Characters like the Phoenix are rising from the ashes.
In mythology, the Phoenix is seen as the personification of life force and immortality. It is said that when it dies, it bursts into flames and comes back to life in the ashes. Tsukihi Araragi from the anime Monogatari and Jean Grey from the X-Men are both great examples of phoenixes in fiction.
In the same way, there are a lot of well-known characters in video games that are based on the Phoenix or any of its different forms found in different cultures, its connection to fire and life, and its tendency to come back to life.
Zhuqiamon (Digimon Franchise)
Zhuqiamon is the Digimon Sovereign of the South. It is a big, winged Digimon that looks like a bird and has red and gold feathers. It is based on the Japanese Zhu Que.
Zhuqiamon is a rather moody monster that burns anything that dares to get close to it. It has powerful fire-based attacks like Crimson Blaze and Phoenix Fire that could burn its enemies and a large area around it to the ground. It commands the Holy Beast Digimon Sandiramon, Indramon, and Pajiramon, all of which are at the Ultimate Level. This shows how powerful and important it is.
The Winged Dragon of Ra – Immortal Phoenix (Yu-gi-oh!)
There are a lot of monsters in Yu-gi-oh! that are loosely based on Phoenix. The Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys and Cyber Phoenix are two examples. But The Winged Dragon of Ra – Immortal Phoenix is the most famous and well-known of them all.
The Winged Dragon of Ra is a Divine-class (sometimes called God-class) card that many fans of the TCG, anime, and video games know. The Immortal Phoenix can be Special Summoned once The Winged Dragon of Ra is sent to a Graveyard that already has The Winged Dragon of Ra. This monster will always change its shape by swapping cards from the field and the graveyard. Just like how life and death go in a circle.
Valorant, a free-to-play first-person shooter game by Riot Games, has an agent named Phoenix. Even though he doesn’t look much like the giant firebird from mythology (except for the auburn streaks on his clothes and weapon), his hot-headed confidence and tendency to make decisions based on sacrifice are clear signs that he was influenced by the creature.
Heating Up, one of Phoenix’s passive abilities, heals him whenever he is near other fire-based abilities. His Ultimate Ability is called “Run It Back,” and if Phoenix dies while it is active. He will come back to life with full health in the same place where the ability was used.
Anivia (League of Legends)
Anivia is a blue bird champion in League of Legends. She is called the Cryophoenix, which is a good name for her. Her kit is different from other Phoenixes because it is full of magical abilities that work with ice instead of fire or flame.
Flash Frost and Glacial Storm are two of her attacks that freeze and slow down her enemies while doing good magic damage. Even though Anivia likes cold and frost, she can turn herself into an egg when she dies and come back to life healthy.
Phoenix (Final Fantasy Franchise)
In the Final Fantasy games, the Phoenix shows up again and again. It has beautiful red and gold feathers, and its wings and tail have long, pointed feathers that make them look like flames. FF5 was the first time we saw Phoenix. Even though it can be a boss or a common enemy in FF12, Mystic Quest, and Chocobo Dungeon. The Phoenix is usually a Summoned unit in most of the main Final Fantasy games.
Its signature attack, Flames of Rebirth, can bring dead party members back to life and heal them while dealing fire damage to enemies. Most players will know its name from the item Phoenix Down. Which can be used to bring back to life fallen party members.
Phoenix (Dota 2)
Phoenix is a Strength-Class hero in Dota 2, Valve’s license for the first of its kind, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). It is like the sun in that it is both very hot and the source of all life on Earth.
It burns its enemies with Icarus Dive, Sunray, and Fire Spirits, which are all fire-based moves. Each of these skills does a lot of magical damage, but using each one drains Phoenix’s life force. Lastly, its ultimate ability, Supernova, turns Phoenix into a fiery sun. That looks like an egg and burns enemies in a wide area. When the sun explodes after a few seconds, like an egg hatching, Phoenix is reborn with full HP and Mana.
Ho-oh (Pokemon Franchise)
Ho-oh is a legendary Pokemon that is based on the Chinese Fènghuáng. It has been a mystery since the first episode of the Pokemon anime. Aside from its powerful signature move, Sacred Fire, which has a high chance of giving opponents Burns. It also has an ability called Regenerator that restores a third of its HP when it switches out.
When Ho-oh is caught, it has a held item called Sacred Ash that works like a Max Revive and Max Elixir for the whole party. It restores all Pokemon, even those that have been knocked out, to full HP and PP and gets rid of status effects.
Phoenix (Monster Rancher)
Phoenixes are legendary monsters that are very strong. They are the monsters in Monster Rancher that are most like gods. They have many powerful Intelligence moves that use fire and wind, like Fire Stream and Fire Storm. Depending on Happy Wheels game, to get a Phoenix, you have to follow a set of steps.
In general, players need to reach a certain Trainer Rank and go on a successful expedition to Kawrea Volcano. Where they can find the Fire Feather in an altar or shrine. This can be used to make a Phoenix by combining it with another monster. The Phoenix won’t die at the end of its life. Instead, it will fly away into the sunset.