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Trainer customization is a feature in Pokémon X and Y that allows the player to customize their appearance. Players can choose from three skin tones at the beginning of the game, and may further change their hair color, hairstyle, clothing, and accessories in Salons and Boutiques throughout Kalos. Customized trainers will appear in the overworld, on the Player Search System, and in the Pokémon Global Link.
Players may choose from three preset appearances during the game introduction: dark skin, black hair, and brown eyes; fair skin, honey hair, and gray eyes; or pale skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. Trainers will start the game with the default outfits worn by the protagonists in their official artwork. Girls are shown wearing a high-waist dress with a red skirt and sleeveless black top. A second default outfit is included for both genders.
The player may customize their appearance at a Boutique and Salon. Further customization options are also available at the PR Video Studio in Lumiose City.
Upon entering a salon and speaking to the receptionist, the player may change their hair color by selecting the "Color" option, or change their hairstyle by selecting the "Styling" option. The player may also change the color and style simultaneously. Additional hairstyles are unlocked after attaining more "style" in and around Lumiose City.
Hair colors available include blonde, honey, ginger, brown, and black. When selecting a color range, the player is given "Something Lighter", "Something Darker", or "Surprise Me!". The player is given a list of lighter hair colors or darker according to the current hair color. The stylist randomly picks a color for the Surprise option. Hairstyle options for either gender include short and medium. Hairstyles for males include very short and medium-perm. Hairstyles for females include long, bob, ponytail, and pigtails. Female hairstyles also include an option for bangs or side-swept; though it is the same style for each. The "Surprise Me!" option is also available for hair styling.
Each boutique in Kalos has a unique selection of clothing and accessories based on the "essence" of its surrounding city. Players may browse through the boutique's selection before entering a fitting room and activating the Trainer customization screen. Alternatively, the player can purchase an item or accessory immediately by walking up to the displayed items (if there are any) in the shop and pressing "A". The item and accessory price will pop up, along with a close-up of the merchandise, and the player can select to purchase it without trying it on. The Trainer customization screen has separate menus for hats, tops, bottoms, full outfits, legwear, bags, and accessories, all of which can be further customized with badges and decorations. Different fanfare effects will appear once the player has finished customizing their appearance. Clothing styles alternate on different days in different boutiques, so a white cycling cap can only be bought on a Tuesday or Thursday in Santalune City, for example. There are also color schemes for each type of clothing or accessory, so the player can buy a red, green, black, or blue fedora, for example.
Fitting rooms allow the player to change the current clothes they are wearing with others they have bought at boutiques or switch default clothing. Fitting rooms can be found in every Pokémon Center in the back left room. In front of the room is a small blue circle with the picture of a shirt in front. Fitting rooms in a Pokémon Center only allow the player to change clothing they currently own. Fitting Rooms at boutiques allow the player to try on clothing for sale at the shop, and can purchase the clothing if they wear it when the player exits the fitting room. Fitting Rooms at boutiques can also serve as a changing room between clothing the player owns; it is not necessary for the player to buy an item while using a boutique fitting room.
PR Video Studio
At the PR Video Studio, an NPC will give the player a Lens Case, unlocking the choice to change eye color within the Trainer customization Screen. Further customization options, such as facial hair for male Trainers, can be accessed via the makeup artist also located in the studio in a similar manner to the hairstylist.
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