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|Name (Japanese), Number||Ninetales (Kyukon), 038|
|Video game base stats¹|
|Height||3'07" (1.1 m)|
|Weight||44.0 lb (19.9 kg)|
|Shiny color||Ninetales normally white fur appears silver|
|Signature Attack||Fire Spin|
|Gender distribution||25% male, 75% female|
|¹ Stats for trading card versions may vary.|
Ninetales is inspired by a Japanese fox spirit, the kitsune. Kyuubi-no-kitsune is a nine-tailed fox demon. It is very clever and sinister. It is skilled in mind trickery; one of its favorite tricks is to change shape and assume the identity of somebody else. The story of kitsune originated from India, spread to mainland China and eventually to Japan.
Ninetales is very intelligent and very vengeful. It is said that if you pull one of its nine tails, it will put a thousand-year curse on you. Ninetales casts a sinister light from its bright red eyes to gain total control over a foe's mind.
According to legend, 9 noble saints were united and reincarnated into this Pokemon. Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special power. Ninetales' tails could actually keep it alive for thousands of years. Ninetales is 3'07" and weighs 44 lbs. Most Ninetales are female, and in Hoenn they all possess the Flash Fire ability, making it impervious to all fire-type attacks and able to heal itself when hit by fire-type attacks.
Ninetales' name comes from the fact that it has nine tails, and that the word tail is a homophone of tales. The name is also a reference to a Chinese myth of a nine-tailed fox spirit who serves under Nuwa.
Later in the TV series, the gang meets a 200 year-old Ninetales who tries to subdue Brock into staying with her by using an illusionary woman.
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