Meta Battle Subway PokeBase - Pokemon Q&A

What is a good moveset for Ninetales?

4 votes

It knows: Flamethrower, Sunny Day, Solarbeam, Extrasensory.

Nintales Learnset

asked Jul 6, 2010 by trachy
edited Jun 30, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Ninetales (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Drought
EVs: 80 HP / 56 Def / 120 SAtk / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Overheat
- Energy Ball
- Will-O-Wisp
- Rest
Vulpix (M) @ Evolution Stone
Trait: Drought
EVs: 248 HP / 200 Def / 60 SDef
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Confuse Ray
- Will-O-Wisp
- Protect
- Attract
does any one have a ninetails or vulpix with drought they could trade to me?

29 Answers

9 votes

Suggested Item: Wide Lens
Suggested Ability: Drought
Suggested Nature: Calm (+SDef, -Atk)

  • Fire Blast
  • Hypnosis
  • Solarbeam/Confuse Ray/Will-O-Wisp
  • Protect/Roar/Safeguard

This is kind of a Zatoichi Ninetales. I never liked the idea of this thing doing straight up sweeping; you want to keep it safe in case your opponent changes the weather, so I go for a more defensive style. Fire Blast gets STAB as well as sun boost. It also gets pretty good accuracy thanks to the wide lens. Hypnosis causes sleep, and also benefits from the Wide lens. Solarbeam is pretty common to cover all of its weaknesses in a single move. Confuse ray can be used to annoy the opponent, while Will-O-Wisp can be used to burn the opponent. Will-O-Wisp gets boosted accuracy from the wide lens, lets it have a status since sleep clause limits your hypnosis use, and lets Ninetales take physical attacks better. Combine that with its nice special bulk, it's pretty nice. Protect lets it scout out moves, roar allows it to phase and prevent some of the slow pokemon from setting up rocks, and safeguard protects itself and its teammates from status.

answered Sep 5, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Sep 5, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
With All the Respect...
Don't u think that a Ninetales with the Nature Bold would be better?
Because of the Will-o-Wisp...
My Moveset is:
Ninetales @ Choice Scarf
-Dark Pulse
not really. take your pick on the defense or special defense. It's because of the will-o-wisp that I picked the special set.
The Choice Scarf Set is terrible lol

↑Tyranitar bait
You doesn't have to be so mean...
But thx for suggestion.
Thx DarkTyphlosion for the suggestion...
I know that Will-o-Wisp reduces the opponent Attack to half but I have been thinking about this moveset:
Ninetales @ Ganlon Berry
-Calm Mind
Any suggestion?
DarkTypholsion I see you everywhere for a lot of questions.
3 votes

Sunny Day (+NastyPlot+Death)
Flamethrower (STAB)

ALSO: EV Train Him In Defenses So He Can Set This UP:)

answered Aug 10, 2010 by Swampert
edited Dec 23, 2011 by Pokemaster
2 votes

Sunny Day-Powers up Fire type moves and makes SolarBeam a 1-turn

SolarBeam-Good Power and with Sunny Day you won't need to wait 2 turns.Also covers water type weakness,Rock type weakness and Ground type weakness.

Flamethrower-Good accuracy.If you like power more than accuracy,Fire Blast would be good,you could use some PP ups to make its PP higher.

Last move...You choose!

answered Aug 10, 2010 by PokeGirl
edited Aug 10, 2010 by PokeGirl
You don't need Sunny Day if the Ninetales have the ability Drought, the last can be roar or hypnosis
The last move for me? My favorite-STRUGGLE! :D
2 votes

Gen V

Ninetales (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Drought

EVs: 128 HP / 120 Def / 8 SAtk / 252 SDef

Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

  • Calm Mind
  • Fire Blast
  • Hypnosis
  • SolarBeam

Obviously, bring out the SUN! If you know your opponent has weather different from Sun on their team, just switch out ASAP so you can bring out your other weather team counters and bring out Ninetales later in the hope of taking control of the game after defeating their instant weather. You'll want to start off using Hypnosis, this way you can set up a Calm Mind or two. This makes you hard to take out on the Special side and allows you to do good damage. Your Special Attack still isn't going to be that high, but STAB and Sun boosted Fire Blast is going to do some damage, as is your high base power Solarbeam. Your EVs are intended to help you survive some hits (not high powered ones like a Conkeldurr or Haxorus, but normal lead stuff.) Leftovers also goes along with this.

answered Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
2 votes

Ninetales (F) @ Life Orb

Trait: Drought

EVs: 64 HP / 128 SAtk / 64 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Will-O-Wisp
  • Hex
  • Flamethrower
  • SolarBeam/Nasty Plot

Flash Fire can also be good, depends on what suits rest of team. (If you have like a Ferrothorn or something Flash Fire is definitely worth taking a look at.)

Will-O-Wisp Halves the foe's attack.
Hex Gets powered up by Will-O-Wisp.
Flamethrower STAB.
Solarbeam Is good with Drought, Nasty Plot Is very nice boosting move.

answered Sep 30, 2011 by Hex
2 votes

Here's a SubMind set that I love to run on Tales.

Ninetales (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Drought
EVs: 104 HP / 212 SAtk / 192 Spd
Modest Nature
- Fire Blast
- Energy Ball
- Calm Mind
- Substitute

EVs provide some bulk and some allowance for Subbing. Speed is to...outspeed...(:P) and then SAtk. With Calm Mind it can get some nice set up going on behind that sub. Energy Ball hates on all of it's weaknesses. Defensive Poli is outsped, allowing me to get the initial sub, hoping for aswitch as they predict my switch. I get my sub up, and begin Calming my Mind. Fire Blast is main STAB and hits wickedly hard in sun. I do rely on help from teammates to take down opposing Heatrans and SDef TTars, but most teams rely on help from teammates.

Gonna give credit to: Jona and Blob, who worked with me on this team so long ago, and with whom, we created this boss set.

Btw Blob, Jona, the team is insanely ground weak :P

answered Jun 7, 2013 by MrKijani
edited Jun 8, 2013 by MrKijani
What do you think latios is there for duh. Well he can suck up the ground attacks at least.
everyone else is hit either super-effectively or neutrally by ground though :P Latios is only good for so long.
1 vote

Ninetales @ Life Orb
EVs: 64HP/ 128SpAtk/ 64SpDef/ 252 Spd
Timid Nature +Spd, -Atk
Nasty Plot

answered Apr 21, 2012 by Danny
1 vote

Vulpix @ Eviolite
Ability: Drought

Flamethrower: STAB, good power, power from the sun
Will-O-Wisp: Burns foe and lowers their attack
Hex: Works well with Will-O-Wisp
Energy Ball: Coverage on rock, ground and waters

Ninetales @ Wide Lens
Ability: Drought

Fire Blast: STAB, Big power, accuracy boost from wide lens and powered in sun
Hypnosis: Puts foe to sleep, thiswill help you boost up your Nasty Plots
SolarBeam: Coverage on waters, rocks and grounds and full power in sun
Nasty Plot: Powers up Ninetales' low Sp. Atk

answered Jun 7, 2012 by Billdi
Wtf Vulpix sucks.
1 vote

My Ninetales is pretty awesome, but it works better if you lead with a Poke that has some type of entry hazard. It also works well against physical Pokemon. Here it is:

Item: Sitrus berry
Ability: Flash Fire

Extrasensory: It's an awesome move and, because of speed EVs, can be good for dealing with anything weak to psychic.

Flamethrower: Self explanatory

Will-o-wisp: Makes up for defense EVs, and makes physical Pokemonz much easier to deal with.

Roar: This is why this set works best with hazards, good substitute in case Will-o-wisp starts missing alot.

That is the set that I use on my Ninetales, hope this helped!

answered Mar 14, 2013 by PokeFanAwesome
0 votes

Ninetales (M) @ Leftovers

Role: Special Attacker

Trait: Flash Fire

EVs: 4 HP / 248 Def / 160 SAtk / 48 SDef / 48 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Hypnosis
  • Nasty Plot
  • Flamethrower
  • Energy Ball

Okay, Most everyone uses Drought Ninetails.

But lets see what it can do without it.

Hypnosis is your Obvious first move, to put foe asleep, meaning their Either gonna take a nap for a few turns, or Switch out, meaning you get to set up atleast 1 Nasty Plot.

Flamethrower gives you a rather powerful STAB attack, and Energy Ball Covers all of your weaknesses.

answered Jul 15, 2011 by Josh
The answer to what you can do without Drought is....

You can be a really weak Fire type.
Well, he isn't too bad in UU
Compared to what you could be using it is.
Either Way, Sure Nintales Sucks, But the set isn't bad.
Well i think Ninetales rocks :)
0 votes


Ninetales (M) @ Petaya Berry

Ability: Flash Fire

EVs: 56 HP / 72 SAtk / 252 SDef / 128 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Grudge
  • Overheat
  • Faint Attack
  • Imprison

Yeah, he sucks.
Overheat is pretty nice with STAB for a single use Attack, he can buff off special hits pretty well.
Faint attack is cool coverage, all he really has for special without Hypno Dreameater.
Now onto his support, I use him on my Mono-Type Fire Gen III team, and he rocks.
Grudge knocks out super effective moves that take you down. Example:

Ice Beam
Rapid Spin

He wants to take you down with Surf, and you Grudge him.
Now you have a free turn to use something like a Charizard that favors setting up while he switches out.
And Imprison can be handy to screw over someone else's fire type with Overheat, or heck. It can even take down another Grudger, even though they aren't common.

answered Sep 12, 2011 by Josh
0 votes

My ninetales knows
Flamethrower Good move
Energy Ball Kills water, rock weakness
Heatwave STAB
Extrasensory Good Move
Hope this helps!;)

answered Sep 12, 2011 by oshawott
will you stop stupidly down-voting?
Will you stop being a dick about what other people do?
0 votes

Double/Triple battle

Ninetales (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Imprison
- Heat Wave
- Protect
- Dark Pulse/HP Dragon

Since Drought is banned, we'll have to make use with Flash Fire. Heat Wave is STAB and hits multiple Pokemon. Dark Pulse can hit any foe in a Triple Battle. However, HP Dragon gets perfect (except for Heatran) coverage with Heat Wave. Imprison can screw over some foes. I mean, them not being able to protect themselves with Protect is fairly damaging. And Heat Wave sees good usage. Protect protects you from Surf and earthquake from teammates and opposing attacks.

answered Jan 17, 2012 by trachy
drought is banned ?!
in what way?
The use of instant weather is banned in non-Uber Doubles and Triples.
that clears it up .Thank you ! :)
Trait- Flash fire
-Flamethrower- standard damage
-Confuse ray- prevents attack from opponent
-will o wisp- burns target
-fire spin- damage each turn (if combined with will o wisp + confuse ray it's horrible to face)
0 votes

Just a very good killer:
Ninetales(M) Air Balloon

Nature:Modest or Timid whichever you like best
EVs: 252 Speed/252 Special attack/4 HP
Nasty Plot
Energy ball

answered Apr 21, 2012 by Aura Warrior
I would give him Solar Beam instead of energy ball and a Heat Rock instead of an Air Balloon. (Replacing Air Balloon with Heat Rock is mainly because Ninetales' speed is pretty decent and an Air Balloon is only useful against like Earthquake or other ground moves, and most ground types are pretty slow. And the Heat Rock extends Sunlight so Solar Beam can be used more efficiently.
0 votes

ability:flash fire ( probably)
item:fire plate ( if you do NOT have arceus of course)
-energy ball cause it deals with all of ninetales weeknesses
-iron tail cause it deals with rock types
-flame thrower or fire blast cause both are very powerfull fire type moves
-payback cause if your Pokemon have taken some damage this attack's power will be doubled
hope I helped

( by the way I am new here)

answered Mar 4, 2013 by clawblade
Ninetales has a good sp. attack; so I wouldn't go for the attacking moves. Good stategy though.
0 votes

I'm surprised no one has suggested this one:

Modest/timid nature
Speed and spatk ev's

Solarbeam- 1 turn, covers all weaknesses
Flamethrower- stab, great power in sunlight
Will-o-wisp- cripple physical sweepers
Confuse ray- can further cripple their sweepers

I've successfully used this burn-fusion status combo and it makes hard hitting physical sweepers (in my last battle, their Salamance) far less threatening and can give you a setup opportunity. Additionally, the burn wears high def foes down and eliminates focus sash/endure strategies

answered Jun 5, 2013 by astrichthyes
Yeah same here, I'm surprised not many people have had Solar Beam. Your moveset is pretty good.
0 votes

Ninetales@ leftovers
Nature Modest (+SpA -Att)
EVs: 252 HP/252/SpA/4 Speed
-Heat Wave
-Nasty Plot

I find this mostly useful in Double battles as heat wave pretty much Doubles in power due to sun+STAB and being able to hit the entire team. Just sub then nasty plot and then you can pretty much brute force your way through resistances. Solarbeam is 120 base att and 1 turn in sun which provides some coverage

answered Jun 8, 2013 by dmoe33
edited Jun 8, 2013 by dmoe33
0 votes

Ninetales @ Ganlon Berry
Trait: Drought
Nature: Bold (+Defence/-Attack)
Characteristic: Often Dozes Off
-Calm Mind

answered Jun 8, 2013 by Alexjogos1999
0 votes

Ninetales @ Salac Berry
Trait: Drought
Nature: Modest (+Sp.Attack/-Attack) (287 Sp.Attack)
Characteristic: Alert to Sounds (Speed) (299 Speed)
-Nastly Plot
-Fire Blast
In-Game Play:
First use Substitute to Reduce HP...
If you get lucky you can use a Nastly Plot until you haven't reached the 1/4 of your HP...
When your HP is in the 1/4 the Salac Berry will activate and your Speed will raise...
Then, you have the STAB Fire Blast and the Cover Move SolarBeam!

answered Jun 18, 2013 by Alexjogos1999
0 votes

Ninetales @ leftovers

Ability: Drought
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 speed, 252 HP, 4 sp. atk

Fire Blast

Fast sacrifice lead. Disable is for any choiced leads. Will-o-wisp is for any physical leads predicting Ninetales. Sub to be annoying. Fire Blast's just for damage.

answered Jul 2, 2013 by OutragedArcanine