"Climb! Climb! You can do it! Hawk, get up onto the sill! Moth, keep going! You can make it, I know you can!"
— Tadpole encouraging Hawk and Moth in Return to the Clans, page 48

Tadpole is a black[5] tom.[6]


In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Tadpole is briefly mentioned on the page of his brother, Hawkfrost. He, his brother, and his sister, Mothwing, are born to a loner named Sasha. Their father is Tigerstar, the leader of ShadowClan, and they are the half-siblings of Brambleclaw and Tawnypelt. Giving birth to her kits alone in the forest, Sasha tried as hard as she could to raise these kits, eventually taking them to various abandoned Twoleg dens to raise them. A flood strikes, however, and this is said to be what claims the life of Tadpole, and after this heartbreaking disaster, Sasha takes her two remaining children to RiverClan, in hopes they'll be raised in a safe and well-off environment.

In the Tigerstar and Sasha arc

Return to the Clans

Tadpole is the strongest and oldest of Tigerstar and Sasha's litter. His littermates are Hawk and Moth.
Tadpole is often seen reassuring his siblings. Once, he promises to protect Moth when she worries about foxes, and he encourages Hawk to try again when he falls off a pile of logs they were climbing. Tadpole sees how sad Sasha is when she tells them stories about her kittypet life, and he devises a plan for him, Hawk, and Moth to travel to the Twolegplace and find Ken, Sasha's former owner, so she'd be happy.
He leads the way out of the forest and into the Twolegplace, refusing the help of one of Sasha's former friends from when she was a kittypet, Shnuky, when she offers it to them. They take the wrong path, running into some former BloodClan cats who threaten to turn him and his siblings into collars. Tadpole, Hawk, and Moth run for their lives, dodging dogs and other threats, and then take shelter inside the basement of an old, abandoned Twoleg nest, only to become trapped inside. It starts to rain and the kits huddle together in a corner, frightened. When Tadpole catches the scent of mouse, Hawk realizes that one of the pipes was leaking. Suddenly, the pipes burst, and water begins to fill the basement.
When Hawk spots Sasha through the basement window, Tadpole hurries to help Moth and Hawk out of the flooding basement, but he slips back into the water. Hawk and Moth manage to get outside and beg Sasha to help him. Sasha goes to the window, yelling for him to grab her paw. Tadpole sees her, but is unable to reach her paw. Soon, Tadpole goes under the surface, and drowns. Hawk and Moth are horrified at his death, and Sasha is numb with grief.
Later, Sasha tells Russetfur, a ShadowClan warrior, that Tadpole had died. When Sasha speaks to Tigerstar in a dream, she asks him if Tadpole's spirit is with his. Tigerstar tells her that he isn't, but that he is safe. Before Sasha can ask what he meant, Tigerstar slinks out of her dream, leaving Tadpole's residence unknown for certain.


Interesting facts

  • He has SkyClan[7] and ThunderClan blood through Tigerstar,[8] and kittypet blood through Sasha.[9]
  • It is confirmed that Tadpole did not go to StarClan, however there has been no confirmation as to where he did go.[2]

Official art

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Tigerstar:[5] Deceased, no residence


Sasha:[5] Living (As of Dawn)


Hawkfrost:[5] Deceased, no residence


Mothwing:[5] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Tawnypelt:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Bramblestar:[10] Living (As of Lost Stars)
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Pinestar:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Leopardfoot:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sasha's mother[13] Status unknown


Adderfang:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Oakstar:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Swiftbreeze:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetbriar:[16] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)


Flashnose:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Nightkit:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistkit:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Patchpelt:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Spottedleaf:[18] Deceased, no residence
Willowpelt:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Birchface:[19] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Frecklewish:[19] Deceased, residence unknown


Fallowsong:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Daisytoe:[21] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dawnpelt:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sparkpelt:[23] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Dandelionkit:[23] Deceased, residence unknown


Tigerstar:[22] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Flametail:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Juniperkit:[23] Deceased, residence unknown


Sleekwhisker:[25] Living (As of River of Fire)
Lightleap:[26] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Pouncestep:[26] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Finchkit:[27] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Juniperclaw:[25] Deceased, residence unknown
Strikestone:[25] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Shadowpaw:[26] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Flamekit:[27] Living (As of Lost Stars)


Sootfur:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[29] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Squirrelflight:[30] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Leafpool:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Molepaw:[31] Status unknown
Cinderheart:[31] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Honeyfern:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[31] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Lilyheart:[32] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Seedpaw:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stormfur:[33] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Feathertail:[33] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Briarlight:[34] Deceased, residence unknown
Blossomfall:[34] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Bumblestripe:[34] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Lionblaze:[35] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Jayfeather:[35] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollyleaf:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Molewhisker:[36] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Cherryfall:[36] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Fernsong:[37] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollytuft:[37] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Sorrelstripe:[37] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Goosefeather:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moonflower:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bluestar:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistystar:[39] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Mosskit:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stonefur:[39] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Reedwhisker:[41] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Perchkit:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rabbitleap:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thistleclaw:[16] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member

Distant ancestors:

Cloudstar:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Gorseclaw:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birdflight:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedpelt:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown

=Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 62, 68
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  3. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 49
  4. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 34
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 2
  6. Revealed in Return to the Clans, page 22
  7. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  9. Revealed in Into the Woods, page 15
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  11. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 150
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  13. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 54
  14. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  15. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 1
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  17. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 3
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 1
  20. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  21. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 3
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 9
  24. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 10
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 348
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  29. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 159
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 251
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 502
  40. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 18
  41. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 6, undefined
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, pages 496-497
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