Ho-oh, The Rainbow Pokémon. Legends claim that Ho-oh flies the world's skies continuously on it's magnificent seven coloured wings. It is said that due to it's 7 colours that it glows, it creates a Rainbow in it's path when flying. It will reveal itself only to a pure hearted trainer. It's feathers are said to bring happiness to the bearers. It is said to have re-incarnated Entei, Raikou & Suicune.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Ho-oh would have to be this:


Sunny Day
Solar Beam
Sacred Fire

Items Attached:

Petaya Berry

Preferred Nature:


Strategy Using Ho-oh

Ho-oh is fitting of its name, derived from the Japanese Phoenix Ho-Oo, and its stats have gained it a reputation of being uber.
The first thing you probably notice is that this moveset is relying on its Special attack, which is the lowest of the two offensive stats. However, 110 Special attack still isn't bad.
Ho-oh has some of the best stats in the game, with its lowest stats being defense and speed. Its highest stat is Special defense at a 154 base, attacking this Pokemon with special attacks isn't the best way to defeat it.
Sunny day is obviously used due to it making Solarbeam only need one turn to be used and also boosting Sacred Fire's power strength. With Sacred Fire, with a boost from STAB and then the 50% boost from Sunny day, it comes out to be 225 in strength.
Sacred Fire also has a 50% of causing a burn, and all of this for only 95% accuracy. For the last move, there is quite a few possibilities here. One being Calm mind, to boost that already high special defense and to increase its special attack, which is what this set uses.
I like Recover though, since Ho-oh has the HP and defenses to use it effectively. You could even replace it with an extra, offensive move, such as Psychic.
Ho-oh can also be used as a good Physical sweeper since it learns such as: Earthquake, Return, Shadow ball, Aerial ace, and of course, use Overheat along side whatever Physical moves you want to use.
As a Pokemon, Ho-oh has little wrong with it, although it does have a 4x weakness to rock types and with a base defense of 90, this is probably the best way to defeat Ho-oh.

EV Corner:

Max out the EVs in Speed & Special Attack for Ho-oh with any remaining in HP

Strategy Against Ho-oh

Ho-oh's Defenses are both strong but it's Physical is lower so a full volley of Physical attacks will end up getting through it. Rock Especially. Water & Electric will also help.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Ho-oh would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:


Aerial Ace
Rain Dance

Items Attached:

Red Scarf

Strategy Using Ho-oh

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Aerial ace, 2nd - Rain dance, 3rd - Thunder/Thunderbolt, 4th - Rain dance, 5th - Thunder/Thunderbolt

Locations in Games


Trade from C/FR/LG


Complete Mt. Battle on Battle Mode after Purifying all 48 Pokémon

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Navel Cavern

Animé Appearences

Ho-oh has had several Animé Appearences. First It Appears to Ash when he leaves on his Pokémon Journey. After that it appears over Pallet Town again when Ash intends to head towards Hoenn. The rest are either Memories of the first event or part of Legends.

Episode 001: Pokémon! I Choose You!
Episode 002: Pokémon Emergency!
Episode 067: Showdown at the PokéCorall!
Episode 183: A Ghost Of A Chance!
Episode 229: For Ho-oh The Bells Toll!
Episode 267: Pop Goes The Sneasel!
Episode 275: Gotta Catch Ya Later!

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