James's Inkay (Japanese: コジロウのマーイーカKojirō's Maaiika) is the only Pokémon that James caught in the Kalosregion, and his twelfth overall.
Inkay and James
Inkay first appeared in A Battle of Aerial Mobility! while Team Rocket was dining at a café in Lumiose City. As Team Rocket were busy celebrating news from Giovanni, Inkay stole their food and proceeded to eat it from under their table. While Team Rocket were on their balloon, the same Inkay from before approached them when they dropped their sandwich and sprayed ink at them. After Team Rocket cleaned themselves off, James scanned the Inkay to get some details about him and the Team Rocket trio attempted to battle him with Wobbuffet. However, James offered Inkay some food instead as bait. While Inkay was distracted, James threw a Poké Ball at him and caught him, much to the surprise of Jessie and Meowth.
In Heroes - Friends and Faux Alike!, Inkay was part of Team Rocket's plan to impersonate Ash and his friends. Inkay disguised itself as Pikachu alongside his Trainer, who masqueraded as Ash. James met a boy called Myron and his Pancham and asked for a battle, to which Myron declined. James had Inkay attack Pancham with his Psybeam and Tackle anyway, which caused Myron to call for Officer Jenny. Inkay was later seen helping Team Rocket eat a bunch of food and running off without paying.
In Facing the Grand Design!, Inkay was enjoying lunch with his Trainer until they noticed Ash and his friends walk by, and Team Rocket started coming up with a plan to catch Pikachu. Later, Team Rocket found a group of Malamar and Inkay in the forest. As they were watching the Pokémon, three trucks drove by, each containing a Malamar, one of which was the one that had previously hypnotized it. Inkay immediately chased after the trucks and followed them up a mountainside. Team Rocket watched the Malamar for a while until Inkay got upset and started a commotion, getting the attention of the Malamar. Team Rocket fled and ran into Ash and his friends before being stopped by Officer Jenny, who filled them in on Malamar's plans. Two of the Malamar arrived and attempted to kidnap everyone with their Psychic, but Inkay attacked with his Ink Spray, allowing a few of them to escape. Inkay planned on going straight back to confront the Malamar, but Clemont, Meowth, and James convinced him to talk to the group of Inkay and Malamar they saw before to get them to help out.
Inkay started to tell them of the evil Malamar's plan, but was stopped by that Malamar showing up and attacking them. The Malamar and Inkay chased it off with their Psycho Cut and Flamethrower, then headed to the mountainside to stop its plans. Once they arrived, the evil Malamar grabbed Inkay and used his Hypnosis to brainwash Inkay into attacking the others. However, James managed to break Inkay out of it because of the strong bond they share, allowing Inkay to attack Malamar. They managed to stop the Malamar's evil plan, but it escaped during the fight. Afterwards, Team Rocket was back to resting in the forest and Inkay was offered to join the Malamar and Inkay they saved. James allowed Inkay to stay with them, but Inkay instead decided to stick with his Trainer, much to his delight.
In Party Dancecapades!, Inkay partnered up with Jessie's Gourgeist in a dance party hosted by Monsieur Pierre. Later, Inkay was used in a Tag Battle along with Miette's Slurpuff, where he faced Ash's Pikachu and Serena's Eevee. Inkay tried hitting Pikachu with Psybeam, but Pikachu dodged it and Inkay ended up getting hit by an Iron Tail from him. Inkay then used Psybeam on Pikachu and Eevee, which they dodged. This, however, allowed Slurpuff to trap them with Cotton Spore, giving Inkay the opportunity to hit them with another Psybeam. Inkay then headed towards Eevee using Tackle, but Pikachu stepped in and took the attack. After a collision between Eevee and Slurpuff's attacks, Inkay struck Eevee again with a Psybeam. After Eevee's evolution into Sylveon, Sylveon easily dodged Inkay's Tackles and then defeated him and Slurpuff with Fairy Wind.
Inkay appears to be a sneaky and mischievous Pokémon as he was seen stealing food from Team Rocket and then followed them in their balloon. He seems to love food and would often go out of his way to steal it, to the point of allowing James to use this to his advantage and capture it. This was shown again in Bonnie for the Defense! where he went out of his Poké Ball on his own just to eat Team Rocket's food. He is also shown to be thankful for the other Inkay and Malamar in helping them to stop the evil Malamar by being like a hero to them.
In Facing the Grand Design!, he was shown to have a strong bond with his Trainer similar to that of Ash and his Pikachu. In fact, it was so strong that James was able to break him free of Malamar's Hypnosis. He was also shown to have a great relationship with Team Rocket, to the point of wanting to protect them from the evil Malamar and avenge them for being controlled by the evil Malamar previously. Ever since his previous encounter with the evil Malamar, Inkay has formed a deep grudge against it and has sworn to get his revenge while stopping it from fulfilling its dark plans of destroying the world.