Inkay < Malamar > Binacle
Overturning Pokémon
Dark.gif Psychic.gif
4'11" (1.5m)
103.6 lbs (47kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Catch Rate
EV Yield

Malamar (カラマネロ) is the 11th Pokémon in the Kalos Coastal Pokédex. It is a Dark/Psychic-Type, and is known as the Overturning Pokémon.

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 the three defensive screens and Substitute.

Inkay can evolve into Malamar once it reaches Level 30 and holding the Nintendo 3DS is upside-down.

Malamar is in the Egg Groups Water 1 and Water 2, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 steps to hatch. It takes Malamar One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.




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.

Gender Differences

Malamar doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.

Game Information

Original Games

Malamar cannot be found in the wild in Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The only way to obtain one is to evolve an Inkay.

Spin-Off Games

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.

Anime/Manga Information


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.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

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.

Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
X/Y None Evolve Inkay
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire None Trade
Sun/Moon None Transfer or Trade
Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon None Evolve Inkay

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
VI X It wields the most compelling hypnotic powers of any Pokémon, and it forces others to do whatever it wants.
Y It lures prey close with hypnotic motions, then wraps its tentacles around it before finishing it off with digestive fluids.
Omega Ruby It wields the most compelling hypnotic powers of any Pokémon, and it forces others to do whatever it wants.
Alpha Sapphire It lures its prey close with hypnotic motions, then wraps its tentacles around it before finishing it off with digestive fluids.
VII Sun Not Available
Moon Not Available
Ultra Sun When it comes to strong hypnosis, there’s an endless number of people who utilize Malamar for their nefarious deeds.
Ultra Moon It flashes the pattern on its torso to control its prey and draw them in. The edges of its fins are supremely sharp.


Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 282 376 .
170 189 283 311
162 181 275 302
Sp. Atk
126 141 235 258
Sp. Def
139 155 249 273
135 151 245 269


For learnsets from previous generations, see here

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Reversal Fighting.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
Start Tackle Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Peck Flying.gif 35 100 Physical.png
Start Constrict Normal.gif 10 100 Physical.png
Start Reflect Psychic.gif -- 100 Other.png
4 Reflect Psychic.gif -- 100 Other.png
8 Foul Play Dark.gif 95 100 Physical.png
12 Swagger Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
13 Psywave Psychic.gif ?? 100 Special.png
15 Topsy-Turvy Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
18 Hypnosis Psychic.gif -- 60 Other.png
21 Psybeam Psychic.gif 65 100 Special.png
23 Switcheroo Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
27 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
31 Light Screen Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
35 Pluck Flying.gif 60 100 Physical.png
39 Psycho Cut Psychic.gif 70 100 Physical.png
43 Slash Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
46 Night Slash Dark.gif 70 100 Physical.png
48 Superpower Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png


TM/HM - Gen 7
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM03 Psyshock Psychic.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM04 Calm Mind Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM12 Taunt Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM16 Light Screen Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM24 Thunderbolt Electric.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM29 Psychic Psychic.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM33 Reflect Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM35 Flamethrower Fire.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying.gif 60 -- Physical.png
TM41 Torment Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM46 Thief Dark.gif 40 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM59 Brutal Swing Dark.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM63 Embargo Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM66 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM77 Psych Up Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM92 Trick Room Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM97 Dark Pulse Dark.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Camouflage Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Destiny Bond Ghost.gif -- -- Other.png
Flatter Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
Guard Swap Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Power Split Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Simple Beam Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png

* Guard Swap is exclusive to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Via Move Tutor

Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Ally Switch Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Bind Normal.gif 15 85 Physical.png
Block Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Foul Play Dark.gif 95 100 Physical.png
Knock Off Dark.gif 65 100 Physical.png
Role Play Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Signal Beam Bug.gif 75 100 Special.png
Snatch Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 50 100 Special.png
Spite Ghost.gif -- 100 Other.png
Superpower Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Telekinesis Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Throat Chop Dark.gif 80 100 Physical.png


Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Breakneck Blitz Normal.gif 200*/200* -- Physical.png Special.png
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 190 -- Physical.png
Supersonic Skystrike Flying.gif 120 -- Physical.png
Continental Crush Rock.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Savage Spin-Out Bug.gif 140 -- Special.png
Inferno Overdrive Fire.gif 175 -- Special.png
Gigavolt Havoc Electric.gif 175 -- Special.png
Shattered Psyche Psychic.gif 140*/175* -- Physical.png Special.png
Black Hole Eclipse Dark.gif 175*/160* -- Physical.png Special.png

Evolution Line

Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level 30
(Holding the 3DS Upside-Down)

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages
Psychic.gif Bug.gif

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