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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. Just as 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 are not as important in the main storyline as the trios are. Duos or their component parts are featured in several of the movies as keepers of peace. Sometimes, pairs of Pokémon once thought to be Legendary duos are revealed to actually be Legendary trios upon the release of a third version; but, even within trios, the dynamic between two of the members is often very close to that of a duo. Kyogre and Groudon, Dialga and Palkia, Tornadus and Thundurus, and Reshiram and Zekrom are prime examples of this.

True duos

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

Tower duo

Lugia and Ho-Oh in promotional art for the TCG

The tower duo is a fan term for 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 sea, storms, the color silver and is the mascot of Pokémon Silver and Pokémon SoulSilver, while Ho-Oh represents the 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 (prior to the start of the second generation games), the pair was split up, and Ho-Oh created the Legendary beasts: Entei, Raikou, and Suicune.

Lv. 249Lugia.png
Lugia
 Psychic  Flying 
250Ho-Oh.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 Ancient Power
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

Eon duo

Main article: Eon duo
Latias and Latios artwork

The eon duo is a fan term for a Legendary duo of Hoenn that consists of Latias and Latios, which are also that region's roaming Pokémon. The two share their type combinations, 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 and Black 2 and White 2, with Latios being available in Ruby, SoulSilver and Black 2, and Latias being available in Sapphire, HeartGold and White 2. 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. 380Latias.png
Latias
 Dragon  Psychic 
381Latios.png
Latios
 Dragon  Psychic 
Start Healing Wish Memento
Dragon Pulse
Guard Split Power Split
Reflect Type Telekinesis
Heal Pulse
Charm Dragon Dance
Psywave
5 Wish Heal Block
10 Helping Hand
15 Safeguard
20 Dragon Breath
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

Lunar duo

Cresselia and Darkrai

The lunar duo is a fan term for 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!, in which they battled one another.

Lv. 488Cresselia.png
Cresselia
 Psychic 
491Darkrai.png
Darkrai
 Dark 
Start Confusion Ominous Wind
Double Team Disable
11 Safeguard Quick Attack
20 Mist Hypnosis
29 Aurora Beam Feint 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
99 Moonblast
Moves in bold get 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

Mortality duo

Xerneas and Yveltal on the cover of the X and Y official soundtrack

The mortality duo consists of Xerneas and Yveltal, which are found at the Team Flare Secret HQ in Pokémon X and Y, respectively. Xerneas is the Life Pokémon with the Ability Fairy Aura, while Yveltal is the Destruction Pokémon with the Ability Dark Aura. Xerneas spent a thousand years sleeping in the form of a tree before reviving and sharing eternal life. Yveltal absorbs the life force of all living things and turns into a cocoon when its life comes to an end.

Lv. 716Xerneas.png
Xerneas
 Fairy 
717Yveltal.png
Yveltal
 Dark  Flying 
Start Heal Pulse Hurricane
Aromatherapy Razor Wind
Ingrain Taunt
Take Down Roost
5 Light Screen Double Team
10 Aurora Beam Air Slash
18 Gravity Snarl
26 Geomancy Oblivion Wing
35 Moonblast Disable
44 Megahorn Dark Pulse
51 Night Slash Foul Play
55 Horn Leech Phantom Force
59 Psych Up Psychic
63 Misty Terrain Dragon Rush
72 Nature Power Focus Blast
80 Close Combat Sucker Punch
88 Giga Impact Hyper Beam
93 Outrage Sky Attack
Moves in bold get STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Pokémon 716Xerneas.png
Xerneas
717Yveltal.png
Yveltal
HP
126
126
Attack
131
131
Defense
95
95
Sp. Attack
131
131
Sp. Defense
98
98
Speed
99
99
Total 680 680

Other duos

These 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.

Mew and Mewtwo

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, level up moves 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, was 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

Manaphy and Phione

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 guardian duo are a perfect counterpart to the Mew duo; instead of an unnatural (through genetic engineering in a 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 are the only duo which are not adjacent to each other in the Pokédex.
    • Furthermore, the lunar duo are the only duo that do not appear in a regional Pokédex.
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