"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]

Sunstar was a ThunderClan leader in the forest territories, born as Sunkit to Larksong and Flamenose along with his brother, Featherkit. Sunfall became deputy under Pinestar, who he succeeded after Pinestar abandoned the Clan to become a kittypet. As leader, Sunstar dealt with repeated territory threats by RiverClan over the ownership of Sunningrocks. After his death, leadership of ThunderClan was taken over by Bluestar, Sunstar's former apprentice. He ascended to StarClan and gave Bluestar a life for courage.


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"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
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Sunfall, ThunderClan's deputy, becomes Bluepaw's mentor after her former mentor, Stonepelt, is forced to become an elder. He helps her grieve for her mother, Moonflower, when she is killed in a raid on WindClan. When Pinestar reveals he is becoming a kittypet, Sunfall becomes leader and appoints Tawnyspots as his deputy. But when Tawnyspots becomes terribly ill, he is forced to choose between Thistleclaw and Bluefur as his replacement, deciding on Bluefur after she loses her kits. He attends Bluestar's leadership ceremony, giving her a life of courage.


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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
In Goosefeather's Curse, Sunkit and Featherkit are born to Larksong and Flamenose. When Goosefeather uses his powers to look into the kits' future, he discovers that Sunkit would become a leader and Featherkit a medicine cat. Though he wishes to share this with Doestar, Cloudberry urges him to keep the secret for the kits' sake.
In Redtail's Debt, Sunstar accepts Tigerclaw's idea of intimidating RiverClan when they begin marking Sunningrocks, but hopes to avoid a fight. Later, he is tricked by Tigerclaw into launching an attack on WindClan.

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Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Kept by Pinestar in Bluestar's Prophecy
Lost in battle in Bluestar's Prophecy
Lost in battle in Bluestar's Prophecy
Lost in battle in Bluestar's Prophecy
Lost to sickness in Bluestar's Prophecy
Lost to sickness in Bluestar's Prophecy
Killed by a dog in Bluestar's Prophecy
Name From To
Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluestar's Prophecy
Medicine cats
Name From To
Featherwhisker Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy




Larksong:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flamenose:[14] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)


Featherwhisker:[3] Deceased, residence unknown


Larksong ♀Flamenose ♂
Sunstar ♂Featherwhisker ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

  • 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]
  • The identities of his parents were initially revealed on Vicky's Facebook page.[17]


  • He was mistakenly called the ShadowClan deputy.[18]
  • He was mistakenly described as a golden tabby.[19]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Sunstar's is listed in the notable ThunderClan leaders section.[10] 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. He was described as fair minded, even tempered, and wise.[10]
    • Sunstar is also described with yellow tabby stripes and green eyes.[20]


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

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"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 3.3 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 10.2 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 Pinestar's Choice, chapter 4
  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. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 25
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