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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
Shape Footprint

Inkay (マーイーカ Maika) is a dual-type Dark/Psychic Pokémon that evolves into Malamar. It was first introduced in Generation VI.



Inkay is a Pokémon based on a Cuttlefish. It's body has a pink head with hypnotizing lights and it has blue skin.

Game data

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
X/Y Route 8, Azure Bay Common

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 Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
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


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


In the anime

Main article: James' Inkay

Inkay appeared in XY003, when James caught it.


  • Despite its cuttlefish-like appearance, it doesn't have the 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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