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How to evolve Inkay

If you’re wondering how to evolve Inkay, generation six’s teeny tiny squid Pokémon, we’ve got the only guide you need to meet Malamar.

How to evolve Inkay: Inkay and Malamar in front of a black background

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to evolve Inkay in Pokémon Go and the main series of Pokémon games. The method is a little different between the two games, but there’s still enough in common so that with one read of this guide you won’t ever need to remind yourself how to get hold of Malamar in your next Pokémon adventure.

For more catch-em-all companion guides, be sure to browse through our picks of the best dog Pokémon, cat Pokémon, snake Pokémon, spider Pokémon, monkey Pokémon, bear Pokémon, and bird Pokémon from across the franchise. Or, if you’re hotly anticipating your next grand adventure across a new region teeming with catchable creatures, see our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet starters and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet legendaries.

Let’s dive into our how to evolve Inkay guide.

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Who is Inkay?

Inkay is an adorable little dark and psychic Pokémon creature that originates from the Kalos region and is number 686 in the Pokédex. If you stare at this creature for too long, you may lose yourself in the lights that emit from the spots on its head, losing your will to fight. Funnily enough, this is how it hunts its prey.

Who is Malamar?

As Inkay’s evolution, Malamar also makes its first appearance in Kalos and is number 687 in the Pokédex. This creature is a bit of a beast with its psychic prowess, as it’s known to be one of the most powerful mind readers out there. In fact, Malamar is so compelling that it can force others to do its bidding.

How to evolve Inkay in Pokémon Go

In Pokémon Go, it takes 50 Inkay candies to evolve into Malamar. You need to gather 50 Inkay candies, so take a stroll with your lil’ squid buddy before turning it into something altogether more frightening. Once you have your 50 Inkay candies, you can follow these steps to get your hands on Malamar.

  • Select Inkay in your Pokémon Go roster
  • Turn your phone upside down
  • Make sure the red evolution button is now green
  • Hit the green button
  • Take to battle with Malamar!

Screenshot of an evolved Malamar in Pokemon Go after having evolved Inkay

How to evolve Inkay in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield is the most recent main series Pokémon title with Inkay as an available monster. Rather than collecting 50 Inkay candies like in Pokémon Go, in Sword and Shield, you need to ensure your gen 6 Pokémon is about to hit level 30 or higher before trying this method.

  • Level up at level 30 or higher
  • Turn your Nintendo Switch upside down before the dialogue ends (this is easier in handheld mode)
  • Make sure not to press B through the evolution process
  • Explore Galar with Malamar!

Where to catch Inkay

It’s no use knowing how to evolve Inkay if you don’t actually have one, so allow us to explain where you can catch Inkay in Sword and Shield:

  • Route 7
  • Route 9
  • Bridge Field
  • Dusty Bowl
  • Giant’s Mirror
  • Hammerlocke Hills
  • Watchtower Ruins
  • West Lake Axewell
  • Motostoke Riverbank
  • Stony Wilderness

Make sure you check out our dark Pokémon weakness and psychic Pokémon weakness guides for tips on how to catch Inkay.

There you have it, how to evolve Inkay, so you can grab a big squid ready for battle. Of course, there are other evolutions out there, and we’re ready to help teach you how to evolve Charcadet, how to evolve Pawmo, how to evolve Primeape, how to evolve Riolu, how to evolve Sneasel, how to evolve Finizen, and more.