Malamar can use one of two Abilities: Contrary, which reverses the intended effects of moves that adjust its Statistics; or Suction Cups, which protects it from being forced out of battle via an opponent's attack. Malamar's Hidden Ability is Infiltrator, which ignores the effects and protections provided by and Substitute.
Inkay can evolve into Malamar once it reaches Level 30 and holding the Nintendo 3DS is upside-down.
Malamar takes on the appearance of a purple upside-down calamari. Its tentacles are on its head, and it has a small beak on its face.
Malamar doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.
Malamar has yet to appear in a Spin-Off Game as of writing.
Trading Card Game
Malamar is listed twice in the XY Set as a Rare Card.
Malamar has yet to appear in the Anime as of writing.
Malamar has yet to appear in any of the films as of writing.
Malamar has yet to appear in the Manga as of writing.
Malamar resides in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. With an ability in Contrary that works in conjunction with Superpower to act as a pseudo Bulk Up, Malamar can pose a significant threat to opposing teams. Its Fighting/Dark coverage handles the majority of the tier very well, making it difficult to deal with once it gets going. With full investment in HP and Special Defense, Malamar can take some strong special attacks in Choice Specs Swellow's Boomburst and Magmortar's Fire Blast. It commonly runs a RestTalk set with Superpower and Knock Off to hammer at opposing foes. Malamar's downfalls are its lackluster defensive typing which does not offer any resistances and gives it a vulnerability to Bug-type attacks which can be exploited rather easily.
Malamar is also viable in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. It can act as a great stallbreaker due to the combination of Contrary and Superpower making it a legitimate threat against teams with a few boosts under its belt. Malamar's bulk is decent to the point where it can set up on slower walls. Its access to Knock Off allows for it to remove Leftovers or boosting items against opposing foes while giving it a strong STAB to work with, making it harder to deal with. Malamar's flaws lie in its mediocre typing, massive weakness to Bug attacks, such as U-turn, a lackluster Speed stat, and average bulk in general.
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