Ho-Oh has the ability Pressure. This ability forces the opposing Pokémon to use 2 PP for every attack that is used by the opposing Pokémon instead of 1 PP. A second ability can be obtained for Ho-Oh that come from the Dream World. This ability is called Regenerator, which resstores up to one-third of its maximum HP when this Pokémon is switched out of battle.
Like the majority of all Legendary Pokémon, Ho-Oh has no pre-evolved form and doesn't evolve, nor is it able to breed. It takes Ho-Oh 1,250,000 Experience Points for this Pokémon to reach Level 100.
Ho-Oh resembles a phoenix. Its wings are said to be rainbow-colored.
Ho-Oh is genderless.
Ho-Oh did not appear in the Generation I games despite being seen on the pilot episode of the Anime. In Gold and Silver, the Rainbow Wing is required to access the Tin Tower. It's more complicated in Crystal, however: to obatin the Rainbow Wing, you must capture Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. Then talk to a member of the Wise Trio inside Tin Tower to obtain the Rainbow Wing, which will open the way to Ho-Oh.
Ho-Oh appears on the 40th Floor of Mt. Faraway in the first wave of Mystery Dungeon Games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Ho-Oh appears at the 19th Floor of Mt. Mistral, but a Stone Plate or Enigma Plate is required. Ho-Oh is exclusive to Dungeon Blazing Adventure Squad in t[Mystery Dungeon 3]]; it is located at floor 50 of Legendary Volcanic Island.
Ho-Oh can be found at Volcanic Slope: Autumnwood 3-2 and Firebreathing Mountain: Autumnwood 3-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast, but Ho-Oh won't appear in these locations until after the game has been completed.
Trading Card Game
Ho-Oh appears in 9 different sets, two Organized Play sets and three Promotional sets. It is listed as a Rare card in all sets that it appears in: Neo Revelation (2), Skyridge (hidden), EX Unseen Forces (2), Secret Wonders, HeartGold SoulSilver (Legend), and Call of Legends, along with the Wizards Promos, a Pokémon Players Club Promo, Pokémon Organized Play Series 3 & 5, and the HeartGold SoulSilver Promo.
A "shiny" (or alternate color) Ho-Oh appeared in the pilot episode after Pikachu had fought off a flock of angry Spearow that had been chasing him and Ash. This gets featured in a flashback from time to time in the Anime, although Ho-Oh has appeared a couple of times since.
Ho-Oh appears in Jirachi: Wish Maker, Giratina & The Sky Warrior, Arceus & The Jewel of Life, and Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Ho-Oh's Manga Information is unconfirmed as of writing.
Ho-Oh resides in the Uber tier of competitive battling. Ho-Oh's high attack stat coupled with strong STABs like Brave Bird and Sacred Fire, the latter of which has a 50% chance to burn its opponent, make it a standout threat in the Ubers metagame and one of the most difficult threats to switch into. Ho-Oh has decent lasting power as well despite a x4 weakness to Stealth Rock, having phenomenal Special Defense, Recover, and a great ability in Regenerator to offset damage taken from Brave Bird recoil. These traits to go along with its typing make it a great Geomancy Xerneas check. Ho-Oh has a crippling weakness to Stealth Rock, but with Magic Bounce users, such as Mega Sableye and Mega Diancie, and Defog users like Latios and Latias, hazards are less of a debilitating factor in Ho-Oh's viability. Ho-Oh can opt for a Life Orb Tank set that uses its lasting power and strong attacks to be a constant nuisance to opposing teams or a Choice Band set that allows Ho-Oh to heavily dent defensive cores.
Ho-Oh cannot breed, thus having no egg moves.
Via Move Tutor
Ho-Oh is unable to learn any moves by way of a Move Tutor in Generation V as of writing.
Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
By Level Up
Excluding HeartGold and Soul Silver
- TM19: Giga Drain
- TM34: Shock Wave
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM47: Steel Wing
- TM51: Roost
- TM58: Endure
- TM82: Sleep Talk
- HM05: Defog (Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Only)
By Move Tutor
Heart Gold and Soul Silver
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