Ho-Oh (anime)

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ホウオウ Houou
Ho-Oh M20.png
Ho-Oh as shown in I Choose You!
Debuts in Pokémon - I Choose You!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Unknown
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Ho-Oh N/A

Ho-Oh (Japanese: ホウオウ Houou) is a Legendary Pokémon that Ash has sighted at a few significant moments in his journey.

Legends say that Ho-Oh lived in the Tin Tower in ancient times. However, war broke out, and when the Brass Tower was burned, Ho-Oh created Raikou, Entei, and Suicune and then left. A new Tin Tower was created, but Ho-Oh never returned.


Original series


Ho-Oh completely colored and outlined in gold in its debut

Ash first saw Ho-Oh in Pokémon - I Choose You!. It appeared in a forest on his way to Viridian City during his first day as a Trainer. He was lying on the ground with his injured Pikachu and saw it fly over the rainbow that appeared in the sky after a storm. His Pokédex could not identify it and explained that many Pokémon were still unknown.

In Pokémon Emergency!, Ash tried to explain to Professor Oak what he had seen, though the image he used to point it out appeared to be of an Articuno rather than Ho-Oh. Either way, Professor Oak did not believe him and brushed it off as Ash being mistaken. This gold-colored version of Ho-Oh was an early concept of Ho-Oh as a Pokémon, as it, like all other Generation II Pokémon at that time, had not been fully developed yet.


The topic was brought up again in A Ghost of a Chance. While Ash was in Johto, he explained his encounter to Eusine, who also did not believe that Ash had seen this Legendary Pokémon. In For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! they heard the bells in the Tin Tower ringing, which would signal Ho-Oh's approach. At this point, Eusine was so upset by Ash's claim that he challenged him to a battle. In Pop Goes The Sneasel, it was using a Sacred Fire in a flashback.

As fate would have it, Ash saw Ho-Oh a second time in Gotta Catch Ya Later! after he parted ways with his close friends Brock and Misty.

Advanced Generation series

The third time he saw it was in Battling the Enemy Within! after May pointed to it flying in the sky after Ash lost an informal challenge against Pyramid King Brandon and was released from possession by the King of Pokélantis' spirit.

Diamond & Pearl series

It appeared in a flashback in Dawn Of A New Era!. After making amends with Dawn, Ash recalled seeing Ho-Oh on the day his journey began.

I Choose You!

Ho-Oh reappeared in I Choose You!, which is based in a continuity different from the main anime.

Like in the main anime, Ash and Pikachu witnessed Ho-Oh flying in the sky shortly after setting off on their journey. Unlike the anime, however, it dropped a Rainbow Wing as it passed by, with Ash picking it up. Keeping the wing with him, Ash set out to eventually meet and battle Ho-Oh.

Personality and characteristics

Ho-Oh's personality is unknown as all of its appearances involve it flying around but it appeared to have chosen Ash as one of the people for its visits as evidenced in A Ghost of a Chance.

Ho-Oh's appearance is that it is a very large Pokémon, and there is one shot in A Ghost of a Chance in the Tin Tower that shows three humans on their knees while Ho-Oh is perched up on a stand. Ho-Oh appears to be significantly larger than the humans.

Moves used

Move First Used In
Sacred Fire Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
Flamethrower Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
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

In the movie adaptations

Ho-Oh appeared towards the end of Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!, where it flies over Ash and Pikachu, dropping a Rainbow Wing in the process.

In the games

Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

This Ho-Oh was distributed to players who inserted a serial code that was found in the August 2017 issue of CoroCoro Comic, which was sold starting on July 15, 2017. The serial codes could be used to obtain Ho-Oh from July 15 to September 14, 2017. It was distributed to promote the 20th Pokémon movie.

#250 Ho-Oh
Cherish Ball Level 100 250Ho-Oh.png
Fire Flying
Ability: Pressure
Held item: Sacred Ash Sacred Ash
ID: 170715
OT: テンセイざん
Met: 2017 Pokémon Movie (fateful encounter)
Nature: Random
Ribbon: Wishing Ribbon Wishing Ribbon
Sacred Fire
Fire Physical
Brave Bird
Flying Physical
Normal Status
Normal Status
Games Method Region Location Duration
SM serial code Japanese online July 15 to September 14, 2017
Moves in bold can be taught again at the Move Reminder as a special move if forgotten.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is picked up from the deliveryman.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.


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For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Ho-Oh.

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