In spite of its ups and downs, Pokémon GO‘s launch all over the world has forever brought Pokémon into the real life. Most players take the game quite seriously, but now it’s time to look the part.
Several major costume companies have gone to work designing outfits to match both the main Pokémon series and Niantic’s new app installment to the universe.
Pokémon cosplay will surely be a recurring trend at conventions and meetups, though, so getting a costume in time for Halloween this year will be a rewarding investment as time goes on. Read on below to find inspiration for your own trainer identity.
1. Men’s Pokémon Go Trainer Costume
Despite the game having only been out for a short while, the costume designers at CG Costume have already created replica outfits for both the male and female character models.
Their complete men’s costume kit includes a hoodie of one of the team colors, a pair of dark athletic shorts, a pair of fingerless trainer gloves with bracers, and a visor hat.
This fully handmade costume is not cheap, but it is definitely a great option for those who are inexperienced at making their own costume accessories. Fortunately, individual pieces of the outfit are available to accommodate more home made costumes.
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2. Women’s Pokémon Go Trainer Costume
The Women’s Pokémon Go Trainer Costume is another beautiful costume kit from CG Costume, offering even more decorative trainer accessories than the men’s costume kit.
This costume includes a jumpsuit, a team-colored cropped top, a pair of pants, a pair of stylish gloves, a backpack, and a belt.
Again, some individual parts of this costume are available, and extra accessories like this cute Pokéball Bow are a great way to make this costume your own.
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3. Professor Willow
Although no costume kits exist for Professor Willow yet, his casual wardrobe is fun and easy to recreate. This handsome professor does have a challenging white coif to recreate, but this lovely wig styling guide from cosplayer Hee-Hee shows how to modify a short gray hair wig to look the part. Any old pair of glasses (preferably with the top removed) will work for the Prof’s unused spectacles.
Once you’ve recreated the Professor’s mature good looks, the rest is easy. From the neck down, all you need is a black and green shell jacket, a lab coat that is loose enough to roll the sleeves up, some cargo shorts and compression pants, and the weirdest clogs you can find (we’re thinking Crocs).
4. Team Valor Leader Candela
Candela is definitely the sharpest dressed Team Leader, but the secret to this fiery Team Valor leader’s look is her awesome red-accented coast. Costume design company CG designed a full Candela cosplay set, that is available for a bit over
This long peacoat dress is a great base to recreate Candela’s high-collared trench coat, but you can also save costs by scouring thrift stores since you’ll be modifying the garment anyway.
Once you add the accent coloring, you can complete the costume with a dark pair of stockings and a wig if needed. Be sure to constantly mention you are Team Valor, as this behavior embodies the team’s narcissistic bravado.
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5. Team Instinct Leader Spark
Though he dresses tough in his mostly leather getup, Team Instinct Leader Spark is considered the goofball of the bunch. Dressing up as Spark requires you to match his untamed blonde spiky hair and badboy clothing without taking yourself too seriously.
To create Spark’s outfit, you will need a leather jacket (which will need custom yellow accents), a yellow hoodie, and some tight leather pants. Black and yellow shoes plus yellow gloves will fully complete the ensemble, but aren’t necessary for this costume to work.
Spark’s outfit is pretty easy to put together if you already have a lot of different clothes lying around, but if you don’t CG Costume makes a ready to go costume kit for a pretty hefty price. This cosplay-grade costume is well worth it though, and even comes with a plastic pokéball.
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6. Team Mystic Leader Blanche
Team Mystic’s leader Blanche has by far the most confusing costume, as fans are baffled by her wetsuit-like undergarments. Is it for swimming, or ultra-fast ninja running? We aren’t sure, but a morph suit or wetsuit is a great starting point for a DIY Blanche costume.
Add a white cardigan modified to match, and a long blue trenchcoat, and you are starting to look pretty official. But Blanche isn’t the same without her long white ponytail, so spring for a wig to complete the look.
Alternatively, CG Costume has released a cosplay grade outfit that almost perfectly matches Blanche’s look. This route is a bit costlier, but a worthwhile investment for the lazy.
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7. Ash Ketchum Costume
Either you love him or you hate him, but either way, you have to recognize Ash Ketchum’s distinct appeal. Despite the chance to develop our own Pokémon narrative with Pokémon Go, many trainers still see him as the very embodiment of trainerhood because of his sheer fallibility and optimism.
You too can become Ash with this costume kit, complete with a unisex jacket, a pair of trainer gloves, and Ash’s iconic Pokémon League Expo hat. If you are feeling seasoned, you can deck yourself out with some gym leader badges as well.
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8. The Legendary Birds: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres
The Legendary Birds have always been a big deal given their crucial role in Pokémon: The Movie 2000 and now their mythical status as one of the few ‘mons that cannot yet be captured in Pokémon Go.
You won’t find any licensed costume gear for these birds, but the handmade costumes shown above have inspired a number of other styles to portray the birds through fashion.
For the perfect group costume, you can follow the complete DIY formula, or meet halfway with some pre-made parts. For instance, a feather mask would make a great face shroud, or even better, one that already includes a beak.
For wings, you can go with a pair of premade fabric bird wings, or you can follow a DIY tutorial like this one. Clothing underneath and other accessories can be added, as long as it is color-coded. Match with a fun wig, and you have a winner.
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9. Pikachu Hooded Zip-Up Onesie
In the same way Ash will always remain the face of Pokémon, we are equally stuck with Pikachu as a mascot. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the electric mouse, but if you are, this onesie will be a hit.
Its simple design means it fits anyone comfortably, and can be put on without a hassle.
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10. Umbreon Hooded Zip-Up Onesie
If you played up to Generation II, you are probably familiar with Eevee’s coolest Evolutions, Umbreon and Espeon.
This Espeon onesie takes your dark side and makes it adorable, with floppy ears and a tail. You won’t be instantly recognizable like Pikachu, but true trainers will definitely know you have the best taste in Eeveelutions.