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Legendary birds (M02)

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The legendary birds and Lugia

The legendary birds are a group of three legendary Pokémon that appeared in the second Pokémon movie, The Power of One.


Articuno

Articuno
フリーザー Freezer
Articuno M02.png
Articuno
Debuts in The Power of One
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Ice Island
Articuno
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Articuno Yumi Tōma

Articuno (Japanese: フリーザー Freezer) appeared in the second feature-length Pokémon movie, The Power of One.

History

Articuno, as depicted in an ancient legend, is the titan of ice. Lawrence III was trying to capture the three legendary birds to bring out Lugia. Articuno was the only bird he didn't capture, but after Moltres and Zapdos burst out of captivity the three legendary birds started a huge fight.

When Lugia came up from the sea, Articuno worked with the other birds to put Lugia back where it came from. Later, Lugia rose again and none of the birds seemed to notice at first.

After that, Articuno kept fighting with the other birds but it returned to its island after Ash and Lugia silenced their fighting.

Moves used

Articuno Ice Beam.png
Using Ice Beam
Move First Used In
Ice Beam The Power of One
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Zapdos

Zapdos
サンダー Thunder
Zapdos M02.png
Zapdos
Debuts in The Power of One
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Lightning Island
Zapdos
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Zapdos Katsuyuki Konishi

Zapdos (Japanese: サンダー Thunder) appeared in the second feature-length Pokémon movie, The Power of One.

History

Zapdos, as depicted in an ancient legend, is the titan of lightning. Lawrence III was trying to capture the three legendary birds in order to lure out Lugia. After Moltres was captured, Zapdos claimed its island as its own territory (which implies that the weather disruptions, while started by Lawrence III, were mainly caused by the territorial disputes between the legendary birds). This was explained through the conversation that Pikachu and Zapdos have via electricity, which was then translated through Meowth. Lawrence captured Zapdos along with Ash, Misty, Tracey, Melody, Jessie, James, and Meowth. Zapdos was freed by Moltres and the two birds burst out of the palace.

In their rage, the three legendary birds began to battle. When Lugia rose up from the sea, Zapdos worked with the other birds to return Lugia back into the sea. Later, Lugia rose again out of the water without any of the birds noticing.

Lugia, with the help of Ash, silenced the battle between the birds and Zapdos returned to its island.

Moves used

Zapdos Thunderbolt.png
Using Thunderbolt
Move First Used In
Thunderbolt The Power of One
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Moltres

Moltres
ファイヤー Fire
Moltres M02.png
Moltres
Debuts in The Power of One
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Fire Island
Moltres
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Moltres Rikako Aikawa

Moltres (Japanese: ファイヤー Fire) appeared in the second feature-length Pokémon movie, The Power of One.

History

Moltres, as depicted in an ancient legend, is the titan of fire. Lawrence III revealed that he was trying to capture the three legendary birds to bring out Lugia. Lawrence set out to get Moltres first. He bombed its island with ice bombs until Moltres got furious and flew away from its island to attack Lawrence. However, he captured Moltres and brought it aboard his flying ship.

Zapdos later claimed Moltres' territory as its own since Moltres was gone. This new territory ownership was short-lived, as Lawrence captured Zapdos along with Ash, Misty, Tracey, Melody, Jessie, James, and Meowth. Ash tried to free Moltres and succeeded eventually. Moltres then freed Zapdos and the two birds burst out of the palace.

Moltres, along with Zapdos, started a fight between themselves as well as Articuno, the other legendary bird. When Lugia came up from the sea, Moltres worked with the other birds to put Lugia back where it came from. Later, Lugia rose again and none of the birds seemed to notice at first.

After that, Moltres kept fighting with the other birds but it returned to its island after Ash and Lugia silenced their fighting.

Moves used

Moltres Flamethrower.png
Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Flamethrower The Power of One
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

Articuno in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In the movie adaptations

The legendary birds appear in Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth where they played the same role as they did in the movie.

Zapdos in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Moltres in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The legendary birds only appear in Get Lugia!. Professor Oak assigns a mission to Red, Green and Blue to go to the islands in order to summon Lugia but first, they have to go through Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. The three Trainers take a boat ride with Red going on a separate boat as Blue and Green went on another.

As they arrived on the island, it was starting to become freezing. Articuno appeared from behind Red. It easily froze Clefairy and Clefairy used a blender to thaw himself but sliced him into millions of pieces. The sight of Clefairy caused Articuno to fall down and left out the first orb. On the other side of the island, it was full of volcanoes and Moltres was summoned from one of them. Moltres's firepower was very strong. However, Clefairy rode on Moltres and sucked away its strength which made Clefairy completely stuffed. With Articuno and Moltres beaten, the sky became dark and a loud clap of lightning came down which almost hit Red. The last member of the legendary birds, Zapdos, showed itself. Zapdos attacked the group and Pikachu protected them with his own electricity. Clefairy connected Zapdos to a power generator box and knocked out Zapdos, obtaining the last orb to summon Lugia.

Moves used

Articuno

Articuno Ice Beam PM.png
Using Ice Beam
Move First Used In
Ice Beam Get Lugia!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Related articles

For more information on these Pokémon’s species, see Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.

Movie characters
Human protagonists
Sir AaronAliceAudrey and KathrynBiancaCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusNewton Graceland
JuanitaKarlLisaLizabethLorenzoProfessor LundTory LundMarenMelodyMannesNeeshaRafe
RebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidKidd SummersTonioTowaJack WalkerYuko
Human antagonists
AnnieButlerDamonMarilyn FlameGalenGooneMolly HaleIron-Masked MarauderGrings KodaiLawrence IIIMarcus
Ninja RiotOakleyThe PhantomArgus SteelMillis SteelZero
Pokémon
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)Genesect
GiratinaGroudonJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaManaphyMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (OS)
Mewtwo (BW)MoltresPalkiaPichuPikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Suicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekromZoroarkZorua
Others
Baron AlbertoBlock BotAliciaAllegraAstridBanksCarolDavidDonukeDundeeEvaDr. FujiGlacineGodeySpencer Hale
Heroes of Truth and IdealsQueen IleneInfiJennyJoeJudyKaiKanataKatoKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLayla
LeekuLuisLuisaMakoMarcus's soldiersMalinManukeMauryMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsPegRavineRaymondQueen RinRossShipShip's shipmatesSchuyler
TappTammyTannerTatsukiTobiasUschiMr. White

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