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Type(s)
Type Fire  Type Flying
Species Rainbow Pokémon
Abilities Pressure
Regenerator (DW)
Pokédex
Lugia ← 250 → Celebi
Kanto N/A Johto 248/253
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into None
Ho-Oh
250
ホウオウ Houou
250Ho-Oh
Generation II
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Gender
Genderless
Weight Height
438.7 lbs 199.0 kg 12'06" 3.8 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Red
Shape Footprint
F250
Cry

Ho-Oh (Japanese: ホウオウ "Houou") is a Fire/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation II. It was the Legendary Pokémon mascot of Pokémon Gold Version, and it appeared again in the game's remake, Pokémon HeartGold Version.

Biology

Physiology

Ho-Oh, like its lesser counterpart Moltres, is based on the legendary Phoenix, a creature of Greek Mythology also known as the Firebird. Many cultures worldwide hold the Phoenix as a symbol of Longevity, Resurrection, and Reincarnation. Thus, Ho-Oh epitomizes this belief, as it was reborn rising from its own ashes. It also used its vast powers to give new life to the first Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, after they perished in Ecruteak City's Burned Tower. It is believed that through its unique abilities, this mighty Pokémon created the Legendary Beasts of the Johto Region out of a Jolteon, a Flareon, and Vaporeon respectively. However, it is unknown whether this is actually true. It is said that wherever a Ho-Oh flies, a beautiful rainbow appears behind it.

Special Abilities

Ho-oh, a Legendary Bird Pokémon based on the Phoenix Bird, is a vastly powerful Fire-and-Flying type Pokémon. It can revive any Pokémon, is incredibly fast, and has the devastating Fire-Type attack,"Sacred Fire". It also holds an item called Sacred Ash, which is like a Pokémon Center, only portable. This Held Item is unique in that it revives all fainted Pokémon in your party to full HP/full PP. If caught at Navel Rock in Emerald/FireRed/LeafGreen the Sacred Ash is buried under the spot that Ho-oh occupies. After Ho-oh is caught or defeated, press the A button and you will obtain the Hold Item Sacred Ash.

Evolution

Ho-oh does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Ho-Oh Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Gold/Silver Tin Tower (requires Rainbow Wing) One
Crystal Tin Tower (requires Rainbow Wing) One
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Navel Rock (requires Mystic Ticket) One
FireRed/LeafGreen Navel Rock (requires Mystic Ticket) One
Diamond/Pearl Trade None
Platinum Trade None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Bell Tower (requires Rainbow Wing and Clear Bell One
Black/White Trade One
Black 2/White 2 Trade or receive from Pokémon Dream Radar One
X/Y Transfer None


Side game locations

Ho-Oh Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards, Mr. Who's Den
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Mt. Mistral (19F)(with Mystery Part or Secret Slab in the bag)


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Gold
Legends claim this Pokémon flies the world's skies continuously on its magnificent seven-colored wings.
Silver
A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
Crystal
It will reveal itself before a pure-hearted trainer by shining its bright rainbow-colored wings.
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.
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.
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.
FireRed
A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
LeafGreen
Legends claim this Pokémon flies the world's skies continuously on its magnificent seven-colored wings.
Diamond
It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
Pearl
It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
Platinum
It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
HeartGold
Legends claim this Pokémon flies the world's skies continuously on its magnificent seven-colored wings.
SoulSilver
A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
Black
It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
White
It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
Black 2
It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
White 2
It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
X
A legend says that its body glows in seven colors. A rainbow is said to form behind it when it flies.
Y
It will reveal itself before a pure-hearted Trainer by shining its bright, rainbow-colored wings.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


Learnset

Leveling

TM/HM

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Sprites

Version
Gold Silver Crystal Back
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Ho-Oh XY

Appearances

In the anime

Ho-Oh in the ainme

Ho-Oh in the anime

Ho-oh was first seen in the first episode, Pokémon - I Choose You!. It was one of the first Pokémon Ash has ever seen, but he doesn't know what it was until further on. When he announced to Professor Oak that he saw something, he pointed at Articuno; it was a thoughtless mistake. Ho-oh was mentioned many times in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!, though the only legendary Pokémon seen was Suicune. Ho-oh is then seen in Gotta Catch Ya Later!.

Gallery

Trivia

  • When Ash Ketchum started his adventures he spotted a Ho-Oh, making it the first Generation II Pokémon to appear. Although a Generation II Pokémon, it appeared in the very first episode of the anime. That episode was in the first season, which involved only Generation I Pokémon. Despite making its debut in the first episode, it had not yet been confirmed as a Pokémon. However, Ho-Oh served as a foreshadowing clue for the future of the Pokémon franchise today.
    • It also shows that Ash was pure of heart from the very start, as Ho-Oh appears only to those pure of heart, as well as signifying a new beginning.
  • Its name is a palindrome, meaning its name is spelled the same backwards as it is forwards. Only three other Pokémon share this same trait, namely Girafarig, Eevee, and Alomomola.
  • Even though it is said to have seven different colored feathers, it only appears with three colors on its wings (Green, white, and red) and one color on its tail (yellow). All together, there are only four different colors. However, its R/S and Pokémon Emerald description states that the colors of its feathers change when struck by light at different angles.
  • Ho-Oh has not been a featured Pokémon in any movie yet; however, it has made cameo appearances in many.
  • The legend of Ho-Oh was inspired by an ancient Osakan folktale in which a phoenix rose from the ashes of a massive pagoda after it was destroyed by severe weather or war.
  • Ho-Oh resembles the phoenix of ancient Chinese mythology known as the Fenghuang.
  • A Shiny Ho-Oh has orange feathers and silver trim, such as its beak. A Shiny Ho-Oh kidnapped Silver and the other kids on the Mask of Ice's orders.
  • It is possible that Lugia and Ho-Oh are references from the book of Genesis. With Lugia being the 40-day storm (being able to create a 40-day storm with the flap of its wings) and Ho-Oh being the rainbow after the storm.
  • Its cry is similar to Tyrogue.

Etymology

Its English name is simply another way of transcribing 鳳凰 Hōō or Suzaku, which is known to be the Japanese word for "Phoenix".

Sources


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