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I need it for the dumb metal but he won't appear no matter how many pictures I take of my buddy ;-; how can I get him?

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It's completely random, so it's probably bad luck.  I know players report up to having to take 1500-2000 pictures, but some can occur in the first 10.
A trick my friend taught me was take 3 pictures in succession of one Pokemon, 3 pictures in succession of another, then 3 pictures of another. Believe it or not, it works

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Its completely random.

The way to get the Smeargle is:
Tap on your pet in the bottom left corner of the main screen if Pokemon Go and hit Play!
Then take pictures with your pet, as many as you want. Each picture can have a Smeargle in it so you should take plenty.
Then when your done taking pictures, on the top right of your screen there should be a button that has an arrow and a cell phone on it. Tap that and it will let you scroll through all your photos. If a Smeargle appears hit the x on the bottom to exit out of the photo reel and you should be forced into a "battle" with a Smeargle.

You can only catch one Smeargle per day - this resets at midnight local time, not 24 hours after catching the last Smeargle
The Pokemon you take a photo of doesn't influence the chance of Smeargle appearing
We don't know the exact chance of Smeargle showing up, so simply rinse and repeat the above steps until it does
Smeargle's moveset will be copied from the Pokemon in the photo, so consider using stronger Pokemon if you want to use Smeargle in battle
Smeargle cannot copy Transform from Ditto, nor can it learn two Charged moves
Catching Smeargle contributes to the new Cameraman badge
Smeargle will stay in the wild for an hour before disappearing
Smeargle can appear in a photo of another Smeargle
Smeargle can run away from you, so throw some Razz Berries if it's your first one

https://www.gamesradar.com/pokemon-go-smeargle-how-to-get-catch/ This and every other source on the internet says its random

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I havent been getting any at all and i'd like an answer a bit more specific to the event going on? How can i get one in the event?
It's just a random chance of happening, kind of like a shiny, but less rare. If something had a 50% chance of appearing it could technically not appear for thousands of encounters. Your just getting very unlikely. The way to get the Smeargle is:
Tap on your pet in the bottom left corner of the main screen if Pokemon Go and hit Play!
Then take pictures with your pet, as many as you want. Each picture can have a Smeargle in it so you should take plenty.
Then when your done taking pictures, on the top right of your screen there should be a button that has an arrow and a cell phone on it. Tap that and it will let you scroll through all your photos. If a Smeargle appears hit the x on the bottom to exit out of the photo reel and you should be forced into a "battle" with a Smeargle.

Hope I helped Ill add this to the answer
I forgot to say that each picture gets saved to your phone so it can take up a lot of space. Would recommend deleting