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Ho-Oh + Lugia Reference by Amatelaseu Ho-Oh + Lugia Reference by Amatelaseu

EDIT : I thinned out Ho-Oh's legs, adjusted the colour, and smoothed out his chest markings. I planned to do a mouth ref for Lugia but then I scrapped it because honestly I don't think anyone needs to see what his teeth and tongue structure look like. He's the same either way. Oh and good news, you can now access it from full view, just in case you wanted to zoom in on that Lugia and Ho-Oh sketch action eh.
  This took forever to complete but here it is- full references for both Lugia and Ho-Oh. You may have been able to notice how often their designs change, and that is a product of myself. I will commonly change elements to fit a drawing, so the two of them full victim to this practice over time. To minimize the design changes, I give you this ref that should be their final designs. I plan to do the birds as well, but maybe not until the end of summer.

To clarify, Ho-Oh's tail and crown are pure gold, and the reason they look so bland is solely resting on the fact I denied myself the right to highlight and shade. Both he and Lugia sparkle as they do canonically in the games and anime.

They're also mates as of very early on. Lugia raises the Legendary Birds alone after Ho-Oh leaves, though when Ho-Oh returns he takes on the task of their other mentor/father. The Beasts understand Ho-Oh was their creator and respect him, but fail to see him as a fatherly figure because he did not raise them and left them to fend for themselves. Therefore, there is no connection, unlike the birds who latch on to anyone that would support them at their younger age. 

     Ho-Oh 

    

    Height : 12’ 6”

    Weight : 438.7 lbs

    Ability : Regenerator 

    

    Personality : Ho-Oh is wise, yet compassionate. He is aware of the disorderly and potentially destructive powers he contains and as a result is careful with how he interacts with the world around him. Ho-Oh is a pacifist and always looks for a solution to the problem rather than complain about it. A flaw of his is not being able to accept death and/or fate, which puts him in bad situations when the time has come for an individual and Ho-Oh is torn between saving them or letting them pass on. He is stubborn when it comes to arguing with something he believes in, and he won’t go down without a fight. After the Brass Tower burns, Ho-Oh gains severe trust issues and isolates himself from society, making it difficult for him to interact with people before he gets to know them. Even with a social handicap in his later years, Ho-Oh never hesitates to lend a helping hand and pass on his wisdom to those that need it.

    Battle Effectiveness : Ho-Oh is an offensive attacker that is physically stronger than Lugia. His tactics involve getting up close with the opponent and using their strength against them. This can backfire because of his poor defence, though Lugia often works alongside him to deter this weakness. He uses a variety of flying and fire attacks to create effective combos, which can make him deadly if one is not paying attention. 

    Special Abilities : Ho-Oh can control and revive the life of any creature he chooses to with his Sacred Fire, which are majestic rainbow flames only he can control. Though Sacred Fire can be used offensively to burn or severely weaken an opponent, it can also do the opposite and burn away the death or sorrow of any living creature it comes in contact with. Ho-Oh alone is the only Pokemon that can decide whether or not the flames will hurt or heal another. These life giving powers can extend to reincarnations as evidenced by the Legendary Beasts, though Ho-Oh can very rarely tap into this power. Sacred Fire reaches its full potential when the user is at their most emotional state, which can make it very dangerous if Ho-Oh is too overwhelmed and doesn’t know of it. Sacred Ash functions in the same purpose, though Ho-Oh cannot wield it at will. Additionally Ho-Oh is one of the only non Psychic-type Pokemon that can use telepathy and telekinesis, courtesy of Lugia teaching him.

    Moveset : Flare Blitz, Sacred Fire, Recover, Brave Bird

    

    

    Lugia 

    

    Height : 17’ 1”

    Weight : 476.2 lbs

    Ability : Multiscale

    

    Personality : Lugia is obsessively calm and in control of his emotions, making him appear to be an antisocial loner. However, the real Lugia is a gentle and happy spirit that admires the little things in life. Similar to Ho-Oh, Lugia has uncontrollable powers that can cause devastation if not taken care of and at first it makes him irrational and isolated- that is until he finds empathy in his counterpart. His wisdom works from his experiences, and his opinions bounce off of Ho-Oh’s to make an overall unbiased observation on any problems that come his way. After the Brass Tower burns, Lugia grows more and more isolated, losing his mate and best friend Rayquaza after blaming (and being blamed in turn) by the latter. He rarely interacts and loses the heart to be an individual that strives to pass on knowledge. This is lightened by his three apprentices, but by very little. Lugia starts to become someone to fear both in and out of battle battle, and this in turn makes many begin to doubt his morals.

    Battle Effectiveness : Lugia is the polar opposite of Ho-Oh, preferring to stay on the defensive behind the line. His strong wings that are strengthened by the use of Reflect and Calm Mind can become impossible to break through, and a common defensive tactic Lugia uses it to cross them over his chest, creating a barrier thick as steel. When the going gets tough, Lugia can rely on a powerful Aeroblast that is able to create winds so strong it can blow away any Pokemon in the air with enough force to give them whiplash. 

    Special Abilities : Lugia is one of the strongest Psychic-type Pokemon alive, capable of controlling and reading the thoughts and emotions of other Pokemon. He can use telepathy to communicate with both humans and Pokemon and telekinesis to levitate and manipulate any object with a mass/weight. These powers are considered inhumane by some, and as a result, many Pokemon fear Lugia’s potential. Another power of Lugia’s is the ability to create and (somewhat) control vicious storms with a simple flap of his wings. It takes only one account of Lugia losing control of his emotions to provoke these incidents, which leaves many to label Lugia as unpredictable. Lugia is able to teach some of the most difficult attacks and abilities to others, granting him the title of the grand teacher. This is evident by how many apprentices he has had, with a total of 8.

    Moveset : Reflect, Psychic, Calm Mind, Aeroblast 

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TDLBallistic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. First time I've seen someone draw a realistic Ho-Oh as anything besides a Rainbow Turkey XD
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Haha yeah! I felt like a turkey couldn't do him justice so I just threw a bunch a bird species into a blender and KA BAM this anatomical atrocity was born.
I hope he was to your liking though. Thank you for commenting!
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TDLBallistic Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, very much so! A very pretty birdy, as it should be.
A turkey alone doesn't do Ho-Oh justice... but it is funny to see people try xD
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Sunstar-Of-The-North Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Dude this looks so stunning!
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! These two are my favourites by far, haha!
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Sunstar-Of-The-North Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
You're very welcome!
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finedragons Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
Love the new looks of these guys. I have always been a dragon guy and am loving the dragon/wyvern look to Lugia. Wounderful work on these guys. =D
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Why thank you kindly! I had always wanted to see Lugia take on the dragon look as opposed to the bird look so I'm quite happy it was well received. It just feels more like a dragon to me, y'know?
Thanks again for the kind comment. It made my day!
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Metaknighta Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh god, I LOVE how you drew Ho-oH! *^* I could see it as both genders, and you made her looks so gorgeous.~
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Why thank you kindly! I wanted to give them more of an beauty appeal so that it lived up to its name as the Rainbow Pokemon.
And same! With most legends I could portray it as either or. A lot of my friends have differing opinions on genders and I honestly believe it brings a lot more variety to the table. It's interesting to see how everyone thinks of the legends.

I also wanted to thank you for the watch! In the future I'll be doing more refs (planning on doing either the birds or Resh/Zek next) so hopefully they can live up to expectations as much as these two do! c:
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Metaknighta Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Student General Artist
And you did a very good job with it! >u<
This beauty appeal is very fitting for Ho-Oh too! It can be such a gorgeous Pokemon.
Urgh yes... Legendary Pokemons are also the victems of those stupid gender wars. Sometimes it really surprises me how some people view a Pokemon as a female, when I can only think of it as a male. XD

Very welcome! ^^
I saw the birds, and they look so awesome in your style! I hope I can color my ''Carrying my love'' pic soon and make an actual sheet for Blacky, Snowhite and their kids.
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Why thank you! I hope that in the future if they do something with Ho-Oh they try to really pursue the beauty aspect. It's one of the things on the top of my wishlist.
Legendary Pokemon is where I see the gender wars happen the most. It gets worse when the anime gives them a voice people don't agree with. The number of Reshiram fights I see on Youtube is astounding.

I can go with anything really. I mean, I have my own headcannons, but I respect people aren't the same. Getting into fights over it is not really worth it XD But yeah, there's times when I get surprised over some genders. At first I couldn't really see Reshiram as male but over time it grew on me and now I can go either way.

Thank you so much! I was a bit disappointed in how Zapdos came out but the other two cooperated thankfully haha.
(Aaaa I saw that one today! I know I already commented but I just want to say again how much I love it!!)
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Aegis-L Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
DEDJEU.
Lugia's design is magical :o
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Why thank you! I wanted to make him majestic, though at the same time terrifying. I'm glad I somewhat hit the nail on the head!
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Aegis-L Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
You did indeed.
Lugia has been my number one Pokémon for sixteen years and still is (and will probably be until the end of my Pokémon life :) )
I really dig new designs of it.
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Lugia is a favourite of mine too! I used to be a bit bitter towards it because my friends always put it on a pedestal and made Ho-Oh (who will forever be my favourite of all time) look like a fool, but I matured past that and now I see them both in an equally good light. They just work so well together compared to other Legendary Pokemon!
Thanks again, I'm pretty happy with this design myself. I can't wait to put it in action! c:
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Eve54 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Words cannot even begin to describe how much I love this - the redesigns, the backstory, just, all of it <333 I'm loving what I see here, man! And I can't wait to see/hear whatever other ideas/headcanons you'll be having next with either these two dorks, or even with the other Legendaries, suff! :D

Again, really love all of the effort you put into the two, suffy!! <33

I STILL think Ho-Oh looks like someone sassed him real good and he's just "*gasp* why I NEVER!" in that top right pic //shot
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm so happy to hear you like them! Headcannons are my speciality haha, and these two are often victim to them.
As always, the two were pains, but my love for them prevailed. Gotta make sure they're all shined up for the story or whatever I do with them.

I CAN'T UNSEE THAT BECAUSE OF YOU LMAO 
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Eve54 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
'f course I would! ^v^ and it's always a lot of fun to hear what you're thinking up, 's always so interesting what you've got! Especially when you share stuff about the games I hadn't known about beforehand : O
Muhahaha, can't wait >: D Make them suffer real good, suff! //shot

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YER WELCOME
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Hogia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always thought of the bits on Lugia's back as fins, rather than sharp spines... But your take on this is quite nice in terms of structure. It's also good to see Ho-Oh actually being rainbow, as it's so often said to be in various Pokedex entries.
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Earlier on I made the spikes on Lugia's back as fins, but through the design changes they kind of escalated to little weapons; I didn't notice until you pointed it out actually! I think I'll get away with it by saying it makes Lugia look more scary to the outside world so he fulfills the "beast of the seas" title.
And thank you very much! I love Ho-Oh so much but the lack of rainbow wings has always irked me. This is my way of bandaging that up, haha!
I really appreciate you taking the time to comment, thanks again! c:
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Hogia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wasn't the beast of the sea actually the name for the undersea current in that movie..?

I'm quite fond of Ho-Oh as well myself. A lot of people seem to push it aside, though...

And no worries~
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I believe so, yes. Though I know many other forms of media refer to it as such and since Lugia is indicating enough I would imagine some people would refer to him as "beast" rather than "guardian". Either way, it works.

Ho-Oh has been my favourite since I was very very young. Not quite sure what drew me to like Ho-Oh but regardless he remains the apple of my eye. I know a lot of people prefer Lugia, especially because of the movie (Ho-Oh not getting a movie is likely the reason for it being pushed aside), but I always root for the underdog. I hope there's a future feature that shows just how incredible Ho-Oh can be! c:
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Hogia Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ho-Oh doesn't really feel like a he to me, honestly... And since they're a legendary, do they really need a gender?
And I'm a little annoyed they haven't featured in any movies.

I like both Ho-Oh and Lugia a fair bit. Eight years ago I combined the two, and that's how my username came to be.
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
In games I don't give them genders, but when I come up with characters for them I often assign a gender based on animal, mythology and description to determine what kind of voice they have. Though there are a few exceptions to Pokemon like the Regis and Magearna, for the most part I do give them a gender I feel suits them. I know a lot of people think differently and I completely respect that, but for this series in particular I have given it my own personal twist that the games don't have, haha.
And same! A movie would have been a perfect chance to give it back some love. They missed out in Generation 2, then had another chance with the Zorua movie. Nope! They featured the Beasts and Celebi, both of which have either gotten their own movies or a special. It would have been awesome to see Lugia and Ho-Oh together in a movie. Then they had one final chance with the Hoopa movie but felt it was better to feature Lugia alone. It's so weird, almost as if they're trying to ignore Ho-Oh ever existed. 

I noticed that! It's pretty cool you got that name before anyone else did. It's really cool!
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Hogia Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It confuses me to no end that they keep failing to give Ho-Oh a movie when it first appeared in the very first episode of the goddamn anime. Granted it didn't do anything but fly in the far distance, but seriously?

I consider myself pretty lucky for snagging the name on here. I haven't been so fortunate in a number of other spaces.
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
My only estimate is that they're going to be saving it for something big. That worries me because the qualities of the movies have been dropping off so if they do a final special for Ho-Oh then it's probably going to be cliche and weird. But then again the anime staff have said they're never getting rid of Ash, so it may just be something beyond our grasp.
I believe the last time we saw it was in Generation 3, and even then it was so small you never would have been able to guess what it was had they not pointed it out. Poor Ho-Oh.

It certainly is a wonderful name grab! deviantART is a bloodbath for usernames, with many people attacking those who take the names they want, so that's pretty incredible. So if I'm not mistaken, you were the creator for the original Hogia?
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Varmine Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Listen I love this so much....I am in awe of your redesigns ilovecffhnf
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
mmm THANK YOU that means so much coming from you
i told the world i would make them sexy and now i fulfill my promise
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Varmine Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesss, I wanna try drawing them one day so sexy
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
oH MAN GOOD LUCK they are tough cookies to draw
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tigersylveon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really must say it's really gorgeous and I love the creative designs you give
them including their introduction and backstories and combat abilities.
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Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much Tiger! Making the backstory and abilities was one of the best parts for me after being put through the annoying struggle of drawing them, haha! I am very glad I managed to make them come to life.
I appreciate your comments every time, thanks again for always supporting me. c:
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