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Thunderstar.FG-1 "The story is never the same twice, and parts grow uncertain, or they become suddenly clear in the telling."

This article contains information mainly from the 2007 field guide, Secrets of the Clans. While based on canonical information, the book has been repeatedly retconned as the series progressed, and thus its credibility is questioned.

TigerClan was one of the three great Clans, along with LionClan and LeopardClan, that resided in the forest before the current Clans, ShadowClan, ThunderClan, WindClan, RiverClan, and SkyClan.[1] TigerClan was comprised entirely of tigers, and they were said to be flame-colored night hunters, large as horses with jet-black stripes and the darkness of night in their souls.[2]


In The Prophecies Begin arc[]

Forest of Secrets[]

When Fireheart goes to talk to Cloudkit about damp bedding, he finds the kit in the elder's den, as Halftail tells him a story about TigerClan. The elder explains that the leader of TigerClan stalked the fox for a night and a day, and did something on the second night, but he cuts himself off when he sees Fireheart. Cloudkit's eyes are wide with wonder as he images the mighty black-striped cats of TigerClan. After Fireheart lectures the kit on bedding, Cloudkit tells Halftail to go on, and asks what TigerClan's leader did next.
Later, when Tigerclaw is exiled from ThunderClan, and Bluestar asks if he has anything to say in his defense, the tabby tom says that he would have brought back the days of TigerClan, and made ThunderClan great.

The Darkest Hour[]

When Fireheart is getting his nine lives, he expects the life that brings the gift of protection to be gentle, but instead he feels like the two mythological Clans, TigerClan and LionClan are pulsing through him, challenging any cold-hearted cat. He is shocked to find that the two Clans were that strong.

In The New Prophecy arc[]


When Graystripe is captured by the Twolegs, Thornclaw is surprised, commenting that Graystripe was fighting like a TigerClan cat that they couldn't have caught.

In the Super Editions[]

Bluestar's Prophecy[]

When Sunstar calls a Clan meeting, he vows to make ThunderClan as powerful as the great Clans, and that today's ThunderClan would be remembered alongside LionClan and TigerClan.

In the Field Guides[]

Secrets of the Clans[]

In the myth "How TigerClan Got Their Stripes", it is mentioned how TigerClan warriors were once completely orange like LionClan. One warrior, Thorntooth, was very bitter that the Clan had nothing to distinguish itself like LionClan and LeopardClan, who had their manes and spots. Thorntooth began to attack the other Clans, stealing their fresh-kill and their kits. Shadestar, TigerClan's leader, had ignored Thorntooth's behavior until Thorntooth stole Petalkit, the daughter of the LionClan leader, Goldenstar. Shadestar didn't want to get into a war over the kit, and so she called a Gathering to return Petalkit to her Clan. Swiftstar, LeopardClan's leader, and Goldenstar, would not excuse Thorntooth's behavior when Thorntooth complained about TigerClan's lack of appearance. Since Thorntooth's only reason was the lack of appearance, TigerClan was punished. The TigerClan cats were sentenced to give up their honor for a moon, or however long it would take for the attacks to stop. Goldenstar declared that TigerClan would not be seen during the day, only at night. Having obeyed the order, TigerClan only came out during the night, and when the cats attended the next Gathering, they found that they had black stripes slashing through their pelts from living in the constant darkness.
In the myth of "How LeopardClan Won the River", TigerClan's leader Shadestar knew about the large and dangerous boar, Rage, was loose and running around in the forest. Both the leader of LionClan, Goldenstar, and the leader of TigerClan, Shadestar, agreed to give LeopardClan the river for a moon if Fleetfoot, one of LeopardClan's warriors, succeeded in killing the boar. However, both leaders hid the fact that Rage had a mate named Fury, who was even worse than he was. Ultimately, Fleetfoot succeeded in slaying both boars. Shadestar and Goldenstar were ashamed of their treachery and decided to reward LeopardClan with sole hunting rights to the river forever.
When ShadowClan attacks WindClan, Thrushwing and her brother, Stoneclaw, are guarding the camp entrance. After her brother dies, Thrushwing is said to be fighting like a TigerClan cat, even though she had an injured leg. It was said she did it to avenge her brother's death.

History of Ranks[]


Name Gained rank in... Left rank in...
Shadestar Before Secrets of the Clans Before The Sun Trail


Name Gained rank in... Left rank in...
Thorntooth Before Secrets of the Clans Before The Sun Trail

Notes and references[]

  1. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 159
  2. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 165