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This is a guide on how to play Alolan Ninetales in Pokemon UNITE. Learn about all of Alolan Ninetales's moves and skins, how to get Alolan Ninetales, and how to use Venusaur with our builds complete with best movesets, items, and combos, as well as matchups, and what counters to use against them.

Alolan Ninetales Tier Rating and Stats

Alolan Ninetales Basic Information

Alolan Ninetales.jpgAlolan Ninetales Tier: Role:
A Rank Icon Attacker
Attack Type: Difficulty:
Ranged Intermediate
Damage Type:
"Alolan Ninetales uses moves that freeze its opponents in ice, making them unable to move or attack."

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Alolan Ninetales Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
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Alolan Ninetales Evolutions

First Evolution Final Evolution
Alolan Vulpix.pngAlolan Vulpix
(Lv. 1)
Alolan Vulpix.pngAlolan Ninetales
(Lv. 4)

Alolan Ninetales Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Powerful attacks that may slow or freeze
✔︎ Good range
✔︎ Can also provide defensive support
✖︎ Very fragile
✖︎ Needs to synergize moves to maximize damage

All-Around Type of Play

The thing with Alolan Ninetales is that while it is classified as an Attacker, with Aurora Veil, it can provide some decent help to its allies by buffing their defense, basic attack damage, and movement speed.

Needs A Lot of Setup

Unlike Pikachu's instant stun, to Freeze opponents, it takes a few attacks which can open up Alolan Ninetales to attacks. While the Avalanche-Blizzard-Snow Globe combo is extremely deadly, it takes quite a lot to set up.

Best Lane for Alolan Ninetales

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The top is Alolan Ninetales' best lane given its offensive capabilities. Using Rotom and Bouffalant's boosts will help Alolan Ninetales defeat more opponents quickly and in turn, score more goals. Coupled with other Pokemon, it can be solid support since it can freeze opponents with its abilities.


Taking the bottom lane allows Alolan Ninetales access to Drednaw's shields which will it survive attacks given it's pretty frail. This will then allow it to set up its attacks safely to essentially wipe out a few enemy Pokemon in a short burst.

How to Use Alolan Ninetales

Alolan Ninetales is an Attacker Pokemon that packs a lot of offensive utility through various Status Effects. Give your team the edge in fights by inflicting Slow, Freeze, and Knockback on enemies.

You also gain your move upgrades earlier than most Attacker Pokemon. Coordinate with your team and establish dominance in as many areas of the map as possible.

Early Game: Level 1-5

Starter (Level 1-3)

Powder Snow ImagePowder Snow
Slot 1 (R)
Icy Wind ImageIcy Wind
Slot 2 (ZR)

Alolan Ninetales is one of the best early laners in the game due to how much control it provides. Powder Snow and Icy Wind inflict Slow on targets, making them extremely useful skills to punish enemies that are out of position. You can also use these moves to kite enemy ganks or save fleeing teammates.

Try to establish lane dominance with your teammates by taking Wild Pokemon on the opposing side of the lane or harassing enemies out of the lane completely.

Into the Mid-Game (Level 4-5)

Dazzling Gleam ImageDazzling Gleam
Slot 1 (R)
Avalanche ImageAvalanche
Slot 1 (R)

Your first set of upgrade choices appear at level four. These choices determine if you want to trade damage for Stuns or further improve your control of fights through Slows and direct damage.

Dazzling Gleam replaces Powder Snow with a straightforward short-range cone attack that Stuns enemy targets within. This is useful for countering mobile Pokemon such as Gengar and Talonflame.

Avalanche, on the other hand, gives you the ability to create an exploding wall at the target area. While it may seem like an awful choice, this move synergizes extremely well with Blizzard later on, which turns Alolan Ninetales into a major offensive threat in team fights or skirmishes.

Mid-Game: Level 6-8

Aurora Veil ImageAurora Veil
Slot 2 (ZR)
Blizzard ImageBlizzard
Slot 2 (ZR)

Level six unlocks your final set of upgrade choices and allows you to either go all-in on offensive prowess or offer more utility for your team.

Aurora Veil lets you bolster your team within its effect radius. Allies within take reduced damage, while having increased standard attack damage and movement speed. This is a solid choice because it enables your team to push or contest key objectives on the map.

Blizzard improves your offensive capabilities even more. This move allows you to knock enemies back, with the added benefit of dealing solid AoE damage if they hit a wall along the way. This works extremely well with Avalanche's wall, turning you into a deadly threat in team fights if left unchecked.

Late Game: Level 9+

Snow Globe ImageSnow Globe

Alolan Ninetales essentially turns into a nuke once you unlock its Unite Move at level nine. Snow Globe is a ground-zero AoE attack that deals massive damage to frozen enemies within.

Proper positioning and timing are the keys to maximizing this devastating move. Start fights off by spamming your attacks from a safe distance. Once your opponents are completely frozen, close in and use the move to make quick work of them!

You can also use this move defensively by using it just before your enemies close in on your team, effectively turning the situation around in your team's favor.

Alolan Ninetales Builds

Freeze Build

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (ZR) Lv. 3 (R) Lv. 4 (R) Lv. 6 (ZR)
Icy Wind ImageIcy Wind Powder Snow ImagePowder Snow Avalanche ImageAvalanche Blizzard ImageBlizzard
This setup is all about dealing high amounts of burst damage and control. Give your team the advantage by inflicting Slow and Freeze on key targets. Your burst damage comes from knocking enemies into Avalanche's wall via Blizzard.

Battle Item

Item Tips
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives you the ability to teleport short distances. This is extremely useful for Alolan Ninetales' survivability because enemy teams are going to prioritize taking you down as fast as possible in matches.

Held Items

Items Tips
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses increases Special Attack by a certain percentage based on its upgrade level. This item works well with Alolan Ninetales because the bulk of its damage comes from its strong moves.
Sp. Atk. Specs.pngSp. Atk. Specs Sp. Atk. Specs is another good source of extra damage. This item increases Special Attack every time you score a goal, allowing you to scale well into the later stages of a match.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell regenerates HP whenever your moves hit enemies and Wild Pokemon. The extra sustain allows you to stay in the lane longer and establish lane dominance over the opponent.

Sustained Damage Build

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (ZR) Lv. 3 (R) Lv. 4 (R) Lv. 6 (ZR)
Icy Wind ImageIcy Wind Powder Snow ImagePowder Snow Dazzling Gleam ImageDazzling Gleam Aurora Veil ImageAurora Veil
Unlike the earlier build which focuses on extreme damage (but also a lot of setups), this takes into account Alolan Ninetales' versatility and high damage. Using Aurora Veil often will give it more survivability while Dazzling Gleam slows its opponents allowing you to escape and use items if needed.

Battle Item and Held Item

The same set as the Freeze Build above is also most suitable for the Sustained Damage Build.

Alolan Ninetales Combos

High Damage Burst Combo

Step # Move
This combo maximizes the damage Ninetales can inflict. While it is a bit of a long set up and depends if Blizzard actually freezes the target Pokemon, if successful, this almost ensures that any Pokemon receiving the full blast of this combo to critical state.

Sustained Damage Combo

Step # Move
This build focuses on survivability via abusing Aurora Veil's buffs. Dazzling Gleam then provides more survivability by slowing down enemies. Then, the best strategy is to attack from a safe distance while its abilities recharge. Then, rinse and repeat.

Alolan Ninetales Matchups and Best Counters

All Alolan Ninetales Matchups

Hard Counters
Zeraora Image Cinderace Image Gengar Image Garchomp Image Absol Image Talonflame Image Eldegoss Image Pikachu Image Mr. Mime Image
Slowbro Image Venusaur Image Cramorant Image Wigglytuff Image Lucario Image Greninja Image
Machamp Image Crustle Image Snorlax Image Charizard Image

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Alolan Ninetales

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Zeraora is a tough matchup for Ninetales. It can get close to Ninetales, avoiding Ninetales' combos and burst them down.
Cinderace ImageCinderace Cinderace is another tough matchup. Being able to burst Alolan Ninetales with Cinderaces superior range in the late game. Ninetales will have trouble dealing damage to Cinderace without having to receive a lot of damage.
Gengar ImageGengar Gengar has the tools to get in close and burst down Alolan Ninetales. His mobility can also make it difficult for Ninetales to hit your damaging moves.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Garchomp is a another pokemon that can easily get in close and make things harder for Ninetales. He can get in close with his Dig or Dragon Rush and burst Ninetales down.
Absol ImageAbsol Absol can get in close with his gap closing moves and deal massive damage quickly. If Absol gets a jump on Ninetales, it can mean getting knocked out right away.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Talonflame is a tough matchup with its high damage and mobility. It can fly right on top of you, dodging your moves and burst you down as Ninetales.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss' heals and shields can offset the damage Ninetales deals. This can make it tought for Ninetales to be effective in fights if Eldegoss has good positioning. It can also cancel out Ninetales' moves that slow.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Pikachu is a tough matchup for Ninetales. Pikachu has got the mobility to avoid Ninetales' moves and the burst damage to take Ninetales out quickly. Pikachu also has disables that can make it difficult for Ninetales to outdamage.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Mr. Mime can shutdown Ninetales' moves with Barrier. This can block most of Ninetales' burst damage moves and can make it tough for Ninetales to do consistent damage.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro is a Defender that can cause you problems with their disables, but you should still be able to deal damage to them in return.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Venusaur is more or less an even fight with both of you having good burst damage combos. One way of getting an advantage is getting a disable move as Venusaur does not have any.
Cramorant Image Cramorant is an attacker that can go toe-to-toe against Ninetales, both having burst damage. Most of the time the fight is determined by who hit their combo's first.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Wigglytuff can be tough to deal with if it can get close. Besides that, you can just out range her and make sure it will have to take a lot of damage just to get close to you.
Lucario ImageLucario Lucario cann easily jump on Ninetales and try to burst Ninetales down. But at the same time, if you have the right moves, you can try disabling or slowing Lucario and deal damage.
Greninja ImageGreninja Greninja can be tricky to fight with its high mobility. If you can catch Greninja with your combo you can easily burst it down before it can nget you.

Easy Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Machamp ImageMachamp Machamp is a melee pokemon that requires to be close to the enemy pokemon to deal a ton of damage. Alolan Ninetales can easily hit her burst damage combo if he tries to get in close.
Crustle ImageCrustle Crustle is a Defender that does not shut down your gameplan, but can make things difficult with its moves. But you should easily take care of it with your burst damage combos.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Snorlax can jump on top of Ninetales and disable your moves, b ut this comes at the cost of receiving a ton of damage. In the early game you can easily shut down Snorlax even with its self healing.
Charizard ImageCharizard Charizard is an All-Rounder with not that much damage. You can easily burst it down if he gets too close to try to trade damage with you.

How to Counter Alolan Ninetales

Be Mobile and Avoid the Combos

Mobile pokemon can make it difficult for Ninertales. High movement speed or dash moves can make it hard for Alolan Ninetales to hit their high damaging combos. Avoiding Ninetales moves would put them in a vulnerable position.

Knockout Ninetales out as a Team

Ninetales can deal a ton of damage to the enemy team if left unchecked. Ninetales Unite move is especially dangerous in the middle of a team fight. Going in as a team to knock her out before Ninetales can deal too much damage is your best bet to win the fight when having to go against one.

Alolan Ninetales Moves and Ability

Alolan Ninetales Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3

Move Slot 1 (R)

Powder Snow ImagePowder Snow
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 339 (Lv. 3)
Breathes a cold wind at a target. Decreases the target's movement speed.
Dazzling Gleam ImageDazzling Gleam
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7.5s
Total Damage: 476 (Lv. 4) / 1102 (Lv. 15)
A fan of powerful light sweeps across its target. Prevents the damaged Pokemon from acting.
Once upgraded, damage dealt and inactivity length is increased.
Avalanche ImageAvalanche
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 578 (Lv. 4) / 1290 (Lv. 15)
Ice emerges from the ground at the specified location dealing damage. The ice becomes a wall that blocks the path, eventually exploding and dealing damage to nearby enemy Pokemon.
Once upgraded, decreases the movement speed of its target.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Icy Wind ImageIcy Wind
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 622 (Lv. 3)
Breathes a freezing wind at a target. If an enemy is hit, nearby enemy Pokemon will also take damage and movement speed will be decreased.
Aurora Veil ImageAurora Veil
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 13s
Creates a barrier that reduces damage to the user and all nearby allies. Also increases movement speed and standard attack damage when within range.
Once upgraded, further decreases damage dealt to nearby allies.
Blizzard ImageBlizzard
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 11s
Total Damage: 813 (Lv. 6) / 1738 (Lv. 15)
Blows a fierce icy wind twice in front of the user. The first strike will decrease the target's movement speed while the second knocks them back. If the attack strikes a wall, other nearby enemy Pokemon will also be damaged.
Once upgraded, damage dealt is increased.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Snow Globe ImageSnow Globe
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: Percent Based
Total Damage: 8240 (Lv. 9) / 13240 (Lv. 15)
Attacks with chilling ice and snow. When it strikes a target, all nearby enemies will also take damage. If an enemy is frozen, damage taken is increased.

Standard Attack

Standard AttackStandard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. When this boosted attack hits, it deals damage to nearby opposing Pokemon and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Ability (Passive)

Snow WarningSnow Warning Deals damage to opponents nearby and decreases their speed. When it attacks the same opponent multiple times, the opponent may be frozen.

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