Ninetales

For the regional variant of this Pokémon, see Ninetales/Alolan
Ninetales
キュウコン
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Vulpix < Ninetales > Jigglypuff
Species
Type
Fox Pokémon
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Number
Ability
#38
Height
Weight
3'7" (1.1 m)
43.9 lbs (19.9 kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 25%
Female: 75%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
None
Egg Group
Catch Rate
75
Tier
EV Yield
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Ninetales (キュウコン) is the 38th Pokémon in the Pokédex. It is a Fire-Type, and is known as the Fox Pokémon.

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.

Vulpix evolve into Ninetales when using a Fire Stone on it.

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.

Contents

Biology

Physiology

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.

Gender Differences

Ninetales doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.

Game Information

Original Games

Throughout the first four Generations, as well as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the only way to obtain a Ninetales is to evolve a Vulpix.

Wild Ninetales can be found at Abundant Shrine in Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 at Shaking Spots. In Pokémon X and Y, it can be caught in the Friend Safari.

Spin-Off Games

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.

Anime/Manga Information

Anime

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.

Movies

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.

Wild Ninetales make appearances in The Power of One and Destiny Deoxys, along with the Pikachu Short Pikachu's Vacation.

Manga

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.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

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.

Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
Red None Trade
Blue/Yellow None Evolve Vulpix
Gold/Crystal None Trade
Silver None Evolve Vulpix
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald None Evolve Vulpix
FireRed None Trade
LeafGreen None Evolve Vulpix
XD: Gale of Darkness None Evolve Vulpix
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum None Evolve Vulpix
HeartGold None Trade
SoulSilver None Evolve Vulpix
Black/White 5% Abundant Shrine (Shaking Spots)
Black 2/White 2 5% Abundant Shrine (Shaking Spots)
X/Y -- Friend Safari
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire None Evolve Vulpix
Sun/Moon None Transfer or Trade

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1000-year curse.
Blue Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1000-year curse.
Yellow According to an enduring legend, 9 noble saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon.
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.
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.
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 Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
HeartGold Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special mystic power.
SoulSilver Its nine beautiful tails are filled with a wondrous energy that could keep it alive for 1,000 years.
V Black Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
White Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
Black 2 Each of its nine tails is imbued with a supernatural power, and it can live for a thousand years.
White 2 Each of its nine tails is imbued with a supernatural power, and it can live for a thousand years.
VI X It has nine long tails and fur that gleams gold. It is said to live for 1,000 years.
Y Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1,000 year curse.
Omega 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.
Alpha 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.
VII Sun Legend has it that this mystical Pokémon was formed when nine saints coalesced into one.
Moon Said to live for a thousand years, this Pokémon uses its supernatural abilities to manipulate fire. It can burn its prey to a crisp as it pleases.
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon

Pokéathlon Statistics

Stats
Speed
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Power
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Technique
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Stamina
Full.pngFull.pngEmpty.png
Jump
Full.pngFull.pngFull.png

Statistics

Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
HP
73
. 256 350 .
Atk
76
141 157 251 276
Def
75
139 155 249 273
Sp. Atk
81
150 167 261 287
Sp. Def
100
184 205 299 328
Speed
100
184 205 299 328

Moves

For learnsets from previous generations, see here

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Imprison Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Start Nasty Plot Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
Start Flamethrower Fire.gif 90 100 Special.png
Start Quick Attack Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Confuse Ray Ghost.gif -- 100 Other.png
Start Safeguard Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Via TM/HM

TM/HM - Gen 7
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM03 Psyshock Psychic.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM04 Calm Mind Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM05 Roar Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM20 Safeguard Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM22 Solar Beam Grass.gif 120 100 Special.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM35 Flamethrower Fire.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM38 Fire Blast Fire.gif 110 85 Special.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM43 Flame Charge Fire.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM50 Overheat Fire.gif 130 90 Special.png
TM53 Energy Ball Grass.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire.gif -- 85 Other.png
TM66 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM77 Psych Up Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM85 Dream Eater Psychic.gif 100 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM97 Dark Pulse Dark.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Captivate Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Disable Normal.gif -- 55 Other.png
Extrasensory Psychic.gif 80 100 Special.png
Feint Attack Dark.gif 60 -- Physical.png
Flail Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Flare Blitz Fire.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Heat Wave Fire.gif 95 90 Special.png
Hex Ghost.gif 65 100 Special.png
Howl Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Hypnosis Psychic.gif -- 60 Other.png
Power Swap Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Secret Power Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
Spite Ghost.gif -- 100 Other.png
Tail Slap Normal.gif 25 85 Physical.png

Vulpix Exclusive Moves

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Ember Fire.gif 40 100 Special.png
4 Tail Whip Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
7 Roar Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
9 Baby-Doll Eyes Fairy.gif -- 100 Other.png
15 Fire Spin Fire.gif 35 85 Special.png
18 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
20 Will-O-Wisp Fire.gif -- 85 Other.png
23 Feint Attack Dark.gif 60 -- Physical.png
26 Hex Ghost.gif 65 100 Special.png
28 Flame Burst Fire.gif 70 100 Special.png
31 Extrasensory Psychic.gif 80 100 Special.png
42 Fire Blast Fire.gif 110 85 Special.png
44 Grudge Ghost.gif -- -- Other.png
47 Captivate Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
50 Inferno Fire.gif 100 50 Special.png

Z-Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Breakneck Blitz Normal.gif 200*/200* -- Physical.png Special.png
Never-Ending Nightmare Ghost.gif 160 -- Special.png
Inferno Overdrive Fire.gif 190*/195* -- Physical.png Special.png
Bloom Doom Grass.gif 190 -- Special.png
Shattered Psyche Psychic.gif 180 -- Special.png
Black Hole Eclipse Dark.gif 120*/160* -- Physical.png Special.png

Transfer Only Z-Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Tectonic Rage Ground.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Corkscrew Crash Steel.gif 180 -- Physical.png
Shattered Psyche Psychic.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Black Hole Eclipse Dark.gif 175 -- Physical.png

Evolution Line

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Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages
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