struggles to keep the divided ThunderClan united under her leadership, and so, she asks her old friend Graystripe for his help leading the Clan. When several cats, including Graystripe, decide to go on a "wander" from ThunderClan, she is crestfallen, but gives them a one moon ultimatum: If they do not come back to the Clan within a moon, then they are no longer considered ThunderClan. Graystripe grows to feel guilty about abandoning the daughter of his best friend during his own wander.
This section summarizes Squirrelflight's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!
"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."
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.
Squirrelflight is a dark ginger she-cat with forest-green eyes. She has one white paw, short legs, a torn ear tip, glossy fur, and a long, squirrel-like, bushy tail. She has a scar running from her chest to the top of her hind leg along her right flank.[note 5]
I, Firestar, leader of ThunderClan call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend her to you as a warrior in her turn. Squirrelpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Squirrelpaw, from this moment you will be known as Squirrelflight. StarClan honors your courage and determination, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan.
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 former 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!
↑The article on the Warriors website states that after being kidnapped by Ashfur, Squirrelflight was brought into the Dark Forest by him.
↑Squirrelflight spent time in StarClan while her body healed, and returned to ThunderClan afterwards.
↑Squirrelflight was de facto leader while Bramblestar was dead for over a night.
↑Bramblestar's impostor possessed Squirrelflight's mate, Bramblestar's body. Prior to realizing the deception, she acted affectionately as a mate to the imposter, and both of them concurred being in a relationship. After her realizing he was an imposter, and being exiled from ThunderClan, this relationship terminated.
↑Squirrelflight's scar is depicted on her official plush and was originated from her injury in Eclipse.