'Pokémon Go' Smeargle Update: How to Catch Paint Pokémon

Smeargle has finally appeared in Pokémon Go, and Niantic has incorporated the new AR-plus Go Snapshot feature into catching the Paint Pokémon.

Go Snapshot is a new feature that gives Pokémon Go players a way to take photos of their Pokémon in various angles, as well as photos of the Pokémon they've already caught.

Pokémon Go trainers who are Level 5 and higher will be able to use this function. Smeargle is tied to this new feature, which is currently the only way to catch the Normal-type Pokémon. If you're looking to add Smeargle to your PokeDex, or learn how to sue the new Go Snapshot feature, here's how to do so.

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Smeargle can only be found in Pokémon Go when using the Go Snapshot feature. Here's how to use this new mode in Pokémon Go.

  • Tap on the Pokémon you want to take an GO Snapshot of in your Pokémon Storage.
  • Tap the camera icon in the upper-right corner.
  • If you are not using AR+, then your Pokémon will already be placed for you.
  • If you are using AR+, slowly pan your camera over a flat, open surface (like the ground or a tabletop). A shimmery effect with yellow footsteps will appear once your device has detected your environment. Note: You can turn your AR+ on or off in the game's settings.
  • Tap on the shimmery effect to place your Pokémon on the flat surface.
  • You can move around to find the best angles for your shot. Tap your Pokémon and it will strike a pose. You can also brush your Pokémon to get its attention.
  • Once ready, tap the camera icon to take your GO Snapshot. You can take multiple shots and they are saved to your device's memory.
  • When your photo shoot is over, tap the exit icon in the upper-left corner. You'll then see a gallery of your photos from that photoshoot.

If you want a visual of how the Pokémon Go Snapshot feature works, check out Reversal's video below.

So now that you have the Go Snapshot feature down, you'll have a chance to find and catch Smeargle. The Normal-type Pokémon will appear randomly to photobomb your Pokémon when players are attempting to take a photo. When this happens, after you exit the photoshoot, Smeargle will appear in the wild for you to tap and catch.

The Silph Road subreddit has a handy list of information that can help trainers catch Smeargle. Highly suggest you check it out.

Smeargle is one of the most unique Pokémon in the whole franchise, in that it only learns one attack: Sketch. This one-use attack will copy the last attack used by a Pokémon and permanently learn it. In Pokémon Go, Smeargle will learn the attacks of the Pokémon it photobombed. Keep that in mind when trying to catch your Smeargle.

Have you found a Smeargle in Pokémon Go yet? What moves does it know? Let us know in the comments section below.