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A guide to capture smeargles

Discussion in 'Pokémon General' started by Strytho, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. Strytho

    Strytho Giveaway Enthusiast

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    Hey, today I'm going to be talking about something I ALWAYS use to catch my Pokémon that really helps me out ALOT! CAPTURE SMEARGLES

    Q1: What is a capture smeargle?

    A1: It's a smeargle with a moveset designed to be perfect for capturing Pokémon.

    Q2: Why should I use a smeargle?

    A2: While smeargle isn't overly strong, it can learn any 4 moves in the game at any given time. This makes it so that you just need one Pokémon to catch something rather than 3 or 4. This is particularlly important for Pokémon like wobbuffet and diglette due to arena trap and shadow tag preventing a Pokémon from switching out.

    Now let's get into this. You will need a smeargle, either gender is fine. Next it needs to have the ability technician, this will power up one of it's most important moves. Here is the moveset I suggest:

    - dark void
    - false swipe
    - foresight/odor slueth
    - mean look

    Q3: Why dark void? Where do I get that?

    A:3 Poisoning and burning the Pokémon is always a bad idea so that is out. Sleep powerder, spore, and stun spore will not work on grass types or any Pokémon holding the safety goggles. Hypnosis is blocked by dark types, ground types block thunder wave, and while glare can paralyze any Pokémon thanks to foresight or oder slueth, sleep status actually works better than paralysis because it gives a bigger increase to your chance of catching a Pokémon. Also dark void hits everything on the opposing side of the field and, while some types resist dark type attacks no one type completelly blocks them out like the other mentioned attacks. Dark void can be obtained from a smeargle you borrow from a friend or from a darkrai. A word of caution though. While dark void is a good move it only has about 80% accuracy. This means it may miss sometimes but it is still the move I would reccomend.

    Q4: And the other attacks?

    A:4 False swipe has base 40 power so while it's not strong it can bring down an opponent. False swipe will always leave the opponent with 1 HP and it gets a boost from technician. Hold back would work too but that gets tricky since it has to be obtained from an event Pokémon. Foresight and odor slueth are a matter of prefference since both do the EXACT same thing. They reset evasiveness and allow ghost types to be hit with normal and fighting type moves. This means double teamers can now be hit easily. mean look prevents the opponent from running, so now that abra can't teleport away from you. :)

    Q5: How do I get these moves onto the smeargle?

    A5: The only way to do it is to have a high level Pokémon use a move in a double battle then have the smeargle use sketch. Once the battle is ove have it relearn sketch from the move relearner then repeat untill all the moves are on it. In X and Y there is a low level battle restaraunt in lumiose city that is great for this. Just make sure that smeargle is atleast level 12 before you go in. In ORAS, the best way to do this is via blissey base because on the first battle, the smeargle will be able to learn at least 2 moves and the blissey won't fight back if you go to the right ones.

    Q6: What level should the smeargle be when it's done?

    A6: Honestly, it needs to be at level 100 for maximum effectiveness. The best way to do this is either with the experience share in X and Y or run through some blissey bases while its holding a lucky egg and while using the experience o power at the highest level.

    Q7: Natures? EVs? IVs?

    A7: You'll want any nature that raises either attack or speed and lowers special attack since this build doesn't use it. For EVs, I'd say put some in speed and attack and maybe some in HP. For IV, 5IV missing special attack would give you the best results but if you don't want to mess with that then they just need to not be terrible and not zeros.

    Q8: Is there going to be breeding involved?

    A8: Only if you want a really good one. Like I said, as long as it's stats and nature aren't terrible you can work with pretty much any smeargle.

    Well that pretty much wraps it up. Have fun and enjoy your new capture smeargle!
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  2. Megarai111

    Megarai111 Elizabeth 3rd

    Dec 23, 2014
    ..I haven't even thought of such a thing yet :O
    Thanks! A trick like this will definitely help me out!
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