Japanese Name: ドーブル (Doburu)
Classification: Painter Pokémon
Weight: 127.9 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 55 / Atk 20 / Def 35 / SpAtk 2o / SpDef 45 / Spd 75
Abilities: Own Tempo / Technician / Moody (Hidden Ability)
Smeargle is by far the most versatile Pokemon ever. It learns only one move, Sketch, which allows it to copy and permanently use the move last used by the target for itself, which means that Smeargle has virtually unlimited capacity for movesets. However, this is counterbalanced severely with his stats, which are on the low end of the spectrum to say the least. Meager offenses make using attacks inadvisable, and weak defenses make taking a hit a gamble. What Smeargle does have going for him is speed, as he is the fastest user of the attack Spore, a 100% accuracy Sleep move that can take an opponent out of the game for a few turns. To this end, Smeargle finds a niche as a support Pokemon, more often than not carrying Spore, Baton Pass or Stealth Rock.
Smeargle’s movepool is his greatest friend, thanks to Sketch. Magic Coat alone can be nice for a laugh as the opponent has its entry hazards reflected back at it, and Shell Smash, Shift Gear, Swords Dance, Dragon Dance or Nasty Plot can be Baton Passed away to set up an ally for an ultimate Death Star run. Unfortunately, due to his weak offenses, Smeargle’s offensive potential is… sketchy… to say the least. Every offensive move he can learn someone else can use better, so it’s just better in general to simply relegate Smeargle to a support role. He doesn’t have the stats to last long, but Smeargle is the sort that can pull off a great deal of discord before he drops, making the early or mid game loss seem that much less intimidating.