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This is a page on the Pokemon Malamar, including its Learnset 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 more.

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Malamar - Type and Abilities

Malamar - Type

Type 1 Type 2
Dark Image Psychic Image

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Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
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Takes 2x damage
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Takes 0.5x damage
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
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Name Description
Contrary Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.
Suction Cups Negates all moves that force switching out.

Hidden Ability

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

Egg Group

Egg Groups
Water 1 Image Water 1 Water 2 Image Water 2

Effort Values (EV) Earned

Effort Values (EV) Earned

Base Stats of Malamar

86 86 (#80)
92 92 (#114)
88 88 (#111)
Sp. Atk
68 68 (#165)
Sp. Def
75 75 (#163)
73 73 (#135)
Total Base Stats
482 (#142)

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Evolution Chart of Malamar

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MalamarMalamar Evolves from Inkay by reaching Level 30 with Joy-con held upside-down

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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 levling 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

Learnset of Malamar

Learnset by Leveling Up

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

Learnset by TM

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

Learnset by TR

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

Learnset through a Move Tutor

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

Learnset via Egg Moves

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

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