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"Redtail was a brave warrior. His loyalty to ThunderClan could never be doubted. I always relied on his judgement, for it bore witness to the needs of the Clan, and was never swayed by self-interest or pride. He would have made a fine leader."
Bluestar in Into the Wild, page 44
Current: ThunderClan[1]
Age: Approx. 47 moons (3.5 years)[1] at death[2]
Cause of Death
Cause of Death: Killed by Tigerclaw[3]
Residence: StarClan[4]
Spottedleaf, Willowpelt, Leopardfoot
Mentor(s): Halftail[9]
Apprentice(s): Dustpelt[10]
Deputy Position
Preceded by: Bluefur[8]
Succeeded by: Lionheart[11]
Book Appearances
Living: Bluestar's Prophecy, Into the Wild, Code of the Clans, Battles of the Clans
Dead: The Darkest Hour, The Last Hope, The Ultimate Guide

Redtail is a small,[12] dark, dappled[4] tortoiseshell tom[12] with a distinctive[12] bushy[4] tail as red as fox fur[13] and feathered ears.[14]


In the Super Edition Arc

Bluestar's Prophecy

Swiftbreeze gives birth to him and his sisters, Spottedkit and Willowkit. Their older siblings are Patchpelt and Leopardfoot. Redkit is seen with his littermates and mother just before the Clan meeting. He is later made an apprentice, with Sparrowpelt given as his mentor. He is trained by Thistleclaw along with his sister, Willowpaw. When Bluefur takes her kits to RiverClan, Stonekit brags that Redpaw has already shown him how to do the hunting crouch.
Near the end of the story, he is sitting with Bluestar as Redtail, now the deputy of ThunderClan. They watch the apprentices, Dustpaw, Ravenpaw, Graypaw, and his daughter Sandpaw.

In the The Prophecies Begin Arc

Into the Wild

Redtail is the ThunderClan deputy under Bluestar's leadership, and the mentor of Dustpaw. During a fight with RiverClan over Sunningrocks, Redtail dies at the claws of Tigerclaw, an ambitious ThunderClan warrior who hopes to become the next deputy of ThunderClan. Tigerclaw lies about Redtail's death, telling the rest of ThunderClan that the RiverClan deputy, Oakheart, had killed Redtail, and that he had killed Oakheart to avenge his fallen Clanmate's death. However, Tigerclaw's apprentice, Ravenpaw, witnessed what actually had happened. Oakheart had been killed by an accidental rockfall while he and Redtail were fighting, and then Tigerclaw killed Redtail since Oakheart was dead.
Firepaw later discovers the truth in his investigations of Redtail's death. Ravenpaw describes Redtail as very brave, and Bluestar refers to him as a noble cat. Dustpaw is devastated when he hears that his mentor has died. Bluestar then chooses Lionheart as the next deputy of ThunderClan instead of Tigerclaw.

The Darkest Hour

Redtail appears as one of the cats who gives Firestar his nine lives. With his life he gives Firestar justice, and thanks Firestar for revealing the truth when no one else could, referring to Firestar exposing Tigerclaw's role in his death.
Later, Redtail is mentioned when Ravenpaw comes out of the barn he and Barley share. It is said that Ravenpaw was the only cat besides Tigerstar that knew of Redtail's death.
During the battle against BloodClan, Firestar sees the dark fur and bushy red tail of Redtail, along with all the other StarClan cats that gave him his nine lives.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

The Last Hope

Redtail appears when Jayfeather is going over the cats who gave Firestar his nine lives, shortly after the leader's death. Jayfeather notes that he gave Firestar courage, though Redtail actually gave him justice.

In the Field Guide Arc

Code of the Clans

Redtail briefly appears in one of the stories and is sick with greencough. He is overheard by Longtail speaking with Bluestar about hunting patrols. He orders Longtail and Darkstripe to go hunt, since they weren't sick.

Battles of the Clans

In "Dustpaw Speaks: Shadows in the Forest", Dustpaw mentions that Redtail was stuck in camp with a bellyache after eating a rotten blackbird, and so he went out training with Tigerclaw instead. Tigerclaw asked if Redtail ever taught Dustpaw how to catch prey in trees, while he was teaching him how to swing from branches. His name is mentioned when Tigerclaw, Dustpaw, Darkstripe and Longtail confuse the attacking ShadowClan patrol with multiple Lightning Strikes. Dustpaw then calls out to Redtail, to fool the ShadowClan patrol into thinking that there are more cats fighting them.

The Ultimate Guide

It is mentioned on Tigerstar’s page that in a clash over Sunningrocks, Tigerclaw saw his chance to become deputy of ThunderClan so he killed Redtail and was eventually made deputy.
Redtail is also mentioned on Ravenpaw and Barley’s page that Ravenpaw was put in terrible danger by witnessing Redtail’s death then lying about it to his clanmates.


  • He has SkyClan blood, because he and his sisters, Spottedleaf and Willowpelt, are SkyClan descendants.[15]
  • It is odd to note that Redtail fathered Sandstorm, as male tortoiseshells typically cannot father kits because they are commonly born sterile.[16]
  • He has been mistakenly described with a russet pelt.[17]
  • In The Last Hope, it is said that he gave Firestar a life of courage, when he really gave him a life of justice, and Lionheart gave him courage.[18]

Character Pixels

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Brindleface:[19] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Sandstorm:[19] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)


Adderfang:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Swiftbreeze:[1] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Patchpelt:[21] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Leopardfoot:[21] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Willowpelt:[1] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Spottedleaf:[1] Deceased, No Residence


Longtail:[22] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[19] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Darkstripe:[23] Deceased, Verified Place of No Stars member
Rainwhisker:[24] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sootfur:[24] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[25] Deceased, No Residence


Mistkit:[25] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Nightkit:[25] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[26] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Stormfur:[27] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Bumblestripe:[28] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Bramblestar:[29] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Hawkfrost:[30] Deceased, No Residence
Tadpole:[30] Deceased, Residence Unknown
Molepaw:[31] Deceased, Verified StarClan member


Feathertail:[27] Deceased, Verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Blossomfall:[28] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Briarlight:[28] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Tawnypelt:[29] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Mothwing:[30] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Cinderheart:[31] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Honeyfern:[31] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[31] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Seedpaw:[32] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Lilyheart:[32] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)


Pine That Clings to Rock:[33] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Tigerheart:[34] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Flametail:[34] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Molewhisker:[35] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)


Lark That Sings at Dawn:[33] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Dawnpelt:[34] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Cherryfall:[35] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)


Leafpool:[36] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Squirrelflight:[36] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)


Lionblaze:[37] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Jayfeather:[37] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Alderpaw:[38] Status Unknown


Hollyleaf:[37] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Sparkpaw:[39] Status Unknown


Two unnamed kits:[40] Status Unknown


Hollytuft:[41] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)
Sorrelstripe:[41] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)


Fernsong:[41] Living (As of Bramblestar's Storm)

Distant Ancestors:

Cloudstar:[15] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor
Birdflight:[15] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor
Gorseclaw:[15] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor
Spottedpelt:[15] Deceased, Verified SkyClan ancestor

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Two Kits

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"Redtail was her deputy for many, many, moons. She won't want to let him go too quickly. He was one of the best warriors. Not as big and powerful as Tigerclaw or Lionheart, but quick and clever."
—Graypaw about Redtail Into the Wild, page 45

"With this life I give you justice. Use it well as you judge the actions of others."
—Redtail to Fireheart The Darkest Hour, page 48

"Thank you. You revealed the truth when no other cat could."
—Redtail thanking Fireheart for revealing Tigerstar's actions The Darkest Hour, page 48

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  2. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 40
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 241
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 48
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 364
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 403
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 506
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 504
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 423
  10. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 44
  11. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 51
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 2
  14. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 39
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  16. Explained on Wikipedia
  17. Revealed in The Last Hope, pages 328-329
  18. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 329
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  20. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  22. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  23. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 120
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  26. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 100
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 223
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 158
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in Return to the Clans, pages 2-3
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 2
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 20-21
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  38. Revealed on Kate's blog
  39. Revealed on Kate's blog
  40. Revealed on Kate's blog
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478

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