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The best guide on how to play Alolan Ninetales in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Alolan Ninetales Latest Nerfs & Buffs (9/22)

Version Patch Notes (9/22)

Alolan Ninetales Move Changes (September 22)
Blizzard Image
• Hitting a wall now generates a blizzard that deals 227 (lv 6.) damage per tick (1135 total damage)
Snow Globe Image
Snow Globe
• Fixed a bug where the damage bonus isn't being applied to frozen targets.
Snow Warning Image
Snow Warning
• Bug Fixes.

Alolan Ninetales Previous Move Patches

Snow Warning Bug Fixes. Fixed a bug where the effect would activate on invisible opponent Pokemon in the grass. Bug Fixes

Blizzard Now generates a blizzard after hitting a wall that deals 1135 total damage (lv.6)

Snow Globe Fixed a bug that prevents it from dealing bonus damage to frozen targets.

Alolan Ninetales Basic Info

Alolan Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales.jpg
Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

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

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Alolan Ninetales Best Lanes

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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

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

Best Builds for Alolan Ninetales


Freeze Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

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.

This is also an excellent build to combo Snow Globe with. With Buddy Barrier in tow, it allows Alolan Ninetales to survive more fights with the extra shields.

Sustained Damage Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

Unlike the earlier build which focuses on extreme damage (but also a lot of setups), this takes into account Alolan Ninetales' to switch between offense and defense with just a simple switch of move choice. Using Aurora Veil often will give it more survivability while Dazzling Gleam slows its opponents allowing you to escape and use items if needed.

Further the use of Muscle Band allows it to speed up its Standard Attacks which in turn speeds up the freeze build up making it easier to freeze your opponents.

Support Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build focuses on team support and thus Aurora Veil needs to be ready every time your team engages in a fight. Once activated, keep using your Standard Attack to freeze opponents while your teammates finish them off. If the enemy begins to retreat, use Avalanche to seal their path and finish them off (if able) using Snow Globe.

Alolan Ninetales Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Exp. Share.pngExp. Share While the Pokemon has the fewest Exp. Points on the team, it gains (2/3/4) Exp. Points per second. In addition, when a nearby teammate defeats a wild Pokemon, that teammate gains slightly more Exp. Points.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Increases the damage of moves by a minimum of (40/50/60) when they hit. The higher the Pokemon's SP. Atk. the more the damage is increased

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

While Alolan Ninetales focuses on Sp. Atk., it does benefit a lot from Atk Spd. bonuses from Muscle Band seeing as its Standard Attack applies one stack of its freeze. In doing so, it makes it faster to apply the Freeze status on your opponents.

The other defensive items such as Exp. Share, Buddy Barrier, and Focus Band allows it more mobility and HP since Alolan Ninetales is pretty fragile and has little mobility moves to speak of.

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.

As mentioned earlier, Alolan Ninetales have poor mobility which makes Eject Button your best friend. With it, you can escape an unfavorable fight in an instant.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Aurora Veil ImageAurora Veil Creates a field that reduces damage taken for yourself and your allies for 5 seconds. While in the field your Movement Speed is increased and all your Basic Attacks become boosted attacks.
Upgrade: Increases damage reduction when in the field.
Dazzling Gleam ImageDazzling Gleam Blasts light at enemies in a cone in front of you, damaging and stunning them for 45 frames.
Upgrade: Damage is increased and stun duration is changed to 1 second.

This moveset solves two of Alolan Ninetales' major problems - fragility and mobility. This field boosts your offensive capabilities as well and partnering it up with Dazzling Gleam makes it an excellent support and crowd control Pokemon.

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How to Play 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.

Team up with a Defender

Pokemon UNITE- Alolan Ninetales Pairing Up with Snorlax

Having a Defender by Alolan Ninetales' side is highly recommended. Since it is a Ranged Attacker, it is quite troublesome if it gets within range of powerful melee enemies. Defenders by your side such as Snorlax and Crustle can act as a shield, making it easier to move around so it won't get knocked down.

Focus on Leveling Up Until it Evolves

When using Alolan Ninetales, focus on defeating the wild Pokemon early on. Since Ninetales gets better later in the game as it learns more skills, keep the fight early on to a minimum. Focus on the Wild Pokemon to raise your levels.

Attack from a Safe Distance

Pokemon UNITE- Alolan Ninetales Attacking Through Walls

Being fragile, it is recommended for Alolan Ninetales to fight from a distance by utilizing its ranged attacks. With its range, you can fight against Pokemon who rely heavily on melee attacks. Team up with a Defender and shave off the enemy's HP through your standard attack or Avalanche.

Be Aware of the Ice Symbol Above Enemies

Pokemon UNITE - Alolan Ninetales Defending Goal Zone

You can put a Pokemon in a Frozen state by accumulating the icy mark that appears whenever Alolan Ninetales attacks an opponent. You can fill up that gauge by hitting an opponent with any of the following moves/abilities:

  • Hitting an opponent with a Boosted Attack
  • Any skill other than Aurora Veil
  • Alolan Ninetales' passive ability, Snow Warning
  • Activate Unite Move
  • Attack an enemy 4 times

Note that during Aurora Veil, Standard Attacks become strengthened and you can freeze the opponent in 4 hits.

Utilize Walls to Block Enemies with Avalance

Pokemon UNITE- Alolan Ninetales Activates Unite Move

The ice wall Avalanche creates is useful in preventing opponents from running away mid-fight. Since you can adjust the location and direction where you create Avalanche's wall, learn how to effectively place the wall to give your team the advantage.

Aurora Veil Reduces Enemy Attack Damage

Normal With Aurora Veil

▲ Normal damage is reduced from 107 to 75 Aurora Veil

When maxed, Aurora Veil can reduce nearly 70% of the damage inflicted on you, making this useful during fights. Added to that, it also applies this bonus to any ally within range. This makes Aurora Veil a useful support skill that can turn a disadvantageous battle to your side, especially in the late stages of a match.

Use your Unite Move to Weaken Opponents

Pokemon UNITE- Alolan Ninetales Activates Unite Move

Use Alolan Ninetales' Unite move to finish off an opponent with low HP. Since it is radial attack centered on Alolan Ninetales, it is also possible to use it while in the middle of a group battle, finishing off those with low HP, while at the same time weakening the others for your teammates to finish off.

Alolan Ninetales Combos

High Damage Burst Combo

High Damage Burst Combo
Avalanche IconBlizzard Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Alolan Ninetales High Damage Burst Combo
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

Sustained Damage Combo
Aurora Veil IconDazzling Gleam IconSnow Globe Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Alolan Ninetales Sustained Damage Combo
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.

Matchups & Counters for Alolan Ninetales

Alolan Ninetales Matchups

Hard Counter
AbsolBlastoiseCinderaceEldegossGarchompGengarMamoswineMr. MimePikachuSylveonTalonflameWigglytuffZeraora
Fair Matchup
Good Matchup

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Alolan Ninetales.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter With Quick Damage Bursts

Alolan Ninetales struggles with speedy attackers. Its moves takes a bit of time to take full effect so bust out your quick moves to make short work of it.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Rating: ★★★★★
Blastoise has enough bulk and damage to wipe out Alolan Ninetales even one on one. With Rapid Spin and Hydro Pump at its beck and call, Blastoise will bring down this fox before it can unleash its freezing attacks.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Rating: ★★★★★
Mamoswine's aggressive toolset allows it to immediately eliminate the range advantage Alolan Ninetales may have. Once within range, Mamoswine's constant hammering of crowd control effects such as Stun and Freeze will ensure that the icy fox will never get a chance to retaliate.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Rating: ★★★★
Garchomp has Dig to avoid the range advantage of Alolan Ninetales. Follow that up with Earthquake to stun up and then auto attack it to death. With its lack of mobility, Alolan Ninetales will quickly fall to Garchomp.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Rating: ★★★★
Talonflame's major advantage against Alolan Ninetales is Fly, giving it a huge range of attack, offsetting Alolan Ninetales' range. From there, Alolan Ninetales can simply unleash its attacks against Alolan Ninetales, and without defenses and mobility to escape you, you can net yourself an easy kill.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Rating: ★★★★
Pikachu's main advantage against Alolan Ninetales is superior range. While both Pokemon have no mobility moves, Pikachu's choices of instantaneous Stun moves offset what Alolan Ninetales' Freeze can offer. And since it takes a lot of time to set up Alolan Ninetales' Freeze effect, it gives Pikachu a lot of time to take out Alolan Ninetales as well.

Even Matchups

Even matchups are always a matter of skill, luck and timing. Here are some tips to help push Alolan Ninetales ahead against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Burst Down Pokemon with Damage/Status Negating Moves

Pokemon with Damage/Status Negating Moves
Blissey Image Slowbro Image

Alolan Ninetales' main advantage is its Freeze status effect. Without it, its an easy prey for basically any Pokemon. When encountering Pokemon on equal standing, focus on those that can negate your Status Effects to gain a major advantage.

Slowbro on the other hand are just a pain to deal with since it can negate your damage but cannot burst you down quickly enough as well. Attack it quickly to remove him from the playing field.

Be Wary of Burst Counters

Pokemon with Burst Counters
Greninja Image Lucario Image

Greninja and Lucario are both notorious for their deceptively high damage capabilities. Greninja with Smokescreen and Lucario's dashing attacks are effective in countering Alolan Ninetales back so disengage when necessary.

Avoid Long Range 1v1's

Pokemon with Long Range Attacks
Venusaur Image Gardevoir Image

As was mentioned in the previous section, Alolan Ninetales can be burst down with range. Cramorant and Gardevoir has some good range but thankfully, unlike Pikachu, they can't stun as effectively which gives Alolan Ninetales some leeway to counter back.

Dodge their main moves and once they go into cooldown, rush in to freeze them and finish them off with your own combos.

Best Matchups for Alolan Ninetales

Those that cannot counter or quickly burst down Alolan Ninetales is doomed when facing it one on one.

Pokemon Explanation
Charizard ImageCharizard Charizard's main weakness is his lackluster damage. While it has plenty of mobility skills, it does not give him enough advantage to dodge Alolan Ninetales' Freeze effects, making Charizard an easy target.
Crustle ImageCrustle Crustle's main disadvantage is that it needs to stick close to Alolan Ninetales, opening it up to a lot of damage.
Machamp ImageMachamp Similar to Crustle, Machamp needs to get in close but with Alolan Ninetales' passive ability and Standard Attacks, it makes it an easy target to Freeze.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Even with bulk and stunning moves, Snorlax needs to get in melee range to be even effective against Alolan Ninetales. This opens him up to a lot of attacks and Freeze opportunities for Alolan Ninetales.

Best Teammates for Alolan Ninetales

Pokemon Explanation
Snorlax ImageSnorlax
Crustle ImageCrustle
Can provide protection
Alolan Ninetales can deal a lot of damage, but is pretty fragile. Either of these two defender Pokemon is great to have as they can protect Alolan Ninetales in teammates, and can become a wall that the enemy team will have to go through to get to Alolan Ninetales.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime
Disables can setup your moves and combos
To get the most out of Alolan Ninetale's moves you will need to combo them, this can be tough as you can miss a move against high mobility Pokemon. Having a Slowbro or Mr. Mime or both can help you hit your full combo by disabling the enemy Pokemon.

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Alolan Ninetales Moves

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 wind in a cone, dealing damage and reducing Movement Speed of enemies hit.
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)
Blasts light at enemies in a cone in front of you, damaging and stunning them for 45 frames.
Upgrade: Damage is increased and stun duration is changed to 1 second.
Avalanche ImageAvalanche
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 578 (Lv. 4) / 1290 (Lv. 15)
Creates an ice wall at the target area that deals damage as it appears that lasts for 1.5 seconds. The wall blocks the path and will eventually explode, dealing damage again to nearby enemies.
Upgrade: The ice wall slows the Movement Speed of nearby enemies.

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 wind in a straight line, dealing damage, pushing them back, and slowing Movement Speed of enemies hit.
Aurora Veil ImageAurora Veil
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 13s
Creates a field that reduces damage taken for yourself and your allies for 5 seconds. While in the field your Movement Speed is increased and all your Basic Attacks become boosted attacks.
Upgrade: Increases damage reduction when in the field.
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 that does damage twice in front of the user. The first strike will decrease the target's movement speed while the second knocks them back. If the second strike hits a wall, the attack forms a small AoE instead.
Upgrade: Damage dealt is increased.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Snow Globe ImageSnow Globe
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 8240 (Lv. 9) / 13240 (Lv. 15)
Attacks with chilling ice and snow in a large area around the user, dealing heavy damage to all enemies in the area. If an enemy is frozen, damage taken is increased.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard 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 Warning ImageSnow Warning Snow falls around you every few seconds, damaging a nearby enemy, slowing them and applying a debuff stack. Debuff stacks can be applied through this ability, Moves, and boosted attacks. At 3 debuff stacks the enemy will be frozen.

Alolan Ninetales Stats & Evolutions

Alolan Ninetales Evolutions

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

Alolan Ninetales Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3197 35 27 134
2 3266 38 29 137
3 3345 42 32 141
4 3747 60 46 161
5 3852 65 50 166
6 3972 70 54 172
7 4110 76 59 179
8 4269 83 65 187
9 4452 91 71 196
10 4663 101 78 207
11 4906 112 86 219
12 5185 125 96 233
13 5506 139 107 249
14 5875 156 120 268
15 6299 175 135 289

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Alolan Ninetales In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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Alolan Ninetales Skins (Holowear)

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