Vulpix are fox-like Pokémon with red-brown colored fur. Vulpix's most distinctive feature is its six tails that are curled at the tips. According to the Pokédex, its tails are actually one tail that splits multiple times as it grows older. On the top of its head, Vulpix have fur that curls into three rolls at the top and falls over its forehead at the bottom. Vulpix appear to be feminine Pokémon but can be found in the wild as male.
Additionally, a shiny Vulpix has a golden color scheme as opposed to its original red-brown. Also, Vulpix do not have any differences in appearance between genders.
All Vulpix have the ability Flash Fire, which powers up its -type moves when hit by any -type move and makes it immune to -type attacks.
In the anime
- Main article: Suzy's Vulpix
Vulpix first debuted in the episode Pokémon Fashion Flash under the ownership of a Pokémon Breeder named Suzy. Other Vulpix have infrequently appeared in the anime when compared to that of other Pokémon.
Brock had Suzy's Vulpix early on in the anime series in the aforementioned episode Pokémon Fashion Flash. Brock received it from the Pokémon Breeder named Suzy. While Brock did not use this Vulpix frequently in battle, he was often seen taking care of it, usually grooming it. In the episode Beauty and the Breeder, Brock returned the Vulpix back to Suzy.
|Red/Blue||Routes 7, 8, Pokémon Mansion (Blue Only)||Few|
|Yellow||Rocket Game Corner (1,000 Coins)||Coin Exchange Prize|
|Gold/Silver||Routes 7, 8, 36, 37 (Silver Only)||Common|
|FireRed/LeafGreen||Routes 7, 8, Pokémon Mansion (LeafGreen Only)||Common|
|Diamond/Pearl||Route 209 (Dual-slot; LeafGreen)||8% chance of appearing|
|Platinum||Route 209 (Dual-slot; LeafGreen)||8% chance of appearing|
|HeartGold/SoulSilver||Routes 7, 8, 36, and 37 (SoulSilver Only)||Common|
|Black 2/White 2||Abundant Shrine||Rare|
Spin-off game locations
|Pokémon Channel||Ruins of Truth|
|Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire||Volcano (Ruby Field)|
|Pokémon Trozei!||Huge Storage 1, Endless Level 17, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den|
|Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team||Fiery Field (1-4F)|
|Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness||Sky Stairway (1-49F)|
|Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia||Shiver Camp, The Ice Lake, Hiaburu Lake, Almia Castle|
|Pokémon Rumble||Fiery Furnace|
|PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure||Lava Zone|
|Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs||Old Mansion, Ice Temple|
- Main article: Vulpix/Learnset Generation I
Vulpix's name is a combination of Vulpes, Latin for fox, and six, referring to its six tails. The rok in Rokon may be derived from roku, six; the kon may be derived from 'grudge' which refers to the curse that Vulpix and Ninetales may cast on their foes. This is also reflected in Vulpix, which learns Grudge. Kon may also refer to the Japanese onomatopoeia kon kon which is the sound that foxes make. Furthermore, a konko is a gas burner stove.
Vulpix are based upon foxes. Though in Japan there are legends concerning foxes (or kitsune as they are called there). One such legend which is most relevant to Vulpix is how multi-tailed kitsune can breathe fire, create illusions and have extremely long lives. After having concluded their lifecycle, these creatures take on a spirit form, which may have been the reason why Vulpix and Ninetales can learn -type moves.
The fire-type Pokémon Vulpix is also based on the Fennec Fox in the genus Vulpes. The only characteristics taken from the genus Vulpes would be that it's a fire-type, it resembles a fox, and it's fur is fashionable.
Eevee is also based on the Fennec Fox for the fact that Eevee has large ears, is treated like a pet, and it's fur is prized. Flareon resembles Vulpix in a few ways.
The Fennec Fox lives in Africa, it's adapted to a high-temperature, low-water, desert environment, which explains why Flareon and Vulpix are fire-type.
The Fennec's fur is prized by the indigenous peoples of North Africa, and in some parts of the world, the animal is considered an exotic pet, which explains why Flareon and Vulpix have rich, royal, and fashionable looking fur coats. It also explains why Flareon and Vulpix are treated like pets.
- Vulpix's original name was "Foxfire".
- Despite knowing Energy Ball via breeding, Vulpix cannot learn it via a TM. This has been fixed as of Generation V.
- Vulpix, along with its evolution, Ninetales, is the only non-Grudge and Will-O-Wisp by leveling up. -type to learn
- Vulpix and Ninetales are the only non-Legendary Pokémon to have the ability Drought. This ability, however, was in Dream World.
- Vulpix is often considered to be Growlithe's counterpart as they are both -type Pokémon and are version-exclusive Pokémon.
- Pokémon.com Pokédex
- Serebii.net Pokédex data
- Legendary Pokémon data
- The Pokémon Database
- Pokémon Dream Pokédex data
- Psypokes Psydex data