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Legendary duo

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A legendary duo is a pair of closely related Pokémon, either representing teamwork or opposition. Much like how every main region has at least one legendary trio, every main region, besides Unova, also has a legendary duo. In the games, they are often found after the player gets past the Elite Four but often aren't as important in the main storyline as the trios are. Duos are featured in several of the movies, either in their respective pairs, or on their own, as a keeper of peace. Sometimes pairs of Pokémon once thought to be legendary duos are revealed to actually be legendary trios upon the release of the third version, and even within trios, the dynamic between two members is very close to that of a duo. Kyogre and Groudon, Dialga and Palkia, Tornadus and Thundurus or Reshiram and Zekrom are prime examples of that.

True Duos

These duos are pairs of Pokémon with similar stats, movesets, and related with lore; the members are usually presented as equals, and function in a symmetrical dynamic.

The Tower Duo

Lugia and Ho-Oh in promotional art for the TCG

The tower duo is the legendary duo of Johto that consists of Lugia and Ho-Oh. Lugia and Ho-Oh are often regarded as polar opposites. Lugia represents the moon, sea, storms, the color silver and is the mascot of Pokémon Silver and Pokémon SoulSilver, while Ho-Oh represents the sun, sky, rainbows, the color gold, and is the mascot of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon HeartGold. Both are also trio masters; Lugia is the master of the legendary birds, while Ho-Oh is the master of the legendary beasts.

Their legend is introduced in Generation II, and states that the two birds each resided on a tower: Lugia on the Brass Tower, and Ho-Oh on the Bell Tower. When the Brass Tower was destroyed in Johto (prior to the start of the second generation games), the pair was split up thus creating the legendary beasts: Entei, Raikou, and Suicune.

Lv. 249.png
Lugia
 Psychic  Flying 
250.png
Ho-Oh
 Fire  Flying 
Start Whirlwind
Weather Ball*
9 Gust
15 Dragon Rush Brave Bird
23 Extrasensory*
29 Rain Dance Sunny Day
37 Hydro Pump Fire Blast
43 Aeroblast Sacred Fire
50 Punishment
57 AncientPower
65 Safeguard
71 Recover
79 Future Sight*
85 Natural Gift
93 Calm Mind
99 Sky Attack
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Pokémon 249Lugia.png
Lugia
250Ho-Oh.png
Ho-Oh
HP
106
106
Attack
90
130
Defense
130
90
Sp. Attack
90
110
Sp. Defense
154
154
Speed
110
90
Total 680 680

The Eon Duo

Main article: Eon duo
Latias and Latios artwork

The eon duo is a legendary duo of Hoenn that consists of Latias and Latios, which are also that region's roaming Pokémon. The two share their typing, two of their base stats and even several moves they learn when they level up. Both were featured in the movie Pokémon Heroes, where they were revealed to be playful siblings.

Latios and Latias take on counterpart availability in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald as well as Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, with Latios being a roaming Pokémon in Ruby and SoulSilver, and Latias doing the same in Sapphire and HeartGold. In Emerald, after the player has defeated the Elite Four, their mother will ask if the Pokémon mentioned on TV was red or blue, and depending on that, one of the two will be roaming Hoenn. The other member of the duo will be found on Southern Island, accessible by Eon Ticket, in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and in Pewter City, through the Enigma Stone event, in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Lv. 380.png
Latias
 Dragon  Psychic 
381.png
Latios
 Dragon  Psychic 
Start Psywave
5 Wish Heal Block
10 Helping Hand
15 Safeguard
20 DragonBreath
25 Water Sport Protect
30 Refresh
35 Mist Ball Luster Purge
40 Zen Headbutt
45 Recover
50 Psycho Shift
55 Charm Dragon Dance
60 Psychic
65 Heal Pulse
70 Reflect Type Telekinesis
75 Guard Split Power Split
80 Dragon Pulse
85 Healing Wish Memento
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Pokémon 380Latias.png
Latias
381Latios.png
Latios
HP
80
80
Attack
80
90
Defense
90
80
Sp. Attack
110
130
Sp. Defense
130
110
Speed
110
110
Total 600 600

The Lunar Duo

Cresselia and Darkrai

The lunar duo is a legendary duo of Sinnoh that consists of Cresselia and Darkrai. Cresselia and Darkrai are commonly seen as polar opposites, just like the aforementioned Johto bird duo of Lugia and Ho-Oh. Also, Cresselia and Darkrai reside on Fullmoon Island and Newmoon Island respectively, which are direct mirror images of each other. Cresselia and Darkrai are also known as the subconscious duo because of how Darkrai is said to give people nightmares, while Cresselia does the opposite (giving people pleasant dreams). Furthermore, Cresselia and Darkrai also appear in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky as enemies.

They made their anime debuts in Sleepless in Pre-Battle! where they battled one another.

Lv. 488.png
Cresselia
 Psychic 
491.png
Darkrai
 Dark 
Start Confusion Ominous Wind
Double Team Disable
11 Safeguard Quick Attack
20 Mist Hypnosis
29 Aurora Beam Faint Attack
38 Future Sight Nightmare
47 Slash Double Team
57 Moonlight Haze
66 Psycho Cut Dark Void
75 Psycho Shift Nasty Plot
84 Lunar Dance Dream Eater
93 Psychic Dark Pulse
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.


Pokémon 488Cresselia.png
Cresselia
491Darkrai.png
Darkrai
HP
120
70
Attack
70
90
Defense
120
90
Sp. Attack
75
135
Sp. Defense
130
90
Speed
85
125
Total 600 600

Other Duos

Those duos are made up of Pokémon with a strong relation in the lore, but their stats and movesets tend to be fairly distinct and not equivalent; these duos can be said to be asymmetrical compared to the true duos.

The Mew Duo

Mewtwo and Mew as seen in Mewtwo Strikes Back

Mewtwo and Mew make up Kanto’s legendary duo. They are both very elusive, if not unique, Psychic-type Pokémon. Mewtwo was cloned from Mew, meaning the two share DNA and many traits. In the games, however, they are usually treated as unrelated Pokémon, with Mewtwo's stats, moveset and treatment in the Pokémon Stadium series being closer to that of the Tower Duo, while Mew's are closer to that of Celebi.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mew embodied innocence and joy, but Mewtwo's experiences as it gained consciousness gave it a jaded and cynical view of humanity. The duality expressed between the two characters formed the basis of their conflict, but innocent Mew, with the help of Ash Ketchum, is able to sway Mewtwo's contempt.

Pokémon 151Mew.png
Mew
150Mewtwo.png
Mewtwo
HP
100
106
Attack
100
110
Defense
100
90
Sp. Attack
100
154
Sp. Defense
100
90
Speed
100
130
Total 600 680


The Sea Guardian Duo

Manaphy is the only legendary Pokémon so far that is able to breed. The outcome however is a separate species, Phione. In a way the sea-fairy duo are a perfect counterpart to the Mew-duo; instead of an unnatural (through genetic engineering in lab), stronger version, Phione is a natural (through breeding), weaker version of Manaphy; both also appear before the "original" in the Pokédex. Due to conflicting evidence from official sources, Phione's status as a legendary Pokémon is uncertain; if it is not a legendary Pokémon, the sea guardian duo is not a legendary duo.

Pokémon 490Manaphy.png
Manaphy
489Phione.png
Phione
HP
100
80
Attack
100
80
Defense
100
80
Sp. Attack
100
80
Sp. Defense
100
80
Speed
100
80
Total 600 480

Trivia

  • Both the tower duo and the eon duo were seen in the anime before their respective generations. Ho-Oh was seen in Pokémon - I Choose You! and Lugia was seen in The Power of One. Both Latias and Latios were seen in Pokémon Heroes, the fifth movie.
  • Ho-Oh and Lugia are the only trio masters that are part of a legendary duo.
  • The lunar duo is the only duo that has Pokémon which aren't next to each other in the Pokédex.
    • Furthermore, the lunar duo is the only duo that doesn't have any Pokémon in a regional Pokédex.
      • The lunar duo are also the only duo not to share at least one type.
  • Despite Mewtwo being an altered clone of Mew, thus closer related than any other duo, statistically they are very different; with different stat totals, unrelated stat distribution, and divergent level up movesets; in those fields, Mewtwo seems closer to Lugia and Ho-Oh, while Mew seems more similar to Celebi, especially in Generations II and III.
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