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Ninetales (the Fox Pokémon) is a rare Fire-type Pokémon (Ice/Fairy-type in the Alola region) found among grassy fields, mountainous environments and cold mountain peaks within the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Unova and Alola 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. Ninetales in particular are masters of combining fire and mysterious forces to their advantage, using their Fire-type attacks to hypnotize its opposition before attacking the defenseless target.

It is lastly noted that Ninetales are one of the few species of Pokémon known to have a unique variant within the confines of the Alola region. In this region, these creatures are Ice/Fairy-types; possess the Snow Cloak Ability as their primary Ability instead of Flash Fire and Snow Warning as their Hidden Ability instead of Drought; lose the ability to learn many new moves, the only exceptions being Dazzling Gleam (which they learn immediately after evolving); and possess a slightly decreased base Attack stat and a slightly increased base Speed stat. While Alolan Vulpix can be found on all of the icy peaks in the Alola region, Alolan Ninetales are only found in the wild atop one particular mountain that is revered as a holy site by the natives of the region, where it is said that great deities in the past came down; as a result, access to this mountain is strictly forbidden by the locals. In comparison to their normal variant, Alolan Ninetales are actually incredibly calm and gentle by nature and willingly help out travelers that are lost or dying in the frozen fields they call home; as such, in ancient times, it was thought they were the incarnate form of a great deity before it was discovered that they were merely a regional variant of a globally-dispersed species. This is still very much present in their powers, though, as unlike in their normal variant, the psychokinetic powers of these beasts are so great that they actually manifest in the form of a make-shift Fairy Force, effectively granting the beasts a secondary Fairy-type assignment upon evolving. While these creatures might be kind to most travelers, they will attack anyone that dares to destroy their habitat with ruthless aggression, using their powers to produce ice crystals from the fur on their backs and tails to block attacks, freeze enemies in place instantly, or even from balls of ice that Alolan Ninetales can then fire of at opponents like bullets with the strength needed to pulverize rock. Though they might not have the most conventional of type assignments, Alolan Ninetales are still powerful creatures and more than worth fearing if you come as anything but a friend when you enter their domain.

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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:iconvl32:
VL32 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Student General Artist
NEVER anger these Pokemon. Seriously, the last Trainer who did that disappeared of the face of the earth (At least that's how I interpreted the Legend).
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Professional Writer
Well, I don't know about that, but it is unlikely that they walked away without a serious curse.
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ClayCrab Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I think you mixed up Alolan Ninetales' Attack/Speed trade. It's actually somewhat faster than regular Ninetales, but doesn't have as much physical power.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Professional Writer
Fixed.
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Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016   Artist
ah yes ninetales.......the one pokemon that i repeatedly try to avoid pissing off to no avail. walk into an area and find them? turn right the hell around. find a young wild volpix? mother might be nearby so run away as fast as possible.....which ironicly in alola did not work out too well for me. the vulpix fallowed me all the way from the ice tops to my hotel. the mother was NOT happy......
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Writer
....Geez.....you really don't seem to have a lot of luck with Pokemon in the region, do you?
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Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016   Artist
i don't. it doesn't help that the ninetails is constantly hunting  me down whenever that volpix comes after me.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Professional Writer
Hmm.....I might need to send a helper or two to make sure you can get things settled, then...
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Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016   Artist
nah nah. i may not be the best person in the world at pokemon fights, but you know me by now. i can take a hit and get the hell out of dodge pretty easily.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Writer
Well, that's certainly a useful skill, yes.
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Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016   Artist
yup and no matter how painful it end up being, so long as i get away without hurting them, i'm fine with it.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Professional Writer
Good.
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raptor92921 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Got myself an alolan ninetales and they dont mind you touching their tails as much as your average ninetales. In fact I kerp mine so well groomed that tourists think it is a shiny ninetales. At least until I correct them seconds later.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Writer
Yeah...though, to be honest, the color difference between shiny and regular Alolan Vulpix is really small. I've found at least two in my time in a backlog of entries in the GTS just because someone didn't look for a purple versus blue tint to the inside of their ears.
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jewelswirlix Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Student General Artist
You should update it because Alolan Ninetales has been announced for ages
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Professional Writer
I will only update it when I have managed to conduct research on the species on my own time, and my scheduled trip to the Alola region is still a few weeks away.
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jewelswirlix Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Then can normal Ninetales mate with Alolan Ninetales? Mines (shiny Alolan)mate is a normal Ninetales
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Kiranta Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2016
They can breed. But the Vulpix it results in depends if the one of the Ninetails has an Everstone equipped.

With Everstone: Normal Vulpix
Without Everstone: Alolan Vulpix
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Professional Writer
I'm sure they can, but again, I would still have to study the variant more to understand its breeding abilities better.
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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Edited Mar 25, 2016
Ninetales, to me, is very elegant. Do not let that elegant exterior fool you; this majestic fox can wreak havoc in battle. Especially considering it's capable of learning Energy Ball and Solarbeam. Those moves, being Grass-type, are super effective against all of the types Ninetales is weak to. Combine that with Nasty Plot, and.. Let's just say you'd better have a Kingdra on hand.

Side question: Would Ninetales make a good pet if trained properly?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Writer
Indeed....

And yes, of course. Ninetales are very trusting of their trainers, as long as they have been raised well.
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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016
And Kingdra won't help against Alolan Ninetales. I must say, Ice and Fairy is a very unique combination.

I can confirm that Alolan Ninetales is able to get Moonblast as an Egg move via breeding with a Sylveon or Primarina. There may be other Pokémon able to pass Moonblast down, but I'm not 100% certain.
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zviewer21 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Alola ninetales can also learn freeze dry via breeding. Some one wonder traded me a male that had timid nature and freeze dry, I had a female with snow warning and moon blast. Since the resulting vulpix's mother was named winter, and her grandma (regional ninetails with drought) was named Summer, I am going to name this one Antarctica.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes, that is true, though I don't really talk about Egg moves that much in my general reports.
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brynaya Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Hi, would you mind if I used this for a preface to my Pokemon Fan fiction? I'll put your name and the link in at the end of the chapter but change the name to professor Oak for cannon. All credit will be attributed to you.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Professional Writer
The same applies as with my comment on the other report you are interested in.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I have one with Choice Specs and Drought.

Drought raises Fire type power greatly, it has access to Solar Beam, and Overheat with Drought and Choice Specs with one will kill just about anything. Mine is also Modest and trained in special attack.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional Writer
I see...sounds like quite the partner.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, she indeed is. Anything that gets hit once with Overheat with that combo is either destroyed or very badly damaged.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional Writer
Indeed...
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ninetales by itself has only about average special attack, but when you thrown in Drought boosted STAB Choice Specs Overheat...well...That's a 250% boost in power with a move with an already pretty high base power. The only drawback is it isn't suited for longer battles.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Still, it can really do some serious damage.

Not to mention Ninetales get access to Solar Beam for Rock, Ground, and Water types, which are some of their ONLY major weaknesses.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Writer
True...
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theautumnmistress Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Now I kind want one,but heh heh,I don't know how to include a Vulpix.I really want to include a Snorunt,Misdreavous,(male)Ralts,and Murkrow as a main part of my team along with Vulpix to evolve them into a Frosslass,Mismagius,Gallade,Honchkrow,and Ninetales respectively,but I guess it's another journey.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Writer
I see...well, there will always be more opportunities in the future.
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theautumnmistress Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
Yeah...*sigh*
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist 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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:iconlightarcindumati:
LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist 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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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Jotho.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
me: ok, where in johto, dumbass?
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist 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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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist 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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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Writer
Ah, I believe I am familiar with this legend...
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:iconlightarcindumati:
LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Really?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Writer
Yes; I have spoken with Brock himself on the encounter.
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