"Look at his collar! He's a kittypet! Once a kittypet, always a kittypet. This Clan needs wild-born warriors to defend it, not another soft mouth to feed."

—Longtail about Rusty in Into The Wild, page 49

Longtail (2)

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Previous Name(s)

Longtail is a thin-furred,[1] pale[2] silver[3]-gray[4] tabby tom with black stripes,[2] a "V"-shaped nick in his ear,[5] and a long tail.[6]


Nothing is known about Longtail as a kit, as it was not mentioned in the books, except that his parents were Patchpelt and Robinwing.


Nothing is known about Longtail as an apprentice, as it was not mentioned in the books, except that his mentor was Darkstripe.


When Rusty first came to the clan, Longtail taunted him and they got into a fight. Longtail tugged at Rusty's collar and removed it. In the battle, Rusty got a scar above his eye, and Longtail's ear was nicked.

But when Tigerclaw was forced to leave, Longtail refused to join him. Longtail came to respect Firestar, and they became friends. Longtail was also Swiftpaw's mentor before the pack of dogs killed him.


Longtail retired early because he was blinded by a rabbit, but his sense of smell and hearing got stronger. He was the only elder in ThunderClan who joined the clans to the journey to the lake.

While trying to retrieve Mousefur's fresh-kill, a tree crashes on top of him and Briarpaw. He dies from the crash.

StarClan Resident

Longtail is seen sitting next to Whitestorm, when Jayfeather comes to StarClan to find Flametail. He greets the medicine cat, describing Longtail's eyes bright and clear. As Jayfeather explains what's happening to StarClan, he asks how Mousefur is doing. Jayfeather simply answers she's grumpy. Later, he comes to assist Mousefur in the battle against the Dark Forest warriors. When a Dark Forest warrior kills Mousefur, he flies into a rage and kills the tom before returning to the battle.


Mother: Robinwing

Father: Patchpelt

Half-Brothers: Dustpelt, Graystripe, Ravenpaw, Swiftpaw, unnamed kit

Half-Sisters: Brindleface, Frostfur

Uncle: Redtail

Aunts: Spottedleaf, Willowpelt, Leopardfoot

Grandfather: Adderfang

Grandmother: Swiftbreeze

Half-Nephews: Shrewpaw, Spiderleg, Birchfall, Foxleap, Thornclaw, Ashfur, Brackenfur, StormfurBumblestripe

Half-Nieces: Hollykit, Larchkit, Icecloud, Cinderpelt, Brightheart, Feathertail, Blossomfall

Grandnieces: Poppyfrost, Cinderheart, Whitewing, Rosepetal, Honeyfern

Grandnephews: Molepaw, Toadstep

Great-Grandnephews: Molepaw

Great-Grandnieces: Cherrypaw, Dovewing, Ivypool

Cousins: Sootfur, Rainwhisker, Sorreltail, Tawnypelt, Bramblestar, Tigerstar, Tigerstar, Flametail, DawnpeltMothwing, Tadpole, Hawkfrost, Leafpool, Squirrelflight, Mistkit, Nightkit


  • Kate has described Longtail's tail as not freakishly long, just elegantly.[7]
  • There has been much conflict over Longtail's description, mainly his pelt color. Although called silver in Rising Storm,[3] he is called brown less than fifty pages later.[8] When asked about this, Kate, the author of Rising Storm, says that she sees tabbies as brown, and suspects that Cherith sees her tabbies as silver. To solve the problem surrounding Longtail's pelt color, Kate says that Longtail is brown.[9] Vicky, the former head editor for Warriors, however, states that she thinks of Longtail as a gray tabby.[10] Kate, however, later stated that she was outvoted and that Longtail is indeed a silver-gray tabby.[4]
  • Vicky says that Longtail did not develop any romantic feelings for Mousefur, and that they were just good friends.[11]
  • He was named for his tail, and knew from the beginning his warrior name would be Longtail.[12]

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 242
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Into the Wild
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 268
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed on Kate's Blog
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 101
  6. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  7. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  8. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 306
  9. Revealed on Kate's blog
  10. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  11. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  12. Revealed on Kate's Blog