- This article is about the moon that orbits the Pokémon world. For other uses, see Moon (disambiguation).
The moon serves as the Pokémon world's sole natural satellite. It is typically visible only at night and undergoes lunar phases just like Earth's Moon, with which it shares an identical appearance. It is also likely the cause of the Pokémon world's tides, which also resemble Earth's.
There are several moon-related Pokémon, moves, items, and locations that appear across various Pokémon media. Additionally, the games Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon feature the moon as a recurring theme, with Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Ultra Moon both containing Moon in their titles and featuring the lunar game mascot Legendary Pokémon Lunala and Dawn Wings Necrozma, respectively.
In the Generation I games and their Generation III remakes, an old man on the second floor of the Pewter Museum of Science states "July 20, 1969! Humankind first set foot on the moon that day. I bought a color TV just so I could watch that news." July 20, 1969 was indeed the date that humans first landed on Earth's Moon in the real world with the Apollo 11 flight. In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, he states: "It has been decades since mankind stood on the moon...and now, we’re following the dream of standing on that faraway red planet! News about space always makes me so excited!"
List of Pokémon associated with the moon
Several Pokémon are closely associated with the moon, often incorporating the moon into their appearance and biology, as well as capable of learning moon-related moves. A few also have evolutions that are influenced by the moon.
- Cleffa, Clefairy, and Clefable are rumored to come from the moon.
- In the anime episode A Real Cleffa Hanger, multiple Cleffa were revealed to be living at Mt. Moon.
- Clefairy are known to gather at Mt. Moon and the Fabled Spring during a full moon. Their wings can store moonlight, allowing them to float. On the rare occasions that Clefairy comes down from its mountain home, it can be seen dancing underneath the full moon's light. On every night of a full moon, groups of this Pokémon come out to dance and play. It's said that happiness will come to anyone who sees Clefairy dance under a full moon.
- Clefable is said to be drawn by the full moon to play at deserted lakes. Some scientists believe that Clefable stares intently at the moon because it is homesick. There is a legend to this as well, which tells of how Clefable listens for the voices of its kind on the moon during clear and quiet nights.
- Umbreon evolves from Eevee as a result of being exposed to moonlight; it is known as the Moonlight Pokémon.
- Teddiursa, Ursaring, Ursaluna, and Bloodmoon Ursaluna all have markings on their bodies resembling various phases of the moon.
- Ursaring evolves into Ursaluna when exposed to a Peat Block during a full moon.
- Lunatone becomes active on a full moon. The moon increases its power, and its health is tied to the lunar phases. Wild Lunatone are sometimes found holding a Moon Stone. Additionally, its body is shaped like a crescent moon, and its name seems to incorporate the word luna, Latin for moon.
- The lunar duo, consisting of Cresselia and Darkrai. They can be found on Fullmoon Island and Newmoon Island, respectively. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Cresselia is found at Moonview Arena.
- Due to its appearance, Cresselia is said to be a representation of the moon, specifically resembling a crescent moon. It is also known as the Lunar Pokémon. On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully. Cresselia is also the only known Pokémon capable of learning the moves Lunar Dance and Lunar Blessing. Additionally, Cresselia is associated with the Lunar Feather.
- Darkrai is said to be active during nights of a new moon. Folklore claims that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.
- Salamence's Mega Evolution, Mega Salamence, has been called "the blood-soaked crescent," and its ancient Paradox relative is named Roaring Moon.
- Lunala, categorized as the Moone Pokémon, and Dawn Wings Necrozma are the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Moongeist Beam, as well as the only known Pokémon capable of using the Z-Move Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom.
- Known as the "beast that calls the moon" and "the Legendary Pokémon of the moon", Lunala has long been honored as an emissary of the moon. While Lunala does not have any forms, it has a transformation called its Full Moon phase. Dawn Wings Necrozma requires the N-Lunarizer to fuse mechanically.
- Dawn Wings Necrozma is named Lunar Eclipse Necrozma in some media for certain languages.
- Celesteela's design likely draws inspiration from Princess Kaguya in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, who was found as a baby in a bamboo stalk and is associated with the Moon. This connection is reinforced by Celesteela's exclusivity to Pokémon Moon and Ultra Moon.
Additionally, various other Pokémon have behavior that is affected by or related in some way to the moon.
- Golbat, Haunter, and Noivern become active on moonless nights.
- Cubone cries in the moonlight after seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon.
- Gengar mimics shadows of people under the full moon.
- Oddish is awakened and begins to move when exposed to moonlight.
- Grimer was born when sludge in a dirty stream was exposed to X-rays from the moon.
- Wynaut gather on moonlit nights to play.
- Schools of Jellicent gather near the surface of the sea, waiting for their prey to appear when a full moon hangs in the night sky.
- Gourgeist wander town streets on the night of the new moon, singing in eerie voices.
- Primarina has a fantastical look on moonlit nights when it leads its colony in song.
- Cynthia's name refers to the moon, paralleling Cyrus's name, which refers to the sun.
- Selene's English name may be based on Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon. Her Japanese name, ミヅキ Mizuki, means beautiful moon. Additonally, she is the female player character for Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
- Cyllene of the Galaxy Team may also be named after the Greek goddess, Selene. Her Japanese name, シマボシ Shimaboshi, may incorporate しまぼし shimaboshi, a poetic name for the moon.
- Lunick is the male player character from Pokémon Ranger, whose name may come from luna, the Latin word for moon. His Japanese name, カヅキ Kazuki, may be derived from 月 tsuki, Japanese for moon.
List of moves associated with the moon
- Blood Moon unleashes the full brunt of the user's spirit from a full moon that shines as red as blood.
- Lunar Blessing allows the user to receive a blessing from the crescent moon, restoring HP and curing status conditions for itself and its ally Pokémon currently in the battle.
- Lunar Dance creates an image of a crescent moon, and is one of the signature moves of the Legendary Pokémon Cresselia.
- Moonblast borrows the power of the moon to attack the target, lowering the target's stats.
- Moongeist Beam is the signature move of Lunala and Dawn Wings Necrozma, and can be upgraded to the exclusive Z-Move Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom.
- Moonlight allows the user to heal itself with moonlight.
List of items associated with the moon
- The Moon Stone is described in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series as an odd stone that gleams like the moon in the evening sky.
- The Moon Ball is a Poké Ball designed for catching Pokémon that evolve using the Moon Stone.
- The Moon Flute is said to produce tones that were offered up as an expression of gratitude to the Legendary Pokémon of the moon, Lunala. It also causes Nebby to evolve in Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
- The Lunar Feather is a feather that glows like the moon and is linked to the Legendary Pokémon Cresselia.
- The N-Lunarizer is used to fuse Lunala and Necrozma.
- In spin-off games, various moon-related items allow Eevee to evolve into Umbreon:
List of locations associated with the moon
In the core series
- Mt. Moon - The shards of meteorites that fall here are known as Moon Stones. Mt. Moon is also known for being one of the few places where wild Clefairy can be found.
- Mt. Moon Square - Multiple Clefairy can be found dancing around a rock with the full moon visible in the reflection of the pond at Mt. Moon Square. If startled, the Clefairy will run away and leave behind a Moon Stone.
- Pewter Museum of Science - The museum holds a huge collection of artifacts, including rocks from the moon and space shuttles.
- Blue Moon Falls (anime-only) - In Once in a Blue Moon, Ash and his friends followed and found a group of Quagsire at Blue Moon Falls, where they saw that, on that night, the moon was actually blue. The Quagsire then threw their objects into the air and used Water Gun on them to send them flying over the waterfall, which sent them flowing back down. Brock suggested that the Quagsire do this as a competition to see who can get their object closest to the moon.
- Fullmoon Island - The Legendary Pokémon Cresselia can be found here, as well as the Lunar Feather. In the forest is a pond shaped like a crescent moon.
- Newmoon Island - The Mythical Pokémon Darkrai can be found here. The grove contains a puddle in the shape of a circle, with darker-than-usual water, representing the new moon.
- Altar of the Moone - In Pokémon Moon, this altar is where a ritual to summon the Legendary Pokémon Lunala is given. During the story, the player travels to Ultra Space from the Altar of the Moone using Lunala's power. The location heavily features the moon as a visual motif.
- Lake of the Moone - In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Ultra Sun, the Moon Flute lies here before Lusamine's family had taken it. In Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Ultra Moon, the player can obtain Cosmog here if Lunala is in their party. The location heavily features the moon as a visual motif.
- Mount Lanakila - In Pokémon Moon, Kukui states that he founded the Pokémon League on Mount Lanakila because it is the closest point to the Legendary Pokémon of Alola, Lunala, said to be the moon incarnate.
- Fabled Spring - At night, Clefairy gather near the flower patches during a full moon.
- Moonview Arena - The Legendary Pokémon Cresselia can be found here.
In spin-off games
- Moonlit Cave - A dungeon in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon that is unlocked after using the stairs behind the locked door in Small Sand Dune during Lunatone's Connection Orb mission.
- Mt. Moonview - An area where the moon looks its most beautiful, especially when it's full. The very sight brings serenity.
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