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Ho-Oh (Pokémon)

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000 #{{{prevnum}}}: Lugia
Pokémon
#{{{nextnum}}}: Celebi 000
Ho-Oh
ホウオウ Houou
#250
250Ho-Oh.png
Artwork from GSC
Type
Fire Flying
Category
Rainbow Pokémon
Ability
Pressure
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Johto
#248
Regional Browser numbers
Height
12′06″
Imperial
3.8 m
Metric
Weight
438.7 lbs.
Imperial
199.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Red
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Body style
Body09.png
Footprint
 F250.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Undiscovered group 1 cycles*
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 220 Battle Exp.: 2201*

Ho-Oh (Japanese: ホウオウ Houou) is a dual-type Fire/Flying Pokémon. Being a Legendary Pokémon, it is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It is often considered to be closely related to Lugia, even sometimes as its polar opposite. Silver represents Lugia as "guardian of the seas", and Gold represents Ho-Oh as "guardian of the skies."

Ho-Oh is the version mascot of Pokémon Gold Version, appearing on the boxart.

Biology

It can be speculated that Ho-Oh can breed in the Pokémon anime because its unofficial polar opposite (Lugia) can.

Physiology

Ho-Oh is a phoenix-like bird with red being its dominant color. Ho-Oh also has 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 eye and a peacock's feather-crest.

Gender differences

Ho-Oh is a genderless species.

Special abilities

Ho-Oh's wings are prismatic, causing it to trail a rainbow behind it. Ho-Oh can reincarnate the dead, which it did to create Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. Ho-Oh mostly has power over Fire, but it can control other elements (with the exception of Water).

Ho-Oh is the only known Pokémon that learns Sacred Fire.

Behavior

Habitat

Ho-Oh used to perch at the top of Tin Tower until the Brass Tower was destroyed by fire. It now presumably flies through the world's skies.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

File:Ho-Oh anime.PNG
Ho-Oh in the anime

Ho-Oh appeared at the end of the first episode, flying across the sky, which had a rainbow. The Pokédex was unable to identify it. It was also the first Generation II Pokémon ever seen.

According to the anime, Ho-Oh lived in Tin Tower in ancient times. But when war broke out, burning Tin Tower and Brass Tower down, it created Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, and all four disappeared. Later, a new Tin Tower was erected, but Ho-Oh since then has never come back for sure. Also, a sacred flame burns in Dragon's Den which came from Ho-Oh in the same ancient war that burned Tin Tower; it still burns today, protected in a shrine.

After competing in the Silver Conference, Ash saw Ho-Oh flying towards Hoenn.

In the eighth movie, Mew transforms into Ho-Oh.

Ho-Oh was most recently seen by Ash flying into the sunset at the end of Battling the Enemy Within.

In the manga

In Pokémon Special, Ho-Oh was used by Pryce to kidnap children in his plans to capture Celebi, including Blue and Silver, five years prior to the start of the entire manga. Prior to the events of the GSC saga, Pryce had lost his control over Ho-Oh, and thus attacked Tin Tower using Team Rocket to prompt Ho-Oh to return to Ecruteak City. Ho-Oh was later seen at Indigo Plateau under Pryce's control, alongside Lugia, wreaking havoc and destruction.

In the TCG

Main article: Ho-Oh (TCG)

In the TFG

One Ho-Oh figure has been released.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl

When released from a Poké Ball, Ho-Oh unleashes a spiral of Sacred Fire that deals massive amounts of damage to any opponent caught in it.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
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.
Stadium 2 Legends claim this Pokémon flies the world's skies continuously on its magnificent seven-colored wings.
Generation III
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.
Generation IV
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 {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
One Tin Tower (requires Rainbow Wing)
Crystal
One Tin Tower (requires Rainbow Wing)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
One Navel Rock (requires Mysticticket)
FireRed LeafGreen
One Navel Rock (requires Mysticticket)
Colosseum
One Mt. Battle
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Pal Park
Platinum
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Mountain
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


Side games

Game Location
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Red and Blue)
Mt. Faraway (40F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Time and Darkness)
Mt. Mistral (19F)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 106
166 - 213 322 - 416
Attack: 130
121 - 200 238 - 394
Defense: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Sp.Atk: 110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Sp.Def: 154
143 - 226 281 - 447
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 680   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

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By leveling up

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By breeding

None.

By tutoring

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Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
while a colored background indicates that the move is available.
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Special moves

Side game data

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Evolution

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Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 250.png Spr 2s 250.png Spr 2c 250.gif Spr b 2g 250.png
Spr 2g 250 s.png Spr 2s 250 s.png Spr 2c 250 s.gif Spr b 2g 250 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 250.png Spr 3e 250.png Spr 3r 250.png Spr b 3r 250.png
Spr 3r 250 s.png Spr 3e 250 s.png Spr 3r 250 s.png Spr b 3r 250 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 250.png Spr 4d 250.png Spr 4h 250.png Spr b 4d 250.png
Spr 4d 250 s.png Spr 4d 250 s.png Spr 4h 250 s.png Spr b 4d 250 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 250.png Spr 5b 250.png Spr b 5b 250.png
Spr 5b 250 s.png Spr 5b 250 s.png Spr b 5b 250 s.png
Ho-Oh For other sprites and images, please see Ho-Oh images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Ho-Oh is one of the three legendary Pokémon whose location changed between generations.
  • Ho-Oh's name is a palindrome, as is Eevee and Girafarig.
  • Ho-Oh's Generation IV sprite is similar to its Generation III sprite, except being bigger. It shares this trait with Steelix.
  • Ho-Oh's cry is the same as Tyrogue's only deeper pitched.
  • Ho-Oh, besides Raikou, is the only Generation II Legendary Pokémon to not appear in its own film.
  • Its backsprite is one of the few backsprites that has never changed its position.
  • Ho-Oh is not the first Fire/Flying-type Pokémon in the National Dex; two other Pokémon (Charizard and Moltres) come first. Also, no other Fire/Flying-type Pokémon have been introduced since. It shares this sort of trait with Lugia.
  • In a recent PokeBeach interview with former Pokémon anime director and storyboard artist Masamitsu Hidaka, he stated that Ho-Oh's appearances to Ash are to signify how special he is. Ho-Oh was merely used to further the plot and, much to the dismay of some fans, nothing more. It should be noted that this was only stated by Hidaka and no other crew members.
  • Ho-Oh's name was originally spelled as "Ho-oh", but was changed to "Ho-Oh" when Ruby and Sapphire were released.

Origin

Ho-Oh, like Moltres, is based on the legend of the Phoenix; unlike Moltres, it is based on the Fènghuáng (the immortal phoenix of China). Many cultures view the Phoenix as a symbol of resurrection; this is seen in Ho-Oh, which was reborn rising from its own ashes and had a hand in resurrecting Suicune, Raikou and Entei.

On another note, the colors it bears are somewhat similar to a Scarlet Macaw or adarna, a mythological Filipino bird that said to sing seven songs. Every time that the Adarna finishes a song, it defecates and turns to stone whomever it may land on. Its feathers change to a more beautiful shade, becoming more colorful and shiny just the same as Ho-Oh.

Name origin

Its English name is simply another way of transcribing 鳳凰 Hōō, which is the Japanese word for phoenix, specifically the Chinese phoenix, or Fènghuáng.

In other languages

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