"ThunderClan has kits in the nursery, and the warriors' den is full. We face troubles, it is true. RiverClan pushes at our borders, and kittypets threaten our prey. But the Clan is well fed, and the forest is rich in prey. I vow to make ThunderClan as powerful as the great Clans of old. Today's ThunderClan will be remembered alongside TigerClan and LionClan. Our warriors are courageous and loyal and skilled in battle. There is no reason to feel besieged by our enemies. We have defeated them before and we will do so again. Let me carry you forward in a new era in which ThunderClan is so respected and feared that no cat will dare set a paw on our lands."
— Sunstar as a new leader in Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 315-316

Sunstar is a large[9] bright ginger tom[2] with long fur,[10] a broad face,[11] yellow eyes,[12] and a torn ear.[13]

He is born to Flamenose and Larksong, as Sunkit. Goosefeather, the medicine cat, says that he will become leader one day. This turns out to be true, as Sunfall eventually becomes deputy of ThunderClan. He forms a special bond with Bluekit, and even lets her out of camp before she's an apprentice. After Bluepaw’s first mentor, Stonepelt, retires to the elders' den, Sunfall becomes her mentor and helps her stop grieving for her deceased mother.

When Pinestar reveals he wants to become a kittypet and leaves ThunderClan, Sunfall becomes leader. Due to the fact that Pinestar had one life left, Sunstar only received eight lives. He first appoints Tawnyspots as deputy, but after Tawnyspots becomes sick, he appoints Bluefur as his deputy. He dies from a dog attack, and gives Bluestar one of her nine lives.


In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Last Hope

Sunstar is seen when Jayfeather reunites StarClan. He hisses at Yellowfang, saying that she didn't have to be here if she was just going to cause trouble.

In the Super Editions

Tallstar's Revenge

At a Gathering, Stagleap points out Sunfall, and nods toward him, who is pacing around the clearing. Sunfall dips his head to the warriors, and shares words with one group before moving on to the next.

Yellowfang's Secret

Sunfall does not formally appear in Yellowfang's Secret, but is listed in the allegiances.

Crookedstar's Promise

Sunfall is seen at the beginning of the book with Pinestar, Adderfang, and Stormtail, when Stormkit and Oakkit are watching Shellheart's patrol confront the ThunderClan cats.
He reprimands Bluepaw and Crookedpaw at a Gathering for talking too much, telling them that he is the ThunderClan deputy, and that he'll pin their whiskers back if they don't keep quiet. Crookedpaw doesn't seem to be scared or even concerned about Sunfall's warning, and Bluepaw wonders why he doesn't care.
He is mentioned by Hailstar when RiverClan and ThunderClan fight over Sunningrocks. Hailstar asks Adderfang whether he wants to check with Sunfall, now Sunstar, before he and Mudfur fight one on one. Later, Sunstar goes with a patrol to RiverClan to politely demand Sunningrocks back without fighting for them.

Bluestar's Prophecy

When Bluekit is awake, Sunfall asks if she wants to go outside. He then takes Bluekit out to explore the camp and takes her up to the ravine, though helping her a lot along the way. He becomes Bluepaw's mentor after Stonepelt, her previous mentor, becomes an elder early due to injuries that didn't heal properly from the battle with WindClan. Bluepaw is irritated by this change, but Poppydawn and Swiftbreeze tell her she should be proud to have the ThunderClan deputy as her mentor. Sunfall becomes slightly irritated with Bluepaw after Moonflower dies, and tells her not to mope around, and to be a credit to her Clan. Sunfall says that he also misses Moonflower, surprising Bluepaw with the tone of sadness in his voice.
After the battle at Sunningrocks, Sunfall is seen congratulating Bluepaw and Snowpaw on successfully fighting off Crookedpaw, and mentions that Crookedpaw is big for an apprentice.
After Bluepaw has received her warrior name, Bluefur, Sunfall sends her and Snowfur to go leaf gathering with Featherwhisker, calling them his warrior escorts, so the medicine cat can safely gather the herbs he needs.
When they return, he asks them how they did on their first warrior assignments. Later, he goes on a patrol with Bluefur to Sunningrocks to check if RiverClan are invading again. After Pinestar leaves for a new life as a kittypet, Sunfall becomes Sunstar, and appoints Tawnyspots as his deputy. When Snowfur, Bluefur's sister, dies from being run over by a Twoleg monster, Sunstar is very sympathetic to his former apprentice, but he chides her for not giving Snowfur's kit, Whitekit, more attention. He also tells her that he understands that she has lost a lot but needs to be strong for the Clan. When she finally does take over as a foster mother for Whitekit, he seems quite relieved and happy.
Not long after, Tawnyspots starts to become very ill, and Sunstar is pressured to choose a new deputy. He has two choices: Thistleclaw or Bluefur, and he chooses Bluefur after she gives her kits to Oakheart. Sunstar later reveals that he shared some of Bluefur's worries about Thistleclaw's violent nature, but was not as worried about it as Bluefur. He also then tells Bluefur that he had only been given eight lives because Pinestar left with his ninth and became a kittypet, never surrendering his ninth life and leader position. Sunstar was killed by a dog after being weakened by sickness and was unable to run away from it, and he gave Bluefur one of her nine lives, along with the gift of courage, saying that she would know how to use it.

In the Novellas

Pinestar's Choice

Sunkit is mentioned, though unnamed, when Larksong is feeding him and his brother, Featherkit.
Much later, Sunfall is back from the battle with RiverClan at Sunningrocks and mentions that they won. It is stated that he is Pinestar's deputy.
When Pinestar makes his announcement, Sunfall is one of the cats who questions why he is leaving. Pinestar states that Sunfall will make a good leader, and later White-eye supports this. After leaving, Pinestar heads for Twolegplace, and notes that he took a different path as to avoid Sunfall and his patrol.
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Goosefeather's Curse

After giving birth to one tom, Cloudberry urges Larksong to keep pushing, and she gives birth to a second son. The bundle is lying in the moss when Cloudberry pushes it towards Larksong, announcing it's another tom. The tom-kit opens its jaws to let out a big wail, and Cloudberry comments he's got a loud voice already. She urges the queen to clean her son up so he can feed. He soon joins his brother to suckle while the medicine cats watch in awe. After receiving a vision of the first tom's future, Goosefeather places his paw on the other tom-kit to receive another vision, and declares this kit will one day become a ThunderClan leader. Goosefeather wants to tell to Doestar as they are truly special kits, but Cloudberry insists for the kits to grow up normal without the burden of knowing their future. She then says to leave the kits alone and report to the Clan, calling the kits perfect little bundles.
Time passes, and Featherkit and Sunkit grow into strong little kits, taking any chance they can to nip Goosefeather's tail when he isn't watching or bite newly made nests with their teeth. Larksong shoos the kits out into camp as soon as their eyes open so the other queens could have some peace. The kits totter around on sturdy legs and their fur is fluffed again in the cold. They pounce on an ivy tendril with ferocious speaks. Goosefeather asks Cloudberry if she saw Sunkit jump as he is stronger than Featherkit already. Cloudberry warns him to be careful as she doesn't want the kits to hear and says that he sees their future every time he looks at them. Goosefeather points out that Sunkit will one day become leader, which makes him special, causing Cloudberry to snap back.

Spottedleaf's Heart

Spottedpaw is hobbling around camp after she got injured. Sunstar looks down at her, reminding her that she can't do her duties until healed. Later, Thistleclaw tells Spottedpaw that he wants to know what she thinks, and lists Sunstar.

Redtail's Debt

Redpaw eavesdrops on Tigerclaw, Sparrowpelt and Speckletail reporting to Sunstar about RiverClan marking Sunningrocks. He agrees with Tigerclaw's idea to defend Sunningrocks, and sends a patrol into RiverClan territory to send a message of force. He allows Redpaw, Willowpaw, Brindlepaw and Frostpaw to go, hoping to avoid a fight, and keeps them in a separate patrol with Bluefur, Tigeclaw in their mentors. Sunstar announces his plan to the rest of the Clan and leads the first patrol. Sunstar's plan fails when Bluefur's patrol fails to show up because of a hawk almost killing Redpaw. Redpaw worries about telling Sunstar, but Tigerclaw assures him he will stick up for Redpaw.
Moons later, Sunstar names Redtail and Willowpelt warriors. Redtail reflects how Sunstar hadn't scolded him for the hawk incident moons prior. After an incident with Stagleap and Sorrelpaw, Tigerclaw and Redtail report to Sunstar. However, Tigerclaw lies about what actually happened, and insists the two WindClan cats purposefully trespassed and attacked them. Sunstar believes them and promises to talk with Heatherstar that night at the Gathering.
That night, Sunstar praises his medicine cats during a bout of whitecough and Redtail and Willowpelt as ThunderClan's newest warriors. He also reports a WindClan apprentice picked a fight with his warriors and asks Heatherstar for confirmation that it wouldn't happen again. Heatherstar replies she heard a different story and believes Sunstar would put the instant behind him, and he bristles. After, Stagleap and Redtail agree to speak with their leaders to convince them not to fight. Redtail spots Thistleclaw and Tigerclaw speaking with Bluefur and Sunstar on the way back to camp, and he decides to wait until Sunstar was calmer to talk with him.
However, once they arrive back at camp, Sunstar announces his plans to attack WindClan to remind Heatherstar ThunderClan knew how to defend its borders. He agrees with Tigerclaw's plan to damage WindClan's camp. Redtail begs Tigerclaw to tell Sunstar the truth to avoid unnecessary bloodshed, but Tigerclaw cajoles him otherwise.
Sunstar welcomes Redtail to StarClan and remarks he was very brave. Redtail worries about ThunderClan's future, and Sunstar shows him the camp through a pond. They spot a fiery ginger cat in the camp, and Sunstar explains Bluestar will name him Firepaw and he will save ThunderClan one day.

In the Field Guides

Secrets of the Clans

Sunstar's name is listed in the notable ThunderClan leaders section.
Sunstar fought against RiverClan to keep Sunningrocks part of ThunderClan territory. His brother, Featherwhisker, served as his medicine cat, who mentored the later ThunderClan medicine cat after him, Spottedleaf. Sunstar had two known apprentices, Bluestar, then Bluepaw, would go on to serve as his deputy and then leader after him. His other known apprentice was Lionheart, although this is later contradicted, as Lionheart's mentor in Bluestar's Prophecy is revealed to be Swiftbreeze. He was described as fair minded, even tempered, and wise.

Code of the Clans

Sunstar, whose warrior name is Sunfall, is the deputy under ThunderClan's leader, Pinestar. When the two young warriors, Dappletail and White-eye, are caught stealing fish, he teases them gently when they say the fish is disgusting.
Sunfall is the one who leads ThunderClan into battle against RiverClan when Pinestar is absent. When his leader tells him that he will become a kittypet, Sunfall is full of understanding but points out that Pinestar will never be able to come back. Pinestar accepts it, and names Sunfall his successor as his last act of leader.

Battles of the Clans

Sunstar appears as Sunfall in "Mousefur Speaks: The Deserter". He is seen on a border patrol with Lionpaw, Swiftbreeze and Bluepaw. He leads the patrol to the ShadowClan border where they are confronted by Foxheart, Cloudpaw, and Crowtail. He asks why they are on ThunderClan territory, to which Crowtail replies that they are hunting prey. Sunfall tells the ShadowClan cats that if they leave, the matter would be forgotten, but they end up fighting each other. Sunfall is first to attack, springing out at Foxheart.

The Ultimate Guide

He is mentioned on the page for ThunderClan leader Pinestar, who says that after the battle over Sunningrocks with RiverClan, Pinestar ultimately decided that the life of a warrior was no longer for him, and he passed down leadership to his deputy, Sunfall.


Interesting facts

  • Originally, he was said to be the mentor of Lionheart.[10] However, this is changed in Bluestar's Prophecy, as Lionpaw is given Swiftbreeze as a mentor instead.[14]
  • Sunstar was only given eight lives when he became leader because Pinestar kept his ninth one. [15]

Author statements

  • Kate has hinted that he may have had feelings for Moonflower.[16]
  • On Vicky's Facebook, she revealed the parents of Sunstar and his brother to be Larksong and Flamenose.[17]


  • He was mistakenly called the ShadowClan deputy.[18]
  • He was mistakenly described as a golden tabby.[19]
  • He was originally described with yellow tabby stripes and green eyes in Secrets of the Clans.[20]

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Larksong:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flamenose:[21] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)


Featherwhisker:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Larksong ♀Flamenose ♂
Sunstar ♂Featherwhisker ♂

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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown

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Lost to sickness in Bluestar's Prophecy
Lost to sickness in Bluestar's Prophecy
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"The fact that Sunkit is going to grow up to be our leader makes him special."
—Goosefeather about Sunkit Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 8

"Fighting for our Clan is part of the warrior code. Whatever doubts we have, we must not doubt the warrior code. The forest and our Clanmates may change around us, but the warrior code remains the same."
—Sunfall to Bluepaw Bluestar's Prophecy, page 149

Crookedpaw: "Where are the deputies?"
Sunfall: "The ThunderClan deputy is right in front of you, and he'll pin back your whiskers if you don't do as you're told and be quiet!"
—Sunfall scolding Crookedpaw at a Gathering Bluestar's Prophecy, page 161

"We will make them understand that ThunderClan needs a leader. Featherwhisker is right: StarClan will not abandon us."
—Sunfall to all of ThunderClan Bluestar's Prophecy, page 312

"You've had much grief for one cat. But life goes on. Whitekit will become an apprentice and then a warrior, and you can choose to help him with that or to let him work it out for himself. I have high hopes for you, Bluefur. You were my apprentice once, and I will always feel like your mentor. I want you to strive to become the best warrior you can be, because I believe one day ThunderClan will have need of your gifts."
—Sunstar to Bluefur Bluestar's Prophecy, page 369

"If you prefer a battle, then we'll fight, but are the rocks worth it? You have the river to fish in. Your paws are too big to reach far into the cracks of Sunningrocks; your pelts are too clearly marked to stalk prey there. It is no use for RiverClan's ways of hunting."
—Sunstar to several RiverClan cats Crookedstar's Promise, page 410

Sunstar: "I have just three lives left, not four."
Bluefur: "How did you lose the extra one?"
Sunstar: "I didn't. It was never given to me. When Pinestar left, he still had one life as the leader of this Clan. StarClan counted this life against mine. They gave me only eight because Pinestar kept his ninth."
—Sunstar speaking to Bluefur about his lives Bluestar's Prophecy, page 496

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 501
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 497
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 163
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 314
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 142
  8. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 504
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 28
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 23
  11. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 10
  12. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 302
  14. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 176
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 496
  16. Revealed on Kate's Twitter
  17. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  18. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 175
  19. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 128
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 25
  21. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 4
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