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Type(s)
Type Fire  
Species Fox Pokémon
Abilities Flash Fire
Drought (DW)
Pokédex
Vulpix ← 038 → Jigglypuff
Kanto 038 Johto 126/128
Hoenn 154/161 Sinnoh N/A
Unova 249 Kalos N/A
Evolves From Vulpix
Evolves Into None
Ninetales
038
キュウコン Kyuukon
038Ninetales
Generation I
Evolutionary Line
037038
Gender
25% ♂ / 75 % ♀
Weight Height
43.9 lbs. 19.9 kg 3'07" 1.1 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Yellow Field
Body Style Footprint
Body08
F038
Cry

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

Biology

Physiology

Ninetales

Dream World Ninetales

Ninetales is a fox-like Pokémon that possesses nine tails, hence its name. Resembling the nine-tailed kitsune fox of Japanese folklore, they are mainly covered in sleek, luxurious golden-white fur, while the tips of their nine tails are orange. On top of their head is a large tuft of hair, similar to its pre-evolved form though much more unruly and spiky. It has sinister red eyes which give it the ability to psychically control the minds of people and Pokémon. Its ears are pointed and distinctly fox-like, and it has slender legs with three-toed paws and no visible claws.

Additionally, there are no gender differences between male and female Ninetales. The shiny version of Ninetales has silver-gray fur instead of its usual light cream fur, and its tail is tipped in blue.

Special abilities

All Ninetales have the ability Flash Fire, which powers up its Fire-type moves if it is hit by a fire-type attack. It also keeps it from getting damaged by fire attacks. This does not apply to Dream World Ninetails, who instead possess the ability Drought, creating a permanent Sunny effect for the duration of the battle or until another weather-altering move or ability is used.

Evolution

Ninetales is the evolved form of Vulpix, who evolves into Ninetales by the use of a Fire Stone.

Game info

Game locations

Ninetales Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Vulpix (Blue only) None
Yellow Evolve Vulpix None
Gold/Silver Evolve Vulpix (Silver only) None
Crystal Trade None
Ruby/Sapphire Evolve Vulpix None
Emerald Evolve Vulpix None
FireRed/LeafGreen Evolve Vulpix (LeafGreen only) None
Diamond/Pearl Evolve Vulpix None
Platinum Evolve Vulpix None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Evolve Vulpix (SoulSilver only) None
Black/White Abundant Shrine Rare
X/Y Evolve Vulpix None
OR/AS Evolve Vulpix None


Side game locations

Ninetales Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Evolve Vulpix
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 6, 11, Forever Level 55, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Vulpix
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Treeshroud Forest (10-20F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Almia Castle
Pokémon Rumble Fiery Temple
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Lava Zone
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Odd Temple


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1000-year curse.
Yellow
According to an enduring legend, 9 noble saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon.
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.
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 1000-year curse.
Diamond
Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
Pearl
Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
Platinum
Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
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.
Black
Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
White
Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
Black 2
Each of its nine tails is imbued with a supernatural power, and it can live for a thousand years.
White 2
Each of its nine tails is imbued with a supernatural power, and it can live for a thousand years.
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 a 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.


Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status Type Smart ♥♥♥ 0
Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status Type Smart 0
Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special Type Beauty ♥♥♥♥ 0
Quick Attack 40 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥ 0
Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status Type Smart ♥♥
Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥ 0

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status
Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status
Quick Attack 40 100% 20 Normal Physical
Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status
Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Cat. Appeal
Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status Type Cute 0
Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Special Type Cool ♥♥
Quick Attack 40 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Smart ♥♥
Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status Type Beauty ♥♥
Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥♥

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Type Beauty ♥♥♥♥ 0
Quick Attack 40 100% 20 Normal Type Cool ♥♥♥ 0
Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Type Smart ♥♥♥ 0
Safeguard —% 25 Normal Type Beauty 0
Fire Spin 15 70% 15 Fire Type Beauty ♥♥♥ 0

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Ember 40 100% 25 Fire
Tail Whip —% Normal
7 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
25 Roar —% 20 Normal
37 Fire Spin 15 70% 15 Fire

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Ember 40 100% 25 Fire
Tail Whip —% Normal
16 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
21 Roar —% 20 Normal
42 Fire Spin 15 70% 15 Fire

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs

TMs and HMs Generation I
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM08 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
TM09 Take Down 90 100% 20 Normal
TM10 Double-Edge 100 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM20 Rage 20 100% 20 Normal
TM28 Dig 100 100% 10 Ground
TM31 Mimic —% 10 Normal
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic
TM34 Bide —% 10 Normal
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire
TM40 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM50 Substitute —% 10 Normal

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 038 front Y 038 front GR 038 front
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 038 front S 038 front C 038 front
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 038 front E 038 front FRLG 038 front
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 038 front Pt 038 front HGSS 038 front
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Ninetales BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Ninetales XY

Appearances

Anime

Blaine Ninetales
Main article: Blaine's Ninetales

Ninetales first appeared in anime under the ownership of Blaine in Riddle Me This who fought Ash's Squirtle and defeated it.

Another appeared under the ownership of Zane.

Trivia

  • Ninetales is based on the legendary Pirate's Ninetalesme Boy Advance games, shiny Ninetales' didn't have blue coloring on the tip of its tails, like its normal coloring.
  • Ninetales is often misspelled as "Ninetails" for the number of tails it possessed. This misspelling is also on the trading cards, and in the Trading Card Game video game adaptation for Game Boy Color.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeons Blue and Red, the Gengar was originally a human that grabbed one of Ninetales' tails and was cursed into the form of a Gengar. Also the Gengar, before it turned into Gengar, had abandoned its Gardevoir, but the Gardevoir had no grudge against him, and it loved its trainer enough to protect it from Ninetales' fury.

Origins

Ninetales appears to be based on a fox, more speficically the mystical kitsune creature of Japanese folklore. 

Gallery

Sources


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