"Not even WindClan respects us anymore. At the last Gathering, Fernpaw called us a bunch of frog-eaters. In the old days, apprentices from other Clans didn't even dare speak to us. Ratscar told us that ThunderClan used to tell nursery stories about how terrifying we were. I bet their nursery stories aren't so scary now."
— Juniperpaw on why he wants to join Darktail in Thunder and Shadow, page 143
Current: ShadowClan[1]
Past: Darktail's Group,[2] The Kin[3]
Juniperpaw,[2] Juniperclaw[5]
Mentor(s): Stonewing[1]
Apprentice(s): Whorlpaw[6]
Book Appearances
Living: The Apprentice's Quest, Thunder and Shadow, Shattered Sky, Tigerheart's Shadow

Juniperclaw is a small,[7] sleek,[1] lithe, black tom.[7]


In the Super Edition Arc

Tigerheart's Shadow

He is mentioned to have gone on a border patrol with Ratscar by Scorchfur, which causes Tigerheart to question why an elder was doing a patrol. He later comes back into camp, with Alderheart and Willowshine following behind him. He leads the two towards Rowanstar, and sits down near his grandfather.
Rowanstar later orders Tigerheart to take out a hunting patrol, and tells him to take Juniperclaw, Snowbird, Scorchfur, and Grassheart. However, as Tigerheart scans the camp for the warriors, he wonders where Juniperclaw and Scorchfur were. Tigerheart asks Snowbird and Grassheartif they had seen the toms, and both she-cats look guilty, and Grassheart apologetically mews she wouldn't say anything, and reveals that they were going to join SkyClan, much to Tigerheart's astonishment. Snowbird adds that Juniperclaw said that ShadowClan cats have forgotten what loyalty meant, and Tigerheart rebukes this, saying that he left to join The Kin, and Tigerheart rushes to stop them.
The deputy eventually catches up to the two, and tells them that Grassheart said they were joining SkyClan, and tells them that they think, hunt, and fight like ShadowClan cats. Juniperclaw nervously points out that maybe Tigerheart was right, although Scorchfur remains unconvinced. Tigerheart tells him that if SkyClan learns how to hunt and fight like them, it would be easy to defeat ShadowClan, and the two would have to fight their clanmates, and take over the whole forest. Juniperclaw's eyes widen in alarm, and says he hadn't thought of that. Tigerheart then points out that they might revert Juniperclaw back to an apprentice, since rogues gave him his warrior name, which causes his nephew to waver. Scorchfur retorts that ShadowClan wouldn't accept him, since he went for Tawnypelt's eye. Tigerheart admits he should have intervened earlier, but Juniperclaw remarks that Rowanstar should have intervened instead. Tigerheart gives a small speech to them, telling them how they survived Darktail and the Dark Forest, and can survive the current hardship. Scorchfur agrees to stay, and Juniperclaw agrees with him, and Tigerheart notes he sounded relieved.
On their way back to camp, Scorchfur remarks that Rowanstar was strong at first, but now he seemed to be unsure whenever trouble arose. Tigerheart defends his father, and points out that he reunited the clan after Darktail. Scorchfur huffs that some of their clanmates were still missing, and Juniperclaw darkly murmurs "Didn't they die?". Scorchfur agrees, and asks if they will ever find their bodies. Juniperclaw then asks if they think some ShadowClan warriors are still roaming beyond the forest, and Tigerheart tells him no, and asks why a cat would stay away from their clan for so long. The three cats then hear a sound, but is soon revealed to be a badger, and it knocks Tigerheart into a ditch, and the creature snaps at Juniperclaw, and manages to clamp it's mouth on his paw. The black tom screeches in pain. Tigerheart then gets up and bites the badger's neck, and it releases Juniperclaw. Scorchfur and Tigerheart attack the badger, and then Juniperclaw slashes at it's nose, although the creature manages to slam Tigerheart into a tree, and Juniperclaw calls out for his uncle, and Tigerheart feels a tug of loyalty. The deputy then sees Juniperclaw and Scorchfur taking turns lashing at the badger, and Scorchfur eventually makes his way to the younger warrior, and Juniperclaw's paw is oozing blood from where the badger bit it. Tigerheart yowls that the badger was sick, and could be beaten if they worked together. Juniperclaw bares his teeth, and the three warriors slowly creep forward, hissing.
The badger then flees out of confusion, and Tigerheart asks his nephew how his paw was. Juniperclaw starts licking his wound gingerly, and replies that there were no bones broken, but it was deep, and Tigerheart orders Scorchfur to take him to Puddleshine, adding that the badger was sick, and the wound might be infected. Tigerheart explains that he needs to do something. Juniperclaw is confused, and claims that Tigerheart hit his head. His uncle replies that it was nothing, and pads away, leaving Scorchfur to take Juniperclaw to get treated.
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In the Vision of Shadows Arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Juniperpaw does not formally appear in The Apprentice's Quest, but is listed in the allegiances.
He is mentioned during a Gathering by Rowanstar when it is his turn to speak. He announces that Stonewing and Wasptail have newly become warriors, and after the Clans cheer for them, Rowanstar goes on that four kits have been made apprentices. The ShadowClan leader announces that Beepaw is apprenticed to Dawnpelt, Sleekpaw to Tigerheart, Juniperpaw to Stonewing, and Strikepaw to Wasptail.
However, instead of yowling to congratulate the new apprentices, a murmur of surprise rises from all the cats below. Onestar looks at the ShadowClan leader and asks if ShadowClan is really having brand-new warriors mentor apprentices.

Thunder and Shadow

Juniperpaw first appears in a border patrol with Tawnypelt, Tigerheart and Stonewing. They find Bramblestar, Cherryfall, Bumblestripe, Dovewing, Stormcloud, and Alderpaw at the border with news about the invading rogues. Tawnypelt orders Tigerheart to escort them to camp with the remaining patrol to follow the scent trail. Bramblestar warns the rogues are dangerous enough for two warriors and an apprentice. Juniperpaw replies he is strong, but Bramblestar insists the rogues are stronger.
After Needlepaw and Violetkit return from visiting the rogues, Rowanstar reprimands Needlepaw for breaking the rule. As Needlepaw retorts how dumb of a rule that is, Juniperpaw, Sleekpaw, Strikepaw, and Yarrowpaw pad closer to her with interest. Violetkit notes the apprentices probably planned the rebellion that Needlepaw started. When Rowanstar brings up the topic of respect, Juniperpaw retorts that the other Clans don't respect them. He brings up Fernpaw, who called them frog-eaters, and how Ratscar, the elder, recalled how feared ShadowClan was before. When Stonewing, Juniperpaw's mentor, asks if he's been a good mentor to him, the black apprentice retorts, saying he was born knowing how to hunt and fight, and doesn't need any cat to teach him something that was innate within him. The rebellion ends temporarily with Rowanstar sentencing Needlepaw to take care of the elders.
When Violetkit tries to find someody to talk to, she spots Juniperpaw heading out of the camp with his mentor.
The rebellion flares up again after Rowanstar denies the rogues' request to join ShadowClan. When Rowanstar finally accepts he's been too lenient with the apprentices, he catches Juniperpaw's eye when he mentions he's smelled prey on their breath when they return from hunting. Needlepaw declares she wants to take control of her own life and not listen to the Clan ways and StarClan, Beepaw, Juniperpaw and Sleekpaw yowl in agreement. Needlepaw decides to leave ShadowClan and join Darktail's rogues. Juniperpaw and Sleekpaw go with her.
When Rowanstar announces new warriors at the next Gathering, Alderpaw notes that only Strikestone was named, and wonders if his littermates, Juniperpaw and Sleekpaw, failed their assessments.
Junierpaw has decided to give himself a new name, and now answers to Juniperclaw. He is seen washing his pelt in the rogues' camp and comments how prey is plentiful. Back in ShadowClan, Violetpaw notes how hard it's been for her mentor, Dawnpelt, to loose Sleekwhisker and Juniperclaw to the rogues and her mate, Crowfrost, to the sickness. When the rogues return to ShadowClan to take over leadership, Sleekwhisker and Juniperclaw pad forward to greet their mother, and Sleekwhisker asks if she missed them. Juniperclaw remains in ShadowClan with the rest of his family.

Shattered Sky

Juniperclaw is first mentioned when Violetpaw is discussing with Dawnpelt her decision to stay with the rouges. Dawnpelt says that she sent Juniperclaw and Strikestone on ahead and she will sneak out tonight. Violetpaw asks about Sleekwhisker and Dawnpelt confirms that she would never want to leave. Violetpaw says no she does not want to leave because she needs to take care of Needletail. When Dawnpelt tries to sneak away that night, she is caught by Darktail.
When Alderheart is walking with Mothwing to recover the RiverClan herbs from the Kin, he mentions that Juniperclaw and Strikestone made it to the ThunderClan camp safely. He also says that Juniperclaw mentions that Dawnpelt was supposed to follow behind but never did. Mothwing is worried by this. Alderheart says that Juniperclaw and Strikestone are concerned about their mother, Dawnpelt.
At a Clan meeting with the combined Clans of RiverClan, ThunderClan, and ShadowClan. Rowanstar questions Juniperclaw and Strikestone's loyalty along with the other ShadowClan cats currently in the Kin. Juniperclaw, not meeting his gaze, replies saying that it is hard to say where their loyalties lay right now.
When Alderheart goes to pick up the elders that Violetpaw brings to the border, he recalls Juniperclaw saying that Darktail did not give any herbs to the prisoners and that includes the elders.


Interesting Facts


  • He has been mistakenly described as a she-cat.[7]

Character Pixels

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Crowfrost:[10] Deceased, Residence Unknown


Dawnpelt:[11] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Sleekwhisker:[4] Living (As of Shattered Sky)


Strikestone:[4] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
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Rowanclaw:[12] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Tawnypelt:[13] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)


Flametail:[13] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[13] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)


Bramblestar:[14] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)


Hawkfrost:[15] Deceased, No Residence
Tadpole:[15] Deceased, Residence Unknown
Swiftpaw:[16] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Unnamed kit:[17] Status Unknown


Mothwing:[15] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)


Tigerstar:[14] Deceased, No Residence


Goldenflower:[14] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Lionheart:[18] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Snowkit:[19] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Nightkit:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Mistkit:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Mistlekit:[17] Status Unknown


Leopardfoot:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Speckletail:[18] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Pinestar:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Smallear:[21] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Patchpelt:[22] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Redtail:[23] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Spottedleaf:[23] Deceased, No Residence
Willowpelt:[23] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
One-eye:[24] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Swiftbreeze:[22] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sweetbriar:[25] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Harepounce:[24] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Adderfang:[26] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Fallowsong:[27] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Sandstorm:[28] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Darkstripe:[29] Deceased, Verified Place of No Stars member
Sootfur:[30] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[30] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[30] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Longtail:[28] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[28] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Squirrelflight:[31] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Leafpool:[31] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Molepaw:[32] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Cinderheart:[32] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Honeyfern:[32] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[32] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Stormfur:[33] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Feathertail:[33] Deceased, Verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Briarlight:[34] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Blossomfall:[34] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Bumblestripe:[34] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Lionblaze:[35] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Jayfeather:[35] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Hollyleaf:[35] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Molewhisker:[36] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Cherryfall:[36] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Fernsong:[37] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Hollytuft:[37] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Sorrelstripe:[37] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Alderheart:[1] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Sparkpelt:[1] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Dandelionkit:[38] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Juniperkit:[38] Deceased, Verified StarClan Member
Runningwind:[39] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Mousefur:[39] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Goosefeather:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Moonflower:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Bluestar:[22] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[22] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Mistystar:[41] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Mosskit:[41] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Stonefur:[41] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[42] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Reedwhisker:[43] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Perchkit:[44] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[44] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[44] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Rabbitleap:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[40] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[25] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[25] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Thistleclaw:[25] Deceased, Verified Place of No Stars member
Lightkit:[45] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Pouncekit:[45] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)
Shadowkit:[45] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)

Distant Ancestors:

Cloudstar:[46] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor
Gorseclaw:[46] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor
Birdflight:[46] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor
Spottedpelt:[46] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor


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    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Stonewing: "How could you embarrass me like this? Haven't I been a good mentor to you? I've taught you everything you know."
Juniperpaw: "Cats are born knowing how to hunt and fight. Why do I need you telling me what I already know?"
—After the apprentices speak out against the older cats Thunder and Shadow, page 144

"I'm going with her. Nobody's going to tell me what prey I can eat ever again."
—Juniperpaw after Needlepaw goes rogue Thunder and Shadow, page 176

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 176
  3. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 182
  5. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 205
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 82
  8. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 20
  9. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  10. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 143
  11. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 348
  12. Revealed in Dark River, page 22
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 21-22
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Revealed in Return to the Clans, pages 2-3
  16. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 225
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  19. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  21. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  26. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 32
  27. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  29. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 100
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 154
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 251
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 1
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 502
  42. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 18
  43. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 6, undefined
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Honest Answer

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