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A move tutor (Japanese: わざおしえ人 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, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, and Unova. They are not to be confused with move relearners.
Generation II move tutors
In Pokémon Crystal, an elderly fellow visits Goldenrod City's Game Corner every Wednesday and Saturday after the player has become the Pokémon League Champion. 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 older versions for the Game Boy system.
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 Boon 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 happiness.
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.
The following moves are unavailable in FireRed and Leafgreen.
In Pokémon XD, there is a move tutor in Agate Village.
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 happiness 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 happiness. 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.
HeartGold and SoulSilver
The following tutor moves are available in Johto's remakes, 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. Fourteen of these moves are exclusive to HeartGold and SoulSilver, while the rest are also obtainable in Platinum.
The following moves are also available in Platinum by going to the move tutors on Route 212, in Snowpoint City, and in the Survival Area, but with the difference that they require shards instead of BP as payment:
The following moves are only available in HeartGold and SoulSilver:
Generation V move tutors
Black and White
In Pokémon Black and White, there are four move tutors in Unova - one in Hodomoe City, one on Route 13, one in Souryuu City and one in Castelia City. A man in his house in Hodomoe City teaches the newly-introduced Oath 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 happy fully-evolved starter Pokémon of each respective type, with the new move tutor being located on Route 13, and Draco Meteor is taught by Souryuu Gym Leader Shaga or Iris, depending on the game, with the same restriction as in Generation IV. Also, if the player brings an event Meloetta to the Cafe in Castelia City, a man will teach it Ancient Song. Furthermore, if the player bring the event Keldeo with Cobalon, Terrakion, and Virizion in their party to Sekka Wetlands, they will teach it Sword of Mystery.
In Side Games
In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Electabuzz and Primeape will teach the player Thunderbolt and Iron Tail, respectively. This will drastically enhance Pikachu's performance in battle. Though Electabuzz does not actually teach Pikachu how to use Thunderbolt, he does help strengthen its power.
- In Pokémon Platinum, each move requires exactly eight shards. However, how many of each color varies.
- Of all of the HeartGold and SoulSilver move tutor moves, only five can be learned outside the Battle Frontier, and all of them for free. Of those five, four are learned in Blackthorn City.
- The nine moves available by move tutor in Pokémon Black and White are the only moves ever taught by a move tutor that Mew cannot learn.
- The four moves available by move tutor in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are the only moves of these nine that were in existence at the time.
- Interestingly, this means that the first two games of both Generation IV and Generation V were the only games with move tutors that couldn't teach anything to Mew.