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"Everywhere the cats have been, there are layers upon layers of history - some known, some long-forgotten, and some discovered in the most unexpected ways - laid down by the paw steps of many generations. What shaped the lives of these proud and noble warriors? Come, walk among them for a while, and listen to their stories..."
— narrator introducing in The Ultimate Guide, page 1

The Ultimate Guide
Back - Front
Author: Victoria Holmes[1]
Cover Artist: Wayne McLoughlin[2]
Jacket Designer: Megan Stitt[2]
Publish Date: 5 November 2013 (US)[3]
30 November 2013 (UK)[4]
Identification: ISBN 9780062245335
Editions: Hardcover, E-book
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Step inside the Warriors world with the ultimate guide to the cats and Clans.

Warriors: The Ultimate Guide[5] is the sixth book in the Field Guide arc.

The Bookjacket

The Blurb

Step inside the Warriors world with the ultimate guide to the cats and Clans.

  • Profiles on more than seventy-five of the most important warrior cats.
  • An insider look at each of the Clans.
  • Never-before-seen stories about how Bramblestar and Tigerstar received their nine lives.

And more!


Dedicated to the following Clanmates who have proved themselves to be the ULTIMATE Warriors Fans: Cameron Dresdner, Kelly Freer, Dailey Jackson, Ellie Lang-Ree, Cassidy Stoler, Danielle Truxhall, Audra Young.


Following the format of Cats of the Clans, this book features most of the cats mentioned there, alongside many new ones. All of them feature updated biographies, and some of them have even undergone changes in their artwork.
The book tells a story of each Clan and various cats from those Clans. It describes major events in the cats' lives as well as why the cat is special and he reasons behind the events. It doesn't give a bias, but makes suggestions as to different destinies to some characters if an event does not happen.

Format and Content

Most of the book is of the narrator telling the stories in first-person view, however Bramblestar's Nine Lives: The Return of the Heroes and Tigerstar's Nine Lives:StarClan Makes It's Choice is narrated by the leaders' receiving the nine lives. The Introduction is one page long with each Clan introduction two pages long. This is followed by two or three pages on a cat (or group of cats) that first features a full-color illustration first then a descriptive text for the remainder.

Cats Described

The Clans and the cats described in the book are as follows

Bluestar; Pinestar; Goosefeather and Featherwhisker; Firestar; Spottedleaf; Graystripe and Millie; Sandstorm; Brightheart and Cloudtail; Yellowfang; Cinderpelt; Leafpool; Squirrelflight; Brambleclaw; Ashfur; Lionblaze; Hollyleaf; Jayfeather; Cinderheart; Dovewing; Ivypool; Briarlight.
Raggedstar; Sagewhisker; Runningnose and Littlecloud; Brokenstar; Nightstar; Tigerstar; Blackstar; Russetfur; Boulder; Tawnypelt; Flametail.
Tallstar; Onestar; Mudclaw; Crowfeather; Nightcloud and Breezepelt; Heathertail.
Crookedstar; Mapleshade; Silverstream; Leopardstar; Oakheart; Mistystar and Stonefur; Feathertail; Hawkfrost; Mothwing and Willowshine.
Cloudstar and Skywatcher; Leafstar; Echosong; Sharpclaw.
Tribe of Rushing Water:
Teller of the Pointed Stones; Brook Where Small Fish Swim and Stormfur; Crag Where Eagles Nest.
The Early Settlers:
Half Moon, also known as Stoneteller; Gray Wing; Clear Sky; Jagged Peak; Thunder; Storm and Turtle Tail; Tall Shadow; Dappled Pelt and Cloud Spots; Wind Runner; Gorse Fur; River Ripple; Moth Flight.
Animals Outside the Clans:
Ravenpaw and Barley; Princess and Smudge; Scourge and Bone; Sol; Rock; Fallen Leaves; Midnight.

The book also contains six maps - Forest illustration, Forest diagram, Lake illustration, Lake diagram, Gorge illustration, Gorge diagram - two stories on Tigerstar's and Bramblestar's Leader Ceremonies and an excerpt from The Sun Trail.


  • Vicky has stated on her Facebook that this book follows the "template" of Cats of the Clans, but contains updated summaries and histories for the characters mentioned, and also features new characters not shown in the previous book. Vicky has also said that this book is not a repackaged version of previous field guides, and contains all new material, save for some reused artwork.[6]
  • Vicky has also stated on her Facebook that Tigerstar's nine lives will be explained in this book.[7]
  • Vicky has also said that Bramblestar's nine lives ceremony will appear in this book as a short story.[8]
  • In a recent chat on the Official Warriors and Seekers Message Boards with an editor of the series, it was revealed that we will find out what happened to Ravenpaw and Barley.[9]

Publication History

  • The Ultimate Guide (EN), HarperCollins (hardcover), 5 November 2013[10]
  • The Ultimate Guide (EN), HarperCollins (e-book) 5 November 2013[11]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed on the browse inside on HarperCollins' website
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on the back inside flap
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  6. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  7. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  8. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  9. Revealed on Official Warriors and Seekers Message Boards
  10. Revealed on HarperCollins' website
  11. Revealed on HarperCollins' website

Warriors books
The Prophecies Begin Arc Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
New Prophecy Arc MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three Arc The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars Arc The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
Dawn of the Clans Arc The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
A Vision of Shadows Arc The Apprentice's QuestThunder and Shadow
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's Vision
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Warriors GuideThe Ultimate Guide
The Lost Warrior Arc The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Arc Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Arc Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger Arc The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's MercyThe Elders' ConcernSpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans Decide
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyThe Untold StoriesTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceTales from the ClansMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellShadows of the ClansNovella 10

The Ultimate Guide chapters
IntroductionBluestar SpeaksThunderClanThe Return of HeroesBlackstar SpeaksShadowClanStarClan Makes Its ChoiceTallstar SpeaksWindClanCrookedstar SpeaksRiverClanCloudstar SpeaksSkyClanStoneteller SpeaksTribe of Rushing WaterHalf Moon SpeaksThe Early SettlersRock SpeaksAnimals Outside the Clans

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