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"I'm loyal to my new Clan! Your time is over, you're nothing but an elder growing old over and over. Why don't you just give up and die?"
— Redwillow threatening Blackstar in The Last Hope, page 280
Current: Place of No Stars[1]
Past: ShadowClan[2]
Cause of Death
Cause of Death: Killed by Blackstar[3]
Dark Forest Resident:
Mentor(s): Whitewater[2]
Book Appearances
Living: Battles of the Clans, 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

Redwillow is a mottled brown-and-ginger tom[4] with a wide head,[5] and a small nick in his ear.[6]


In the Super Edition Arc

Bramblestar's Storm

At a Gathering, Redwillow is listed among the list of cats who died in the battle against the Dark Forest by Blackstar.

In the Power of Three Arc


Redpaw does not formally appear in Eclipse but is listed in the allegiances. He is a ShadowClan apprentice being mentored by Whitewater.

Long Shadows

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


Redpaw does not formally appear in Sunrise but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Redpaw becomes a warrior, with the new name of Redwillow.
He goes on a ShadowClan patrol with Tawnypelt, her apprentice, Starlingpaw, and Owlclaw. They see the questing cats, Sedgewhisker, Whitetail, Tigerheart, Toadfoot, Petalfur, Lionblaze, and Dovepaw, returning home. Redwillow, along with the rest of the patrol, is excited and quite relieved to see them, and they escort them back to the ShadowClan camp.

Fading Echoes

During a Gathering, Redwillow sits beside Tigerheart and Snowbird. After the leaders are done speaking, he gossips with Snowbird and two unnamed WindClan warriors.
Later, he fights in the battle with ThunderClan, fighting Lionblaze, who manages to knock him away.

Night Whispers

After the battle over a strip of territory with ThunderClan, Redwillow lies by the entrance to the warriors' den in the ShadowClan camp. His fur is clumped up, and he tries to give his flank a lick. He flinches from the pain, and lays back down again, panting from exhaustion.
When Flametail is at the camp entrance, he hears Redwillow and Pinepaw making joyful sounds down by the lake. Flametail goes down to see what is happening, and watches as Redwillow happily slides across the frozen lake.

Sign of the Moon

He trains with his Clanmates, Tigerheart, Applefur, and Ratscar in the Place of No Stars.

The Forgotten Warrior

Ivypool reflects on the training Hawkfrost had Redwillow, Sunstrike, and herself did the night before. The cats had training for quite a while, and Hawkfrost did not allow any cat to leave until their claw marks were all over the others' pelts.
During a Gathering, when Cherrypaw's and Molepaw's apprentice names are announced, Redwillow eyes the two apprentices thoughtfully, suggesting that he thinks they could be training in the Dark Forest.
Redwillow is on patrol with Dawnpelt and Scorchfur. He tells Dawnpelt to stop fussing about the ThunderClan scent markers, saying that they are fine. He catches Ivypool's eye and gives her a nod. Hollyleaf notices this and comments that Redwillow seemed to know Ivypool better than she'd expect from a ShadowClan cat, suggesting she suspects that they are mates.
At the next Gathering, Lionblaze notices Redwillow exchanging a glance with Breezepelt, and he guesses the two cats know each other from the Dark Forest.

The Last Hope

He trains with Ivypool and Birchfall in the Dark Forest, but when Ivypool stops the training session at the scent of blood, Redwillow scrambles out of Birchfall's grasp. He meows that it was simply a nick in his ear and shows Ivypool the thin scratch at the tip. When Hawkfrost asks Birchfall why he was in the Dark Forest after he says Clan cats weren't soft, Redwillow's tail whisks as he says that the Clans needed them to be the best warriors possible. Hawkfrost nods his head slowly, then tells Birchfall to attack Redwillow once more.
Ivypool hurls herself at Redwillow to demonstrate a move by ducking away from his claws and grasping his forepaw with her jaws. Ivypool then uses Redwillow's weight to unbalance him by snapping her head around and twisting him onto his back. Redwillow lands with a thump, and Ivypool notes that it sounds more painful than it felt.
Redwillow is talking excitedly with some of his fellow apprentices in the Dark Forest. When the senior warriors announce they would be going to training in the Clans' territories, Ivypool requests that her apprentices, Birchfall and Redwillow, could go as well. Redwillow later thanks Ivypool for this, saying the more he learned, the faster he could become a Dark Forest warrior. Ivypool asks if he didn't want to learn how to be a better ShadowClan warrior. Hollowflight points out that Dark Forest warriors were stronger and didn't worry about rules. Redwillow agrees, also saying he felt like he was training with kittypets when he trained with ShadowClan. Hollowflight says only the strongest survive in the Dark Forest, and Redwillow says it should be like that in the Clans, too. Ivypool demands to know if Redwillow would let his weaker Clanmates die, and he looks alarmed, as if he realized he had revealed too much. He stammers that of course he wouldn't, and that they just had a lot to learn from the Dark Forest warriors so they could become true warriors.
Redwillow fights for the Dark Forest when they attack the Clans, unlike other apprentices, who fight for their Clans. In the ShadowClan camp, when confronted by Shredtail, Snowbird and Lionblaze watch Redwillow drag Dawnpelt across camp. Shredtail tells Snowbird and Lionblaze that Redwillow had been training in the Dark Forest, along with Ratscar; when Redwillow hears his name, he releases Dawnpelt, who asks why he was attacking her, because she isn't the enemy.
Shredtail beckons Redwillow over, and asks how the battle was going. Redwillow, eyes shining, says it was going well, and that he could fight properly. He tells Shredtail he was right about the Clans being weak and lazy, and they were so concerned with following the Warrior Code, he could easily defeat them one by one. Snowbird attacks Redwillow, saying she was going to kill him, but Blackstar stops her. Redwillow tells Blackstar that he was loyal to his new Clan, referring to the Dark Forest, and that he was just an elder growing old over and over. Redwillow asks why Blackstar didn't just give up and die. Blackstar states that he was still Clan leader, and Redwillow had betrayed them all before tearing a wound in Redwillow's chest. Astonished, Redwillow looks from Blackstar to the gash before collapsing, dead. Shredtail snarls that Blackstar had killed his loyal warrior, to which the Clan leader retorts that he had killed a traitor and was ready to kill another.

In the Field Guide Arc

Battles of the Clans

Redpaw trains with Tigerheart in "Special Battle Tactic: Tigerheart Teaches the Night Ambush" as an apprentice, along with Shrewpaw, Olivepaw, Scorchpaw, and Owlpaw.

In the Novellas

Hollyleaf's Story

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

Mistystar's Omen

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


  • He has been mistakenly described as tawny.[5]
  • He has been described as dappled ginger.[1]

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"Redwillow of ShadowClan was eyeing the two apprentices thoughtfully, though he remained silent."
—Narrator about Redwillow staring at Cherrypaw and Molepaw The Forgotten Warrior, page 79

"No! I'm loyal to my own Clan. And he should be loyal to his!"
—Ivypool in her thoughts about Redwillow and Clan loyalty The Forgotten Warrior, page 276

"I am still leader of this Clan. And you have betrayed us all."
—Blackstar angrily telling Redwillow he's a traitor The Last Hope, page 280

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 280
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Eclipse, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Last Hope, pages 280-281
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 108
  6. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 5

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