Pokémon GO: How to evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo and Lunala

Pokémon GO Evolve Cosmoem Solgaleo Lunala
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The latest season of Pokémon GO, Season of Light, has seen a Special Research Mission underway in the form of ‘A Cosmic Companion’. This research begins with obtaining a Cosmog Pokémon and turns into a chance to turn it into one of the two legendary Gen VII, Solgaleo or Lunala.

Unlike a regular evolution, Cosmoem has the ability to evolve into any of these legendaries, so it’s important to know the circumstances in which the evolution needs to take place if there’s a specific one you’re looking for.

We’ve put together the following guide to let you know the differences in evolution tactics and what you need to do to ensure your Cosmoem becomes the legendary it needs to be.

Pokémon GO – How to evolve Cosmoem to Solgaleo and Lunala

Evolving Cosmoem into one particular of its two forms is a bit more complicated business than is usually the case with Pokémon evolutions. What’s important with any of the results is to pay close attention to the time you evolve, as the time of day plays a big role in getting a Solgaleo or Lunala.

Both outcomes for the evolution require you to have collected a certain number of Cosmog candies before anything can happen. Therefore, we first explain how to obtain them before detailing the details of the evolution of Cosmoem in any of its legendary states.

How to Get Cosmog Candy

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Cosmog Candy can be quite hard to come by and building enough is the biggest challenge in legendary evolution. Currently, the candy can be found in three different ways: by completing research quests, getting lucky with a rare candy, or walking around with Cosmog/Cosmoem as a companion (thanks, Eurogamer).

The first of these approaches grants you the most Cosmog Candy in one go. It can be obtained by completing step 8 of the Season of Light special research mission ‘A Cosmic Companion’, which requires you to catch any three Pokémon. The rewards for completing it will grant you 50 Cosmog Candy, as well as 3000 XP and 1500 Stardust.

Rare Candy is another approach and is useful in a situation like this where Cosmog Candy is relatively hard to come by. Presenting the Pokémon with a Rare Candy will make it the required item, but don’t expect them to be readily available, they’re called ‘Rare’ for a reason!

The final approach is to assign Cosmog/Cosmoem as your Buddy, where you will earn Candy by walking with them. Again, this is a slow approach to getting the item, but it all helps.


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To evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo, you will need 100 Cosmog candies and you will need to evolve during the day.

Daylight hours in Pokémon GO depend on your local time zone and are reflected on the main map that you can see on the game’s home screen. If the sun is where you are, the Pokémon GO map will be green, and the Cosmoem evolution symbol will have a small silhouette of Solgaleo to confirm this.

It’s worth keeping in mind that you can only do this evolution once at the moment. This means that you should only evolve Cosmoem during the day if you want to get a Solgaleo out of it. If you don’t, you won’t be able to turn the Cosmic Pokemon into Lunala.


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Evolving Cosmoem into Lunala works the same way as Evolving Solgaleo but with the opposite effect. The evolution will require 100 Cosmog candies and will have to take place at night.

The daylight hours indicator on the Pokémon GO map is a good sign of how legendary your evolution will produce. In Lunala’s case, you’ll want the map to be in its dark state, reflecting the nighttime setting of your local time. The Cosmoem Evolution Button will contain a Lunala silhouette during this period for confirmation.

Like Solgaleo, Cosmoem can only evolve once, regardless of how many Cosmog Candies you have in your possession. If you want to make sure you get an evolution Lunala, it’s a good idea to check that the game has it in the night hours, as this is the only time the legendary will be available.

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