"Where else can I go? Where can you go? This is our home."
— Strikestone to Dawnpelt, opting to stay with the rogues in Thunder and Shadow, page 348

Strikestone is a brown-striped[8] tabby tom[9] with a white belly and paws, and amber eyes.[8]


In the Super Editions

Tigerheart's Shadow

Strikestone beckons to Snakepaw, who appears anxious after Tawnypelt is injured by Scorchfur. He tells the apprentice he's taking her hunting, and waves his tail. Tigerheart realizes his nephew is trying divert Snakepaw's attention from her injured mentor, and feels grateful for him doing so. Snakepaw asks the dark tabby if her littermates, Whorlpaw and Flowerpaw can come. Strikestone warily eyes their mentors, Scorchfur and Juniperclaw, and says they can hunt together, as the fresh-kill pile needs filling and the apprentices, whom he refers to as youngsters, can learn to hunt in groups.
Strikestone eyes Scorchfur warily, and Tigerheart wonders if Scorchfur is still enraged enough to claw at his Clanmates' eyes. However, Scorchfur simply dips his head and grunts his approval. The dark gray tom then leads the three apprentices and Juniperclaw out of the camp, Strikestone following behind them. However, Tigerheart stops the brown striped tom, and purrs his thanks. Strikestone dips his head, and tells the deputy to not mention it, and follows his Clanmates out of the camp.
He is later on a patrol with Grassheart, Snakepaw, Tigerheart, and his brother Juniperclaw. He is present when Plumwillow goes across the border and catches a rabbit, but is more observant compared to his fellow Clanmates, who are ready to fight. Tigerheart tells Plumwillow to keep the rabbit. Snakepaw glances at Strikestone, and the warrior shrugs, stating that Tigerheart was the deputy. Afterwards, Strikestone nudges Snakepaw back into the undergrowth.
He is selected by Rowanstar to go to SkyClan. After Rowanstar and Leafstar agree that SkyClan will give ShadowClan a rabbit, Strikestone says that at least they get a rabbit without bloodshed, while Juniperclaw says he hopes they could have given SkyClan a few scratches, and the two littermates pad ahead of the rest of the cats, before being followed by Grassheart, Snowbird, Flowerpaw and Snakepaw.
His uncle, Tigerheart, returns to ShadowClan, and is now the new leader under the new name of Tigerstar. Tigerstar sees Strikestone sitting with Juniperclaw and Stonewing, and sees the three of them eyeing him warily. The dark tabby assures them that he will make ShadowClan strong again, and gives a short speech. Strikestone remains silent afterwards along with his Clanmates until Juniperclaw starts chanting their uncle's name, and Strikestone follows suite in yowling his name with the rest of his Clan.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Strikepaw does not formally appear in The Apprentice's Quest, but is listed in the allegiances. However, he is mentioned during a Gathering. When it is Rowanstar's turn to speak, he announces that Stonewing and Wasptail have newly become warriors. After the Clans cheer for them, Rowanstar goes on that four kits have been made apprentices, and 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 disapprovingly asks if ShadowClan is really having brand new warriors mentor apprentices. Rowanstar retorts that when a ShadowClan cat is made a warrior, they are ready for anything.

Thunder and Shadow

Strikepaw intently practices battle moves with Beepaw, and as such he doesn't notice the ThunderClan patrol walking into the camp. When Alderpaw is given permission to visit the nursery, Strikepaw and Beepaw finished practicing and watch the ThunderClan apprentice with narrowed eyes.
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 Crowfrost, his father, mutters why ShadowClan couldn't have smarter apprentices, Strikepaw and Sleekpaw hiss at him, asking if he was calling them dumb.
Strikepaw continues to snarl if he treated his kits better then they might've tried harder in their training. He threatens by reminding his father there are just as many apprentices than warriors, and the deputy would be wise to show some respect. He agrees with his littermates how ShadowClan has softened severely throughout the moons, and how the elder, Ratscar, used to tell stories of how feared ShadowClan used to be. The rebellion temporarily ends with Rowanstar ordering Needlepaw to take care of the elders.
Violetkit hears Wasptail call to Strikepaw and Yarrowpaw because their father is ordering the day's patrols.
When Violetkit is looking for somebody to talk to, she wonders if Strikepaw would talk to her. However, she spots the tabby tom not paying attention to his mentor's demonstration. Suddenly, the rogues arrive into the camp. Stonewing and Strikepaw growl at their sudden intrusion. When the rogues request to join ShadowClan, Sleekpaw and Strikepaw are seen nodding in agreement. After Rowanstar denies their request to join, Needlepaw reignites the rebellion again.
She wants to start living the way according to herself and not listening to the rules of the Clans and of StarClan. Strikepaw agrees by saying he wants to choose his own path and not the path of others. He says that if Rowanstar agreed to take the rogues in, ShadowClan would've become very powerful. His littermates, Juniperpaw and Sleekpaw, join Needlepaw when she declares her intent to join the rogues. Even though Strikepaw was in favor of the rebellion, he decides to remain in ShadowClan with his mother and father.
At the next Gathering, Alderpaw can't find Needlepaw, so he supposes he could find Strikepaw and ask about how Violetkit's doing. Rowanstar announces his warrior name—Strikestone, along with Yarrowleaf. Alderpaw notes that only Strikestone was named, and wonders if his littermates failed their assessments.
When Violetpaw rejoins ShadowClan, she notes the majority of her Clanmates didn't trust her yet, but Strikestone and Yarrowleaf offered to share prey with her at the end of the day. When the sickness infects ShadowClan, Tawnypelt instructs that all healthy warriors will be sleeping the elders' den. Strikestone mutters they'll never get any sleep through Ratscar's loud snoring. A few days later, his father, Crowfrost, dies from the sickness.
Strikestone greets his mother with a purr as he mentions how he hopes Tigerheart, the new deputy, would organize more hunting patrols. He explains that Tigerheart's in Rowanstar's den dicussing something. He lifts his head when the two cats reappear. Tigerheart orders him on a hunting patrol with Dawnpelt, Violetpaw, and Tawnypelt. He is chosen to go to the Gathering when several of his Clanmates decide they're not coming; they want a strong leader instead of Rowanstar. The rogues arrive, declaring they'll lead ShadowClan. Strikestone is reuinited with Juniperclaw and Sleekwhisker. When Sleekwhisker asks their mother if she missed her and Juniperclaw, Dawnpelt replies she still has Strikestone. When asked if he would leave, Strikestone replies he has nowhere else to go. He remains in ShadowClan with the rest of his family.

Shattered Sky

Strikestone is mentioned by Dawnpelt when she tells Violetpaw she's leaving. She tells her that she sent Juniperclaw and Strikestone ahead, so they can sneak away during the night without Darktail catching them.
Alderheart mentions Strikestone later, telling Mothwing that they arrived safely in ThunderClan, and how bad things got in the Kin. He also notes that he's afraid Darktail did something to Dawnpelt.
Rowanstar glances over at Strikestone and Juniperclaw after questioning where their loyalties lay, and he looks uncomfortable. Juniperclaw speaks for the two of them, admitting it was hard to say.
When Violetpaw goes to ThunderClan camp, she glimpses Strikestone and Juniperclaw and is relieved they made it safely.

Darkest Night

At a Gathering, when Scorchfur points out that no cat had heard of SkyClan until ThunderClan told the other Clans, and that Firestar and Bramblestar had been keeping them a secret, Strikestone hisses that that is typical of ThunderClan.
Later, at another Gathering, when Rowanstar announces that he can no longer leader ShadowClan, Juniperclaw leans close to Strikestone and whispers in his ear. It is decided that ShadowClan will join SkyClan.
Soon after, when Violetshine becomes a warrior in the SkyClan camp, Strikestone is one of the ShadowClan cats who cheers her new name during the ceremony.
Strikestone is among the ShadowClan cats going to the Lake to see if Tree can truly bring back the dead, and witnesses the yellow tom bring back the cats Darktail had drowned, including his mother Dawnpelt. Juniperclaw asks the dead cats if Sleekwhisker, his and Strikestone's littermate, is among them. They explain that if they do not see the cats among them, then they are likely still alive.

River of Fire

When Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker are escorted to the SkyClan camp, Violetshine sees Strikestone and Juniperclaw touch noses with Sleekwhisker, who she remembers to be their littermate.
Despite Leafstar ordering Sleekwhisker and Yarrowleaf out of SkyClan, it is revealed that they are being kept in secret in ShadowClan's old camp. When Leafstar questions who knew about it, Strikestone's brother Juniperclaw instantly confesses, and the tom is followed by Snowbird and Scorchfur, are are the parents of Yarrowleaf. Whorlpaw admits to it after them, and Strikestone reluctantly confesses that he knew about it as well. Leafstar is infuriated by their treachery, and asks how she can trust any of them. Juniperclaw, saying that will all due respect to Leafstar, she did not listen to any of the ShadowClan cats, Strikestone included, when they wanted Sleekwhisker and Yarrowleaf back in camp. Leafstar points out that Rowanclaw and Tawnypelt did not trust the two she-cats.
A storm brews and SkyClan is forced to take shelter during the storm. Violetshine begins heading for the warriors' den, but is stopped abruptly by Strikestone, who tells the black and white she-cat to wait. Violetshine turns her attention to the brown striped tabby, and sees him staring out across the camp in the direction of the lake. The tom announces he can smell smoke, and can see a red glow in the sky. Following his gaze, Violetshine sees what he is talking about; a fire has started in Riverclan territory Leafstar sees what Strikestone means as well, and orders SkyClan to retreat into their dens.
It is revealed that Sleekwhisker lied to both Juniperclaw and Strikestone about wanting to rejoin ShadowClan, and instead drugs Yarrowleaf with poppy seeds and kidnaps her kits, revealing her true loyalties lie elsewhere. After a battle with Nettle, Raven, Sleekwhisker, Jacques and Susan against Rowanclaw, Yarrowleaf, Tawnypelt, Macgyver and Violetshine, they are able to bring back Yarrowleaf's kits, but at the cost of Sleekwhisker and Nettle killing Strikestone's grandfather, Rowanclaw.
After hers and Finpaw's warrior ceremony, the newly named Twigbranch hears Brightheart yowl Bramblestar's name, Twigbranch sees Grassheart and Strikestone dash into the camp. Brightheart pants that she tried to stop them. Bramblestar demands to know why they were in ThunderClan's camp, and Grassheart informs Bramblestar that they weren't here to fight, and tells him that the missing ShadowClan cats have returned, including Bramblestar's nephew, Tigerheart, and she tells the leader that they need Hawkwing. Ignoring the ThunderClan cats' confused questions, Strikestone interrupts them and pleads for Hawkwing to come with them, revealing that Tigerheart was dead. Violetshine then follows rushes out of the camp with Hawkwing, who is following Grassheart and Strikestone after Bramblestar gave them permission him permission to see if he could help. Hawkwing asks the two cats why they were heading towards WindClan territory, since the SkyClan camp is the other way. Grassheart informs the SkyClan deputy that Tigerheart is at the Moonpool, since the cats who had journeyed with Tigerheart had insisted on taking him there. Strikestone then adds that Frecklewish and Puddleshine were already with him. Strikestone and Grassheart lead the three cats to the Moonpool, and eventually witnesses his uncle, Tigerheart, get revived by StarClan.
Although unnamed, he appears with the other ShadowClan cats in chanting Tigerstar's new name, and follows the newly reformed ShadowClan back to their camp.


Interesting facts

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Crowfrost:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Dawnpelt:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sleekwhisker:[15] Living (As of River of Fire)


Juniperclaw:[15] Living (As of River of Fire)
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Rowanclaw:[16] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Tawnypelt:[17] Living (As of River of Fire)


Flametail:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tigerstar:[17] Living (As of River of Fire)

Great uncle:

Bramblestar:[18] Living (As of River of Fire)

Half-great uncles:

Hawkfrost:[19] Deceased, no residence
Tadpole:[19] Deceased, residence unknown
Swiftpaw:[20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Unnamed kit:[21] Status unknown

Half-great aunt:

Mothwing:[19] Living (As of River of Fire)


Tigerstar:[18] Deceased, no residence


Goldenflower:[18] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great-great uncle:

Lionheart:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great-great aunts:

Nightkit:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistkit:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-great-great uncle:

Snowkit:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-great-great aunt:

Mistlekit:[21] Status unknown


Leopardfoot:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Speckletail:[22]Deceased, verified StarClan member


Pinestar:[23] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great-great-great uncles:

Patchpelt:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Redtail:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great-great-great aunts:

Spottedleaf:[26] Deceased, no residence
Willowpelt:[26] Deceased, verified StarClan member
One-eye:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-great-great-great uncle:

Birchface:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-great-great-great aunt:

Frecklewish:[29] Deceased, residence unknown


Swiftbreeze:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetbriar:[30] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)
Harepounce:[27] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Adderfang:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Oakstar:[28] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stagleap:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Fallowsong:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Sandstorm:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Darkstripe:[34] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Sootfur:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rainwhisker:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sorreltail:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Longtail:[33] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Graystripe:[33] Living (As of River of Fire)
Squirrelflight:[36] Living (As of River of Fire)
Leafpool:[36] Living (As of River of Fire)
Molepaw:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Cinderheart:[37] Living (As of River of Fire)
Honeyfern:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppyfrost:[37] Living (As of River of Fire)
Stormfur:[38] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)
Feathertail:[38] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Briarlight:[39] Deceased, residence unknown
Blossomfall:[39] Living (As of River of Fire)
Bumblestripe:[39] Living (As of River of Fire)
Lionblaze:[40] Living (As of River of Fire)
Jayfeather:[40] Living (As of River of Fire)
Hollyleaf:[40] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Molewhisker:[41] Living (As of River of Fire)
Cherryfall:[41] Living (As of River of Fire)
Fernsong:[42] Living (As of River of Fire)
Hollytuft:[42] Living (As of River of Fire)
Sorrelstripe:[42] Living (As of River of Fire)
Alderheart:[1] Living (As of River of Fire)
Sparkpelt:[1] Living (As of River of Fire)
Dandelionkit:[43] Deceased, residence unknown
Juniperkit:[43] Deceased, residence unknown
Runningwind:[44] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mousefur:[44] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Goosefeather:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moonflower:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bluestar:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Snowfur:[25] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistystar:[46] Living (As of River of Fire)
Mosskit:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stonefur:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitestorm:[47] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Reedwhisker:[48] Living (As of River of Fire)
Perchkit:[49] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[49] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[49] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Heronwing:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rabbitleap:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Poppydawn:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Rosetail:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Sweetpaw:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Thistleclaw:[30] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Lightkit:[50] Living (As of River of Fire)
Pouncekit:[50] Living (As of River of Fire)
Shadowkit:[50] Living (As of River of Fire)

Distant ancestors:

Cloudstar:[51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Gorseclaw:[51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Birdflight:[51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spottedpelt:[51] Deceased, verified StarClan member


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"If you treated us better, we might try harder. Don't forget there are nearly as many of us as there are of you. You'd be wise to give us a little more respect."
—Strikepaw to Crowfrost Thunder and Shadow, page 142

Rowanstar: "Do you want war with the other Clans?"
Strikepaw: "We want to choose our own path, not follow the path of other Clans."
—Strikepaw after Rowanstar denies the rogues joining ShadowClan Thunder and Shadow, page 174

"I hope Tigerheart organizes the hunting patrols soon. I'm hungry for fresh prey."
—Strikestone on the major lack of prey Thunder and Shadow, page 338

Dawnpelt: "Are you staying?"
Strikestone: "Where else can I go? Where can you go? This is our home."
—Strikestone opting to stay in ShadowClan with the rogues Thunder and Shadow, page 348

Strikestone: "I suppose we do get a rabbit, and no bloodshed."
Juniperclaw: "I still wish we could have left them with a scratch or two."
—Strikestone and Juniperclaw after a battle is prevented Tigerheart's Shadow, page 66

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  2. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 20
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 10
  5. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 269
  6. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 50
  7. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 181
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed on Kate's Blog
  9. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 20
  11. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  12. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  13. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 143
  14. Revealed in Shattered Sky, pages 114-115
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 182
  16. Revealed in Dark River, page 22
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Revealed in Dark River, pages 21-22
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Return to the Clans, pages 2-3
  20. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 225
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 153
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 266
  24. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 44
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 8
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 1
  29. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 1
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  31. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 32
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  34. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 100
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 154
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 251
  41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 1
  44. 44.0 44.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 467
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 502
  47. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 18
  48. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 51.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, pages 496-497