Pokemon Go has a pretty great roster of pokemon to catch and train. There are a few gaps in its lineup though, especially in gen 2 and 3 pokemon. One such pokemon that has so far remained elusive (until now) is the painting pokemon Smeargle. The interesting thing about Smeargle is that you cannot catch it in the way you would other pokemon. To help you add Smeargle to your Pokedex, we’ll outline how to catch Smeargle in Pokemon Go in this Pokemon Go Smeargle Guide. We’ll take a look at the Pokemon Go Snapshot feature, and what to do if Smeargle isn’t showing up.
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Pokemon Go Smeargle
For a while, Smeargle was not in Pokemon Go. Many had begun to wonder whether Niantic was holding it for some sort of future event, and this seems to have ended up being correct. Smeargle has been added to Pokemon Go as part of the Go Snapshot feature. Let’s take a look at how to get Smeargle in Pokemon Go.
How to Catch Smeargle in Pokemon Go
While the actual method of catching Smeargle in Pokemon Go is relatively straightforward, it can be time-consuming as all hell. This is because in order to catch Smeargle in Pokemon Go you need to use the Go Snapshot functionality. To use it, head to your Pokemon section, and choose a pokemon to photograph. In the top right corner, you’ll see a camera icon, press it. Now all you need to do is take photos of your beloved pokemon, over and over, until you see Smeargle pop up in one of your photos. Basically, take 20 photos, hit the icon in the top left. Pour through the photo you took, and if Smeargle has photobombed one of them, then head back to the world map to catch it. It will appear as normal on the map after you’ve spotted it. Easy, right?
Pokemon Go: Smeargle Not Appearing in Photos
The frustrating thing about getting Smeargle is that it appears to be a dice roll as to whether or not it will appear in your photos. It took us 231 tries before getting it, though some users have reported getting Smeargle after a couple of tries. Just keep taking photos and you will get the chance to catch Smeargle. It just might take a while.
Pokemon Go Smeargle Moveset
The best thing about Smeargle in Pokemon Go is that it will mimic the moveset of the pokemon in the photo that it appears in. This means you can tailor its moveset to being whatever you want, just choose a pokemon to photograph that you like the moveset of.
Pokemon Go Smeargle CP - Is Smeargle a Strong Pokemon?
So why should you be going after Smeargle in Pokemon Go? Does it have much strength in battle? Well, not really. It has a max CP of 50, though with the moveset mimic ability it can be pretty useful for certain raids if tailored correctly.
Pokemon Go is still evolving and being added to, so there will be plenty more guides to find in USG in the future. In the meantime, why not check out our guide on the next Pokemon Go Community Day event. There’s also our tips on evolving Eevee in Pokemon Go.