Pokemon Sword and Shield has trainers explore the Galar region, Game Freak's Generation 8 take on Great Britain. Even though the newest entries have brought many jarring changes, veteran trainers will be glad to know that some unique ways to evolve Pokemon have stayed the same. In particular, Inkay, a Dark/Psychic-type that debuted in Generation 6, still uses the same method which turns a trainer's world upside down.
Inkay first debuted in 2013 as a Kalos region native. Appealing because of its design, it made anime appearances as one of Team Rocket's Pokemon that season, being caught for its cuteness. After evolving into its next form, however, Inkay remains anything but cute. As Malamar, the Pokemon takes on a more sinister appearance, akin to an inverted squid with much darker coloration. This evolutionary line may be nothing out of the ordinary in base stats but it has a mostly unique dual-typing and a signature move in Topsy-Turvey which reverses all stat changes on a target Pokemon, turning negative to positive and vice versa. In Pokemon Sword and Shield, evolving Inkay requires finding and catching it first before fulfilling a unique condition.
In-game, Inkay can be found in five locations: Route 7, Route 9, and the Bridge Field, Giant's Mirror, or Hammerlocke Hills sections of the Wild Area. The levels of wild Inkays in these zones will range from Level 37-41, 39-43, 40-43 (26-43), 41-45, and 28-30 respectively. Note that out of the five, Inkay will only spawn in the Overworld at Route 7 or while biking over water at Giant's Mirror. Otherwise, trainers will have to find it through random encounters in grass at Route 9 and Hammerlocke Hills. Be aware that the random encounters in the grass for the Wild Area sections will vary from 10 percent to 35 percent depending on the weather condition. Furthermore, keep in mind that Inkay can be encountered through both methods at Bridge Field. It is recommended, however, to hunt for Inkay at Route 9 as the random encounter rate for it in the grass is set to 25 percent in all weather conditions.
Once trainers have caught Inkay, they need to raise it to Level 30 or above before fulfilling the next condition. After leveling up in battle or through EXP candy rotate the console upside down before ending the battle or closing the dialogue. Because this requires turning the Nintendo Switch, it is best to do so in handheld mode. If done correctly, Inkay will evolve into Malamar.
In the end, evolving Inkay doesn't require any of the changes made in Generation 8, trainers only need to flip the Switch.
Pokemon Sword and Shield is out now for the Nintendo Switch.