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Smeargle's Moves in PokemonGo

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Smeargle has a unique implementation in PokemonGo where it can copy most the majority of moves from other Pokemon via Photobombing
But Smeargle cant learn every move
Each time a new move is available in PokemonGo, People test if Smeargle can learn it.
In most cases they are disappointed.

This is because Smeargle has a hardcoded list of moves in the GAME_MASTER detailing what it can learn from mirroring other Pokemon.
This page outlines the moves that Smeargle can and cannot learn.

What moves CANT Smeargle Learn?

Lets start with moves Smeargle can not learn
I think thats what people will find more interesting
and finish with a list of the possible moves at the end.

Quick Moves Smeargle cannot learn

CHARM
ICE FANG
LOCK ON
THUNDER FANG
TRANSFORM
WATER GUN BLASTOISE

This page is dynamically generated, but we can comment on the moves likely never to be added

WATER GUN BLASTOISE is an unused move from when the game first launched, there is no Pokemon that uses this move (including Blastoise).
TRANSFORM is reserved for Ditto, obviously another unique Pokemon in the game
CHARM was recently added as a quick move, and may have just been forgotten from Smeargles moveset

Quick moves is quite a short list compared to Charge moves...

Charge Moves Smeargle cannot learn

ACID SPRAY
BLAZE KICK
BRINE
CRABHAMMER
CRUSH CLAW
DOOM DESIRE
DRAIN PUNCH
EARTH POWER
FELL STINGER
FISSURE
FRUSTRATION
GIGA DRAIN
GIGA IMPACT
HEART STAMP
HORN DRILL
HYDRO PUMP BLASTOISE
LEAF TORNADO
LEECH LIFE
LUNGE
MEGA DRAIN
MIRROR SHOT
MUDDY WATER
OCTAZOOKA
ORIGIN PULSE
PARABOLIC CHARGE
POWER UP PUNCH
PRECIPICE BLADES
PSYSTRIKE
RAZOR SHELL
REST
RETURN
SCALD
SCALD BLASTOISE
SHADOW BONE
SKULL BASH
SUPER POWER
SYNCHRONOISE
WEATHER BALL FIRE
WEATHER BALL ICE
WEATHER BALL ROCK
WEATHER BALL WATER
WRAP GREEN
WRAP PINK

There are a lot of moves here, but most can be classified into 4 buckets
Signature Moves, Unused moves, Unreleased moves & Newly released moves.

Signature moves being special moves that only a certain species of Pokemon can lean, Like CRABHAMMER for Kingler or PRECIPICE BLADES for Groudon, tucked away under Niantics belt for a future release.
Unused Moves like WATER GUN BLASTOISE and BRINE (BRINE being a Legacy move for OMANYTE)
Un-released moves Self explanatory - moves that may be implemented in the future - these could eventually enter Smeargles move pool.
Newly Released moves moves like POWER UP PUNCH have been added to the game more recently than other moves. it looks like they didnt make it to Smeargles move list.

Moves Smeargle CAN Learn in PokemonGo?

Below is the full list of moves Speargle can learn in PokemonGo
according to the GAME_MASTER file

FAST MOVES

TACKLE
FURY CUTTER
BUG BITE
BITE
SUCKER PUNCH
DRAGON BREATH
THUNDER SHOCK
SPARK
LOW KICK
KARATE CHOP
EMBER
WING ATTACK
PECK
LICK
SHADOW CLAW
VINE WHIP
RAZOR LEAF
MUD SHOT
ICE SHARD
FROST BREATH
QUICK ATTACK
SCRATCH
POUND
CUT
POISON JAB
ACID
PSYCHO CUT
ROCK THROW
METAL CLAW
BULLET PUNCH
WATER GUN
SPLASH
MUD SLAP
ZEN HEADBUTT
CONFUSION
POISON STING
BUBBLE
FEINT ATTACK
STEEL WING
FIRE FANG
ROCK SMASH
COUNTER
POWDER SNOW
CHARGE BEAM
VOLT SWITCH
DRAGON TAIL
AIR SLASH
INFESTATION
STRUGGLE BUG
ASTONISH
HEX
IRON TAIL
FIRE SPIN
BULLET SEED
EXTRASENSORY
SNARL
HIDDEN POWER
TAKE DOWN
WATERFALL
YAWN
PRESENT
SMACK DOWN
CHARGE MOVES

WRAP
DARK PULSE
VICE GRIP
MEGAHORN
DIG
PSYBEAM
STONE EDGE
DISCHARGE
DRILL PECK
BLIZZARD
AERIAL ACE
PETAL BLIZZARD
POISON FANG
BUBBLE BEAM
LOW SWEEP
AQUA TAIL
PSYSHOCK
ROCK TOMB
POWER GEM
SHADOW PUNCH
SHADOW BALL
IRON HEAD
THUNDER
TWISTER
DRAGON CLAW
DRAINING KISS
MOONBLAST
CROSS POISON
SLUDGE WAVE
BONE CLUB
MUD BOMB
X SCISSOR
FLAME BURST
WATER PULSE
PSYCHIC
FIRE PUNCH
LEAF BLADE
AIR CUTTER
BRICK BREAK
HORN ATTACK
HYPER FANG
CLOSE COMBAT
FOCUS BLAST
WILD CHARGE
AVALANCHE
SKY ATTACK
ROCK BLAST
NIGHT SHADE
HEAVY SLAM
GRASS KNOT
FUTURESIGHT
OUTRAGE
FOUL PLAY
DRACO METEOR
FRENZY PLANT
HYDRO CANNON
METEOR MASH
STRUGGLE
HYPER BEAM
SLUDGE
FLAME WHEEL
FLAMETHROWER
CROSS CHOP
EARTHQUAKE
ICE PUNCH
FLASH CANNON
ICE BEAM
HEAT WAVE
DRILL RUN
BUG BUZZ
NIGHT SLASH
SUBMISSION
AQUA JET
SEED BOMB
ANCIENT POWER
ROCK SLIDE
SHADOW SNEAK
OMINOUS WIND
MAGNET BOMB
THUNDER PUNCH
THUNDERBOLT
DRAGON PULSE
DISARMING VOICE
DAZZLING GLEAM
PLAY ROUGH
SLUDGE BOMB
GUNK SHOT
BULLDOZE
SIGNAL BEAM
FLAME CHARGE
FIRE BLAST
HYDRO PUMP
ICY WIND
SOLAR BEAM
POWER WHIP
HURRICANE
SWIFT
STOMP
BODY SLAM
DYNAMIC PUNCH
AURORA BEAM
ZAP CANNON
BRAVE BIRD
SAND TOMB
SILVER WIND
GYRO BALL
OVERHEAT
ENERGY BALL
MIRROR COAT
CRUNCH
SURF
PSYCHO BOOST
BLAST BURN
LAST RESORT

Smeargle FAQ

What happens if I try to Sketch (Photobomb) a move Smeargle cannot learn?
Smeargle will be randomly assigned a move from its allowed moves

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