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Throughout the Pokémon world, ancient myths have been recorded about legendary Pokémon.
An ancient prophecy circulates around the Orange Islands that says:
| The god of fire, god of lightning, and god of ice must not be touched.|
Else, heaven and earth will be angered and the world will face destruction.
The god of the sea will appear to stop the destruction.
But, it will not prevent the world's destruction.
Unless an exceptional trainer appears to calm the wrath of the gods....
- Disturb not the harmony of Fire, Ice, or Lightning
- Lest these Titans wreak destruction
- Upon the world in which they clash
- Though the Water's Great Guardian shall arise to quell the fighting
- Alone its song will fail
- Thus the earth shall turn to Ash
- O Chosen One
- Into thine hands bring together all three
- Their treasures combined tame the Beast of The Sea
- From the trio of islands, ancient spheres shall you take
- For between life and death, all the difference you'll make
- Climb to the shrine to right what is wrong
- And the world shall be healed by the Guardian's song...
A festival is held on Shamouti Island to honor the Chosen One.
The Towers of Ecruteak
The Brass Tower and Bell Tower in Ecruteak City
There's a legend that has been passed down by Ecruteak Gym Leaders for many years:
- Two towers... Two Pokémon... But when one burned down, both Pokémon flew away, never to return.
700 years before Generation II, the people of Ecruteak built two nine-tier towers with the hopes of fostering friendship and hope between Pokémon and humans. They were the Brass Tower in the west, which was said to awaken Pokémon, and the Bell Tower in the east, where Pokémon were said to rest. Both towers became the roost of powerful flying Pokémon Lugia and Ho-Oh respectively.
However, about 150 years before the games' events, a lightning bolt struck the Brass Tower. It was engulfed in flames that raged for three days. A sudden downpour finally put out the blaze, but it had already burnt to the ground. Three nameless Pokémon perished in the fire. But Ho-Oh descended from the sky and resurrected them. The Pokémon are said to embody three powers: the lightning that struck the tower, the fire that burned the tower, and the rain that put out the fire. When the Pokémon appeared, they struck terror in those who saw their rise. The three Pokémon, knowing their own power, fled, running like the wind off into the grassland.
Ho-Oh and Lugia haven't been seen since the fire. According to legend, when the souls of Pokémon and humans commune, upon the emergence of a Trainer who has the ability to touch the souls of Pokémon, Ho-Oh will return from the heavens.
A similar legend is addressed in the anime. In A Ghost of a Chance, Morty says the two towers are the original Tin Tower, which burned down, and a rebuilt one. He says that invaders came and tried to steal Ho-Oh, who resisted and fled, and then they burned down the tower. When the legend is revisited in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!, however, the story more closely parallels the game version, but the war aspect remains. Ash Ketchum seems to fulfill the prophecy as a Trainer who has the ability to touch the souls of Pokémon, as he has encountered both Ho-Oh and Suicune several times.
Legend of the Regis
In addition to the Unown, Braille has also been used to tell legends. In Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the player can use the Braille to uncover Regirock, Regice, and Registeel.
The legend, found on various rocks in the Sealed Chamber, reads:
- In this cave we have lived.
- We owe all to the Pokémon.
- But, we sealed the Pokémon away.
- We feared it.
- Those with courage, those with hope.
- Open a door. An eternal Pokémon waits.
Because the message is in singular instead of plural, it is possible that the Pokémon being referred to is Regigigas, and that the people of Snowpoint City wanted to seal Regigigas away, and created three keys, the legendary golems, that had to be obtained to awaken Regigigas. To make it as hard as possible to reawaken Regigigas, the people of Snowpoint City sealed the legendary golems away in another region. Otherwise, since Regigigas didn't exist yet when the games were made, it might refer to the three Regi's separately or a hint that meant that Regigigas will come back then.
The Guardians of the Water Capital
The island city of Alto Mare's history is intertwined with the following tale:
|| A long time ago on an island called Alto Mare there lived an old man and a woman.
|| One day, they found two wounded children on the seaside.
|| With the old couple's careful nursing, the children got better quickly.
|| But then suddenly an evil monster appeared and attacked the city.
|| The island was instantly swallowed up by the monster.
|| But then before the man's and the woman's eyes, the children transformed.
|| They were the mirage Pokémon Latias and Latios.
|| The two of them called their friends from the sky.
|| They brought the power to drive away the evil darkness.
|| That power was a jewel called the Soul Dew.
|| Peace returned to the island.
|| And after that, Latias and Latios often visited this island, where the Soul Dew is.
|| The island was never attacked again by the evil monster.
Note: The legend sequence was cut from the dub version of the movie, so there is no official English translation.
- Main article: Weather trio
Long ago, the Pokémon Kyogre and Groudon subjected themselves to battle. The uncontrollable power they displayed caused birth to the land and sea of Hoenn. Rayquaza eventually came and calmed the two. The Blue and Red Orbs put Groudon and Kyogre into a slumber that could only be ended should the Orbs be used again.
- Main article: Sinnoh myths
There's a legend that has been passed down by the people of Snowpoint City for many years:
- Once after a volcano violently erupted, the Snowpoint Forest, rich in natural resources and beauty, was transformed into a sea of flowing lava.
- Then, out of a bright blue light, Regigigas appeared. Along with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel.
- Together, the four of them halted the volcano's eruption, thus saving Snowpoint City from destruction.
- Later Regigigas transformed itself into a stone of life and fell into a deep sleep, while in order to protect Regigigas, the legend says that Regice, Regirock, and Registeel transformed into three guardian pillars made of the basic elements of rock, ice, and steel.
Before the beginning of Sinnoh, from a vortex of chaos emerged an egg. When Arceus hatched from this egg, it shaped the world with its hundred arms and created the land of Sinnoh. Arceus then created the Pokémon of time, the Pokémon of space and the Pokémon of antimatter. Eventually, people began to inhabit Sinnoh. Arceus then created three new Pokémon to give humans knowlege, emotions, and willpower. These three Pokémon are said to inhabit lakes in the land of Sinnoh.
- Main article: Tao trio
Several of the Unova myths revolve around Zekrom and Reshiram. It is said that the two Dragon Pokémon were once a single powerful Pokémon owned by twin heroes. However, it was split apart by the pursuit of the different beliefs of the two brothers.
The legends of Lacunosa Town dictate that when a meteorite crashed outside of the city limits, Kyurem would come out at night, and with a cold wind spirit away both Pokémon and people. To prevent further raids, the people of Lacunosa built walls and forbade night travel. As of Pokémon Black and White everyone in Lacunosa Town stays indoors at night.
In Pokémon Black and White 2, this is revealed to not be true. When the Original Dragon split its essence into Reshiram and Zekrom, its purposeless body became Kyurem, which stayed inside the Giant Chasm, awaiting "a hero to fill its body with truth or ideals", presumably meaning a fusion with Reshiram or Zekrom. Vague words from Professor Juniper imply that the meteor mentioned in Lacunosa Town is similar to or is the Dark StoneB2/Light StoneW2 in some way.
Swords of Justice
- Main article: Swords of Justice
Long ago, two opposing human factions were at war, their strife resulting in a forest fire which threatened the lives of many wild Pokémon. Ensnared by the smoke, they could not escape and their demise seemed certain, until three figures appeared.
Terrakion shaped the earth and created passage by which to escape, Virizion used its speed to shield the Pokémon from sparks and embers, while their leader, Cobalion ushered Pokémon to safety.
Despite their attempts, they were unsuccessful, as the forest had been burned to the ground. However, amongst the ashes, the three came across a lone Pokémon who they took in as their own.
The trio proceeded to fight back the armies, overwhelming them with their combined might. Legends of them continue to be told today, and it has been said that if human conflict ever again threatened to safety of Pokémon, that they would return to quell the fighting and preserve a climate of peace.
- Main article: Kami trio
Long ago, the Pokémon Thundurus and Tornadus began to fight, destroying the landscape in the process. Landorus then descended upon the two to end the dispute. It is said that should Tornadus and Thundurus ever fight again, Landorus will return to keep the peace.
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, it is said the Therian Formes of the Kami trio were the ones to fight, with Landourus coming to quell the harsh battle.