Inkay (Pokémon)

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#687: Malamar Malamar
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Inkay (disambiguation).
Inkay
Revolving Pokémon
マーイーカ
Maaiika
#686
Inkay



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Dark Psychic
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Suction Cups or Contrary Cacophony
Cacophony
Infiltrator
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
190 (24.8%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Water 1 and Water 2
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'04" 0.4 m
Inkay
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
7.7 lbs. 3.5 kg
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Mega Stone
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#686
Kanto
#000
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Coastal
#010
Kalos
#000
Alola
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
58
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Inkay
0
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body10.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
FUnknown.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

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

It evolves into Malamar starting at level 30 when leveled up while the Nintendo 3DS system is held upside-down.

Biology

Inkay is a primarily blue squid-like Pokémon. It has a transparent mantle that resembles a hat with a pink "inner body" overlaid with yellow lights. Those who stare at those lights become dazed and lose their will to battle, allowing Inkay to escape. It has two tendril-like tentacles that hang from this "hat", similar to some styles of winter hats, and these tentacles hang next to its six short arms. Its eyes are round and have pupils, but no identifiable iris. Inkay also has a small, pink, beak-like mouth set between its eyes. It and its evolution, Malamar are the only known Pokémon capable of learning Topsy-Turvy.

In the anime

Inkay in the anime

Major appearances

James's Inkay

An Inkay appeared in A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, which James caught while he was eating sandwiches. When James traveled to Alola in Loading the Dex!, Inkay was revealed to have been left at Team Rocket HQ.

Other

Multiple wild Inkay appeared in Facing the Grand Design!, where James's Inkay helped save them, as well as some good Malamar, from the evil Malamar. James tried to release Inkay afterwards so Inkay could be happy with the other Inkay but Inkay rejoined his team.

Pokédex entries

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Inkay debuted in Kangaskhan...Kangascan't, where it was seen with its Trainer, a male Poké Fan.

Xerosic's Malamar was revealed to have been under his ownership since he was an Inkay. He evolved when Lysandre explained his peculiar evolution method, demonstrating it by turning Inkay upside-down, making him evolve instantly. He showed up in a flashback in Chesnaught Protects.

In the Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King manga

Kanna owned an Inkay.

In the TCG

Main article: Inkay (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Inkay appears as a Poké Ball summon in both versions of the game. It will turn over and hit the ground, making all opponents who are on the ground trip.

Trophy information

NA: Inkay may look like a Water-type Pokémon, but it's actually a Dark/Psychic type! Once it has reached the proper level, Inkay can evolve into Malamar if you hold the Nintendo 3DS upside down. In Smash Bros., its Topsy-Turvy move will flip anyone who wanders too close upside down. Watch out!

PAL: A Pokémon that looks this much like a squid MUST be a Water-type, right? Wrong! It's a Dark- and Psychic-type. If you're struggling to get it to evolve, try holding your system upside down. In this game, Inkay's Topsy-Turvy move can knock you over, and you won't be much use like that, so watch out!

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI
X Opponents who stare at the flashing of the light-emitting spots on its body become dazed and lose their will to fight.
Y 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 Opponents who stare at the flashing of the light-emitting spots on its body become dazed and lose their will to fight.
Alpha Sapphire 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.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI
X Y
Route 8, Azure Bay, Friend Safari (Dark)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Mountain of Order: Stage 4
Shuffle
Roseus Center: Stage 251
Rumble World
Starlight Islands: Upside-Down Island (All Areas)
Picross
Area 17: Stage 01

In events

Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
XY Pokémon Center Tokyo Bay Inkay All Japan 10 November 22, 2013 to January 26, 2014;
December 26, 2013 to January 26, 2014

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Aspear Berry Aspear Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 53
113 - 160 216 - 310
Attack: 54
53 - 116 101 - 227
Defense: 53
52 - 115 99 - 225
Sp.Atk: 37
37 - 97 71 - 190
Sp.Def: 46
45 - 107 87 - 210
Speed: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Total: 288   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VII
Other generations:
VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
011 Constrict Normal Physical 01010 100100% 35
044 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 —% 20
088 Foul Play Dark Physical 09595 100100% 15
1212 Swagger Normal Status 0000 08585% 15
1313 Psywave Psychic Special 0000 100100% 15
1515 Topsy-Turvy Dark Status 0000 —% 20
1818 Hypnosis Psychic Status 0000 06060% 20
2121 Psybeam Psychic Special 06565 100100% 20
2323 Switcheroo Dark Status 0000 100100% 10
2727 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100100% 10
3131 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
3535 Pluck Flying Physical 06060 100100% 20
3939 Psycho Cut Psychic Physical 07070 100100% 20
4343 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
4646 Night Slash Dark Physical 07070 100100% 15
4848 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Inkay
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Inkay

By TM/HM

Generation VII
Other generations:
VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM04Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM12Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM16Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM18Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM24Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM29Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TM33Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM33 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM35Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM40Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
TM41Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM41 Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM63Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM63 Embargo Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM66Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM77Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM77 Psych Up Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM80Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM92Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM92 Trick Room Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM97Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM97 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Inkay
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Inkay

By breeding

Generation VII
Other generations:
VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
StunfiskSkrelpDragalge Camouflage Normal Status —% 20
Qwilfish Destiny Bond Ghost Status —% 5
Totodile Flatter* Dark Status 100% 15
Surskit Power Split* Psychic Status —% 10
Psyduck Simple Beam* Normal Status 100% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Inkay in Generation VII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Inkay in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Inkay
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Inkay

By tutoring

Generation VII
Other generations:
VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Inkay can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Inkay cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Inkay
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Inkay

Side game data

Pokémon Battle Trozei
Dark
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT686.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Dark
None.png Attack Power: 40 - 60 Raise Max Level.png 0

#365
Shuffle686.png

Mega Boost+
Fills the Mega Gauge of the same type of Pokémon more.


Evolution

Inkay
Unevolved
Inkay
 Dark  Psychic 
Rare Candy
Level 30
(hold 3DS upside down)

Malamar
First evolution
Malamar
 Dark  Psychic 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 686.png Spr b 6x 686.png Spr 6x 686.png Spr b 6x 686.png
Spr 6x 686 s.png Spr b 6x 686 s.png Spr 6x 686 s.png Spr b 6x 686 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Spr 7s 686.png Spr b 7s 686.png
Spr 7s 686 s.png Spr b 7s 686 s.png
Front Back
686MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Inkay images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Inkay and Malamar have several unique attributes:
    • In addition to Inkay's method of evolution into Malamar being unique, it would have been impossible in any of the previous core series Pokémon games, because the Nintendo 3DS is Nintendo's first handheld system with an internal gyroscope.
    • They are the only Pokémon in the Water 2 Egg Group that are not Water-type.
    • They are the only Pokémon that can have the ability Contrary without it being their Hidden Ability.
  • Inkay and its evolution were designed by Hitoshi Ariga.[1]

Origin

Inkay is based on a squid or a cuttlefish. Considering its flashing abilities, Inkay may have been inspired by the vampire or humboldt squids, or by deimatic behaviour in cephalopods as a whole.

Name origin

Inkay may be a combination of ink or inkfish and okay.

Maaiika may be a combination of 魔 ma (demon) and 烏賊 ika (cuttlefish or squid) or 真烏賊 maika (Japanese flying squid). It may also involve a pun of まあ,いいか Mā, iika (Well, whatever; Oh well).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese マーイーカ Maaiika From ma, 烏賊 ika or 真烏賊 maika, and まあ,いいか Mā, iika
France Flag.png French Sepiatop From sepia, top, and c'est pas top
Spain Flag.png Spanish Inkay Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Iscalar From Kalmare and Ja ne, is klar
Italy Flag.png Italian Inkay Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 오케이징 Okijing From OK and 오징어 ojing'eo
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 毫喇魷 Hòuhlāyāu From 好啦 hou lā and yāu
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 豪喇花枝 Háolǎhuāzhī From 好啦 hǎo la and 花枝 huāzhī


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Notes

  1. Pocket Monsters XY by HitoshiAriga on deviantART

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