'Pokémon Go' Update: Smeargle Teased as Next Addition

Pokémon Go has seen a lot of updates recently, and Niantic is teasing even more with the addition of the painting Pokémon, Smeargle.

Niantic didn't release information on its blog or on its social media channels, but the official Pokémon Go Twitter account changed its profile image to include splashes of green paint all over the logo.

Many fans are speculating this means Smeargle is finally coming to the mobile game, and it's easy to see why.

Is Smeargle coming to 'Pokemon Go' soon? Pokemon Company/NewsGeek

Smeargle is a Normal-type Pokémon from the Johto Region whose gimmick is that it can learn any move by using its Sketch attack. After the opponent uses an attack, Smeargle can use Sketch to copy its attack and make it its own. However, Sketch has only one PP in the Pokémon games so trainers need to be careful as to when to use it. It'll be interesting to see how Niantic incorporates Sketch into the game.

It's unclear how Niantic will bring Smeargle into Pokémon Go, but the painting Pokémon could appear in a special research task for a limited time, similar to how Shedinja was included in Research Breakthroughs or how Spinda and its various patterns are only catchable in research tasks.

Many Pokémon Go players are speculating a new event will drop this week. Past Valentine's Days featured special updates that included new Shiny Pokémon. Perhaps this is when Smeargle will be introduced?

Recently, Niantic has updated Pokémon Go to hold multiple events at once. Currently, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, Pokémon that represent the Chinese Zodiac animals are appearing more frequently with Spoink - representing the Year of the Pig - gaining access to its Shiny form for the first time.

This past weekend had the Friendship limited event that sped up the process of gaining friendship in Pokémon Go. Shiny Meltan also makes its debut in Pokémon Go, in a month-long event that gives trainers a chance to catch this rare Mythical Pokémon. Players need to have access to Pokémon Let's Go to get mystery boxes, and you can read more on how to get Shiny Meltan in our guide, here.

Not to mention the Swinub Pokémon Go Community Day on February 16, there is no shortage of things for trainers to do.

Are you excited for Smeargle's possible addition in Pokémon Go? How do you think Niantic will distribute the Pokémon? Let us know in the comments section below.