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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 is the Version Mascot for Pokémon Gold, and its remake, Pokémon HeartGold.

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
OR/AS Sea Mauville (Omega Ruby only) One


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
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.
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.


Learnset

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal Status Type Clever ♥♥♥ 0
Weather Ball 50 100% 10 Normal Special Type Beautiful ♥♥♥ 0
9 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special Type Clever ♥♥ ♥♥♥
15 Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥
♥♥♥
0
23 Extrasensory 80 100% 20 Psychic Special Type Cool ♥♥
29 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire Status Type Beautiful 0
37 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special Type Beautiful 0
43 Sacred Fire 100 95% 5 Fire Physical Type Beautiful ♥♥♥ 0
50 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical Type Cool ♥♥
57 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock Special Type Tough ♥♥
65 Safeguard –% 25 Normal Status Type Beautiful ♥♥ 0
71 Recover –% 10 Normal Status Type Clever ♥♥ 0
79 Future Sight 120 100% 10 Psychic Special Type Clever ♥♥ 0
85 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Clever 0
93 Calm Mind –% 20 Psychic Status Type Clever 0
99 Sky Attack 140 90% 5 Flying Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥ 0

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
Whirlwind –% 20 Normal Status
Weather Ball 50 100% 10 Normal Special
9 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special
15 Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical
23 Extrasensory 80 100% 30 Psychic Special
29 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire Status
37 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special
43 Sacred Fire 100 95% 5 Fire Physical
50 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical
57 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock Special
65 Safeguard –% 25 Normal Status
71 Recover –% 10 Normal Status
79 Future Sight 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
85 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical
93 Calm Mind –% 20 Psychic Status
99 Sky Attack 140 90% 5 Flying Physical

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal Status Type Smart 0
9 Safeguard –% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥
15 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special Type Smart ♥♥♥
23 Recover –% 10 Normal Status Type Smart 0
29 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special Type Beauty ♥♥
37 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire Status Type Beauty ♥♥
43 Swift 60 –% 20 Normal Special Type Cool ♥♥
51 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥
57 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock Special Type Tough ♥♥
65 Extrasensory 80 100% 30 Psychic Special Type Cool ♥♥
71 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical Type Smart
79 Future Sight 80 90% 15 Psychic Special Type Smart ♥♥
85 Sacred Fire 100 95% 5 Fire Physical Type Beauty ♥♥
93 Calm Mind –% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart 0
99 Sky Attack 140 90% 5 Flying Physical Type Cool

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal Status Type Smart 0
Weather Ball 50 100% 10 Normal Special Type Smart ♥♥
9 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special Type Smart ♥♥♥
15 Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical Type Cute ♥♥
23 Extrasensory 80 100% 30 Psychic Special Type Cool ♥♥
29 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire Status Type Beauty ♥♥
37 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special Type Beauty ♥♥
43 Sacred Fire 100 95% 5 Fire Physical Type Beauty ♥♥
50 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical Type Smart
57 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock Special Type Tough ♥♥
65 Safeguard –% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥
71 Recover –% 10 Normal Status Type Smart 0
79 Future Sight 80 90% 15 Psychic Special Type Smart ♥♥
85 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥
93 Calm Mind –% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart ♥♥
99 Sky Attack 140 90% 5 Flying Physical Type Cool

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation III
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal Type Smart ♥♥♥ 0
11 Safeguard –% 25 Normal Type Beauty 0
22 Gust 40 100% 35 Normal Type Smart ♥♥♥ 0
33 Recover –% 20 Normal Type Smart ♥♥
44 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Type Beauty ♥♥♥♥ 0
55 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire Type Beauty 0
66 Swift 60 –% 20 Normal Type Cool ♥♥ 0
77 Sacred Fire 100 95% 5 Fire Type Beauty ♥♥♥♥ 0
88 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock Type Tough 0
99 Future Sight 80 90% 15 Psychic Type Smart ♥♥♥ 0

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type
1 Sacred Fire 100 95% 5 Fire
11 Safeguard –% 25 Normal
22 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying
33 Recover –% 20 Normal
44 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire
55 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire
66 Swift 60 –% 20 Normal
77 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal
88 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock
99 Future Sight 80 90% 15 Psychic

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM04 Calm Mind –% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart 0
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Type Cool ♥♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Type Smart ♥♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Type Smart
TM11 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Type Cool ♥♥
TM16 Light Screen –% 30 Psychic Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM17 Protect –% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance –% 5 Water Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 10 Grass Special Type Smart
TM20 Safeguard –% 25 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Type Cool
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Type Cool ♥♥
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Type Cool ♥♥
TM26 Earthquake 100 100% 10 Ground Physical Type Tough ♥♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Type Smart ♥♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Type Smart ♥♥
TM32 Double Team –% 15 Normal Status Type Cool ♥♥
TM33 Reflect –% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart ♥♥
TM34 Shock Wave 60 –% 20 Electric Special Type Cool ♥♥
TM35 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM37 Sandstorm –% 10 Rock Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 –% 20 Flying Physical Type Cool ♥♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Smart ♥♥
TM44 Rest –% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 0
TM47 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥
TM50 Overheat 140 90% 5 Fire Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM51 Roost –% 10 Flying Status Type Cool 0
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM58 Endure –% 10 Normal Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Type Beauty ♥♥
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 10 Electric Status Type Cool ♥♥
TM77 Psych Up –% 10 Normal Status Type Smart 0
TM82 Sleep Talk –% 10 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥♥
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Type Smart
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥
TM88 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM90 Substitute –% 10 Normal Status Type Smart
HM02 Fly 95 90% 15 Flying Physical Type Smart
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough ♥♥♥
HM05 Defog –% 15 Flying Status Type Beauty ♥♥
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Tough ♥♥

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type
TM03 Curse –% 10 ???
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM07 Zap Cannon 100 50% 5 Electric
TM08 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting
TM09 Psych Up –% 10 Normal
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM11 Sunny Day –% 5 Fire
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM17 Protect –% 10 Normal
TM18 Rain Dance –% 5 Water
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 5 Grass
TM20 Endure –% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass
TM24 DragonBreath 60 100% 20 Dragon
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM26 Earthquake 100 100% 10 Ground
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost
TM31 Mud-Slap 20 100% 10 Ground
TM32 Double Team –% 15 Normal
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk –% 10 Normal
TM37 Sandstorm –% 10 Rock
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire
TM39 Swift 60 –% 20 Normal
TM42 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic
TM43 Detect –% 5 Fighting
TM44 Rest –% 10 Psychic
TM47 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel
TM50 Nightmare 100% 15 Ghost
HM02 Fly 70 95% 15 Flying
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 250 front S 250 front C 250 front
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 250 front E 250 front RS 250 front
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 250 front DP 250 front HGSS 250 front
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Ho-Oh BW Ho-Oh BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Ho-Oh XY Ho-Oh XY Ho-Oh Back XY
Ho-Oh Shiny XY Ho-Oh Shiny XY Ho-Oh Back Shiny XY

Appearances

Anime

Ho-Oh anime

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!.

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.
  • 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.
  • Ho-Oh is one of Veronica Taylor's favourite Pokémon.

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".

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