Fennekin, the Fox Pokémon, is the first in a three-stage-evolutionary line of Fire-types. Although it will later develop a Psychic element as well, at this stage it prefers to use its fire for battle. They are small quadrupeds (an average size of around 1′ 04″, weighing just over 20 lbs) with yellow fur and a white muzzle. Their eyes and tail tips are both a deep orange, as are the large puffs of fur in their ears.
Like all Fire-types, they have an internalised fire sac that allows them to produce fire-based attacks. Fennekin have, however, evolved a very novel method of keeping cool despite this. Their overlarge ears, while also providing the ability to hear over long distances, vent the hot air, which can reach temperatures of 390o F (198o C). Fennekin are also known to chew twigs, which many scientists theorise stoke the internal fires of the Pokémon. As we know, as it evolves, it develops other uses for those twigs.
As is normal with Fire-types, it is advisable to keep Fennekin away from water as much as possible, although since it has no external fire, the necessity is slightly less than other Pokémon, such as Charmander. Although it can learn the full gamut of Psychic attacks available to Delphox, trainers often find that this is far from a worthy pastime, due to the brain capacity of the Fennekin not quite yet being big enough to control the attacks. This does not, however, mean that this Pokémon is unintelligent, and indeed shows great empathy and excels at puzzle solving skills, although all but the smartest are still confused by mirrors.
They are found across most of Northern Africa and are one of the very few mammals to call the Sahara Desert home. It is particularly revered in Algeria, where it is the National Pokémon. They are, perhaps surprisingly, omnivores, eating plants and roots as well as killing small Pokémon and stealing eggs. Due to their desert habitat, they have developed in such a way that they rarely require water. Until they evolve, they can be prey to some larger Pokémon, in particular African Noctowl that can carry a small one off in their talons.
Fennekin live in small groups, often watched over by a mating pair of Braixen (Delphox are solitary) and leave to form their own tribe when they evolve. Like all first stage Pokémon, they are incapable of breeding themselves.
The population is thought to be stable, but no one is really sure. As a popular starter Pokémon (particularly in South America, which lacks many fire-types of its own), there are many captive breeding colonies as well as some in the wild that are monitored. Although most desert travellers do eventually stumble across one or two, it’s unknown how many there actually are out there. They used to be hunted for their skins, which were sometimes used to turn into cloaks that stayed permanently warm, but this has now been banned, although there is still a small demand on the black market. It is punishable by prisonment.
While in South America, I picked up a Fennekin (named Fauntleroy) which has since evolved twice and is now a Delphox, also being one of the strongest Fire-types in my arsenal. Although I’ve never been much into Fire-types, this is one that I have a lot of time for and find it is a loyal friend with an excellent temperament. He has fought with me in at least eight gyms and through one Elite Four Championship.