Braixen is a bipedal, fox-like Pokémon. While the majority of its fur is yellow, it has black legs, white arms and face, 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. When its mouth is open, two pointed teeth can be seen in its upper jaw. Above its legs, the fur sweeps out to either side, resembling a skirt or shorts. Each paw has three small digits.
Braixen always keeps a stick in its tail, which it sets alight using friction from 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 and the Nintendo Switch 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.
In Japanese, the hiragana category "きつねポケモン" (Fox Pokémon) is shared by the evolutionary lines of Vulpix and Nickit, while the katakana version "キツネポケモン" (Fox Pokémon) is shared by Fennekin and its evolutions.
Braixen's evolutionary family is based on a fox, specifically resembling the fennec fox. It also shares characteristics with kitsune and kitsune-mochi, witches in Japanese folklore that inherit their powers from foxes. Braixen's use of a wand-like branch is likely derived from mages. When the stick is stored in the fur of its tail, the entire tail resembles a broom, which has been depicted as a witch's primary means of transport. As drawing the stick from its tail ignites the stick, this may be a reference to striking a matchstick.