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Evolve Inkay into Malamar with insane trick in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 25/Nov/2019 23:16

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Evolving Inkay into Malamar in Pokemon Sword & Shield isn’t as straightforward as it sounds, but don’t worry, Nintendo Switch owners – we’ve got you covered.

Generation VIII of Nintendo’s hit franchise released exclusively on the Switch on November 15, much to the delight of Pokefans all across the world.

One of the features that excites Trainers is the new Galarian Pokedex, filled with 400 monsters of both old and new designs.

One Pokemon in particular, Inkay, requires something different in order to evolve though, and we’ve got all the details for obtaining Malamar below.

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Inkay’s secret evolution trick

Inkay is a dual-type Dark/Psychic Pokemon, and was first introduced in Generation VI’s X & Y games for the Nintendo 3DS.

To evolve it into its final form, you first need to obtain one. This can be done in both of the new Switch games by heading to Route 7 and Route 9’s Chirchester Bay, or the Bridge Field, Hammerlocke Hills, Dusty Bowl, and Giant’s Mirror sections of the Wild Area.

For the highest odds of catching one, though, head to Hammerlocke Hills when the weather is overcast for a 30% spawn chance by random encounter.

The Pokemon Company / Game FreakInkay can be found in a variety of places.

Once you’ve nabbed yourself an Inkay, you’ll want to power it up to level 30. This can be done either by normal battling, using Rare Candy, or by using XP Candy obtained from Raids.

It won’t evolve like normal once it’s hit 30, though. Instead, just before the level is reached, you’ll need to literally hold your Nintendo Switch upside-down. 

If performed correctly, your monster will begin the evolution process, before forming into the fierce-looking Malamar. Congratulations!

The Pokemon Company / Game FreakIf done right, turning your Switch upside down will turn Inkay into Malamar.

This isn’t the only strange method of evolving a Pokemon by far. In fact, many entries in the Galarian Pokedex require an unconventional way to force a form change – like when morphing Yamask into Runerigus.

Once you’ve completed your Dex and obtained all 400 monsters, visit the doctor NPC on the upper floor in the first hotel in Circhester for the Shiny Charm – an item that boosts shiny spawn rates significantly.


Pokemon player brings Diamond & Pearl to Super Mario Galaxy with epic mod

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:53

by Brent Koepp


A talented artist wowed the Pokemon community when they recreated Diamond & Pearl in Super Mario Galaxy. The epic crossover reimagines the Sinnoh region like never before and is truly out of this world.

The Pokemon franchise entered its fourth generation with the debut of Diamond & Pearl in 2007. The RPG introduced players to the Sinnoh Region for the very first time.

Despite releasing over a decade ago, the Nintendo DS title is loved by the community. One fan celebrated the game by remaking it in HD using Super Mario Galaxy.

Screenshot of Pokemon Diamond & Pearl mod in Super Mario Galaxy.
YouTube: RiazorMC / Game Freak
A Pokemon fan recreated Diamond & Pearl in Super Mario Galaxy.

Pokemon fan brings Diamond & Pearl to Super Mario Galaxy

Over the last three years, Pokemon fans have desperately been wanting Game Freak to remake the Gen IV RPG. A creative fan took things into their own hands and reimagined the DS title using mods in Super Mario Galaxy.

Popular modder ‘RiazorMC’ shared their mind-blowing creation on their YouTube channel. The November 14 video shows Nintendo’s lovable Italian plumber mascot exploring and running around an HD version of Diamond & Pearl’s region.

Incredibly, the artist has basically recreated the entire Sinnoh region. From Twinleaf Town to Route 223, Mario dashes across the Gen IV map until reaching the Pokemon League to claim their star for becoming Champion.

Impressively, Riazor has faithfully kept the DS title’s retro graphics while turning it into an HD landscape. Not only does the mod faithfully capture iconic locations, but Mario is even able to walk through caves and swim up waterfalls.

As the community continue to wait desperately for Game Freak to re-make Diamond & Pearl, we have mods like this to give us a taste of what it could be like to one day revisit Sinnoh on the Nintendo Switch.

In 2021, Pokemon is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary. While nothing has been announced yet by the Japanese developer, fans are still holding out hope that we will possibly get a remake of the beloved DS release.