Ninetales (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Vulpix #037: Vulpix
Pokémon
#039: Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Ninetales (disambiguation).
Ninetales
Fox Pokémon
キュウコン
Kyukon
#038
Ninetales
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Types
Fire Unknown
Ninetales
Ice Fairy
Alolan Ninetales
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Flash Fire
Ninetales
Snow Cloak
Alolan Ninetales
Cacophony
Drought
Ninetales Hidden Ability
Snow Warning
Alolan Ninetales Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Alolan Ninetales
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
25% male, 75% female
Catch rate
75 (17.5%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
3'07" 1.1 m
Ninetales
0'0" 0 m
Alolan Ninetales
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
43.9 lbs. 19.9 kg
Ninetales
0 lbs. 0 kg
Alolan Ninetales
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
178
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
177
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Ninetales
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0*
Sp.Atk
1
Sp.Def
1*
Speed
Alolan Ninetales
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
2
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body08.png
Footprint
F038.png None.png
Alolan Ninetales
Pokédex color
Yellow
Other forms may have other colors.
Base friendship
70
External Links

Ninetales (Japanese: キュウコン Kyukon) is a Fire-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Vulpix when exposed to a Fire Stone.

In Alola, Ninetales has a dual-type Ice/Fairy regional form. It evolves from Alolan Vulpix when exposed to an Ice Stone.

Biology

Ninetales is a fox-like, quadrupedal Pokémon covered in thick, luxurious golden-white fur. It has a small mane of thicker fur around its neck and a long, fluffy crest atop its head. It has slender legs with three-toed paws and nine, long tails with pale orange tips. It has red eyes, pointed ears, and a triangular black nose.

While intelligent enough to easily understand human speech, Ninetales is a very vengeful Pokémon that has been known to curse those who mistreat it. It can live for 1,000 years due to the energy within its nine tails, each of which is said to have a different mystical power. Flames spewed from its mouth can hypnotize an opponent and its gleaming red eyes that are said to give it the ability to control minds. The anime has shown that it can swim. Being the result of an evolution via Evolution stone, Ninetales is rarely found in the wild, though they can be found in grasslands.

In the Alola region, Ninetales has a different appearance. Its coat is pale blue, and its fur is more flowing and wispier. The tips of its tails and crest, as well as the lower halves of its legs, are white. The crest on its head is longer and its nine tails are less distinct from each other. Finally, it has larger eyes, which are blue, and small tufts of fur in front of its ears.

Alolan Ninetales lives on Alola's snow-capped Mount Lanakila, which is considered by some to be holy ground. As such, it is revered as a sacred messenger or deity. Alolan Ninetales has a gentle temperament and is known to aid lost humans in distress, though this is primarily done to keep them out of its territory. It will punish any threat to its pack of Vulpix. It can produce ice crystals from its fur, which it can use for both offense and defense. The ice crystals can act as a shield or form balls that can be fired like bullets with enough force to shatter rock.[1]

In the anime

 
Ninetales in the anime
 
Alolan Ninetales in the anime

Major appearances

In Riddle Me This, Blaine used a Ninetales against Ash in their first Gym battle. It battled Squirtle and won before being recalled when Charizard was sent out. Vulpix reappeared in a flashback in Volcanic Panic.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Neesha's Ninetales was one of the Pokémon that were captured and cloned by Mewtwo. The Ninetales clone was seen again in Mewtwo Returns. Neesha's Ninetales reappeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, a remake of Mewtwo Strikes Back, where it played the same role.

In Beauty and the Breeder, Zane's Ninetales was used in a Pokémon breeding competition and competed against Suzie's Vulpix. Ninetales was later among the contestants' Pokémon targeted by Team Rocket.

In Just Waiting On A Friend, a very old Ninetales befriended Brock, who bore a resemblance to her long-lost master. This Ninetales created all sorts of illusions, including one of a woman through which it spoke.

In Mystery on a Deserted Island!, a Ninetales evolved from a Vulpix that belonged to a Pirate. Ninetales was seen guarding the treasure that Ash, his friends, and Alexa were searching for on the Deserted Island.

In Getting a Jump on the Competition!, Cerah used an Alolan Ninetales during the Pokémon Sled Jump Games.

In JN071, Goh caught an Alolan Ninetales on Mt. Coronet in order to qualify for Project Mew's Trial Missions. The Ninetales was subsequently returned to its home on Mount Lanakila.

Minor appearances

Ninetales debuted in the banned episode EP038.

Ninetales made its English dub debut in The Battling Eevee Brothers as one of the Pokémon in the evolution party in Stone Town.

A Ninetales appeared as an image in the Japanese version of The Ultimate Test.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Ninetales was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In Misty Meets Her Match, Rudy's Ninetales was seen at the Trovita Gym.

In The Power of One, a Ninetales sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

In A Bite to Remember, an injured Ninetales was under the care of Katrina.

In All Things Bright and Beautifly!, a Coordinator's Ninetales competed in the Rustboro Contest.

Multiple Ninetales appeared in the opening sequence of Destiny Deoxys.

In Deceit and Assist, a Coordinator's Ninetales competed in the Hoenn Grand Festival.

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, a Ninetales was seen during the opening intro of the movie, while the other was under the ownership of a Trainer participating in the Rota tournament.

A Coordinator's Beedrill appeared in What I Did for Love!.

A Coordinator's Beedrill appeared in Thinning the Hoard!.

In a flashback in Mutiny in the Bounty!, a Ninetales was one of J's captured Pokémon.

A Performer's Ninetales appeared in a video in Performing with Fiery Charm!.

In Alola, Kanto!, a Ninetales appeared in a fantasy, while Snowy walked up to another at Professor Oak's Laboratory and bonded with it.

An Alolan Ninetales appeared in a fantasy in Showering the World with Love!.

In a flashback in The Dealer of Destruction!, a Trainer's Alolan Ninetales was battling another Trainer's Machamp on Mount Lanakila.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP058 Ninetales Ash's Pokédex Ninetales, the Fox Pokémon, is the evolved form of the Fire Pokémon Vulpix.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP169 Ninetales Ash's Pokédex Ninetales, the Fox Pokémon. The evolved form of Vulpix. It has nine tails and a shining golden fleece. Ninetales are said to live very long lives.
EP232 Ninetales Ash's Pokédex Ninetales, the Fox Pokémon. Ninetales is the evolved form of Vulpix. Each of its tails contains a different mystical power.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW135 Ninetales Ash's Pokédex Ninetales, the Fox Pokémon and the evolved form of Vulpix. With its nine tails and thick golden coat, Ninetales is said to live a thousand years.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM060 Ninetales Rotom Pokédex Ninetales, Alola Form. The Fox Pokémon. An Ice and Fairy type. This peaceful Pokémon is known to rescue people from treacherous mountain accidents.

In the manga

 
Ninetales in Pokémon Adventures
 
Alolan Ninetales in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

In A Tale of Ninetales, a Ninetales was caught by Blue.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Blue's Ninetales is used in his Gym.

A Ninetales under the control of a Team Rocket Grunt attacked Gold and Silver in Piloswine Whine, but was easily defeated.

A Ninetales appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Courtney has a Ninetales that evolved from a Vulpix prior to Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun II.

Black 2 & White 2 chapter

A Ninetales appeared in a flashback as one of the Pokémon trained by the International Police in Innocent Scientist.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter

An Alolan Ninetales debuted in PASM32, where it was seen on Mount Lanakila.

Pokémon Battle Frontier

Main article: Enta's Ninetales

Enta's Vulpix evolved into a Ninetales in Final Battle: Versus The Salon Maiden.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

A Ninetales appeared in GDZ29, where it evolved from a Vulpix.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team

A Ninetales appeared in a fantasy in Goodbye to a Peaceful Village!.

A Ninetales appeared in Why I Became a Pokémon. The Answer Finally Revealed!! and Tears and Emotions - It's the Final Chapter!.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Koga sent out his Ninetales to participate in the No. 1 Pokémon Contest in Aim to be the No. 1 Pokémon!.

Pokémon Zensho

Blaine's Ninetales was seen in PZ08 when Satoshi entered the Cinnabar Gym.

In the TCG

Main article: Ninetales (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ninetales cast a curse on a human that would turn it into a Pokémon, bringing on many natural disasters. The player is blamed for this and travels to the home of Ninetales at the top of Mt. Freeze to learn the truth. Ninetales appears again when Gengar wishes to make right what he did to Gardevoir. He gives Gengar the 9-Tail Crest and sends him and the player to Murky Cave.
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: Ninetales returns, asking the player to visit its hideout at the Forest of Fairies. Upon arrival, the player will connect with both Ninetales and Absol.

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#038
Red Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1000-year curse.
Blue
Yellow According to an enduring legend, 9 noble saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon.
Stadium It is extremely vindictive. It is said to lay a 1,000-year long curse if its tail is pulled as a joke.
Generation II Johto
#126
Gold Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special mystic power.
Silver Its nine beautiful tails are filled with a wondrous energy that could keep it alive for 1,000 years.
Crystal It is said to live a thousand years, and each of its tails is loaded with supernatural powers.
Stadium 2 Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special mystic power.
Generation III Hoenn
#154
Kanto
#038
Ruby Ninetales casts a sinister light from its bright red eyes to gain total control over its foe's mind. This Pokémon is said to live for a thousand years.
Sapphire Legend has it that Ninetales came into being when nine wizards possessing sacred powers merged into one. This Pokémon is highly intelligent - it can understand human speech.
Emerald It has long been said that each of the nine tails embody an enchanted power. A long-lived Ninetales will have fur that shines like gold.
FireRed It has nine long tails and fur that gleams gold. It is said to live for 1,000 years.
LeafGreen Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1,000-year curse.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#128
Diamond Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special mystic power.
SoulSilver Its nine beautiful tails are filled with a wondrous energy that could keep it alive for 1,000 years.
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #249
Black Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
White
Black 2 Each of its nine tails is imbued with supernatural power, and it can live for a thousand years.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#161
X It has nine long tails and fur that gleams gold. It is said to live for 1,000 years.
Y Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1,000 year curse.
Omega Ruby Ninetales casts a sinister light from its bright red eyes to gain total control over its foe's mind. This Pokémon is said to live for one thousand years.
Alpha Sapphire Legend has it that Ninetales came into being when nine wizards possessing sacred powers merged into one. This Pokémon is highly intelligent—it can understand human speech.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #254
Alola
USUM: #331
Kanto
#038
Sun Legend has it that this mystical Pokémon was formed when nine saints coalesced into one.
Moon Said to live for a thousand years, this Pokémon uses its supernatural abilities to manipulate fire. It can burn its prey to a crisp as it pleases.
Ultra Sun It is vindictive and relentless by nature. Those who cross it even once will be cursed for a thousand years, along with their descendants.
Ultra Moon The flickering flames it spews from its mouth leave its opponents hypnotized. Then, this extremely intelligent Pokémon attacks.
Let's Go Pikachu According to an enduring legend, nine noble saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon.
Let's Go Eevee
Alolan Ninetales
Sun It creates drops of ice in its coat and showers them over its enemies. Anyone who angers it will be frozen stiff in an instant.
Moon Possessing a calm demeanor, this Pokémon was revered as a deity incarnate before it was identified as a regional variant of Ninetales.
Ultra Sun The reason it guides people all the way down to the mountain's base is that it wants them to hurry up and leave.
Ultra Moon Some said that deities visited mountains where Ninetales live, so in times long past, no one was allowed to go into those mountains.
Let's Go Pikachu It lives on mountains perpetually covered in snow and is revered as a deity incarnate. It appears draped in a blizzard.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#069
Sword It is said to live 1,000 years, and each of its tails is loaded with supernatural powers.
Shield Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1,000-year curse.
Alolan Ninetales
Sword A deity resides in the snowy mountains where this Pokémon lives. In ancient times, it was worshiped as that deity's incarnation.
Shield While it will guide travelers who get lost on a snowy mountain down to the mountain's base, it won't forgive anyone who harms nature.


Game locations

Generation I
Red
Trade
Blue
Evolve Vulpix
Blue (Japan)
Trade
Yellow
Evolve Vulpix
Generation II
Gold
Trade
Silver
Evolve Vulpix
Crystal
Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Vulpix
Emerald
Evolve Vulpix
FireRed
Trade
LeafGreen
Evolve Vulpix
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Evolve Vulpix
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Evolve Vulpix
Platinum
Evolve Vulpix
HeartGold
Trade
SoulSilver
Evolve Vulpix
Pal Park
Field
Generation V
Black White
Abundant Shrine (rustling grass)
Black 2 White 2
Abundant Shrine (rustling grass)
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Fire)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Vulpix
Generation VII
Sun
Evolve Vulpix
Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun
Evolve Vulpix
Ultra Moon
Trade
Let's Go Pikachu
Trade
Let's Go Eevee
Routes 7 and 8 Kantonian Form
Evolve Vulpix Alolan Form
Generation VIII
Sword
Lake of Outrage
Dusty Bowl, Giant's Cap, Hammerlocke Hills, Lake of Outrage, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle) Kantonian Form
Trade Alolan Form
Shield
Giant's Cap (Max Raid Battle) Kantonian Form
Trade Alolan Form
Sword Expansion Pass
Fields of Honor, Challenge Beach, Loop Lagoon, Potbottom Desert, Snowslide Slope, Giant's Bed, Ballimere Lake (Max Raid Battle) Kantonian form
Evolve Vulpix Alolan Form


In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Evolve Vulpix
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Vulpix
Trozei!
Endless Level 6, Endless Level 11, Forever Level 55, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Vulpix
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Treeshroud Forest (10F-20F)
MD Sky
Treeshroud Forest (10F-20F)
Ranger: SoA
Almia Castle
Rumble
Fiery Furnace (Normal Mode C & A)
MD Blazing
Evolve Vulpix
PokéPark Wii
Lava Zone
Ranger: GS
Mt. Sorbet, Odd Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lava: Firebreathing Mountain; Autumnwood: Volcanic Slope*, Firebreathing Mountain*
Rumble U
Jungle Area: In Trouble? Tap Away!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Sacred Plains: Stage 6
Shuffle
Mt. Vinter: Stage 117
Prasino Woods: Stage 596
Event: Ninetales Appears (Alola Form)
Rumble World
Origin Hideaway: Secluded Volcanic Chasm (Center Boss, Back, Special)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Zapdos Sea, Castform Sea, Entei Sea, Butterfree Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Rayquaza Sea, Rayquaza Sea, Entei SeaFinal Kantonian Form
Zygarde Sea, Butterfree Sea, Zygarde SeaFinal Alolan Form


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BW Powerful Tag Ninetales Japanese Japan 50 May 7 to 31, 2012

Held items

Ninetales

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue*   Gold Leaf (100%)
Yellow*
Emerald*   Rawst Berry (100%)
Black White   Rawst Berry (100%)
Black 2 White 2   Rawst Berry (100%)
Sword Shield   Charcoal (5%)
Events*   Chesto Berry (100%)

Alolan Ninetales

Game Held Item(s)
Sword Shield   Snowball (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Ninetales
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
73
133 - 180 256 - 350
76
72 - 140 141 - 276
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
81
77 - 146 150 - 287
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total:
505
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 100.


Alolan Ninetales
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
73
133 - 180 256 - 350
67
64 - 130 125 - 256
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
81
77 - 146 150 - 287
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
109
102 - 177 200 - 348
Total:
505
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
14/18 ★★


Type effectiveness

Ninetales

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Alolan Ninetales

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Incinerate Fire Special 06060 100100% 15
011 Spite Ghost Status 0000 100100% 10
011 Confuse Ray Ghost Status 0000 100100% 10
011 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 08585% 15
011 Extrasensory Psychic Special 08080 100100% 20
011 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100100% 15
011 Imprison Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
011 Fire Spin Fire Special 03535 08585% 15
011 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00——% 25
011 Inferno Fire Special 100100 05050% 5
011 Grudge Ghost Status 0000 00——% 5
011 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 08585% 5
011 Ember Fire Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Disable Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
011 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
Alolan Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100100% 10
011 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Spite Ghost Status 0000 100100% 10
011 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 09595% 15
011 Confuse Ray Ghost Status 0000 100100% 10
011 Aurora Beam Ice Special 06565 100100% 20
011 Extrasensory Psychic Special 08080 100100% 20
011 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100100% 10
011 Imprison Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
011 Mist Ice Status 0000 00——% 30
011 Aurora Veil Ice Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Sheer Cold Ice Special 0000 03030% 5
011 Grudge Ghost Status 0000 00——% 5
011 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 07070% 5
011 Powder Snow Ice Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Disable Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
011 Ice Shard Ice Physical 04040 100100% 30
Evo.Evo. Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales

By TM/TR

Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM08  TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09  TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM11  TM11 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM13  TM13 Fire Spin Fire Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM19  TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM34  TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM38  TM38 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40  TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM44  TM44 Imprison Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM46  TM46 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM47  TM47 Fake Tears Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM57  TM57 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM60  TM60 Power Swap Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM77  TM77 Hex Ghost Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM84  TM84 Tail Slap Normal Physical 02525 085}}85% 10
TM92  TM92 Mystical Fire Fire Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR02  TR02 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR12  TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR15  TR15 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR25  TR25 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR30  TR30 Encore Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 5
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR33  TR33 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR36  TR36 Heat Wave Fire Special 09595 090}}90% 10
TR43  TR43 Overheat Fire Special 130130 090}}90% 5
TR49  TR49 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR55  TR55 Flare Blitz Fire Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
TR58  TR58 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR65  TR65 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR68  TR68 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR69  TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR81  TR81 Foul Play Dark Physical 09595 100}}100% 15
TR82  TR82 Stored Power Psychic Special 02020 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
Alolan Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM08  TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09  TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM11  TM11 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM19  TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27  TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM29  TM29 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33  TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35  TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40  TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM44  TM44 Imprison Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM46  TM46 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM47  TM47 Fake Tears Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM57  TM57 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM60  TM60 Power Swap Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM64  TM64 Avalanche Ice Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM71  TM71 Wonder Room Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM77  TM77 Hex Ghost Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM84  TM84 Tail Slap Normal Physical 02525 085}}85% 10
TM87  TM87 Draining Kiss Fairy Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM89  TM89 Misty Terrain Fairy Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR05  TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR06  TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR12  TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR25  TR25 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR30  TR30 Encore Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 5
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR49  TR49 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR58  TR58 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR68  TR68 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR69  TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR81  TR81 Foul Play Dark Physical 09595 100}}100% 15
TR82  TR82 Stored Power Psychic Special 02020 100}}100% 10
TR92  TR92 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales

By breeding

Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
      
      
      
      
  
Baby-Doll Eyes Fairy Status 100% 30
      
      
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
      
  
Flame Charge Fire Physical 50 100% 20
      
     
Howl Normal Status —% 40
   Hypnosis Psychic Status 60% 20
   Memento Dark Status 100% 10
      
      
      
      
Roar Normal Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Ninetales in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Ninetales in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
Alolan Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
      
      
      
      
  
Baby-Doll Eyes Fairy Status 100% 30
      
      
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
   Freeze-Dry Ice Special 70 100% 20
      
     
Howl Normal Status —% 40
   Hypnosis Psychic Status 60% 20
       Moonblast Fairy Special 95 100% 15
      
      
      
      
Roar Normal Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Ninetales in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Ninetales in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales

By tutoring

Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Burning Jealousy Fire Special 70 100% 5
Sw Sh EP Scorching Sands Ground Special 70 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations
Alolan Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Triple Axel Ice Physical 20 90% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - IV - V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
I II III IV V VI VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Charm Fairy Status 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Covet Normal Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
I II III IV V VI VII Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Dream Eater Psychic Special 100100 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Feint Attack × Dark Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Flame Burst × Fire Special 07070 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Laser Focus Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
I II III IV V VI VII Mimic Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Ominous Wind × Ghost Special 06060 100}}100% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Pain Split Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Psych Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Rage × Normal Physical 02020 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Role Play Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Skull Bash Normal Physical 130130 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 35
I II III IV V VI VII Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations
Alolan Ninetales
Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 090}}90% 10
VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Celebrate Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 40
VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Covet Normal Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Dream Eater Psychic Special 100100 100}}100% 15
VII Feint Attack × Dark Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
VII Frost Breath Ice Special 06060 090}}90% 10
VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
VII Heal Bell Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
VII Laser Focus Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
VII Pain Split Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Psych Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Role Play Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
VII Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 35
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

Anime-only moves

Move Type Episode
Psychic  Psychic  Just Waiting On a Friend

Side game data

Ninetales

Pokémon Pinball
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Darkness Ridge
Phrases
51%-100% HP Feel privileged to see the 1,000-year knowledge of our clan!
26%-50% HP This won't do. I've only half my health remaining.
1%-25% HP My eyes grow dim... Is this how our 1,000-year legacy ends?
Level up Rejoice! My level has gone up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -4.5%
IQ group: G
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Fire
Poké Assist:  
Fire
Field move:  
(Burn ×4)
Browser entry R-172
While protecting itself with a ghostly ring of fire, it breaths streams of fire to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Fire
Poké Assist:
(present)
 
Fire
Field move:
(present)
 
(Burn ×2)
Poké Assist:
(past)
 
Fire
Field move:
(past)
 
(Burn ×1)
Browser entry R-168/N-109
It sends out pillars of fire to attack.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.38 seconds Base HP: 54
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 70
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
  PokéPark Pad entry:
Ninetales came to the Lava Zone in search of fun. Which is just what she found at Absol's Hurdle Bounce!
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Fire
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Fire
  Attack Power: 70 - 110   5

#062
 

Block Smash
Clears one unbreakable-block disruption without fail.
Skill Swapper: Burn+
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 177 Base Attack: 169 Base Defense: 190
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Feint Attack, Fire Spin*, Ember
Charged Attacks: Heat Wave, Overheat*, Solar Beam*, Psyshock*, Weather Ball Fire*, Fire Blast, Flamethrower, Frustration, Return

Alolan Ninetales

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Ice
  Attack Power: 70 - 110   5

#062
 

Freeze+
Sometimes leaves the foe frozen for a long time when you make a match of four or more.


Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.38 seconds Base HP: 54
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 70
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 177 Base Attack: 170 Base Defense: 193
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Feint Attack, Powder Snow, Charm*
Charged Attacks: Dazzling Gleam, Ice Beam, Blizzard, Psyshock* Weather Ball Ice*

Evolution

Ninetales

 
Unevolved
Vulpix
 Fire 
 
Fire Stone
 
First evolution
Ninetales
 Fire 


Alolan Ninetales

 
Unevolved
Vulpix
 Ice 
 
Ice Stone
 
First evolution
Ninetales
 Ice  Fairy 


Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
   
   
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Trivia

Origin

Ninetales may be based on a red fox and the 狐 kitsune of Japanese legend, which are said to have many tails, extremely long lifespans, and supernatural powers such as the ability to breath fire. After reaching an advanced age, kitsune take on spirit forms, which may explain why Ninetales can learn various Ghost-type and Psychic-type moves. Specifically, it may be based on the kyūbi no kitsune, whose fur turns white-gold after it has lived for 1,000 years and gains its ninth tail.

Alolan Ninetales may be based on an Arctic fox, which grows a white coat of fur in the winter to camouflage in the snow. Its mountain habitat and lore as a deity incarnation may be a reference to Poliʻahu, the Hawaiian goddess of snow who is said to reside on Mauna Kea. It could also be inspired by tulikettu, a mythical fox creature of Finnish lore whose radiant fur is said to be responsible for the creation of the northern lights. The Finnish word for aurora, revontulet, also literally translates to "fox fires" which could be intentional as Ninetales' original form is Fire Type.

Name origin

Ninetales may be a combination of nine and tales, which itself may combine tails and fairy tales (alluding to it being based on a mythical creature). It may also reference the cat o' nine tails whip (due to its tendency to punish anyone who grabs its tails).

Kyukon may be a combination of 九 kyū (nine) and 恨 kon (grudge; from the curse it may cast on its foes), こんこん kon kon (the sound foxes make), コンロ konro (gas stove; relating to its Fire type), or 狐 ko (an alternate reading of kitsune; Japanese for fox). Alternatively, it can be read as 旧恨 kyūkon (old grudge).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese キュウコン Kyukon Possibly from 九 kyū and 恨 kon, こんこん kon kon, コンロ konro, or 狐 ko.
  French Feunard From feu, renard and neuf
  Spanish Ninetales Same as English name
  German Vulnona From Vulpes and nona
  Italian Ninetales Same as English name
  Korean 나인테일 Ninetail From nine and tail
  Cantonese Chinese 九尾 Gáuméih Literally means "Nine tails"
  Mandarin Chinese 九尾 Jiǔwěi Literally means "Nine tails"


Related articles

Notes

External links


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