Did You Know?
Originally, the Pokémon Vulpix was going to be called “FoxFire”.
Vulpix and Ninetales, are two fictional creatures, linked by evolution, in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. Ninetales evolves from Vulpix when exposed to a Fire Stone or Ice Stone in the case of Alolan Vulpix. Created by Ken Sugimori, they first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and later appear in subsequent sequels, various merchandise, spinoff titles, and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. They are known as the Fox Pokémon.
Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children. It was originally going to be named Foxfire in the English versions until Nintendo of America settled with Vulpix, which is based on "vulpus", the Latin word for fox.
Vulpix is a fox-like creature with six curled tails, based on the Japanese fox spirit kitsune. From birth, Vulpix starts out with only one tail, which is white in color; this tail splits apart as it grows and turns red. Most commonly female, Vulpix are especially known for having beautiful fur and tails. Vulpix have a flame in their bodies, which when the temperature outside increases, they let out of their mouths to prevent their body temperature from getting too hot. They can control this fire, and make them fly like will-o'-the-wisps.In the wild, Vulpix will feign injury to escape from more powerful predators.
An unevolved "baby" version of Vulpix, named Mikon, was designed for the 1999 video games Pokémon Gold and Silver, however, this creature was cut from the game before release. In a 1997 prototype version of Pokémon Gold and Silver, Mikon is a water-type Pokémon, unlike its fire-type evolutions Vulpix and Ninetales.