How to Catch Shiny Smeargle in Pokémon GO

Pokemon GO Smeargle

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Jon Bitner - Author

The festival of colors is in full swing Pokemon GO, and there’s no shortage of reasons to pick up the game and explore all of its limited-time content. If you’re a Shiny Hunter, you’ll be most interested in tracking down a Shiny Smeargle – an elusive creature that appears more often than usual during the event.

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But how do you catch a Shiny Smeargle? Pokemon GO? And is there anything you can do to increase the likelihood of its occurrence? Here’s what you need to know before embarking on your quest to find the unique Pokemon.

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How to catch Shiny Smeargle in ‘Pokémon GO’.

While most Pokémon can be encountered by chance while exploring your neighborhood, Smeargle is not. This reclusive creature can instead be found by photobombing pictures you’ve taken of your Pokémon. It’s a bit odd, but here’s a closer look at how to encounter and catch a Shiny Smeargle.

  • Open the menu and select your camera.
  • Select any Pokémon to pose for your pictures.
  • Take a picture, then exit the camera menu and scroll through your photos.
  • If you’re lucky, you’ll see Smeargle bombard one of your images with a photobomb.
  • Once you’ve spotted Smeargle in a photo, check your map.
  • You should now see a wild Smeargle nearby.
  • Select the Pokemon and you’ll dive into the standard battle screen.

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Remember that Smeargle copies the moveset of any Pokemon it photobombs – so it’s in your best interest to snap photos of one of the best Pokemon in your party.

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Is Shiny Smeargle Rare in Pokémon GO?

Smeargle is a rare find in Pokemon GO, and a Shiny Smeargle is even harder to hit. Typically, you can only find Smeargle in one photo per day, meaning you only get one chance to catch them per day. During the Festival of Colors that means up to five encounters per day. The event ends on March 14th at 20:00 local time, so take advantage of the new encounter rates while you can.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to increase your chances of finding a Shiny Smeargle (although prices have increased during the Festival of Colors). Instead, you just have to get lucky and hope that one of your five encounters happens with a Shiny Smeargle.

If you miss this event, there’s a good chance a similar one will happen in the future. For example, Shiny Smeargle sightings increased significantly during the launch window New Pokemon Snap. Niantic usually keeps such events under wraps, so it’s unclear when the next event will surface. Because of this, anyone looking for a Shiny Smeargle should make time to track down the rare Pokémon before the end of the Festival of Colors. How to Catch Shiny Smeargle in Pokémon GO

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