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Type Dark  Type Psychic
Species Revolving Pokémon
Abilities Contrary
Suction Cups
Infiltrator (DW)
Slurpuff ← 686 → Malamar
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Coastal Kalos 010
Evolves From None
Evolves Into Malamar
マーイーカ Maika
Generation VI
Evolutionary Line
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
7.7 lbs. 3.5 kg 1'04" 0.4 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Blue Water 1
Water 2
Body Style Footprint

Inkay (Japanese: マーイーカ Maika) is a Dark/Psychic-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VI.



Inkay is a small amphibious Pokémon that resembles a cuttlefish. Its body is round and blue in color, with a fringe of short tentacles forming its underside. Inkay has very large round black eyes and a small pink beak-like smiling mouth. It has a pinkish white-finned cap-like feature with four bioluminescent yellow spots atop its head. Two short white arm-like tentacles sprout from either side of its cap. When in battle, Inkay uses the luminescent yellow patches on its pink cap to hypnotize its foes.

Game info

Game locations

Inkay Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
X/Y Route 8, Azure Bay Common
OR/AS Trade None

Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Opponents who stare at the flashing of the light-emitting spots on its body become dazed and lose their will to fight.
It flashes the light-emitting spots on its body, which drains its opponent's will to fight. It takes the opportunity to scuttle away and hide.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical

1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical

1 Constrict 10 100% 35 Normal Physical

4 Reflect - -% 20 Psychic Status

8 Foul Play 95 100% 15 Dark Physical

12 Swagger - 90% 15 Normal Status

13 Psywave - 100% 15 Psychic Special

15 Topsy-Turvy - 100% 20 Dark Status

18 Hypnosis - 60% 20 Psychic Status

21 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic Special

23 Switcheroo - 100% 10 Dark Status

27 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical

31 Light Screen - -% 30 Psychic Status

35 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical

39 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical

43 Slash 70 100% 20 Normal Physical

46 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical

48 Superpower 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

3D Models

X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
InkaySprite XY InkaySpriteBack XY
InkaySpriteShiny XY InkaySpriteBackShiny XY


Inkay can be evolved to a Malamar at level 30 while having a Pokémon Battle while holding the 3DS upside-down.



Main article: James' Inkay

Inkay appeared in A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, when James caught it.


  • Despite its cuttlefish-like appearance, it isn't a Water-type.
  • Inkay's method of evolution is the most unusual of all evolution methods. Its method is the only evolution method that need the player to do something with the platform, rather than the program.
    • There was a "PokéGod" rumor during the first generation saying that, if you hold the Game Boy upside down while Lickitung evolves, it will evolve into Luigi from the Mario Bros. series, this was, however, an April's Fools prank.


Inkay comes from ink and spray.


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