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Ninetales (Pokémon)

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000 #{{{prevnum}}}: Vulpix
Pokémon
#{{{nextnum}}}: Jigglypuff 000
Ninetales
キュウコン Kyukon
#038
130
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Fire '
Category
Fox Pokémon
Ability
Flash Fire
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#038
Johto
#126
Hoenn
#154
Regional Browser numbers
Height
3′07″
Imperial
1.1 m
Metric
Weight
43.9 lbs.
Imperial
19.9 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
75 (9.8%)
Body style
Body08.png
Footprint
 F038.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Ground group 1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 178 Battle Exp.: 1781*

Ninetales (Japanese: キュウコン Kyukon) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves from Vulpix by Fire Stone.

Biology

Physiology

This fox-like Pokémon is covered with a thick, luxurious white fur, as well as having nine tails, each of which is tipped with orange. They also have a fluffy crest atop their heads and a similar ruff around their necks. Ninetales have gleaming red eyes that are said to give them the power of mind control. They can also live up to one thousand years.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Ninetales are based on the kitsune of Japanese mythology, giving them abilities to wield Ghost-type attacks such as Confuse Ray. They are also very vengeful Pokémon and have been known to curse those who mistreat them. Ninetales are highly intelligent Pokémon that understand human speech. Many legends surround this Pokémon, one of which stating that Ninetales was born when 9 saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon. Ninetales also always come with the ability Flash Fire.

Behavior

This Pokémon's extreme intelligence lends to what most consider Template:Type2 characteristics, though Ninetales has never officially been described as anything other than a Template:Type2. It also seems to hold grudges very easily and will curse humans and Pokémon alike if they touch one of its tails.

Habitat

Ninetales can be found in grassy plains or in mountainous areas with lots of shade, but they are very rare.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

File:Ninetales anime.jpg
Ninetales in the anime
Ninetales was first seen in Riddle Me This. The Cinnabar Island Gym Leader, Blaine, used it against Ash in their first Gym battle.

Ninetales was one of the Pokémon that were captured and cloned by Mewtwo in Mewtwo Strikes Back.

A Ninetales made a cameo appearance in Misty Meets Her Match. This Ninetales belonged to Rudy.

In Beauty and the Breeder, a friend of Suzy named Zane had a Ninetales and used it in a Pokémon breeding contest.

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.

Ninetales also had a cameo during the opening credits of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, taking part in the festival honoring Sir Aaron.

A Ninetales appeared in a flashback in Mutiny in the Bounty! as one of J's captured Pokémon.

In the manga

In Pokémon Special, Red and Green both tried catching the same Ninetales. In the scuffle for its Poké Ball, Green managed to grab it first. Magma Admin Courtney uses a Ninetales as her main battler.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, the curse that Ninetales can conjure is one of the main points of the plot.

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.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
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
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
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.
Generation IV
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 {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Evolve Vulpix (Blue only)
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Evolve Vulpix
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Evolve Vulpix (Silver only)
Crystal
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Evolve Vulpix
Emerald
None Evolve Vulpix
FireRed LeafGreen
None Evolve Vulpix (LeafGreen only)
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Evolve Vulpix
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Vulpix
Platinum
None Evolve Vulpix
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire Evolve from Vulpix
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 6
Endless Level 11
Forever Level 55
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Red and Blue)
Evolve from Vulpix
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Time and Darkness)
Treeshroud Forest (10F-20F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Almia Castle

Base stats

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


Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

Learnset

Template:Evolved learnset intro

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Template:Evobox/1


Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 038.png Spr 1y 038.png Spr 1g 038.png Spr b g1 038.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 038.png Spr 2s 038.png Spr 2c 038.png Spr b 2g 038.png
Spr 2g 038 s.png Spr 2s 038 s.png Spr 2c 038 s.png Spr b 2g 038 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 038.png Spr 3e 038.png Spr 3f 038.png Spr b 3r 038.png
Spr 3r 038 s.png Spr 3e 038 s.png Spr 3f 038 s.png Spr b 3r 038 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 038.png Spr 4p 038.png Spr 4h 038.png Spr b 4d 038.png
Spr 4d 038 s.png Spr 4p 038 s.png Spr 4h 038 s.png Spr b 4d 038 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 038.png Spr 5b 038.png Spr b 5b 038.png
Spr 5b 038 s.png Spr 5b 038 s.png Spr b 5b 038 s.png
Ninetales For other sprites and images, please see Ninetales images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Ninetales's name was originally spelled as "Nine Tales".
  • Ninetales is a very intelligent Pokémon, and can understand human speech.
  • Ninetales's name is misspelled as "Ninetails" in the Pokémon TCG Game for the Game Boy Color.
  • Ninetales can be seen as a parallel to Arcanine. Both of them are Generation I Pokémon whose only evolutionary event utilizes a Fire Stone from their unevolved forms. Ninetales is exclusive to Pokémon LeafGreen while Arcanine is to Pokémon FireRed, Arcanine has a 75% chance of being male while Ninetales has a 75% of being female, and they are both in the Ground Egg Group. Additionally, both can have Flash Fire as their ability.
  • None of Ninetales's sprites had their tail tips colored differently until Generation IV, though the Sugimori art has had it all the time.
  • In Pokémon Platinum, Ninetales is the one of the few Pokémon not in the Sinnoh Dex, and not introduced in Generation IV to have a new sprite.

Origin

Ninetales, like Vulpix, are based on foxes. However, in Japan there are certain legends concerning foxes, or kitsune, as they are known there. One such legend which relates to Ninetales the most is how many-tailed foxes can breathe fire, create illusions, and have extremely long lifespans. After living a long time, these creatures take on spirit forms, which may be the reason why these two related Pokémon can learn Template:Type2 moves.

In particular, Ninetales is based on the 九尾の狐, the nine-tailed fox, which is a fox of advanced age whose fur has turned silver-gold. It is said to have the power of infinite vision.

Name origin

Its name simply refers to the nine tails it has. Kyūkon can be taken to mean 旧恨, old grudge, although it is worth noting that the first syllable spells out 九 kyū, nine and kon from the Japanese onomatopoeia konkon - the sound that foxes make. Furthermore, a コンロ konro is a gas burner stove. Also, an alternate reading of the Japanese word for fox, 狐 kitsune, is ko.

In other languages

External links

Notes



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