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.
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.
The player first meets Nebby on the Mahalo Trail, being informed by Lillie that it is being attacked by a group of wildSpearow 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.
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).
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 turn into 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 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.
In Faba's Revenge!, 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.
Nebby was brought to the Altar of the Sunne by Ash in Family Determination!. In the next episode, Ash gave Nebby 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-MoveSearing Sunraze Smash, created an Ultra Wormhole to travel to the place Lusamine awaited them.
After arriving in the Ultra Deep Sea in Rescuing the Unwilling!, Nebby and Ash cornered Lusamine during the following episode. As a result, Lusamine 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.
Nebby reappeared in SM087, where it and Lunala were playing in an Ultra Wormhole when they were attacked by a Necrozma. They fled as Necrozma pursued them through the Ultra Wormhole. It eventually wound up being injured by one of Necrozma's attacks and was left behind.
In SM088, Nebby arrived in Alola, where it met up with Ash again and fought Dawn Wings Necrozma to free Lunala from its control. With its Sunsteel Strike, Nebby managed to knock Necrozma off of Lunala, causing it to break apart and fall into the sea. Shortly after, the elite Team Rocket unit, the Matori Matrix, attacked Nebby and Lunala by trapping them in an electrified net. After being freed by Ash's Pikachu and Gladion's Silvally, Nebby retaliated by hitting the unit's aircraft with Flash Cannon, forcing them to retreat. Immediately after, Necrozma emerged from the sea and possessed Nebby, causing it become Dusk Mane Necrozma. Ash tried to free Nebby, but was unable to stop Necrozma, and it fled into an Ultra Wormhole.
It reappeared yet again in SM089, while it was still fused with Necrozma. It reappeared in SM090.
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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 -chanhonorific is still used occasionally, with "Little Nebby" being used instead of Hoshigumo-chan in the English dub. In Now You See Them, Now You Don't!, 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 Protokoffing (Japanse プチドガースPuchidogars). This lead to confusion when the trio saw Cosmoem in Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, causing James to assume that there was an intermediary phase it evolves into in Alola, which he dubbed Nanokoffing (Japanese カタドガースKatadogas), but this was ultimately debunked when they witnessed "Nanokoffing" 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 A Masked Warning!, 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 Star candy (Japanese コンペイトkonpeitō). It was also ticklish and enjoys playing hide-and-seek, as shown respectively in A Dream Encounter! and Night of a Thousand Poses!.
In Now You See Them, Now You Don't!, 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 the Star candy 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.
Description: Solgaleo's Trainer turns the Solganium Z in their Z-Power Ring clockwise and strikes a series of synchronized poses to build Z-Power. Solgaleo then changes to its Radiant Sun phase and opens an Ultra Wormhole and carries its riders through it. Or, without anyone riding it, Solgaleo jumps into the air, cloaks itself with orange-yellow energy, spins itself around, and slams into the opponent with full force.
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 experience caused by her mother, her distress caused Nebby to fly out and begin clawing at the sky, creating an Ultra Wormhole. When the experience caused Lillie to faint, Nebby stopped and went down to check on her condition out of concern.
During Sun's trial at the abandoned Thrifty Megamart, Rotom Pokédex revealed that the reason why Tapu Bulu had destroyed the supermarket was because there was once a forest held sacred to it in its place, which humans had torn down. Initially, both Sun and Lillie thought that Rotom had learned this information from the TotemMimikyu they were fighting, but later Rotom revealed that it had actually learned this from Nebby, much to Lillie's surprise. When Sun tried to take a peek inside Lillie's bag to check Nebby out, they found out that it had evolved into a cocoon-like Cosmoem.