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Malamar - Evolutions, Location, and Learnset

Malamar - Evolutions, Location, and Learnset

This is a page on the Pokemon Malamar, including its learnable moves and where it can be found in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for information on how to evolve Inkay to Malamar, as well as Malamar's evolutions, abilities, type advantages, and location.

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Malamar - Type and Abilities

Malamar - Type

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Pokemon - Malamar
Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Psychic Image

Malamar Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Bug Type Icon
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fairy Type Icon
Takes 0.5x damage
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Psychic Type Icon

Malamar Pokédex Entries

Gazing at its luminescent spots will quickly induce a hypnotic state, putting the observer under Malamar’s control.
It’s said that Malamar’s hypnotic powers played a role in certain history-changing events.

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Malamar Abilities

Name Description
Contrary Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.
Suction Cups Negates all moves that force switching out.

Malamar Hidden Ability

Name Description
Infiltrator Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes.

Malamar Egg Group

Egg Groups
Pokemon - Water 1 Egg GroupWater 1 Pokemon - Water 2 Egg GroupWater 2

Effort Values (EV) Earned

Effort Values (EV) Earned

Base Stats of Malamar

Sp. Atk
Sp. Def
Total Base Stats

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Evolution Chart of Malamar

Evolution Line
Inkay ImageInkay Lvl 30 (Hold the console upside down)
Malamar ImageMalamar

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How to Evolve Inkay into Malamar

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In order for you to evolve Inkay into Malamar you must level up your Inkay to Level 30. When leveling up during a battle, or when you give Inkay an Exp. Candy, and while in handheld mode, turn your Nintendo Switch upside down to evolve your Inkay into a Malamar after the battle.

Take note that this will only work during handheld mode, and will not work when in docked mode.

Turn on the Gyroscope Setting

Make sure that the Gyroscope option is turned on in the Settings menu. Evolving Inkay into Malamar will only work when the Gyroscope Setting is turned on.

When to turn the Switch upside-down

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During battle, when you receive the Exp. Points, and just before hitting the A button, turn your Nintendo Switch upside down when in handheld mode. Then, press the A button and Inkay will evolve in to Malamar.

When giving the Inkay Exp. Candy, you need to turn your Nintendo Switch upside after using the Exp. Candy and before hitting the A button. After you've turn your Nintendo Switch upside-down, hit the A button and your Inkay will evolve into Malamar.

Locations Where Malamar Appears

Where to find Malamar

Random Encounter

There are no maps where this Pokemon appears.

Visible Encounter

Map Weather
Fields of Honor
Rain Cloudy
Soothing Wetlands
Rain Cloudy
Challenge Beach
Rain Cloudy
Loop Lagoon
Rain Cloudy
Training Lowlands
Rain Cloudy

Raid Encounter

Location Hidden Ability?
West Lake Axewell Den (A) No
Watchtower Ruins Rare Den (C) Yes
Motostoke Riverbank Rare Den (B) Yes
Stony Wilderness Den (E) No
Stony Wilderness Rare Den (I) Yes
Stony Wilderness Special Den (F) Yes
Giant's Mirror Rare Den (B) Yes
Hammerlocke Hills Rare Den (G) Yes
Honeycalm Sea Rare Den B Yes
Honeycalm Sea Den B Yes
Workout Sea Rare Den B Yes
Workout Sea Den B Yes
Challenge Road Rare Den A Yes
Challenge Road Den A Yes
Soothing Wetlands Rare Den F Yes
Soothing Wetlands Den F Yes

See our detailed maps for info on all Pokemon locations and Raid Battles around the Crown Tundra!
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Catch Malamar in Dynamax Adventures!

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Malamar is one of the Pokemon you can find and catch during your Dynamax Adventures in The Crown Tundra DLC. Catching Pokemon in the Max Lair has a 100% chance of success, no matter what Pokeball you use, and even for Legendary Pokemon!

You can see a Pokemon's type before you decide which path to take, so rally your friends and get hunting!

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Learnset of Malamar

Learnset by Leveling Up

Lv. Move Type Power Acc. PP
Base Peck Pokemon Flying Image 35 100 35
Base Hypnosis Pokemon Psychic Image - 60 20
Base Reversal Pokemon Fighting Image - 100 15
Base Tackle Pokemon Normal Image 40 100 35
Base Wrap Pokemon Normal Image 15 90 20
9 Payback Pokemon Dark Image 50 100 10
12 Pluck Pokemon Flying Image 60 100 20
15 Psybeam Pokemon Psychic Image 65 100 20
18 Swagger Pokemon Normal Image - 85 15
21 Slash Pokemon Normal Image 70 100 20
24 Night Slash Pokemon Dark Image 70 100 15
27 Psycho Cut Pokemon Psychic Image 70 100 20
33 Switcheroo Pokemon Dark Image - 100 10
37 Foul Play Pokemon Dark Image 95 100 15
42 Topsy-Turvy Pokemon Dark Image - - 20
47 Superpower Pokemon Fighting Image 120 100 5

Learnset by TM

No. Move Type Power Acc. PP
TM08 Hyper Beam Pokemon Normal Image 150 90 5
TM09 Giga Impact Pokemon Normal Image 150 90 5
TM17 Light Screen Pokemon Psychic Image - - 30
TM18 Reflect Pokemon Psychic Image - - 20
TM21 Rest Pokemon Psychic Image - - 10
TM22 Rock Slide Pokemon Rock Image 75 90 10
TM23 Thief Pokemon Dark Image 60 100 25
TM24 Snore Pokemon Normal Image 50 100 15
TM25 Protect Pokemon Normal Image - - 10
TM26 Scary Face Pokemon Normal Image - 100 10
TM31 Attract Pokemon Normal Image - 100 15
TM33 Rain Dance Pokemon Water Image - - 5
TM34 Sunny Day Pokemon Fire Image - - 5
TM39 Facade Pokemon Normal Image 70 100 20
TM47 Fake Tears Pokemon Dark Image - 100 20
TM57 Payback Pokemon Dark Image 50 100 10
TM59 Fling Pokemon Dark Image - 100 10
TM61 Guard Swap Pokemon Psychic Image - - 10
TM69 Psycho Cut Pokemon Psychic Image 70 100 20
TM70 Trick Room Pokemon Psychic Image - - 5
TM76 Round Pokemon Normal Image 60 100 15
TM79 Retaliate Pokemon Normal Image 70 100 5
TM97 Brutal Swing Pokemon Dark Image 60 100 20

Learnset by TR

No. Move Type Power Acc. PP
TR02 Flamethrower Pokemon Fire Image 90 100 15
TR08 Thunderbolt Pokemon Electric Image 90 100 15
TR11 Psychic Pokemon Psychic Image 90 100 10
TR20 Substitute Pokemon Normal Image - - 10
TR21 Reversal Pokemon Fighting Image - 100 15
TR25 Psyshock Pokemon Psychic Image 80 100 10
TR26 Endure Pokemon Normal Image - - 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Pokemon Normal Image - - 10
TR29 Baton Pass Pokemon Normal Image - - 40
TR34 Future Sight Pokemon Psychic Image 120 100 10
TR37 Taunt Pokemon Dark Image - 100 20
TR39 Superpower Pokemon Fighting Image 120 100 5
TR49 Calm Mind Pokemon Psychic Image - - 20
TR58 Dark Pulse Pokemon Dark Image 80 100 15
TR68 Nasty Plot Pokemon Dark Image - - 20
TR81 Foul Play Pokemon Dark Image 95 100 15
TR82 Stored Power Pokemon Psychic Image 20 100 10
TR83 Ally Switch Pokemon Psychic Image - - 15
TR95 Throat Chop Pokemon Dark Image 80 100 15
TR98 Liquidation Pokemon Water Image 85 100 10

Learnset through a Move Tutor

Move Type Power Acc. PP
Expanding Force Pokemon Psychic Image 80 100 10
Lash Out Pokemon Dark Image 75 100 5

Learnset via Egg Moves

Move Type Power Acc. PP
Disable Pokemon Normal Image - 100 20
Acupressure Pokemon Normal Image - - 30
Destiny Bond Pokemon Ghost Image - - 5

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