Nebby

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Nebby
ほしぐもちゃん Hoshigumo-chan
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Nebby SM.png
Nebby as a Cosmog in the Generation VII games
Debuts in Pokémon Sun and Moon
Caught at Altar of the SunneS
Altar of the MooneM
Mahalo TrailUSUM
Evolves in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Gender Genderless
Ability Full Metal Body*
Shadow Shield*
Current location With the player (game)
Unknown (anime)
Cosmog Cosmoem Lunala

Nebby (Japanese: ほしぐもちゃん Hoshigumo-chan) is a character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Although it seems to possess a mysterious power, being a Cosmog, Nebby is depicted as frail and unable to use moves for large parts of the games' storyline. Nebby's name has been given to it by Lillie, who cares for it and tries to find out about its true nature. In an attempt to save it from harm, Lillie often keeps Nebby in her bag in order to hide it from outsiders.

In the games

In Pokémon Sun and Moon

During the opening cutscene, three months prior to the beginning of the player's adventure, when Lillie tries to flee Aether Paradise, she is teleported away by a mysterious force; that force is later revealed to stem from Nebby, who hid in her bag. Lillie and Nebby wash up on a beach, where they are found by Professor Burnet, who agrees to help Lillie learn more about Nebby. She then contacts her husband, Professor Kukui, who allows them to stay with him for the time being.

Nebby using its powers at Mahalo Trail

The player first meets Nebby on the Mahalo Trail, being informed by Lillie that it is being attacked by a group of wild Spearow on an unstable rope bridge. When the player steps in to protect it, Nebby is forced to use its hidden powers, thereby destroying the bridge. It is saved by Tapu Koko while falling. When asking Nebby to return into her bag, Lillie also asks the player to not tell anybody about Nebby. At the Iki Town festival, Nebby watches the player receive their starter Pokémon, and later their Z-Ring. Nebby is with Lillie when she introduces Kukui's lab, the Pokémon Center on Route 1, the Trainers' School, and Hau'oli City to the player.

When the player arrives at Melemele Meadow, Nebby has escaped from Lillie's bag. However, the player can find it unharmed; Lillie then asks Nebby to return to her bag. After the player has completed Hala's trial, Nebby and Lillie accompany the player and Professor Kukui to Akala Island.

At Akala Island, Lillie believes Nebby might be interested in visiting the Ruins of Life. Nebby is next seen at Dimensional Research Lab, where it fails to adhere to Lillie who instructs it to use Splash, and curiously approaches the player. Later, at the Ruins of Life, Olivia suggests that Nebby must be powerful when it approaches Tapu Lele's territory.

As a Cosmoem

On Ula'ula Island, Lillie informs the player that she and Nebby intent to see the Ruins of Abundance. However, when at the Aether House on Route 15, they are kidnapped by Team Skull in an operation led by Plumeria. At Aether Paradise, Nebby is subjected to Team Skull and the Aether Foundation's experiments aiming at opening more Ultra Wormholes and harness the power of Ultra Beasts—experiments Lillie had originally saved it from with their escape seen during the opening cutscene. When Lusamine abuses Nebby's powers to open Ultra Wormholes, it is revealed to have evolved into Cosmoem (although no one is seemingly aware of this). After Lusamine and Guzma have left Aether Paradise through an Ultra Wormhole, Lillie is able to take back Nebby.

In order to make Nebby feel better after the events at Aether Paradise, Lillie travels to Poni Island. Although at the Ruins of Hope, her hopes of Tapu Fini helping Nebby do not come true, she is given the Moon FluteS or Sun FluteM. At the Altar of the SunneS or Altar of the MooneM, Lillie and the player play the Sun Flute and the Moon Flute together during the daytimeS or nighttimeM, and Nebby is drawn from her bag, evolving into SolgaleoS or LunalaM. Upon Lillie's request, Nebby guides her and the player into Ultra Space. In Ultra Space, Nebby roars at Lusamine who has merged with Nihilego, forcing the two apart. Afterwards, Lillie informs the player that Nebby wants to keep on traveling with her and the player; however, Lillie stresses that she is not a Trainer and urges Nebby to join the player. A battle is initiated, and the player is then required to catch Nebby (and in the process, they can give it any nickname).

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Nebby plays largely the same role in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon until it evolves into SolgaleoUS or LunalaUM, where it briefly does battle with Necrozma and loses. This allows Necrozma to absorb Nebby and become Dusk ManeUS/Dawn WingsUM Necrozma and attack the player. After defeating Ultra Necrozma at Megalo Tower, Nebby is freed from Necrozma and returns to the Altar of the SunneUS/Altar of the MooneUM. After thanking the player, Lusamine and Lillie take Nebby to Aether Paradise to be treated.

After the player completes Hapu's grand trial and defeats Gladion at the foot of Mount Lanakila or defeats Ilima during Mina's trial, they have the option of returning to the now repaired Mahalo Trail Plank Bridge, where Lillie will ask the player to take Nebby in their care.

Moves

Pokémon Sun Pokémon Moon Pokémon Ultra Sun Pokémon Ultra Moon
791Solgaleo.png
Types:
Psychic Steel
Ability:
Full Metal Body
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Solgaleo Lv.55
Sunsteel Strike
Steel Physical
Cosmic Power
Psychic Status
Crunch
Dark Physical
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Physical
792Lunala.png
Types:
Psychic Ghost
Ability:
Shadow Shield
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Lunala Lv.55
Moongeist Beam
Ghost Special
Cosmic Power
Psychic Status
Night Daze
Dark Special
Shadow Ball
Ghost Special
791Solgaleo.png
Types:
Psychic Steel
Ability:
Full Metal Body
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Solgaleo Lv.60
Sunsteel Strike
Steel Physical
Cosmic Power
Psychic Status
Crunch
Dark Physical
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Physical
792Lunala.png
Types:
Psychic Ghost
Ability:
Shadow Shield
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Lunala Lv.60
Moongeist Beam
Ghost Special
Cosmic Power
Psychic Status
Night Daze
Dark Special
Moonblast
Fairy Special

Artwork

Lillie and Nebby artwork.png Lillie and Solgaleo.png Lillie and Lunala.png
Lillie and Nebby artwork used for the Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurine Lillie and Nebby as Solgaleo artwork Lillie and Nebby as Lunala artwork
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon story artwork.png Lillie and Solgaleo2.png Lillie and Lunala2.png
Promotional artwork for
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Artwork of Lillie playing the
Sun Flute for Nebby as Solgaleo
Artwork of Lillie playing the
Moon Flute for Nebby as Lunala

In the anime

Nebby in the anime
Nebby as a Cosmoem in the anime
Nebby as a Solgaleo in the anime

Nebby debuted in SM044. It first appeared in Ash's dream, in which it was created by Solgaleo and Lunala at the Altar of the Sunne. It was taken to Melemele Island by the guardian deities of Alola, where Tapu Koko led Ash to where it was sleeping. Taking it to the Pokémon School, Ash and his classmates found that the unusual Pokémon emitted a high-pitched scream whenever it cried. Eventually calming it down, Ash decided to take care of Cosmog, which Lillie nicknamed Nebby. When Ash brought it home with Lillie, he met Professor Burnet, Lusamine, Wicke, and Faba, who revealed that Nebby could be an Ultra Beast. Lusamine later offered to take Nebby with her to Aether Paradise, but Ash declined because of his promise to take care of Nebby. Lusamine gave in and entrusted Nebby's safety with Ash.

In SM050, it was lured out of Ash's bag by Faba, who convinced it to teleport him back to Aether Foundation's sealed lab. After arriving, Faba captured it in a device designed to keep it from teleporting. Faba intended to use Nebby's power to open an Ultra Wormhole, but he was stopped by Ash's Pikachu and Gladion's Umbreon. However, after being released, Nebby evolved into Cosmoem, and the residual energy from the evolution caused a Wormhole to appear anyway.

In SM052, after being brought to the Altar of the Sunne by Ash in the previous episode, Ash gave it to the Tapu, asking for their help. After being blessed by Tapu Lele and Tapu Fini, the four deities sung at the Altar, opening the mechanism within and causing Nebby to evolve into Solgaleo, much to the surprise of everyone present. After greeting the others warmly, Nebby accepted Ash, Lillie, and Gladion's plea to help Lusamine, giving Ash a Solganium Z. After having his Z-Ring upgraded to a Z-Power Ring by the Tapu, Ash and the others climbed on Nebby's back, and using the power of the Z-Move Searing Sunraze Smash, created an Ultra Wormhole to travel to the place Lusamine awaited them.

In the following episode, Nebby, with Ash and the others, arrived in the Ultra Deep Sea. It traveled through with the group through the new world, mainly only attacking when it was needed. For example, when Lusamine, fused with Nihilego, summoned a stone wall to block the group, Nebby broke through with Sunsteel Strike. As members of the group started staying behind to fight Lusamine's Pokémon, Nebby remained with Ash. In the next episode, it and Ash had cornered Lusamine, who then flooded their island with a poisonous liquid. Due to Nebby's Steel-type giving it immunity to poison, it protected Ash from the liquid, and then carried him across it, dodging Lusamine's attacks along the way. After that, it went back with Ash's Lycanroc to help the others fight off Lusamine's Pokémon, who continued to heal themselves due to the Nihilego's energy. Everyone later succeeded after Lusamine was freed from Nihilego's control by Ash. Nebby then carried the group, now joined by the revived Lusamine, back to the Altar of the Sunne. After the conclusion of the episode, it parted from the group.

In SM055, Nebby appeared above the site of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet's wedding. The class thanked it for its help in Ultra Space, to which it smiled back at them.

Personality and characteristics

In the original Japanese version of the anime, Nebby's official nickname is simply ほしぐも Hoshigumo as opposed to Hoshigumo-chan. The -chan honorific is still used occasionally. In SM045, Team Rocket caught sight of the unidentified Pokémon while Ash was buying donuts from their food truck. James surmised that the unknown Pokémon was the pre-evolved form of Koffing, and named it プチドガース PuchiDogars. This lead to confusion when the trio saw Cosmoem in SM052, causing James to assume that there was an intermediary phase it evolves into in Alola, which he dubbed カタドガース KataDogars, but this was ultimately debunked when they witnessed "KataDogars" evolve into the Legendary Solgaleo.

As a Cosmog, Nebby shared many traits with human babies. It slept and cried a lot, but was easy to amuse and was naturally curious. Its cries were quite powerful, and they caused nearby people and Pokémon to cover their ears. In SM047, its cries were so powerful, it sent Pikachu flying back into a tree. Nebby was a very fussy eater and appears to have a preference for the Japanese star-shaped candy konpeitō. It was also ticklish and enjoys playing hide-and-seek, as shown respectively in SM044 and SM048.

In SM045, it was shown that Nebby tends to teleport people to places they are thinking or talking about. Rotom surmises this is because it knew little about the world around it, so it had to depend on telepathy and other people to develop its abilities. By the end of the episode, it had become attached enough to Ash, to the point where it would willingly teleport to him on its own whenever they are separated.

After evolving into Cosmoem, Nebby hardly spoke, moved, or emoted, reflective of its coccoon-like state. However, after evolving into Solgaleo, it appeared to have grown into a more mature version of itself physically and mentally, letting Lillie hug it, happily accepting konpeitō from Ash, and licking him affectionately. As a Solgaleo, Nebby can create Ultra Wormholes at will with the help of a Trainer with a Z-Power Ring, a Solganium Z, and its Z-Move, Searing Sunraze Smash.

Moves used

Nebby Sunsteel Strike.png
Using Sunsteel Strike
Move First Used In
Teleport SM045
Sunsteel Strike SM053
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Z-Moves used

Picture Z-Move First Used in Base Move
Nebby Searing Sunraze Smash.png
Nebby Searing Sunraze Smash Wormhole.png
Searing Sunraze Smash SM052 Sunsteel Strike
Description: Solgaleo's Trainer turns the Solganium Z in their Z-Power Ring clockwise and strikes a pose on top of the Pokémon. Solgaleo then changes to its Radiant Sun phase and opens an Ultra Wormhole, then and carries its riders through it.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Nebby in Pokémon Adventures

History

Nebby first appears in PASM04 and is Lillie's only known Pokémon. It was first seen escaping from Lillie's bag and running off to Mahalo Trail, where it was attacked by wild Spearow. When Moon stepped in to save it, Nebby broke the bridge they were standing on, causing both to fall towards the water until they were saved by Tapu Koko.

Later, when Lillie is accidentally reminded of a traumatic experienced caused by her mother, her distress caused Nebby to fly out and begin clawing at the sky, causing an Ultra Wormhole to be created. When the experience caused Lillie to faint, Nebby stopped and went down to check on her condition out of concern.


In the TCG

SM-P Promo Lillie
Main article: Lillie (SM-P Promo 80)

Nebby is featured in the artwork of the SM-P Promotional card Lillie, alongside Lillie and her Poké Doll.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ほしぐもちゃん Hoshigumo-chan From 星 hoshi (star), 雲 gumo (cloud), and 星雲 seiun (nebula)
English Nebby From nebula
French Doudou From doudou (a stuffed toy)
German Wölkchen Means small cloud
Italian Nebulino From nebula
Spanish Nebulilla From nebulosa (nebula)
Korean 별구름 Byeolgureum From 별 byeol (star) and 구름 gureum (cloud)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小星雲 / 小星云 Xiǎoxīngyún From 小 xiǎo (small) and 星雲 / 星云 xīngyún (nebula)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小星雲 Síusīngwàhn From 小 síu (small) and 星雲 sīngwàhn (nebula)


Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, and Lunala.


Non-player characters in the core series games
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
RedBlueWallyCynthiaGrimsleyColressSinaDexioLookerAnabelMorimoto
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland KahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester



Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappFaba
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakHobbesNebbyWickeGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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