Malamar Counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This guide displays a list of best Malamar counters in Pokémon GO with their Fast Attacks, Charged Attacks, DPS (damage per second), TDO (total damage output), faints, TTW (time to win), and score. The list is sorted by the score, which is calculated based on the DPS and TDO. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

Best Malamar Pokémon GO counters are Mega Pinsir, Pheromosa, Volcarona, Mega Scizor, Mega Beedrill, Shadow Scizor, and Shadow Pinsir. These Pokémon perform best with the moves outlined below. We suggest a minimum group size of 1 - 3 Trainers to defeat Malamar in a 3-Star Raid.

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          Best counter 👑

          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega PinsirMega Pinsir
          Bug Bite / X-Scissor
          #1
          Official artwork of PheromosaPheromosa
          Bug Bite / Bug Buzz
          #2
          Official artwork of VolcaronaVolcarona
          Bug Bite / Bug Buzz
          #3
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega ScizorMega Scizor
          Fury Cutter / X-Scissor
          #4
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega BeedrillMega Beedrill
          Bug Bite / X-Scissor
          #5
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow ScizorShadow Scizor
          Fury Cutter / X-Scissor
          #6
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow PinsirShadow Pinsir
          Bug Bite / X-Scissor
          #7
          #
          Name
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          DPS
          TDO
          Faints
          TTW
          Score
          1.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega PinsirMega Pokémon iconMega PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 53.331617.3277s106.3
          2.Thumbnail image of PheromosaPheromosaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 64.01746.3476s105.0
          3.Thumbnail image of VolcaronaVolcaronaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 50.681474.5281s100.1
          4.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega ScizorMega Pokémon iconMega ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 47.731814.7184s99.6
          5.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega BeedrillMega Pokémon iconMega BeedrillBugBug Bite *BugX-Scissor 54.84984.1381s98.2
          6.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ScizorShadow ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 50.131213.7284s95.4
          7.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow PinsirShadow PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 52.021029.1384s95.0
          8.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ScytherShadow ScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *50.901043.7385s93.7
          9.Thumbnail image of Genesect (Shock Drive)Genesect (Shock Drive)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.7293s88.3
          10.Thumbnail image of GenesectGenesectBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.7293s88.3
          11.Thumbnail image of Genesect (Douse Drive)Genesect (Douse Drive)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.7293s88.3
          12.Thumbnail image of Genesect (Chill Drive)Genesect (Chill Drive)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.7293s88.3
          13.Thumbnail image of Genesect (Burn Drive)Genesect (Burn Drive)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.7293s88.3
          14.Thumbnail image of VikavoltVikavoltBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 46.061119.5392s87.7
          15.Thumbnail image of YanmegaYanmegaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 45.181175.7392s87.3
          16.Thumbnail image of EscavalierEscavalierBugBug Bite BugMegahorn 41.971240.8298s83.2
          17.Thumbnail image of ScizorScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 41.591195.4399s82.0
          18.Thumbnail image of PinsirPinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 43.071013.2398s81.5
          19.Thumbnail image of ScytherScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *42.111027.03100s80.3
          20.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 38.491383.02104s79.4
          21.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow CrustleShadow CrustleBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 40.88979.93103s77.6
          22.Thumbnail image of AccelgorAccelgorBugInfestation BugBug Buzz 42.91810.64102s77.6
          23.Thumbnail image of GolisopodGolisopodBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 38.671210.72105s77.6
          24.Thumbnail image of HeracrossHeracrossBugStruggle Bug BugMegahorn 39.98957.93106s75.9
          25.Thumbnail image of DurantDurantBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 39.141031.93106s75.8
          26.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 36.321375.32110s75.7
          27.Thumbnail image of LokixLokixBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 39.10953.53108s74.5
          28.Thumbnail image of XerneasXerneasFairyGeomancy *BugMegahorn 35.211426.62113s74.4
          29.Thumbnail image of LeavannyLeavannyBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 38.11847.84112s71.3
          30.Thumbnail image of ScolipedeScolipedeBugBug Bite BugMegahorn 38.41762.04113s70.2
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          Group size

          You need at least 1 Trainers to defeat a Malamar in a 3-Star Raid.

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          • Minimum group size: 1 Trainers
          • Optimal group size: 2 - 3 Trainers
          • Very easy with: 4+ Trainers

          Malamar CP range from Raids

          Malamar can be caught with the following Combat Power after being defeated in Raids:

          • From 1279 CP to 1347 CP, with no weather boost
          • From 1599 CP to 1685 CP with Fog and Windy weather boost

          Malamar weaknesses

          Malamar type chart

          When fighting Malamar, keep in mind the that Dark and Psychic-type Pokémon are weak to Bug and Fairy type moves. They take reduced damage from Psychic type moves.

          Takes increased damage
          BugBug256.0%
          FairyFairy160.0%
          Takes decreased damage
          PsychicPsychic24.4%

          Type chart shows the percentage (%) of damage taken from an incoming attack of a particular type.

          Best move-types and weather for Malamar Raids

          Move-typeUsage (%)Weather
          Bug186.0%
          • rainRain
          Fairy70.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Dragon32.0%
          • windyWindy
          Dark18.0%
          • fogFog
          Water16.0%
          • rainRain
          Fighting12.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Grass10.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Fire10.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Normal8.0%
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          Ghost8.0%
          • fogFog
          Steel8.0%
          • snowSnow
          Flying6.0%
          • windyWindy
          Ground6.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Poison4.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Electric4.0%
          • rainRain
          Rock2.0%
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy

          About our ranking methodology

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Malamar in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Malamar down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          When calculating the best counters for any Pokémon, our simulator takes into account various factors, such as the defender's typing and average DPS against each attacker, the weather's influence, energy left over from using charge attacks, Shadow Pokémon attack and defense stat changes, and more. During the initial phase of simulations, we calculate DPS and TDO for each attacker that is currently available in the game, and then we continue to rank them.

          We use a ranking method developed by a Reddit user named /u/Elastic_Space, which is described in detail in this Reddit post. It is a fairly complicated, but very well thought-out mathematical model for predicting simulation results without actually running the simulations. It also correlates with field data almost too well not to be used. Reddit

          Our Time to Win (TTW) and Faint numbers are also estimated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we do not account for factors like Friendship and Mega damage boost, they will differ from actual experience in the field.