Smeargle, known as the Painter Pokemon, possesses many unique qualities, yet is still overlooked by many. It is a Normal-type, and its Ability is Own Tempo, which prevents the status affliction Confusion. This was the norm until Generation V, where its second possible Ability became Technician, which powers up moves with a base power under 60. A contributing reason to why Smeargle are sparce in the newer games is because it’s from the Johto region; HeartGold and SoulSilver are the only Johto games in the DS series. Now, you can find Smeargle in Pokemon Black and White, but only when the bulletin board says there’s an outbreak on Route 5.
What makes Smeargle stand out from the rest is because of its signature move, Sketch. It’s a very unique move which copies the target’s last move. The move that was copied replaces Sketch and becomes one of Smeargle’s moves. All moves can be learned by Sketch, which makes Smeargle capable of learning just about any move. In fact, Smeargle has been used in competitive battles to use a stat-raising move such as Belly Drum, and Baton Pass to the next Pokémon, who will gain the stat changes. Smeargle learns Sketch starting at level 11, and learns one every ten levels until 91. If you’ve accidentally used Sketch, you can replace that move with another Sketch.
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