Moltres was the first legendary bird Pokémon to be captured by Lawrence III, with Zapdos being the last one captured, and Articuno being the only one not captured. It was later rescued by Ash Ketchum and company. After being freed it went on a rampage along with Zapdos and Articuno. Lugia then rises from the depths of the sea to put a stop to them, however, they ultimately knock it out. Afterwards, Moltres knocks out Articuno with Zapdos' contribution. It eventually is calmed by the ancient song Melody played, and it returns to its home.