Ninetales is a Fire type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves from Vulpix when exposed to a Fire Stone. In Alola, Ninetales has a regional variant that is Ice and Fairy. It evolves from Alolan Vulpix when exposed to an Ice Stone. Take a look below for 27 fun and fascinating facts about Ninetales.
1. Ninetales is a fox-like, quadruped Pokemon covered in thick, luxurious golden-white fur.
2. It has a small mane of thicker fur around its neck and a long, fluffy crest atop its head.
3. It has slender legs with three-toed paws and nine, long tails with pale orange tips.
4. It has red eyes, pointed ears, and a triangular black nose.
5. While intelligent enough to easily understand human speech, Ninetales is a very vengeful Pokémon that has been known to curse those who mistreat it.
6. It can live for 1,000 years due to the energy within its nine tails, each of which is said to have a different mystical power.
7. Flames spewed from its mouth can hypnotize an opponent and its gleaming red eyes that are said to give it the ability to control minds.
8. The anime has shown that it can swim.
9. Being the result of an evolution via evolutionary stone, Ninetales is rarely found in the wild, though they can be found in grasslands.
10. In the Alola region, Ninetales has a different appearance. Its coat is pale blue, and its fur is more flowing and wispier. This tips of its tails and crest, as well as the lower halves of its legs, are white.
11. The crest on its head is longer and its nine tails are less distinct from each other. Finally, it has larger eyes, which are blue, and small tufts of fur in front of its ears.
12. Alolan Ninetales lives on Alola’s snow-capped Mount Lanakila, which is considered by some to be holy ground. As such, it is revered as a sacred messenger or deity.
13. Alolan Ninetales has a gentle temperament, and is known to aid lost humans in distress, though this is primarily done to keep them out of its territory. It will punish any threat to its pack of Vulpix.
14. It can produce ice crystals from its fur, which it can use for both offense and defense.
15. The ice crystals can act as a shield or form balls that can be fired like bullets with enough force to shatter rock.
16. No other Pokémon has the same type combination as Alolan Ninetales.
17. Ninetales’s name is misspelled as Ninetails in the Pokémon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color and in some prerelease material.
18. Ninetales and Vulpix share their category name with Fennekin, Braixen, and Delphox. They are all known as the Fox Pokémon.
19. Ninetales’s EV yield of 1 Special Defense and 1 Speed is unique.
20. Ninetales is based on a red fox and also the kitsune of Japanese legend, which have many tails, extremely long lifespans, and can breathe fire.
21. After living a long time, kitsune take on spirit forms, which may explain why Ninetales can learn Ghost-type moves.
22. Alolan Ninetales seems to be based on the Arctic fox.
23. Ninetales is a combination of nine and tales, which itself may combine tails and fairy tales, from the Japanese myth it is based on.
24. A Ninetales appeared in Riddle Me This, under the ownership of Blaine. It was used against Ash in their first Gym battle, where it battled Squirtle and won before being recalled when Charizard was sent out. It reappeared in a flashback in Volcanic Panic.
25. A Ninetales appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back, under the ownership of Neesha. It was one of the Pokémon that were captured and cloned by Mewtwo. The Ninetales clone is seen again in Mewtwo Returns.
26. A Ninetales appeared in Beauty and the Breeder, under the ownership of Zane. It was used in a Pokémon breeding competition and competed against Suzie’s Vulpix. Ninetales was later among the contestants’ Pokémon targeted by Team Rocket.
27. A very old Ninetales appeared in Just Waiting On A Friend, where it 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.