|"I've always believed in the warrior code, and I always will."|
|— Cloudtail confronting Darkstripe, and the appearance of the Place of No Stars cats in The Last Hope, page 263|
In the Super Edition Arc
- Cloudtail now has his first apprentice, Rainpaw. It is also revealed that Brightheart is now his mate and is expecting his kits. He is assigned to the hunting patrol with Longtail when the tabby warrior is scratched in the eyes by a rabbit, permanently blinding him. When Willowpelt is killed having being trampled on by a badger, he and Mousefur help to chase it away from ThunderClan's territory.
- Firestar identifies Cloudtail as the best tracker and climber in ThunderClan.
- At the end of the book, he is seen with his mate, Brightheart, and his daughter, Whitekit, when Firestar goes to see his own daughters for the second time.
- Some time after the great battle with the Dark Forest, Cloudtail and Brightheart's kits, Snowkit, Dewkit, and Amberkit, have become apprentices. Dewpaw, their one son, has been paired with Cloudtail's eldest daughter, Whitewing, from his first litter with Brightheart. He is seen by the fresh-kill pile, with his fellow Clanmates, Spiderleg and Cherryfall. After Bramblestar returns from his visit to ShadowClan, Cloudtail asks how ShadowClan is doing after the Great Battle. Bramblestar answers Cloudtail, saying that although there is a lot of damage, their camp is almost back to normal. Cloudtail accepts this answer with a lash of his tail, and the conversation continues. Later on, he and Squirrelflight discuss who to take to the Gathering, and Cloudtail is one of the cats suggested.
- On the way to the island where the Gathering is supposed to take place, Cloudtail's son, Snowpaw, falls into the lake, and Cloudtail bounds alongside Bramblestar in an attempt to get to Snowpaw. After seeing that Snowpaw is okay, Cloudtail lashes out at him, asking him what he was thinking and calling his son mouse-brained. Furious, Cloudtail says that if he was leader, he would have sent his son home for his foolish behavior. After Snowpaw apologies, Cloudtail tells him to run around to make himself dry, although he makes sure to keep a closer eye on his son to avoid any more accidents. During the Gathering, Cloudtail is one of the cats to speak out against Blackstar, annoyed and aggravated that the ShadowClan leader would try to not allow each Clan to name their own fallen Clanmates.
- After Bramblestar has discovered the lake has flooded, Cloudtail expresses his disgust at the soaked condition of the warriors' den, and complains about the amount of rain that has fallen. Seeing this, Bramblestar tells Cloudtail and his mate to go sleep in Jayfeather's den, alongside the medicine cat. The others are sent to various dens throughout the camp on higher ground. After the camp starts to flood, Cloudtail helps round up the apprentices to try and get them out of camp safely. Cloudtail is sent up the slope in ThunderClan's camp with his daughter, Amberpaw, since her mentor, Spiderleg, had already made it up to safety. After the Clan has made it, Cloudtail is sent back down, alongside Cherryfall, Brightheart, and Birchfall to check the damage. Upon seeing the damage, the white warrior asks what ThunderClan is going to do now.
- ThunderClan soon shelters in the tunnels that Hollyleaf had lived in, and after settling down, Cloudtail offers to lead a hunting patrol for food. Bumblestripe offers to join him, as does Graystripe. Bramblestar tries to join Cloudtail's patrol, but is stopped by Sandstorm. The patrol leaves without him, and soon returns with rabbits, although he admits to Bramblestar that he and his patrol didn't actually catch them. Cloudtail says he found them by the floodwaters, saying that they must have drowned. He also mentions that he had lapped up some of the floodwater, and says that it had tasted odd. Bramblestar, upon hearing this, asks Cloudtail to take him to where he drank the water, and the white warrior agrees to take him where they found the water. The leader tastes the water, and says that Cloudtail tasted water from the sun-drown-place. Cloudtail is amazed, and asks Bramblestar how the water got all the way to the lake. Bramblestar tells Cloudtail he doesn't know, and says that they shouldn't drink it. Worried, Cloudtail asks what ThunderClan will drink now, saying that the only stream near ThunderClan territory is the one on the WindClan border. Bramblestar sets out on patrol to check the stream, and when he returns, sets Cloudtail on guard duty at the entrance to their makeshift camp, with Lionblaze on the other end of the tunnel.
- Cloudtail is part of a hunting group with he, Rosepetal, Blossomfall, and Brightheart. The group of cats bring back mice and other animals for ThunderClan, and Cloudtail happily reports that he believes the prey is returning to ThunderClan territory. Squirrelflight sends he and Sandstorm out on hunting patrols the next day, and they return with even more prey, although the mouse Cloudtail picks to eat has turned soggy, and he complains about it. Brightheart tells him to deal with it, and that mouse is the best he'll get. Although grouchy, Cloudtail returns to his mouse and continues to eat it.
- He is part of a patrol that Squirrelflight takes to the WindClan border, after hearing that Bramblestar and Jessy saw WindClan cats where they shouldn't be. When they get there, they see that WindClan is using a fallen tree to cross into ThunderClan land, and Jessy suggests removing the rubbish around the tree trunk in an attempt to dislodge it. Cloudtail agrees with Jessy's idea, and thinks it's worth a shot. A distance away, Poppyfrost and Cloudtail find something that gets Bramblestar's attention; a huge bush upstream that was uprooted by the water. They attempt to drag the bush closer to the fallen tree in hopes of making it a stepping stone, and although Cloudtail emerges from the bush with thorns in his pelt, the mission proves successful, and they manage to get the tree away from WindClan's reach.
- After they are done, Cloudtail takes Bramblestar aside and talks to him. The white warrior admits things are different, saying it's kind of weird, being cut off from WindClan. The elder cat and his leader have a moment of remembrance for Firestar, having both been mentored by ThunderClan's old leader. Jessy, upon hearing talk of Firestar, comes bounding up and asks to hear more about Firestar. Cloudtail happily tells Jessy of Firestar and how he was related to him, and Jessy soon asks about Cloudtail's parentage. Although slightly embarrassed, Cloudtail explains who his mother is, and although he has to ignore a snort from Thornclaw, he goes on to explain that although it was hard, and he missed his Twolegs at first, he soon got used to ThunderClan and theirs ways, and now calls ThunderClan his home and his family. He admits that kittypets in other Clans are uncommon, and calls Firestar and he special cases. He is backed up by Thornclaw, who takes control of the conversation.
- After taking another patrol, Cloudtail soon returns with news for Bramblestar. He tells his leader that ShadowClan is trespassing again, and takes no time in insulting them soon after. That evening, Bramblestar meets with his cats, Cloudtail included, and it is decided to take action against the kittypets wreaking havoc in ShadowClan's territory. Cloudtail is one of the cats who joins Bramblestar's group, and he engages in battle with a kittypet named Webster. Cloudtail and ThunderClan are successful in driving the kittypets away, although this angers ShadowClan's leader, Rowanstar.
- Cloudtail accompanies Bramblestar back to ThunderClan's old camp, and on the way, they share memories about Firestar, saying how much they miss him. When Cloudtail senses Bramblestar's doubt, the white warrior tries to reassure Bramblestar that he's doing just fine, saying that he needs to trust that Firestar made the right choice to lead ThunderClan after his death. After they return to the tunnels, they relay the news of the floodwaters, and Cloudtail is almost knocked over by Mousewhisker as he tries to get out of camp to see what the elder warrior and leader are talking about.
- On a newleaf morning, Bramblestar awakens to find that Cloudtail has taken a patrol to ShadowClan's border, and to counter this, Bramblestar takes a patrol to WindClan. Later, Cloudtail is the leader of another patrol to WindClan's territory, and he takes Mousewhisker, Berrynose, and Birchfall with him. He later joins another border patrol, this one with Thornclaw. When it is time to confront the badgers, Cloudtail is one of the cats chosen to join battle. He fights alongside Dustpelt, and the two warriors fling themselves into the heat of battle, although at the cost of Dustpelt's life. After the battle, Cloudtail is seen with Millie, Jessy, and Frankie. Later, Cloudtail returns from a hunting patrol including Blossomfall, Dovewing, and Berrynose. All four cats have their jaws loaded with prey, and Bramblestar is overjoyed at the idea.
- He leads another patrol, this one on WindClan's border. Squirrelflight tells him to take Ivypool, her apprentice, Snowpaw, and Squirrelflight's new apprentice, Stormpaw. The deputy explains to Cloudtail that she wants him to learn the ins and outs of a border patrol. She admits that she is busy, but the white warrior doesn't object and lets Stormpaw join his patrol.
In the Original Arc
- Cloudkit is born to Princess, Fireheart's kittypet sister. He is Princess' first born, and strongest kit. She asks Fireheart to take him to ThunderClan, and to make Cloudkit a hero, like his uncle. Princess says maybe he will become leader and get nine lives. Fireheart secretly has his doubts - not just for the reason of his kittypet origins, but also for the fact that it is rare to be granted the power of being deputy to cats like himself.
- Fireheart carries Cloudkit to ThunderClan. Cloudkit's arrival is disapproved by many of the cats, since he was born a kittypet just as Fireheart was. He pleads with Brindleface, one of the Clan's queens, to nurse the small white kitten, after some hesitation from thinking Cloudkit as a replacement for her recently deceased son, she then treats Cloudkit as if he was her own kit. When Cloudkit catches a cough, he is called "Cloudchick" by Darkstripe and Longtail. When Bluestar accepts him into the Clan, Mousefur asks Bluestar if there was going to be a naming ceremony, and she coldly replies that there will not be.
- The morning after the Gathering, Fireheart is playing catch with Cloudkit with a moss ball. Tigerclaw appears out of nowhere and tells Fireheart to be careful not to lose another "plaything," which reminds Fireheart of Cinderpaw.
- Later, Brindleface's kits go missing. Fireheart and Sandstorm locate them in the snow: two of the kits are crouched under a log, when they find out that Cloudkit is hunting. Cloudkit is found staggering through the snow with a vole, showing he just caught his very first prey. When they return to camp, Tigerclaw growls at him, asking why he would do such a thing, Cloudkit bravely says they were hunting for the Clan, and shows Tigerclaw his vole. Bluestar questions him and Brindleface's other kits about going out into the forest. Brindleface's kits say it was Cloudkit's idea in the first place, and Cloudkit bravely says that the Clan needed fresh-kill. Bluestar tells him that his intentions were good, but that they still broke the warrior code. She left their punishment up to their mother, but lets him add his kill to the fresh-kill pile.
- He appears in Fireheart's dream, when Spottedleaf visits him, as a full-grown warrior and disappears off to hunt. He tries to be included in the battle party to the WindClan camp, but ends up being taken back to camp by Brackenpaw. Cloudkit is crestfallen and calls out that Fireheart promised they would one day fight side by side, Tigerclaw sneers at Fireheart while he simply states that now wasn't the time.
- Fireheart sees Cloudkit attacking the defenseless Brokentail, and Darkstripe calls Cloudkit a kittypet. Fireheart tells him about his original roots, and at first Cloudkit doesn't believe him. Cloudkit decides it doesn't matter and vows to be the strongest warrior in ThunderClan.
- Later, he goes with Cinderpaw, the unofficial ThunderClan medicine cat apprentice, and Fireheart to collect herbs. He is sent off to find berries and Fireheart and Cinderpaw arrive to see him almost eat deathberries. He receives a stern lecture from Cinderpaw. He is later seen showing deathberries to the other kits, telling them not to eat them.
- Soon after, he is playing with his denmates when he strays away accidentally and a badger tries to kill him. He is then saved by Fireheart, Brackenpaw, and Sandstorm. When they get back to camp, Tigerclaw feels it is fair to punish Cloudkit, so he makes him take care of the elders for a while with whom he forms a bond. Cloudkit then runs toward the elders den happily, as if the punishment to him was actually a reward.
- Later, Cloudkit is apprenticed as Cloudpaw. Bluestar names his uncle, Fireheart, as his mentor. He soon begs Fireheart to let him go with the group to Fourtrees, they allow him and he then accompanies Cinderpaw, Fireheart, and Yellowfang to Fourtrees on their way to Mothermouth for Cinderpaw to officially become Yellowfang's apprentice. He makes a lot of trouble for Graystripe and Fireheart when the two warriors were secretly feeding the starving RiverClan. He went and told Tigerclaw that they were on a secret warrior mission.
- Cloudpaw makes a fine catch of a pigeon and is angry at Fireheart because instead of praising him, his mentor scolds him at not praying to StarClan after the kill. He insists on hunting alone, disappearing for long periods of time but brings back little prey, which angers and worries Fireheart. When Fireheart leaves to go to Highstones, Runningwind takes over Cloudpaw, but Cloudpaw leaves early. Sandstorm then notices how fat Cloudpaw has gotten. Determined to find out where Cloudpaw has been going, Fireheart follows Cloudpaw to the Twoleg nest and watches him go inside and eat. When Cloudpaw returns, Fireheart confronts him.
- The two get into a fight because Cloudpaw says that he is only getting food, and that he feels like he doesn't need to choose one life - warrior vs. kittypet. Fireheart tells him that he can't have one paw in kittypet life and one paw in warrior life. One day, when returning to the Twoleg nest to get more kittypet food, he is kidnapped by Twolegs, becoming a kittypet for a brief period. Somehow, he ends up in the farmhouse between WindClan and Barley's Farm.
- Ravenpaw informs Fireheart of Cloudpaw's whereabouts, and Fireheart, Ravenpaw, and Sandstorm set off to rescue him. When they find him, he is inside a house with a dog. The Twolegs see the three cats and open the door, attempting to shoo them away. Cloudpaw is able to slip through the opening and escape with them. After the rescue, he says that he had learned his lesson and would never eat Twoleg food, or try to break the warrior code again. On the way back to camp, they are attacked by Deadfoot, Mudclaw, and Mudclaw's apprentice, Webpaw. Even though Cloudpaw had been locked inside the Twoleg nest, he drives away Webpaw and helps Sandstorm defeat Mudclaw, while Fireheart drives Deadfoot away.
- When they return to ThunderClan, many cats, especially Darkstripe and Dustpelt, are skeptical about letting Cloudpaw back in, claiming he chose to go with Twolegs. Cloudpaw protests and tells them how he was stolen and lived in a nest with a dog, which alarms the elders. Fireheart discusses the matter with Bluestar, who agrees he has learned his lesson and can stay. When the fire strikes, Cloudpaw follows Fireheart's instructions and stays with the elders, helps them to eat some fresh-kill, and comforts them about Halftail and Patchpelt's deaths. When they return to camp, he works very hard to rebuild everything, and Fireheart is very pleased at his change of attitude.
- He is mentioned by Fireheart when Cinderpelt tells Speckletail that Snowkit is deaf, as white kits with blue eyes are often deaf, but luckily that is not the case with Cloudpaw.
- Cloudpaw begins to challenge StarClan, which alarms Brightpaw and Fireheart especially. He calls it a story, saying that it was created to frighten little kits. Instead of being angry and frustrated at the young apprentice for insulting their warrior ancestors, Bluestar is amused with Cloudpaw's words, because of her ongoing clash with StarClan.
- He later fights in the battle against RiverClan for Sunningrocks. Cloudpaw is made a warrior, with the warrior name Cloudtail after the battle, during which he fought with the skill of a full warrior. He is the only apprentice made warrior. As he fought, Swiftpaw had gone to fetch more warriors. Also, Bluestar snaps that he doesn't grovel to StarClan like the rest of the Clan.
- Later, he is off on a patrol with Fireheart, Graystripe, and Sandstorm, and they come to find Swiftpaw and Brightpaw's bodies, he runs to his friend Brightpaw's side, While the others head to Swiftpaw's unmoving body. Then he calls to the others that Brightpaw is not dead. He becomes protective over her, and Fireheart knows he is in love with her. Later, he provides moral support to Lostface while Cinderpelt is nursing her back to health after she was brutally injured by the dog pack.
- Cloudtail expresses that he dislikes the name Lostface and that he wouldn't call Brightpaw by that cruel name. Later, Cloudtail, Fireheart, Graystripe, and Sandstorm visit his mother, Princess, and introduces her to Lostface. He later comforts Lostface after she sees her reflection for the first time since the accident and Princess' alarming comments. Cloudtail states that she will always be beautiful in his eyes.
- When Tigerstar kills Brindleface to give the dog pack a taste for cat blood, he wants to make a raid on the ShadowClan camp; this is because Brindleface had suckled him and had been his mother figure.
- Cloudtail and Lostface are praised by Fireheart when he returns to camp. After Fireheart publicly confronts Darkstripe, Cloudtail wants to attack ShadowClan, but is calmed by Fireheart. He then goes to share tongues with Bluestar for the last time. He asks Firestar if he could change Lostface's cruel name given to her by Bluestar when she was at war with StarClan. Firestar learns the name changing ceremony from One-eye, after Cloudtail points out that Halftail or One-eye could not have been originally called that, and then changes Lostface's name to Brightheart. Cloudtail then proves his loyalty to her by training her to fight with her disability before the fight against BloodClan.
- He is part of the fight against BloodClan as a member of LionClan; he was one of few cats to be attacked directly by Scourge and live, even though he lost the fight.
In the New Prophecy Arc
- Cloudtail is now a senior warrior, helping his Clan out and supporting Firestar after his daughter, Squirrelpaw, disappears with Brambleclaw. However, he remarks amusingly that Squirrelpaw is an attractive she-cat, hinting that he was waiting for Brambleclaw to finally pad after her.
- He also wants to lead a patrol to attack a badger living at Snakerocks that is suspected of killing Willowpelt.
- He continues to support Firestar, but is doubtful that the other Clans will listen to him and work together. When he hears that WindClan has been stealing prey from ThunderClan, Cloudtail and Mousefur are all for launching an attack on them, but are overruled by Firestar.
- Cloudtail and Brightheart suddenly disappear from the Clan, having been caught by Twolegs. Their daughter Whitepaw begs her mentor, Brackenfur, and Firestar to go search for them, but the idea is rejected.
- It is revealed that both he and Brightheart are captured by Twolegs, along with Gorsetail, Mistyfoot, and Leafpaw from the Clans. He asks Cody if she knew anything about his mother, Princess. He, along with the other cats held captive, are freed by a ThunderClan patrol just as they are being taken away. Cloudtail stays back to free Brightheart, who's cage was stuck, but Graystripe orders him to leave. Graystripe struggles to free Brightheart, and eventually does, but is captured himself in the process.
- Cloudtail is surprised to hear that the Clan had moved to Sunningrocks, wondering if it can shelter everyone. But as soon as he and Brightheart reach Sunningrocks, they are excited to see their daughter, Whitepaw.
- He also looks pointedly at Brambleclaw to be the new deputy when the Clan pressures Firestar after Graystripe is taken.
- He travels over the mountains with ThunderClan and the other three Clans to new territory after Twoleg monsters destroy most of the forest. He helps to carry Birchkit, Dustpelt and Ferncloud's remaining kit.
- When Squirrelflight explains that she found ThunderClan's new camp of a hollow by fallling into it, Cloudtail snorts in laughter and doesn't seem surprised. He is assigned to guard the Clan when they were traveling to the hollow, and is the first to lead the Clan across a stream to ensure that it was safe.
- Cloudtail is chosen to lead a patrol to investigate ThunderClan's new territory, a duty given only to senior warriors. He scents fox, but Brightheart reports that it was stale.
- He later attends the next Gathering, muttering how it won't be hard to keep WindClan off their territory. When they meet Smoky and Daisy for the first time, he springs forward, along with Mudclaw, ready to fight.
- Firestar assigns him and Brightheart to be in charge of camp when he leads a patrol to WindClan to help Onewhisker when Mudclaw rebels against him. He posts sentries around camp in case any enemy cats are coming to their camp. He appeared to Leafpool and asked her if Crowfeather was "one of them," making Crowfeather bristle. Leafpool quickly got between them and said that he wasn't.
- Cloudtail leads a patrol to take two dead ShadowClan cats back to their Clan after they had fallen into the hollow, and goes with Dustpelt, Rainwhisker, and Brightheart to fill in a badger set after a family of badgers had been driven out. He also attends the first Gathering on the island where a tree bridge would allow the cats to cross over to it.
- Cloudtail leads a hunting patrol with Squirrelflight, Spiderleg, and Rainwhisker that finds Daisy and her three kits on ThunderClan territory. He makes the decision to allow the four cats to come back to camp, and helps Daisy get there. He defends her when Brambleclaw says he doesn't want her in the camp because she was a kittypet, saying he would "claw his ears off" because he was a kittypet and was very sensitive about it. Squirrelflight also says she would help him because she is half kittypet because her father, Firestar, was a kittypet.
- Brambleclaw chooses him to go on a patrol to assist ShadowClan with a kittypet problem.
- He spends so much time with Daisy that Brightheart gets mad at him and is jealous of Daisy.
- He later speaks to Firestar about Daisy, admitting that he doesn't think she will be able to be a warrior. However, he continues to try and train her, and defends Daisy against Brightheart when his mate grows angry at her three kits for being in the medicine den and messing with the herbs that Brightheart just collected.
- During the badger attack, he helps lead Daisy and her kits out of camp and to safety.
- After the attack, he stops Daisy from entering the nursery, saying that Cinderpelt's body still needed to be removed. He argues with her, saying that she should stay in camp. He helps to rebuild the destroyed camp along with the other warriors, and is angered to hear the Twolegs had set out traps that could be fatal to a cat.
- Cloudtail is forced to stay in camp due to his injured paw, irritating him when he could not hunt for the Clan. He later reports to Firestar about hearing Twoleg boats on the lake, which confuses most of the cats. He also is worried about Berrykit when the kit goes missing, and was going to lead the patrol to find him when Daisy insisted that he remain there and watch over her and her other two kits. He agrees, though he is embarrassed.
- He becomes worried when the she-cat disappears with her kits and goes with Brambleclaw to the horse-place barn to convince her to come back to the Clan. He also eats twoleg food, when Brambleclaw catches his own. Meanwhile, he is seemingly oblivous to the fact that he was hurting Brightheart with how much time he was spending with Daisy. However, he manages to convince Daisy to come back to the Clan, but does not notice that the she-cat was actually in love with him.
- Later, Cloudtail rekindles his love with Brightheart with a slight nudge from Leafpool, by advising him into going hunting with her.
In the Power of Three Arc
- Cloudtail has now become the mentor of Cinderpaw, Brackenfur and Sorreltail's daughter. His daughter is also a warrior, now known as Whitewing.
- Several times, Cloudtail is seen on patrols or with his apprentice, Cinderpaw. While training Cinderpaw one day, he watches Leafpool teach Hollypaw basic fighting moves, and is impressed by Hollypaw even though this was her first time trying out the moves. He comes up with the idea for Hollypaw to practice with Cinderpaw.
- On a patrol, Cloudtail is surprised when Cinderpaw is able to identify the scent of badger even though she had never seen one before.
- He, along with Spiderleg and Brackenfur, give their apprentices an assessment. Towards the end of it, Mousepaw begins to climb the Sky Oak, alarming the warriors. When he gets stuck, Cinderpaw goes up to fetch him but loses her grip on the tree when she is startled by Mousepaw's sudden movement, and falls from it. He waits for Leafpool to arrive to look over Cinderpaw before he helps carry her back to camp, since her leg is broken.
- He assists in reinforcing the camp when the Clan believes that WindClan is getting ready to attack them.
- Cloudtail becomes annoyed with Foxkit and Icekit when he hears them shouting that ShadowClan is attacking, and is relieved when they are finally apprenticed.
- He resumes training Cinderpaw after she recovers again, and takes her to the training hollow along with several other cats for advanced training. He is alarmed at how hard Ashfur trains Lionpaw, and reassures the other apprentices that they wouldn't train like that. He worries about Cinderpaw's injuried leg, constantly telling her not to push herself, which annoys her.
- When Cloudtail is out on a patrol, he finds a bees' nest. He manages to snag some honey, despite being stung. Cloudtail goes to see Leafpool one day, asking her if Cinderpaw is ready for her final assessment before becoming a warrior. He is reassured by Leafpool that she is. However, during the assessment, Cinderpaw's leg gives way while she hunts, causing her to crash to the ground. Cloudtail immediately comes to help her and carries off the tree she had fallen onto, but still needs help from Lionpaw and Cloudtail to walk back to camp. He tries to calm her down when Cinderpaw knows she cannot be a warrior along with Poppypaw and Honeypaw, and is disappointed when she doesn't come to see her siblings' warrior ceremony.
- He helps to defend the camp when WindClan attacks, and is the one to identify that WindClan had split up into three groups that were spread out over ThunderClan territory. However, on the patrol that attacks a WindClan one, his white fur gives him away and he is attacked by several warriors.
- Cloudtail is pleased to see Cinderpaw finally become a warrior alongside Hollypaw and Lionpaw. Her warrior name is Cinderheart.
- Cloudtail is in charge of the patrol that finds Tawnypelt and her three kits on ThunderClan territory. When Tawnypelt says that she has escaped from ThunderClan with her kits, Flamepaw, Tigerpaw, and Dawnpaw, Cloudtail allows them to come back to camp and speak with Firestar. She decides to stay soon after speaking with Firestar, and the ThunderClan leader assigns her son, Flamepaw, to Cloudtail for him to mentor. This arrangement soon proves temporary, however, and Tawnypelt takes her kits back to ShadowClan.
- When a greencough outbreak spreads throughout ThunderClan, Cloudtail is one of the first cats to catch the disease. Alongside various other cats, Cloudtail goes to the Twoleg nest in an attempt to prevent the sickness from spreading to the other healthy cats. While there, the white warrior is one of the cats to witness Firestar lose a life from the deadly disease.
- Cloudtail is one of the cats to believe that Sol murdered Ashfur, saying that he was threatening them by saying he would be back one day. He later reassures Daisy that no one would harm her kits. When Sol is brought to camp and held prisoner, he takes the first watch over to him to make sure that he didn't go anywhere, but isn't worried when the loner still manages to get away and leaves the camp.
- It is briefly noted by Hollyleaf that though Sol had been encouraging disbelief in StarClan, cats within their own Clan—in particular, Cloudtail—didn't believe in StarClan either.
- Dustpelt comments that Whitewing's two kits, Dovekit and Ivykit, would probably be a handful, considering that they have Cloudtail's blood, knowing what a hard time he gave Firestar as a kit and as an apprentice. Cloudtail responds that they would be great warriors one day and he would claw anybody who said differently.
In the Omen of the Stars Arc
- During the Gathering at the very beginning of the book, it is revealed that Cloudtail has mentored another young cat, and he has received his warrior name, Toadstep. As Firestar announces the young warrior's new name, Cloudtail can be seen looking very pleased, and proud of his former apprentice.
- Cloudtail leads a patrol to the lakeshore to get water, and they find RiverClan warriors patrolling it. The patrol approaches them, and Berrynose provokes them, only meaning to defend his territory. Cloudtail becomes angry with him because he almost started a fight that would not have ended well, and then has to apologize for Berrynose's behavior, showing how important collecting water for the Clan was. When the patrol returns from collecting water, they race into camp, seeing it on fire. They quickly put it out with their water, but another patrol has to go out to fetch more, since all of the water was used up putting the fire out.
- After this, Cloudtail is seen returning from a hunting patrol, dragging an enormous rabbit along with him.
- He makes his first appearance dropping off some prey he had caught on the fresh-kill pile.
- He is next seen much later stretching in his nest and asking Lionblaze what was happening after Dovepaw senses that a tree was falling. He is also part of the patrol to try and shift the branches of the beech tree to get Longtail and Briarpaw out. He is seen wearily bringing branches against what was left of the barrier with Brackenfur when Jayfeather and Squirrelflight return from ShadowClan.
- He is part of the group of warriors that Firestar consults when he is debating whether or not to attack ShadowClan. Cloudtail tells the group that Ivypaw wouldn't lie, and is surprised when Firestar tells the group that he will give ShadowClan a chance to surrender the clearing peacefully.
- Cloudtail is first seen trying to get his mate Brightheart to get up after the battle with ShadowClan, and she ends up being okay. The next morning, Cloudtail joins Dustpelt's patrol to check the new ShadowClan border with Sorreltail and Spiderleg. Later, he leads a hunting patrol and brings Blossomfall and Bumblestripe.
- He is part of the patrol to ask ShadowClan to give Ivypaw back when she is held hostage. He wonders what Ivypaw was doing on the border at night, and says that holding Ivypaw hostage is predictable for ShadowClan. He also wonders why Brambleclaw is being so polite to the ShadowClan patrol they speak to.
- Cloudtail was one of the cats that came to aid Icecloud. Birchfall, Foxleap, Dovepaw, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Spiderleg were there too. When Foxleap gets worried and thinks that WindClan are in the tunnels, Cloudtail retorts.
- Cloudtail helps haul up Icecloud and helps her to the camp. He urged Jayfeather on when he saw that he wasn't moving. He reminded him that the others would bring Dovepaw.
- Cloudtail is first seen when he comments on Sol's return. He is disgruntled by the return of the traveler and doesn't believe his story of saving Molepaw and Cherrypaw. When Sol doesn't return for a few sunrises, Cloudtail and Dustpelt comment on his disappearance and hope he doesn't return.
- Cloudtail gets asked to go hunting by Lionblaze, but Brightheart reminds him that she and Cloudtail were going to share a piece of prey, and asks him if he was going to stay and gossip. Lionblaze comments to Cinderheart that they could have been like that, but she tells Lionblaze that they can't change their destinies.
- When the Clan is talking about why the Clans are nervous, he asks if that was why ShadowClan accused their medicine cat of murder. He is on the dawn patrol with Squirrelflight, Graystripe and Millie. He asks Lionblaze if he was okay, when Lionblaze returns from sleeping by the lake. He is seen unsheathing his claws when they reach a ShadowClan border patrol. Cloudtail protects the flank of the patrol. When Ratscar accuses ThunderClan of crossing the border, he asks what he was talking about. He and Squirrelflight are ordered by Graystripe to hold Lionblaze down after his fight with Ratscar. Cloudtail tells Lionblaze to lean on him. He is seen waiting by the thorn barrier with Lionblaze, Foxleap, Cherrypaw and Molepaw.
- Brightheart gives birth to their second litter shortly before the battle with the Dark Forest cats. He is seen pacing outside the nursery. Mousefur walks up to him and asks how many there were. He tells her there are two toms and a she-kit, named Dewkit, Snowkit, and Amberkit. He anxiously waits for the news of how they are doing. Cloudtail comes out of the nursery with bright eyes saying that they were lively, and they were fighting to see who could get closest to Brightheart's belly. Firestar tells Cloudtail he'll welcome his kits to the Clan later.
- When Firestar calls a Clan meeting about the Dark Forest, he tells the Clan the Dark Forest warriors had found a way to cross into Clan territory. Cloudtail starts growling that it was impossible. Brightheart asks how she will protect her kits, and Cloudtail tells her he won't let anyone harm her kits. He also says they will beat the Dark Forest warriors. Cloudtail crouches beside his mate, his fur ruffled. Lionblaze orders Cloudtail to join his Clanmates. Lionblaze said he would teach Brightheart how to defend her kits. He plucks sandy earth, while anticipation was pricking from his pelt. Cloudtail asks how they were to kill the Dark Forest warriors. When Firestar says the cats from the other Clans coming to stay with them would be hunting and sleeping with them, Cloudtail exclaims he wouldn't sleep beside a ShadowClan cat.
- Cloudtail, Molepaw and Rosepetal go to find Blossomfall, Mousewhisker and Birchfall in the forest. When the patrol comes back from trying to find Birchfall, Blossomfall and Mousewhisker, he rushes into the camp exclaiming they were gone. Brambleclaw asks him if he was sure they looked everywhere, and Cloudtail tells him the whole Clan had scoured the forest.
- At the beginning of the battle he orders his kits to stay inside the nursery. He also couldn't believe it was happening. Cloudtail and Dovewing are attacked by Darkstripe when they fall behind their patrol, because of Dovewing. He taunts the other cat, unsurprised by the fact that Darkstripe is in the Dark Forest. Darkstripe sneers and asks Cloudtail if he actually believes in StarClan now, to which Cloudtail replies that he believes in evil. Darkstripe counters that at least Cloudtail believed in something now, and Cloudtail snarls back that he always believed in the warrior code and he always would. The two fight and Cloudtail is badly injured, falling unconscious before Darkstripe is ordered to move on by another Dark Forest cat and to leave them to bleed to death. For a moment Dovewing fears that Cloudtail is dead, as his eyes are dull, but he gets back up and continues fighting despite his many wounds when he hears that the camp is going to be attacked. Cloudtail is seen in front of the nursery writhing with a Dark Forest warrior.
- After the battle, he is shown to be very upset when his uncle, Firestar, loses his final life.
In the Ravenpaw's Path Arc
- Cloudtail is seen on a hunting patrol with Graystripe, Ravenpaw, and Barley. When they are ambushed by the BloodClan cats, he fights against them.
- He is seen again with the patrol of cats that attacks BloodClan's camp in Twolegplace.
- Cloudtail is part of the patrol that helps Ravenpaw and Barley get their barn back from the rogues. The morning that they are leaving, he complains that they are leaving too early. When they reach the farm, Firestar orders him to take a hunting patrol out with Brightheart, Brackenfur, and Bramblepaw. Later, he tells Firestar that their patrol brought back plenty of prey so they could be able to stay hidden for a while.
- The next morning he fights the rogues along with the rest of the patrol. Cloudtail flees when Firestar tells them to retreat because there are too many rogues. Cloudtail is seen fighting alongside Brightheart when they attack the rogues for a second time. He leaves with the rest of the ThunderClan cats once the rogues had left the barn for good.
In the Field Guide Arc
- In "Brightheart Speaks: The Death of Swiftpaw", Brightheart talks about Bluestar giving Cloudpaw his warrior name and his faithful love towards her. Brightheart says that the first thing she felt when she awoke after the battle of the dogs, was the warmth of Cloudtail's fur against her, and that he loved her even after her accident when her face was badly scarred. With him she was no longer 'Lostface' but 'Brightheart'.
- In the "Significant Leaders" section for ThunderClan, Cloudtail is listed as one of Firestar's apprentices.
- In "Cloudtail Speaks: Tempted by the Kittypet Life", Cloudtail tells about he broke the warrior code by taking kittypet food from Twolegs and ended up getting captured. He says that he didn't understand some parts of the warrior code and so he decided to only follow the rules that he thought made sense. One day, when he was hunting, he caught a pigeon just before it took off. Fireheart scolded him and said that he didn't respect his prey, and so Cloudpaw ran off to the Twoleg place. A Twoleg female saw him and left him some food and milk. Cloudpaw thought that he wasn't doing anybody any harm by eating these, as he couldn't take them back to the elders and it left more prey in the forest. He began visiting the Twolegs every day and began to think that being a kittypet wasn't all that bad. Later, he was caught by the Twoleg and put in a wire web inside the belly of a monster. He was upset, but thought that ThunderClan would be glad to be rid of him. However, he wanted to let his Clanmates know that he had been taken against his will, and deep down he wanted to become a warrior. Luckily, he was spotted by Fireheart's friend Ravenpaw who told Fireheart where Cloudpaw had been taken to. Cloudpaw was very relieved to see Fireheart and even more so to be back in ThunderClan. He later explains how he had learned his lesson and he wouldn't be visiting Twolegs ever again.
- When Rock tells the three kits of StarClan about Firestar, he says that because Firestar became leader of ThunderClan, no cat could argue that Cloudtail was not a worthy warrior. Rock also talked about how Cloudtail struggled to adjust to forest life after Princess thought he could just slip in and be a great warrior like her brother. Cloudtail did struggle from the start, and even went back to the kittypet life. However, he finally put things in perspective after he was captured by Twolegs, then brought back to ThunderClan by Firestar. Now, he still doesn't believe in StarClan, but he is still fiercely loyal to his Clanmates. He can relate to Brightheart somewhat because he also stands out from other cats with his white fluffy pelt, and more importantly his kittypet origins. He is the only cat who has never flinched at Brightheart's scars, and he has been able to see past them to the trustworthy and kind cat she is.
- When Rock talks about Princess, he explains that she gave Cloudtail to Firestar believing he would have a nobler life as a warrior than a kittypet. Although Cloudtail didn't adjust naturally to life in a Clan, he showed a rare degree of trust and hopefulness.
- Cloudtail appears in "Graystripe Speaks: The Battle Against the Foxes." He is part of the patrol that goes hunting for foxes. He is said to have a keen nose because his fur stands out so much.
- In "Whitewing Speaks: My First Battle," Cloudtail's daughter Whitepaw retells the story of the badger attack in the ThunderClan camp. Cloudtail convinces Brightheart to let Whitepaw stay and fight the badgers, instead of leaving the camp with Daisy and her kits. After Brightheart runs off into the battle, a badger attacks Cloudtail and Whitepaw. Cloudtail runs off into the clearing, leaving Whitepaw to fight for herself. But when the badger is about to kill her, he comes running back and launches himself onto the badger's shoulders. Whitepaw then orders Cloudtail to go help Brightheart and Daisy's kits. He obeys and runs off. After the fight, Cloudtail got Daisy's kits to safety.
- On the page he shares with his mate, Brightheart, it is mentioned that he and Brightheart have two litters of kits, and they even have grandkits. The mother of these kits is their eldest daughter, Whitewing, and those kits play a vital part in the battle against the Dark Forest.
- Cloudtail alone is the only cat who never once has flinched upon seeing the scars that frequent Brightheart's face, although Cloudtail can relate with not fitting in- the fluffy white warrior's pelt isn't the only thing that sticks out. The nephew of Firestar is the son of a kittypet- Firestar's sister, Princess- and he was given up to live the life of a warrior, which he does. He struggled at first, though, being tempted by the life of a kittypet. He is soon given a second chance, both by his uncle, and by StarClan. His lack of belief in the warrior ancestors that walk their skies, however, doesn't change how loyal he is to the warrior code, and to Brightheart and his Clan.
- Cloudtail risks his life time and time again to save his Clan from many threats, including badgers, storms, and illness. Making the Great Journey with the rest of ThunderClan, he helps establish territory for his Clan, and all of this is done without any faith in StarClan.
- Cloudtail does, however, believe in good and evil, and this skill does prove to be useful in the battle against the Dark Forest, where he risks his life again, fighting as fiercely as any cat, putting his Clan before his own life, loyalty unwavering.
In the Short Stories and Plays
- Cloudtail appears while Leafpool and Crowfeather are talking, along with Brambleclaw and Berrypaw, where he asks Crowfeather whether WindClan have enough warriors to send on proper patrols or not. Cloudtail appears to be protective of Leafpool, asking if Crowfeather was bothering her. Cloudtail hints at a fight with Tornear and then states WindClan are only fast because they keep running away, which annoys Onestar. Cloudtail growls at the mention of Hawkfrost, sarcastically commenting on bringing Hawkfrost back to camp after his failed attempt at killing Firestar to have first pick of the fresh kill pile. They all then leave.
- He is mentioned to be seen voting for the individual leaders to lead their own Clan.
In the Novellas
- During the fire that ravages ThunderClan's territory, Fireheart asks if any cat is missing, after they've gotten to safety. Upon hearing this, Cloudpaw's fluffy white head pops up, and asks where Halftail and Patchpelt are. Smallear, another one of the elders, replies that they're not with him, and Whitestorm mews that they might still be in ThunderClan's camp.
- When Leafpool offers the position of assistant medicine cat to Brightheart, she is honored, although she declines the offer. She asks of Cloudtail and Whitepaw, and says that she is a mother and mate to them first.
- Three sunrises after this, Leafpool sees Cloudtail bringing Whitepaw's pale body into camp. He places his daughter's unconscious body gently on the ground, with Brightheart's help, and his mate presses to him for comfort. When Leafpool announces that Whitepaw has dislocated her tail, Cloudtail expresses confusion, asking the medicine cat if that is actually possible.
- After Whitepaw is woken up, they try and put her tail back into its normal placing. When they try this, Whitepaw lets out a screech, and Brightheart tries to go to her aid, clearly worried about her daughter. Cloudtail holds her back until Leafpool is done working with her.
- Cloudtail does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story, but is listed in the allegiances.
- Cloudtail does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen, but is listed in the allegiances.
- His mate, Brightheart, respects his lack of belief in StarClan, although Brightheart herself believes in StarClan.
- Cherith thinks that Cloudtail will go to StarClan, although he would be very surprised.
- Cloudtail never loved Daisy.
- Kate thinks that after the Dark Forest battle, Cloudtail would believe in StarClan, because "it's difficult to deny something you've seen with your own eyes".
- Spiderpaw is incorrectly listed as Cloudtail's apprentice in Starlight.
- In The Sight, Cloudtail and Thornclaw are said to be helping WindClan against the dogs, but at one point it is mentioned that Thornclaw and Dustpelt race out to help them. It is then mentioned that Cloudtail was the cat racing away from the dog.
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- Four unnamed kits: Status Unknown
- Squirrelflight: Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
- Leafpool: Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
- Hollyleaf: Deceased, Verified StarClan member
- Lionblaze: Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
- Jayfeather: Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
= Gender Unknown
- Fireheart: "Listen, warriors like Darkstripe think being a kittypet is something bad. It's not. It just means we have to work twice as hard to make them see that kittypet blood is nothing to be ashamed of."
- Cloudkit: "I don't care! I'm going to be the best warrior in the Clan. I'll fight any cat who says I'm not. I'll be brave enough to kill outlaws like old Brokentail."
- Forest of Secrets, page 82
- "Whatever else he might do, Cloudpaw always keeps his word."
- —Ashpaw about Cloudpaw Rising Storm, page 144
- Fireheart: "I never thought he would care for a cat as much as that."
- Cinderpelt: "You didn't notice? He's been padding after Brightpaw - Lostface - for a season now. He really loves her, you know."
- A Dangerous Path, page 227
- Lostface: "Now I see. I'm sorry if the other cats feel upset when they look at me."
- Cloudtail: "You're still beautiful to me. You always will be."
- A Dangerous Path, page 264
- "It's only your belief in ancient traditions that make you believe you can't be leader without dragging all the way up to Highstones and back. As far as I'm concerned, you've already proved yourself to be the true leader of this Clan, Firestar."
- —Cloudtail to Firestar The Darkest Hour, page 68
- "After all that, I knew better than to go near Twolegs again. And I realized there were parts of the warrior code I might not understand but they were there for a reason. Seeing my Clanmates listen to my story so eagerly, made me want to be a warrior, like Fireheart, who really was a hero. More than anything, I wanted to be a loyal ThunderClan warrior."
- —Cloudtail Secrets of the Clans, page 119
- Cloudtail: "Darkstripe! I'm not surprised to see you're with the Dark Forest traitors."
- Darkstripe: "So, you believe in StarClan now?"
- The Last Hope, page 263
- "I'll flay Tigerstar! I'll scatter his entrails form here to Highstones! He's mine, Fireheart, and don't you forget it!"
- —Cloudtail to Fireheart A Dangerous Path, page 288
|Cloudpaw's Warrior Ceremony|
References and Citations
- ↑ Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 235
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 219
- ↑ Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 230
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 249
- ↑ Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 209
- ↑ Revealed in Long Shadows, page 7
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 248
- ↑ Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 30
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, page 18
- ↑ Revealed in Long Shadows, page 90
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 7
- ↑ Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 63
- ↑ Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page manga
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 83
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 266
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 61
- ↑ Revealed in Dawn, page 30
- ↑ Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 295
- ↑ Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 2
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's Facebook
- ↑ Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
- ↑ Revealed in Starlight, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in The Sight, pages 286-287
- ↑ Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
- ↑ Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 191
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 228
- ↑ Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
- ↑ Revealed in the Warriors App
- ↑ Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 115
- ↑ Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 5
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 3
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 38.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 246