"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's final moments 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 and Patchpelt alongside Lynxkit, and was an older half-brother to Bramblekit and Tawnykit. He was apprenticed as Swiftpaw to his half-brother, Longtail, and when Bluestar refused to give him, Thornpaw, and Brightpaw their warrior names out of paranoia, Swiftpaw formed a plan with the other apprentices to drive out the pack of dogs near Snakerocks. Brightpaw was the only one to agree to go with him; however, both were quickly overwhelmed by the amount of dogs, and in the end, Swiftpaw was killed, and Brightpaw was severely injured. Swiftpaw ascended to StarClan and gave Fireheart the life for mentoring.


In The Prophecies Begin arc

Fire and Ice

"It's okay, you're doing fine."
―Longtail as Swiftpaw becomes an apprentice Fire and Ice, page chapter 1
He 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. This causes 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

"It's Swiftpaw. He...he was really angry that Bluestar wouldn't make him into a warrior. Last night he got all us apprentices together in the den. He said we'd never be warriors unless we did something so brave that Bluestar couldn't go ignoring us anymore. […] He said we ought to find out who has been killing prey in the forest. He said you didn't seem bothered about finding our enemy. He wanted us to go to Snakerocks because that's where most of the scraps of prey have been found. Swiftpaw thought we might pick up a trail."
―Fernpaw telling Fireheart of Swiftpaw's plan A Dangerous Path, page chapter 19
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

"Before you go, I've something more to say. First, I want to honor the apprentice who should have been here, receiving his warrior name along with Thornclaw. You all know how Swiftpaw met his death trying to hunt down the dog pack who threatened us. His Clan will always remember that."
―Firestar honoring Swiftpaw during a Clan meeting The Darkest Hour, page chapter 9
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. After Darkstripe is exiled, Firestar gives Longtail another apprentice, Fernpaw, thinking of Swiftpaw as well.

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

"And Swiftpaw. Yours was for mentoring."
―Jayfeather describing Swiftpaw's life to Firestar to ThunderClan The Last Hope, page chapter 27
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.

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.

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Swiftpaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: From this day forward, until he has earned his warrior name, this apprentice will be called Swiftpaw. Longtail, you were Darkstripe's apprentice. He taught you well, and you have become a fierce and loyal warrior. I hope you will pass some of these qualities on to Swiftpaw.
Reference: Fire and Ice, page 14




Patchpelt:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Goldenflower:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Lynxkit:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Longtail:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bramblestar:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Tawnypelt:[9] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
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Smallear:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Adderfang:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Speckletail:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftbreeze:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Leopardfoot:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Willowpelt:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedleaf: [13] Deceased, no residence
Mistlekit:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Redtail:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lionheart:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowkit:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Harepounce:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flashnose:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stagleap:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


One-eye:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Daisytoe:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tigerstar:[20] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flametail:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[21] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Juniperkit:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dawnpelt:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sparkpelt:[21] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Dandelionkit:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sleekwhisker:[23] Living (As of River of Fire)
Pouncestep:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Lightleap:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Finchpaw:[25] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Strikestone:[26] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Juniperclaw:[26] Deceased, residence unknown
Shadowsight:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flamepaw:[25] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flickerkit:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member

First cousins:

Cinderpelt:[28][29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brightheart:[30][29] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Brackenfur:[28][29] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Thornclaw:[30][29] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Darkstripe:[31] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Graystripe:[32] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Sorreltail:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[34] Deceased, no residence
Mistkit:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Nightkit:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Second cousins:

Runningwind:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mousefur:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

  • Swiftpaw's father is not Tigerstar.[5][36]

Author Statements

  • On her Facebook page, Vicky does believe that Patchpelt may be Swiftpaw's father.[37]
    • This is later proved to be true on the Warriors website's family tree.[7]



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

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, When Goldenflower, his mother, becomes an elder, she remembers that she nursed Swiftpaw, then Swiftkit, in the nursery.[39] 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.[40]


Fireheart: "Swiftpaw should be a warrior too. He did well today."
Bluestar: "Swiftpaw carried a message back to camp. That's apprentice work. He's not ready to become a warrior yet."
Fireheart: "But he came back to the battle."
Bluestar: "No! I cannot trust Swiftpaw. Cloudpaw is stronger and braver—and besides, he doesn't to grovel StarClan like the rest of you. The Clan needs more warriors like that."
—Bluestar refusing to make Swiftpaw into a warrior A Dangerous Path, page chapter 18

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Fireheart: "Longtail, I'm sorry, I've got bad news. Bluestar has agreed to make Cloudpaw a warrior, but—"
Longtail: "But not Swiftpaw? That's what you're going to say, isn't it?"
Fireheart: "I'm sorry, Longtail. I tried to persuade Bluestar, but she wouldn't agree."
Longtail: "So you say. But it's strange that your apprentice is chosen, and mine is ignored. Swiftpaw never went off to live with Twolegs!"
Fireheart: "I'm not going into all that again. Bluestar said she's making Cloudpaw a warrior because he fought well, while Swiftpaw..."
Longtail: "Took a message. And who made him take it? He would have stayed to fight if you hadn't sent him away!"
Fireheart: "I know that. I'm just as disappointed as you are. I'll do my best get Swiftpaw made a warrior soon, I promise."
Longtail: "If I believed that, I'd believe anything!"
—Fireheart speaking to Longtail about Swiftpaw not becoming a warrior A Dangerous Path, page chapter 18

"Angry at Bluestar's refusal to make him a warrior, and desperate to prove himself, Swiftpaw had gone out to track down whatever was preying on the cats in the forest. The dog pack had killed him, and Fireheart knew he would blame himself for ever for not trying harder to make Bluestar change her mind. But Swiftpaw showed no anger now. His eyes shone with a wisdom far beyond his age as he touched his nose to Fireheart's."
―Fireheart upon seeing Swiftpaw in StarClan The Darkest Hour, page chapter 4

"The life Swiftpaw gave him was a pain of anguish so great Fireheart thought it would stop his heart. It ended in a jolt of pure terror, and a flash of light red as blood. Fireheart knew he was experiencing what Swiftpaw had felt in the last moments of his life."
―Fireheart after Swiftpaw gave him a life The Darkest Hour, page chapter 4

"Swiftpaw...and Lostface. They should both be with me."
―Thornpaw to Firestar, greiving for his former denmates The Darkest Hour, page chapter 9

"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

"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 Secrets of the Clans, page 14

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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. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  8. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  10. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  11. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 32
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  14. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  15. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 16
  16. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 3
  19. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 10
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, pages 9-10
  23. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, pages 347-348
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, pages 114-115
  27. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 253
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-63
  31. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  32. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 44
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
  36. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  37. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  38. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret manga
  39. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 116
  40. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 12-14
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