Inkay first appeared while Team Rocket was dining at a café in Lumiose City. As Team Rocket were busy celebrating news from Giovanni, Inkay stole their food and proceeded to eat it from under their table. While Team Rocket were on their balloon, the same Inkay from before approached them when they dropped their sandwich and sprayed ink at them. After Team Rocket cleaned themselves off, James scanned the Inkay to get some details about it and the Team Rocket trio attempted to battle it with Wobbuffet. However, James offered Inkay some food instead as bait. While Inkay was distracted, James threw a Poké Ball at it and caught it, much to the horror of Jessie and Meowth.
Inkay appears to be a sneaky and mischievous Pokémon, as it was seen stealing food from Team Rocket and then followed them in their balloon. It seems to love food and would often go out of its way to steal it. However, James at one point used this to his advantage to capture Inkay.