Ever since Solgaleo-GX and Lunala-GX were revealed at Worlds, many fans have been wondering why the attack costs of their GX attacks were never shown. After all, the cards were likely already being printed, so why would The Pokemon Company hide it from us?
Could it be because the attacks don’t cost anything? We learned some time ago that some Pokemon in the Sun & Moon set would have free attacks, like Alolan Meowth. Well, we also learned that only Alolan Pokemon would have free attacks, so that couldn’t be the reason why the attack costs were hidden. Solgaleo and Lunala aren’t Alolan Pokemon like Alolan Meowth or Alolan Vulpix, so what gives?
Later on, we learned that Pokemon-GX could also be Evolutions when Lurantis-GX was revealed. For quite some time, Pokemon-EX have only been Basic Pokemon, so many of us assumed Pokemon-GX would be too when they were first revealed. Thus far, we’ve seen a few Stage 1 Pokemon-GX — that is, cards that have one previous Evolution (Gumshoos, Lurantis). We’ve also seen Basic Pokemon-GX like Lapras-GX.
We revealed images of the Alola Collections a few weeks ago, and while they now showed the Pokemon’s types, they still hid their HP and Stage.
As it now turns out, brand new product images of the Alolan Collections have revealed Solgaleo and Lunala are actually Evolutions! Yes, you heard right! This would make them the first Legendary Pokemon to evolve from a previous Evolution. As you can see below, they both evolve from the exact same Pokemon. According to Sun and Moon leaks that I’m sure you’ve all seen, Solgaleo and Lunala actually have two pre-evolutions, making them part of a split Evolution line like Poliwhirl into Poliwrath or Politoed. Their Basic form is Cosmog, which evolves into a currently unnamed Pokemon (below), which then evolves into either Solgaleo or Lunala.
It seems The Pokemon Company was trying to hide this from fans as you can see on the earlier product image render above which physically hide the Stage and exclude the HP. It would seem that the reason they hid the GX attack costs was a red herring — to make us not think they were also hiding the Stage. If they had only hid the Stage, it would have been obvious the two Pokemon are Evolutions.
Oh, and the product image accidentally revealed a 90 HP Masquerain. They meant to show Rowlet but used Masquerain instead. Oops. :x