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asked Nov 12, 2013 by MovesetBot
I predict either RU or UU.
NU, and in the least used of the NU. Except Contrary Superpower and Topsy-Turvy, this thing can not make any uses. It has a very bad typing. Superior to Spinda, inferior to any bug. Disappointing...
I don't want to go too in-depth here, I'm just gonna say that I think it will be RU, and see usage in UU and possibly OU.
just wanted to note that  i have a special wall malamar but it sucks. don't try it.
actual tier: NU atm. didn't really get why as this is a really great pokemon. its gonna see much use in NU though as both topsy-turvy and contrary is great for the current meta. contrary fuggs up sticky web while topsy turvy really stops all those set-up sweepers

10 Answers

10 votes

Malamar @ Leftovers
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Ability: Contrary
Nature: Adamant (+Att, - Sp. Att)
EV's: 252 Att/128 HP/128 Def
- Topsy-turvy
- Night Slash
- Psycho Cut
- Superpower

This is a good Pokemon, but I don't know which tier he will be in. His EV spread is so he can take a boosted hit, and then screw them (Swords Dance users, Calm Mind users, etc.) over with Topsy-turvy. Night Slash and Psycho Cut are STAB, and have decent coverage together. Superpower rounds out his coverage, and makes good use of his ability, Contrary, by boosting his Attack and Defence.

answered Nov 12, 2013 by MeloettaMelody
I have the same moveset! Good Job!
I would go 252 HP > 128 in each defense.
Honestly is there any other possible set to run?
Pls Kijanub. Specs is a good set. >.>
wynaut foul play good power 95 goes first usually for me
I voted for your answer, but I agree with JarJar, why don't you invest 252 EVs in your HP?
try razor claw. with psycho cut and night slash = death
This moveset is plain awesome, Malamar sweeps like a baws! Got my vote ;)
2 votes

Nature: impish (+def, -spatt)
evs: 252 att, 128 def, 128 spdef

psycho cut

topsy-turvy to reverse stats then use swagger to decrease attack stat by one stage and confuse oppenent and psycho cut for coverage and superpower to increase attack stat and defense by one stage. this set is a annoying/sweeper set.

answered Nov 18, 2013 by Tyranitaroid
I don't believe you understand the mechanics of topsy-turvy
bravo, but topsy turvy flips stat changes
0 votes

Random moveset

Item: choice scarf
Ability: Contrary
Nature: Adamant or Jolly
EV's: 252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 Hp
Moveset: Superpower, Night slash, Switcheroo, Topsyturvy

Choice scarf gives Malamar speed over most unboosted Pokemon.
Using the contrary ability, just keep spamming superpower for good damage and the Attack and defense boost every turn.(worth useing some pp ups on super power). If you get outsped Malamar has average defenses and should be able to sustain a neutral hit.

Alternate strategy:
Switch in to a swords dancing or calm minding opponent and use Switcheroo to get them stuck boosting them self with thy choice scarf. Then you can use Topsyturvy or dish out some damage with superpower and night slash.

answered Dec 16, 2013 by Sazzar
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Malamar@ Leftovers/Expert Belt enter image description here

Ability: Contrary

Nature:Adamant Adamant

EVs: 252 Attack, 252 HP, 4 Defence


  • Topsy-turvy (to counter people who keep using Swords Dance and other stat boosting moves
  • Rock Slide (to counter Bug- types)
  • Night Slash (powerful move with an increased critical hit ratio)
  • Facade (powerful move and even more powerful if the user has a status condition)
answered Feb 18, 2014 by Torterra02
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Malamar@ flame orb
Ability: Contrary
Nature: Jolly
Evs: 252 speed/ 252 attack/ 4 defence

This moveset is made to take out physical attackers easily. Switcheroo will give the opponent the flame orb thus burning them and reducing attack. Facade is there as a strong move in case you get toxic or burn. Superpower provides coverage and with contrary as your ability you get an attack and defense boost. Hypnosis is there just in case you want to sleep and switch out the next turn. With the jolly nature you will be faster than almost any Pokemon. If you do not like hypnosis I suggest psycho cut because it will have STAB and it is pretty strong. I take out walls like Aegislash and Snorlax easily. This has also won me a battle against an Arceus.

answered Apr 29, 2014 by MyLittlePonyta
0 votes

Malamar @ Leftovers
Ability: Contrary
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Nature: Jolly (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Psycho Cut (STAB; High critical rate)
- Foul Play (STAB)
- Pluck / Arial Ace (Covers its bug weakness)
- Superpower (Increase its Atk and Def because of its ability)

answered May 14, 2014 by frczen
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Assault Vest
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Superpower
move 2: Pluck (Use Knock Off when ORAS come out)
move 3: Night Slash
move 4: Psycho Cut
ability: Contrary
item: Assault Vest
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
nature: Adamant

answered Jul 1, 2014 by SM979
edited Nov 8, 2014 by SM979
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ability: contrary

item: charcoal/leftovers

EVs: 252 atk, 128 hp, 128 spe, lonely

moves: topsy turvy, flamethrower, psycho cut, superpower

this set is useful for messing up your opponents. it has flamethrower to cover bug types amd superpower to take advantage of contrary.

answered Jul 1, 2014 by Dracorex212
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Malamar@ Expert Belt
Ability: Contrary
Nature: Jolly
EV's: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 Sp. D
Moves: ( All these moves he learns by Lvl Up! No need to breed for specific moves!)
-Foul Play
-Psycho Cut
Very easy setup, it's fast and dangerous.
Swagger- gets them confused and if they get hurt, it hurts more.
Superpower- for a stat boost
Foul Play- Their boosted atk is used against them + STAB
Psycho Cut- STAB + High Crit

answered Sep 15, 2014 by was
0 votes

ORAS Choice Scarf Malamar

Ability: Contrary
EVs: 252 Att, 252 Spe, 4HP
Nature: Jolly

Knock Off is the new toy that Malamar received through ORAS move tutors. Great STAB move and it removes items.
Psycho Cut is another STAB move, good critical hit ratio, hits Fighting and Poison types hard.
Superpower is the coverage move that hits Steel, Normal, Ice, Rock and Dark types. Also a great choice move to lock yourself into once opposing Pokemon have been weakened.
Switcheroo is used to screw over defensive and stall teams.

answered Feb 15 by K1