"Oh, yes, I have my kits. But I miss running through the forest, hunting for my own prey, and patrolling our borders."
— Willowpelt to Fireheart in Rising Storm, page 176

Willowpelt is a slender,[12] very pale[2] silver-gray she-cat[13] with unusual blue eyes.[2]

Willowpelt was a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Sunstar's, Bluestar's, and Firestar's leaderships in the forest territories. She was born as Willowkit to Swiftbreeze and Adderfang alongside her siblings, Spottedkit and Redkit. She was apprenticed as Willowpaw to Poppydawn, and after becoming a warrior, Willowpelt had Darkstripe, and in another litter, she mothered Graystripe. She later became mates with Whitestorm and had his three kits, Sorrelkit, Rainkit, and Sootkit. Willowpelt participated in the battle against BloodClan, where she lost her mate, Whitestorm. Afterwards, she died saving her son, Sootpaw, from a badger and ascended to StarClan.


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"I wish I could go with them. A scrap with an owl would be just the thing to stretch my legs!"
―Willowpelt to Fireheart Rising Storm, page 176
When Frostfur's kits are kidnapped by Clawface, a ShadowClan warrior, Willowpelt is part of the patrol who goes to ShadowClan and rescue them. After it was successful driving out Brokenstar, she helps carry the kits back to ThunderClan with Mousefur. Willowpelt becomes Whitestorm's mate and moves into the nursery to become a queen, and shortly after, she gives birth to three kits, Sorrelkit, Rainkit, and Sootkit. Willowpelt becomes horrified and worried when she learns that Darkstripe had fed Sorrelkit deathberries, but is relieved when her daughter survives, thanks to Cinderpelt. She fights in the battle against BloodClan, which is won by the Clans; however, Willowpelt's mate, Whitestorm, dies during the battle.

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In Bluestar's Prophecy, Willowkit is born to Swiftbreeze and Adderfang, along her her littermates, Redkit and Spottedkit. She and her siblings later become apprentices, with her gainnig the new name Willowpaw. Eventually, Willowpaw is made a warrior as Willowpelt.
"She was much loved. And far too young to die. She still had so much to offer her Clan."
―Dappletail mourning Willowpelt Firestar's Quest, page 101
In Firestar's Quest, Willowpelt has returned to her warrior duties now that her kits have become apprentices. She is on a patrol when they find the scent of badger on their territory. They track it to Snakerocks, where the badger attempts to attack Sootpaw. Willowpelt leaps to her son's defense, taking the blow from the badger, which kills her instantly, and her kits and the whole Clan are shocked and devastated over her loss. Firestar states that Willowpelt died the death of a true warrior.


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In Spottedleaf's Heart, Willowkit is seen playing with the other kits in the nursery and Whitepaw. Willowkit pretends to be the medicine cat, but wishes to be deputy. Along with her littermates, she later becomes an apprentice, now known as Willowpaw, and having Poppydawn as her mentor.
In Redtail's Debt, Willowpaw cleans out the warriors' den with Redpaw when Sparrowpelt's patrol returns, announcing RiverClan's presence at Sunningrocks. Willowpaw and Redpaw join one of the patrols sent to RiverClan to deliver a warning. A hawk nearly grabs Redpaw while they are traveling, which frightens Willowpaw. She later has her warrior ceremony with her brother, and the two are given the names Willowpelt and Redtail.

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Willowpelt's parents are Swiftbreeze and Adderfang. Her mate is Whitestorm, and Graystripe, Darkstripe, Sootfur, Rainwhisker, and Sorreltail are her children. For more of Willowpelt's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • She has SkyClan blood, because her sister, Spottedleaf, is a SkyClan descendant.[14]


  • In Rising Storm, when Willowpelt gave birth to Whitestorm's kits, Sandstorm said Willowpelt gave birth to two she-cats and a tom, although it was really two toms and a she-cat.[15]
    • Furthermore, it is said that Sorreltail, Sootfur, and Rainwhisker are her first litter,[16] despite her being listed as the mother of Darkstripe and Graystripe, who were both born before them.[17][18]
  • In Redtail's Debt, she is hinted to be a young apprentice[19] when at the time, she is about twelve moons old.[20]
    • This could be due to her not becoming an apprentice until later on rather than the traditional six moons,[21] but this is not touched upon.
  • In Graystripe's Vow, Willowpelt is listed in the allegiances[22] despite being dead at the time.[6]


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

  • Vicky has previously stated that Patchpelt and Willowpelt are Graystripe's parents. However, she was unaware at the time that they were closely related.[23] Currently, only Willowpelt is listed as Graystripe's mother on the Warriors website family tree,[24] and recently revealed in Graystripe's Vow.[18]
  • Vicky has also previously stated that Tawnyspots and Willowpelt are the parents of Darkstripe.[25] However, Tawnyspots is deputy when Willowpaw is a new apprentice,[26] and had died by the time Willowpelt was named a warrior.[27]


Fireheart: "I...I was thinking about what Nightstar said. I wonder why he wants ThunderClan cats here?"
Sandstorm: "Well, I'm sure of one thing. He's not being kind and helpful. We'll find out soon enough."
Willowpelt: "Trouble's coming. I can feel it in my paws."
—Willowpelt speaking with Fireheart, Sandstorm, and Mousefur Forest of Secrets, page 186

"Runningwind murmured his congratulations, while Mousefur gave her friend's ear a joyful lick. Fireheart couldn't help wondering who had fathered these kits, and as he glanced around he noticed Whitestorm watching proudly from a distance. The news of Willowpelt's kits reassured Fireheart. No matter what disasters they faced, Clan life went on."
―Narration after Willowpelt announces that she's expecting kits Forest of Secrets, page 247

"Willowpelt said nothing, but spat furiously, bristling."
―Willowpelt's reaction to Darkstripe's exile after he attempts to kill her daughter The Darkest Hour, page 117

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Sootpaw: "She's not dead, is she? She can't be dead."
Firestar: "I'm sorry."
Sootpaw: "She died saving me!"
Firestar: "Don't blame yourself. Willowpelt knew what she was doing."
—Firestar consoling Sootpaw after Willowpelt's death Firestar's Quest, page 95

"Even so, Graystripe couldn't help wishing that his mother, Willowpelt, could be here to see how peaceful life was now. She died a noble warrior's death, fighting a badger to protect Graystripe's half brother Sootpaw. Her three youngest kits, all apprentices, were still stunned by her loss."
―Graystripe thinking about Willowpelt Graystripe's Vow, page 44

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 291
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  5. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 95
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 94
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 403
  8. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 89
  9. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 209
  10. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 12
  11. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 2
  12. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 237
  13. Revealed in Midnight, page 32
  14. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  15. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  16. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 19
  17. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 44
  19. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 1
  20. According to Bluestar's Prophecy, Willowpelt is born in leaf-fall (as revealed on pages 334 + 362), and she is mentioned to be an apprentice in the leaf-fall the year after (as revealed on page 403). Redtail's Debt reveals it takes place in that particular leaf-fall, (as revealed in chapter 1, as well as events such as Whitestorm and Tigerclaw revealing to be new warriors syncing up to Bluestar's Prophecy events), so she is twelve moons old at that period.
  21. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 7-8
  22. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, allegiances
  23. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  24. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  25. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
  26. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, allegiances
  27. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 4
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