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Ho-Oh (Pokémon)

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Lugia #249: Lugia
Pokémon
#251: Celebi Celebi
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Ho-Oh (disambiguation).
Ho-Oh
Rainbow Pokémon
ホウオウ
Houou
#250
Ho-Oh

Ho-Oh

Ho-Oh

Ho-Oh
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Fire Flying
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Pressure Cacophony
Cacophony
Regenerator
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Ho-Oh

Mega Ho-Oh Y
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
30855 - 31109 steps
Height
12'06" 3.8 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
438.7 lbs. 199.0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#250
Kanto
#253
Johto
#385
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
#000
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia
R-286
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
220
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
306
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
3
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body09.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{forme2}}}
Footprint
F250.png None.png
{{{forme2}}}
Pokédex color
Red
Base friendship
0
External Links

Ho-Oh (Japanese: ホウオウ Houou) is a dual-type Fire/Flying Legendary Pokémon.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It is often considered to be closely related to Lugia as a duo, 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 and its remake Pokémon HeartGold, appearing on the boxart of both.

Biology

Ho-Oh is an avian Pokémon resembling a phoenix and a peacock. Its feathers are predominantly gold and red, with 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 red eyes, and a feathered, yellow crest on its head. Ho-Oh's wings are prismatic, causing it to trail a rainbow behind it. It has darkly colored feet and legs with four toes and long talons.

Ho-Oh has a mythical power to resurrect the dead. Ho-Oh was the only known Pokémon to learn Sacred Fire, its former signature move. It is said that when it flies its huge wings create bright, colorful rainbows. The rare few who bear witness to Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness. Ho-Oh used to perch at the top of the Bell Tower (or Tin Tower) until the Brass Tower was destroyed by fire. It now presumably flies through the world's skies in search of a Trainer with a pure heart.

In the anime

Ho-Oh in the anime

According to the anime, Ho-Oh lived in the Tin Tower in ancient times. When a war broke out, burning both the Tin Tower and the 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. A sacred flame from Ho-Oh burns in the Dragon's Den; it was obtained during the same war.

Major appearances

Ho-Oh (anime)

A Ho-Oh appeared to Ash at the end of the first episode, flying alongside a rainbow across the sky after the thunderstorm.

After competing in the Silver Conference, Ash saw Ho-Oh flying towards Hoenn. This encouraged him to get over his depression at his loss and continue his journey.

Ho-Oh was seen flying into the sunset at the end of Battling the Enemy Within!. This time, Brock, May, Max, Scott and Brandon saw Ho-Oh as well (on a slightly related note, this time, someone other than Ash managed to identify it first).

Minor appearances

Ho-Oh appeared in a flashback during Pop Goes The Sneasel.

Ho-Oh had a cameo appearance in the openings of Jirachi: Wish Maker (M06), Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (M08), The Rise of Darkrai (M10), Arceus and the Jewel of Life (M12) and Zoroark: Master of Illusions (M13).

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Mew also transformed into Ho-Oh.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP001 Ho-Oh Ash's Pokédex There is no data. There still are Pokémon yet to be identified.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

Ho-Oh in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Ho-Oh was used by the Masked Man to kidnap children showing remarkable talent in his scheme to capture Celebi, including Green and Silver, six 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 the 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. It was then lent to Karen and Will to fight Green with alongside Lugia, and nearly defeated her legendary birds, but both of them were eventually brought back to their senses and freed.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

Ho-Oh appeared in GDZ65.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Ho-Oh appeared in The Legendary Ho-oh!! and PMHGSS02.

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.

Melee trophy information

As it soars around the skies of the world, this Rainbow Pokemon leaves a trail of rainbows and myths in its wake. Its signature move is called Sacred Fire, and it is believed to appear only before trainers who are pure of heart. If you see a trainer with Ho-oh, you can assume that catching it took a lot of work.

Brawl trophy information

"A Rainbow Pokémon. On sparkling wings of seven colors, Ho-Oh leaves a rainbow behind as it flies. Legend says that Ho-Oh suppressed a war that scorched the land in ancient times. Its attack Sacred Fire can melt ice in an instant and also damage the target with burns. Ho-Oh will show its solemn figure only for the most righteous Trainers."

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
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
Platinum
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.
Generation V
Black It possesses seven-colored wings. It is said that those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness.
White
Black 2 Its feathers are in seven colors. It is said that anyone seeing it is promised eternal happiness.
White 2
Generation VI
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.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Tin Tower (requires Rainbow Wing)
Crystal
Tin Tower (requires Rainbow Wing)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Navel Rock (requires MysticTicket)
FireRed LeafGreen
Navel Rock (requires MysticTicket)
Colosseum
Mt. Battle
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Bell Tower (requires Clear Bell* and Rainbow Wing)
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Pokémon Dream Radar
Generation VI
X Y
Poké Transporter

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Mt. Faraway (40F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Mt. Mistral (19F)*
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Gates to Infinity
Eternal Ruins (Shiny)
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Rainbow Dais
Pokémon Rumble Blast Autumnwood: Volcanic Slope, Firebreathing Mountain (Random Legendary Encounter)

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Ho-Oh English United States 40Shiny November 15 to 21, 2002;
December 6 to 12, 2002
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Ho-Oh English United Kingdom 70 June 10, 2006;
October 14 to November 19, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Ho-Oh Italian Italy 70 June 23 to 25, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Ho-Oh Spanish Spain 70 June 27 to August 27, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Ho-Oh German Germany 70 September 24 to November 5, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Ho-Oh French France 70 September 26, 2006

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Gold Silver Sacred Ash Sacred Ash (100%)
Crystal
Emerald Sacred Ash Sacred Ash (100%)
HeartGold SoulSilver Sacred Ash Sacred Ash (100%)

Stats

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.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/4 ★★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
19/22 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, 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
Fairy ½×
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
Fairy ½×
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
Fairy ½×
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
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Whirlwind Normal Status 0000 —% 20
00Start Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100100% 10
099 Gust Flying Special 04040 100100% 35
1515 Brave Bird Flying Physical 120120 100100% 15
2323 Extrasensory Psychic Special 08080 100100% 20
2929 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —% 5
3737 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 08585% 5
4343 Sacred Fire Fire Physical 100100 09595% 5
5050 Punishment Dark Physical 0000 100100% 5
5757 Ancient Power Rock Special 06060 100100% 5
6565 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —% 25
7171 Recover Normal Status 0000 —% 10
7979 Future Sight Psychic Special 120120 100100% 10
8585 Natural Gift Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
9393 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 —% 20
9999 Sky Attack Flying Physical 140140 09090% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Ho-Oh obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ho-Oh
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ho-Oh
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM19 Roost Flying Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM22 SolarBeam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Ghost Sprite.png TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM33 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM43 Flame Charge Fire Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM50 Overheat Fire Special 130130 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM58 Sky Drop Flying Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM59 Incinerate Fire Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 085}}85% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM70 Flash Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM77 Psych Up Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special 100100 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Flying Sprite.png HM02 Fly Flying Physical 09090 095}}95% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ho-Oh
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ho-Oh
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Ho-Oh in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Ho-Oh in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ho-Oh
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ho-Oh
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Ho-Oh can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Ho-Oh cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ho-Oh
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ho-Oh
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani250.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP250.png Body size: 4
Recruit rate: 99.9%
Friend Area: Rainbow Peak
Phrases
51%-100% HP A vivid rainbow gives me protection!
26%-50% HP How can this be? My HP is reduced halfway?
1%-25% HP It's no good... Even my rainbow has faded away...
Level up Leveled up! Let the seven colors of my rainbow blaze across the sky!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Leveled up! Let the seven colors of my rainbow blaze across the sky!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP250.png Body size: 4
Recruit rate: 10%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Fire  Fire Assist.png
( Fire )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It creates many pillars of fire to attack.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●●●
Defense ●●●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

250Ho-Oh.png
Unevolved
Ho-Oh
 Fire  Flying 

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.gif Spr 3r 250.png Spr b 3r 250.png
Spr 3r 250 s.png Spr 3e 250 s.gif 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 the first Generation II Pokémon to be shown in the anime, making it the first sign that the franchise would ever expand beyond 151 Pokémon. It is seen at the end of the very first episode of the anime. However, the Pokédex does not know what it is.
  • Ho-Oh's English name is a palindrome; it shares this distinction with Eevee, Girafarig and Alomomola.
  • Ho-Oh has the highest Special Defense base stat of all Fire-type Pokémon and is tied with Lugia for the highest Special Defense base stat of all Flying-type Pokémon.
    • Ho-Oh is tied with Lugia, Rayquaza, and Yveltal for highest base stat total of all Flying-type Pokémon and is tied with Reshiram for the highest base stat total of all Fire-type Pokémon.
  • Ho-Oh and Lugia are the only two Legendary version mascots with counterparts that have not had a conflict in the anime.
    • However, in the opening of The Johto Journeys, there is a brief scene of the two facing off in the sky, and the first preview for M13 featured the two fighting despite neither of them appearing in the movie.
  • It is indirectly said in a myth in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver that Ho-Oh revived Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.
  • So far, Ho-Oh is the only Legendary Generation II Pokémon to have never appeared in any movie (only in introductions and as a disguise used by Mew).
  • Ho-Oh's Hidden Ability Regenerator reflects a phoenix's ability to be reborn from its ashes.

Origin

Ho-Oh is based on the legend of the phoenix, specifically the Fenghuang, the immortal phoenix of China from which it derives its name. It is also based on the Huma bird, a legendary bird that is said to never rest, living its entire life flying continuously, and resurrects itself and others in its own ashes and flames. It is a symbol of fortune and friendship and will bestow happiness to anyone who simply glimpses it. Many cultures view the Phoenix and Huma as symbols 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. It may also be based on many other firebirds; some examples are the three-legged bird, Simurgh, and the Ember Bird. It also is similar to the rainbow-feathered bird god Achiyalabopa.

Name origin

Ho-Oh and Houou are alternate transcriptions of 鳳凰 Hōō (phoenix), specifically the Chinese phoenix, Fènghuáng. The ou may also refer to 皇 ō (emperor) or 王 ō (king).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ホウオウ Houou From 鳳凰 Hōō
France Flag.png French Ho-Oh Same as English name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ho-Oh Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Ho-Oh Same as English name
Italy Flag.png Italian Ho-Oh Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 칠색조 Chilsaekjo Means "seven-colored bird"


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