Sketch (move)

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スケッチ Sketch
Sketch IX.png
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 Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
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.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

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.


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Reason: Does the sketched move start with full PP in all generations?
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Sketch allows the user to learn the target's last move permanently, replacing Sketch in the process.

It bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. Sketch is not affected by Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield. Sketch will fail if used against a target protected by Crafty Shield.

Although they can be sketched, Hyperspace Fury and Dark Void (starting in Generation VII) are unable to be used in battle. These moves can only be used by Hoopa Unbound or Darkrai respectively, or by a Pokémon that has transformed into them.

These moves cannot be sketched: Chatter, Mirror Move, Sleep Talk, Struggle, Sketch itself, Shadow moves, Z-Moves, and others depending on the generation. Sketch can copy Selfdestruct and Explosion only when a Pokémon with the Damp Ability is present.

Generation II

Sketch cannot be used to copy Transform, Metronome, or Mimic.

Sketch will fail if:

  • The move tries to copy a move the user already knows.
  • The battle does not allow experience points to be earned (such as link battles or battle facility battles).
  • The target is transformed.

If used by a transformed Pokémon, Sketch will allow the Pokémon to permanently learn the sketched move; this is known as the Sketch glitch.

Generation III

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire only, Sketch can copy a move a Pokémon attempted to use, but failed to due to sleep. This allows the moves Metronome, Mimic, and Transform to be copied (which otherwise cannot be)—this means that in the Generation III games, these moves can only be copied by Sketch in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

If the battle does not allow experience points to be earned (such as link battles or Battle Tower battles), any moveset changes caused by Sketch will be reverted at the end of the battle.

Sketch will fail if:

  • Used by a transformed Pokémon.
  • A Pokémon somehow uses it without having Sketch in its current moveset.

Generation IV to VII

Sketch can now be used to copy Metronome, Mimic, and Transform like any other move (without the need for the move to fail due to sleep).

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Sketch, the user's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed are raised by one stage each.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Sketch cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

In Versions 1.0 to 2.0.2 of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Sketch could not be selected in a battle.

Starting with Version 3.0.0, Sketch is once again usable. Sketch can no longer copy Dark Void or Hyperspace Fury, nor can it copy the newly introduced moves Revival Blessing, Tera Starstorm, or the Starmobiles' signature moves. Despite being both inaccessible and unusable, Breakneck Blitz is also specified as a move that cannot be copied by Sketch.


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.
DPPt It enables the user to learn a move used by the foe. Once used, the move Sketch disappears.
PBR It enables the user to learn a move used by the foe.
HGSS It enables the user to permanently learn the move last used by the foe. Once used, Sketch disappears.
It enables the user to permanently learn the move last used by the target. Once used, Sketch disappears.
SV This move enables the user to permanently learn the move last used by the target. Once used, Sketch disappears.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0235 Smeargle NormalIC Big.png Field Field 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91BDSP 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Sketch targets the Pokémon in front and will copy their last used move, replacing Sketch with it. Sketch does not copy the Ginseng boost.

Sketch will fail if the target's last move had since been forgotten, or if it is Sketch or Struggle. In the Rescue Team series, Sketch cannot copy moves that call other moves (except Sleep Talk, Snatch, and Mirror Move); although Sketch can technically copy itself if bounced back by Mirror Move. From Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move can now sketch moves that call other moves.

Sketch cannot be used in a Pokémon Tower in the Adventure Squad series. In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, Sketch will always fail when used against Gigantic Pokémon, since they use completely different versions of the same move.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB - - 1 - 100% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS - - 1 - 100% - Front Enemy No
BSL - - 1 - 100% - Front Enemy No
SMD - - 1 30 —% - Front All No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

In Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Sketch could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Sketch could be seen as a move used by opposing Smeargle.

NormalIC RR.png Sketch
Charge time 0.66 seconds
Range type Arc (melee)
Target Enemy
Additional effect None
Sketch Rumble Rush.png


Games Description
MDRB Copies the move last used by the target and makes it the user's. Sketch disappears after it copies a move.
MDTDS Copies the move last used by the target and adds it to the user's set of moves. The new move replaces the user's Sketch move. You can't link the Sketch move.
BSL てきポケモンの さいごにつかったわざを うつしとり じぶんが つかえるようにする うつしとると わざ『スケッチ』は きえてしまう このわざは ポケモンタワーでは くりだせない
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD You learn the last move of a target. Once you learn the move, you'll forget Sketch.*
You can learn the target's last move. But there are some moves that you can't sketch, so be careful!*

In the anime

Ilima Smeargle Sketch.png
Ilima Smeargle Counter.png
using Counter
This move enables the user to permanently learn the move last used by the target.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Smeargle Smeargle grabs its tail and waves it around, causing the image of a pencil to circle around the opponent while leaving behind a trail of pink sparkles. Smeargle then learns the last move used by the opponent.
Ilima's Smeargle Smashing with Sketch! Debut

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


  • Sketch is the first Generation II move in index number order.
  • Sketch holds the record for being learned the most times via leveling up by a single Pokémon, being learned ten times by Smeargle. It is also the only move that can be learned more than four times via leveling up.
  • Sketch is one of two moves (excluding Struggle), whose base PP is not a multiple of 5, the other being Revival Blessing.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寫生 Sésāng
Mandarin 寫生 / 写生 Xiěshēng *
速写 Sùxiě *
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 Seukechi
Poland Flag.png Polish Szkic
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Rascunho
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Esboço
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Slikanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Esquema
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phác Họa

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