'Pokémon Sun and Moon' Legendaries: How to catch Lunala, Solgaleo and Cosmog

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Pokémon Sun and Moon is finally here and that means it's time to dig in for the weekend and start playing. There's plenty to do in the tropical setting of Alola, but one of your top priorities is probably catching the new legendaries included in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Pokémon Sun and Moon legendaries: How to catch Lunala and Solgaleo

Tracking down Lunala and Solgaleo in Pokémon Sun and Moon isn't very difficult. These legendaries play a key role in the game's main story. So all you need to do is keep moving forward in the plot and eventually you'll encounter one of them. Which one you find depends on which version of the game you picked up.

Decided between Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon is the biggest factor to consider. We've already broken down the differences between these two legendaries extensively, but it's worth offering a quick breakdown right here.

If you pick Pokémon Moon you'll encounter Lunana, a flying psychic/ghost-type Pokémon that draws its power from the moon. It has a special ability called Shadow Shield that minimizes the damage from an opponent's attack when Lunana is at full health.

If you go with Pokémon Sun instead you'll wind up with Solgaleo, a psychic/steel-type Pokémon. It has a special attack called Sunsteel Strike that can overpower enemy abilities, and a unique ability called Full Metal Body that makes it immune to stat-lowering moves and abilities from opponents.

Pokémon Sun and Moon legendaries: How to catch Cosmog

'Pokémon Sun and Moon' legendaries: How to catch Cosmog
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Cosmog is a small psychic-type "Nebula Pokémon" that evolves into either Lunala or Solgaleo depending on which version of the game you get. You can actually catch Cosmog separately from its evolved forms, but not until after you've completed the main story in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Once you beat the game here's what you'll need to do (via Pokémon Go Hub):

-Go back to the Altar of the [version you're playing] and enter the portal
-Go to the Lake of the [version you're not playing].
-Go to the top and onto the platform. A cutscene will start and you will be able to add Cosmog to your party/box.

Once you catch Cosmog you can evolve it into Cosmoem and eventually into Lunala or Solgaleo. Which way it evolves depends on which game you're playing. Like before, Solgaleo is exclusive to Pokémon Sun, while Lunana only shows up in Pokémon Moon. 

Still curious about Cosmog? Here's more information from the Pokémon website:

This extremely rare Pokémon is known to only a select few in Alola. At one time, it was known only by the kings of Alola and their heirs, and it was called "the child of the stars." The Aether Foundation is researching this unusual Pokémon, and one of the professors at the foundation recently dubbed it Cosmog.

Cosmog is very curious and shows no fear of people or Pokémon. If you treat it with any consideration at all, it will take an immediate liking to you. This personality trait often leads it into danger.

Its gaseous body is so lightweight that it's sent flying when the wind blows. When light falls on this Pokémon, Cosmog absorbs it and grows.

Pokémon Sun and Moon: Everything you need to know

If you're serious about Pokémon Sun and Moon, you'll want to read up so you can be the very best. Check out our guides for picking the right starterPokémon Sun and Moon cheats, using a damage calculator and picking between Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.