- This article is about the characters who teach Pokémon moves outside of their normal learnsets. For the characters who teach moves Pokémon can learn at previous levels, see Move Reminder.
- Move Teacher redirects here. For the man called the Move Teacher in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, see Move Reminder.
A Move Tutor (Japanese: 技教え人 Move Teacher) is a non-player character who will teach a Pokémon moves that are not normally able to be learned through level up, TMs, or HMs. Move Tutors are found in Kanto, the Sevii Islands, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and the Pokémon Stadium. They are not to be confused with Move Reminders.
Generation I Move Tutors
In the game known as Pokémon Stadium in Japanese that was only released in Japan, if the player clears the Master Ball division of the L1-30 Division with a Pikachu in his or her party, the Pikachu can learn Surf.
In the international release of the game known as Pokémon Stadium in English, if the player clears the Master Ball division of the Round 2 Prime Cup with only Pokémon selected directly from a Game Pak with a Pikachu in his or her party and does not save during the tournament, the Pikachu can learn Surf. Pikachu only has to be selected for the final battle and does not have to take part in the battle.
Generation II Move Tutors
In Pokémon Crystal, an old man visits the Goldenrod Game Corner every Wednesday and Saturday after the player has entered the Hall of Fame. He teaches three different moves for 4000 coins, two of which were TMs in Generation I and returned to that status in Generation III, and one of which later became a TM with the other two. These moves are breedable in the same fashion as TMs and HMs.
Generation III Move Tutors
FireRed and LeafGreen
These Move Tutors are in FireRed and LeafGreen. They do not appear in the Generation I games.
Normal Move Tutors
These tutors will teach a Pokémon a move otherwise unobtainable with the Generation III TM list. Many of the NPCs which gave a TM containing a move in Generation I that is no longer available in TM form in the current generation will directly teach the move they would have given instead. These can only be taught once.
Special Move Tutors
A woman at Two Island's Cape Brink will teach one move to each of the fully evolved Kanto starter Pokémon. She will teach Frenzy Plant to Venusaur, Hydro Cannon to Blastoise, and Blast Burn to Charizard. The moves can only be taught to one of these three Pokémon once, and the Pokémon learning the move must have maximum friendship.
In Pokémon Emerald, various Move Tutors can be found across the Hoenn region. Some moves may be purchased at the Battle Frontier. Those that cannot be purchased may only be learned once from the tutor.
Free Move Tutors
Battle Frontier Move Tutors
In Pokémon XD, there is a Move Tutor in Agate Village. Like in FireRed and LeafGreen, these moves can be only taught once.
General tutored moves
Mew-exclusive tutored moves
Mew, when transferred over from any game to Pokémon XD, can learn other moves with the purchase of 5,000 Poké Coupons. Though this can only be done after beating the game, it can be done multiple times. Mew does not normally learn the following moves, but is able to do so through the use of this Move Tutor.
Generation IV Move Tutors
Diamond and Pearl
There are two Move Tutors in Sinnoh—one on Route 228 and one on Route 210. The Move Tutor on Route 210 teaches Draco Meteor to a Dragon-type Pokémon which has had its friendship maximized. Similar to the Cape Brink Move Tutor in FireRed and LeafGreen, the Route 228 Move Tutor will teach one of the elemental versions of Hyper Beam to a fully-evolved starter with maximum friendship. Unlike the Cape Brink tutor, it can be any of the twelve starter Pokémon, but the move's type will always correspond with the Pokémon's primary type. Also unlike the Cape Brink tutor, it can be taught as many times as the player likes.
In Pokémon Platinum, in addition to the Move Tutors in Diamond and Pearl, three new Move Tutors are added, in Snowpoint City, on Route 212, and in the Survival Area. These Move Tutors accept shards in return for their services, charging eight shards of various colors per move.
Free Move Tutors
Shard Move Tutors
HeartGold and SoulSilver
The following tutor moves are available in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Similar to Emerald, most of the moves that a Move Tutor can teach to a Pokémon require a set amount of Battle Points, these tutors being located in the Frontier Access. Fourteen of these moves are exclusive to HeartGold and SoulSilver, while the rest are also obtainable in Platinum.
Free Move Tutors
Frontier Access Move Tutors
Generation V Move Tutors
Black and White
In Pokémon Black and White, there are four Move Tutors in Unova: one in Driftveil City, one on Route 13, one in Opelucid City and one in Castelia City. A man in his house in Driftveil City teaches the newly-introduced Pledge moves, which can be combined with each other in double and triple battles for additional effects. As before, the elemental Hyper Beam variants can be taught to friendly fully-evolved starter Pokémon of each respective type, with the new Move Tutor being located on Route 13. Draco Meteor is taught by the opposite game's Opelucid Gym Leader (DraydenW or IrisB), but maximum friendship is not required. Also, if the player brings an event Meloetta to Café Sonata in Castelia City, a musician will teach it Relic Song. Furthermore, if the player brings an event Keldeo with Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion in their party to Moor of Icirrus, they will teach it Secret Sword.
Black 2 and White 2
Free Move Tutors
Shard Move Tutors
There are Move Tutors that teach moves for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 of a specific color of Shard. They can be found in Driftveil City, Lentimas Town, Humilau City and Nacrene City.
The Driftveil City tutor teaches moves in exchange for Red Shards. The Lentimas Town tutor teaches moves in exchange for Blue Shards. The Humilau City tutor teaches moves in exchange for Yellow Shards. The Nacrene City tutor teaches moves in exchange for Green Shards.
Pokémon X and Y
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Free Move Tutors
Battle Resort Move Tutors
Move Tutors are available at the Battle Resort, immediately left of the Pokémon Center. Four Tutors have set up stands next to each other, and will teach Pokémon moves in exchange for Battle Points. The Tutors are not identified in any manner, so the moves taught at each are as follows, in order from left to right:
In other games
In the anime
In the anime, several characters comparable to Move Tutors have appeared. However, instead of directly teaching the move to a Pokémon, the "Move Tutors" in the anime usually tend to just show an example of the move they are teaching, and the Pokémon has to work hard in order to properly master it.
In All Things Bright and Beautifly!, a Pokémon Coordinator named Chaz offered to help Ash to teach his Pikachu Iron Tail in preparation for his Rustboro Gym battle with Roxanne, demonstrating the move with his Sentret. Although Pikachu started learning the move in the same episode, it took him all the way to The Winner By a Nosepass, during the Gym battle with Roxanne, to perfect the move.
In Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry, while Ash was having trouble of teaching his Swellow Aerial Ace, a man named "Vladimir the Attacker" offered to teach Ash how to use the move properly, using his Pidgeotto's Aerial Ace as a demonstration. Swellow managed to master the move in the next episode.
In Journey to the Unown!, after seeing Kenny's Breloom's Energy Ball, Ash asked Kenny to help his Turtwig to learn the same move. Kenny eventually agreed to teach Energy Ball to Turtwig, and, after many fails, the move was finally perfected in Riding the Winds of Change!. According to Kenny, learning the move would've been easier if Turtwig had known Bullet Seed, since the two attacks require the same kind of focusing of power.
In Crossing the Battle Line!, Reggie and his Staraptor helped Ash's Staravia to learn Brave Bird. The move was perfected by the time of Ash's Veilstone Gym battle with Maylene in the next episode.
In A Meteoric Rise to Excellence!, Ash and his friends met an old woman named Wilma, who was teaching an Altaria to use Draco Meteor. She explained that Trainers leave their Dragon-types under her care so they can learn Draco Meteor, and Altaria was one of the Pokémon she was teaching at the time.
In Short and To the Punch!, Clayton and his Mr. Mime helped Ash's Buizel learn Ice Punch by practicing on a waterfall.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
During the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter, an old woman named Ultima offered to teach Red's Saur and Blue's Charizard the "special moves" of their respective types. For the training, the two Trainers received special bracelets, which would only remove themselves from their wrists once they had mastered their moves. After crossing three sets of tests on Two Island, Red and Blue mastered their respective special moves: Frenzy Plant and Blast Burn. Ultima also later taught Hydro Cannon to Green's Blasty, by the girl's own request.
Later, off-panel, Gold and Crys also managed to master the special moves with their respective starter Pokémon: Exbo and Megaree. During the Emerald chapter, Silver, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald were each given one of Kimberly's bracelets, allowing their respective starters, Feraligatr, Mumu, Chic, and Sceptile, to also learn the special moves. Using these skills (combined with Pika, Chuchu, and Pibu's Volt Tackle), the Pokédex holders were able to destroy the Kyogre-like monster summoned by Guile Hideout's wish to Jirachi.
Emerald visited a Move Tutor off-panel before Verily Vanquishing Vileplume II, where he was shown to have taught his Dusclops Fire Punch with the Battle Points he had earned in preparation for his Battle Dome challenge, where the move proved its usefulness by easily taking out Aroma Lady Rose's Vileplume.
In Fight in a Cold Climate, Black and Cheren visited the Move Tutor in Driftveil City and taught their Pignite and Snivy Fire Pledge and Grass Pledge, respectively. They later used these combination attacks to defeat a pair of Team Plasma Grunts and their Beartic at the Cold Storage.
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