- For the regional variant of this Pokémon, see Ninetales/Alolan
Ninetales uses the Flash Fire Ability, which gives it an immunity to Fire-Type moves, and if it gets hit by a move of this type the power of its Fire-Type moves will increase by 50%. Its Hidden Ability is Drought. Using this Ability, whenever Ninetales enters battle, strong sunlight will be summoned for five turns.
Ninetales is in the Field Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Ninetales One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Ninetales is a majestic fox-like Pokémon. Its fur is golden-white. Ninetales, as its name hints, has nine tails. All of these tails are long and have a tipped with an orangey-brown. It has small ears that are pointed and has a long crest in between. Ninetales has red eyes.
Ninetales doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.
A Ninetales can be obtained in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness by evolving Vulpix after purifying it.
Ninetales makes appearances at Endless Levels 6 & 11, Forever Level 55 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
The only way to obtain a Ninetales in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games is to evolve a Vulpix. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Ninetales can be found at Treeshroud Forest 10F-20F. Ninetales is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Fire Mountains 21F-29F and Legendary Volcanic Island on the following floors: 30, 32, 34-37, 41, 44, and 47 & 48.
Ninetales can be found inside Almia Castle in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Ninetales can be found inside the Cave on Mt. Sorbet in the Present, and in the Dark Temple mission "Danger! Surrounded by Pokémon" in the Past by completing the mission with an S Rank. Ninetales also appears in the Extra Temple mission "Deoxys and the Mysterious Temple", and can also be obtained by finishing this mission with an S Rank, but the mission requires two players at the minimum.
Ninetales can be found at Firebreathing Mountain Magma 3-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Ninetales is listed a total of 19 times, the Pokémon Rumble promo set and the Black/White Promo set. It is listed as a Common Card in the Versus set and as an Uncommon Card in the Neo Destiny and EX Emerald sets.
Ninetales is listed as a Rare Card in the Base, Gym Challenge (2; 1 Brock & 1 Blaine), Expedition (2), Aquapolis, EX Hidden Legends (2; 1 EX Card), EX Dragon Frontiers (Delta Species card), EX Power Keepers, Mysterious Treasures, Platinum, HeartGold/SoulSiver, Unleashed, Call of Legends and Dragons Exalted sets.
Blaine would use a Ninetales in Riddle Me This, which featured Ash's first Gym Battle against the Cinnibar Island Gym Leader. It would easily defeat Squirtle before withdrawing it once Charizard was introduced to the battle.
A trainer named Neesha would use a Ninetales in Mewtwo Strikes Back, which would get cloned by Mewtwo. The clone would make a subsequent appearance in Mewtwo Returns. Another trainer uses a Ninetales in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
Blue would capture a Ninetales in Chapter 18. A strong attacker, he would make subsequent appearances in Chapters 40, 77 and 287.
Team Magma trainer Courtney would use her own Ninetales in Chapters 199, 200, 219-221, 248 and 261.
Ninetales is in the PU tier of competitive battling. Since Drought is banned from the UU tier and all tiers below it, Ninetales's main claim to fame in Generation V is irrelevant in the lower tiers. However, in the PU tier of competitive battling, Ninetales manages to still hold up viability wise due to being a solid offensive threat thanks to a nice Speed stat and access to Nasty Plot. It has great overall coverage with access to moves like Energy Ball and Dark Pulse to complement its Fire STAB, making it a fearsome sweeper to go up against. Unfortunately, Ninetales struggles against specially bulky Pokémon like Grumpig and Audino that can tank its hits comfortably. It can be rather easily revenge killed by a number of faster threats like Floatzel, Simipour, and Rapidash. Ninetales has poor physical bulk and a weakness to Stealth Rock as well, which does not bode well for its overall longevity.
Ninetales is also viable in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. It manages to distinguish itself from other offensive Fire-types thanks to Nasty Plot to make for a strong sweeping threat and Flash Fire to absorb opposing Fire-type attacks. Ninetales has great coverage options, with Psyshock and Energy Ball which allow for it to get past common Fire-type checks like Hariyama, Rhydon, Gastrodon, and Lanturn. With a solid Speed stat that puts it ahead of Mesprit, Lilligant, Jynx, Vivillon, and Haunter, Ninetales can blow past a number of common offensive Pokémon. However, Ninetales is easily revenge killed by a number of faster threats like Tauros and Archeops. It has a reliance on Nasty Plot in order for to dish out heavy damage due to its rather middling damage output when unboosted. Ninetales also has longevity issues, as it is weak to Stealth Rock and is often worn down by Life Orb.
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Vulpix Exclusive Moves
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