Tower duo

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Tower duo is a fan term for the Legendary duo of Johto that consists of Lugia and Ho-Oh. Lugia and Ho-Oh are the guardian of the seas and the skies, respectively, and are often regarded as polar opposites. Lugia, the mascot of Pokémon Silver and Pokémon SoulSilver, represents the sea, storms, and the color silver. Ho-Oh, the mascot of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon HeartGold, represents the sky, rainbows, and the color gold. Both are also associated with Legendary trios: Lugia is associated with the Legendary birds, while Ho-Oh is associated with the Legendary beasts.

Promotional art of Lugia and Ho-Oh for the The Crown Tundra by Nejita[1]

History and myths

The legend of the Tower duo is introduced in Generation II. The legend was also expanded in both the remakes and the anime shorts The Reawakening and The Show. About 700 years before the events of Generation II, the people of Ecruteak City built two nine-tier towers, hoping to foster both friendship and hope between Pokémon and humans. The two towers were known as the Brass Tower and Bell Tower. The west tower was said to awaken Pokémon, while in the east tower, the Pokémon chose to stop and rest there. Both towers were also the homes of Lugia and Ho-Oh. Lugia resides in Brass Tower and Ho-oh resides in the Bell Tower. For a time, there was peace and a close bond between the people and the Tower duo. However, about 550 years later, a tragedy happened one night under the moon. Lugia's slumber was disturbed by a lightning storm that struck the Brass Towe with a powerful lightning bolt, engulfing it in flames for three days. Lugia attempted to use the winds to stop the flame, but this action put Ecruteak City in grave danger. Because of this, Lugia instead chose to call upon rain to put out the fire.

However, it was too late to save the Brass Tower as it burned to the ground due to the damage. During this tragic event, three nameless Pokémon were tragedy killed in the fire, much to the despair of the people. Fortunately, Ho-Oh descended from the sky and used its power to revive them. The Pokémon were reborn as Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. While this filled the people with awe, it also led to them fearing Ho-Oh due to its power to manipulate life. Ho-Oh and the Legendary beasts fled due to the violence of the people who feared Ho-Oh's power.

In despair of the destruction of the Bass Tower, Lugia flew away and chose to live in the ocean's depths. Lugia eventually settled at the Whirl Islands. According to the island's legend, at some point, the two countries fought each other over the island. In great anger, Lugia unleashed several lightning bolts to split the island into four separate islands. Lugia then dove into the deep end of the waterfall basin, disappearing in the process.

The Tower duo was never seen again after the fire and violence of the humans. The Brass Tower was never rebuild again, left as a reminder of what can be lost and regained. Two legends reveal when Lugia and Ho-Oh will return to Ecruteak City. When a Trainer who can touch the souls of Pokémon appears, Ho-Oh will return from the heavens to the Bell Tower. Lugia is said to return only when a human with a pure heart appears before Lugia and that the invisible trust between people and Pokémon returns.


In the anime, there is a similar legend to the two towers. In A Ghost of a Chance, Morty claimed that the two towers are the original Tin Tower, which burned down, and a rebuilt one. According to that legend, invaders came and tried to steal Ho-Oh. This invasion failed as Ho-Oh resisted and flew away. In retaliation, the invaders burn down the Tin Tower. However, in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!, the story follows the game version but retains the war aspect.

In the cores series games


 Psychic  Flying 
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
106 90 130 90 154 110
Main article: Lugia (Pokémon)

Lugia is the Diving Pokémon, found in any Generation II games, XD: Gale of Darkness, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Alpha Sapphire, and Ultra Moon.

Lugia's stats are more defensive than its counterpart, whose stats are more on the offensive side. It is also faster than Ho-Oh. Both share an equal HP and Special Defense at 106 and 154, respectively. Lugia's signature move, Aeroblast deals damage and has an increased critical hit ratio and can hit non-adjacent opponents in Triple Battles.


 Fire  Flying 
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
106 130 90 110 154 90
Main article: Ho-Oh (Pokémon)

Ho-Oh, the Rainbow Pokémon, can be found in any Generation II games, Colosseum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Omega Ruby, and Ultra Sun.

Ho-Oh's stats are on the offensive side, unlike Lugia, whose stats are more defensive. Both share an equal HP and Special Defense at 106 and 154, respectively. Ho-Oh's former signature move, Sacred Fire, inflicts damage, with a 50% chance of burning the target

Pokémon Gold and Sliver

After defeating Team Rocket,LugiaS/Ho-OhG can be encountered in the Whirl IslandsS/Tin TowerG after the player obtains the Silver WingS/Rainbow WingG from the Radio Tower director. Upon enter the Hall of Fame for the first time, LugiaG/Ho-OhS can be encounter in the Whirl IslandsG/Tin TowerS after obtaining the Silver WingG/Rainbow WingS from a man in Pewter City.

Pokémon Crystal

Both Lugia and Ho-Oh can be encountered after entering the Hall of Fame for the first time. Lugia can appear at the Whirl Islands after the player obtains a Silver Wing from a man in Pewter City. Ho-Oh will appear in the Tin Tower after the player obtains the Rainbow Wing and has captured all three of the Legendary beasts.

Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald

Lugia and Ho-Oh can be found on Navel Rock if the player has the MysticTicket required to unlock it. Lugia will appear in the depths of Navrl Rock. Ho-Oh will appear at the top of Navel Rock.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSliver

In the remakes, LugiaSS/Ho-OhHG will appear at the Whirl IslandsSS/Bell TowerHG after the player has obtained the Silver WingSS/Rainbow WingSS and Tidal BellSS/Clear Bell. After entering the Hall of Fame for the first time, the other Legendary will be in the Whirl IslandsHG/Tin TowerSS. This occurs after the player obtains the Silver WingHG/Rainbow WingHGSS from a man in Pewter City.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Ho-OhOR/LugiaOR may be found can be found at Sea Mauville after defeating or capturing Primal GroudonOR/Primal KyogreAS. Addtionally, the player must obtain Clear BellOR/Tidal BellOR after trading a Scanner to Captain Stern in the Sea Mauville.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Lugia and Ho-Oh may be found in the Ultra Space Wilds of their respective games. This is done by following a red Ultra Wormhole to the Cliff World during the Ultra Warp Ride minigame.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In The Crown Tundra DLC, Lugia and Ho-Oh be found at Max Lair during Dynamax Adventures. Lugia can be found in Shield, while Ho-Oh can be found in Sword; however, the player can get the other Legendary by participating in other players' Dynamax Adventures.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In the remakes, LugiaSP/Ho-OhBD can be found in the Squall RoomSP/Rainbow RoomBD at Ramanas Park after capturing both the Legendary birdsSP/Legendary beastsBD and Eon duo. A Squall SlateSP/Rainbow SlateBD is required to encounter LugiaSP/Ho-OhBD.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In The Indigo Disk DLC, Lugia and Ho-Oh can be obtained via snacks from Snacksworth. Lugia can be found in Violet, while Ho-Oh can be found in Scarlet. The player can get the other Legendary by participating in Blueberry Quests through the Union Circle online.

Similar movesets

 Psychic  Flying 
 Fire  Flying 
1 Dragon Rush
Weather Ball*
Ancient Power
9 Mist Life Dew
18 Safeguard
27 Calm Mind
36 Extrasensory*
45 Recover
54 Aeroblast Sacred Fire
63 Rain Dance Sunny Day
72 Hydro Pump Fire Blast
81 Future Sight*
90 Sky Attack
99 Burn Up
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Similar base stats

Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense
Total 680 680

In the spin-off games

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Shadow Lugia is a Lugia corrupted by the criminal organization Cipher, believed to be the ultimate Shadow Pokémon and completely immune to purification. As a sign of this corruption, its appearance is different from that of a normal Lugia, unlike other Shadow Pokémon who appear normal but possess a shadowy aura.

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Lugia can be called with a Ranger Sign to allow the player to battle it again on the Eastern Sea. Ho-Oh can be called to battle again on Rainbow Dais with a Ranger Sign once the player completes the storyline.

In the anime

Tower duo in the anime

Main series

See also: Ho-Oh (anime), Lugia (M02), and Silver (Lugia)

In the Pokémon anime, Ho-Oh and Lugia debuted separately, both having met Ash in one way or the other. Ho-Oh appeared to Ash at the end of the first episode, flying alongside a rainbow across the sky after a thunderstorm. It has appeared on various other occasions. Lugia was featured in The Power of One, central to the legend of Shamouti Island. Its psychic powers allow it to communicate with humans. Both have appeared variously throughout the anime being mentions and flashbacks, as well as in the intro of several movies such as Jirachi: Wish Maker, The Rise of Darkrai, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, and Zoroark: Master of Illusions. A Lugia appeared as a recurring character in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, debuting in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!.

Pokémon Generations

Ho-Oh in Pokémon Generations

A wild Lugia appeared in The Adventure. A wild Ho-Oh appeared in Ecruteak City in The Reawakening.

Pokémon Evolutions

Both Lugia and Ho-Oh appear in The Show, where the Kimono Girls perform the story of the Bell and Brass Tower.

In the manga

Lugia and Ho-Oh in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Tower duo (Adventures)


Ho-Oh and Lugia were at one point captured by the Masked Man, Ho-Oh was once used to kidnap six children: Carl, Sham, Karen, Will, Green and Silver. He had plucked a Rainbow Wing and Silver Wing from them, but the items were stolen by Green who had escaped with Silver. Sometime after he had lost control of the two, where they escaped and flew to different locations.

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Ho-Oh first appeared as a silhouette in Just a Spearow Carrier, which shows a flashback of Green's capture, said event caused her to fear of bird Pokémon. It appeared again as a silhouette in Hitmonlee, Baby! (One More Time), when Green was explaining to Bill that she believes the Elite Four were the ones who controlled it to capture her.

Lugia had stayed dormant at Cerise Island, until the Kanto Elite Four summoned it with Badge Amplifier in an attempt to exterminate humans. It appeared before them in the form of a spirit in The Might of... Metapod?!. After Lance's defeat it flew to the west. The Diving Pokémon had returned to the Whirl Islands, before causing havoc around the S.S. Aqua in Sandslash Surprise, where it was properly identified as Lugia. Soon enough the Johto Dex Holders meet each other, where they make a plan to capture it in Lively Lugia (Part 1),II and III. They managed to weaken it but as it was about to be caught in Crystal's Poké Ball, the Masked Man had quickly thrown his own Poké Ball capturing it.

The Masked Man then attacked the Tin Tower using Team Rocket to prompt Ho-Oh to return to Ecruteak City, ultimately capturing the Rainbow Pokémon. Ho-Oh was later seen at Indigo Plateau under Pryce's control, alongside Lugia, wreaking havoc and destruction. They were then lent to Karen and Will to fight Green at Ilex Forest. They nearly defeated her Legendary birds, but all the trainers' Pokémon from both Johto and Kanto were sent there with the use of the Pokémon Storage System, with the combined strength of all the Pokémon the two were freed from Pryce's control and flew off to parts unknown.

Diamond & Pearl arc

In High-tailing It from Haunter, Ho-Oh and Lugia were briefly seen when the Advanced level Grunt was talking to Diamond about the past accomplishments of the Pokédex holders.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Ho-Oh appeared in GDZ65. Shu captured Lugia once, but released it in order to let it continue protecting the ocean.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Ho-Oh appeared in The Legendary Ho-oh!! and PMHGSS02. While Lugia appeared in Clefairy Rangers to the Rescue!! and Take me to the Dragon Palace!.

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