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If you have a good competitive moveset for Smeargle, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Smeargle can only have 1 sketch at a time.
One of nintendo's great mistakes.
Smeargle @ Leftovers
Ability: Technician
EVs: 252 HP/128 Def/128 SpD
Bold Nature
-Milk Drink
-Slack Off
Because I can.
Edit: False Swipe Gaming mentioned this comment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N1PnP7e1pA&t=900s
@SCP Yours has PMS! XD
Smeargle @ Focus Sash
Ability: Moody
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Spe / 4 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
Timid nature
-Sheer Cold
Because it's fun

44 Answers

16 votes

I would use:

  • Spore (100% accuracy to make pokemon fall asleep)
  • Lock-On (next move guaranteed to hit)
  • Sheer Cold
  • Double Edge or another powerful move, just in case the others don't work. Surf would probably be best because it's better against more types (DE would be ineffective against ghosts).

Or instead of the OHKO thing, you could go with Spore, Double Team then two attacking moves, maybe Surf and Earthquake?

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If you take away Double Edge and add Agility Smeargle can outspeed everything.  This set is more or less countered by just switching out tho :(
these moves would have to be used on hack mode or pokemon showdown
I love this moveset, maybe Fissure for another OHKO move.
I say replace double edge with agility and give it a focus sash
Why does that matter?
7 votes

I like endeavor and extreem speed. If you have a focus sash and you are level one you can beat your friends level 100 with a level one.

A STARLY did that to an ARCEUS on a Battle Video once.
I like this moveset,now I'm going to go and catch a Smeargle.
This is just a copy of Uncle Nick's F.E.A.R. Rattata(ScrewAttack).

Focus Sash



@ohioscyther You should also add Metal Burst just in case if the Opposing Pokemon has a Priority Move because Metal Burst can counter Physical and Special Attacks.
Also have Bullet Punch for ghosts.
7 votes

Item: Focus-sash
Nature: Timid/Jolly
Ability: Own-tempo/Moody
EVs: 252 Speed, 128 Defense, 128 S.Defense


Spore makes them go to sleep. Quiver-dance and Bulk-up are boosts to pass and when combined they boost all your basic stats(Accuracy and evasiveness being secondary stats). Baton-pass passes the stat boosts.

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Disclaimer: If you use this set people may hate you, use at own risk.
Why do you have Baton pass? It is a ridiculous move, you can just switch Smeargle out instead.
Beacause if you just switch out all of the stat boosting is wasted. Baton Pass passes on ALL stat boosts to the next Pokemon.
How Bout Coil instead of bulk up it also boost accuracy :/
6 votes

What I use is a set-up Smeargel, and it works really well:

Smeargle (F) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Own Tempo
EVs: 128 Def / 128 Special Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Spikes
- Toxic Spikes
- Stealth Rock
- Spore

So basically, Smeargle prevents fainting from Focus Sash, and spores them to sleep if she doesn't attack first. Either way, asleep. This gives her a chance to set up, Stealth Rocks, possibly a few layers of Spikes, and some Toxic Spikes to get that in-between damage rolling. Lets just hope, as the user, you can get set up quickly. And man, does this thing screw you if you don't have a rapid spinner. ;P

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Personally I would use Spore instead of Dragon-tail/Circle throw as Smeargle does not have the bulk to set up.
Right. Thanks SF! Dont know what I'd do without ya. ;P
Replace Spikes with Sticky Web and your set.
5 votes

Gen V

Smeargle (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Own Tempo
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Shell Smash
  • Spore
  • Baton Pass
  • Cotton Guard
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4 votes

Note: This is not a competitive set. This is an in-game moveset used to capture rare Pokemon.

Ability: Technician
Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 HP (then again, who cares about Evs for in-game?)

  • False Swipe
  • Spore
  • Heal Block/Soak/Shadow Claw
  • Mean Look

False Swipe gets a STAB+Technician boost and leaves one HP for the Pokemon you're trying to catch. Spore leaves them with sleep status, which is optimal for capture. Heal block is for legendary Pokemon that like to restore their health, and soak can turn your opponent into water type, meaning that ghosts that would otherwise be immune to false swipe no longer have that luxury. Not only does soak eliminate their STAB in most cases, but it lets you use net balls on them if you can't use dusk balls. (that one is more situational, but it can still be helpful depending on what verison you own.) Mean Look prevents manual fleeing, and since the Pokemon is asleep, it has a low chance of being able to get in a roar on you.

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awesome moveset that helps catch TONS of Pokemon...
Well, how about roaming Legendary that using Roar? That move is such as pain in the ass!
I remember in HeartGold SoulSilver and in Pokemon X and Y sucuine entei rakiou articuno zapdos and moltres leave (in X and Y articuno zapdos and moltres disappears  until you see then about 9 times) in HeartGold and SoulSliver you have one turn. But for other pokemon with roar its Great !
I think that false swipe,  spore, thunder wave and soak would be better as a lot of things aren't effected by spore
You can use Taunt to stop Pokémon using Roar and moves of that kind (if you can get Spore and Taunt consecutively, they won't be able to use those moves).

Also if you're playing in ORAS version, Mean Look won't be required as there are no roaming legendary Pokémon.
Basically, you can just replace Mean Look with another move, preferably Heal Block / Taunt / Soak.

In addition to the above note about Thunder Wave, it's a permanent status condition, so you won't have to reapply it every few turns.

You can read up on the Legendary you want to catch here (examples for XY and ORAS ):
OR simply type in the version of the game followed by legendary.
3 votes

Well a good moveset would have lock on and a one hit k-o move like sheer cold then moves like earthquake and psychic to defend against fighting types. Sheer cold is better becuase it effects all types.

Sheer cold does not affect ice types
3 votes

Shell Smashing Smeargle

@Focus Sash
252hp 4Def 252Speed
Jolly/Timid nature
-Baton Pass
-Shell Smash
-Destiny Bond

I had allot of fun with this set yesterday, considering your reading this on the 30th of may.
Ok so the only type of smeargle you see in the current meta game is Spore.Baton Pass.Shell Smash, No one ever thinks about the last move.
So why not destiny bond.
So heres the strat- Send out smeargle first use shell smash (yes first, unlike other sets that allows you to out speed your opponent to put them to sleep, that then allows you to spore so they wont wake up and kill the pokemon passed to which if you use spore first they would have a good chance, though dont use if the pokemon is well known for a priority move which most leads are not.)

Second spore then pass.
Sweeper sweeps.
Ok sweeper eventually gets taken out so switch back in 276 speed will out run most pokemon so you can then spore them and use the usual tactic pass again.
But If the foe is sweeping your team and it will loose you the match send in 1hp smeargle with destiny bond, who will expect that, now you have no major threat to deal with.

wow it is all bold oh wait 1.2372% is not bold
lol toxicroaker u troller
2 votes

Smeargle (M) @ Focus Sash

Role: Staller

Trait: Own Tempo

EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Spore
  • Substitute
  • Toxic
  • Recover


Love Addict (Smeargle) (M) @ (No Item)

Role: Hillarious

Trait: Own Tempo

EVs: 252 Spd

Naughty Nature (+Atk, -SDef)

  • Charm
  • Sleep Powder
  • Harden
  • Pound
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Sorry, but I had to fix the addict set.
I don't see a change?

And btw, I edited the name to make it slightly more appropiate for those who don't get it.
the set was in the wrong order. He never pounds before the sleep powder.
Oh, lol Forgot about that.
That IS hilarious!
I was staring at this set for a good minute trying to see what was so good about the moves.
why not Cotton Guard?
Instead of Harden?
Because Smeargle doesn't use protection.

Sheep skin   -   Cotton
Guard (self explanatory)
Pound isn't a very good move, it doesn't do enough damage.
How bout Bone Rush?
i agree bone rush and cotton guard *by the way im new to being a user on this site*
U should use Spore instead of Sleep Powder. Spore has 100% accuracy while Sleep Powder has 75% accuracy and u DON'T want risks of Sleep Powder missing.

Hope I helped :)
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Gen V

Smeargle (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Own Tempo
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Sp.Atk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

Shell Smash
ExtremeSpeed / Mach Punch

  • Start off with Shell Smash, if you go down to your focus sash then, put them to sleep with added speed. Endeavor them to 1hp too, then out speed them with ExtremeSpeed or Mach Punch. If they don't hit you first go, do another shell smash and up your attack!
Pretty good idea here.
thought i would try something different!
/Bullet Punch/Quick Attack
Well what if u were against a ghost type? because you don't have baton pass so u can't keep the shell smash for a high defense pokemon. But it still is a great moveset for other pokemon types :)
2 votes

Here's a super annoying smeargle that reks in 1v1

Smeargle @ Leftovers(sash is banned in 1v1)
Trait: Technician
Timid Nature
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Spe, 4 Def

So here's the objective of this set: when you use Spore on your opponent, you can use Taunt(optional). Right after you Taunt your opponent make sure you use Imprison. After that use transform. Your opponent will now be struggling to take out your Smeargle

Pun Intended

haha i use the same set on 1v1 before i saw others did also. It works beutifully and if your  opponent wakes up then... you dead. and also only use this vs stallers or slower guys than you
It looks like imprison only works if your opponent has a same move as you. If none of your moves are the same, it fails. At least as far as Ruby (Gen 3) is concerned. I just spent like an hour getting imprison, spore, and transform on a smeargle only to find out about this imprison caveat.
I think it's better to know Mimic instead of Taunt.  Mimic guarantees that you will know a move of the opponent's, which in turn ensures that Imprison will not fail. So order of moves (depending on Smeargle's speed): Spore (if opponent attacks first), Mimic, Imprison, Transform--then sit back and enjoy the show. If Smeargle attacks first, better just use an Imprison right off the bat (it's gonna be a wasted first move anyway), THEN mimic, THEN spore, then Imprison (again if needed), then transform
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Okay, this one won't work unless your opponent has a weak lead, but if it does work, well, you will have one ticked-off opponent on your hands.

Okay, so this is primarily a lead but can be used later as well:

Smeargle (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Own Tempo
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Belly Drum/Swords Dance
- Agility
- Baton Pass
- Protect

First, go for either Agility or Belly Drum (use Belly Drum ONLY if your opponent's Pokemon can't one-hit the smeargle). If you use Belly Drum, follow up with Protect to regain some of the lost HP with Leftovers. After that, use Baton Pass to give the boost to either a speedy poke or a physical poke.

Used correctly, this can make any physical attacker with decent speed impossible to touch.
It should be taken note of that it would help lots to also have a priority attack on whoever you are Baton Passing to, because if you pass to, say, Salamence, an Ice Shard might almost kill it. So be aware.

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Moody cannot be used with Baton Pass.
I'll change that.
1 vote

Here is a Smeargle for use in Rain Teams.


Smeargle @ Life Orb
Trait: Techinician
EVs: 252 SAtk/ 252 HP/ 4 Spe
Modest Nature (+SAtk,-Atk)

  • Soak
  • Thunder
  • Bullet Punch/ Charge Beam
  • Hurricane

Soak is for turning the opponent into a Water type and use Thunder on him. Bullet Punch is for Priority but Charge Beam can be used on the Water type, being super-effective and having a chance to raise Smeargle's low Special attack. Hurricane is also a good move in Rain.

what are you going to do when a pokemon with a weather starting ability comes in?
xD Weather is pretty rare in NU but.... I could just switch into my Rain starter and kill the other Weather starter :P
yeah but what if it was Abamasnow aka barrack obamasnow? Cot sumpthin' super effective to that?
Smeargle is RU, I thought.
So you have access to every priority move in the game, but you choose the one with the worst possible typing? GJ.
With that being said, go for Aqua Jet. (Tech + Rain)
Right xD
Probably not Aqua jet because of soak, but instead maybe ExtremeSpeed
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Smeargle (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Own Tempo
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Spore
  • Shell Smash
  • Endeavor
  • ExtremeSpeed


  • Spore
  • Shell Smash
  • Night Shade
  • Destiny Bond
1 vote

Here's my pride and joy button passer.
Shell smash
cosmic power
button pass

Item-focus sash

Always works with it because of great defense raising with shell smash

1 vote

Smeargle @focus sash
Leech seed
anythingyouwant endeavor or toxic spikes to lower opponents hp faster
its the best way to win any match spore leech seed (full health) recycle (bring focus sash back)best at level one

1 vote

Healer/state raising Smeargle


Item:Focus Sash

-Lunar Dance

-Quiver Dance

-Calm Mind

-Baton Pass

-Lunar Dance for healing completely wounded Pokemon on your teams on Wi-Fi battles/Normal trainer battles and for healing their PP.Smeargle will faint using this move so use it later when a teamate is low on Hp/PP.

-Quiver Dance for raising speed/special attack/special defence.

-Calm Mind for raising attack/special attack.

-Batton pass for passing the states to the next Pokemon.

Hope this is a great moveset with smeargle if you don't like Calm Mind replace it with a better state raising move.

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Item: Focus Sash
Ability: Own Tempo
Stealth Rock
Seismic Toss/Toxic Spikes

First turn spore, then stealth rock and spikes, if you get spore with focus sash intact you can spore again, maybe maxing out spikes at three, then toxic spikes or seismic toss, your preference to either dent the lead or get more entry hazards up, seismic toss keeps him from being immobilized by taunt.

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I love using smeargles almost as much as azumarill…almost.
i like battling with them so much I made a party full of them just to anboy my friends. Anyway, heres my team.

Smargle 1: the hazard setter
item: focus sash
Stealth rock-deal some damage when opponents Pokemon are switched out and deals damage to flying types and Pokemon with levitate
Spikes-deal some damage when opponents Pokemon are switched out
toxic spikes-badly poion Pokemon
circle push-swotch opponents Pokemon to deal damage with spikes, toxic spikes, and stealth rock. It also is super effective against 5 types

Smeargle 2: stat booster
Item:focus sash
Calm mind-to help out special sweeper
Spore-to put opponents Pokemon to sleep so you can boost.stats
Minimize-to raise evasion
baton pass-the stat changes on.

Smeargle 3: special sweeper
Item: expert belt
Volt switch-to get out of tough situations
Psychic-reliable move and coverage from fighting
doom desire/roar of time-great moves to use
Earth power-realible and gives good coverage

Smeargle 4: (i don't have a name for this one yet)
Item: focus sash
Judgement-great move (STAB)
Endeavour-works well with focus sash and extreme speed
extreme speed-works well with focus sash and extreme speed (STAB)
U-turn-to get out of tough situations

Smeargle 5: OHKO
Item: focus sash
Lock on-to make sure the OHKO move works
Sheer cold-for OHK
Bullet punch-incase they have sturdy or a focus sash
U-turn-to get out of tough situations

Smeargle 6: physical sweeper
Item:toxic orb
facade-toxic orb and STAB make this move a great optio
swords dance-great stat booster
u-turn to get out of tough situations
Close combat-good move and provides great coverage

Love this! I was also thinking of creating a whole team of Smeargles since I got a box and a half with 2-3 IV Technician/Own Tempo Jolly Smeargles from breeding my main one...
You've come up with a great idea and I might just adapt to this. :)
I LOOOOOOOVE smeargles. They are my 2nd favourite pokémon behind Gengar. I have a bunch that have no use other than bragging. Together they know:
Smeargle No 1: Oblivion wing, hyperspace hole, relic song, techno blast
No 2: Psystrike, Water Shuriken, V-Create, Dark Void
No 3: King's Shield, Bolt strike, land's wrath, Topsy-turvy
No 4: Roar of time, Judgement, Shadow force,  Magma storm

So, Waddya think? :)
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Later Answer tho..

Smeargle (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait; Own Tempo
Nature; Jolly/Timid
EV's; 252 SpD, 128 Def, 128 SpecDef

Dark Void
Shell Smash
Toxic Spikes
Baton Pass

I run this moveset with my Gengar. After using 1-2 Shell smashes and toxic spikes I go to my Gengar and start spamming with Hex. Every Pkmn is 1HKO.

A generation later... Smeargle can't use Dark Void anymore lol