Detective Pikachu – Pika Prompts Guide

Detective Pikachu

I got annoyed. So I made this guide. True story.




About Pika Prompts
Using this Guide

Pika Prompts

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Coffee Notes
Detective Tips
General Pika Prompts

Credits & Disclaimers






Hello, and welcome to my in-depth guide on the Pika Prompts for Detective Pikachu. This guide was born out of my frustration at completing the game, so I hope I spare someone that exasperation!

Throughout the game Detective Pikachu, you can touch the Pikachu icon on the bottom screen and get various scenes. There are over 150 of these sequences, and this guide will show you how to get all of them. Note that you can unlock all Pika Prompts by completing the game and using the Detective Pikachu Amiibo, but hey, who wants to spend a whole bunch of money on a single-use Amiibo that’s currently out-of-print?

Guide Version Differences

1.0 – First version done.



About Pika Prompts

Pika Prompts are shown every time you touch the Pikachu icon on the touchscreen or press the X button.

The game divides Pika Prompts as such:

  • Chapter 1-9 (one list per chapter)
  • Coffee Notes
  • Detective Tips
  • General Pika Prompts

Chapter Pika Prompts are just as they say: Pika Prompts that are activated in that specific chapter. In general, Detective Tips are unlocked more in the first half of the game while Coffee Notes start appearing in the second half. General Pika Prompts are seen throughout the game. That being said, each of them have exceptions where some can only be activated in certain chapter(s).

Essentially, there are four types of requirements to activate the various Pika Prompts:

  • Timing: which chapter and/or when during the chapter
  • Location: in the entire locale or a specific spot
  • Interactions: after meeting or talking with others
  • Other: miscellaneous requirements

Some prompts can be activated at any point in the game; others have a very small window. Some are completely random. At times, you may need to keep touching the Pikachu icon (or X button) several times in a row to get all the new Pika Prompts because there are several in the same time/location. Other instances you may need to keep trying just due to random luck. There are some very small sections where you are unable to activate any Pika Prompts because of the story, but they’re very short.

None are missable in the strictest sense of the word. Yes, it is possible to keep moving through the chapter and have passed by a Pika Prompt, especially since you can’t revisit many areas. But after completing a chapter, you can replay it. Pika Prompts are also saved separately from the three save slots. So once a Prompt is unlocked, once you save and go back to the title screen, it is available to watch. I’d still keep a completed save file in one slot just in case though.

The downside is that every time you reload a chapter, the game also “resets” whether you’ve seen a scene or not. Once you have seen a Pika Prompt, you can use the B button to avoid rewatching it. Unfortunately, that only applies when you do not restart the game or jump straight into a chapter. Combined with the fact that you can’t skip cutscenes or save whenever you want to means that you do NOT want to do this too much.

Using this Guide


So most of you are going to jump right to the Pika Prompts. That’s fine, but here’s how I organized the bulk of this guide. Pika Prompts are listed in the same order as they are in the game, in the “View Pika Prompts” section. This order does not necessarily match up with the order in which you can unlock them in the game.

That’s where the Notes sections come into play: I try to remind you of getting these other Prompts right in that chapter. The Notes sections will also include any additional information on unlocking the Prompts.

If you have any questions, please use the contact form on my website.

Pika Prompts


Chapter 1

1Pika PromptsIn the first area, after talking to the woman near the shutter
2A Trace of the CulpritIn the first area, after interviewing all witnesses
3A Trace of AipomIn the first area, after interviewing all witnesses
4The Ketchup StainsIn the first area, after examining the red stain
5Imagine You’re the VictimAfter moving Aipom, be near where it had fallen
6Who’s the Owner of the Black Feather?After finding the black feather
7The Soccer BallIn the fountain area
8We Can Always TalkGo to another area and return to fountain area
9Inside the Trash CanBe near the trash can in the café area
10A Coffee SaleIn the café area
11Aipom’s MischiefIn the nature area, after “Investigate the Murkrow’s Nest”, be near Aipom
12A Fletching HatIn the office, be near Fletchling


  • Get the first four Pika Prompts in the opening area before figuring out where Aipom went.
  • Talk to Tepig in the café area, who is hiding in the bushes near the old man. Use the conversation trigger “About his hiding” to get the coin, which is used for the “Try Your Luck” General Pika Prompt.

Chapter 2

1Case DocumentsIn Harry’s room, after investigating the desk
2How Far to the Exit?Under the hole in the cave roof, be near pointy rock
3Drifting DrifloonBe near Drifloon, after talking to Noibat
4The Place Where the Wind BlowsAfter finding Drifblim
5The Water in the CaveBe near the river, before river is frozen
6EchoesOn the ice, after the river is frozen
7Careless on the IceOn the ice, after the river is frozen


  • The opening of Chapter 2 is one of two times the General Pika Prompt “Begging for Coffee” can be seen. Examine the coffee maker for it to activate.
  • “Water in the Cave” can’t be seen after river is frozen.

Chapter 3

1What’s Your Name?Outside PCL, before going in
2A Troubled PikachuAnytime in this chapter
3Fridge’s RoomIn Fridge’s lab
4Garbodor’s StenchIn Fridge’s lab
5The Garbodor MachineBe near the Garbodor Machine
6Intensely Spicy CakeAnytime in this chapter
7Sour CakeAnytime in this chapter
8Looking for the VialIn the hallway, right after visiting Fridge’s lab for the first time
9Pikachu Came Running Out!Be near the shrubs on the back left hand side, after Dorothy returns
10Fennekin’s Favorite FoodIn the courtyard after incident, be near Fennekin
11Shuckle’s ObservationsIn the courtyard, be near Shuckle
12Looking for the KeyGo to another area and return to Klefki
13Wallace’s RoomIn Wallace’s lab, PCL Day 2
14A Glance from MinccinoIn Dorothy’s office, after talking to Minccino, before visiting the storeroom
15No Need to Stick AroundIn the courtyard after incident
16A Cold RoomIn the library, before unlocking the courtyard
17Sad CreaturesIn the courtyard after incident, after Gengar escapes the library
18How to Catch GengarAfter Gengar escapes the library


  • Chapter 3 is one of two times the General Pika Prompt “Begging for Coffee” can be seen. Examine the coffee maker for it to activate.
  • While they could be available on Day 2, get “Cold Room” and “A Glance from Minccino” on Day 1.
  • Try to have successfully completed (no mistakes) a quick time event by the end of this chapter. Otherwise, in subsequent chapters, which successful minigame Pika Prompt you get will be random.

Chapter 4

1Accelgor and the DoughnutIn the office, by the corner near the door
2Ludicolo’s Dance MovesIn the café, be near Ludicolo
3SeasickRight after arriving on the island
4Flight of the WingullAfter talking to Wingull, be near Wingull
5Louise’s Scent?After talking to Louise, be near Spritzee
6Lovely LocaleAfter talking to Louise
7Scent of a PotionIn Dr. Waal’s home
8Manectric Stare-DownAfter starting “What’s the truth behind the fog situation?”
9Tropius’s FruitAfter talking to Tropius, be near Tropius
10Sticky ShellosAfter talking to Shellos, be near Shellos
11Grown-Up ProblemsRight after seeing Amanda and Brad together
12Manectric and the Flying DiscAfter seeing Amanda and Brad together, be near Manectric
13Feebas’s EvolutionAfter meeting Milotic, be near Milotic


  • Nab the first few Pika Prompts in this chapter in order before starting the investigation.
  • See “Coffee Note #8” before finishing the chapter.
  • Play for an hour or more starting with this chapter to get “Break Time” General Pika Prompt. It took about an hour and a half for me, so it still is a bit random.
  • “Pikachu’s Teachings” can be seen starting with this chapter. It may be random if you haven’t gotten “Cover Me!” yet.

Chapter 5

1NightmareRight at the beginning of this chapter
2RainAfter arriving at Fine Park
3Waiting Out the RainBe under the red & white awning
4Coffee CupBe near the broken cup ride next to entrance
5Pokémon FoodAfter examining Pokémon food bowl
6The One That Matches the DoughnutBe near the large doughnut signs
7Comparing Voices with LoudredAfter talking to Loudred, be near Loudred
8PortraitAfter talking to Litten, be near Smeargle
9The Stufful DisconnectAfter talking to Stufful, be near Stufful
10FlamethrowerAfter talking to Litten, be near Litten
11ThunderAfter moving the barricade to the next area
12Gashes on the WallBe near the marks on the ramp to the ferris wheel
13The Ferris WheelBe near the ferris wheel carriage
14What’s Stuck to It?After finding three Joltik
15The CannonBe near the cannon, after rescuing Buneary


  • Look for “Coffee Note #7” in this chapter.

Chapter 6

1Even If I Become a TV Star…Right at the beginning of this chapter
2Hoothoot’s FeetIn the sub-control room, be near Hoothoot, after Pikachu rejoins
3Dancing with KricketuneIn Carina’s dressing room, be near Kricketune
4Who’s in the Mirror?In a dressing room, be near mirror
5Carina’s Voice?In Max’s dressing room, be near Chatot, after meeting Carina
6Drink ServerIn the hallway in front of drink machine
7What’s inside Mimikyu’s Disguise?In the waiting room, be near Mimikyu
8Purugly’s WhereaboutsBe near Purugly after finding it
9Pikachu’s PosesIn studio in front of backstage curtain, after all alibis established
10Don’t Dillydally!In the hallway during the chase
11Just a Little MoreIn the hallway during the chase
12A Chance to Show Our SkillsIn the hallway during the chase


  • “Pikachu’s Poses” can’t be seen until Mimikyu is hanging out in the studio. Be in the center area, where you head backstage.
  • The last three can be activated one after another as soon as the chase starts. You still could get a duplicate though, so if so, just try again.
  • While there is a quick time event here, there is no time for a Pika Prompt after it.

Chapter 7

1The FreighterOn the wharf, be near the freighter
2The CraneOn the wharf, be near the crane
3The Man at the PortOn the wharf, be near one of the poles used to anchor ships
4Infiltrate and InvestigateRight after sneaking into the warehouse
5The Conveyor BeltIn warehouse 1F, be near conveyor belt
6Machamp’s MisunderstandingIn warehouse 1F
7Pansage’s LeavesIn Simon’s laboratory, be near Pansage
8Mewtwo’s CellsIn Simon’s laboratory
9A Shard of MemoryIn the R storeroom


  • Get the first three before figuring out where the warehouse is.
  • Last chance for a quick time event-related Pika Prompt.

Chapter 8

1ContainersRight at the beginning of chapter, before climbing stairs
2Deck ChairsBe near a deck chair
3A Cup at the CaféRight after talking to Emilia
4How about These Piano Skills?In the lounge, be near 2F piano
5Krokorok SecurityIn lounge, be near Krokorok
6The OneIn hallway, after talking to Emilia
7A Glance from CinccinoBe near Cinccino, after talking to Emilia
8Nosepass Faces NorthIn the captain’s quarters, be near Nosepass
9Mythical CoffeeAfter obtaining auction catalog
10The NecktieAfter changing clothes
11Chandelure’s FlamesIn the auction room, be near Chandelure
12A New CapeIn the auction room, win cape


  • See “Coffee Note #30”.
  • Make sure to get “Surf” and “The Nature of the Great Detective” after the theft case starts.
  • “The Necktie” can be seen in Rose’s room or at the auction, but “Detective Tip #2” can only be seen in Rose’s room. Either way, Pikachu needs to have his bowtie on.
  • “Mythical Coffee” can be viewed in the auction room.
  • Win the auction for the cape for a Pika Prompt.
  • Three bonus Pika Prompts are available after Keith appears, but they are not included in the game’s lists.

Chapter 9

1Rush to the AgencyRight at the beginning of this chapter, before entering office
2Pikachu’s ResolveRight at the beginning of this chapter, be near Pablo and Ludicolo
3Where’s the Scene of the Crime?In the office, before solving R’s location
4Find the R Dispersing MachinesRight after arriving in central square
5The Clock TowerOn stairs to clock tower in central square, before third R search
6Do Your Best!Anytime in this chapter
7Calm DownRight after arriving in central square
8Who’s the Mastermind?Right after arriving in central square
9The First R Dispersing MachineAfter finding one R machine, before finding the second
10The Second R Dispersing MachineAfter finding two R machines, before finding the third
11The Third R Dispersing MachineAfter finding three R machines


  • Go slow through the beginning portions to nab Pika Prompts, then activate a bunch when officially starting the search.
  • Make sure to stop and use the Pika Prompt icon every time you find R. You might want to talk to Emilia and only think about one R first. Then find it. This way, you don’t accidentally rush ahead and find two R machines and miss a Prompt.

Coffee Notes

1Coffee Note #7Chapter 5
2Coffee Note #8Chapter 4
3Coffee Note #13Chapters 6-8
4Coffee Note #16Chapters 4-5
5Coffee Note #21Chapters 6-8
6Coffee Note #22Chapters 7-8
7Coffee Note #29Chapters 7-8
8Coffee Note #30Chapter 8


  • In short, don’t worry about them until Chapter 4 and beyond.

Detective Tips

1Detective Tip #1Chapters 1-3
2Detective Tip #2Chapter 8, after changing clothes, before auction
3Detective Tip #4Chapters 1-3
4Detective Tip #5Chapters 1-3
5Detective Tip #8Chapters 1-3
6Detective Tip #11Chapters 1-3
7Detective Tip #12Chapters 4-6
8Detective Tip #15Chapters 1-3
9Detective Tip #17Chapters 4-6
10Detective Tip #24Chapters 4-6
11Detective Tip #28Chapters 1-3
12Detective Tip #33Chapters 1-3
13Detective Tip #34Chapters 7-9
14Detective Tip #45Chapters 4-6
15Detective Tip #48Chapters 7-9


  • “Detective Note #2” is seen one time only.

General Pika Prompts

1Hey Now!Anytime
2Contents of Your NotesAnytime
3Top-Notch StaminaAnytime
4Aerobics with PikachuAnytime
5Know How to FallAnytime
6Gear MaintenanceAnytime
7Leave the Interrogation to MeAnytime
8Begging for CoffeeChapter 2, in Harry’s room; Chapter 3, in conference room
9The Mystery of PikachuChapters 3-9
10Steady EffortAnytime
11A Busy FellowAnytime
12Let’s Talk MoreChapters 4-9
13Try Your LuckChapters 1-3, after meeting Tepig in Chapter 1
14Break TimeChapters 4-9, play for an hour or more
15Slow Reflexes?Right after failing a quick time event
16Cover Me!Right after passing a quick time event
17Pikachu’s TeachingsChapters 4-5 & 7, right after passing the quick time event
18A Bolt of…?Chapters 3-9
19Quick AttackChapters 3-9
20Iron TailChapters 3-9
21FlyChapters 4-9
22ThunderboltChapters 5-9
23Double TeamChapters 6-9
24SurfChapter 8, after the start of “Solve the theft!”, by the pool
25The Nature of a Great DetectiveChapter 8, after meeting Rose
26First ImpressionChapters 8-9


  • While I have them listed as “Anytime”, technically, “Leave the Interrogation to Me” and “A Busy Fellow” unlock from the start. The others are available after going to the park. Otherwise, they are available the whole game.
  • While available in Chapter 3, “Quick Attack” appears to be available starting on PCL Day 2 and “Iron Tail” after Gengar escapes.
  • “Iron Tail”, “Surf”, and “The Mystery of Pikachu” are seen one time only.
  • Pika Prompts when you have a new mystery, unsolved mystery, a bunch of evidence, etc. are not included in the game’s lists.



Thanks to you for reading this guide.

Thanks to Game Opera and ヘイグ for their detailed guides on Pika Prompts (Pikachu Signs).

Thanks to Warhawk for their Detective Pikachu guide with prompts.


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  1. David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Um, wow. . .

    1. Krystallina (Post author)

      In the game, Pikachu is always telling you to write things down. Well, guess what, Pikachu? I wrote a bunch of things down!! ?


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