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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 kitsune of Japanese legend (specifically the kyūbi no kitsune) were most likely based off of 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!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Fox Pokemon, Ninetales. Enjoy.
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Writer
I heard of a legend that...an ancient Ninetales was found to haunting a very old house of a samurai that died long ago in battle. It's said she is still waiting for his return. Some say she has gathered so much psychic power that she is now partly a psychic type and that she has the ability to speak by telepathy to people...and is said to be over 1000 years old.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
where did you here that?
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Writer
In Jotho.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
where?

joe: we uld have heard of this by now
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student Writer
Jotho.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
me: ok, where in johto, dumbass?
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student Writer
At this old, abandoned Japanese manor...where this one girl dwells, that turned out to be an illusion created by this Ninetales.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
joe: she was a pokemon!? dammit!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Writer
Interesting...well, considering how bizarre their powers are, it certainly wouldn't' surprise me...
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Writer
Indeed. It's also said this particular Ninetales could produce powerful illusions, including that of human beings. It's said she once mistaken Brock for her long lost master.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Writer
Ah, I believe I am familiar with this legend...
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Writer
Really?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Writer
Yes; I have spoken with Brock himself on the encounter.
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Writer
I see. What did he have to say about this?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Writer
Well, he recounted the entire tale, and to be honest, he was actually a bit sad that it turned out only to be a Ninetales...though he was still quite happy that she managed to move on afterwards...
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
these things can curse you if you pull there tails?

"seems legit"-joe
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
how?
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Writer
Magic.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
wut? whered you come from?
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Writer
Around.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner 5 days ago
around what?
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Writer
Around what indeed?
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
i absolutely love ninetales they are so beautiful and cute,they are definetly one of my top favorites in their line as well as in general.


ps:my fictional self have had 6 cases of being turned into a pokemon by a ninetales 5 of em was that it cursed me to turn into one and the sixth was an decision it decided to do even tough at that time i didnt even do anything to it,the first 5 time i got turned into(1st time was a pichu,2nd was a growlithe,3rd was an eevee,4th was splitting me into 2 versions of myself one male and one female with both turned into a ralts,5th was a female buneary,and the 6th time was a vulpix,it only turned me into a vulpix because it wanted a mate and decided to adopt me as her child until i evolved,so i can really say my fictional self has gone through many strange things.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...sounds like quite the adventurous ordeal... :)
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
yup^^
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Sakerti Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow your reports are great!
Seeing your knowlendge of pokemon, i want to ask you something. Well my vulpix has reached its moveset learning age and i think its time for she to evolve. The question is if i can train she to not curse people, mainly because i live with my brothers and they are quite curious. That will make them to grab, touch or pull one of the tails, so what do you think?
Btw keep on doing these, i am proud of your work!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Writer

Thank you; I'm glad that you are enjoying my work.

As long as you do a bit of obedience training, you shouldn't have much trouble maintaining control.  It's usually only wild Ninetales that cause this kind of trouble.

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DonkataDeath Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
actually a Vulpix doesn't have a long lifespan it only shifts once it has evolved into Ninetales
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Writer
That is your interpretation, and you are welcome to it.
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DonkataDeath Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wasn't discrediting your work just adding to it is all
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Duly noted.
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Ercion316 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
What do you mean by a unpleasant experience elaborate please
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Writer
.....I'm sorry, but will you elaborate on your question? I'm afraid that I'm not quite understanding it...
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Ercion316 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
you said the after effect would be unpleasant explain.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
.....Sorry, but I'm not the best at remembering specific conversations and what I might of said in the past, especially when it is not explicitly part of the report itself...

Could you please state where the material in question is in the report? I apologize, but I'm not understanding where you are getting your reference...
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Ercion316 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I asked "Could a pokemon such as Misgamuis which is also good with curses (or any other pokemon that uses curses) possibly lift any curse caused by ninetails?" and you replied by stating "It's possible, but I don't think that the after-effects would be very pleasant to experience, especially if it fails..." I now ask what kinds of after effects could occur.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Ah, sorry; my memory is quite poor when it comes to internet conversations...

Because a curse is effectively fused to the spiritual essence of an individual, removing it can cause both physical and mental damage if it even works, as you are essentially excising a piece of their spiritual essence. If it fails, the curse may become 'agitated' and spread further, intensify as a result. Needless to say, it's a tricky process...
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Ercion316 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Could a pokemon such as Misgamuis which is also good with curses (or any other pokemon that uses curses) possibly lift any curse caused by ninetails?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
It's possible, but I don't think that the after-effects would be very pleasant to experience, especially if it fails...
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No15-Nathax Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm currently training a vulpix in soul silver, it's like my team's little mascot, except for the fact that she's a powerful little thing. She's even capable of knocking out most rock/ground types in two blows of her flamethrower attack, that is of course unless they use rock or ground moves. But the rhyhorn and graveler in Victory Road usually use normal type attacks which make knocking them out a cake walk.
On another note. I was playing with the idea of leaving my vulpix the way it is even after it learns extrasensory (i was originally planning on evolution right after). But, as we continue our journey together and battle pokemon of higher tiers, I can't shake the feeling that asking her to battle against such foes as she is would be irresponsible on my part. I mean, an unevolved pokemon can only get so strong, right?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Never underestimate the true power of the real world. In terms of game mechanics, there is indeed a limit to how powerful a creature can be. In the context of the real world, however, I say that the sky may indeed be the only limit.
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Freelancer1989 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Sophia, my Ninetales, was one of my first pokemon... the second one to come under my care.

Back when she was a Vulpix, she was always very shy and very timid, especially around strangers, human or pokemon. Even with her previous owners, friends of my parents, she was just so shy... At least until she met me... For some reason, she picked me out of everyone to bond with, she likes me best, we don't know why. She took a liking to me and was given to me by her breeders to raise.

I didnt mind taking care of her, she was really cute and I wanted to be a trainer when I got older. But Sophia had no real combat experience and got nervous whenever battle started, she had no confidence in herself

It took some encouragement from me and my other pokemon, but she eventually got comfortable with battling. And it took a while for her to get used to meeting new people and pokemon (although she and Johnny, my Togepi at the time, quickly became friends). When she evolved into Ninetales, she was much more confident in herself. My dear Sophia.... she became a much stronger pokemon, and I dont just mean in terms of her fighting abilities, she really matured and wasn't the shy little fox I met when I was little

However, one thing about her hadn't changed.... She just loves to cuddle with me =)

She always likes to cuddle and just loves to be petted and scratched behind her ear and under her chin
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I see...what a kind beast. And people say that dog is man's best friend... :)
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murp662 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
How does Vulpix evolve into Ninetails in the wild? Is there a natural source of Fire Stones located somewhere, or is it something else?
By the way, Vulpix and Ninetails are my favorite pokemon of all times.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer
I see that. :)

You are correct. Elemental stones are not man-made and occur naturally in the wild. It is noted, however, that in certain cases evolution can occur without the need of an elemental stone, but it can take a while in some cases and may never happen altogether (we are still not sure as to why this is the case). Elemental stones just serve as a method for quickly bringing a species to its full adult potential, though the accelerated process limits their capacity to naturally learn more moves afterwords.
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Soleviatis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a great report on Ninetales. And now the ones who want can call me to run out of ideas but I just had to name my Ninetales Kyubi^^ I meet her one day near the shrine of Demeteros and she came to me in a very curious way...

Of course one can think how much that surprised me. I didn't even need to catch her, as she kept looking at me and seemingly wanted to follow. As a Ninetales usually keeps a good distance to humans, that was surely an all luck incident^^

And whenever I let her out with others to make themself comfortable for sleeping, Kyubi often cudles me before going to sleep, which I find to be very adorable^^
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Writer
I see...how sweet. :)
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Soleviatis Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure it is. After all Ninetales is and always will be my favorite fire-type^^
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Neokitten21 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Writer
I love this report it's very informative. I just have one question: Where do you get all your research for the report?
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