Warriors are adult Clan cats who feed and protect the Clan.
Warriors have been trained in the ways of fighting and hunting in addition to the ways of the Warrior Code. They are charged with the responsibility to feed and protect those cats who are elderly or otherwise unable to spend the required time out of camp.
Warriors make up most of a Clan: each cat is, was, or will be a warrior (except medicine cats). When a she-cat expects or nurses kits, she temporarily gives up her warrior duties, but takes them up again when her kits are apprenticed.
Warriors have the following tasks:
- Providing defense and security
- Providing food for the Clan
- Bring prey back to the Clan
- Serving in offensive operations
- Perform preemptive attacks against other Clans, either to eliminate a specific threat or to carry out another objective defined by the Clan Leader
- Mentor warrior apprentices
Kits are apprenticed at the age of six moons to a warrior, and are made full warriors once their mentor is satisfied with their skills and knowledge, and after they pass an assessment. During apprenticeship, the apprentice must pass several assessments - tasks their mentor gives them, usually hunting in a specific place, while the mentor follows them unseen to check how are they getting on.
An apprenticeship usually lasts for six moons or more, thus, warriors are older than 12 moons. Cats become warrior apprentices after an Apprentice Ceremony, and full warriors after a Warrior Ceremony.
A warrior who currently instructs an apprentice is called a mentor. Before a warrior can become a deputy, they must mentor at least one apprentice.
A Senior Warrior is a warrior who is older and more experienced than the others, but has not decided to become an elder yet, and would rather serve their Clan as long as they can. Senior warriors are given respect, and are often asked for advice by the Clan Leader. In the Warriors' den, the senior warriors sleep towards the middle where it is warmest, while the younger warriors sleep towards the sides.