Pokemon Go is celebrating the release of New Pokemon Snap with a special event from now until May 2. As part of the event, the Painter Pokemon Smeargle will be photobombing snapshots you take more frequently than usual, and you have your first chance to encounter a Shiny Smeargle in the game. This Shiny variant will only be available during the event, however, so if you’re hoping to add it to your collection, here are some tips on how to catch Shiny Smeargle.
How To Catch Shiny Smeargle
Unlike most other Pokemon in the game, Smeargle can’t be encountered as a wild spawn. Rather, the Painter Pokemon will occasionally make a surprise appearance in snapshots you take. If you happen to see Smeargle photobombing one of your pictures, you’ll then spot the Pokemon on the map, giving you a chance to capture it.
As part of the New Pokemon Snap event, Smeargle is appearing in snapshots more frequently than usual, so you should have an easier time of encountering one. However, Niantic notes that Smeargle will “only appear in snapshots a limited number of times,” so you have a set number of chances to encounter a Shiny variant. Shiny Smeargle will also stop appearing in the game once the New Pokemon Snap event ends, but Niantic teases that it may return again in the future.
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