"Thistlekit went to sleep and now she won't wake up!"
Sedgekit worrying about Thistlekit in Dark River, page 297

Thistleheart is a long-haired white[4] she-cat.[5]

Thistleheart was a WindClan cat under Onestar's leadership in the lake territories. She was born as Thistlekit to Gorsetail and Beechfur of RiverClan alongside Sedgekit and Swallowkit. She and her littermates discovered the tunnels and accidentally got lost. Heatherpaw, Breezepaw, Lionpaw, Hollypaw and Jaypaw rescue them and prevent a battle between WindClan, ThunderClan and RiverClan. She became an apprentice named Thistlepaw with Leaftail as her mentor. Moons later, Thistleheart perished in the Great Battle and joined StarClan.


In the Power of Three arc

Dark River

Hollypaw: "Do you think you can make it?"
Thistlekit: "Of course we can!"
—Hollypaw sending Thistlekit and her siblings back to WindClan Dark River, page 312
Along with her siblings, Sedgekit and Swallowkit, she almost causes a war between WindClan and ThunderClan over their sudden disappearance. They wander off whilst their mother, Gorsetail, leaves the nursery to stretch her legs for just a moment. Soon after they find Lionpaw and Heatherpaw's secret tunnels, they get trapped when they jump over a boulder into a small notch. They are unable to get back out into the tunnels again. Lionpaw, Heatherpaw, Hollypaw, Jaypaw, and Breezepaw go out to search for them, but when they think that they are unable to look any further, they find them. Initially, Thistlekit is unconscious because of the freezing cold, but Jaypaw revives her by rubbing warmth into her body.
The group of cats get them safely out of the tunnels and back to their mother. They make it just in time to announce that they found the kits. To cover up for Lionpaw, Hollypaw lies and says that they were on the shore near the lake.


Thistlepaw is now an apprentice under the mentorship of Leaftail.

In the Super Editions

Bramblestar's Storm

At the Gathering, Blackstar informs the cats present to remember the fallen. Thistleheart is mentioned by Blackstar as one of the WindClan cats who was killed in the battle with the Dark Forest.

In the Novellas arc

Hollyleaf's Story

Although unnamed, she and her sisters are mentioned by Hollyleaf, when the black she-cat remembers saving the WindClan kits from the flooding tunnel.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Although not mentioned by name, Thistlepaw and her sisters are mentioned on Heathertail's page. When three WindClan kits went missing, Onestar assumed that ThunderClan has stolen them. Heatherpaw and Lionpaw guessed that the kits went into the underground tunnels, and went looking for them with Jaypaw and Hollypaw. Torrential rain flooded the tunnels, washing all the cats out into the lake, all narrowly escaping with their lives. This is also mentioned on Rock's page.

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Gorsetail:[6] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Beechfur:[blog 1] Living (As of The Fourth Apprentice)


Swallowtail:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sedgewhisker:[6] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Larkwing:[blog 2] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Featherpelt:[7] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Songpaw:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Whistlepaw:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Flutterpaw:[8] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Gorsetail ♀Beechfur ♂
Emberfoot ♂Sedgewhisker ♀Thistleheart ♀Swallowtail ♀
Larkwing ♀Featherpelt ♀Oatclaw ♂
Flutterpaw ♂Songpaw ♀Whistlepaw ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts


  • She has been described as a tom several times.[9][4][10]


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

  • In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook, Gorsetail named her daughter after Thistlepaw, her sister, who died from her wounds after a badger attack trying to save her sister.[11]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 53
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Dark River, page 297
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in Dark River, page 273
  7. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 15
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Dark River, page 308
  10. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, allegiances
  11. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook

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