"On the far side of the clearing was a vast hill of bones. They gleamed like stripped branches in the last of the watery daylight, some tiny shrew bones hardly bigger than teeth, others as big as the leg bone of a fox or a badger."
— Narrator in The Darkest Hour, page 160

The Bonehill is a pile of prey bones made by the RiverClan and ShadowClan cats joined together as TigerClan, in the Old Forest, in RiverClan territory, close to the river.[1]


In the The Prophecies Begin arc

The Darkest Hour

During his leadership ceremony, Firestar suddenly sees a massive hill of bones appearing in the clearing, consisting of both prey bones and cat bones, with a river of blood pouring out of the middle. The bones gleam, and the blood begins to drown Firestar.
When Firestar, Ravenpaw and Graystripe sneak into the newly joined TigerClan camp on RiverClan territory to check on Graystripe's kits, they see the Bonehill in the real world for the first time. It is a mound made of bones that gives the TigerClan leader a place to look down on their Clans, much like the Highrock in the ThunderClan camp. However, it is made only of prey bones, not cat bones, as Firestar saw in his dream.
Tigerstar sits on top of the Bonehill, with Leopardstar and Blackfoot close by, as he calls a Clan meeting where he speaks about the danger that half-Clan cats pose to the Clans, and orders the killing of Featherpaw and Stormpaw. After Tigerstar is killed and the four Clans decide to unite against BloodClan, the Bonehill is torn down.
By building the Bonehill, Tigerstar broke the fourth rule of the warrior code, which states that prey shall be killed only to be eaten.

In the Field Guides

Secrets Of The Clans

Leopardstar mentions the Bonehill when speaking about the deadly alliance between RiverClan and ShadowClan. She thinks of it as frightening and tells the readers that it gives her nightmares.

In the Tigerstar and Sasha arc

Return to the Clans

Mothpaw and Hawkpaw are found playing with the remnants of the Bonehill. Leopardstar lectures them on how horrible Tigerstar was and how much pain they suffered because of him.

See also

References and citations

  1. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 160