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What is a good moveset for Malamar?

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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.

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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
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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
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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 by Torterra02