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Sketch (move)

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Sketch
スケッチ Sketch
Sketch V.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  1 (max. 1)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as the one before it.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.

Sketch (Japanese: スケッチ Sketch) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II. It is the signature move of Smeargle.

Effect

Generation II

Sketch allows the user to copy the opponent's last move permanently, therefore replacing Sketch. Sketch cannot be used to copy Selfdestruct, Explosion, Struggle, Transform, or Metronome. If used by a transformed Pokémon, Sketch will fail. If the battle does not allow experience points to be earned (such as link battles or Battle Tower battles), any move learned via Sketch will be forgotten at the end of the battle.

Sketch is not affected by Protect or Detect.

Generation III-V

Sketch can now be used to copy Selfdestruct and Explosion when used in a battle with a Pokémon with the Damp Ability. It can also be used to copy Metronome and Transform, if the move fails to activate due to effects such as sleep; this did not work in Generation II. Struggle, Shadow moves and Chatter cannot be sketched.

Generation VI

Sketch can now be used to copy Metronome and Transform, without the need for either move to fail.

Sketch will fail if used against a target protected by Crafty Shield. Sketch is not affected by Spiky Shield.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 A move that allows the user to copy a move used by an opponent and learn that move.
GSC Copies the foe's move permanently.
RSE Copies the foe's last move permanently.
FRLG This move copies the move last used by the foe, then disappears.
Colo.XD Copies the target's last move permanently.
PMDRB Copies the move last used by the target and makes it the user's. Sketch disappears after it copies a move.
DPPt It enables the user to learn a move used by the foe. Once used, the move Sketch disappears.
HGSS It enables the user to permanently learn the move last used by the foe. Once used, Sketch disappears.
BWB2W2
XY
It enables the user to permanently learn the move last used by the target. Once used, Sketch disappears.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
235 Smeargle Smeargle Normal Normal --
11
21
31
41
51
61
71
81
91
--
11
21
31
41
51
61
71
81
91
--
11
21
31
41
51
61
71
81
91
--
11
21
31
41
51
61
71
81
91
--
11
21
31
41
51
61
71
81
91
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Sketch II.png Sketch III.png Sketch IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Sketch PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

  • Sketch is the first Generation II move in index number order.
  • Sketch is the only move that can be on a Pokémon's moveset that does not naturally have a PP value at a multiple of 5.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 寫生 Xiěshēng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schets
France Flag.png French Gribouille
Germany Flag.png German Nachahmer
Greece Flag.png Greek Αφηρημένο Σχέδιο
Italy Flag.png Italian Schizzo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스케치 Sketch
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Esboço
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Sketch
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Slikanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Esquema


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