Inkay • Generation VIII Pokédex

Inkay
Pokédex Page for Inkay

This is the Marriland Pokédex page for Inkay, showing its information and moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Inkay is not available in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl and cannot be used in or sent to those versions.

Inkay

Inkay
Sprite of Inkay in Pokémon HOME

Inkay's Type

DARK
PSYCHIC

Inkay's Pokédex #s

National #
686
Galar #
290
Armor #
108
Crown #
--

Inkay's Base Stats

HP:
53
Attack:
54
Defense:
53
Sp. Atk:
37
Sp. Def:
46
Speed:
45
Total:
288

Misc. Info

Height:
1'4" (0.4m)
Weight:
7.7 lbs. (3.5 kg)
Gender Ratio:
Egg Groups:
Water 1 / Water 2
EXP At Lv. 100:
1,000,000
EV Yield:
1 Attack
Base EXP:
58
Catch Rate:
190
Base Happiness:
70

Inkay's Abilities

Here are what abilities Inkay can possibly have, along with their effects.
Contrary
Raises Inkay's stats whenever its stats are lowered and lowers its stats whenever they are raised.
Suction Cups
Prevents Inkay from being switched out of battle by other Pokémon's moves or effects.
Infiltrator
Inkay's moves ignore Light Screen, Reflect, and Safeguard on the target.

Weaknesses & Resistances

Below is a list of what Inkay's weakness and resistance is to various types.
BUG
FAIRY
immune
PSYCHIC

Inkay's Evolution Line

Below you'll find a list of all Pokémon Inkay evolves from or into, along with its evolution method.
Inkay
Inkay
starting form
Malamar
Malamar
Lv. 30+ w/ holding Switch upside-down

Inkay's Moves in Sword & Shield

Below is a list of all of the moves that Inkay can learn, along with what level it learns the move, the TM or TR number, and what egg moves it can learn, if any. Hover over a move (desktop/laptop) or click the ? button next to the move (mobile/tablet) to find out more about the move.

Level Up Moves

Here are all of the moves Inkay learns via level up. Anything marked "Evo." means it learns it upon evolving. If the level is 1, it can be relearned at a Pokémon Center.
Lv. Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
1
Peck
Damages the target.
FLYING
PHYSICAL
35 100% 35 One Target
1
Tackle
Damages the target.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
40 100% 35 One Target
3
Hypnosis
Puts the target to sleep.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- 60% 20 One Target
6
Wrap
Traps the target for 4–5 turns, preventing them from switching or fleeing and also doing 1/8 max HP after every turn.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
15 90% 20 One Target
9
Payback
Does double damage if Inkay attacks after the target.
DARK
PHYSICAL
50 100% 10 One Target
12
Pluck
Does double damage if the target has a Berry and then Inkay consumes that Berry immediately.
FLYING
PHYSICAL
60 100% 20 One Target
15
Psybeam
Has a 10% chance of confusing the target.
PSYCHIC
SPECIAL
65 100% 20 One Target
18
Swagger
Raises the target's Attack by two stages and confuses it.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- 85% 15 One Target
21
Slash
Has a higher critical hit rate. (+1 stage.)
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
70 100% 20 One Target
24
Night Slash
Has a higher critical hit rate. (+1 stage.)
DARK
PHYSICAL
70 100% 15 One Target
27
Psycho Cut
Has a higher critical hit rate. (+1 stage.)
PSYCHIC
PHYSICAL
70 100% 20 One Target
31
Switcheroo
Switches Inkay's held item with the target's.
DARK
STATUS
-- 100% 10 One Target
33
Foul Play
Foul Play uses the target's Attack stat instead of Inkay's to calculate damage.
DARK
PHYSICAL
95 100% 15 One Target
36
Topsy-Turvy
Changes all positive stat modifiers on the target to negative stat modifiers and all negative stat modifiers to positive stat modifiers.
DARK
STATUS
-- -- 20 One Target
39
Superpower
Lowers Inkay's Attack and Defense by one stage.
FIGHTING
PHYSICAL
120 100% 5 One Target

TM Moves

Here are all of the moves that Inkay can learn via TM (Technical Machine). These moves can be taught an unlimited number of times once the TM is obtained.
TM Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
TM17
Light Screen
Reduces damage from Special-based moves for 5 turns.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 30 User's Field
TM18
Reflect
Reduces damage from Physical-based moves for 5 turns.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 20 User's Field
TM21
Rest
Inkay restores its HP to full and falls asleep for two turns.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM22
Rock Slide
Has a 30% chance of causing all nearby enemies to flinch.
ROCK
PHYSICAL
75 90% 10 Nearby Enemies
TM23
Thief
Damages the target and steals its held item.
DARK
PHYSICAL
60 100% 25 One Target
TM24
Snore
Can only be used while asleep. 30% chance of making the target flinch.
NORMAL
SPECIAL
50 100% 15 One Target
TM25
Protect
Protects Inkay from attacks for a turn. Low chance of working on consecutive turns.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TM31
Attract
Infatuates Pokémon of the opposite gender.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- 100% 15 One Target
TM33
Rain Dance
Changes the weather to rainy for 5 turns.
WATER
STATUS
-- -- 5 Entire Field
TM34
Sunny Day
Changes the weather to sunny for 5 turns.
FIRE
STATUS
-- -- 5 Entire Field
TM39
Facade
Does double damage if Inkay is poisoned, burned, or paralyzed.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
70 100% 20 One Target
TM47
Fake Tears
Lowers the target's Special Defense by two stages.
DARK
STATUS
-- 100% 20 One Target
TM57
Payback
Does double damage if Inkay attacks after the target.
DARK
PHYSICAL
50 100% 10 One Target
TM59
Fling
Throws Inkay's held item. Type and power depend on the item.
DARK
PHYSICAL
varies 100% 10 One Target
TM61
Guard Swap
Inkay swaps any modifiers to its Defense and Special Defense stats with the target's.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 10 One Target
TM69
Psycho Cut
Has a higher critical hit rate. (+1 stage.)
PSYCHIC
PHYSICAL
70 100% 20 One Target
TM70
Trick Room
For the next 5 turns, turn order is reversed, so slower Pokémon go first. (Priority still functions as usual.)
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 5 Entire Field
TM76
Round
Deals double damage if Round has already been used and causes any other Pokémon using Round to use it immediately afterward.
NORMAL
SPECIAL
60 100% 15 One Target
TM79
Retaliate
Damage is doubled if one of your Pokémon fainted during the previous turn.
NORMAL
PHYSICAL
70 100% 5 One Target

TR Moves

Here are all of the moves that Inkay can learn via TR (Technical Record). These moves can be taught only once per TR, but TRs can be obtained in the Wild Area and other locations.
TR Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
TR02
Flamethrower
Has a 10% chance to burn the target.
FIRE
SPECIAL
90 100% 15 One Target
TR08
Thunderbolt
Has a 10% chance to paralyze the target.
ELECTRIC
SPECIAL
90 100% 15 One Target
TR11
Psychic
10% chance of lowering the target's Sp. Def by one stage.
PSYCHIC
SPECIAL
90 100% 10 One Target
TR20
Substitute
Costs 25% of Inkay's max HP. Sets up a Substitute to block effects and damage.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TR26
Endure
Will survive any hit with at least 1 HP left this turn. 50% chance of working on consecutive turns.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TR27
Sleep Talk
Can only be used while asleep. Uses one of Inkay's moves at random.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 10 User
TR29
Baton Pass
Switches to another Pokémon on your team and keeps stat modifiers and effects.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 40 User
TR34
Future Sight
Does its damage after two more turns have passed.
PSYCHIC
SPECIAL
120 100% 10 One Target
TR37
Taunt
Prevents the target from using Status moves for the next few turns.
DARK
STATUS
-- 100% 20 One Target
TR39
Superpower
Lowers Inkay's Attack and Defense by one stage.
FIGHTING
PHYSICAL
120 100% 5 One Target
TR49
Calm Mind
Raises Inkay's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 20 User
TR58
Dark Pulse
Has a 20% chance of causing the target to flinch.
DARK
SPECIAL
80 100% 15 One Target
TR68
Nasty Plot
Raises Inkay's Special Attack by two stages.
DARK
STATUS
-- -- 20 User
TR81
Foul Play
Foul Play uses the target's Attack stat instead of Inkay's to calculate damage.
DARK
PHYSICAL
95 100% 15 One Target
TR82
Stored Power
Increases power by 20 for each positive stat modifier Inkay has, excluding accuracy or evasion.
PSYCHIC
SPECIAL
20 100% 10 One Target
TR83
Ally Switch
Switches places with Inkay for the rest of the battle.
PSYCHIC
STATUS
-- -- 15 User
TR98
Liquidation
20% chance of lowering the target's Defense by one stage.
WATER
PHYSICAL
85 100% 10 One Target

Egg Moves

Here are all of the moves that Inkay can learn as Egg Moves. In the case of evolved Pokémon, it shows what Egg Moves it can learn in its lowest evolutionary stage. Click the word EGG to find compatible breeding Pokémon to get that Egg Move onto Inkay.
Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
EGG
Destiny Bond
If Inkay is knocked out before its next action, the attacking Pokémon is knocked out.
GHOST
STATUS
-- -- 5 User
EGG
Disable
Disables the target's last used move for a few turns.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- 100% 20 One Target
EGG
Acupressure
Raises a random stat (including Accuracy and Evasion) by two stages.
NORMAL
STATUS
-- -- 30 User or Ally

Move Tutor Moves

Here are all of the moves that Inkay can learn from Move Tutors. Most of these require the Expansion Pass and can be found in the Isle of Armor's Dojo, costing some Armorite Ore to teach. However, there are a few moves that can be taught aside from this.
Move Type Category Power Acc.% PP Target Info
TUTOR
Expanding Force
If used during Psychic Terrain, Expanding Force does 50% more damage and additionally targets both enemy Pokémon if in a Double Battle instead.
PSYCHIC
SPECIAL
80 100% 10 One Target
TUTOR
Lash Out
If Inkay's stats were lowered this turn, Lash Out's power is doubled.
DARK
PHYSICAL
75 100% 5 One Target

Inkay's Detailed Stats

Below you'll find a more detailed table containing Inkay's calculated stats, which are the stats that you actually see displayed in game. These are affected by a variety of things, such as level, Effort Values (EVs), Individual Values (IVs), and Inkay's Nature.

By default, the stats you see in the table below show four different possibilities, all assuming Inkay is level 100: its stats with 0 EVs, 252+ (max) EVs, 0 IVs, and 31 (max) IVs. Nature is not shown by default, so its maximum is 10% higher than shown here, and minium 10% lower.
Stats at
level 100
0 EVs 252+ EVs Base Stat
Min Max Min Max
HP
216 247 279 310 53
Attack
113 144 176 207 54
Defense
111 142 174 205 53
Sp. Atk
79 110 142 173 37
Sp. Def
97 128 160 191 46
Speed
95 126 158 189 45
Total
288

Where to Find Inkay in Sword & Shield

If you're looking for where to find Inkay, you'll find the various methods listed down below, along with any notes or special locations. This should help you figure out how to get Inkay in Pokémon Sword & Shield. (Currently this does not show most "strong" static encounters or Max Raid Battles.)

Inkay in the Wild

Galar Route 7

Overworld Encounters
Any Weather
10% Lv. 37-41

Galar Route 9 (Circhester Bay)

Random Encounters
Any Weather
25% Lv. 39-43

Bridge Field

Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
20% -- 10% 10% 30% 10% 20% 10% --
Lv. 26-28 Lv. 26-28 Lv. 26-28 Lv. 26-28 Lv. 26-28 Lv. 26-28 Lv. 26-28
Surfing (w/ Rotom Bike)
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15%
Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43 Lv. 40-43

Dusty Bowl

Surfing (w/ Rotom Bike)
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- -- -- -- -- 20% -- -- --
Lv. 41-45

Giant's Mirror

Surfing (w/ Rotom Bike)
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- -- -- -- -- 20% -- -- --
Lv. 41-45

Hammerlocke Hills

Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
25% 35% 15% -- 15% 25% 10% -- 15%
Lv. 28-30 Lv. 28-30 Lv. 28-30 Lv. 28-30 Lv. 28-30 Lv. 28-30 Lv. 28-30

Fields of Honor

Overworld Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 20% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 10-15
Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 15% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 13-18

Challenge Beach

Overworld Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 20% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 10-15
Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 15% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 13-18

Loop Lagoon

Overworld Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 20% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 16-21
Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 15% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 19-24

Training Lowlands

Overworld Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 20% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 13-18
Random Encounters
Normal Weather
Norm.
Overcast
Over.
Raining
Rain
Thunderstorm
Strm.
Intense Sun
Sun
Snowing
Snow
Blizzard
Bliz.
Sandstorm
Sand.
Heavy Fog
Fog
-- 15% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lv. 16-21

Pokédex Entries for Inkay

Generation 8 Pokédex Entries

Sword
It spins while making its luminescent spots flash. These spots allow it to communicate with others by using different patterns of light.
Shield
By exposing foes to the blinking of its luminescent spots, Inkay demoralizes them, and then it seizes the chance to flee.

Generation 7 Pokédex Entries

Ultra Sun
It draws prey near with its blinking lights and then wraps them up in its long tentacles and holds them in place.
Ultra Moon
When exchanging information with others of its kind, it flashes the light-emitting spots on its body in a complex rhythm.

Generation 6 Pokédex Entries

X Omega Ruby
Opponents who stare at the flashing of the light-emitting spots on its body become dazed and lose their will to fight.
Y 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.
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