Vulpix is a Fire type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves into Ninetales when exposed to a Fire Stone. In Alola, Vulpix has an Ice type regional variant. It evolves into Alolan Ninetales when exposed to an Ice Stone. Take a look below for 26 fun and fascinating facts about Vulpix.
1. Vulpix is a small, quadruped, fox-like Pokemon.
2. It has red-brown pelt with a cream-colored underbelly.
3. It has brown eyes, large, pointed ears with dark brown insides, and a triangular dark brown nose.
4. Its paws are slightly darker than the rest of its pelt and have light brown paw pads.
5. On top of its head are three curled locks of orange fur with bangs, and it has orange tails with curled tips.
6. Vulpix is a combination of vulpes (Latin for fox) and six (referring to its six tails).
7. It is most commonly seen with six tails. However, Vulpix is born with only a single, white tail that splits as Vulpix grows. The tails grow hot as it approaches evolution.
8. Vulpix is capable of manipulating fire to such precision as to create floating wisps of flame.
9. These wisps are sometimes mistaken for ghosts by humans, but Vulpix uses them to assist in catching prey.
10. Inside its body is a flame that never goes out. When the temperature outside increases, it will expel flames from its mouth to prevent its body from overheating.
11. Vulpix is known to feign injury to escape from opponents too powerful for it to defeat.
12. Vulpix can be found most commonly in grassy plains.
13. In the Alola region, Vulpix has adapted to snowy mountain peaks and developed a snowy white pelt. It has pale blue paws, blue eyes, and dark blue insides its ears. Its snout is more pronounced and pointed than that of non-Alolan Vulpix. The locks of hair on its head and its six tails are curlier and have a wispy appearance.
14. Alolan Vulpix is believed to have arrived in the region at the same time as humans but moved to the snow-capped mountain to avoid other Pokémon.
15. It can be found in small packs, called skulks, that are led and protected by Ninetales.
16. Alolan Vulpix can expel breath as cold as -58°F (-50°C), which is capable of freezing anything.
17. While it is not suited to warmer environments, its tail can produce ice to lower the surrounding temperature if needed.
18. An old, local name for this Pokémon is “Keokeo”, referring to its white pelt.
19. The beta Pokémon names in Red and Blue listed Vulpix as Foxfire.
20. Vulpix can be seen as a parallel to Growlithe. Both are Generation I Pokémon that evolve once via a Fire Stone. Vulpix is exclusive to Pokémon Green, Blue, Silver, LeafGreen, and SoulSilver while Growlithe is to Red, Blue (Japan), Gold, FireRed, and HeartGold. Growlithe has a 75% chance of being male while Vulpix has a 75% of being female, they are both in the Field Egg Group, can have Flash Fire as their Ability, and are yellow when Shiny from Generation III on. Furthermore, both are based primarily on canine-like creatures of Japanese folklore: Vulpix from the kitsune, Growlithe from the shisa.
21. Alolan Vulpix can be seen as a parallel to Alolan Sandshrew. Both were initially introduced in Generation I and got Alola Forms in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Both Pokémon are Ice-type with Vulpix being exclusive to Sun and Sandshrew being exclusive to Moon. Furthermore, both Pokémon evolve when exposed to an Ice Stone.
22. Vulpix is the only Pokémon with a base stat total of 299.
23. Vulpix and Ninetales share their category with Fennekin, Braixen, and Delphox. They are all known as the Fox Pokémon.
24. Vulpix has the lowest base HP of all Fire-type Pokémon.
25. Vulpix is based on a red fox and also the kitsune of Japanese legend, which have many tails and can breathe fire. After living a long time, kitsune take on spirit forms, which may explain why Vulpix can learn Ghost-type moves.
26. Alolan Vulpix seems to be based on the Arctic fox.