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Cosplay Pikachu without a costume
Cosplay Pikachu (Japanese: おきがえ・ピカチュウ Clothes-changing Pikachu) is a variant female Pikachu that is able to be dressed up into five different costumes corresponding to each kind of contest (Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness) and learn exclusive moves which are linked to these costumes.
Without a costume, it has the appearance of a female Pikachu with a black heart on the tip of its tail (fitting the heart-shaped notch all female Pikachu have on their tail).
In the games
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, after the first time the player takes part in a Pokémon Contest Spectacular, an NPC will give the player Cosplay Pikachu because she says it matches their costume; she will give a male player character Cosplay Pikachu as Pikachu Rock Star, and a female player character Cosplay Pikachu as Pikachu Pop Star. When obtained, it will have its Hidden Ability and its Contest condition in each category is equally elevated.
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Cosplay Pikachu can switch costumes anytime by going to any Contest Hall in the Hoenn region and talking to the Pokémon Breeder in the green room. This Pokémon Breeder can also remove the costume.
Upon removing a costume, it will forget the special move associated with the previous costume. Upon putting on a new costume, it will learn the special move associated with the new costume. When changing costume, if Cosplay Pikachu knows four moves but not the special move of its previous costume, the player will be prompted to replace a move with the new exclusive move (Cosplay Pikachu cannot put on the new costume unless it does). If Cosplay Pikachu's only known move is its special move and the costume is removed, then the Pikachu will learn Thunder Shock. Pikachu can remain in a costume even if it forgets the associated special move.
Unlike other Pikachu, Cosplay Pikachu is in the Undiscovered Egg Group, meaning it cannot breed. It also cannot evolve into Raichu and is unaffected by the Eviolite. Like any Pikachu, though, Cosplay Pikachu is affected by the Light Ball.
Cosplay Pikachu cannot be deposited in Pokémon Bank, nor can it be traded via Wonder Trade or Global Trade System.
Male player character
Female player character
Pikachu Libre was first announced alongside the Wii U port of the game. She was later released as an additional fighter on the original arcade version.
In the anime
Frank's Pikachu wearing the costumes
Five Pikachu wearing the Cosplay Pikachu outfits appeared in Lights! Camera! Pika!, under the ownership of Frank. Out of these, Pikachu Rock Star and Pikachu Libre were shown to be regular male Pikachu, while the others were female Pikachu with a black mark on their tails, just like in the games.
Frank was filming a Pikachu movie, with Pikachu Libre acting as the villain and the others as residents of "Pikachu Land". Seeing Ash's Pikachu, he decided to give it the role of the movie's hero, "Super Pikachu". With Ash and his friends helping out, the movie was successfully filmed and completed.
More Cosplay Pikachu appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, Cosplay Pikachu were introduced by Lisia to Chaz. Lisia reveals that Ruby created the concept of Pokémon wearing costumes for Contests. Unlike the games, the Cosplay Pikachu is not an individual Pikachu, several are male, and only one has a black marking on the tip of her tail.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Cosplay Pikachu in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Cosplay Pikachu shares several similarities with HeartGold and SoulSilver's Spiky-eared Pichu. Both are female-only variants of the Pikachu evolution line who were introduced in remakes. They are both incapable of evolving, breeding, or being traded to previous games.
- Despite the existence of a Shiny Cosplay Pikachu model in the game, a Shiny Cosplay Pikachu cannot be obtained legitimately.
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