Ninetales (the Fox Pokémon) is a rare Fire-type Pokémon found among grassy fields and mountainous environments within the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Unova regions as well as the Sinnoh region on rare occasions. Exceptionally intelligent and imbued with mystical power, Ninetales are magnificent creatures that truly tread the line between the physical world and the spiritual one, harboring intense metaphysical powers seen in few other organic life forms. If you plan on training one of these flaming beauties, then you had better be prepared to steer clear of their tails at all costs; accidentally pull one, and you might end up receiving a curse that will haunt your bloodline for generations to come!
When exposed to the radiant energy of a Fire Stone, the tails of a Vulpix grow incredibly hot before splitting further into a total of nine tails and increasing in length substantially. Covered in golden fur that only grows more beautiful with age, Ninetales are magnificent creatures that seem to be shrouded more in secrecy than they are fact. Despite their seemingly organic construct, Ninetales are often revered as mystical creatures that can utilize powers seen only in Ghost-types, namely the ability to generate long-lasting curses. While Ninetales are usually peaceful and prefer not to be involved in conflict (though for some odd reason they can learn the Nasty Plot technique while Vulpix cannot), they will gladly lay curses on anyone foolish enough to suddenly grab or yank their tails without warning. While many scientists are skeptical of such claims, it is interesting to note that hundreds of cases involving such curses are part of the public record world-wide and are widely accepted as historical fact. These curses are believed to be so potent that that they actually go on as long as the Ninetales responsible for casting them remains alive; since Ninetales are known to live up to 1000 years in age, these curses tend to travel between family members and through multiple generations with little warning. The true issue, however, is that these curses take on a wide variety of forms and are not wholly dependent upon the individual in question, making their origins somewhat difficult to understand. According to local legends, however, Ninetales were believed to be the reincarnated form of nine powerful magicians that fused their spirits together into one essence; as such, it is believed that each tail is imbued with its own separate, distinct mystical power, perhaps partially explaining why their curses tend to vary so much in their effects. In all likelihood, a scientific explanation behind the powers of these creatures will be impossible to determine until Ghost-types in general can be explained due to the striking similarities they and Ninetales share with each other.
Aside from generating fire with their internal combustion organs (which, though making them warm and cuddly, also forces them to spew fire periodically to prevent overheating on warm days), Vulpix and Ninetales are unique among Fire-types in that they possess the ability to generate fire through pyrokinesis. The ability to wield fire through psychic means is an ability usually seen only among Psychic and Ghost-types and is such associated purely with mental control over the environment; the fact that Vulpix and Ninetales have this ability tells us that their brain structure is far more advanced than what it would initially appear to be. Aside from being able to naturally utilize the Will-O-Wisp and Grudge techniques to inflict harm upon the opposition (as well as being the only non-Ghost-type Pokémon capable of learning both of these techniques), Vulpix and Ninetales are uniquely gifted for being able to learn many strange Psychic-type moves, such as Imprison and Extrasensory, that are normally unseen among Fire-types. It seems that these strange powers are not a recent discovery either, as it is now believed that the Japanese legend of the kitsune was most likely based off Vulpix and Ninetales; this makes particular sense in the case of Ninetales, who are more than well-known for their incredibly long life spans and penchant for inflicting curses.
Though they might be more trouble than they are worth for trainers that can't keep themselves away from their luxurious tails, Ninetales are nonetheless versatile creatures that can certainly put up a fight with their unique assortment of abilities and attacks. Equally potent among Fire-type and Psychic-type specialists and decently strong on defense, these bizarre foxes are sure to give first-time opponents a rude awakening if they like to specialize in physical brawls a little too much. Thankfully, these beasts are rarely a problem to train as long as you know how to properly groom them; take things nice and slow with them and you shouldn't have to worry about having a child someday with a nose the size of a small banana or something even worse!