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Ho-Oh (JP) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a dual-type Fire/Flying legendary Pokémon that made its first appearance in the second generation games Gold and Silver. It is considered the counterpart to Lugia and is the master of the Legendary Beasts.

Physiology and Behavior

Ho-Oh is an avian Pokémon resembling a phoenix and a peacock. Its feathers are predominantly gold and red, with yellow tail-feathers, a white underside, and green feathers at the tip of its wings. Ho-Oh has a green stripe on its neck, a yellow beak, black rings around its red eyes, and a feathered, yellow crest on its head. Ho-Oh's wings are prismatic, causing it to trail a rainbow behind it. It has darkly colored feet and legs with four toes and long talons.

Ho-Oh has a mythical power to resurrect the dead, such as the Legendary beasts. Ho-Oh was the only known Pokémon to learn Sacred Fire, its former signature move. It is said that when it flies its huge wings create bright, colorful rainbows. The rare few who bear witness to Ho-Oh are promised eternal happiness. Ho-Oh used to perch at the top of the various towers located across the Johto region: the Bell Tower until the Brass Tower was destroyed by fire and the Goldenrod Tower in ancient times. It now presumably flies through the world's skies in search of a Trainer with a pure heart.

Appearances

Main Pokémon games

Ho-Oh first appeared as the mascot of Pokémon Gold for the Game Boy Color, while Lugia was the mascot of the game's counterpart Pokémon Silver. Ho-Oh could actually be obtained in Pokémon Silver through special means, though by doing so the Ho-Oh caught in Silver would not know its signature move Sacred Fire (this was not the case in the game's remake, SoulSilver). Ho-Oh would later appear as the mascot of the Nintendo DS remake of the game, Pokémon HeartGold. Ho-Oh could be caught in Pokémon SoulSilver by obtaining an event item through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Other Pokémon games

Ho-Oh has appeared in many different Pokémon side games including Pokémon Trozei! and two Pokémon Mystery Dungeon video games. Surprisingly, Ho-Oh appeared in the first episode of the Pokémon anime at the end. Despite this, Lugia became more popular due to its primary role in a Pokémon movie.

Super Smash Bros. series

Ho-oh in Brawl.

Ho-Oh has appeared as a Poké Ball Pokémon in the GameCube video game Super Smash Bros. Melee and the Wii game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In both games Ho-Oh will use its signature move Sacred Fire on the summoner's opponents. In Ultimate, Ho-Oh appears as a Legend Class Support Spirit.

Trophy descriptions

Super Smash Bros. Melee

"As it soars around the skies of the world, this Rainbow Pokemon leaves a trail of rainbows and myths in its wake. Its signature move is called Sacred Fire, and it is believed to appear only before trainers who are pure of heart. If you see a trainer with Ho-oh, you can assume that catching it took a lot of work."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

"A Rainbow Pokémon. On sparking wings of seven colors, Ho-Oh leaves a rainbow behind as it flies. Legend says that Ho-Oh suppressed a war that scorched the land in ancient times. Its attack Sacred Fire can melt ice in an instant and also damage the target with burns. Ho-Oh will show its solemn figure only for the most righteous Trainers."

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

In the anime

On occasion, Ho-Oh would only be seen by Ash, and always fleetingly. This trend began at the end of Pokémon - I Choose You!, the first episode of the anime, where Ash saw it flying alongside a rainbow across the sky after the thunderstorm. It would later play a major role in the 20th movie.

Origin and inspiration

Ho-oh is based on a phoenix.

In-game information

Pokédex entries

Title Entry
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold Legends claim this Pokémon flies the world's skies continuously on its magnificent seven-colored wings.
Pokémon Silver A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
Pokémon Crystal It will reveal itself before a pure-hearted trainer by shining its bright rainbow-colored wings.
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby Ho-Oh’s feathers glow in seven colors depending on the angle at which they are struck by light. These feathers are said to bring happiness to the bearers. This Pokémon is said to live at the foot of a rainbow.
Pokémon Sapphire Ho-Oh’s feathers glow in seven colors depending on the angle at which they are struck by light. These feathers are said to bring happiness to the bearers. This Pokémon is said to live at the foot of a rainbow.
Pokémon Emerald Its feathers--which glow in seven colors depending on the angle at which they are struck by light--are thought to bring joy. It is said to live at the foot of a rainbow.
Pokémon FireRed A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
Pokémon LeafGreen Legends claim this Pokémon flies the world’s skies continuously on its magnificent seven-colored wings.
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
Pokémon Pearl Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
Pokémon Platinum Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
Pokémon HeartGold Legends claim this Pokémon flies the world’s skies continuously on its magnificent, seven-colored wings.
Pokémon SoulSilver A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
Pokémon White Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
Pokémon Black 2 Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
Pokémon White 2 Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
Pokémon Y It will reveal itself before a pure-hearted Trainer by shining its bright, rainbow-colored wings.
Pokémon Omega Ruby Ho-Oh's feathers glow in seven colors depending on the angle at which they are struck by light. These feathers are said to bring happiness to the bearers. This Pokémon is said to live at the foot of a rainbow.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Ho-Oh's feathers glow in seven colors depending on the angle at which they are struck by light. These feathers are said to bring happiness to the bearers. This Pokémon is said to live at the foot of a rainbow.


Game locations

Title Location(s)
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold
Tin Tower (Rainbow Wing)
Pokémon Silver
Tin Tower (Rainbow Wing)
Pokémon Crystal
Tin Tower (Rainbow Wing)
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby
Trade
Pokémon Emerald
Navel Rock (MysticTicket)
Pokémon FireRed
Navel Rock (MysticTicket)
Pokémon LeafGreen
Navel Rock (MysticTicket)
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Platinum
Trade
Pokémon HeartGold
Bell Tower (Clear Bell and Rainbow Wing)
Pokémon SoulSilver
Bell Tower Rainbow Wing)
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Trade
Pokémon Omega Ruby
Sea Mauville (Clear Bell)
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Sea Mauville (Clear Bell)


Base Stats

Base Stats
HP 106
Attack 130
Defense 90
Sp. Attack 110
Sp. Defense 154
Speed 90
Total 680

Moveset

Main article: Ho-Oh/moveset

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