As Malamar is only weak to two types, it would be good to give him some Leftovers. But as this item is already been hold by another Pokémon of mine - and I don't want to take items twice - I'm searching for another item.

I would like to get his ability Contrary to use. So if a stat of Malamar is being increased, it's decreased instead - and vice-versa.

So I started asking myself how I can get advantage of Contrary. Are there any items that decrease a stat every round for example? Or a compareable item like Weakness Policy that instead decreases stats on event? Or are there better options?

My question is: Which items are best to use with Contrary?

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The only negative items are Flame Orb, Toxic Orb, Sticky Barb, Iron Ball and Ring Target, but none of these lowers a stat every round in battle.

Iron Ball actually reduces a Pokemon's speed by 50%, but it won't trigger Contrary ability.

  • Tested Iron Ball on play.pokemonshowdown.com - no effect of Contrary. Well, then I guess you're right. :)
    – Trollwut
    Dec 5, 2014 at 16:52
  • Some guy has to test it on the real Nintendo game, as pkmnShowdown may be based on predictions. But I don't think there is much hope.
    – Trollwut
    Dec 5, 2014 at 17:02
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    I think it's only a "mathematical" reduction, you don't see the animation of the speed fell in-game, so Contrary can't be activated.
    – pinckerman
    Dec 5, 2014 at 17:09
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    If you play doubles, have your partner use a stat dropping move on it, like Feather Dance
    – Robotnik
    Dec 6, 2014 at 2:05
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    @NiettheDarkAbsol Nice one, but Malamar still receives damage
    – pinckerman
    Dec 15, 2014 at 16:29

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