Cosplay Pikachu

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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).

Cool Beautiful Cute Clever Tough
Pikachu Rock Star
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 Electric 
Meteor Mash
Pikachu Belle
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 Electric 
Icicle Crash
Pikachu Pop Star
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 Electric 
Draining Kiss
Pikachu, Ph. D
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 Electric 
Electric Terrain
Pikachu Libre
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 Electric 
Flying Press

In the games

In the core series

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.

Gift Pokémon

Contest properties

Male player character

025Pikachu-Rock Star.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Held item:
None
Pikachu
Quick Attack
Cool
Appeal
3 ♥♥♥
 
Jam
0  
 
Electro Ball
Cool
Appeal
3 ♥♥♥
 
Jam
0  
 
Thunder Wave
Cool
Appeal
1
 
Jam
3 ♥♥♥
 
Meteor Mash
Cool
Appeal
3 ♥♥♥
 
Jam
0  
 

Female player character

025Pikachu-Pop Star.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Held item:
None
Pikachu
Quick Attack
Cool
Appeal
3 ♥♥♥
 
Jam
0  
 
Electro Ball
Cool
Appeal
3 ♥♥♥
 
Jam
0  
 
Thunder Wave
Cool
Appeal
1
 
Jam
3 ♥♥♥
 
Draining Kiss
Cute
Appeal
1
 
Jam
0  
 
Battle properties

Male player character

025Pikachu-Rock Star.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
Lightning Rod
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Pikachu Lv.20
Quick Attack
Normal Physical
Electro Ball
Electric Special
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Meteor Mash
Steel Physical

Female player character

025Pikachu-Pop Star.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
Lightning Rod
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Pikachu Lv.20
Quick Attack
Normal Physical
Electro Ball
Electric Special
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Draining Kiss
Fairy Special

In spin-off games

Pikachu Libre in Pokkén Tournament

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

A group of Cosplay Pikachu in Pokémon Adventures

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.

Cosplay Pikachu
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Cosplay Pikachu Lightning       XY-P Promotional cards   099/XY-P
Pikachu Libre Lightning XY Trainer Kit: Pikachu Libre & Suicune   14/30 XY-P Promotional cards   247/XY-P
XY Trainer Kit: Pikachu Libre & Suicune   30/30      
 

Trivia

In other languages

Cosplay Pikachu

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese おきがえ・ピカチュウ Okigae Pikachu
France Flag.png French Pikachu Cosplayeur
Germany Flag.png German Cosplay-Pikachu
Italy Flag.png Italian Pikachu Cosplay
South Korea Flag.png Korean 옷갈아입기 피카츄 Osgal'aibgi Pikachu
Poland Flag.png Polish Cosplayowa Pikachu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pikachu Coqueta

Pikachu Rock Star

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ハードロック・ピカチュウ Hard Rock Pikachu
Chinese Cantonese 重搖滾比卡超 Hard Rock Pikachu
Mandarin 重搖滾皮卡丘 Hard Rock Pikachu
Finland Flag.png Finnish Rocktähti-Pikachu
France Flag.png French Pikachu Rockeur
Germany Flag.png German Rocker-Pikachu
Italy Flag.png Italian Pikachu Rockstar
South Korea Flag.png Korean 하드록 피카츄 Hard Rock Pikachu
Poland Flag.png Polish Pikachu Rock Star
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pikachu Rock Star
Russia Flag.png Russian Пикачу Рок-звезда Pikachu Rok-zvezda
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pikachu Roquera
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Pikachu Ngôi Sao Nhạc Rock

Pikachu Belle

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese マダム・ピカチュウ Madame Pikachu
Chinese Cantonese 貴婦比卡超 Madame Pikachu
Mandarin 貴婦皮卡丘 Madame Pikachu
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kauno-Pikachu
France Flag.png French Pikachu Lady
Germany Flag.png German Damen-Pikachu
Italy Flag.png Italian Pikachu Damigella
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마담 피카츄 Madame Pikachu
Poland Flag.png Polish Pikachu Belle
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pikachu Belle
Russia Flag.png Russian Пикачу Красоте Pikachu Krasote
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pikachu Aristócrata
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Pikachu Quý Phái

Pikachu Pop Star

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese アイドル・ピカチュウ Idol Pikachu
Chinese Cantonese 偶像比卡超 Idol Pikachu
Mandarin 偶像皮卡丘 Idol Pikachu
Finland Flag.png Finnish Poptähti-Pikachu
France Flag.png French Pikachu Star
Germany Flag.png German Star-Pikachu
Italy Flag.png Italian Pikachu Confetto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 아이돌 피카츄 Idol Pikachu
Poland Flag.png Polish Pikachu Pop Star
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pikachu Pop Star
Russia Flag.png Russian Пикачу Поп-звезда Pikachu Pop-zvezda
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pikachu Superstar
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Pikachu Ngôi Sao Nhạc Pop

Pikachu, Ph. D

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ドクター・ピカチュウ Doctor Pikachu
Chinese Cantonese 博士比卡超 Doctor Pikachu
Mandarin 博士皮卡丘 Doctor Pikachu
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tohtori Pikachu
France Flag.png French Pikachu Docteur
Germany Flag.png German Professoren-Pikachu
Italy Flag.png Italian Pikachu Scienziata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 닥터 피카츄 Doctor Pikachu
Poland Flag.png Polish Pikachu, Ph. D
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pikachu, Ph. D
Russia Flag.png Russian Пикачу Чони Pikachu Choni
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pikachu Erudita
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Pikachu Tiến Sĩ

Pikachu Libre

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese マスクド・ピカチュウ Masked Pikachu
Chinese Cantonese 幪面比卡超 Masked Pikachu
Mandarin 蒙面皮卡丘 Masked Pikachu
Finland Flag.png Finnish Paini-Pikachu
France Flag.png French Pikachu Catcheur
Germany Flag.png German Wrestler-Pikachu
Italy Flag.png Italian Pikachu Wrestler
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마스크드 피카츄 Masked Pikachu
Poland Flag.png Polish Pikachu Libre
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pikachu Libre (anime)
Pikachu Mascarada (TCG)
Russia Flag.png Russian Борец-вольник Пикачу Borets-vol'nik Pikachu (TCG)
Пикачу Бояц Pikachu Boyats (anime)
Пикачу Бойца Pikachu Boytsa (website)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pikachu Enmascarada
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Pikachu Siêu Quậy


See also

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