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Ninetales (Japanese: キュウコン Kyuukon) is a Fire-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I, and an Ice/Fairy-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII which is exclusive to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Ultra Sun.

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. The shiny version of Ninetales has silver-gray fur instead of its usual light cream fur, and its tails are tipped in blue.

Alolan Ninetales keeps the traits of Alolan Vulpix. It is a fox-like Pokémon that possesses nine tails, hence its name. It is covered in ice blue fur with snow white legs. On top of its head is a large tuft of hair, similar to its pre-evolved form. This tuft does not curl backwards and instead shrinks backwards into two snow white "ribbons" of hair. It possesses two tufts like this (which shrink into only one "ribbon") on both sides of its ears. Its nine tails are ice blue and also shrink into one snow white ribbon each. Unlike regular Ninetales, these tails form a circle behind the Pokémon. It has majestic blue eyes not unlike those of its pre-evolution. Its ears are pointed and distinctly fox-like, and it has slender legs with three-toed paws and no visible claws.

Behavior

Ninetales have high intelligence and strong obsession. They can live for a thousand years when they use the power of their tails.

Alolan Ninetales are very gentle, and they will help people who are in danger. Nonetheless, they won't show mercy to anyone who intrudes their territory.

Natural 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 grants immunity from Fire attacks. This does not apply to Dream World Ninetales, 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. All Alolan Ninetales have the ability Snow Cloak, which boosts evasiveness in Hail. Alolan Ninetales can also produce multipurpose ice crystals from its fur. These are strong enough to shatter rock.

Evolution

Ninetales is the evolved form of Vulpix, who evolves by the use of a Fire Stone, while Alolan Ninetales is evolved with an Ice Stone.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) 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 Friend Safari (Fire), evolve Vulpix None
OR/AS Evolve Vulpix None
Sun/Moon Evolve Vulpix None


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Evolve Vulpix
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 6, 11, Forever Level 55, Mr. Fuji (Adventures)
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


Stats

Standard form

Base Stats
HP
73
Attack
76
Defense
75
Sp. Atk
81
Sp. Def
100
Speed
100
Total
505

Alolan form

Base Stats
HP
73
Attack
67
Defense
75
Sp. Atk
81
Sp. Def
100
Speed
109
Total
505

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status
Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status
Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special
Quick Attack 40 100% 30 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.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status Type Smart 3 0 ♥
Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status Type Smart 1 0 ♥
Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special Type Beauty 4 0 ♥
Quick Attack 40 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cool 3 0 ♥
Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status Type Smart 2 1 ♥
Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty 2 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.

LevelingGeneration 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.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status Type Cute 0
Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Special Type Cool 2
Quick Attack 40 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Smart 2
Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Status Type Beauty 2
Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty 3
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Type Beauty 4 0 ♥
Quick Attack 40 100% 20 Normal Type Cool 3 0 ♥
Confuse Ray 100% 10 Ghost Type Smart 3 0 ♥
Safeguard —% 25 Normal Type Beauty 1 0 ♥
Fire Spin 15 70% 15 Fire Type Beauty 3 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.

LevelingGeneration 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.

LevelingGeneration 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 VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special
TM38 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM43 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 Fire Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM50 Overheat 130 90% 5 Fire Special
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 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.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special Type Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Type Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Type Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Psychic Status Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2 2 ♥
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Type Cool 3 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 4 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 1 0 ♥
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special Type Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM38 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 Fire Physical Type Cool 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM50 Overheat 130 90% 5 Fire Special Type Beautiful 6 0 ♥
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special Type Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM59 Incinerate 60 100% 15 Fire Special Type Tough 3 0 ♥
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status Type Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Type Tough 4 4 ♥
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Type Clever 2 0 ♥
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Type Clever 2 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 100 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM94ORAS Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Clever 1 0 ♥
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool 4 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Type Cute 3 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.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM35 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM43 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 Fire Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM50 Overheat 140 90% 5 Fire Special
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special
TM59 Incinerate 30 100% 15 Fire Special
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 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.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart 0
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Type Cool 2
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Type Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Type Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Type Beauty 2
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Type Cool 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 0
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Psychic Status Type Beauty 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Type Cool 1
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Type Cool 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Type Smart 1
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 2
TM35 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special Type Beauty 2
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special Type Beauty 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 2
TM50 Overheat 140 90% 5 Fire Special Type Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Type Tough 2
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status Type Beauty 2
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Cool 1
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Type Beauty 2
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Type Smart 0
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beauty 2
TM79 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cool 2
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Type Smart 1
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Smart 1
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 and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Type Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Type Smart 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 85% 10 Normal Type Smart 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Type Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 15 90% 5 Normal Type Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Type Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Type Cool 1 4 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 60 100% 10 Ground Type Smart 1 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Type Cool 2 0 ♥
TM35 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Type Beauty 4 0 ♥
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Type Beauty 4 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM50 Overheat 140 90% 5 Fire Type Beauty 6 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.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM02 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal
TM03 Curse —% 10 ???
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal
TM20 Endure —% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM28 Dig 60 100% 10 Ground
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Attract 100% 15 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.

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.

Egg Moves

To see the Egg Moves that Ninetales can learn, refer to Vulpix.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
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Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
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 NinetalesGenI Back
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 038 front S 038 front C 038 front II 038 back
G 038 front S S 038 front S II 038 back S
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 038 front E 038 front FRLG 038 front III 038 back
RS 038 front S E 038 front S FRLG 038 front S III 038 back S
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 038 front Pt 038 front HGSS 038 front IV 038 back
DP 038 front S DP 038 front S HGSS 038 front S IV 038 back S
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Ninetales BW Ninetales BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GO Back
Ninetales XY Ninetales XY
Shiny Ninetales XY Shiny Ninetales XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee! Back
Alolan Ninetales SM
Alolan Ninetales Shiny SM
Sword Shield Back

Battle animation sprites

Ninetales-AttackAnimation-XY-1 Ninetales-AttackAnimation-XY-2 Ninetales-AttackAnimation-XY-3

Appearances

Anime

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. Although originally Ninetales' first appearance in the anime was the Electric Soldier Porygon, which was a banned episode.

Another appeared under the ownership of Zane.

Trivia

  • Ninetales is based on the legendary Kyuubi no Kitsune (九尾の狐 nine-tailed fox) of Japanese folklore. When a Kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur changes from the dark red of a fox to white or golden, hence the color change for the evolution.
    • Since many kitsunes are able to transform themselves into women to trick men, this explains why the Vulpix evolution family has more females than males.
  • The name Ninetales was misspelled in the Trading Card Game video game adaptation for Game Boy Color. It has also been misspelled on early merchandise such as the Topps Trading cards.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, the Gengar was originally a human that grabbed one of Ninetales' tails and was cursed into the form of a Gengar.
  • Ninetales shiny has had a lot of color changes. In Generation III, it was fully lavender. In Generation IV, it turned a purple-gray color with blue-tipped tails.
  • Ninetales's original beta name was Ninetai.
  • No other Pokémon has Alolan Ninetales' type combination (Ice/Fairy).
  • Ninetales has similarities with "Kurama" from "Naruto", "Kyubi" from "Yo-Kai Watch", and "Kyubimon" from "Digimon Tamers".

Origins

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

Alolan Ninetales appears to be based on an Arctic Fox, a species of fox that lives in icy tundras and grows a thick white coat during the winter. It's head tuft and tails resembles snow clouds and wisps.

Etymology

Ninetales is basically "Nine tails" and "tales" (based on the many legends surrounding this Pokemon).

Gallery

Normal Form

Alolan Form

See also

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