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Fighting Techniques

Fighting is unfortunately a common thing among the Clans in Warrior Cats. Therefore the Clan cats have had to develop fighting skills and techniques to help them in battle. This page lists many of these techniques. Many of these techniques are used widely throughout all the Clans, but each Clan is unique and also has its own fighting style and its own techniques. This page lists many of these techniques.

General Techniques
Unique Clan Techniques

General Techniques

These techniques are used commonly throughout all the Clans.

Technique Description
Back Kick Explosive surprise move to catch opponent from behind. Judge opponent's distance from you carefully, then lash out with your back legs, taking all weight on your front paws.
Belly Rake A fight-stopper. Slice with unsheathed claws against the soft flesh of the opponent's belly. If you're pinned down, the belly rake quickly puts you back into control.
Front Paw Blow Frontal attack. Bring your front paw down hard on your opponent's head. Claws sheathed.
Front Paw Strike Frontal attack. Slice downward with your front paw at the face or body of your opponent.
Killing Bite A death blow to the back of the neck. Quick and silent and sometimes considered dishonorable. Used only as a last resort.
Leap-And-Hold Ideal for a small cat facing a larger opponent. Spring onto opponent's back and grip with unsheathed claws. Now you are beyond the range of the opponent's paws and in position to inflict severe body wounds. A group of apprentices can defeat a large and dangerous warrior in this way. Watch for the drop-and-roll counter move, and try to jump free before you get squashed.
Partner Fighting Warriors who have trained and fought together will often fall instinctively into a defensive position, each protecting the other's back while fending off an opponent on either side. Slashing, clawing, and leaping together, battle pairs can be a whirlwind of danger for attackers.
Play Dead Effective in a tight situation, such as when you are pinned. Stop struggling and go limp. When your opponent relaxes his grip, thinking you are defeated, push yourself up explosively. This will throw off an unwary opponent and put you in attacking position.
Scruff Shake Secure a strong teeth grip in the scruff of your opponent's neck; then shake violently until he or she is too rattled to fight back. Most effective against rats, who are small enough to throw. A strong throw will stun or kill them.
Teeth Grip Target your opponent's extremities- the legs, tail, scruff or ears- and sink in your teeth and hold. This move is similar to the leap-and-hold except your claws remain free to fight.
Upright Lock Final, crushing move on already weakened opponent. Rear up on back legs and bring weight down on opponent. If opponent does the same, wrestle and flip him under you. This makes you vulnerable to the belly rake, so it takes great strength and speed.
Technique Description
Back Leg Rake An effective follow up to the Sky-Drop / Ambush Drop ot Shoulder Drop. Pin yourself on your opponent's shoulders and take their back with your powerful back legs with claws unsheathed.
Badger Defense Leap over opponent, turn on your back legs and bite opponent's leg. Used only when fighting badgers.
Defense Roll A quick defensive move. When your opponent is below you and attempts to strike, duck your head, roll over onto your back, and quickly recover onto your paws.
Dodge A simple but effective way to avoid your opponent's strikes and catch them off guard. Watch your opponent carefully and as they prepare to strike, leap out of the way, hopefully leaving your opponent to hit open air, the ground or if done effectively bracken or a tree.
Drop-And-Kick An effective counter to the upright lock. When the opponent positions themselves to perform the upright lock, quickly position yourself under their raised paws and exposed belly and kick with back legs. Move fast and recover quickly, as this move can be risky.
Drop-And-Roll An effective counter move to the leap-and-hold or in other similar situations. Roll to squash the opponent and free yourself from their grip. Be ready for a quick recovery as this will leave you vulnerable.
Half Turn Belly-Rake Turn onto your side, slip under the opponent's belly, rake it with your claws, then swiftly turn back onto all fours out from under your opponent.
Rear-up to Slash An effective counter move to a leaping attack from an opponent. When your opponent leaps and attacks from the air, rear up of back legs and slash the incoming opponent with front paws, claws unsheathed.
Reverse Reared Strike An advanced move utilizing the front paw strike, upright lock, back kick with a powerful jump. Kick upwards with the back legs, spin round of forepaws and leap backwards, rear up and rake opponent with front paws.
Shoulder Drop A simpler version of a Sky-Drop / Ambush Drop(A Sky-Drop can be used for the same effect). Leap and Jump squarely on your opponent's shoulders and lock them against the ground.
Sky-Drop / Ambush Drop (Originally a SkyClan technique, but was later adapted by ThunderClan) Climb a tree or another high vantage point and jump on a hopefully unexpected opponent with claws unsheathed.
Unbalance A simple but effective technique to catch your opponent off guard. Strike your opponent with a strong paw blow to their legs or shoulders, pushing them off balance and hopefully knocking them over, leaving them vulnerable. It is important to keep your eyes level with your opponent, and not give your plan away by looking directly where you plan to strike.

Other Tactics

Tuck In Tail A simple but very useful tactic. Whenever possible keep your tail tuck in, to prevent your opponent from attacking it. This tactic is hard as it is difficult to keep your balance without the full use of your tail.
Bushing Out Fur A very simple but potentially very effective tactic. Bush out your fur to make yourself appear bigger than you are to intimidate your opponent.
Arching Back A very simple but effective tactic. Arch your back to show signs of your anger, to intimidate your opponent.

Unique Clan Techniques

As well as the general techniques shown above, each Clan has its own unique techniques and fighting styles. These techniques mainly utilize their unique type of territory, using their familiar surroundings to gain advantage over opponents who most likely won't be use to the territory.


Forest Attack

1. Move quietly and communicate with signals. Cracking twigs, startled birds, and rustling bracken will tell the enemy exactly where you are.

2. Keep downwind of the trespassers so that your scent doesn't give you away.

3. Look for freshly broken twigs, overturned leaves on the forest floor, remains of prey, or a clump of fur caught on a bramble. Any animal that moves through the forest leaves behind signs that its passed by-and signs like this could lead you straight to the invaders.

4. Keep your mouth open to search for unfamiliar scents. Be careful: if there is scent when there is no breeze to carry it through the forest, it could mean that your enemy is very close by.

5. Light-colored pelts are easily seen against brown and green foliage, so stay in the thickest cover. Keep low- the enemy will be looking for movement at normal head height, not close to the ground.

6. Never miss an opportunity to perfect your tracking ability. In the nursery, kits sneak up on their mothers and pounce with their moss-soft paws. Apprentices leap out on one another from behind bushes and tree stumps. These are more than just games. One day, these skills could save your life and defend your Clan.

Lightning Strike

1. Track the enemy patrol through the forest (remember the steps from Forest Attack), like you would prey while hunting.

2. Once the enemy is spotted, sneak up close and crouch down ready to strike.

3. Watch your patrol leader and wait for the attack tail signal.

4. Pounce on top of the enemy (which should catch them completely by surprise). Aiming for the ears is a good idea, as they will bleed easily.

5. Quickly after the attack, retreat with the rest of the patrol, fooling the enemy into thinking you have given up, but don't go far, and keep the enemy in sight.

6. Once the enemy has relaxed, thinking you ran away, strike again, just as fast and feircely as before. Lighting does not strike the same place twice? But it does this time!


Night Ambush

1. Find a suitable place to wait and hide, where you can't be seen (if the moon is out, make sure your shadow is hidden too) or scented, and where the enemy is likely to pass.

2. Two cats will be the early warning patrol, listen carefully and wait for the signal that the enemy is in sight (this may be a sssss sound like the wind or another natural sound that the enemy won't notice, but you will), and get ready to attack.

3. Watch your patrol leader for the attack tail signal and when it is given attack (remember to stay in the same formation you were in while hiding, so that the attack is spread out on the enemy, not just on a few of the enemies).

4. There will be no more orders after the first attack tail signal, you know what to do! Strike your enemy swiftly and powerfully, the enemy will be caught off guard and be at a disadvantage in the dark.

5. Don't let your enemy escape, fight until the enemy surrenders or begs to flee.

6. Do not gloat, wait for the enemy to retreat, knowing they won't return with haste. Keep to the shadows as you return to camp, so you are hidden from any enemy who may look back.


Water Combat Moves

Technique Description
Double-Front-Paw Slap-Down Splashes water into the face of the enemy.
Underwater Leg Sweep (Front Or Hinter) The opponent will not see it coming under the water so won't have a chance to brace himself before losing his balance.
Push-Down And Release Almost all non-RiverClan cats panic if they are submerged, while RiverClan cats know how to hold their breath underwater. This move can be used to secure a decisive victory, because it's most likely to make the opponent surrender.
Underwater Clinch Uses warrior's weight to hold the opponent below the surface, with a firm grip that enables the warrior to bring his enemy spluttering back to the surface before forcing him under again.
Tail Splash Temporarily blinds opponent by flicking water in his eyes.
Underwater Push-Off Crouching and erupting out of the water into opponent, using surprise and impact to knock him off balance.
Rushpaw Splash Using noise of water splashed at a distance to create a decoy, leaving opportunity for a surprise attack.


Special Battle Tactics

Graywing the Wise led WindClan many, many moons ago. He won the reputation for being the greatest leader of any Clan, thanks to his attention to battle strategy. Using small stones and marks made by sticks on the floor of his den, he developed tactics for every sort of battle, even on WindClan's open moorland territory, where there were no natural hiding places or traps.

Technique Description
Approach from above your enemy The advantage of gaining the higher ground is that you can charge at greater speed at the enemy, who will be weakened by having to fight uphill.
Use the light from the sun The sun should be behind you to dazzle the enemy. In greenleaf, the midday sun is especially bright and cruel to cats who are used to skulking under the cover of trees. In leaf-bare, the low sun hovers around the eye line like a troublesome bee; keep your enemies facing it, and they'll have trouble seeing an attack from any direction.
Know where the wind is coming from If there is a strong wind, it should blow from behind you toward the enemy, blinding them with dust and holding them back like the current of a river. If you wish to preserve the element of surprise, the wind should blow from the enemy position toward you so that your scent is carried away from them.
Conceal the size of your force The number of cats in your battle patrols can be hidden to confuse the enemy from a distance. Cats packed tightly together will appear as a small attacking force, encouraging the enemy to be overconfident and make poor strategic decisions. Alternatively, if cats are spread out single file, they will look like a solid border of warriors, which will seem impenetrable to an advancing enemy.
Attack both ends of the enemy line first If both ends of the enemy's line are defeated, the cats in the center of the line will have to fight on two fronts. Even if they are not outnumbered, they will be outflanked, vulnerable, and in disarray.
Keep fresh warriors in reserve Always have adequate reserves of fresh, fit warriors behind the battle line. They will be able to replace injured warriors, launch a separate attack if the enemy tries to encircle your forces, or fend off a surprise enemy from the rear. If the battle is in your favor, finish it by sending your reserve warriors behind the enemy line to surround them and demand surrender.
Feigned retreat and ambush A group of strong cats charges at the enemy, screeching, then turns around and withdraws. Repeat this until the infuriated enemy finally breaks its line and gives chase. Then the trap is sprung. Other warriors positioned in rabbit holes and in dips in the ground, out of the enemies' eye line—attack as soon as your opponents have gone past. The enemy is forced to stop and turn around to fight this unexpected threat, and as they do the retreating cats must turn and charge back at them at full speed. The enemy is caught between two bodies of attacking cats and will quickly surrender.



1. Find a good high tree to climb, where you can see in most directions.

2. Climb silently and find a good branch to wait on. Most cats will look ahead or to the side of them, but most won't look up, and won't realize there is a patrol above them until it is too late.

3. Use the leaves to remain hidden (this is harder in leaf-bare, when there are no leaves), and remain perfectly still and silent.

4. Watch the patrol leader and wait for the attack tail signal.

5. After the signal, drop down on your opponent, claws unsheathed to rake their back, flick them off their feet, or even swing from your front paws to slash your opponent with your hind paws!

Aboveground Battle Moves

Technique Description
The Sky-Crusher Landing with all four feet on top of an opponent, flattening him like a leaf.
The Flick-Over Landing with front paws outstretched to sweep the opponent off his feet and roll him onto his back.
The Kick Kicking down hard as the warrior nears the ground, then using momentum from landing to spring away before the opponent can retaliate.
The Slice Dropping down with claws unsheathed for maximum injury.
The Branch Swing Holding on to branch with front claws and swinging hind legs into the opponent's face.
The Reverse Branch Swing Holding on to branch with hind claws and striking with front legs through the swing.
The Trunk Spring Sliding down trunk and springing off at head height, using hind legs to push off and clear opponents (good if tree is surrounded).
The Reverse Climb Climbing backward up the trunk as the opponent advances to gain advantage of height; often followed by Trunk Spring.
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