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Trio master

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Trio master is a fan term referring to a Pokémon that, in some way, oversees a Legendary trio of Pokémon.

The trio master and the trio itself may relate in different ways. For example, Lugia is the trio master of the Legendary birds; it is the only one who can quell their fighting when Lawrence III captures one of them in The Power of One.

Catching trio masters

In the games, the trio master sometimes will require that the members of its Legendary trio be caught beforehand. There has been other ways from which the trio master is referred to as such though.

Pokémon Crystal

In Crystal, Ho-Oh cannot be caught until all three of the legendary beasts have been caught in the same game.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Regigigas will not awaken unless the player has the legendary golems in his or her party. Conversely, an event Regigigas unlocks the legendary golems in Platinum.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Rayquaza is only obtainable after both Kyogre and Groudon have been obtained in the same game, which requires trading.

Pokémon Black and White

In Black and White, Landorus is only obtainable after both Tornadus and Thundurus have been obtained in the same game, which also requires trading.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

In Black 2 and White 2, Regigigas will not awaken unless the player brings the golems to its resting place, Twist Mountain.

Other references to trio masters

Relationship with their trio

Trio master Legendary trio
Relationship
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Lugia
Articuno
Articuno
Zapdos
Zapdos
Moltres
Moltres
Lugia is the only one who can end the Legendary birds' conflict, as seen in the second movie.
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Ho-Oh
Raikou
Raikou
Entei
Entei
Suicune
Suicune
After the three Pokémon perished in the fire at the Burned Tower, Ho-Oh revived them.
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Rayquaza
Kyogre
Kyogre
Groudon
Groudon
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Due to it ending the other two members' fight in Emerald, Rayquaza may internally be the master of the weather trio.
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Regigigas
Regirock
Regirock
Regice
Regice
Registeel
Registeel
Regigigas will awaken when the three Legendary golems are brought to its residence. It is also said that it built statues made of clay, ice, and magma.
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Arceus
Dialga
Dialga
Palkia
Palkia
Giratina
Giratina
According to legend, Arceus created all three members of the creation trio after creating the universe, in order to balance the dimensional-aspect world.
Uxie
Uxie
Mesprit
Mesprit
Azelf
Azelf
Arceus also created the lake guardians, which represent spirit, before it fell into eternal slumber.
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Landorus
Tornadus
Tornadus
Thundurus
Thundurus
Landorus
Landorus
Landorus punished Thundurus and Tornadus for bringing mass destruction with their thunder and wind storms. As such, he serves as an internal trio master, like Rayquaza. He cannot be battled until both of the latter are brought to the Abundant Shrine.

Trivia

  • Arceus is the only trio master that is related to more than one Legendary trio.
  • Lugia and Regigigas are two trio masters who were not present in the same generation as their trio. Also, each was introduced in the generation directly after the generation its trio was introduced. This also makes their trios the only ones that did not have a known trio master in the generation they were introduced in, then gain one later.
  • The Tao trio is the only trio group without a known trio master.
    • However, according to Drayden and Ghetsis in Black 2 and White 2, Kyurem is the remainder of the original dragon after it was split into two. Also, Kyurem shifts into its two Formes by fusing with either Reshiram or Zekrom. In this case, Kyurem could be an internal trio master, much like Rayquaza.
  • Regigigas and Rayquaza (as well as Arceus without a Plate) are the only trio masters that do not share at least one type with any other members of their trios.
  • Landorus is the only trio master that is not genderless.
Legendary trios
BirdsBeastsGolemsWeather
LakeCreationForces of NatureTao
Trio masters