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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 of the five Contest conditions (Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness), and learn exclusive moves which are linked to these costumes.
Without a costume, she has the appearance of a female Pikachu with a black heart on the tip of her 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; the Cosplay Pikachu she gives the player will be in her Pikachu Rock Star costume for male players or her Pikachu Pop Star costume for female players. When obtained, she will have her Hidden Ability and her Contest condition in each category is equally elevated. Cosplay Pikachu cannot be Shiny.
Cosplay Pikachu can switch between any costumes at any time 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, Cosplay Pikachu will forget the special move associated with the previous costume. Upon putting on a new costume, she 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 her 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 she does). If Cosplay Pikachu's only known move is her special move and the costume is removed, then she will learn Thunder Shock. Cosplay Pikachu can remain in a costume even if she forgets the associated special move.
Unlike other Pikachu, Cosplay Pikachu is in the Undiscovered Egg Group, meaning she cannot breed. She 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 she be traded via Wonder Trade or Global Trade System.
Male player character
Female player character
Male player character
Female player character
Pikachu Libre in Pokkén Tournament
Pikachu Libre was first announced alongside the Wii U port of the game (standard Pikachu is also a character). 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 heart marking on their tails 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.
One of each Cosplay Pikachu variant appeared in the second XY series movie, Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, amongst the multiple Pikachu summoned by Hoopa as part of a prank against Ash and Pikachu. After initially panicking due to their new surroundings, the entire Pikachu horde, including the Cosplay Pikachu, was calmed down by Ash's Pikachu and sent back to their original homes in an orderly fashion with the help of Hoopa's portals.
Cosplay Pikachu also appeared in the extra scenes of the Poké TV program for XY101, called Performer News, in which they were seen performing in Pokémon Showcases.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Omega Alpha Adventure 3, Cosplay Pikachu were introduced to Chaz by Lisia. Lisia revealed that Ruby created the concept of Pokémon wearing costumes for Contests, and even made matching costumes for their Trainers to wear. 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.
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