New Pokémon are added to Pokémon GO's Pokedex all the time - with new events and raids giving trainers ample to chance to catch sight a rare Pokémon. Sometimes however, trainers are offered the chance to catch a Shiny version and this time it is none other than Shiny Smeargle to join that ever-exclusive roster.
Shiny Smeargle Pokémon GO 2021: How to Catch
Unfortunately, Smeargle is not quite as easy to get your hands on as other Pokémon. Not even for this new Snap-themed event. If you have ever tried to get a non-Shiny Smeargle, then you know that you can only see this Pokémon by using the Snapshot camera mode in the game. Finding the Shiny Smeargle is fortunately very similar:
- In-app, select any Pokémon and open Snapshot mode (the camera button in the top right corner)
- Now, take lots of photos
- Leave Snapshot mode to look over the photos you have just taken
- If a Smeargle appears in any of your photos, then they will shortly appear in the wild. From there, tap and catch
Usually when a Pokémon is offered up during an event, they appear more regularly in the wild. Niantic have confirmed that this will also happen for Smeargle - in that they are more likely to appear in your photos than normal. This is of course no guarantee, and there is even less chance of catching a Shiny version. Shiny Smeargle will be available in-game from April 29, to May 2.