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Nebby as a Cosmog in the Generation VII games
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
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 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.
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).
Nebby largely plays 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.
|Pokémon Sun||Pokémon Moon||Pokémon Ultra Sun||Pokémon Ultra Moon|
|Lillie and Nebby artwork used for the Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurine||Lillie and Nebby as Solgaleo artwork||Lillie and Nebby as Lunala artwork|
|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
- Main article: Light trio (anime) → Solgaleo
Nebby debuted as a Cosmog in A Dream Encounter!, where it was found and taken by Ash. It was later nicknamed Nebby by Lillie. In Faba's Revenge!, it evolved into Cosmoem; and then, it fully evolved into Solgaleo in Revealing the Stuff of Legend!. After its final evolution, Ash and his classmates typically referred to it by its proper name.
In the manga
- Main article: Light trio (Adventures) → Lunala
Nebby debuted as a Cosmog in The Decision and the Tournament of Six, where it escaped from Lillie's bag and ran off to Mahalo Trail, where it was attacked by a group of wild Spearow. Lillie was too scared to help it, so Moon stepped in to save Nebby in her place. When she got to Nebby, it retaliated against the Spearow by releasing a shock-wave, causing the bridge they were standing on to break apart underneath them. Moon and Nebby were rescued from falling in the water by Tapu Koko, who caught the two and brought them back to safe land. In A Raid and Po Town, it was revealed to have evolved into Cosmoem. It fully evolved into Lunala at the Poni Altar in Summon the Emissaries of the Moon and the Sun.
In the TCG
Nebby is featured in the artwork of the SM-P Promotional card Lillie, alongside Lillie and her Poké Doll. A later Tag Team card would depict Lillie alongside both Solgaleo & Lunala. The following is a list of cards featuring Nebby.
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Solgaleo & Lunala||Cosmic Eclipse||75/236||Dream League||020/049|
|Cosmic Eclipse||216/236||Dream League||063/049|
|Cosmic Eclipse||254/236||Dream League||070/049|
- Nebby also appears in the card Lillie (SM-P Promo 80).
Nebby was released as a coin for the TCG.
|Initial release date||Japanese||June 17, 2017|
|Release information||Japanese||Lillie & Cosmog Special Box|
|Description: Metal Coin featuring Lillie on the obverse and Cosmog on the reverse, released within the Lillie & Cosmog Special Box in Japan June 16, 2017|
With the launch of the first Sun & Moon Era sets, Collection Sun and Collection Moon, on December 9, 2016, many new items of TCG paraphernalia were available to purchase. These included card files, playmats, card sleeves, and several other storage solutions.
Sleeves: Each pack contains 64 card sleeves.
- The Lillie & Cosmog Sleeves (Japanese: デッキシールド「リーリエ&コスモッグ」 Deck Shield: Lilie & Cosmog) feature Lillie holding Nebby while it sleeps. Premium matte sleeves (Japanese: デッキシールドプレミアム・マット リーリエ＆コスモッグ Deck Shield Premium•Matte: Lilie & Cosmog), a more durable and non-glossy version than the original release, were subsequently available from March 4, 2017. Both sets of sleeves could only be purchased at Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores.
Rounding off the mainstream TCG releases on June 16, 2017 were a number of specially illustrated deck cases, card sleeves, and files. Deluxe items featuring Lillie and her relatives were subsequently released on June 17, 2017 as part of a Pokémon Center campaign.
- The special Lillie & Solgaleo & Lunala Double Deck Case & Sleeves (Japanese: ダブルデッキケース＆シールド リーリエ＆ソルガレオ・ルナアーラ Double Deck Case & Shield: Lilie & Solgaleo•Lunala) comes complete with two regular deck cases, one featuring Lillie embracing Solgaleo, the other with her embracing Lunala, and two sets of 64 matching card sleeves. The product also comes with three card dividers.
Deck case images:
Lillie & Cosmog Special Box
The Lillie & Cosmog Special Box (Japanese: スペシャルBOX リーリエ＆コスモッグ) was released on June 17, 2017 in Pokémon Centers alongside several other items of Cosmog-themed merchandise. The box comes with 2 promotional prints of Lillie and Cosmog, a set of 64 card sleeves, a deck case, a coin, a card box, three To Have Seen the Battle Rainbow booster packs, and three Darkness that Consumes Light booster packs. All original illustrations used for the box and its contents are by Megumi Mizutani.
October 2017 Playmats
Available from October 20, 2017 exclusively in Pokémon Centers were two single-player rubber playmats featuring artwork used on products released earlier in the year. These included:
- The Lillie Rubber Playmat (Japanese: ラバープレイマット リーリエ Rubber Playmat: Lilie), which features Lillie embracing Solgaleo and Lunala, previously used on the Lillie & Solgaleo & Lunala Double Deck Case & Sleeves.
February 2018 Sleeves
Also available from most retailers on February 16, 2018 were two packs of specially illustrated sleeves for card protection. Each pack contains 64 sleeves; enough for a full deck plus spares. These included:
- The Mallow, Lana & Lillie Sleeves (Japanese: デッキシールド マオ・スイレン・リーリエ Deck Shield: Mao•Suiren•Lilie), which feature Trial Captains Mallow and Lana with their respective Pokémon Bounsweet and Chinchou, as well as Lillie and Nebby in an illustration by Naoki Saito.
|Japanese||ほしぐもちゃん Hoshigumo-chan||From 星 hoshi (star), 雲 gumo (cloud), and 星雲 seiun (nebula)|
Swedish, Latin American
Spanish, European Portuguese
|French||Doudou||From doudou (a stuffed toy)|
|German||Wölkchen||Means small cloud|
|Nebulino||From nebulosa (nebula)|
|European 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)|
|Russian||Нэбби Nebbi||Transcription of English name|
|Thai||โฮชิกุโมะ Hoshigumo||Transliteration of its Japanese name|
|This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.|