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"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]

He is born as Swiftkit to Goldenflower and Patchpelt, along with his sibling, Lynxkit, and is a half brother to Bramblestar, Tawnypelt and Longtail. He is apprenticed to his half-brother, Longtail, becoming Swiftpaw.

When Bluestar refuses to give he and Brightpaw their warrior names out of paranoia, Swiftpaw forms a plan with the other apprentices to launch an attack on Snakerocks, to drive out the pack of dogs that were staying there. Only Brightpaw goes with him, but they quickly get overwhelmed by the dogs. Swiftpaw loses his life, and Brightpaw gets half her face mauled off. Swiftpaw joins the ranks of StarClan, and is one of the cats to give Firestar his nine lives.

History

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 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 seen briefly chatting 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

Outcast

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 Field Guides

Secrets of the Clans

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, scenting danger, 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.
He is also briefly mentioned in the elders section, when Goldenflower talks about Rosetail protecting her in the nursery during the attack from ShadowClan when she was still nursing Swiftpaw.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

Swiftpaw does not formally appear in Tigerclaw's Fury, but is listed in the allegiances.

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • On her Facebook page, Vicky does believe that Patchpelt may be Swiftpaw's father.[7]
  • Swiftpaw's father is not Tigerstar.[8][9]
  • The new Warrior's Website Family Tree reveals that his father is indeed Patchpelt. [10]

Mistakes

  • On the HarperCollins Warriors website, Swiftpaw is listed as the kit of Willowpelt and Patchpelt and is also called a she-cat, when in fact he is the kit of Goldenflower.[11]
  • He was shown as a solid-colored cat in the manga in Yellowfang's Secret.[12]

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Goldenflower:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Patchpelt:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brother:

Lynxkit:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-brothers:

Bramblestar:[14] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Longtail:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-sister:

Tawnypelt:[14] Living (As of Lost Stars)
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Grandmothers:
Speckletail:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Swiftbreeze:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Grandfathers:

Smallear:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Adderfang:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Uncles:

Lionheart:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowkit:[16][10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Aunts:

Mistlekit:[17][10] Status unknown
Leopardfoot[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedleaf[10] Deceased, no residence
Willowpelt:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great-grandmothers:

Harepounce:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Flashnose:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great-grandfather:

Stagleap:[19][10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Grand-aunts:

One-eye:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Daisytoe:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-nephews:

Tigerstar:[20] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Flametail:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[21] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Juniperkit:[21] Deceased, residence unknown

Half-nieces:

Dawnpelt:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sparkpelt:[21] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Dandelionkit:[21] Deceased, residence unknown

Half-grandnieces:

Sleekwhisker:[22] Living (As of River of Fire)
Pouncekit:[23] Status unknown
Lightleap:[23] Status unknown

Half-grandnephews:

Strikestone:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Juniperclaw:[24] Deceased, residence unknown
Shadowkit:[23] Status unknown

Cousins:

Runningwind:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mousefur:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cinderpelt:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brackenfur:[10]Living (As of Lost Stars)
Thornclaw:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Brightheart:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Runningwind:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mousefur:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Lilyheart:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Seedpaw:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cinderheart:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Poppyfrost:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Honeyfern[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ambermoon:[10] (As of The Raging Storm)
Lilyheart:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Seedpaw:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitewing:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Molepaw:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowbush:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dewnose:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollytuft:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Sorrelstripe:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Cherryfall:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Leafshade:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Honeyfur:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Larksong:[10] Living (As of The Raging Storm)
Dovewing:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Ivypool:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Fernsong:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Molewhisker:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Featherkit:[26] Status unknown
Cricketkit:[26][10] Status unknown
Darkstripe:[27][10] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Graystripe:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Rainwhisker:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[29] Deceased, no residence
Mistkit:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Nightkit:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sandstorm:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hawkfrost:[32] Deceased, no residence
Tadpole:[32] Deceased, residence unknown
Mothwing:[32] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Leafpool:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelflight:[33] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Lionblaze:[34] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Jayfeather:[34] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollyleaf:[34] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Goosefeather:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moonflower:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bluestar:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistystar:[37] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Mosskit:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stonefur:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Perchkit:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snaptooth:[40] Status unknown
Flypaw:[40] Status unknown
Spotpaw:[40] Status unknown
Bristlekit:[41] Status unknown
Thriftkit:[41] Status unknown
Flipkit:[41] Status unknown
Feathertail:[42] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Stormfur:[42] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Bumblestripe:[43] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Blossomfall:[43] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Briarlight:[43] Deceased, residence unknown
Plumstone:[44] Status unknown
Eaglewing:[44] Status unknown
Stemleaf:[44] Status unknown
Shellfur:[44] Status unknown
Pine That Clings to Rock:[45] Status unknown
Lark That Sings at Dawn:[45] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)

Distant ancestors:

Cloudstar:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birdflight:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Gorseclaw:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedpelt:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Tree

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Quotes

"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

References and citations

  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. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 116
  6. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 13
  7. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 225
  9. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 10.22 10.23 10.24 10.25 10.26 10.27 10.28 10.29 10.30 10.31 10.32 10.33 10.34 10.35 10.36 10.37 10.38 10.39 10.40 10.41 10.42 10.43 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  11. Revealed on The Official Website
  12. Revealed in the manga at the end of Yellowfang's Secret
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  16. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  17. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 16
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  19. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 1
  22. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, pages 347-348
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, pages 114-115
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 81
  27. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  30. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  31. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 100
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Revealed in Return to the Clans, pages 2-3
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 502
  38. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 18
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 220-221
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 159
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  45. 45.0 45.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 2
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4