Customization is a large game mechanic in A Hat in Time, which allows the player to change parts of the game's aesthetic through Music, Flairs, Dyes and Costumes.
During Hat Kid's adventure, she can unlock customizations by exchanging Rift Tokens in the Orb Machine hidden behind the barrels in the Main room of Hat Kid's Spaceship, or by completing each Time Rift for the first time. Customization options include Hat Flairs to change the appearance of certain Hats, palettes that change the colors for Hat Kid's clothing/hair, and remixes to change the music in certain levels/areas.
As of the second DLC for the PC and Switch versions, the number of Customizations acquirable trough The Roulette is a total of 35. Listed:
|Hat Flairs (17)|
|Kid's Hat (3)||Sprint Hat (4)||Brewing Hat (1)|
|Ice Hat (4)||Dwellers Mask (3)||Time Stop Hat (2)|
|Color Palettes (11)|
|Blueberry Pie||The Freedom||The Blood Moon||The Big Appetite|
|Forest Critter||Margin of Night||Captain of the Sea||Cute ‘n Dangerous|
|Minty Fresh||Cookie Dough||The Widow|
Normal Hat Flairs
Not all hats change with Hat Kid's palette. The ones that do will be mentioned below.
|Kid's Hat||☆||Yes||Gives Hat Kid's favorite hat a bow.|
|Kid's Hat||☆☆||Yes||Gives Hat Kid's favorite hat a bow and vertical stripes.|
|Kid's Hat||☆☆☆||Yes||Gives Hat Kid's favorite hat a rose and vertical stripes.|
|Sprint Hat||☆||Yes||Replaces the Sprint Hat to a ladybug headband. The red of the band changes to the color of Hat Kid's color palette if equipped.|
|Sprint Hat||☆☆||Yes||Replaces the Sprint Hat with a dinosaur hoodie.|
|Sprint Hat||☆☆☆||No||Replaces the Sprint Hat with a News Boy's Cap. The cap also includes several technological enhancements, like a microphone and enhancing eyepieces on the goggles, though these are purely cosmetic.|
|Brewing Hat||☆||No||Gives the Brewing Hat pink and white stripes, making it look like the hat of Vivian in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.|
|Ice Hat||☆||Yes||Changes the Ice Hat into a festive Santa hat.|
|Ice Hat||☆☆||Yes||Changes the Ice Hat into a night cap with cat's ears on the top. The base hat alongside the rim and the end of the cap change color alongside any palette changes equipped, defaulting to purple and yellow.|
|Ice Hat||☆☆☆||No||Changes the Ice Hat into a yak hat with a pony tail.|
|Dweller's Mask||☆||No||Alternates from the Fox mask to the pink kitsune Dweller Mask. Badges adhere to the top of the forehead and ends of the ears.|
|Dweller's Mask||☆☆||No||Alternates from the Fox mask to the green bull Dweller Mask. Badges adhere to the top of the forehead and ends of the antlers.|
|Dweller's Mask||☆☆☆||No||Alternates from the Fox mask to the white tattooed Dweller Mask. Badges adhere to the top of the forehead and ends of the antlers.|
|Kid's Hat||-||Yes||Also known as the "Completionist Kid's Hat." Changes Kid's Hat to have a tartan pattern and the ribbon to have polka dots.|
Given to the player after obtaining all Time Pieces. (The Xbox and Playstation version is glitched, and thus cannot be received on there)
Modding Update Flairs
The modding update added some new flairs to a few of the hats. However, as this was an update for just the PC version of the game, these flairs cannot be obtained in the PS4 and Xbox one versions. They do appear in the Nintendo Switch version, though.
Death Wish Flairs
These are the Hat Flairs that can be found be clearing challenges in Death Wish Mode
|Image||Hat||Reward From||Color change||Description|
|Sprint Hat||Rift Collapse: Mafia of Cooks||Yes||Changes Sprint Hat to bow, which is placed on the back side of head.|
|Brewing Hat||Encore! Encore!||No||Changes Brewing Hat to chef’s hat.|
|Ice Hat||The Mustache Gauntlet||No||Changes Ice Hat to knight’s helm|
|Sprint Hat||Cruizin' for a Bruzin'||No||Changes Sprint Hat to a Captain's Hat|
Nyakuza Hat Flairs
Event Hat Flairs
These hats were given out at specific events such as being a backer and being in a Speedrun event.
|Kid's Hat||-||Yes||Speedrun event||Gives Hat Kid's favorite hat a bow, and a digital timer.|
|Kid's Hat||-||Yes||Backer exclusive||Gives Hat Kid's favorite hat a bow, and a green rose.|
|Blueberry Pie||-||Changes Hat Kid's shirt and hat dark blue, her cape and ribbon yellow, her pants off white, her boots tan, and dyes her hair blonde.|
|Forest Critter||-||Change's Hat Kid's shirt and hat forest green, her cape and ribbon strong yellow green, her pants white, her boots brown, her clasp orange and dyes her hair blonde.
This makes her look like Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
|Minty Fresh||-||Turns Hat Kid's shirt and hat olive green, her cape and ribbon moss green, her clasp honey yellow and dyes her hair ash blonde.|
|Margin of Night||☆||Changes Hat Kid's shirt scarlet, her hat and pants wine red, her cape purple, her boots brown, her clasp rose, her ribbon crimson and dyes her hair lapis.
These colors are the same as Niko from the indie game OneShot. This is made obvious by the fact that Nightmargin is the online name of the main artist, character designer, musician, and co-writer of OneShot.
|The Freedom||☆||Changes Hat Kid's shirt and hat white, her cape red, her pants and boots blue, her cape red, and her ribbon lilac while dying her hair the same color.
This color is based off of Lilac from the game series Freedom Planet.
|Captain of the Sea||☆☆||Changes Hat Kid's shirt and ribbon navy, her hat, cape and shoes white, her pants space blue and her clasp and zipper yellow.|
|Cookie Dough||☆☆||Changes Hat Kid's shirt, hat and boots lemon, her cape and ribbon pink, and her pants and clasp purple.|
|The Blood Moon||☆☆||
Changes Hat Kid's shirt and hat dark red, her cape, ribbon and pants black, and her claps, zipper, boots and hair white.
|Cute ‘n Dangerous||☆☆☆||
Turns Hat Kid's shirt, hat and boots pink, her cape and ribbon fucsia, her clasp blue, her zipper gold and dyes her hair blonde.
This is the same color palette as Princess Peach from the Mario series.
|The Big Appetite||☆☆☆||Changes Hat Kid's shirt and hat purple, her cape and ribbon yellow, her pants violet, her boots green, her clasp a light pink and dyes her hair black.
This palette is the same as Wario, one of the antagonists of the Mario series. It also looks similar to Hat Kid's regular clothing.
|The Widow||☆☆☆||Turns Hat Kid's shirt and hat crow black, her cape, ribbon and pants ink black, her clasp turquoise, her zipper tawny brown and dyes her hair black.|
These color palettes are added with DLC. Cardboard is added with Seal the Deal and the rest with Nyakuza Metro. None of these dyes are found in the Roulette, and instead are bought from NPCs or rewards for completing certain challenges.
|Cardboard||Reward for clearing Snatcher Coins in Mafia Town|
This palette is Seal the Deal exclusive
Gives a cardboard texture to Hat Kid's clothing.
|Green Bean||Bought from a cat near the Empress's Jewelry Store for 25 pons.
Makes Hat Kid's shirt and top hat band a dark blue, and her hat and cape a light green.
|Dignified||Bought from a cat near the Empress's Jewelry Store for 75 pons
Gives Hat Kid a dark red diamond pattern on her shirt, and a gray cape.
|Obnoxious||Bought from a cat near the Empress's Jewelry Store for 75 pons
Gives a square pattern to her cape, having extremely saturated shades of sky blue and yellow, her shirt a saturated blue, pants a bright pink, and shoes yellow.
|Mixed Berries||Bought from a cat in Main Station for 25 pons
Changes Hat Kid's shirt to blue, her cape to red, and her pants white.
|Citrus||Bought from a cat in Main Station next to the yellow ticket gate for 75 pons
Gives Hat Kid a lemon-lime color scheme.
|Fortress||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station next to the blue ticket gate for 25 pons
This Dye, alongside the Battlements dye, is based off of Team Fortress 2, and its own paint system for its various cosmetics. The reds and oranges are likely in reference to that game's RED team.
|Battlements||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station next to the blue ticket gate for 75 pons
This Dye, alongside the Fortress dye, is based off of Team Fortress 2, and its own paint system for its various cosmetics. The blues and yellows are likely in reference to that game's BLU team.
|The Justice||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station next to the blue ticket gate for 75 pons
|Cherry Soda||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station right after one of the yellow ticket gate for 25 pons
Changes Hat Kid's shirt a bright red, her cape white, and pants black.
|Busy Bee||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station right after one of the yellow ticket gate for 25 pons
Gives Hat Kid the color scheme of a bumblebee.
|Coffee with Cream||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station right after one of the yellow ticket gate for 75 pons
Changes Hat Kid's shirt to a brown to white gradient, her cape white, and pants a dark brown.
|Pizza Time||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station right after one of the yellow ticket gate for 75 pons
The name references an iconic line from the 2004 movie Spider-Man 2.
|Bleeding Edge||Bought from a cat near the bluefin ticket seller in Bluefin Tunnel for 25 pons
This skin seems to reference Shadow the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
|Milky Way||Bought from a cat near the bluefin ticket seller in Bluefin Tunnel for 75 pons
Gives Hat Kid's shirt and shoes a light blue color, her cape magenta, along with a star pattern, her pants white, and blonde hair.
|Ribbit||Bought from a cat near the pink ticket seller for 25 pons
Gives Hat Kid a frog-like color scheme.
Some think this could represent Yoshi from the Yoshi’s Island and Mario series or Tamagon in Devil World.
|Anarchy||Bought from a cat near the pink ticket seller for 75 pons
Makes Hat Kid's cape indigo, her hair and pants a light blue, and her shirt have a black and purple striped pattern.
|Too Hot to Handle||Bought from a cat seller for 75 pons
Makes Hat Kid's hair orange, and puts a fire pattern on her cape and shirt.
Changes the music played in certain levels and areas. They can be adjusted by the Wowl Band, whom are found on the Spaceship one the player has collected their first remix. Train Rush Electronic Remix and Your Contract Has Expired Orchestral Remix can only be found on PC and Switch, however it is possible to get the band to play the Train Rush remix on consoles.
The Seal the Deal DLC also adds costumes for Hat Kid to wear. To unlock these costumes, however, she must complete several of the Snatcher's challenges. Nyakuza Metro also adds some more costumes that can be bought from the cats found around the metro.
|Virtual Kid Outfit||Complete the Death Wish challenge Beat the Heat||A version of Hat Kid where she looks like she came straight from a Nintendo 64 game|
|Raincoat Costume||Complete the Death Wish challenge Vault Codes in the Wind||This is the same outfit Hat Kid wears during She Came from Outerspace and Down with the Mafia!|
|Detective Outfit||Complete the candle challenge Snatcher Coins in Battle of the Birds||This is the outfit Hat Kid wears during Murder on the Owl Express.|
|The Queen's Dress Costume||Complete the candle challenge Snatcher Coins in Subcon Forest||This is the outfit Queen Vanessa wears in the Storybook Pages.|
|Hiking Shorts Costume||Complete the candle challenge Snatcher Coins in Alpine Skyline||This outfit is the same outfit that Banjo wears in Banjo Kazooie.|
|Transcendent Costume||Complete the Death Wish challenge The Illness Has Speedrun||Changes Hat Kid a space-like texture, and makes her eye closed.|
|Metallic Costume||Complete the Death Wish challenge Rift Collapse:Dead Bird Studio||This costume makes Hat Kid look like Metal Mario from Super Mario 64.|
|Parade Costume||Complete the Death Wish challenge Killing Two Birds||This is the outfit Hat Kid wears during The Big Parade.|
|Witch Costume||Complete the Death Wish challenge Breaching the Contract||Gives Hat Kid a black dress with a purple belt, and an engraving of The Snatcher's face on the shirt's purple collar.|
|24 Karat Kid Costume||Complete the Death Wish challenge No More Bad Guys||Makes Hat Kid look shiny and golden.|
|Shadow Puppet||Complete the Death Wish challenge Seal the Deal||This costume makes Hat Kid look similar to The Snatcher himself.|
|Nyakuza Varsity Jacket||Bought from one of the three alley cats near the jewel store for 225 pons||A purple hoodie with yellow sleeves, cat-shaped pockets, a gold zipper, and a cat tail hanging from the back.|
|Comfy Sweater||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station next to the blue ticket gate for 200 pons||A purple sweater, with an image of a hot mug on it.|
|Wireframe||Bought from a cat in Yellow Overpass Station right after a yellow ticket gate for 200 pons||This outfit also augments Hat Kid's hats to show up as a wireframe too, superseding any flairs equipped to show the base hat's wireframe.|
- The Time Stop Hat has no Flairs on console version, but has some on the PC and Switch versions of the game.
- The Brewing Hat is the only hat to have only one Flair, outside of the Nyakuza Metro DLC
- A contest was held on Kickstarter to decide on a design for the Backer exclusive hat. The winning design ended up being unused, but a model for it still remains in the game's files.
- Despite adding in many new Dyes, Flairs and Costumes, the Nyakuza Metro DLC has all of its customization options purchased exclusively through its many Gang Sellers, with none being featured in the Roulette.