"I don't know when the end came for Swiftpaw. I only remember him fighting like all of LionClan. That's how I will always remember him."
Brightheart about Swiftpaw in Secrets of the Clans, page 14

Swiftpaw is a small black-and-white tom with pale[6] amber eyes.[2]

Swiftpaw was a ThunderClan apprentice under Bluestar's leadership in the forest territories. He was born to Goldenflower along with an unnamed kit as his sibling. Swiftpaw was also an older half-brother to Bramblestar and Tawnypelt. He was apprenticed to Longtail as Swiftpaw, and when Bluestar refused to give him, Thornpaw, and Brightpaw their warrior names out of paranoia, Swiftpaw formed a plan with the others to drive out the pack of dogs near Snakerocks. Only Brightpaw went with him, but they were quickly overwhelmed by the dogs. Swiftpaw lost his life, and Brightpaw was severely injured. Swiftpaw joined the ranks of StarClan and gave Firestar one of his nine lives.


In The Prophecies Begin arc

Fire and Ice

Swiftkit is apprenticed to Longtail, and receives his new name, Swiftpaw. He is shown to be very nervous and shaky as he approaches his new mentor. To Fireheart's annoyance, Longtail treats Swiftpaw much better than he treated him when he first joined the Clan. Swiftpaw is shown to have gradually adopted Longtail's personality when he jeers along with his mentor when Cloudkit is brought to ThunderClan.

Forest of Secrets

During a Gathering it is thought by Fireheart that Swiftpaw told some ShadowClan apprentices that ThunderClan was keeping Brokentail within their Clan, thus causing a war among WindClan, ShadowClan, and ThunderClan, because the other Clans were angry that ThunderClan would protect a cat who had done such evil things.

Rising Storm

When Fireheart struggles to organize patrols in his new position as deputy, he suggests that Longtail leads the sunhigh patrol, but Runningwind replies with exasperation that Longtail was out training with Swiftpaw. However, Whitestorm helps Fireheart sort out the patrols and suggests that when Longtail and Swiftpaw return they can go on the evening patrol with him instead. He is briefly chats with the other apprentices before Brindleface's kits are set to be apprenticed. After the forest fire that ravages ThunderClan's camp, he replaces Mousefur on guard duty, and helps out with the rebuilding of the camp.

A Dangerous Path

Swiftpaw goes out on patrol with Bluestar, Fireheart, Cloudpaw, and his mentor, Longtail. They find a RiverClan patrol, led by Leopardstar, invading Sunningrocks, and Fireheart orders him to go back to camp and bring reinforcements. After the battle, Longtail blames Fireheart for his apprentice not being made into a warrior, because when he was sent back to camp to fetch more warriors, what he called an "apprentice task", he did not get a chance to participate in the fight very much. This lost Swiftpaw the opportunity to show off his battle skills in front of Bluestar.
He is ready to become a warrior, but Bluestar is thoroughly convinced that every cat in her Clan is a traitor, especially Tigerstar's old allies, Darkstripe and Longtail, with the exception of Fireheart. She refuses to let Swiftpaw become a warrior because of who his mentor is, even after persuasion from Fireheart. She agrees to make Cloudpaw a warrior, partly because of his disbelief in StarClan, even though Swiftpaw had trained for longer than him. Cloudpaw becomes a warrior, Cloudtail, leaving Swiftpaw, Thornpaw, and Brightpaw as apprentices.
Swiftpaw is furious, and his anger compels him to prove himself to Bluestar. Swiftpaw convinces the apprentices that if they do something really brave, Bluestar will have to make them warriors. He plans to attack Snakerocks and drive out whatever was killing their prey and living there. Only Brightpaw goes with him to the Snakerocks. They are then met by a pack of vicious dogs, much larger than they had expected. Swiftpaw is killed in the attack and Brightpaw is viciously scarred. Brightpaw clings to one of the dogs as it joins its pack mates in dragging Swiftpaw out of the tree. He is pulled to the ground, where Swiftpaw is brutally killed by the dogs. His body, along with Brightpaw, is later found and brought back to camp by Fireheart and his patrol.

The Darkest Hour

During Firestar's leadership ceremony, Swiftpaw appears as a member of StarClan to give Firestar a life. Firestar apologizes to Swiftpaw for not trying harder to convince Bluestar to make him a warrior, but Swiftpaw isn't angry anymore and is more forgiving. He gives Firestar his sixth life, with the gift of mentoring, so he can pass on his knowledge and skills to all the young cats of ThunderClan. When Firestar is given the life, he feels a pang of sheer terror, pain, and a flash of red. He thinks that was what Swiftpaw experienced at the end of his life. At his former denmate, Thornpaw's, warrior ceremony, Firestar mentions Swiftpaw and how he died in honor fighting the dog pack. His former mentor Longtail is seen sitting among the ThunderClan cats with pride and grief on his face at the honorable mention of his apprentice.

In the Power of Three arc


Swiftpaw is mentioned when Whitetail says that Breezepaw had gone out with other apprentices to fight dogs without orders and no warriors for backup. This reminds Lionpaw of the story of how Swiftpaw was killed when he and Brightheart were attacked by the dog pack back in the old forest.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Last Hope

Swiftpaw is seen briefly at Firestar's death along with the rest of the cats that gave him his nine lives. Jayfeather notes that he gave Firestar the life of mentoring, to which Brambleclaw comments that Firestar was the best mentor he could have hoped for. Swiftpaw apologizes for being very rude to him when he first came to the Clan.

In the Super Editions

Moth Flight's Vision

Although unnamed, Moth Flight sees him giving Firestar one of his nine lives.

Yellowfang's Secret

In the manga at the end of the book, Swiftpaw and Brightpaw are seen being told by Fireheart that they have to check the elders for ticks.

In the Novellas

Redtail's Debt

Redtail spots him playing with his littermate and Frostfur's kits near the nursery as their mothers watch them protectively.


Interesting facts

  • Swiftpaw's father is not Tigerstar.[5][7]

Author Statements

  • On her Facebook page, Vicky does believe that Patchpelt may be Swiftpaw's father.[8]


  • Swiftpaw was shown as a solid-colored cat in the manga in Yellowfang's Secret.[9]


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

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Swiftpaw's kit name was Swiftkit.[10] Brightheart tells the story of when she and Swiftpaw tried to take on the dog pack by themselves. Brightheart says that he was killed at Snakerocks when she and Swiftpaw were trying to prove themselves so that they could become warriors. They were trying to find out who or what was stealing ThunderClan's prey at Snakerocks. Brightpaw tried to stop Swiftpaw, but he didn't listen, and got them into a fight with a dog four times their size. Six more dogs emerged, and Swiftpaw died fighting, while Brightpaw lost an eye and an ear, but recovered from her severe injuries under Cinderpelt's care. As the story ends, Brightpaw says she will always remember him "fighting like all of LionClan," despite the fact they were impossibly outnumbered.[11]
  • On the Warriors website's family tree, Patchpelt is Swiftpaw's father, Lynxkit as his sibling, and Longtail as his half-brother.[12] Swiftpaw's grandfather is also Smallear.[13]

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Goldenflower:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Unnamed kit:[14] Status unknown


Bramblestar:[15] Deceased, verified ghost


Tawnypelt:[15] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
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Speckletail:[16] Deceased, residence unknown


Lionheart:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Snowkit:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Mistlekit:[18] Status unknown


Harepounce:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stagleap:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member


One-eye:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tigerstar:[21] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Flametail:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[22] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Juniperkit:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dawnpelt:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sparkpelt:[22] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Dandelionkit:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sleekwhisker:[24] Living (As of River of Fire)
Pouncestep:[25] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Lightleap:[25] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)


Strikestone:[26] Deceased, verified ghost
Juniperclaw:[26] Deceased, residence unknown
Shadowsight:[25] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Second cousins:

Runningwind:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mousefur:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



"Swiftpaw said we should do something so brave that Bluestar would have to make us warriors too. None of us knew what had been eating the prey around Snakerocks, but Swiftpaw figured if we went out there, we'd find a trail to follow. It made sense, you know?"
—Brightheart about Swiftpaw Secrets of the Clans, page 12

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 51
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 14
  3. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 216
  4. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 218
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 225
  6. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 13
  7. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  8. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  9. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret manga
  10. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 116
  11. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
  12. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  13. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  14. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  17. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  18. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 16
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  20. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 10
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, pages 9-10
  24. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, pages 347-348
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, pages 114-115
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
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