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Legendary Pokemon Review (Generation 2)

Updated on November 16, 2015
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In-between Pokemon journeys, Jeremy works as a chemical analyst.

Raikou, Suicune, and Entei
Raikou, Suicune, and Entei

Legendary Pokemon

As any Trainer worth their Full Heals knows, legendary Pokemon are the rarest, strongest, and often most interesting of all Pokemon. When playing a Pokemon video game, you usually only have one chance to capture each of them. Sometimes, you even have to attend special real-life events to legally obtain them. No matter how they're encountered, legendaries vary greatly in abilities, strengths, and weaknesses - today we'll examine the strongest creatures from Generation 2, the Johto region!

Oh, and if you missed the Gen 1 legendary review, feel free to check it out here.

Raikou
Raikou

Raikou

Type: Electric
Pokedex Number: 243
Ability: Pressure (When a Pokémon with Pressure is targeted by a foe's move, one additional PP is deducted upon execution)

Summary: The first of the legendary beasts trio, Raikou is an amazingly agile monster.

Legend: When the Brass Tower (seen in the video games) burned down, the legendary Ho-Oh resurrected the three Pokemon that perished within its walls. Raikou was given new life, and its Electric-type represents the lightning bolt that started the fire.

Strengths: Fastest of the three, and has the highest Special Attack. Electric moves do extra damage to Water and Flying Pokemon.

Weaknesses: Comparatively low Attack and Defense. Only weak to Ground-type attacks.

Entei
Entei

Entei

Type: Fire
Pokedex Number: 244
Ability: Pressure

Summary: The second legendary beast, longtime fans may remember Entei from the third animated movie, Spell of the Unown: Entei.

Legend: When the Brass Tower burned down, the legendary Ho-Oh resurrected the three Pokemon that perished within its walls. Entei received new life, and its Fire element represents the flames that incinerated the tower.

Strengths: The most physically brutal of the bunch, Entei has the most Hit Points (HP) and Attack. Its Fire moves work well on Steel, Bug, Ice, and Grass foes.

Weaknesses: Though it has the highest HP, Entei has low Defense and Special Defense, so expect those Hit Points to be depleted quickly. Keep it away from Water, Rock, and Ground attacks.

Suicune
Suicune

Suicune

Type: Water
Pokedex Number: 245
Ability: Pressure

Summary: The last legendary beast stars in the video game Pokemon Crystal, as well as the fourth animated movie, Celebi: Voice of the Forest. Suicune is the first legendary Water Pokemon ever created.

Legend: When the Brass Tower burned down, the legendary Ho-Oh resurrected the three Pokemon that perished within its walls. Suicune was reborn, and its Water type represents the rain that quenched the flames which burned the tower.

Strengths: The most defensive of the trio, Suicune has impressive Defense and Special Defense. Water attacks do extra damage to Rock, Ground, and Fire Pokemon.

Weaknesses: Is the slowest legendary beast. Also, low Attack, and only decent Special Attack. Weak only to Electric and Grass moves.

Lugia
Lugia

Lugia

Type: Psychic/Flying
Pokedex Number: 249
Ability: Pressure

Summary: The majestic guardian of the sea, first capturable in Pokemon Silver. Also played a large role in the second animated film, The Power of One.

Legend: Lugia supposedly dwells in the sea not out of desire, but necessity. Its power is so great that Lugia can't control itself, and thus spend its life deep beneath the waters where its abilities won't wreak havoc on mankind.

Strengths: Impressive stats all around, particularly its Defense and Special Defense. Has access to many types of attacks, including Psychic, Flying, Water, Rock, and Dark.

Weaknesses: Comparatively low Attack and Special Attack. Vulnerable to double damage from five elements (Rock, Ghost, Electric, Ice, Dark).

Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh

Ho-Oh

Type: Fire/Flying
Pokedex Number: 250
Ability: Pressure

Summary: Opposing Lugia, the guardian of the seas, is Ho-Oh, the guardian of the skies. It debuted in the game Pokemon Gold.

Legend: Said to have resurrected the legendary beasts when they perished in the great Brass Tower incident. Also, lucky Trainers who encounter Ho-Oh are rumored to be granted eternal happiness.

Strengths: An interesting stat spread, Ho-Oh's best battle attributes are its Special Defense and physical Attack. Also, good typing; Ho-Oh is immune to one element (Ground) and resistant to six more.

Weaknesses: Comparatively low Defense and Speed. Also, will take quadruple damage from Rock attacks, as both Fire and Flying types are weak to it.

Celebi
Celebi

Celebi

Type: Grass/Psychic
Pokedex Number: 251
Ability: Natural Cure (Natural Cure heals any status conditions upon switching out or completing a battle).

Summary: The first legendary Grass Pokrmon, Celebi is an elusive creature who played a major role in the fourth animated movie.

Legend: The guardian of the forest can travel through time, and is told to only appear in peaceful eras. Gee, that would make its guardian job pretty easy, huh?

Strengths: Like Mew from Generation 1, Celebi has a completely balanced stat spread, with no glaring weaknesses. Resistant to six elements.

Weaknesses: Balanced stats leave no weaknesses, but no huge strengths, either. Also, the Grass/Psychic typing is weak to seven elements, one of which (Bug) will do quadruple damage.

Your favorite Gen 2 legendary?

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Your Vote

Hopefully you've enjoyed reviewing the second iteration of one-of-a-kind legendary Pokemon. Let me know which of them you favor, and I'll see you at our next Pokemon exploration!

Check out the table below to see where today's legendaries can be captured in Gen 2, and then feel free to explore a fan theory linking the three legendary beasts to the three original Eevee evolutions.

Gen 2 Pokemon Locations

Pokemon
Location
Raikou
Roams random areas across Johto
Entei
Roams random areas across Johto
Suicune
Roams random areas across Johto
Lugia
Whirl Islands
Ho-Oh
Tin Tower
Celebi
Only available through special real-life events.
The three legendary beasts along with Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon
The three legendary beasts along with Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon

Legendary Beasts = Eevee Evolutions?

According to a popular fan theory, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune were originally the three original Eevee evolutions (Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon) before they perished in the Brass Tower fire and were given new life by Ho-Oh. Does this theory hold water? Let's quickly examine the evidence.

Were the legendary beasts originally Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon?

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1. All their elements match up (Electric, Fire, and Water).

2. When exploring the Brass Tower, you fight three trainers. Each of them has one of the three Eevee evolutions shown here.

3. Keep in mind the other Eevee evolutions present in Gold and Silver, Espeon and Umbreon. Espeon draws power from the sun, and Umbreon from the moon. These two Pokemon draw parallels to Ho-Oh (often associated with the sun) and Lugia (often associated with the moon). Thus, each Eevee evolution could coincide with a legendary from Johto.

4. Wouldn't it make more sense that "regular", non-legendary Pokemon like Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon had trouble escaping a burning building?

Is this theory true? I certainly think there are too many factors to be coincidence, but it's up to viewer interpretation; I'd be interested in hearing you take on the matter. Regardless, I'll see you at the next Pokemon review!

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    • AlexisG profile image

      Alexis 8 months ago

      Out of all the generations, the second generation legendaries are my favorite by far. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think Lugia is my pick.

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