"I looked up to you. I wanted to be like you. But Redtail was my mentor. I owe him more than any cat. And you killed him. You killed him and betrayed the Clan. I'd rather die than follow you."

—Dustpelt to Tigerclaw in Forest of Secrets, page 288


Highest Rank
Senior Warrior
Darkstripe, Redtail (formerly)
Previous Name(s)

Dustpelt is a dark brown tabby tom[1] with a graying muzzle[2] and amber eyes.[3]


He was born in ThunderClan. His only litter-mate is Ravenpaw. He had two older sisters named Brindleface and Frostfur.

His parents were Fuzzypelt and Robinwing. His sister, Brindleface, gave birth to Sandkit around the same time as he was born.


His mentor was first Redtail, until he was murdered by Tigerclaw. His second mentor was Darkstripe. When Firepaw comes along, it is almost time for his, Ravenpaw and Sandpaw's warrior ceremony. Since Firepaw was a kittypet, he and Sandpaw would always tease him (ex: When he had to clean up after Yellowfang, they taunted him endlessly).

During the ShadowClan battle, the two young apprentices, Firepaw and Graypaw, succeeded Sandpaw and Dustpaw, and made them warriors before them. Dustpaw was furious being succeeded by a kittypet, which probably came from his mentor, Darkstripe.

When Sandpaw gives more attention to Fireheart than she ever did to Dustpaw, Dustpaw gets hostile. He fought very well against a band of rogues led by Brokentail, giving him and Sandpaw their warrior names: Dustpelt and Sandstorm.


Dustpelt is still angry he is ranked lower than Fireheart. But when Tigerclaw attacked the camp and Fireheart told him what Tigerclaw did to Redtail, Dustpelt felt less rage between the two. Tigerclaw asked him to come with him, but refuses.

He is hostile to Fireheart, because he now has the deputy position and believes he would have gotten it, if it wasn't for Fireheart. He did get an apprentice named Ashpaw, and grows interest for his sister, Fernpaw.

Darkstripe was Fernpaw's mentor but was exiled, and Dustpelt wanted Fernpaw, but Fireheart gently said no, because he was already mentoring Ashpaw, and Longtail mentored her instead. He fought bravely in the BloodClan battle.

He and Fernpaw, now Ferncloud, have two kits named Spiderkit and Shrewkit. He is now a senior warrior. He is given the apprentice Squirrelpaw, Firestar's daughter.

Squirrelpaw leaves for the great journey and Dustpelt is unsure why she left, and when she comes back he is shocked.

He and Ferncloud have two more litters of kits, Hollykit, Larchkit, Birchkit, Foxkit and Icekit. He also mentors Hazelpaw.

StarClan Resident

In Bramblestar's Storm, he gets killed by a badger. Ferncloud and other cats welcome him to StarClan.


  • Even though he and Ravenpaw are brothers, he never showed any signs of affection that siblings usually have for each other.
  • Dustpelt was snarky with Firestar at first because he liked Sandstorm, but she loved Firestar, and not him.[4]


Mate: Ferncloud

Sons: Spiderleg, Shrewpaw, Birchfall, Foxleap

Daughters: Hollykit, Larchkit, Icecloud

Mother: Robinwing

Father: Fuzzypelt

Brother: Ravenpaw

Sisters: Frostfur, Brindleface

Half-Brother: Longtail

Nephews: Ashfur, Brackenfur, Thornclaw

Nieces: Cinderpelt, Brightheart, Sandstorm, Ferncloud

Grandson: Toadstep

Granddaughters: Rosepetal, Dovewing, Ivypool

Great-Nephews: Molepaw, Dewnose, Snowbush

Great-Nieces: Cinderheart, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, Whitewing, Ambermoon, Squirrelflight, Leafpool, Lilyheart, Seedpaw

Great-Great-Nephews: Molewhisker, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Fernsong, Alderheart, Juniperkit, Larksong

Great-Great-Nieces: Hollyleaf, Cherryfall, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Sparkpelt, Dandelionkit, Leafshade, Honeyfur

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Into the Wild
  2. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 286
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 44
  4. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 1