The latest season of Pokémon GO, Season of Light, featured a Special Research mission in the form of “A Cosmic Companion.” This quest begins with obtaining a Cosmog Pokémon and builds into the ability to evolve it into one of two Gen VII Legendaries, Solgaleo or Lunala.
Unlike a regular evolution, Cosmoem has the ability to evolve into one of these Legendaries, so it’s important to know the circumstances under which the evolution must take place if there’s a specific one you’re looking for.
We’ve assembled the following guide for you to learn about the differences in evolution tactics and what you need to do to ensure your Cosmoem evolves into the legendary you need.
Pokémon GO – How to evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo and Lunala
Evolving Cosmoem into one particular of its two forms is a slightly more involved task than usual with Pokémon evolutions. What’s important with both outcomes is to pay close attention to the time you do the evolution, with daylight hours playing a big part in taking a Solgaleo or Lunala.
Both achievements for evolution require you to have collected a certain amount of Cosmog candy before anything can happen. So we first covered how to get them in your possession, before detailing the ins and outs of evolving Cosmoem into one of its Legendary states.
How to get Cosmog candies
Cosmog Candy can be quite difficult to find, and accumulating enough is the biggest challenge in Legendary Evolution. Currently, candy can be found in three different ways: completing research missions, getting lucky with a rare candy, or walking with Cosmog/Cosmoem as a friend (thanks, Eurogamer).
The first of these approaches earns you the largest amount of Cosmog Candy in one go. It can be obtained by completing step 8 of the Season of Light Special Research quest “A Cosmic Companion”, which requires you to catch any three Pokémon. Completion rewards will grant you 50 Cosmog Candy, 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 turn it into the required product, 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’ll earn candy by walking with them. Again, this is a slow approach to getting the item, but every little bit helps.
To evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo, you will need 100 Cosmog candies and you will have to perform the evolution during the day.
The daylight hours in Pokémon GO depend on your local time zone and are reflected in the main map that you can see on the game’s main screen. If the sun is currently up 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, for now, you can only do this evolution once. This means that you should only evolve Cosmoem during the day if you want to make a Solgaleo out of it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to evolve the cosmic Pokémon into Lunala.
Evolving Cosmoem into Lunala works in much the same way as evolving Solgaleo, but with opposite effects. The evolution will require 100 Cosmog candies and must take place at night.
The daylight hours indicator on the Pokémon GO map is a good sign of what your evolution will yield legendary. In the case of Lunala, you’ll want the map to be in its darkened state, reflecting the nighttime setting of your local time. Cosmoem’s evolution button will contain a silhouette of Lunala during this time for confirmation.
Just like Solgaleo, Cosmoem can only be evolved once, regardless of how many Cosmog candies you have in your possession. If you’d like to make sure you get a Lunala from evolving, it’s a good idea to check that the game has you in the night hours as this is the only time the legendary will be available.