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Detective Pikachu Costume Guide

Detective Pikachu and Tim Goodman DIY Costume Guide

Are you ready to catch ’em all at your next cosplay event or Halloween scene? With this DIY costume guide, you can recreate the look of the adorable and intrepid little titular character from the new 2019 film Detective Pikachu and his companion Tim Goodman!

With the right furry Pokémon costume accents and yellow clothes, you’ll be able to steal the show as this wisecracking and funny main character and be instantly recognizable anywhere you go.

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How to Dress Like Detective Pikachu

Pikachu Costume Suit:

If you decide to do a full-body Pikachu lookalike costume, you can use a Pikachu fur costume suit. You can get these pre-made online from retail websites and costume shops.

Ears:

If you’d rather put together the pieces of a Pikachu costume individually, you can start with a Pikachu ear headband for your hair. These perky yellow and black ears will instantly stand out at any cosplay convention!

You can purchase Pokémon-themed headbands online from retail websites, Halloween stores and costume shops.

Face:

Detective Pikachu has red cheeks, big black eyes and a small black nose on his face. You can use Halloween face paint or a mask to give yourself Pikachu’s cute face. Use makeup tutorials and photos of the character for extra inspiration.

Check out Halloween makeup and costume masks at costume shops and Halloween stores so you can get all the supplies you’ll need.

Hair:

Dye your hair yellow or use a yellow or light blonde cosplay wig to give your hair the matching color for your Detective Pikachu costume.

Check what’s available from retail websites and costume shops to find a wig that will match your costume.

Outfit:

Pikachu’s body is completely yellow with white markings on the front. If you’re not wearing a full-body costume suit, you can use yellow pants or a yellow skirt and pantyhose, yellow gloves and a yellow sweater to rebuild a similar look for your costume.

Use a white undershirt or blouse to add the white front markings to the clothing. You can find these items online from retail websites or shopping malls.

Accessories:

Add a pair of black-and-yellow boots or sneakers to your costume for footwear emulating Pikachu’s bright and cheerful appearance. You can purchase similar footwear from shoe stores and retail websites. You’ll also need a brown detective hat, which you can get from retail websites and costume shops.

To complete your costume, you’ll need Detective Pikachu’s lightning bolt-shaped yellow tail. Search for strap-on Pikachu costume tails online from retail websites, Halloween stores and costume shops.

Tim Goodman:

Get a friend to dress up as Tim Goodman, Detective Pikachu’s human teammate in the 2019 film, so you can both go to your next cosplay convention or Halloween party together!

How to Dress Like Tim Goodman

Hair:

Tim Goodman has short curly dark brown hair kept in a simple style. You can curl your own hair for this look, or use a dark brown cosplay wig.

Check for wigs at retail websites and Halloween stores, and use scissors to cut it to the right length if you need to.

Outfit:

Tim Goodman wears a black leather hoodie jacket lined with black polar fleece, along with an oversized white t-shirt with a black-and-red Pokémon graphic symbol screen-printed on the front of it. He also wears modern dark blue jeans with this outfit. Search retail websites and shopping malls for these clothing items.

Sometimes he is shown wearing a white, buttoned-down long-sleeved dress shirt with black pants, both of which you can also buy at any large retail website, depending on which Tim Goodman outfit you prefer for your upcoming cosplay event.

Accessories:

To finish off your Tim Goodman costume, you’ll need a couple of his accessories for some extra detail. Tim wears plain basic sneakers on his feet. You can use any pair of plain, dark-colored sneakers. Search retail websites and shoe stores for these.

You’ll also need his phone. Tim is often making calls during his search for his father – any great detective always has contacts! You can use any modern model of cell phone, or you can use a toy phone instead. Look for these at toy stores and retail websites.

Lucy and Pikachu:

In Detective Pikachu, Tim’s two best friends are main character Pikuchu, and Lucy Stevens, an intrepid big-city reporter played by Kathryn Newton, who co-stars alongside Tim Goodman’s actor, Justice Smith.

These characters work together throughout the film to uncover the secrets of what’s going on in Ryme City and what happened to Harry Goodman.

To celebrate each of these characters at your next cosplay convention or Halloween party, get some friends to dress up as Pikachu and Lucy so you can all bring the spirit of Pokémon to life together!

About Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu Movie Poster

In Detective Pikachu, Pikachu aids fellow character Tim Goodman in locating his missing father, esteemed detective Harry Goodman. Hitting the streets of the neon metropolis of Ryme City, this duo uncover a surprising mystery that neither of them ever expected.

Unfortunately, what they uncover in the search for Tim’s father might threaten to break apart the alliance between Pokémon and humans forever.