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Pokémon Unite Ninetales build, items, and moves

This Pokémon Unite Ninetales guide will show you the best build and items to help you freeze out the opposition

Pokemon Unite Ninetales stood in the arena

Pokémon Unite’s Alolan Ninetales is a frosty, fox-like attacker with great utility. Though it’s a little squishy, making smart use of buffs and farming to evolve in the early stage of the game will set you up for some nasty combos – especially when you learn how to capitalise on your freeze abilities.

In our Pokémon Ninetales guide, we will take an in-depth look at all of this fluffy critter’s build, moves, the best held and battle items to up your game, and the best approach to ensure your victory. Ninetales evolves from Vulpix and can scale up very quickly, meaning when you get to know your kit well, you can become a real force to be reckoned with.

Are you curious where Ninetales ranks compared to the other Unite Pokémon? Then you should take a look at our Pokémon Unite tier list, or our Pokémon Unite held items to find out more about what stat boosts you can grab. We also have other articles just like this. Check out all the best builds with our Pokémon Unite Pikachu, Pokémon Unite Snorlax, and Pokémon Unite Charizard guides, and more.

What are Pokémon Unite Ninetales’ moves?

Ninetales has a very useful kit that can allow you to take on an all-rounder role, despite being an attacker champ. Its damage is very good, but you will also be able to offer some pretty great buffs to your allies, while also freezing your enemies in place to secure kills. Make sure to always keep your distance, and poke your way to success. Also, if possible, team up with a defender to give you a barrier of protection so you can freeze from afar.

You will start as Alolan Vulpix, but won’t stay that way for too long. It’s important that you farm early game to get your evolution quickly, you should pick the top lane, as it’s best for this due to the multiple spawns and access to the Bouffalant boost. One downside to Ninetales is the reliance on set up for your main combo – unlike Pikachu, you need to put some work into freezing opponents, which can push you to overstay your welcome and leave you open to attacks. But, as you practice with your kit, this will become second nature.

With MOBAs, it’s always important to maintain flexibility based on each match, your opponents, and your team. But these are what we think will generally give you the best shot for scoring yourself a victory.

Pokemon Unite Ninetails promotional image

Ninetales’ passive ability

Move name Attack type Description
Snow warning Passive Snow falls on an enemy opponent, dealing damage to it and decreasing its movement speed for a short time. Boosted attacks and moves (except aurora veil) sling snow, and hitting the same target with snow multiple times will freeze it for a short duration

Ninetales’ early game abilities

Early in the game, you must focus on levelling until you evolve. You will get better at later levels as you learn more skills, so avoid engaging in team fights at the beginning. Farm as many wild Pokémon as you can.

Powder snow slows your enemy, and can be very useful to prevent wild Pokémon from running into enemy territory, or slowing an opponent so you can make your escape. Icy wind has an area of effect and once again slows your enemy, so combining these moves is a handy trick.

We recommend you pick powder snow first, then icy wind.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Powder snow Area Five seconds Attack with a chilly gust of powdery snow, decreasing the movement speed of opposing Pokémon for a short time on hit
Icy wind Ranged Eight seconds You attack with a gust of freezing air, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect, decreasing their movement speed for a short time

Ninetales fighting in the jungle

Ninetales’ mid-game abilities

When you get to level four, you get to choose between two new moves that replace powder snow. Dazzling gleam, which stuns an enemy for a short time, or avalanche, which deals a nice chunk of damage to your opponent and creates an icy wall. With the strategic placement of your icy wall, you can either block enemies from pursuing you, or prevent them from escaping with low health.

It’s best to pick something that will synergise with your level six move and suit the needs of your team. If you’re looking to go for a more sustained damage build that can help your team with crowd control, go for dazzling gleam. However, if you want to aim for high burst damage, pick avalanche.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Avalanche Area Seven seconds Attack with a gush of chilly ice towards a designated area. The ice forms a wall that cannot be passed through. After a short time, this wall melts and collapses, dealing damage to the enemy Pokémon in the area of effect
Dazzling gleam Hindrance 7.5 seconds Attack with a powerful cone of blinding light, leaving any opposing Pokémon that are hit unable to act

Ninetales’ late-game abilities

At level six, you will choose a replacement for icy wind. Aurora veil is a handy choice as it provides a buff to you and any nearby allies. It will reduce the damage you take, boost your attacks, and increase your movement speed. On the other hand, blizzard is a strong offensive move that deals great damage and shoves them back. This is brilliant when used in conjunction with avalanche, as with some set up you can render your enemy completely unable to attack or escape, leaving them in a critical state.

If you chose avalanche, we recommend you choose blizzard to create a strong offensive combo. If you chose dazzling gleam, then aurora veil is a good option.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Blizzard Ranged 11 seconds You summon a howling blizzard in two blasts in front of you. The first blast deals damage to opposing Pokémon, and decreases their movement speed for a short time. The second blast deals damage and shoves the enemy back. If the second blast hits an obstacle, it also deals damage to the enemy near the point of impact
Aurora veil Buff 13 seconds Create an aurora around yourself which reduces damage received to you and nearby allies. While you’re inside the aurora, your movement speed is increased and your basic attacks are boosted

Ninetales’ end game abilities

Ninetales’ unite move, snow globe, comes in at level nine and is an extremely powerful finisher for any of your combos. Regardless of what moves you chose, aim to set up the enemy with your full kit, and freeze them if possible, then polish them off with this.

Move name Attack type Cooldown Description
Snow globe Area Percent based Attack with chilly snow and ice, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. This will deal increased damage to enemies that are frozen

Ninetales charging up to score a goal

What are the best held items for Pokémon Unite’s Ninetales?

You can choose up to three held items per match. These are some of the best options, primarily focusing on boosting your special attack as much as possible.

  • Shell bell – increases your special attack, decreases cooldowns, and regenerates HP when landing a hit. The higher your special attack, the more health you regenerate.
  • Special attack specs – increases special attack every time you score a goal
  • Wise glasses – increases special attack

What is the best battle item for Pokémon Unite’s Ninetales?

You can choose one battle item per match, for Nintales we recommend picking one of the following.

  • Eject button – allows you to teleport short distances, increasing your mobility and acting either as an escape when faced with a tricky situation, or an offensive manoeuvre when you want to get right into the fray of battle.
  • X-attack – increases your attack and special attack for a few seconds, which is especially useful against tankier targets like defenders and all-rounders.

If you want to know more about the game, we have a super useful Pokémon Unite guide. Or you can check out our list of the best mobile MOBAs if you want to try something new.