My top ten favorite mates by Crystalkit

Crystalkit lists their top ten mates in the series. Are any of these lovebirds on your list?

Art by WoofyDragon


Hey guys! I’m Crystalkit. My warrior name is Crystalshine. This is about my favorite mates. Please comment if you agree or disagree!

10. Berrynose & Poppyfrost
Berrynose is a bossy cat. All of the cats in ThunderClan hate him. Well, except Honeyfern, poppyfrost and his kits. When Berrynose fell in love with Honeyfern, unfortunately, Honeyfern died for saving Briarkit. At first, Berrynose was very upset. But he became Honeyfern’s sister, Poppyfrost’s mate afterwards.

Kit: Molewhisker and Cherryfall.

“Please tell her that I miss her just as much as she misses me. And I will love her kits as if they were my own. Berrynose does love her. He’s just scared of losing her as he lost me. I am watching over both of them.”
—Honeyfern to Jayfeather in The Fourth Apprentice, page 243

9. Lionblaze & Cinderheart
When Lionblaze was an apprentice, he didn’t like Cinderheart. She used to stop Lionpaw meeting the WindClan apprentice named Heatherpaw(Heathertail).

Jayfeather visited Cinderheart in a dream and told her that she was Cinderpelt. She decided to be a medicine cat. Lionblaze later spoke to Cinderheart about being able to choose her own destiny. Cinderheart said that she chose the life of a warrior and to be with him. Lionblaze asked her if she would fight in the final battle, and she replied by saying always, and the two warriors got back together.

Kit: Fernsong, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Snapkit, Spotkit and Flykit.

“Then I choose the life of a warrior. And I choose you.”
—Cinderheart to Lionblazein The Last Hope, page 242

8. Tigerstar(Tigerheart) & Dovewing
Dovewing’s formerly mate was Bumblestripe. But in the end of Bramblestar’s Storm, she broke up with Bumblestripe and they were no longer mates. Dovewing loved Tigerheart so she left ThunderClan and joined ShadowClan.

Tigerheart was the ShadowClan leader, Rowanstar’s son and deputy. When Rowanstar died, he became the leader.

Kit: Shadowkit, Pouncekit and Lightkit.

“But my heart told me to stay with you. How could I leave, after all we’ve been through? And how could I deprive our kits of such a wonderful father?”
—Dovewing to Tigerstar in Tigerheart’s Shadow, page 409

7. Stormfur & Brook Where Small Fish Swims
Stormfur loved Brook, so he left RiverClan and joined the Tribe of Rushing Water. Brook loved Stormfur, so she left with him when Stoneteller drove out Stormfur.

Kit: Pine That Clings To Rock and Lark That Sings At Dawn.

“Where you go, so do I. That’s what you said when Stoneteller banished me. Do you think I would do any less for you? I will never forgive Stoneteller for killing me in the eyes of the Tribe, but that is not reason to let your kin suffer.”
—Stormfurto Brook in Outcast, page 107

6. Dustpelt & Ferncloud
After Ferncloud’s death, Dustpelt often awaked yowling in the warriors den, thrashing in his nest. In his dreams, he tried to save Ferncloud from the claws of Brokenstar, only to watch her die again. Dustpelt told Bramblestar that he kept a piece of moss from Ferncloud’s nest, but he couldn’t even smell her scent on it anymore.

Kit: Spiderleg, Shrewpaw, Birchfall, Hollykit, Larchkit, Foxleap and Icecloud.

“Firestar! When you see her, tell Ferncloud I love her.”
—Dustpelt to Firestar’s spirit in The Last Hope, page 32

5. Crowfeather & Leafpool
Leafpool was a medicine cat. That meant she couldn’t have a mate. And Crowfeather, he was a WindClan warrior. Cats from different clans couldn’t be mates, not to mention medicine cat. But Leafpool and Crowfeather broke the warrior code, and they had three kits.

So how did they fell in love? In the fight caused by Hawkfrost and Mudclaw, two ShadowClan warriors chased Leafpool. She hanged over the edge of the cliffs until Crowfeather came to save her. Crowfeather was frozen for a while, remembering how Feathertail died. But he saved her just when she was about to fall. When Leafpool commented to Crowfeather that she must be the last cat that he wanted to save, Crowfeather told her that he loved her much more than he should so soon after Feathertail’s death. Leafpool was happy because she felt the same way about him.

When Lionblaze and Breezepelt got into a fight, Crowfeather simply watched his sons fighting over it, not interfering at all. Leafpool soon appeared and tried to break up the fight. Then Breezepelt attacked the ThunderClan medicine cat, but Crowfeather saved her again.

Kit: Lionblaze, Jayfeather and Hollyleaf.

“Don’t you know how I feel about you? And how much I hate myself for feeling that way about another cat so soon after Feathertail’s death? I loved her, I really did! How can I love you too?”
—Crowfeather to Leafpool in Starlight, page 311

4. Cloudtail & Brightheart
Cloudtail was son of two kittypets, he didn’t believe StarClan. But his mate, Brightheart, didn’t care about that. Brightheart ‘s half face was broken by dogs, so she looked very scary. But Cloudtail wasn’t afraid of her, he trained this white apprentice and changed her name from Lostface to Brightheart.

Kit: Whitewing, Snowbush, Dewnose and Ambermoon.

“I would not have survived that dark time if it weren’t for Cloudtail. He gave me another destiny, and I knew that no matter what I looked like, I would be all right. As long as Cloudtail loved me, I was no longer Lostface, but Brightheart.”
—Brightheart in Secrets of the Clans, page 14

3. Graystripe & Silverstream
When Silverstream rescued Graystripe from the river of RiverClan’s territory, they fell in love with each other. Graystripe was very sad because Silverstream died. Even he was an optimistic cat!
Graystripe brought his kits to RiverClan soon and he also joined it. But Leopardstar exiled him from RiverClan for not attacking Fireheart.
Many moons later, Graystripe had escaped from Twolegs. Millie was his mate now. But he still loved Silverstream just like before.

Kit: Stormfur and Feathertail.

“Good-bye, Graystripe. I love you. Take care of our kits.”
—Silverstream to Graystripe in Forest of Secrets, page 222

2. Bramblestar & Squirrelflight
If Squirrelflight didn’t go to sun-drown-place with Brambleclaw, she would be an annoying cat forever. When she came back from sun-drown-place, her relationship with Brambleclaw gradually deepened. But later, she and Ashfur got better.
In the battle with badgers, Squirrelflight discovered that she and Brambleclaw had an unspeakable tacit understanding. This is what Ashfur didn’t have. It made her and Brambleclaw reconciled. Squirrelflight in hopes of maintaining a friendship with Ashfur, but Ashfur disagreed and wanted to retaliate against her.
Yellowfang wanted the power of three to be recognized by the clan, she lied to Squirrelfight that she can’t have her own kits. Power of three always thought that Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight were their parents. So Brambleclaw was angry when Hollyleaf announced her secret at the gathering. He thought that Squirrelflight didn’t treat him frankly. In The Last Hope, Squirrelflight obtained the forgiveness of Bramblestar who had just become the leader, and herself also became the deputy.
Finally, Yellowfang told Squirrelfight that it was a lie. In AVoS, they have four kits.

Kit: Alderheart, Sparkpelt, Juniperkit and Dandelionkit.

“There is no cat I trust more. Everything you do is for the best of reasons. I understand that now.”
—Bramblestar to Squirrelflightin The Last Hope, pages 328

1.Firestar and Sandstorm
Firestar was a kittypet. He fell in love with Spottedleaf when he came to ThunderClan. At first, Sandpaw often laughed at weak Firepaw. After Spottedleaf died, Sandstorm gradually fell love with Firestar. Cinderpelt, who also loved deeply with Firestar, told him that every cat in ThunderClan knew this fact that Sandstorm loved him. This made Firestar and Sandstorm fall in love. After Firestar became a leader, Sandstorm convinced him that fighting with BloodClan was correct.

Both Firestar and Sandstorm have determination and courage. Firestar and Sandstorm are always the best mates.

Kit: Squirrelflight and Leafpool.

“I love you, Sandstorm. You’ll never be second-best for me. My love for you belongs here and now, in the life we share – and it will last for all the moons to come.”
—Firestar to Sandstorm in Firestar’s Quest, pages 401


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September 6, 2018 1:01 am

This was a great article, we don’t see many cute little articles about mates here a lot. 🙂

I love TigerXDove, GrayXSilver, SquirrelXBramble, CloudXBright, CrowXLeaf, FernXDust, and LionXCinder. I’m neutral on FireXSand.

The one ship here that I dislike is BerryXPoppy.. I’ve written a few comments about my opinion of this ship, but to summarize….

Alright, so it’s very, very low to just move on to your dead wife’s sister literally less than a month after her death. It’s low on both sides. First off, it’s most likely a relief relationship, one of those relationships that never works and is awfully toxic. Also, how bad do you think poor Honeyfern felt? Yeah sure, she was all accepting, but do you really think she felt like that? LITERALLY less than a MOON after her death, her mate moved onto her SISTER! The fact that Poppyfrost was Honeyfern’s sister makes it SO MUCH worse. Honestly, it’s really bad for Honeyfern and it probably isn’t that good of a relationship, Berrynose probably just sees Poppyfrost as Honeyfern.

2019, here I come!

Foxtail (Foxie)
Foxtail (Foxie)
September 6, 2018 6:34 am
Reply to  Sky

Well I actually think BerryxPoppy had more chemistry than HoneyxBerry. Honeyfern seriously was just always mooning over Berrynose. Like seriously. She was like obsessed with him. Even the canon warrior apprentices agree with me! 😛 Lol. But that’s just what I think. I don’t want to get into a debate over it so that’s all I’ll say about this for now. We all have our own opinions so…..^^


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September 6, 2018 11:12 am
Reply to  Sky

I think you are right about Berrynose, but… I don’t know why I like BerryXPoppy😜

September 7, 2018 11:19 am
Reply to  Sky

Honeyfern was not JUST accepting, she was perfectly fine with Berrynose and Poppyfrost together. She wasn’t hurt, she had no issue with Berrynose loving her sister, and let her know through Jayfeather that she approved of their relationship.

She wasn’t hurt inside by them being together so soon, to think that is looking at it at a very unneeded negative light. Folks are allowed to move on as fast or as slow as they please. BerryPoppy is not unhealthy, Berrynose loved her dearly to the point he worried about her for a time because he was scared that he’d lose her too, they had kits, which Berrynose was a great father to them, and once Poppyfrost got Honeyfern’s message she stopped fretting over him, and they haven’t shown any sign of a strain. They love each other and the relationship is perfectly healthy and not toxic, nor has it shown to be, in the slightest.

Artist Sig: Jayfiregrowlithe

Foxtail (Foxie)
Foxtail (Foxie)
September 7, 2018 7:47 pm
Reply to  Brindlefern

Agreed, Brind


Sageflower (currently Sagekit)
Sageflower (currently Sagekit)
September 8, 2018 6:26 pm
Reply to  Sky

I didn’t like PoppyXBerry or HoneyXBerry, but only because I don’t lkie Berrynose as a character and I think both of these she cats could have done better.

sageflower out :)

November 12, 2018 5:28 am
Reply to  Sky

I really liked this! It was cute, and it is very entertaining to see/read other’s opinions. My favorites was probably StormXBrook, CloudXBright, and FireXSand.

May 6, 2020 12:40 am
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Foxtail (Foxie)
Foxtail (Foxie)
September 6, 2018 6:38 am

I agree with all (well, most) of these, especially BerryxPoppy, LionxCinder, TigerxDove (I used to hate this ship but now I’ve warmed up to it), DustxFern (omsc Ferncloud’s death was so sad, especially Dustpelt’s reaction and when he cried out in his sleep trying to save her 😢), CloudxBright (such a sweet ship), BramblexSquirrel (yaas!! For life!), and FirexSand (love it)! 😀 StormxBrook, LeafxCrow, and GrayxSilver I am neutral on.


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September 6, 2018 10:47 am

Thanks, Foxie😜

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September 6, 2018 12:02 pm

Nice article 😺! I agree with you, especially about Storm×Brook (I really want to read a novella about them 😛), Dust×Fern, Cloud×Bright and Fire×Sand 😸. Though I like Berry×Honey more, Berry×Poppy is cute too 😉. My favourite pair of the whole series is Gray×Turtle from DOTC 😜.

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September 7, 2018 11:28 am

Thanks! I like GrayXTurtle too😛

Stormy (Stormberry)
Stormy (Stormberry)
September 6, 2018 12:18 pm

Nice article!

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September 6, 2018 10:09 pm

I love Dustpelt and Ferncloud, and Cloudtail and Brightheart, but I don’t really care for the other ones. Great article!

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September 7, 2018 1:01 am

Nice article! 😀 I really like all of these, except maybe LeafXCrow, I just seemed like a “Oh hey, you seem cool, we’re mates now!” relationship 😛

thats not very plus ultra of u

September 7, 2018 11:28 am

DustFern, BrightCloud, BerryPoppy, and FireSand are my favorites of the list. Especially the last of those four. FireSand’s my OTP to my very death, they’re def. the best couple to me, healthy, devoted, and lasted to their grave. That line from FQ still touches my heart to this day.

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Brightpaw (pool)
Brightpaw (pool)
September 9, 2018 10:18 pm

I’m neutral on Berry x Poppy and Gray x Silver, but all the rest I love 🙂 Great article!

May 31, 2020 5:25 pm

I love BrightCloud, SandFire, LeafCrow, SquirrelBramble, but dislike CinderLion. Great article!

September 10, 2020 6:23 pm

My favorite ships of all are BrackenxSorrel and if the rumors are true, HollyxFallen! The worst ship is TomxTurtle Tail

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