Best Malamar counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table 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.

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          Best performing move types

          • Bug45.5%
          • Fairy18.0%
          • Dragon7.0%
          • Dark5.5%
          • Flying3.0%
          • Water3.0%
          • Grass2.5%
          • Fighting2.5%
          • Ground2.5%
          • Ghost2.5%
          • Fire2.5%
          • Rock1.5%
          • Steel1.5%
          • Normal1.0%
          • Electric1.0%
          • Poison0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega PinsirMega Pokémon iconMega PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 53.331617.29276.4s106.3
          2PheromosaPheromosaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 64.01746.30475.5s105.0
          3VolcaronaVolcaronaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 50.681474.46280.8s100.1
          4Mega ScizorMega Pokémon iconMega ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 47.731814.72183.4s99.6
          5Mega BeedrillMega Pokémon iconMega BeedrillBugBug Bite *BugX-Scissor 54.84984.08380.3s98.2
          6Shadow ScizorShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 50.131213.69283.7s95.4
          7Shadow PinsirShadow Pokémon iconShadow PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 52.021029.12383.2s95.0
          8Shadow ScytherShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *50.901043.74384.5s93.7
          9Genesect (Shock)Genesect (Shock)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.70292.3s88.3
          10Genesect (Normal)Genesect (Normal)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.70292.3s88.3
          11Genesect (Douse)Genesect (Douse)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.70292.3s88.3
          12Genesect (Chill)Genesect (Chill)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.70292.3s88.3
          13Genesect (Burn)Genesect (Burn)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 43.941385.70292.3s88.3
          14VikavoltVikavoltBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 46.061119.54391.0s87.7
          15YanmegaYanmegaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 45.181175.66391.9s87.3
          16EscavalierEscavalierBugBug Bite BugMegahorn 41.971240.82297.4s83.2
          17ScizorScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 41.591195.39398.6s82.0
          18PinsirPinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 43.071013.16397.8s81.5
          19ScytherScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *42.111026.98399.5s80.3
          20Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 38.491383.032103.9s79.4
          21AccelgorAccelgorBugInfestation BugBug Buzz 42.91810.594101.7s77.6
          22GolisopodGolisopodBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 38.671210.732105.0s77.6
          23HeracrossHeracrossBugStruggle Bug BugMegahorn 39.98957.913105.1s75.9
          24DurantDurantBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 39.141031.953105.9s75.8
          25Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 36.321375.302109.6s75.7
          26LokixLokixBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 39.10953.473107.2s74.5
          27XerneasXerneasFairyGeomancy *BugMegahorn 35.211426.592112.3s74.4
          28LeavannyLeavannyBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 38.11847.764111.4s71.3
          29ScolipedeScolipedeBugBug Bite BugMegahorn 38.41762.044112.6s70.2
          30Shadow NidokingShadow Pokémon iconShadow NidokingBugFury Cutter *BugMegahorn 38.88708.445112.9s69.8
          31KleavorKleavorNormalQuick Attack BugX-Scissor 36.05909.013115.7s69.2
          32Mega AbsolMega Pokémon iconMega AbsolDarkSnarl BugMegahorn 37.45724.734116.0s68.1
          33Shadow GardevoirShadow Pokémon iconShadow GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 34.70915.263119.5s67.2
          34CrustleCrustleBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 33.96966.723120.9s66.8
          35SamurottSamurottBugFury Cutter BugMegahorn 33.97885.964122.2s65.6
          36KartanaKartanaGrassRazor Leaf BugX-Scissor 35.22738.604121.7s65.1
          37Mega SceptileMega Pokémon iconMega SceptileBugFury Cutter GrassFrenzy Plant *34.17802.984123.3s64.6
          38BuzzwoleBuzzwoleFightingCounter BugFell Stinger 32.04936.863127.7s63.4
          39Shadow KinglerShadow Pokémon iconShadow KinglerWaterBubble BugX-Scissor 35.62616.315124.4s63.3
          40Shadow AbsolShadow Pokémon iconShadow AbsolDarkSnarl BugMegahorn 35.74542.026127.3s61.8
          41Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FairyDazzling Gleam *32.63762.154129.2s61.7
          42Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary)FightingLow Kick BugX-Scissor 31.32869.964131.5s61.3
          43Shadow GranbullShadow Pokémon iconShadow GranbullFairyCharm FairyPlay Rough 32.75704.375130.4s60.8
          44NidokingNidokingBugFury Cutter *BugMegahorn 32.61707.935130.7s60.7
          45XurkitreeXurkitreeElectricThunder Shock FairyDazzling Gleam 32.28729.244131.3s60.6
          46Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *27.801168.533141.8s59.2
          47Mega DiancieMega Pokémon iconMega DiancieRockRock Throw FairyMoonblast 29.66903.443137.3s59.1
          48Primal KyogrePrimal KyogreWaterWaterfall WaterOrigin Pulse *27.571158.563143.0s58.7
          49SneaslerSneaslerPoisonPoison Jab BugX-Scissor 32.44612.035134.5s58.7
          50Zacian (Hero)Zacian (Hero)DarkSnarl FairyPlay Rough 27.781102.373142.7s58.5
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          Malamar type chart

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


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

          About the results

          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.

          The top-ranked Malamar counter is Mega Pinsir, followed by Pheromosa, Volcarona, and Mega Scizor. The table also includes Mega Beedrill, Shadow Scizor, Shadow Pinsir, and Shadow Scyther, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          The most effective move-types to use against Malamar are:

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          About our ranking methodology

          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 moves, 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.

          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.