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Articuno, as depicted in an ancient legend, is the titan of ice. Lawrence III was trying to capture the three Legendary birds to bring out Lugia. Articuno was the only bird he didn’t capture, but after Moltres and Zapdos burst out of captivity with the help of Ash and his friends, the three Legendary birds started a huge fight.

Zapdos, as depicted in an ancient legend, is the titan of lightning. Lawrence III was trying to capture the three Legendary birds in order to lure out Lugia. After Moltres was captured, Zapdos claimed its island as its own territory (which implies that the weather disruptions, while started by Lawrence III, were mainly caused by the territorial disputes between the Legendary birds). This was explained through the conversation that Pikachu and Zapdos have via electricity, which was then translated through Meowth. Lawrence captured Zapdos along with Ash, Misty, Tracey, Melody, Jessie, James, and Meowth. Zapdos was freed by Moltres and the two birds burst out of the palace.

Moltres, as depicted in an ancient legend, is the titan of fire. Lawrence III revealed that he was trying to capture the three Legendary birds to bring out Lugia. Lawrence set out to get Moltres first. He bombed its island with ice bombs until Moltres got furious and flew away from its island to attack Lawrence. However, he captured Moltres and brought it aboard his flying ship.

Zapdos later claimed Moltres’ territory as its own since Moltres was gone. This new territory ownership was short-lived, as Lawrence captured Zapdos along with Ash, Misty, Tracey, Melody, Jessie, James, and Meowth. Ash tried to free Moltres and succeeded eventually. Moltres then freed Zapdos and the two birds burst out of the palace.

Moltres, along with Zapdos, started a fight between themselves as well as Articuno, the other Legendary bird. When Lugia came up from the sea, Moltres worked with the other birds to put Lugia back where it came from. Later, Lugia rose again and none of the birds seemed to notice at first.

The Legendary birds only appear in Get Lugia!. Professor Oak assigns a mission to Red, Green and Blue to go to the islands in order to summon Lugia but first, they have to go through Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. The three Trainers take a boat ride with Red going on a separate boat as Blue and Green went on another.

As they arrived on the island, it was starting to become freezing. Articuno appeared from behind Red. It easily froze Clefairy and Clefairy used a blender to thaw himself but sliced him into millions of pieces. The sight of Clefairy caused Articuno to fall down and left out the first orb. On the other side of the island, it was full of volcanoes and Moltres was summoned from one of them. Moltres’s firepower was very strong. However, Clefairy rode on Moltres and sucked away its strength which made Clefairy completely stuffed. With Articuno and Moltres beaten, the sky became dark and a loud clap of lightning came down which almost hit Red. The last member of the Legendary birds, Zapdos, showed itself. Zapdos attacked the group and Pikachu protected them with his own electricity. Clefairy connected Zapdos to a power generator box and knocked out Zapdos, obtaining the last orb to summon Lugia.