Solgaleo (ソルガレオ Sorugareo) is a Psychic/Steel-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It is the mascot for Pokémon Sun. It is Lunala's counterpart and one of the two evolved forms of Cosmoem. It, alongside Lunala and Necrozma, is a member of the Light Trio.



Solgaleo is a large, white Pokémon resembling a white lion. It has a blunt muzzle with a blue-gray nose and pale blue eyes. The top half of its face is a deep blue area that shows a constantly changing starscape. Four yellow spikes frame Solgaleo's head like a crown and two more pairs of spikes adorn either side of its lower jaw, and each spike separates large tufts of Solgaleo's mane. Solid ridges—red nearest Solgaleo's head and yellow farther away—poke out of each tuft along the middle, except on the tufts on its cheeks and chin, with the topmost part wrapping around the tip of the tuft. Overall, its mane creates the impression of a stylized sun. Around each leg is a dark orange band, and there is a black spot on each foot. It has three black toes on each foot with long yellow claws. At the tip of its tail is a large black spot with a thin yellow rim.

When Solgaleo enters its Radiant Sun phase, a light blue symbol similar to a compass rose appears on its forehead and the starscape turns to streaks of light. The fur on its body glows a pale yellow and all other parts of its body except its nose turn bright yellow.

Natural abilities

Known as the "beast that devours the sun," Solgaleo has long been honored as an emissary of the sun (太陽の騎士 Taiyō no kishi, lit. "knight of the sun") . Its body is capable of holding a vast amount of energy and glows when active. Solgaleo can create Ultra Wormholes to travel to and from Ultra Space. Solgaleo along with its counterpart Lunala can create Cosmog.

It is said that the intense light Solgaleo radiates from its body's surface is capable to turning the darkest night into midday; because of this, Solgaleo is often mistaken to be the sun.

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun and Moon Altar of the Sunne/Evolve Cosmoem (Sun Only) One
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Mahalo Trail (after defeating Gladion at Mount Lanakila)

Evolve Cosmoem (Sun Only)

Sword and Shield Trade None
The Crown Tundra
Evolve CosmoemSW
Dynamax AdventuresSW

Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    It is said to live in another world. The intense light it radiates from the surface of its body can make the darkest of nights light up like midday.

  • Moon

    This Pokémon is said to be a male evolution of Cosmog. At the activation of its third eye, it departs for another world.

  • Ultra Sun

    Sometimes the result of its opening an Ultra Wormhole is that energy and life-forms from other worlds are called here to this world.

  • Ultra Moon

    In writings from the distant past, it's called by the name "the beast that devours the sun."

  • Sword

    When light radiates from its body, this Pokémon could almost appear to be the sun. It will dispel any darkness and light up the world.

  • Shield

    Solgaleo was once known as the Beast That Devours the Sun. Energy in the form of light radiates boundlessly from it.


Solgaleo's Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def



LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Sunsteel Strike 100 100% 5 Steel Physical
1 Cosmic Power —% 20 Normal Status
1 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical
1 Teleport —% 20 Psychic Status
1 Metal Claw 50 95% 35 Steel Physical
7 Iron Head 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
13 Metal Sound 100% 20 Normal Status
19 Zen Headbutt 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
23 Flash Cannon 80 100% 10 Steel Special
31 Morning Sun —% 5 Normal Status
37 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
43 Metal Burst 100% 10 Steel Physical
47 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
59 Noble Roar 100% 30 Normal Status
61 Flare Blitz 120 100% 15 Fire Physical
67 Wide Guard —% 10 Rock Status
73 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM26 Earthquake 100 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special
TM38 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special
TM39 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM43 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 Fire Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM71 Stone Edge 80 100% 5 Rock Physical
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Physical
TM74 Gyro Ball 100% 5 Steel Physical
TM77 Psych Up 100% 10 Normal Status
TM78 Bulldoze 60 100% 20 Ground Physical
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM91 Flash Cannon 80 100% 10 Steel Special
TM92 Trick Room 100% 5 Psychic Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Solgaleo learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Endeavor USUM 100% 5 Normal Physical
Hyper Voice USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Iron Defense USUM —% 15 Steel Status
Iron Head USUM 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
Iron Tail USUM 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
Last Resort USUM 140 100% 5 Normal Physical
Outrage USUM 120 100% 10 Dragon Physical
Shock Wave USUM 60 —% 20 Electric Special
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Superpower USUM 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical
Zen Headbutt USUM 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.



In the anime

Main article: Nebby (anime)


  • Solgaleo is the third Pokémon based on a lion, the other two being Entei and Pyroar.
  • Ironically, though Solgaleo represents the sun it is weak against Fire-type moves. It shares this trait with Lunala, who is 4x weak to Dark-types despite symbolizing the night.
  • The Pokédex refers to it as a male, while it is actually genderless.
  • Solgaleo has the highest base HP of all Steel-type Pokémon.
  • Solgaleo and its counterpart Lunala are the only Legendary version mascots of a generation's primary pair of games with a base stat under 90.
    • In Solgaleo's case, this is its Special Defense.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Solgaleo is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Sunsteel Strike.


Solgaleo is based on a lion with a sun motif, a fairly common motif in many Western and Middle-Eastern cultures. In particular Solgaleo might reference the alchemical lion, being described as "devouring the sun", as well as connected to metals via its Steel-type. Finally, being the emissary rather than personification of the sun as well as being able to pass through different dimensions, Solgaleo might lend some inspiration from the eye of Ra, a goddess usually described as a lion that is the sun's protector in Egyptian mythology as it travels through the underworld. It may also be based on the constellation Leo, which depicts a lion and is the fifth sign of the western zodiac.


Solgaleo and Sorugareo are portmanteaus of sol (Latin for sun) and leo (Latin for lion, also a constellation depicting a lion). It may also incorporate Galileo, an Italian astronomer who presented evidence that the Earth orbited the Sun and advocated Copernican heliocentrism.

Solgaleo's verbal cry in Pokémon Sun, "La-liona", is based on the words (Hawaiian for Sun) and "liona" (Hawaiian for lion)

In other languages

  • Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, Korean: ソルガレオ Solgaleo
  • Cantonese Chinese: 索爾迦雷歐 Sokyíhgālèuihāu
  • Mandarin Chinese: 索爾迦雷歐 / 索尔迦雷欧 Suǒ'ěrjiāléi'ōu


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