カラマネロ Karamanero
Generation VI
Evolutionary line
Type Dark  Type Psychic
Species Overturning Pokémon
Abilities Contrary
Suction Cups
Infiltrator (DW)
Inkay ← 687 → Binacle
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Coastal Kalos 011
Alola 027
Evolves from Inkay
Evolves into None
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
103.6 lbs. 47.0 kg 4'11" 1.5 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Blue Water 1
Water 2
Shape Footprint

Malamar (カラマネロ Karamanero) is a Dark/Psychic Pokémon introduced in Generation VI.



Malamar is an amphibious Pokémon that resembles an upside-down squid. It has sinister-looking yellow eyes with light purple eyelids that have a squinted appearance. It has a magenta beak for a mouth. Malamar has a fringe of bluish tentacles sprouting from its head, and an oblong deep purple body with yellow patches and spots that form a pattern on its belly. Two long arm-like tentacles sprout from its shoulders; they are magenta and pastel purple in color, with white fins at the tips. Malamar stands upright on two large white sharp-edged fins on either side of its lower body, which it uses as legs.


Malamar is the evolved form of Inkay. Its evolution method is very unique, as it evolves from Inkay at level 30 only when the 3DS is held upside down.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
X/Y Evolve Inkay None
OR/AS Trade None

Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
It wields the most compelling hypnotic powers of any Pokémon, and it forces others to do whatever it wants.
It lures its prey close with hypnotic motions, then wraps its tentacles around it before finishing it off with digestive fluids.
Omega Ruby
It wields the most compelling hypnotic powers of any Pokémon, and it forces others to do whatever it wants.
Alpha Sapphire
It lures its prey close with hypnotic motions, then wraps its tentacles around it before finishing it off with digestive fluids.
Ultra Sun
When it comes to strong hypnosis, there’s an endless number of people who utilize Malamar for their nefarious deeds.
Ultra Moon
It flashes the pattern on its torso to control its prey and draw them in. The edges of its fins are supremely sharp.


Base Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def


Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Superpower 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical
1 Reversal - 100% 15 Fighting Physical
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
Malamar XY Malamar XY MalamarSpriteBack XY
MalamarSpriteShiny XY MalamarSpriteShiny XY MalamarSpriteBackShiny XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Back


Three Malamar appeared in the very first episode of the XY series, swimming along with some Water-type Pokémon.

A Malamar made its appearance as an evil, rogue Pokémon who used its hypnotic abilities to put Ash's friends, Pikachu, Team Rocket (bar Meowth), Officer Jenny, and several other Pokémon in a trance in A Conspiracy to Conquer!. This very same Malamar appeared again where it faced off against James' Inkay in Facing the Grand Design! and partnered up with two other evil Malamar.

Several other Malamar also made an appearance in Facing the Grand Design!. However, unlike the three evil Malamars, they appeared to be gentle and kind to both humans and Pokémon and would fight for freedom, peace, honor and justice. When the three evil Malamars kidnapped everyone except for Clemont, James and Meowth, they joined forces with them along with several Inkays on a rescue mission to stop the evil Malamars from fulfilling their dark plans and save their friends from mortal danger.


  • Despite living in water and being based on a cuttlefish and a squid, Malamar, along with its pre-evolution, Inkay is not a Water-type.


Its appearance is that of a squid, upside-down.


Malamar's name comes from the words 'malicious' and 'calamar' (Spanish for squid or cuttlefish). It may also double as a pun on the American sweet product Mallomars.