So far we have covered the good and the sticky, now we move on to the bad. Specifically, the “Overturning Pokémon”, Malamar. This is one scary creature, in more ways than one, and here’s why.
That is one frightening looking squid-penguin… thing.
Giant Axon Squid
Item: Choice Scarf
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
– Night Slash
– Psycho Cut
Remember how I mentioned that Malamar is rather slow? With this setup you will be out speeding some of its top threats and spamming off those Superpowers even quicker using a choice scarf to increase your speed by 1.5. However, this means you are locked into just one move but that’s fine because this move is buffing you each turn.
Obviously, Psycho Cut and Night Slash stick around since they are Malamar’s best STAB attacks but there is new addition to the moveset, Switcheroo. If you fancy returning to Malamar’s old tricks and switch between moves to get the best coverage simply use Switcheroo to give your opponents Pokémon your restrictive Choice Scarf and steal their useful item for yourself. This also can cripple setup Pokémon by locking them into their non-damaging moves and forcing the opponent to either switch it out or simply let it die, a tactic that should sound familiar.
The only other important change is the nature and EV’s. While the previous set focussed on making Malamar bulky, this setup is all about giving this sluggish squid a speed boost with a maximum investment in speed and a Jolly nature allowing it to out speed anything that could threaten it. You can opt for an Adamant nature to get a bit more power behind your more speedy attacks but beware as this puts your speed (even with Choice Scarf) just below powerful speedy Pokémon, like Greninja, who will dispatch you with relative ease.
Even with all of these good sets going for it, poor Malamar is a much underused Pokémon, ignored due to its mediocre stats and seemingly poor standing in battles, but, don’t be fooled, this Pokémon can dish out some damage and cripple some of the best Pokémon out there with ease if you are not careful. I’m looking at you Aegislash…