"It's interesting that Pinestar chooses now to make you apprentices. One might almost think it was unplanned."

—Adderfang talking about Bluepaw and Snowpaw's apprentice ceremony in Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 63-64


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Adderfang is a mottled,[1] dark[2] brown tabby tom with yellow eyes.[1]


Adderpaw is first seen following his mentor, Harepounce despositing prey on the fresh-kill pile. He twitches his tail and invites Goosekit to try the mouse he proudly caught himself. Goosekit goes over to sniff at it, and gives a wince since he prefers his mother's milk. Adderpaw asks if he doesn’t want it, obviously sounding disappointed. Goosekit grabs the mouse but is shoved by a cat, and Adderpaw calls to Nettlebreeze to watch out. He also points out there is plenty of food to go around. Nettlebreeze asks if Adderpaw said something, but is distracted by Goosekit. Windflight mentions later that he wants to take Swiftpaw out to battle training with Harepounce and Adderpaw.

Later he becomes a warrior along side, Stormtail and Swiftbreeze. Adderpaw is renamed Adderfang.


He is first seen as a warrior when ThunderClan starts burying prey to keep them fresh, Adderfang staggers past Goosefeather and deposits a squirrel into one of the holes.

Later he is seen during a Gathering, Adderfang is boasting that there was a good batch of apprentices for ThunderClan that year. As the Gathering continues, Oakheart shouts that ThunderClan had always been kittypet friends. Adderfang whips his head around, eyes blazing, and snarls who was he calling kittypet friends.

Adderfang is on the ThunderClan patrol that encounters RiverClan when they try to take back Sunningrocks. Before they could fight, Mudfur stops it and proposes that he fight Adderfang alone to save bloodshed. Mudfur eventually pins down Adderfang like a trout and Adderfang surrenders. Adderfang is then helped home by his Clanmates.

Adderfang is seen playing with his kits, Leopardkit and Patchkit outside the nursery.

When Bluekit and Snowkit meet Goosefeather, they ask Goosefeather to interpret the clouds as a prophecy. Adderfang walks by, archly asking if there is another prophecy. Bluekit appears surprised, wondering if Adderfang believed in prophecies. Snowkit asks if the prophecy meant her and Bluekit and Goosefeather replies that it could. Hearing this, Adderfang snorts at this as he pads away.

Adderfang is sitting next to Swiftbreeze before and during Leopardkit's and Patchkit's apprentice ceremony. During Patchkit's ceremony, Pinestar acknowledges that Patchkit already had Adderfang's courage shining in his eyes.

Later, Adderfang expresses his opinion heavily on how ThunderClan should fight against WindClan. After Goosefeather has a sign from StarClan, Adderfang's will becomes all the more stronger, and he is heavily supported by Stormtail. When Pinestar talks to Bluepaw about battles, he looks at Adderfang and remarks that only mouse-brains run into battle without fear.

After Crookedjaw becomes the RiverClan deputy, Adderfang hisses at him, wondering why Hailstar made him deputy. He reasons that Crookedjaw wasn't ever ready to fight with his Clan. When Fallowtail mentions that Crookedjaw was RiverClan's strongest warrior, Adderfang slides from the crowd, sniffing that he thought Crookedjaw had never fought in a real battle. Hollyflower flicks her tail, and says that Adderfang was still smarting after being beaten by a medicine cat. Adderfang scowls, saying he wasn't a medicine cat at the time, and shoots an angry glance at Mudfur.

Adderfang later receives Thistlepaw as an apprentice. When Bluefur leads a hunting patrol, he gives her a look when she gives him an order. He later scolds his apprentice for yowling and alerting the prey, so he puts Thistlepaw in charge of guarding the catch. When Tawnyspots, the ThunderClan deputy, is ill, Adderfang is the one who fills in for him. Bluefur thought that Adderfang or Stormtail would be chosen as deputy after Tawnyspots retired, but Sunstar wanted a younger cat to succeed him and instead chose Bluefur. He is also seen after Bluefur loses her kits, asking her gently if she'd like to join a hunting patrol.


  • Vicky originally wanted to name him Adderflight.[3]
  • Vicky thinks he might be descended from Spottedpelt.[4]


Mate: Swiftbreeze

Sons: Patchpelt and Redtail

Daughters: Leopardfoot, Willowpelt and Spottedleaf

Grandsons: Longtail, Graystripe, Darkstripe, Rainwhisker, Sootfur and Tigerstar

Granddaughters: Mistkit, Nightkit, Sandstorm and Sorreltail

Great-Grandsons: Stormfur, Bumblestripe, Bramblestar, Hawkfrost, Tadpole, Molepaw

Great-Granddaughters: Feathertail, Blossomfall, Briarlight, Tawnypelt, Mothwing, Leafpool, Squirrelflight, Cinderheart, Poppyfrost, Honeyfern, Seedpaw and Lilyheart

Great-Great-Grandsons: Pine That Clings to Rock, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Tigerstar, Flametail, Molewhisker, Alderheart, Juniperkit and Larksong

Great-Great-Granddaughters: Lark That Sings at Dawn, Hollyleaf, Dawnpelt, Cherryfall, Sparkpelt, Dandelionkit, Honeyfur and Leafshade

Great-Great-Great-Grandsons: Juniperclaw, Fernsong, Strikestone

Great-Great-Great-Granddaughters: Sleekwhisker, Hollytuft and Sorrelstripe

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise
  2. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 367
  3. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  4. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page

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