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Smeargle (Japanese: ドーブル Dooburu) is a Normal-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

Biology

Physiology

Smeargle is light brown in color, it has a light brown cap on its head and a light brown tail. On its front legs it has two brown stripes on both arms, it has one brown stripe on its hind legs. The tip of its tail oozes paint, which varies in color for each Smeargle. The color paw-print on its back is the same color as the paint from its tail. In the games, Smeargle's tail is commonly shown as green.

Natural abilities

Smeargle can have one of two abilities, Own Tempo or Technician. Own Tempo is an ability which prevents the user from becoming confused. Technician will increase the power of any of the user's moves by 1.5 if their power is less than 60.

Smeargle is unique in that it can learn essentially any move with its signature move Sketch which copies the last move used in battle. The only moves that can't be Sketched are Chatter and Struggle. Because of this, most TMs will not work on it. Smeargle cannot Sketch Shadow moves. However, if Smeargle uses Lucky Chant before using Sketch, Shadow Moves can be Sketched.

Evolution

Smeargle does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold/Silver Ruins of Alph Uncommon
Crystal Ruins of Alph Uncommon
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Artisan Cave Always
FireRed/LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/Pearl Route 212 Poké Radar Rare
Platinum Route 208, Route 212 Poké Radar Rare
HeartGold/SoulSilver Ruins of Alph, Safari Zone Uncommon
Black/White Route 5 Swarm
X/Y Route 7 Rare
OR/AS Trade None


Pokédex entries

  • Gold

    A special fluid oozes from the tip of its tail. It paints the fluid everywhere to mark its territory.

  • Silver

    Once it becomes an adult, it has a tendency to let its comrades plant footprints on its back.

  • Crystal

    The color of the mysterious fluid secreted from its tail is predetermined for each Smeargle.

  • Ruby

    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.

  • Sapphire

    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.

  • FireRed

    Once it becomes an adult, it has a tendency to let its comrades plant footprints on its back.

  • LeafGreen

    A special fluid oozes from the tip of its tail. It paints the fluid everywhere to mark its territory.

  • Emerald

    A Smeargle marks its territory using a fluid that leaks out from the tip of its tail. About 5,000 different marks left by this Pokémon have been found.

  • Diamond

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • Pearl

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • Platinum

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • HeartGold

    A special fluid oozes from the tip of its tail. It paints the fluid everywhere to mark its territory.

  • SoulSilver

    Once it becomes an adult, it has a tendency to let its comrades plant footprints on its back.

  • Black

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • White

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • Black 2

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • White 2

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • X

    It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.

  • Y

    Once it becomes an adult, it has a tendency to let its comrades plant footprints on its back.

  • Omega Ruby

    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.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    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.

  • Sun

    The unique creations produced by each Smeargle are painted using the fluid that oozes from its tail. This is how it marks its territory.

  • Moon

    It draws symbols all over the place to mark its territory. In towns with many Smeargle, the walls are covered in graffiti.

  • Ultra Sun

    The fluid of Smeargle’s tail secretions changes in the intensity of its hue as the Pokémon’s emotions change.

  • Ultra Moon

    It draws symbols with the fluid that oozes from the tip of its tail. Depending on the symbol, Smeargle fanatics will pay big money for them.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
55
Attack
20
Defense
35
Sp. Atk
20
Sp. Def
45
Speed
75
Total
250

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
11 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
21 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
31 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
41 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
51 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
61 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
71 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
81 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
91 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
11 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
21 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
31 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
41 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
51 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
61 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
71 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
81 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
91 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Clever 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
11 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
21 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
31 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
41 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
51 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
61 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
71 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
81 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
91 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
11 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
21 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
31 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
41 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
51 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
61 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
71 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
81 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
91 Sketch —% 1 Normal Status Type Smart 1
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
11 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
21 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
31 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
41 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
51 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
61 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
71 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
81 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
91 Sketch —% 1 Normal Type Smart 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Sketch —% 1 Normal
11 Sketch —% 1 Normal
21 Sketch —% 1 Normal
31 Sketch —% 1 Normal
41 Sketch —% 1 Normal
51 Sketch —% 1 Normal
61 Sketch —% 1 Normal
71 Sketch —% 1 Normal
81 Sketch —% 1 Normal
91 Sketch —% 1 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation VII
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation VI
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation V
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation IV
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation III
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation II
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Tutoring

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 235 front S 235 front C 235 front
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 235 front E 235 front RS 235 front
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 235 front DP 235 front HGSS 235 front
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Smeargle BW Smeargle BW
Shiny Smeargle BW Shiny Smeargle BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GO Back
Smeargle XY Smeargle XY Smeargle Back XY
Smeargle Shiny XY Smeargle Shiny XY Smeargle Back Shiny XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee! Back
Sword Shield Back

Appearances

Anime

Trivia

  • Smeargle can always remember its signature move, Sketch, without having to level up by going to the Move Reminders in any core series or Mystery Dungeon game.
  • Smeargle is one of the 16 Pokemon to be made into a puppet in Japan.
  • Smeargle is one of the collectable spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Etymology

Smeargle's name comes from the words "smear" (a stain from a kind of substance, in this case a paint brush) and "beagle" (a breed of dog).

Its Japanese name, Doble, comes from dog, doodle and dabble (a term used in art which means to put on a little bit of paint). It could also be a corruption of double, referencing how it copies opponents moves in battle.

Gallery

See also

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