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Race/Species Demon (Kitsune)
Gender Unclear (see Gender speculation)
Appearance(s) Ōkami
Location(s) Oni Island
Ark of Yamato
Weakness(es) Thunderstorm
Attack method Head charge
Rapid glaive stabs
Dark glaive slash
Tails spear
Toxic liquid spray
Celestial Brush techniques (Galestorm, Cherry Bomb and Icestorm)
Weapon(s) Celestial Brush
Reward(s) Blade of Kusanagi
Background music Demon Lord Ninetails' Extermination
By the power of Yami, ruler of the Land of Darkness, I, Ninetails, have been made lord of Ryoshima Coast! You needn't have come all this way just for me to kill you.


Ninetails (「九尾」?; きゅうび・Kyūbi; Nine Tails) is a large, powerful, nine-tailed kitsune who rules Oni Island and is one of the major antagonists of Ōkami.


As stated, Ninetails is a nine-tailed kitsune with fur of a golden color and nine tails. Each of it's long tails ends with a brush-like tip dipped in red ink and hoods with masks just below the brushes. The central tail, which houses Ninetails' true form, also has a necklace of red beads around the mask. Ninetails wears a white mask with red markings, as a mockery of Amaterasu's divine appearance. However, when all of Ninetails' tails are destroyed but the central one, then the demonic kitsune is revealed to be a mere old and beaten up fox with a single tail and a lost eye (which was previously covered by its mask).

In battle, Ninetails uses Ninestrike, the seemingly dark copy of Seven Strike, and other fighting techniques that are copies of Amaterasu's abilities, as a mockery of her. Ninetails can perform a charging headbutt across the arena, submerging its tails into the ground, following Amaterasu, in an attempt to spear her from below, raising it's tails and spraying a toxic liquid, charging Ninestrike with dark energy before delivering a devastating slash, rapid slashes and stab with the Dark Instrument, and last but not least, using the Celestial Brush with its techniques of Galestorm, Cherry bomb and Icestorm.


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Bestiary entry

"True form of the evil that dwells on Oni Island and seeks to destroy the Ryoshima Coast.
9 souls inhabit 9 tails, each acting independently.
According to legend, Ninetails can only be defended against with the Celestial Brush.
Burning the tails will temporarily weaken it,
and a lightning strike to the sword causes the souls to split apart.
Strike the final blow when the true form of the fox emerges."


In order to begin the boss fight, Amatersu must complete the constellation in the sky, which is actually Ninetails pretending to be a god. After a short cutscene, the demon summons a false version of the heavenly realm where Amaterasu meets the Celestial Brush gods and begins the battle, which has two phases.

In the first phase, Ninetails fights with it's many tails and with copies of Amaterasu's attacks. It can do a powerful charge (a copy of Amaterasu's headbutt), slash at Amaterasu with it's Ninestrike sword, raise it's tails and spray a toxic liquids from their ends, or send its tails underground to attack Amaterasu. If she tries to use any Celestial Brush techniques, Ninetails will use it's own brush powers to try and cover up what she has drawn or use it's own techniques (Cherry Bomb, Galestorm and Icestorm) to attack her; however, Amaterasu can prevent this by drawing quickly or closing the Brush screen before Ninetails can finish its own drawing.

Ninetails will periodically raise Ninestrike in an attempt to charge dark energy for a massive blow. By using Thunderstorm, Amaterasu must draw lightning to Ninestrike, splitting Ninetails into nine separate spirits. Each spirit takes on the appearance of a diminutive Evil Rao, but with distinct attributes and one of Ninetails' masks on its face. Amaterasu must attack the spirits and destroy them before Ninetails can reform its body. Most of the spirits will use Evil Rao's normal attacks, but the very fat one will just try and punch Amaterasu and the old one will simply limp across the battlefield. One spirit (Ninetails' "original" body/tail, being Ninetails' own spirit) will float above the battlefield, invincible; eventually, it will summon the remaining spirits to itself and reform Ninetails' body, minus the tails that Amaterasu destroyed as spirits. All of the tails will be invincible during the reforming process, so Amaterasu will have to wait for Ninetails to raise Ninestrike once again to finish off the remaining spirits.

When eight of Ninetails' spirits have been slain, the heavenly realm illusion will dissolve and Ninetails will be forced to show its true form; a battered, one-tailed fox with a missing eye. Having lost most of its old attacks in this state, it will mostly use its charge attack, which is much faster than before. After a few charges, Ninetails will stop to catch its breath, giving Amaterasu a chance to get a few blows. Ninetails will also still attempt to charge Ninestrike, which gives Amaterasu a chance to hit it with Thunderstorm. This will cause Ninetails to take major damage and be stunned, leaving it vulnerable to Amaterasu's attacks.

When Ninetails' health is depleted, it will finally die, with Oni Island dissolving into sakura (cherry blossoms) petals.

It is fought again on the Ark of Yamato, exactly the same as before, except this time it is not released from a constellation.

Gender speculation

Ninetails's gender is not clearly established. Although Ninetails disguises itself as a woman, it is consistently referred to as a "Lord" (claiming Yami promised that it would be "Lord of Ryoshima Coast"). This term is usually used to refer to males. However, Issun also calls it a "she", and occasionally refers to Ninetails using feminine slurs such as "Wench" (English Version), or "Bitch" (German Version). It could simply be that Issun only understood it by it's female form, and because he was still fuming about the real Rao and Himiko's deaths. Ninetails is also said to have occupied the body of a man before possessing Rao. Ninetails's gender tends to vary by source and language translation. In all known Japanese material, Ninetails is completely gender neutral, never being referred to as a he or a she. In Japan, it is not even referred to as a "Demon Lord" as in the English translation, but instead a "Kyūbi no Yōko" (Literally "Nine-Tailed Fox Demon"). The German version of the video game refers to Ninetails using feminine pronouns. The English version of the official artbook refers to Ninetails using masculine pronouns. It is possible that, like Amaterasu, Ninetails has no true gender due to being a supernatural entity.


  • "By the power of Yami, ruler of the Land of Darkness, I, Ninetails, have been made lord of Ryoshima Coast!"
  • "Fools! Did you really think it would be that easy!?"
  • "Yami is the absolute ruler of all evil beings. He is the ultimate symbol of darkness. And he is nothing like those false gods of your fairytales!"
  • "Prepare to face the wrath of my terrible power! A power far beyond your so-called gods!"
  • "You did not have to come all this way for me to kill you. I would have found you and done so just the same."


  • When Ninetails uses the Celestial Brush, the ink it uses appears in red ink. Dark Chibiterasu has this exact ability as well.
  • Just before it is released from a constellation, the moon is seen to be red, with a nine-tailed pattern. This is Ninetails' way of parodying how Amaterasu's finlets appear on the sun (such as when Sunrise is used and on the Day of Darkness).
  • The reason why "Rao's" other eye is never seen is that Ninetails' true form has lost that eye.
  • In the Ōkami Official Complete Works, it is stated that Ninetails is a demon who fancies itself as a god[1], hence the markings and unexpected ability over brush techniques. The boss stage is also based on the godly realm in which Amaterasu encounters Celestial Brush gods in.
    • According to Japanese mythology, a kitsune's tails shows how old, wise, and powerful they are, with nine being the maximum. Also, when they obtain their ninth tail, they reach an all-knowing state (omniscience), which makes them achieve divinity. There are people who make offerings to kitsune as they would to a deity. This explains why Ninetails has godlike characteristics and has the godly realm when it appears. However, as his battle with Amaterasu proved, it isn't as powerful as a real god.
    • Ninetails' godly form and arena are actually an illusion; after all the tails are defeated, Ninetails' true form is revealed and the boss arena turns back into the altar at the top of Oni Island. This could be symbolic of Ninetails losing it's supposed "godhood" after losing it's tails.
  • In contrast to Ninetails' Bestiary entry, burning its tails with Inferno or Fireburst does not provide Amaterasu with any advantage in battle, since she can only hurt Ninetails when the tails are destroyed and the true tail is invulnerable to burning. The other eight tails will turn black when burnt, but will still attack normally and eventually return to their unburnt state.
  • Ninetails' actions when during possession of Rao's identity are nearly identical to the legend of Tamamo-no-Mae, a courtesan of Emperor Konoe. According to the legend, Tamamo-no-Mae was very beautiful, always had a fragrant scent, and was very neat and clean. Despite her youthful appearance, she was very knowledgeable in all things and was quite intelligent. One day, the Emperor fell ill, and, after much investigation, it was revealed that Tamamo-no-Mae had poisoned him. In turn, she was revealed to be an incarnation of a supremely powerful kitsune, the White-Masked, Golden-Furred, Nine-Tailed Demon Fox (「白面金毛九尾の狐」?; Hakumen Konmō Kyūbi no Kitsune), which had manipulated rulers to sow discard throughout history in India, China, and Japan. She was then hunted down and slain.
    • This reflects how "Rao" was eternally young and beautiful, as well as very knowledgeable, and, to a lesser extent, how she tried to kill the Emperor with the aid of Blight.
  • Nine-Tailed Foxes were originally evil but later turned to be divine beasts and the signs of good fortunes in China before the legends were spread among other Asian nations (India, China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan) and evil characteristics, most notably transforming into beautiful women and troubling nations were added. And foxes including Ninetails have been worshiped as servants of gods and luck bringers. These facts may correspond with that the Ninetails in Okami possessed somewhat "god-like" characteristics including constellation and celestial Brush techniques.


  1. "Ninetails:
    This demon is another very famous character in ancient legends, so its inclusion in
    Ōkami was decided early on. However, I remember having a lot of trouble with its design. One day, I was rather suddenly struck with the thought of "an arrogant, excessively flashy character that fancies itself as a god", and that revelation quickly led to the white and red body, the battle in the heavenly realms, the unexpected ability to use brush skills, and other such characteristics that made this demon unique."
    Hideki Kamiya (Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ōkami Concept Works, p.176, Ōkami Official Complete Works)


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