"I admit I don't always understand StarClan, but they'll explain themselves sooner or later, you can count on it. […] You're young, and of course you worry about these sorts of decisions. But after what I experienced in the Dark Forest—well, I'm willing to do what's necessary, and now I'm sure things will settle down. StarClan will be back soon, you'll see."
— Thornclaw reassuring Bristlefrost about StarClan's absence in Veil of Shadows, pages 52-53

Thornclaw is a golden-brown tabby tom[9] with pale blue eyes.[10]

Thornclaw is a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Firestar's, Bramblestar's, the impostor's, and Squirrelflight's leaderships in the forest and the lake territories. He was born to Frostfur alongside Cinderpelt, Brackenfur, and Brightheart, and was apprenticed to Mousefur as Thornpaw. After becoming a warrior, Thornclaw mentored Sootfur, Shrewpaw, Poppyfrost, and Briarlight. As a senior warrior, Thornclaw was recruited by the Place of No Stars; however, he fought for the Clans during the Great Battle and was forgiven by his Clanmates. He became mates with Blossomfall, his fellow Dark Forest trainee, becoming the father of Eaglewing, Plumstone, Shellfur, and Stemleaf.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Thornclaw, the newest warrior of ThunderClan, [was] looking tense and eager at the prospect of his first battle."
—Firestar's thoughts about Thornclaw The Darkest Hour, page 286
He and his littermates are abducted by Clawface of ShadowClan, but rescued by ShadowClan elders and a ThunderClan patrol. He later goes into apprenticeship, his mentor being Mousefur. During this time, he grows frustrated that Cloudpaw gets to become a warrior before him, despite him being older. However, he disagrees with Swiftpaw's plan to try and find out what was taking ThunderClan's prey, and is devastated when Brightpaw is maimed and Swiftpaw is killed by dogs. He and Cloudtail try to console his sister as often as possible. When Firestar becomes leader, Thornpaw is the very first cat he makes a warrior. Thornclaw later participates in the battle against BloodClan.

The New Prophecy

"Thornclaw's nostrils flared minutely as he let out a patient sigh, and Brambleclaw admired his self-control. If Squirrelpaw had spoken to him like that, he would have been tempted to rake his claws over her ear.."
—Brambleclaw's thoughts on Thornclaw Midnight, page 27
Thornclaw's apprentice, Shrewpaw, is killed on the Thunderpath trying to catch a pheasant for his starving Clan during the destruction of the forest. Thornclaw makes the Great Journey with the rest of his Clan, leaving his mother, Frostfur, behind with many other elders. He voices his displeasure with ShadowClan trying to move borders and takes part in a battle as one of Onewhisker's loyalists during Mudclaw's rebellion. His sister, Cinderpelt, is killed when badgers attack, protecting his Brackenfur's newborn kits.

Power of Three

"Ashfur was killed by a WindClan cat! It's the only possible answer."
—Thornclaw Sunrise, page 10
Now mentoring his niece, Poppypaw, Thornclaw objects to Millie keeping her kittypet name. He falls sick to greencough during the epidemic that ravages ThunderClan, but recovers. When Ashfur is killed, Thornclaw says that there is a need to stir up trouble because a ThunderClan warrior is dead and tries to make plans to attack WindClan for revenge, but is shut down almost immediately by Firestar.

Omen of the Stars

"Enough! The battle is won, the clearing is ours. Do you concede or shall we fight for it again?"
—Thornclaw taunting Blackstar Fading Echoes, page chapter 24
He becomes the mentor to Briarpaw, who unfortunately gets her spine crushed by a falling tree. Thornclaw often visits her in the medicine cats' den and is happy when she gains a warrior name, Briarlight. He later takes part in the battle of the ShadowClan border, leading ThunderClan with Brackenfur to outflank ShadowClan and reclaim ThunderClan's old strip of clearing. Lionblaze discovers him to be training in the Place of No Stars, but despite this, Thornclaw fights for the Clans during the Great Battle, leading a battle patrol to assist ShadowClan.

A Vision of Shadows

"He might be a senior warrior, but this is his first litter of kits, and it made him as nervous as an apprentice on his first hunt."
—Leafpool about Thornclaw Shattered Sky, page 47
Thornclaw has become mates with Blossomfall, who bears his kits, Stemkit, Plumkit, Shellkit, and Eaglekit. He participates in the fight to drive out the Kin and disagrees with SkyClan staying at the lake and Tree's role as mediator. His kits later become apprentices.

The Broken Code

"Surely a cat must do more than break the code to be exiled."
—Thornclaw disagreeing with Squirrelflight's exile The Silent Thaw, page 205
His littermates, Brackenfur and Brightheart, have now retired to the elders' den and Thornclaw is now ThunderClan's eldest warrior. His kits are now warriors with the names Stemleaf, Plumstone, Shellfur, and Eaglewing. He is stunned with several of Bramblestar's new rules to the warrior code and disagrees with the punishing of the codebreakers. He reassures Bristlefrost that StarClan will return sooner or later when the latter is worried, reciting his time in the Dark Forest.

Super Editions

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In Firestar's Quest, Thornclaw takes over Sootpaw's training when Longtail is forced to retire.
In Crowfeather's Trial, Thornclaw is among the ThunderClan cats sent to help WindClan with their stoat problem, working with the WindClan deputy Harespring to block off stoats during their battle with them. Onestar later thanks Thornclaw for his assistance after the battle personally.
In Bramblestar's Storm, he helps his Clan during the Great Storm, being part of the patrol that finds Jessy, Frankie, and Minty. He often leads the patrols among the WindClan and ShadowClan borders, and stays behind to guard ThunderClan's camp when Bramblestar leads a patrol to go fight the badgers with ShadowClan.


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In Dovewing's Silence, Thornclaw and the other Dark Forest trainees are resented by the other Clans, though they fought for them during the battle. He, along with the other trainees, take a new oath of loyalty to their Clan, and are forgiven.


Interesting facts

  • He is the very first cat Firestar made a warrior.[3]

Author statements

  • Vicky doesn't think that he and Brackenfur are identical twins.[11]



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

  • On the Warriors website family tree, Thornclaw and his littermates are the kits of Frostfur and Lionheart.[21] His grandfather is also Smallear.[22]

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Thornpaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: Mousefur, you have told me that you are ready to take on an apprentice. You will be mentor to Thornpaw. Mousefur, you have shown yourself a brave and intelligent warrior. See that you pass on your courage and wisdom to your new apprentice.
Reference: Forest of Secrets, page 63

Thornclaw's warrior ceremony
Firestar: I, Firestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. He has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend him to you as a warrior in his turn. Thornpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Thornpaw: I do.
Firestar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Thornpaw, from this moment you will be known as Thornclaw. StarClan honors your loyalty and your intelligence, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ThunderClan.
Everyone: Thornclaw! Thornclaw!
Reference: The Darkest Hour, pages 105-106



"I didn't see Thornpaw show much respect for that squirrel he dragged back to camp yesterday. He said it was so dopey, a kit could have caught it."
—Cloudpaw about Thornpaw's respect. Rising Storm, page 8

Cinderpelt: "Here, press on this."
Thornpaw: "Me?"
Cinderpelt: "It's your paw! Hurry up, or you'll have to change your name to Nopaw."
—Cinderpelt to Thornpaw about his paw wound Rising Storm, page 195

"What did you find out? When do we attack?"
—Thornclaw suspecting that a WindClan cat killed Ashfur Sunrise, page 31
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"You left not long after Ashfur was killed."
—Thornclaw to Hollyleaf The Forgotten Warrior, page 188

Alderheart: "You should have seen Thornclaw last night. We had a hard time keeping him calm while Blossomfall was giving birth."
Leafpool: "True. He might be a senior warrior, but this is his first litter of kits, and it made him as nervous as an apprentice on his first hunt."
—The medicine cats after Blossomfall has her kits Shattered Sky, page 47

"'Clouds from the mountains…' I think the message is clear. These cats bring trouble. We must send them away."
—Thornclaw about Jayfeather's omen and the Sisters Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 9

"Who cares what they want? Did they care what we wanted when they held you captive? Who knows what they'd have done to you if we hadn't turned up and threatened to shred them!"
—Thornclaw about the Sisters Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 10

Thornclaw: "Haven’t the hunting patrols left yet?"
Lionblaze: "We’re waiting for Squirrelflight."
Thornclaw: "I was looking forward to fresh prey when we got back. Don’t expect much excitement when you go out, the forest is quiet today. But there are plenty of signs of prey on the WindClan border. It won’t take long to restock the fresh-kill pile."
Lionblaze: "It should be full by now."
—Thornclaw and Lionblaze on the lack of prey The Silent Thaw, page 18

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 63
  2. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 286
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 105
  4. Revealed in Eclipse, page 163
  5. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 89
  6. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  7. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  8. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, allegiances
  10. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 283
  11. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  12. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 126
  13. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 204
  14. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 28
  15. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 61-62
  16. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 36
  17. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 8
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 5
  19. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 295
  20. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 6
  21. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  22. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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