Vulpix

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Fire
Vulpix
ロコン Rokon
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Fox Pokémon
Pokédex
National
037
Johto
Hoenn
Sinnoh
Unova
Kalos
Alola
Ability Gender
Flash Fire
Drought (Dream World)
75% ♀
25% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Brown Field
Weight Height
21.8 lbs 9.9kg 2'00" 0.6 m
Body style Footprint
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Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
38 41 40
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
50 65 65
Total
299

Vulpix (pronunciation: VUHL-piks) is a Fire-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Appearance

Vulpix are fox-like Pokémon with red-brown colored fur. Vulpix's most distinctive feature is its six tails that are curled at the tips. According to the Pokédex, its tails are actually one tail that splits multiple times as it grows older. On the top of its head, Vulpix have fur that curls into three rolls at the top and falls over its forehead at the bottom.

A shiny Vulpix has a golden color scheme as opposed to its original red-brown. Vulpix do not have any differences in appearance between genders.

Special abilities

All Vulpix have the ability Flash Fire, which powers up its Fire-type moves when hit by any Fire-type move and makes it immune to Fire-type attacks.

According to the Pokédex, Vulpix have a flame inside their body that never goes out. This presumably gives it the ability to use fire attacks such as Flamethrower.

Evolution

Vulpix evolves into Ninetales by use of a Fire Stone.

In the anime

Main article: Suzy's Vulpix
Brock's Vulpix given to him by Suzy.

Vulpix first debuted in the episode Pokémon Fashion Flash under the ownership of a Pokémon Breeder named Suzy. Other Vulpix have infrequently appeared in the anime when compared to that of other Pokémon.

Brock's Vulpix

Brock had a Vulpix early on in the anime series in the aforementioned episode Pokémon Fashion Flash. Brock received it from the Pokémon Breeder named Suzy. While Brock did not use this Vulpix frequently in battle, he was often seen taking care of it, usually grooming it. In the episode Beauty and the Breeder, Brock returned the Vulpix back to Suzy.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Pokémon Mansion, Route 7, 8 (Blue Only) Few
Yellow Rocket Game Corner Coin Exchange Prize
Gold/Silver Route 7, 8, 36, 37 (Silver Only) Common
Crystal Trade None
Ruby/ Sapphire Mt. Pyre Common
Emerald Mt. Pyre Common
FireRed/ LeafGreen Pokémon Mansion, Route 7, 8 (LeafGreen Only) Common
Diamond/ Pearl Route 209 (Dual-slot; LeafGreen) 8% chance of appearing
Platinum Route 209 (Dual-slot; LeafGreen) 8% chance of appearing
HeartGold/SoulSilver Routes 7, 8, 36, and 37 (SoulSilver Only) Common
Black/White Abundant Shrine Rare

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap Volcano
Pokémon Channel Ruins of Truth
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Volcano (Ruby Field)
Pokémon Trozei! Huge Storage 1, Endless Level 17, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Fiery Field (1-4F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Sky Stairway (1-49F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Shiver Camp, The Ice Lake, Hiaburu Lake, Almia Castle
Pokémon Rumble Fiery Furnace
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Lava Zone
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Old Mansion, Ice Temple


Pokédex entries

Red Blue
At the time of birth, it has just one tail. The tail splits from its tip as it grows older.
Yellow
Both its fur and its tails are beautiful. As it grows, the tails split and form more tails.
Gold
As it develops, its single white tail gains color and splits into six. It is quite warm and cuddly.
Silver
If it is attacked by an enemy that is stronger than itself, it feigns injury to fool the enemy and escapes.
Crystal
As its body grows larger, its six warm tails become more beautiful, with a more luxurious coat of fur.
Ruby
At the time of its birth, Vulpix has one white tail. The tail separates into six if this Pokémon receives plenty of love from its Trainer. The six tails become magnificently curled.
Sapphire
Inside Vulpix's body burns a flame that never goes out. During the daytime, when the temperatures rise, this Pokémon releases flames from its mouth to prevent its body from growing too hot.
Emerald
It can freely control fire, making fiery orbs fly like will-o'-the-wisps. Just before evolution, its six tails grow hot as if on fire.
FireRed
While young, it has six gorgeous tails. When it grows, several new tails are sprouted.
LeafGreen
When it is born, it has just one snow-white tail. The tail splits from its tip as it grows older.
Diamond
It controls balls of fire. As it grows, its six tails split from their tips to make more tails.
Pearl
It controls balls of fire. As it grows, its six tails split from their tips to make more tails.
Platinum
It controls balls of fire. As it grows, its six tails split from their tips to make more tails.
HeartGold
As it develops, its single white tail gains color and splits into six. It is quite warm and cuddly.
SoulSilver
If it is attacked by an enemy that is stronger then itself, it feigns injury to fool the enemy and escapes.
Black
It controls balls of fire. As it grows, its six tails split from their tips to make more tails.
White
It controls balls of fire. As it grows, its six tails split from their tips to make more tails.
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Learnset

Generation I

Main article: Vulpix/Learnset Generation I

Origins

Vulpix's name is a combination of Vulpes, Latin for fox, and six, referring to its six tails. The rok in Rokon may be derived from roku, six; the kon may be derived from 'grudge' which refers to the curse that Vulpix and Ninetales may cast on their foes. This is also reflected in Vulpix, which learns Grudge. Kon may also refer to the Japanese onomatopoeia kon kon which is the sound that foxes make. Furthermore, a konko is a gas burner stove.

Vulpix are based upon foxes. Though in Japan there are legends concerning foxes (or kitsune as they are called there). One such legend which is most relevant to Vulpix is how multi-tailed kitsune can breathe fire, create illusions and have extremely long lives. After having concluded their lifecycle, these creatures take on a spirit form, which may have been the reason why Vulpix and Ninetales can learn Ghost-type moves.

The fire-type pokemon Vulpix is also based on the fennec fox in the genus Vulpes. The only characteristics taken from the genus Vulpes would be that it's a fire-type, it resembles a fox, and its fur is fashionable. The fennec fox lives in Africa, it's adapted to a high-temperature, low-water, desert environment, which explains why Vulpix is a fire-type. The fennec's fur is prized by the indigenous peoples of North Africa, and in some parts of the world, the animal is considered an exotic pet.

Trivia

  • Vulpix's original name was "Foxfire".
  • Prior to generation V, Vulpix could not learn Energy Ball from a TM, despite being able to inherit the move via breeding.
  • Vulpix and Ninetales are the only non-Ghost-type Pokémon to learn Grudge and Will-O-Wisp by leveling up.
  • Vulpix and Ninetales are the only non-Legendary Pokémon to have the ability Drought. This ability, however, was in Dream World.
  • Vulpix is often considered to be Growlithe's counterpart as they are both Fire-type Pokémon and are version-exclusive Pokémon.

References