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Ho-Oh, also called the Protector Ho-Oh, is a particular specimen of the Ho-Oh species with special powers and abilities and who takes on the role of the protector of the realm of Kanjoh and other locations nearby, worshipped alongside a similar Lugia specimen as deities. Other specimens of Ho-Oh exist, such as Nix.

For information on the species general head to Ho-Oh.


The Ho-Oh who came to be known as the Protector of Kanjoh during the Present Era was born off the coast of Ransei, shortly before the wars that plagued the region, the youngest chick of the guardian of the islands Shiranui and a wild Ho-Oh. Ho-Oh soon left the nest and flew to establish himself together with few other Ho-Oh specimens on the mountain lands far north of Johto, where he remained for several years.

After Shiranui retired, the power of the chosen Ho-Oh passed down to this particular Ho-Oh, who travelled to the south to Johto and build a name for himself. Eventually he came to be respected as the Protector of the lands together with fellow bird Lugia. The two were give shrines in Ecruteak Town, where they perched and lived on for about twenty years.

The following section deals with Lore details.
It should be considered semicanon, subject to change as the Pokémon franchise delivers more content.

Eventually the day came where, during a war over tributes, Ecruteak came under attack. Lugia's perch was demolished and Ho-Oh's one caught fire. Shocked at the turn of events, Ho-Oh mistakenly used his power to revive three of the guard Pokémon of the tower, promoting them to the position of Gerbils. Scared of his own power and the reaction of the people in Ecruteak, Ho-Oh fled the lands and flew to the East. Lugia had shortly before flown away to the savage lands to the West.

It is suspected that very short after, either Lugia or Ho-Oh took temporary refuge in the coasts near the Cadrícean Sovereignty, where the three Deer Pokémon rulers of the Pokémon lands sought them for counsil after what had happened. Whatever the result of the meeting was the Deer Pokémon kept secret, but it was the morning after that the bird Pokémon flew to the South to the colder lands of Caledoria, and the three Deer Pokémon also renounced the position of protectors of their lands, fading into obscurity. This same event took place with various Legendaries across the world, and soon after, the departure of the Protectors spurred many Legendaries to fade into obscurity ( Interim ).

Ho-Oh flew from place to place, orbiting the continent where Kanjoh was located, for several years. Among his various temporary nesting places were counted Navel Island and Rota. He stayed on the wing for nearly 400 years, not bothering to make contact with people or Pokémon, situation further exacerbated when he learned of the passing of his parents. Only about 60 years before the events of Gen I did Ho-Oh go out to explore the world and he eventually found a mate, with whom he sired their own chick, Nix. Ho-Oh took Nix under his wing and migrated to an unknown place near Kanto.

While out in hiding, Ho-Oh seriously considered coming back to the world once: the day when the Weather Trio were broken free of their sealing and threatened to lay waste to the world. Ho-Oh recoiled due to not wanting to put Nix in danger however, and migrated to the mountains north of the Dragon Paradise Sovereignty instead.

End lore.


A couple years after the unsealing of the Weather Trio, Ho-Oh woke up one morning sensing one of his Rainbow Feathers had been unearthed by a Trainer and a team strong of spirit with the intent to protect Johto. Far away from the region and sensing a tremendous energy shakeup in the world, Ho-Oh sought council from a group of Pokémon, and agreed to head towards the region to protect it after designating two teams of Pokémon to fetch and secure both his chick Nix and his fellow Protector Lugia's Pleo.


By the time he arrived to Johto the center of the region was covered in a foul aura emerging from the Ruins of Alph, now connected to the Distortion World. Seeking around, Ho-Oh found the Trainer who had unearthed his feather, among the many fallen and in the brink of dead after trying to hold back the elder god Giratina. This time voluntarily releasing his power, Ho-Oh restored the trainers' teams. Ho-Oh then engaged Giratina head-on over the skies of Violet, Alph and Ecruteak, but was soon defeated and fell to the lake in Rt. 38. Before Giratina could deliver a killing blow, Lugia broke in and the two birds engaged the elder god in battle for all of Johto to see. While even together they were no match for an elder god, they still managed to last enough for Dawn to sever the connection between the Distortion World and the Ruins of Alph, prompting Giratina to recede ( Suocéverse Legends ).

The elder god fended off, Ho-Oh observed across the portal opened above the Ruins of Alph how the remaining elder gods were calmed down by Sinnoh Trainers. Assured that Johto was safe once again, Ho-Oh flew to Ecruteak where he reclaimed his perch, and came to be welcome as a Protector once again. Because he still missed the tranquility he enjoyed at his previous perches where he lived alone with Nix and very few followers, however, Ho-Oh decided to share his perch with his fellow Protector Lugia, and periodically left to explore the lands of Kanjoh to reacquaint himself with them again.




Ho-Oh's mother is Shiranui, a Ho-Oh from Ransei. The identify of his father is unknown, presumed to have been a wild Ho-Oh from Almia.

Ho-Oh has a mate in the wild and together they have a chick, Nix ( Simpler than Magic ).


The Lugia Protector counterpart to Ho-Oh is Lugia, and Pleo would be Nix's were she to take her father's role.

Ho-Oh has a number of “chosen ones” dedicated to certain tasks, including:

It is suspected that at some point Ho-Oh met Inka and tried to give her the task that would later be assigned to her son but she refused, as at the time this encounter could have happened Inka, her trainer and the rest of the team were on the hunt of Pokefutures.

Known Locations



This Ho-Oh specimen debuts in the "Simpler than Magic" SWC oneshot.

kanjoh, ho-oh_s_mate
≥600 yr before G1