"What in StarClan's name are you doing?"

— Owlclaw to Dovepaw as she attacks him in Fading Echoes, page 288


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Owlclaw is a light brown[1] tabby tom.[2]


The young apprentice is one of the ShadowClan cats attacking ThunderClan. He is spotted by Lionpaw, who notes that he is attacking his brother, Jaypaw. Owlpaw taunts and mocks Jaypaw, who is blind and cannot see where he is attacking. Lionpaw, seeing this, rushes up to his brother's side and calls Owlpaw a coward, to which he is offended. He shows his true nature when he attacks Jaypaw, slashing at his nose. Although blind, Jaypaw fights back, with the help of Lionpaw, and manages to overtake his attacker.

At a Gathering, he and another ShadowClan cat, a warrior named Oakfur, show disdain at Firestar's acceptance of non-Clan born cats into ThunderClan, and Owlpaw says that Firestar is destroying the warrior code by letting in kittypets, loners, and other cats, like Stormfur and Brook.

Owlpaw seems very enthusiastic about Squirrelflight's idea for a Daylight Gathering, and when Heatherpaw suggests the apprentices compete against each other, he boasts, saying he could beat any ThunderClan cat when it comes to hunting.

After the Daylight Gathering, Owlpaw is furious that the Clan leaders called the contests a draw, saying that he was the best hunter, and Lionpaw and Breezepaw didn't even return from hunting. He is reprimanded by a ShadowClan she-cat, saying that the two apprentices almost died. Although still upset, Blackstar, ShadowClan's leader, announces that Owlpaw will have first pick of their prey when they return home.

Each of the other Clan leaders does the same, and from RiverClan, Leopardstar announces Pouncepaw as their best apprentice, Onestar of WindClan picks Heatherpaw, and Firestar chooses Hollypaw, from ThunderClan.

Owlpaw is mentioned to be at a Gathering by Breezepaw, who says that he and Ivypaw had challenged Berrypaw, a ThunderClan apprentice, to a jumping contest.

Owlpaw is part of the ShadowClan patrol that takes Jaypaw, Hollypaw, and Lionpaw to ShadowClan's camp to see Sol. The apprentice is looking fearfully up at the sun, and Hollypaw wonders if they think StarClan will hide the sun if they start fighting again.

He is part of a border patrol with Ivytail and Smokefoot when Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf try to find out who their father is.


In The Fourth Apprentice, Owlpaw has now become a warrior, with the name Owlclaw.

He is seen on a patrol with Tawnypelt, her apprentice, Starlingpaw, and Redwillow, another ShadowClan warrior. As the traveling cats return from finding the source of the dwindling lake. Their patrol is scented by Dovepaw, and Lionblaze notes that he never thought he would be glad to be in ShadowClan's territory again.

While a fight between ShadowClan and ThunderClan break out, Owlclaw is attacked by two ThunderClan cats, Dovepaw and Rosepetal. They overpower him and drive him into a bush, and he yowls in pain. Owlclaw is again attacked by Dovepaw, who then moves on to attacking another one of his Clanmates, a warrior named Crowfrost.

As Lionblaze tears Russetfur off of Firestar, he accidentally kills her. Owlclaw is the first to notice this, and he yowls in shock, saying that Lionblaze killed the ShadowClan deputy. Lionblaze, shocked by this, says that he didn't do anything to her.

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Sunrise
  2. Revealed in The Sight, page 213

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