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Solgaleo and Lunala on a TCG playmat
Cosmic duo is a fan term for the Legendary duo of Alola that consists of Solgaleo and Lunala. They are available at the Altar of the SunneS/Altar of the MooneM. Both Pokémon evolve from Cosmoem, can create Ultra Wormholes, and with the power of both Pokémon, can create Cosmog. When grouped with their pre-evolutions, they are also referred to as the Cosmog line.
Solgaleo and Lunala were introduced as the mascots in the first Generation VII core games, Pokémon Sun and Moon. Solgaleo is an emissary of the sun known as the "beast that devours the sun". Lunala is an emissary of the moon known as the "beast that calls the moon". According to Pokédex entries, Solgaleo and Lunala are said to be, respectively, the male and female evolutions of Cosmog. However, the gender of both are actually considered unknown by the games.
According to a book called "The Light of Alola" found in Malie Library, a SolgaleoSUS/LunalaMUM appeared in Alola many years ago through an Ultra Wormhole. The ancient kings of Alola bowed down to the Legendary Pokémon, worshipping it. The Guardian deities battled it, but were defeated by it, who then however gave the Tapunium Z to them as a reward. The Legendary Pokémon then created several Cosmog as heirs for Alola, giving the Guardian deities the task of watching over them until they have fully evolved. In gratitude, the kings of Alola gave their thanks with a song on the Sun and Moon Flutes at the Altar of the SunneSUS/Altar of the MooneMUM, at which point the Legendary Pokémon returned to Ultra Space.
According to secret notes found in the Malie Library, SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM defended Alola against Necrozma, the "Pillager of Light", who had stolen the light of Alola, trapping the region in complete darkness. Necrozma then defeats and absorbs the Legendary Pokémon to become Dusk ManeUS/Dawn WingsUM Necrozma. A fellow youth along with the Guardian deities use the power of the Z-Crystals and Sparkling Stones to free SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM from Necrozma, who was then banished from Alola.
Solgaleo's signature move is Sunsteel Strike, a damage-dealing Steel-type move that ignores the target's ability. Lunala's signature move is Moongeist Beam, a damage-dealing Ghost-type move that ignores the target's ability. For the duration of these moves or when using their special powers, Solgaleo and Lunala change into their Radiant Sun phase and Full Moon phase, respectively.
In the games
Pokémon Sun and Moon
- Main article: Nebby
In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Lillie takes care of a Cosmog named Nebby, which she fled from Aether Paradise with in order to save it from the Aether Foundation's experiments. Lillie keeps Nebby in a bag as an attempt to both keep it safe and to keep it from sight. Lillie and Nebby are eventually kidnapped by the Aether Foundation, and Lusamine takes Nebby and uses it to open Ultra Wormholes. Nebby then evolves into Cosmoem. Later, when the player and Lillie play the Sun and Moon Flutes at Altar of the SunneS/Altar of the MooneM, Nebby evolves into SolgaleoS or LunalaM, which is then caught by the player.
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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- Main article: Nebby
In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the role of Nebby is the same until the Altar of the SunneUS/Altar of the MooneUM, where instead of going into Ultra Space, Necrozma appears and briefly battles SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM before absorbing Nebby to become Dusk ManeUS/Dawn WingsUM Necrozma. Nebby is later freed after the player defeats Ultra Necrozma at Megalo Tower. SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM can be caught by the player at Mahalo Trail Plank Bridge after defeating Gladion at the foot of Mount Lanakila or Ilima during Mina's trial.
In the anime
Solgaleo and Lunala both debut in SM044 where they appear to Ash Ketchum in a dream after descending to the Altar of the Sunne through two Ultra Wormholes, here they create a Cosmog, which Ash later finds and takes care of. The Cosmog is then given the name Nebby by Lillie.
In the manga