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Smeargle is a Normal-type Pokémon from the Johto region. It does not evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Pokédex description

Painter Pokémon
Smeargle marks the boundaries of its territory using a body fluid that leaks out from the tip of its tail. Over 5,000 different marks left by this Pokémon have been found.
- Smeargle's cry

Possible attacks

  • Smeargle can learn almost any move including Legacy and some Community Day moves.[1]
    • The typing for Hidden Power does not get copied.
    • The typing for Weather Ball does get copied.
    • Smeargle cannot learn Transform, Frustration, Return, or recently added moves (Rock-type Weather Ball, Mist Ball, Luster Purge). A random charged attack is learned instead.
    • Smeargle cannot copy a 2nd Charged attack, nor can it unlock a 2nd one on its own. It will always copy the 1st Charged attack, and if the 1st Charged attack is something it cannot copy, it will learn a random Charged attack instead of trying to copy the 2nd.
    • Technical Machines cannot be used on Smeargle.

Fast attacks

Charged attacks

Attack availability

Evolution family

Smeargle is part of a one-member family.

#235 Smeargle

#235 Smeargle


  • Smeargle was released with the release of GO Snapshot on February 25th, 2019.
  • Shiny Pokémon.png Shiny form of Smeargle was released on New Pokémon Snap Celebration on April 29th, 2021.
  • Smeargle may appear in photos taken using the GO Snapshot feature and will attempt to copy the moves of the Pokémon that was the subject of the photo. If one appears in a photo, it will show up on the Trainer's Map View after exiting the photo gallery.[2][3] If another photo is taken and another Smeargle appears, the first Smeargle will disappear.
  • The level of Smeargle can be 1 to 30 and its IV can be any combination, same as a wild Pokémon. The maximum capture CP of Smeargle is 369. Smeargle does not receive weather boost even if the weather is Party Cloudy.
  • Smeargle is not available in events featuring surprise Pokémon encounters. Visit GO Snapshot#Special events for a list.



  • Only one Smeargle may appear per day, outside of specific events.[1]
  • Smeargle spawns for exactly one hour.[1]
  • Each time a Trainer is photobombed by Smeargle when using GO Snapshot, they will rank-up their Cameraman medal.
  • Both Fast and Charged TMs used to be able to teach Smeargle a new attack.
    • This had not been an intended feature and was removed in the next update.[4]
  • The chance of Smeargle appearance has been increased since GO Beyond.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Smeargle release info, sketch movesets, other info!New Info! self.TheSilphRoad. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-02-25.
  2. TheSilphRoad. (2019, February 25). Smeargle is now photobombing GO Snapshot photos!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-02-25.
  3. PokemonGoApp. (2019, February 26). Trainers, Smeargle has arrived in Pokémon GO!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-02-26.
  4. NianticHelp. (2019, February 26). Trainers, while Smeargle should only able to learn moves by using Sketch during a photobomb, a bug is allowing you to use TMs and is displaying a New Attack button. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-02-26.
  5. GO Beyond: Level up redesign coming soon; level cap increased to 50!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-11-18.

External links

  • Smeargle page, on the official Pokédex website
  • Smeargle article, on the Bulbapedia
  • Smeargle article, on the Pokémon Wiki