Smeargle is a unique Pokémon in that it can learn almost any move. Every 11 levels, it learns Sketch, which copies the opponent's last move. Smeargle was introduced in Generation Two, and in Generation Three, only Emerald users could catch him. He was obtainable in Emerald by going to the Battle Frontier and going past the Sudowoodo, and into Artisan Cave. Smeargle is the only Pokémon in that cave.
Smeargle is a bipedal white and brown Pokémon. It has a long tail with an end that resembles a paintbrush.This paintbrush oozes with paint. A smeargle also has a footprint on its back.
Smeargle has no distinguished features that make it appear male or female.
Smeargle appears in Pokémon Trozei!, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs and in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
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Smeargle resides in the PU tier of competitive battling. Thanks to its access to every move in the game via Sketch, Smeargle has quite a number of moves it can use at its disposal. It has a decent Speed tier and access to every entry hazard, which allows for it to function decently well as a suicide lead. Smeargle has sleep-inducing moves with Dark Void and Spore to incapacitate opposing leads. Stealth Rock, Sticky Web, and Spikes are all valued entry hazards that Smeargle can lay down for its team. To prevent Smeargle from being easy set up bait, Nuzzle or Destiny Bond work very well in detracting the opponent from taking advantage of Smeargle's lack of offensive prowess. While Smeargle is a great support Pokémon, it is heavily limited by its pitiful stats, which relegate it as only a suicide entry hazards lead and prevents it from performing offensive or defensive roles. It is easily shut down by Taunt due to its use of status moves, and it can only really be used on hyper offense. Lastly, Smeargle faces competition as a Sticky Web setter from Leavanny, which possesses actual offensive prowess and a higher Speed stat.
Smeargle is also a viable option in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. Sketch gives Smeargle access to nearly every move in the game, which allows for it to act as an effective suicide lead with access to Stealth Rock, Sticky Web, and Spore. It has a decent enough Speed tier to get up multiple entry hazards against slower Pokémon, and it is one of few viable Sticky Web users in the tier, which can provide incredible utility for slower wallbreakers. A sleep move in Spore or Dark Void gives Smeargle the upper edge against certain foes, but it can be easily circumvented by Lum Berry users, Taunt, and Xatu, although the latter can be hit by Skill Swap and lead to Smeargle being able to still get up its entry hazards. After Sleep Clause has been activated, Smeargle can become set up bait against Pokémon like Rhydon that do not care about Nuzzle, a move that Smeargle can run to prevent itself from being setup bait against other foes. Smeargle also is heavily pressured by Rapid Spin and Defog users like Hitmonchan, Claydol, and Skuntank, as they can get rid of the entry hazards that Smeargle sets up. If Smeargle chooses to opt for Dark Void due to wanting to hit Grass-types with a sleep move, it can miss at an inopportune time and end up not doing its job at all.
Smeargle is viable in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling as well. With access to nearly every move thanks to Sketch, Smeragle has a plethora of options on paper, but its pitiful stats limit what it is capable of doing. However, it is far from bad as it can lay down entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Sticky Web while having the capability to incapacitate a Pokémon with Spore or Dark Void. Sticky Web is especially notable for Smeargles's niche in the tier, as it is by far the most viable option when it comes to lying down that hazard. However, Smeargle does suffer from the fact that it usually does not last on the field for very long after putting a Pokémon to sleep, and its 75 base Speed, while far from bad, allows for it to be outsped by numerous threats in the tier. Smeargle can also become set-up fodder for certain threats due to its overall low attacking stats, although this can be remedied somewhat with Whirlwind or Nuzzle. Pokémon can easily dispose of Smeargle's entry hazards once it is off the field, even though Smeargle can block slower threats for a turn from spinning the hazards away with Explosion. Faster Taunt users can easily shut down Smeargle, as it relies heavily on Spore to be able to lie down hazards.
Smeargle is usable in the Uber tier of competitive battling as well, where its niche is very much different to what it does in the lower tiers. Thanks to the lack of restrictions concerning Baton Pass in Ubers, Smeargle can perform the SmashPass role well thanks to it being the only Pokémon with access to both Spore and Shell Smash. While Smeargle may seem to be easily shut down by a Magic Bounce user in Mega Diancie, a +2 Iron Head can dispose of Mega Diancie. However, Smeargle is a Pokémon that requires risky prediction in order to be used effectively, as it only gets one chance to pass off a Shell Smash to an intimidating threat. Its poor bulk, struggles with common Pokémon like Darkrai and Mega Sableye, and susceptibility to being picked off by priority attacks make it an overall hard Pokémon to use, but the reward can be grand if pulled off correctly.
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