Lunala is a dual-type Psychic/Ghost Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It evolves from Cosmoem when leveled up in Pokémon Moon, Ultra Moon, or Shield starting at level 53. It is one of Cosmog‘s final forms, the other being Solgaleo. Along with Solgaleo, it was initially shown, without a name or any data, in May 2016, but information on it was officially revealed on June 2, 2016.
Lunala is a member of the Light trio along with Solgaleo and Necrozma. Lunala is the game mascot of Pokémon Moon, appearing on the boxart. Necrozma fuses with Lunala using the N-Lunarizer to become Dawn Wings Necrozma. Take a look below for 30 interesting and fun facts about Lunala.
1. Lunala is a large Pokemon resembling a skeletal, legless bat.
2. It has a short snout, dark pink eyes with white centers, and a deep blue area on its upper head that shows a constantly changing starscape.
3. A rigid, raised hood wraps around its head in a crescent shape and drapes around its neck as well.
4. The outside of the hood is yellow, while the inner part that curves around Lunala’s head is white with deep blue streaks.
5. Its torso resembles a ribcage with a slightly curved spike on each shoulder and three spikes extending from the bottom toward its tail.
6. Its massive wings resemble a bat’s wings with the skeleton exposed, except that Lunala’s wings have a total of seven “finger bones”: four running through each wing, one running along the edge to the outermost tip, and two pointing upwards that may act as claws that are more functional.
7. The four “bones” in Lunala’s wings are only visible in segments.
8. The skin of Lunala’s wings is an iridescent deep blue and a light blue light source appears to glow from behind its ribcage.
9. A large, pale yellow crescent connects the outermost tip of each wing to the next two inner tips, and the remaining two innermost tips are adorned by yellow, four-pointed stars.
10. The bottom of Lunala’s tail is also lined by a yellow crescent with a ridge running up the middle of the tail towards the ribcage.
11. When Lunala enters its Full Moon phase, its third eye—a light red symbol of an eye—appears on its forehead and the starscape turns to streaks of light.
12. The skin of its wings glows a bright, light blue.
13. It spreads its wings wide so that the yellow parts on each wing are arranged in a circle with the outermost points of the four-pointed stars disappearing in the transformation.
14. Known as the “beast that calls the moon,” Lunala has long been honored as an emissary of the moon.
15. This Pokémon constantly absorbs light to convert into energy and can obscure daylight with darkness.
16. When it spreads its wings to absorb light and glitters, it resembles a beautiful night sky.
17. It is said to live in another world, which it returns to when it opens its third eye.
18. Lunala can create Ultra Wormholes to travel to and from Ultra Space.
19. Lunala and its counterpart, Solgaleo, can create Cosmog, which it is said to be the female evolution of.
20. It can also influence a Rockruff‘s evolution into Lycanroc‘s Midnight form with lunar energy.
21. Lunala is currently the only Pokémon to learn Night Daze, as well as the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Moongeist Beam and the exclusive Z-Move Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom.
22. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Lunala has a base experience yield of 136.
23. Lunala loses the most weight of any Pokémon after evolution, weighing 879.9 kilograms less than Cosmoem.
24. Lunala is tied with Giratina and Dawn Wings Necrozma for the highest base stat total of all Ghost-type Pokémon.
25. Lunala’s Japanese name and its romanization were revealed in a tweet of their trademark on March 22, 2016.
26. Lunala appears to be based on a bat with a Moon motif. In particular, it might reference the two known Hawaiian bat species, the still living Hawaiian hoary bat and the extinct Synemporion, or the ghost bat.
27. It could also be based on Itzpapalotl, a skeletal Aztec goddess and star demon, often depicted with bladed bat wings; Camazotz, a Mayan bat god that was associated with the night, death, and sacrifice; Leutogi, a Samoan protector bat goddess; and Pe’a-pe’a-makawalu, an eight-eyed bat that Hawaiian demigod Maui snatched eyes from. This may also be a basis for Lunala’s auxiliary eye in Full Moon phase.
28. Lunala may be a combination of luna (Latin for moon) and ala (Latin for wing).
29. A Lunala appeared in Filling the Light with Darkness!, where it and Nebby tried to escape from Necrozma as it pursued them through an Ultra Wormhole. It continued to make appearances in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon as Ash and his classmates dealt with Necrozma’s effects on the Alola region.
30. Lunala debuted alongside Solgaleo in Ash’s dream in A Dream Encounter!. It reappeared in flashbacks in Faba’s Revenge! and Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, and also in a fantasy in Tough Guy Trials!.