Trainers,

today we took a second look on the decoded 0.57.2 GAME_MASTER and we have some news to report. We would not call these news “bad” per se, but this will hurt some of Smeargle fans out there.

P.S. The cover image of this article is not a Pokémon GO model, it’s a model from Pokémon X&Y. Includes normal and Shiny Smeargle variant.

The GAME_MASTER shows that Smeargle’s moves are not yet implemented and thus Smeargle is not yet available. This could be the Ditto of Generation II.

Smeargle’s GAME_MASTER entry shows the same placeholder moves like Ditto had for months:

 quick_moves: TACKLE_FAST
 cinematic_moves: STRUGGLE

To further support this we went in to find anything related to Smeargle’s signature Sketch move. Unfortunately, we didn’t found anything: no animations, no placeholders, nothing.

Further investigation and future Smeargle event hints

We’ll be frank: this came as a bit of surprise to us. Sure, Smeargle is a potentially game breaking Pokémon in Generation II, but we expected at least some backing code.

We tried searching through the metadata using keywords like:

Doble
Sketch
Smeargle

As mentioned earlier, we had no luck. In the original series, Smeargle can learn the following moves:

We expect Smeargle to follow the same pattern as Ditto, appearing as a discovery by the Professor. In the anime, Smeargle is know for vandalizing the town of Whitestone using three colors: red, blue and yellow. You can watch the episode named “The Art of Pokémon” on Youtube.

We expect Smeargle to appear in Pokémon GO in a future event. We speculate that Smeargle could be responsible for various Gyms changing team colors, similar to what happens in Ingress during similar events.

 

  • TDN

    I figured Smeargle would be an event Pokémon, but I also thought Wobuffet and Unown would be as well.

    • Miroslav Kuhn

      I have a few Wobuffets, Prague – Europe

      • Geaux Ghoti

        Same here. We seem to be getting quite a few showing up at Chodov.

    • N8

      Northeast US here, seen two Wobuffets and caught one of them so far

      • GonzoI

        Midwest here. They’re semi-common here along creek trails (river biome). I’ve also found a few near the capitol building.

    • RW Young

      I caught 8 Wobuffets in Chicago