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"Yeah, get back into your own territory, or we'll tear your fur off."
— Gorsetail threatening Lionblaze and Jayfeather in Sunrise, page 294
Gorsetail (P3)
Gorsetail (P3).warrior
Current: WindClan[1]
Thistleheart, Swallowtail, Sedgewhisker
Book Appearances
Living: The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, Hollyleaf's Story, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Mistystar's Omen, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Last Hope, Dovewing's Silence, Bramblestar's Storm, The Apprentice's Quest, Thunder and Shadow, Shattered Sky

Gorsetail is a mottled,[3] very pale[4] gray-and-white[4] tabby she-cat[3] with blue eyes.[4]


In the Super Edition Arc

Bramblestar's Storm

Gorsetail is a part of Nightcloud's patrol, along with Hootpaw. They demand to know what the ThunderClan cats are doing with the big white bird, claiming to have injured it, and that Molewhisker would never have caught it otherwise. While Sandstorm quietly tells Bramblestar that Firestar would have let them have the bird, he retorts that he isn't Firestar. Gorsetail overhears this, muttering that he absolutely isn't Firestar.
She is a part of another WindClan patrol that Bramblestar sees on his way back from investigating the border. When he asks Crowfeather how the WindClan cats are, they retort that they haven't crossed the stream. Gorsetail insults Jessy, Minty, and Frankie, sarcastically saying that they're very effective additions to ThunderClan's hunting patrols.

In the Power of Three Arc

The Sight

Even though she is not listed in the allegiances, she does formally appear. She tells Sedgekit to come inside the den, interrupting the kit in the middle of informing Millie that kittypets can't be real warriors when she returns to the Clans with Graystripe.

Dark River

When Leafpool and Jaypaw visit the WindClan camp to speak to Onestar, Gorsetail comes running into the clearing, frantic. She tells Onestar that her kits, Swallowkit, Thistlekit, and Sedgekit, have gone missing. She says that she had left the nursery to stretch her legs, but when she came back they had disappeared. She had tried to follow their trail, but it had disappeared near RiverClan's border. She is convinced that a hawk took them all. Onestar tries to calm her down, saying that a hawk wouldn't be able take three kits at once. He then promises to send a search patrol to look for them.
Afterwards, a WindClan patrol consisting of Ashfoot, Breezepaw, and Heatherpaw run into the clearing. Ashfoot tells Onestar that they saw a RiverClan patrol on their territory, and that they had found rabbit blood where the RiverClan patrol had just been. Gorsetail becomes terrified, and questions if they're sure it was rabbit blood they had found. WindClan becomes convinced that it was RiverClan who took the kits.
Her kits wander into the underground tunnels and get lost. Hollypaw, Jaypaw, Lionpaw, Breezepaw, and Heatherpaw enter the tunnels to go and find them. They soon rescue the kits and bring them to Onestar, stopping the battle that would have ensued between WindClan and ThunderClan, and stopping a battle against RiverClan in the process.


Gorsetail does not formally appear in Outcast but is listed in the allegiances.


Gorsetail does not formally appear in Eclipse but is listed in the allegiances.

Long Shadows

Gorsetail does not formally appear in Long Shadows but is listed in the allegiances.


Gorsetail's kits, Sedgekit, Swallowkit, and Thistlekit, are now apprentices with the names Sedgepaw, Swallowpaw, and Thistlepaw. When Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze came to the WindClan border to see Crowfeather, she is on a patrol with Owlwhisker and Weaselfur and tells the ThunderClan cats that they had better stay off their border or they will tear their fur off. She is very hostile towards them for crossing the border.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Gorsetail does not formally appear in The Fourth Apprentice but is listed in the allegiances. Two of her kits are now warriors, with the names Sedgewhisker and Swallowtail.

Fading Echoes

Gorsetail does not formally appear in Fading Echoes but is listed in the allegiances.

Night Whispers

Gorsetail does not formally appear in Night Whispers but is listed in the allegiances.

Sign of the Moon

Gorsetail does not formally appear in Sign of the Moon but is listed in the allegiances.

The Forgotten Warrior

Gorsetail does not formally appear in The Forgotten Warrior but is listed in the allegiances.

The Last Hope

Gorsetail appears in a patrol consisting of Owlwhisker, Nightcloud, and Crouchpaw as Jayfeather returns from RiverClan. She helps Jayfeather out of a thornbush using her muzzle. Nightcloud and Crouchpaw call Jayfeather a murderer, and she then silences them, saying he is a Clan cat that needs their help. She asks him if he can walk back to the ThunderClan border by himself, as Owlwhisker inspects him stating he is fit to go. She is padding behind him as they head to the ThunderClan camp. She fights in the WindClan patrol for ShadowClan against the Dark Forest warriors.

In the A Vision of Shadows Arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Gorsetail does not formally appear in The Apprentice's Quest but is listed in the allegiances.

Thunder and Shadow

As Kestrelflight arrives for the medicine cat meeting, Gorsetail and Sedgewhisker stiffly follows him. The other medicine cats protest about their presence, but Gorsetail reassures they are not staying. She halts as the medicine cat reaches the Moonpool. Kestrelflight tells the cats are there due to Onestar ordering so and says to his Clanmates they can go. Gorsetail climbs up the slope after Sedgewhisker to wait outside the hollow. Leafpool asks why Gorsetail and Sedgewhisker were prickly and Kestrelflight replies that Onestar has been heavily reinforcing rules and punishing any cats that break them.
When Leafpool and Alderpaw enter WindClan, Gorsetail's fur is glimpsed among the long grass. Leafpool calls to her and Emberfoot and the cats jerk their heads, anger in their eyes. Leafpool states they need to visit Kestrelflight and Gorsetail asks what for. Leafpool replies that it’s medicine cat business and the two WindClan cats flatten their ears in mistrust. Gorsetail eventually grudgingly agrees to take them to their medicine cat. They led the two cats to WindClan camp and when they arrive, Gorsetail nods to a gorse wall and informs the medicine cats Kestrelflight is in there.

Shattered Sky

Coming Soon

In the Novellas

Hollyleaf's Story

Gorsetail does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

Gorsetail does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

Gorsetail does not formally appear in Dovewing's Silence but is listed in the allegiances.


Interesting Facts

  • Vicky says she named her kit, Thistleheart, after her dead sister, Thistlepaw.[5]


  • There are some inconsistencies with Gorsetail's gender. She has been listed as male, female, or no gender at all. These mistakes begin in Dark River, and continue into more recent books, including Bramblestar's Storm and Dovewing's Silence. The following list shows which books have Gorsetail as which gender:
    • Male: The Fourth Apprentice,[6] Fading Echoes,[7] Sign of the Moon,[8] The Forgotten Warrior,[9] The Last Hope,[10] Hollyleaf's Story,[11] Dovewing's Silence,[12] and Bramblestar's Storm.[13]
    • Female: Dark River,[14] Outcast,[4] Eclipse,[15] Night Whispers,[16] The Apprentice's Quest,[17]Thunder and Shadow,[18] and Shattered Sky.[19]
    • No Gender Specified: Long Shadows,[20] Sunrise,[2] and Mistystar's Omen.[21]
  • While one of her granddaughters was listed as 'Ferntail' in the allegiance list preview for The Apprentice's Quest on Kate's blog,[22] no such character exists in the final printing of the book.[17]

Character Pixels

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Beechfur:[23] Living (As of Hollyleaf's Story)


Swallowtail:[24] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sedgewhisker:[24] Living (As of Shattered Sky)
Thistleheart:[24] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Larkwing:[25] Living (As of Shattered Sky)
Fernpaw:[26] Living (As of Shattered Sky)



    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Bramblestar: "I’m not Firestar. We caught this fairly, so it belongs to us."
Gorsetail: "Absolutely right, you're not Firestar."
—Gorsetail to Bramblestar Bramblestar's Storm, page 77

"Oh yes. We've seen the latest additions to your hunting patrols. Very effective - not!"
—Gorsetail mocking a ThunderClan patrol Bramblestar's Storm, page 348

Gorsetail: "My kits are gone! [...] Sedgekit, Thistlekit and Swallowkit! All of them! Disappeared!"
Onestar: "When did you last see them?"
Gorsetail: "I left them in the nursery and went to stretch my legs. They weren’t there when I came back, so I went looking for them. They’ve wandered out before, but not far. But this time there’s no sign of them. Their trail heads toward the RiverClan border and then just disappears. A hawk’s carried them off, I know it!"
Onestar: "You can’t be sure. No hawk’s ever taken more than a single kit before. We must send out a search party."
Breezepaw: "[...] [RiverClan's] been on our land!"
Heatherpaw: "And there was rabbit blood where they’d been."
Gorsetail: "Are you sure it was rabbit blood?"
Heatherpaw: "What?"
Gorsetail: "My kits have disappeared!"
—Gorsetail after her kits disappear Dark River, pages 273-274

Nightcloud: "Murderer!"
Gorsetail: "Be quiet! This is a Clan cat who needs our help."
Owlwhisker: "[...] We'll escort you to the border."
Gorsetail: "Can you walk that far?"
—Gorsetail after the patrol finds Jayfeather The Last Hope, pages 79-80

"What do these cats want?"
—Gorsetail questioning Crowfeather about a ThunderClan patrol Shattered Sky, page 31

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 293
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named vv
  6. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Fading Echoes, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  9. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, allegiances
  10. Revealed in The Last Hope, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  14. Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Eclipse, allegiances
  16. Revealed in Night Whispers, allegiances
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  18. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances
  19. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  20. Revealed in Long Shadows, allegiances
  21. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, allegiances
  22. Kate's blog
  23. Revealed on Kate's blog
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Dark River, page 273
  25. Revealed on Kate's blog
  26. Revealed on Kate'sBlog

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