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Smeargle (Pokémon)

Stantler #234: Stantler
Pokémon
#236: Tyrogue Tyrogue
Smeargle
Painter Pokémon
ドーブル
Doble
#235
Smeargle

Smeargle

Smeargle

Smeargle
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Normal Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Own Tempo or Technician Cacophony
Cacophony
Moody
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Smeargle

Mega Smeargle Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5355 - 5609 steps
Height
3'11" 1.2 m
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Weight
127.9 lbs. 58.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Regional numbers
Pokédex
#235
Kanto
#159
Johto
#370
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Central
#124
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia
R-235
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
106
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
88
V+
Leveling rate
Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
1
Speed
0
HP
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Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
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Atk
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Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F235.png None.png
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Pokédex color
White
Base friendship
70
External Links

Smeargle (Japanese: ドーブル Doble) is a Normal-type Pokémon.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Smeargle is best known for its ability to use the move Sketch, which permanently copies the last move used by the opponent. Due to this, it can legitimately have any move in the Pokémon games except for Chatter and Struggle (not including Shadow moves). As a result of this, it can pass on any Egg move to Pokémon in the Field Egg Group.

Biology

Smeargle is a beagle-like, bipedal Pokémon with white and brown fur. It has a long tail with an end resembling a paintbrush. This paintbrush oozes with paint, and the color of the paint may vary for each Smeargle. Sprites from the games depict green, brown and red, while the anime also shows yellow and blue. Smeargle will use the paint to mark its territory. It can also use its signature move, Sketch, to copy moves from other Pokémon.

Smeargle has a footprint on its back that is the same color as the tip of the tail. Smeargle also has a round structure on its head with a point that resembles a beret. It has floppy, brown ears and a brown collar on its neck. The rings encircling Smeargle's eyes are also brown, as are Smeargle's eyelids. Its arms have two brown bands, and its legs have only one. Each of its limbs have three digits. Smeargle is often found in urban areas.

In the anime

Smeargle in the anime
Sugimori reference sheet for the anime

Major appearances

Smeargle first appeared in Pikachu & Pichu as part of the Pichu Brothers Posse. It also appeared in other episodes of the Pokémon Chronicles and made a cameo in Giratina & The Sky Warrior along with the Pichu Brothers and their friends.

In The Art Of Pokémon, a trio of Smeargle were vandalizing the town of Whitestone.

Minor appearances

A Smeargle was used by one of the students of the Pokémon Trainer's School in Gonna Rule The School! while one was used by a Coordinator two episodes before.

A Smeargle was seen working in a nail salon in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!.

Smeargle has made cameo appearances in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!, Clemont's Got a Secret!, A Jolting Switcheroo!, Awakening the Sleeping Giant, A Battle by Any Other Name!, Heroes - Friends and Faux Alike!, and The Cave of Trials!.

A Smeargle appeared in Mega Evolution Special I.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP197 Smeargle Ash's Pokédex Smeargle, the Painter Pokémon. Colored fluids ooze from their tails which they use to mark their territory and to express themselves.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Smeargle debuted in Murkrow Row where it was seen as one of the Pokémon in Joey's bag after Gold helped him get it back.

Prior to Smeargle Smudge, Whitney gave her Smeargle nicknamed Smea-Smea, to DJ Mary, where it painted on Gold's face while he was sleep and battled against his Pokémon before running back to DJ Mary at the Goldenrod Radio Tower, which Gold eventually found it. In HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter Smea-Smea was returned to Whitney.

In The Last Battle XIII a Smeargle was one of the Pokémon sent to help the fight in Ilex Forest.

In the Emerald chapter, a lot of Smeargle were found in Artisan Cave.

Noland has three Smeargle which were caught in the Artisan Cave because they had copied Jirachi's Wish and he decided to use it to search for Jirachi.

In the TCG

Main article: Smeargle (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
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.
Stadium 2 A special fluid oozes from the tip of its tail. It paints the fluid everywhere to mark its territory.
Generation III
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
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.
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.
Generation IV
Diamond It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.
Pearl
Platinum
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.
Generation V
Black It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.
White
Black 2 It marks its territory by using its tail like a paintbrush. There are more than 5,000 different marks.
White 2
Generation VI
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.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Ruins of Alph
Crystal
Ruins of AlphMorningDay
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade, Event
Emerald
Artisan Cave
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade, Event
Colosseum
Snagem Hideout (Shadow)
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 212 (north) (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Routes 208 and 212 (north) (Poké Radar)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Ruins of Alph
Safari ZoneMorningDay
Pal Park
Field
Generation V
Black White
Route 5 (Swarm)
Black 2 White 2
Trade, Event
Dream World
Pokémon Café Forest and Spooky Manor
Generation VI
X Y
Route 7, Friend Safari (Normal)

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Channel Upgrade binder
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 20
Endless Level 27
Pair Trozei
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Howling Forest (15F)
Western Cave (4F-6F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Foggy Forest (1F-5F)
Marine Resort (B1-B19)
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Aqua Resort
Pokémon Rumble Blast Factory: Firebreathing Mountain

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RSEFRLG Gather More Pokémon! Sixth Campaign Smeargle Japanese Japan 10 April 22 to May 8, 2006
BWB2W2 2013 World Championships Smeargle English Canada 50 August 10 to 11, 2013
BWB2W2 2013 World Championships Smeargle French Canada 50 August 10 to 11, 2013
BWB2W2 2013 World Championships Smeargle German Canada 50 August 10 to 11, 2013
BWB2W2 2013 World Championships Smeargle Italian Canada 50 August 10 to 11, 2013
BWB2W2 2013 World Championships Smeargle Japanese Canada 50 August 10 to 11, 2013
BWB2W2 2013 World Championships Smeargle Korean Canada 50 August 10 to 11, 2013
BWB2W2 2013 World Championships Smeargle Spanish Canada 50 August 10 to 11, 2013

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Silk Scarf Silk Scarf (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 55
115 - 162 220 - 314
Attack: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Defense: 35
36 - 95 67 - 185
Sp.Atk: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Sp.Def: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Speed: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Total: 250   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/3 ★★★
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
16/17 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

Smeargle can learn practically any set of moves due to Sketch, which permanently copies any move. Smeargle can only learn one instance of Sketch at a time. Sketch can be used to copy Self-Destruct and Explosion when used in a battle with a Pokémon with the Damp Ability. The only moves that Sketch cannot be used to learn are Chatter or Struggle.

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
1111 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
2121 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
3131 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
4141 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
5151 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
6161 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
7171 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
8181 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
9191 Sketch Normal Status 0000 —% 1
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Smeargle obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Smeargle
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Smeargle
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Smeargle
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Smeargle
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Smeargle in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Smeargle in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Smeargle
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Smeargle
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Smeargle can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Smeargle cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Smeargle
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Smeargle
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani235.gif 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP235.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 6.8%
Friend Area: Sky Blue Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP Would you like me to paint? Art is an explosion of passion and talent!
26%-50% HP Pay attention, please! My health is down by half!
1%-25% HP I've had it... My tail feels too heavy to hold...
Level up Ah! Leveled up! Perhaps my artistry has blossomed more?
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Ah! Leveled up! Perhaps my artistry has blossomed more?
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP235.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 6.8%
IQ group: F
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  Normal Assist.png
( Normal )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Tackle 2 field move.png
(Tackle ×2)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It lets loose shock waves to attack.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

235Smeargle.png
Unevolved
Smeargle
 Normal 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 235.png Spr b 2g 235.png Spr 2s 235.png Spr b 2g 235.png Spr 2c 235.gif Spr b 2g 235.png
Spr 2g 235 s.png Spr b 2g 235 s.png Spr 2s 235 s.png Spr b 2g 235 s.png Spr 2c 235 s.gif Spr b 2g 235 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 235.png Spr b 3r 235.png Spr 3e 235.gif Spr b 3r 235.png Spr 3r 235.png Spr b 3r 235.png
Spr 3r 235 s.png Spr b 3r 235 s.png Spr 3e 235 s.gif Spr b 3r 235 s.png Spr 3r 235 s.png Spr b 3r 235 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 235.png Spr b 4d 235.png Spr 4d 235.png Spr b 4p 235.png Spr 4h 235.png Spr b 4h 235.png
Spr 4d 235 s.png Spr b 4d 235 s.png Spr 4d 235 s.png Spr b 4p 235 s.png Spr 4h 235 s.png Spr b 4p 235 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 235.png Spr b 5b 235.png Spr 5b2 235.png Spr b 5b 235.png
Spr 5b 235 s.png Spr b 5b 235 s.png Spr 5b2 235 s.png Spr b 5b 235 s.png
Front Back Front Back
235MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Smeargle images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Other sprites

Spr 5b2 235 Pokéstar.png
Sprite from Pokéstar Studios

Trivia

  • Due to its signature move Sketch, Smeargle can legally possess any move (other than Chatter or Struggle), giving it a number of distinctions:
  • Smeargle is the only Pokémon capable of learning the same move more than four times - some Pokémon have the same move available at level 1 as well as by leveling up, while Smeargle has the same move available ten times as it levels up.
  • In the anime, Smeargle have been seen with different colored-tipped tails.
    • This is also the case In Pokémon Stadium 2, where they have also differently colored backs.
  • In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team mission "Smeargle's Desperate Plea", even though the Smeargle refuses to have a paw painted onto its back, the paw print is nonetheless present on its sprite.
  • Smeargle has the lowest base stat total of all Pokémon not part of an evolutionary line.
  • In Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Smeargle's tail has a brown tip in its normal coloration (as it was in Generation II) instead of a green one, despite these games being part of Generation III. This is due to the games re-using models from Pokémon Stadium 2 for first and second-generation Pokémon.

Origin

Smeargle appears to be based on a beagle and a painter.

Name origin

Smeargle may be a combination of smear and beagle.

Doble may be a combination of dog and doodle or dabble (to splatter liquid, which could be a reference to paint being splattered). Doble also means double in Spanish, perhaps referencing Smeargle's ability to copy opponent's techniques.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ドーブル Doble From dog, doodle, dabble, and doble
France Flag.png French Queulorior From queue and colorier
Spain Flag.png Spanish Smeargle Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Farbeagle From Farbe and beagle
Italy Flag.png Italian Smeargle Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 루브도 Rubeuto From Louvre as in Musée du Louvre, dog, and 도 (圖) to, meaning "a picture".


External links

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Last modified on 20 September 2014, at 13:50