Competitive Information for Alolan Ninetales [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Ninetales-alola ninetales-alola
Base Stats for Ninetales-Alola

Ice / Fairy

Abilities:
Snow CloakSnow Cloak: If Hail is active, this Pokemon's evasiveness is 1.25x; immunity to Hail.
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Snow WarningSnow Warning: On switch-in, this Pokemon summons Hail.


Evolutions / Family:
Ninetales

Weakness Chart for Ice/Fairy-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
0.5x
0x
  
  
  
2x
  
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
  
0.5x
  
2x
  
2x
4x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Ninetales-alola? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Ninetales-alola in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

IncineroarRotom-WashTogekissExcadrillDracozoltGrimmsnarlGoodraMudsdaleVenusaurConkeldurr


Ninetales is a fabulous Ice and Fairy-typed Pokemon. It's a normal sight to see Ninetales out in the 8th generation battlefield. Ninetales is weak to Fire, Poison, Rock, and Steel-typed attacks.


Species: Ninetales-Alola
Item: Light Clay / Focus Sash
Ability: Snow Warning
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Blizzard
- Aurora Veil / Freeze-Dry
- Fake Tears
- Protect

Special Sweeper Ninetales-Alola (Analytic)

Ninetales is a remarkable Special Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Ninetales from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Snow Warning changes the weather to Hail when Ninetales is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all ice attacks while the Hail remains active. Aurora Veil halves damage done to the user by physical and special moves for five turns; In doubles, Aurora Veil protects the user and all allies, but only reduces damage by a third rather than half. The catch is Aurora Veil can only be used during Hail. Luckily, Snow Warning lets you keep the veil up pretty consistently. If a Light Clay is held when Aurora Veil is used, it will extend the duration of it from 5 to 8 turns.

Blizzard is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze foes. can't miss in hail).
Aurora Veil is a status move (for 5 turns, damage to allies is halved. hail only).
Freeze-Dry is a special STAB-boosted 70-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze. super effective on water).
Fake Tears is a status move (lowers the target's special defense by 2 stages).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Ninetales this turn).




Species: Ninetales-Alola
Item: Icy Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Snow Warning
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Foul Play
- Avalanche
- Body Slam
- Zen Headbutt

Physical Sweeper Ninetales-Alola (Snow Warning)

Ninetales is a sensational Physical Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Ninetales's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Snow Warning changes the weather to Hail when Ninetales is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all ice attacks while the Hail remains active.

Foul Play is a physical 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Avalanche is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Ice-type move (power doubles if Ninetales is damaged by the target).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).




Species: Ninetales-Alola
Item: Icy Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Snow Warning
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Blizzard / Ice Beam
- Moonblast / Dazzling Gleam
- Psyshock
- Dark Pulse

Special Sweeper Ninetales-Alola (Snow Warning)

Ninetales is a spectacular Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Ninetales's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Snow Warning changes the weather to Hail when Ninetales is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all ice attacks while the Hail remains active.

Blizzard is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze foes. can't miss in hail).
Ice Beam is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Moonblast is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Fairy-type move (30% chance to lower the target's special attack by 1 stage).
Dazzling Gleam is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Fairy-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Psyshock is a special 80-base power Psychic-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Dark Pulse is a special 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).




Species: Ninetales-Alola
Item: Light Clay
Ability: Snow Warning
Nature: Quiet (+SpA, -Spe)
EVs: 128 Def / 252 SpA / 128 SpD
Moveset:
- Aurora Veil
- Dazzling Gleam
- Protect
- Blizzard

Ninetales-Alola Special Tank (Veil Attacker)

Ninetales is a sensational Special Tank. This moveset is designed to take a hefty amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Snow Warning changes the weather to Hail when Ninetales is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all ice attacks while the Hail remains active. This build is basically to create a decent wall against opponents in doubles for an attacker alongside it to bash the enemies. Aurora Veil to have damage, and light flag to extend it. Obviously show warning so you can use Aurora veil, and protect in case the opposing team tries to take you out. I also put in its two best stab moves for doubles, which attack both targets. The defense and so defense are to make it able to take a bit and still get up Aurora Veil.Aurora Veil halves damage done to the user by physical and special moves for five turns; In doubles, Aurora Veil protects the user and all allies, but only reduces damage by a third rather than half. The catch is Aurora Veil can only be used during Hail. Luckily, Snow Warning lets you keep the veil up pretty consistently. If a Light Clay is held when Aurora Veil is used, it will extend the duration of it from 5 to 8 turns.

Aurora Veil is a status move (for 5 turns, damage to allies is halved. hail only).
Dazzling Gleam is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Fairy-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Ninetales this turn).
Blizzard is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze foes. can't miss in hail).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Ninetales-alola? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Ninetales-alola in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

ExcadrillBisharpTerrakionZeraoraHawluchaNecrozmaWeavileKyurem-BlackGyaradosToxtricityBlastoiseBeartic


Species: Ninetales-Alola
Item: Icy Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Snow Warning
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Foul Play
- Avalanche
- Body Slam
- Zen Headbutt

Doubles Physical Sweeper Ninetales-Alola (Snow Warning)

Ninetales is a notable Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Ninetales's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Snow Warning changes the weather to Hail when Ninetales is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all ice attacks while the Hail remains active.

Foul Play is a physical 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Avalanche is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Ice-type move (power doubles if Ninetales is damaged by the target).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).




Species: Ninetales-Alola
Item: Icy Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Snow Warning
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Blizzard / Icy Wind
- Dazzling Gleam / Moonblast
- Psyshock
- Dark Pulse

Doubles Special Sweeper Ninetales-Alola (Snow Warning)

Ninetales is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Ninetales's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Snow Warning changes the weather to Hail when Ninetales is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all ice attacks while the Hail remains active.

Blizzard is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze foes. can't miss in hail).
Icy Wind is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Dazzling Gleam is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Fairy-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Moonblast is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Fairy-type move (30% chance to lower the target's special attack by 1 stage).
Psyshock is a special 80-base power Psychic-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Dark Pulse is a special 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Ninetales-alola learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Aurora Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Dazzling Gleam
80
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
Draining Kiss
50
100%
10
User recovers 75% of the damage dealt.
Extrasensory
80
100%
20
10% chance to flinch the target.
Freeze-Dry
70
100%
20
10% chance to freeze. Super effective on Water.
Hex
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target has a status ailment.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Moonblast
95
100%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Powder Snow
40
100%
25
10% chance to freeze the foe(s).
Psyshock
80
100%
10
Damages target based on Defense, not Sp. Def.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Sheer Cold
--
30%
5
OHKOs non-Ice targets. Fails if user's lower level.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Stored Power
20
100%
10
+ 20 power for each of the user's stat boosts.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Weather Ball
50
100%
10
Power doubles and type varies in each weather.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Foul Play
95
100%
15
Uses target's Attack stat in damage calculation.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Shard
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Tail Slap
25
85%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Aurora Veil
--
--
20
For 5 turns, damage to allies is halved. Hail only.
Baby-Doll Eyes
--
100%
30
Lowers the target's Attack by 1.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Disable
--
100%
20
For 4 turns, disables the target's last move used.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Fake Tears
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Grudge
--
--
5
If the user faints, the attack used loses all its PP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Howl
--
--
40
Raises the user's and ally's Attack by 1.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Imprison
--
--
10
No foe can use any move known by the user.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
Misty Terrain
--
--
10
5 turns. Can't status,-Dragon power vs grounded.
Nasty Plot
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Power Swap
--
--
10
Swaps Attack and Sp. Atk stat stages with target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Wonder Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all Defense and Sp. Def stats switch.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Ninetales-alola can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Ninetales-alola

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