Braixen is a bipedal, fox-like Pokémon. While the majority of its fur is yellow, it has black legs, white arms, face and neck, and a dark orange tail tip. The fur on its cheeks is longer, and a small mane of white fur covers its shoulders and chest. Long, wavy tufts of dark orange fur grow out of its large ears, and its eyes and small nose match this fur in color. Above its legs, the fur sweeps out to either side. When its mouth is open, two pointed teeth can be seen on its upper jaw. Braixen always keeps a stick in its tail, which it sets alight using its bushy tail fur. The flame from the lit twig is used for both attack and communication.
Braixen appears as a playable character in the Wii U version. Braixen strikes at foes from a distance with fiery distance attacks, and also uses its stick to deal melee attacks. Some of its melee attacks are directly taken from Amy Sorel's moveset from the Soul Calibur series.
This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Braixen is based on a fox, specifically resembling the fennec fox. It shares characteristics with kitsune and kitsune-mochi, witches in Japanese folklore that inherit their powers from foxes. It also shares characteristics with witches and mages, practitioners of magic who utilize it to attain objectives or acquire knowledge or wisdom. Braixen's wooden stick, buried on the back of its tail, functions like a broomstick and a wand.
Its fur is reminiscent of seifuku, the predominant uniform worn by Japanese schoolgirls; and male Tudor fashion, clothes worn by the English royal dynasty during the Renaissance. Its lower body also resembles a hose, various styles of men's clothing for the legs and lower body, worn from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
Braixen may be a combination of braise (French for hot charcoal) and vixen (female fox). It may also be an allusion to bruxa (Portuguese for witch) or brazen (meaning bold).
Tairenar may be a combination of テール tail and ルナール renard (French for fox).