Malamar (anime)

カラマネロ Calamanero
Malamar anime.png
Debuts in A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Unknown
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Malamar Kensuke Satō Marc Thompson

Malamar (Japanese: カラマネロ Calamanero) was a recurring Pokémon character in Pokémon the Series: XY that plotted to rule the world.


Malamar and Madame X

Malamar first appeared in A Conspiracy to Conquer!. Prior to the episode, Malamar set up its hideout at a radio observatory near Camphrier Town. It also hypnotized an Officer Jenny who was investigating a nearby radio observatory, turning her into "Madame X". Together, they confronted Team Rocket and hypnotized them, but Meowth scratched his own face, which prevented him from getting hypnotized. He later informed Ash and his friends. With Jessie, James, and their Pokémon in tow, Malamar located Ash's group by a tree. It kidnapped Pikachu, hoping to use his power to lead its Pokémon army, the Pokémon Patrol, and aid it in its plans for world domination.

By the time Ash, his friends, and Meowth arrived in the observation chamber of the radio observatory, Malamar took control of Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena. However, the Automatic Pikachu Retrieving Device that Clemont built earlier entered the observatory and crashed into Malamar, breaking its control over everyone it had hypnotized. Malamar subsequently revealed that it had tricked them into believing that Madame X was controlling it, while it built a weapon to reconstruct the world. Malamar led the group to its "grand design" room, and destroyed it before fleeing.

Malamar with its two fellow Malamar

Malamar reappeared in Facing the Grand Design!, where it recruited two other Malamar in a plan to distort the world using energy crystals. Malamar and the other two hypnotized the top Scientists of Kalos to build the energy crystals, and later transported them to Grace Tower. When Team Rocket went to the top of Grace Tower, the Malamar trio spotted them after Inkay became furious at the first Malamar for what it did to them earlier. Team Rocket encountered Ash's group and the Officer Jenny from the radio observatory, and they attempted to carry out a plan to disrupt Malamar's scheme.

Later, the three Malamar used Psychic to immobilize all but Clemont, Meowth, James, and Inkay. The four worked together with a horde of other Inkay and Malamar to defeat the trio of rogue Malamar. The crystals were deactivated by Officer Jenny's Manectric. Despite this, all of the crystals combined into one and the three Malamar went inside them and escaped. Before they left, they claimed they were heading into the future, but swore they would return to fight once more and that their plan would succeed someday.

Despite their threat, the Malamar have not been seen since.

Personality and characteristics

Unlike most Pokémon, Malamar is a cruel and evil Pokémon with a mysterious and dark past. Despite its surprisingly ambitious plans of world domination, it is aware of its limits and surrounds itself with others to avoid direct confrontation. Manipulation and deceit are key to Malamar's plans: Officer Jenny was used as a mouthpiece, while Jessie and James provided Malamar with crucial insight.

It enjoys control, using Hypnosis to manipulate a person or Pokémon's mind and Psychic to physically move its pawns around. Despite its overwhelming powers and menacing persona, Trainers with a strong bond with their Pokémon, such as Ash and Pikachu or James and Inkay, are able to break free of Malamar's hypnotic control, or by inflicting pain on themselves as seen in Meowth's case.

Moves used

Using Hypnosis
Move First Used In
Hypnosis A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Psychic A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Dark Pulse Facing the Grand Design!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Aligned with

Malamar (×2)
Prior to the events of the episode, the evil Malamar recruited two others in a plan to distort the world. Despite initiating their plan, they were stopped by Ash, his friends, Team Rocket, and Officer Jenny. However, before Officer Jenny had a chance to arrest them, the two Malamar along with the recurring one escaped inside the crystals.

One of the Malamar's known moves are Psychic and Dark Pulse.
The other Malamar's known moves are Psychic, Hyper Beam, and Dark Pulse.

Debut Facing the Grand Design!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
Tsuguo Mogami
English Marc Thompson


Main article: Jessie's Pumpkaboo

During its scheme involving Madame X, Malamar took control of Jessie and her Pumpkaboo.

Debut A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Satou
English Haven Paschall

Main article: James's Inkay

During its scheme involving Madame X, Malamar took control of James and his Inkay.

Malamar brainwashed Inkay again in Facing the Grand Design!, but James was able to bring him back to his senses by reminding him of their friendship.

Debut A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Mike Liscio
Main article: Jessie's Wobbuffet

During its scheme involving Madame X, Malamar also took control of Jessie's Wobbuffet.

Debut A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Kayzie Rogers
Main article: Ash's Pikachu

During its scheme involving Madame X, Malamar took control of Pikachu and forced him to attack and kill Ash.

Debut A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Voice actors
Japanese Ikue Ohtani
English Ikue Ohtani
Main article: Clemont's Dedenne

During its scheme involving Madame X, Malamar took control of Clemont, Bonnie, and Dedenne.

Debut A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Satou
English Megumi Satou
Beedrill, Noivern, Scolipede, Exploud, and Pangoro
During its scheme involving Madame X, Malamar took control of a gang of evolved wild Pokémon, including Beedrill, Noivern, Scolipede, Exploud, and Pangoro. When the group arrived and Malamar possessed them except for Ash, it opened the doors to reveal them and ordered them to seize Ash and Meowth.
Debut A Conspiracy to Conquer!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 佐藤健輔 Kensuke Satō
English Marc Thompson

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Malamar.

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists Jessie (Wobbuffet) • JamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLunalaNecrozmaStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioDrone RotomHero duoLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters

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