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Move Tutor

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This article is about the people who teach Pokémon moves outside of their normal learnsets. For another person in Hoenn who calls himself a Move Tutor, see Move Reminder.

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, the Sevii Islands, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova, and the Pokémon Stadium. They are not to be confused with Move Reminders.

Generation I Move Tutors

Stadium (Japanese)

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.

Move Type Gen I HM
Surf  Water  HM03

Stadium (English)

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.

Move Type Gen I HM
Surf  Water  HM03

Generation II Move Tutors

Crystal

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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.

Move Type Gen I TM
Flamethrower  Fire 
Ice Beam  Ice  TM13
Thunderbolt  Electric  TM24

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.

Move Type Location Gen I TM
Body Slam  Normal  Four Island TM08
Counter  Fighting  Celadon Department Store TM18
Double-Edge  Normal  Victory Road TM10
Dream Eater  Psychic  Viridian City TM42
Explosion  Normal  Mt. Ember TM47
Mega Kick  Normal  Route 4 TM05
Mega Punch  Normal  Route 4 TM01
Metronome  Normal  Pokémon Lab TM35
Mimic  Normal  Saffron City TM31
Rock Slide  Rock  Rock Tunnel TM48
Seismic Toss  Fighting  Pewter City TM19
Softboiled  Normal  Celadon City TM41
Substitute  Normal  Fuchsia City TM50
Swords Dance  Normal  Seven Island TM03
Thunder Wave  Electric  Silph Co. TM45

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 friendship.

Move Type Gen I TM
Blast Burn  Fire 
Frenzy Plant  Grass 
Hydro Cannon  Water 

Emerald

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

Move Type Location
Double-Edge  Normal  Sootopolis City
DynamicPunch  Fighting  Mossdeep City
Explosion  Normal  Pacifidlog Town
Fury Cutter  Bug  Verdanturf Town
Metronome  Normal  Fallarbor Town
Mimic  Normal  Lavaridge Town
Rollout  Rock  Mauville City
Sleep Talk  Normal  Fortree City
Substitute  Normal  Lilycove City
Swagger  Normal  Slateport City

Battle Frontier Move Tutors

Move Type Price
Body Slam  Normal  48BP
Counter  Fighting  48BP
Defense Curl  Normal  16BP
Dream Eater  Psychic  24BP
Endure  Normal  48BP
Fire Punch  Fire  48BP
Ice Punch  Ice  48BP
Icy Wind  Ice  24BP
Mega Kick  Normal  48BP
Mega Punch  Normal  24BP
Mud-Slap  Ground  24BP
Psych Up  Normal  48BP
Rock Slide  Rock  48BP
Seismic Toss  Fighting  24BP
Snore  Normal  24BP
Softboiled  Normal  16BP
Swift  Normal  24BP
Swords Dance  Normal  48BP
Thunder Wave  Electric  48BP
ThunderPunch  Electric  48BP

Pokémon XD

In Pokémon XD, there is a Move Tutor in Agate Village.

General tutored moves

Move Type
Body Slam  Normal 
Double-Edge  Normal 
Dream Eater  Psychic 
Icy Wind  Ice 
Mimic  Normal 
Nightmare  Ghost 
Seismic Toss  Fighting 
Selfdestruct  Normal 
Sky Attack  Flying 
Substitute  Normal 
Swagger  Normal 
Thunder Wave  Electric 

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.

Mew Move Tutor
Move Type Price
Faint Attack  Dark  5000PC
Fake Out  Normal  5000PC
Hypnosis  Psychic  5000PC
Night Shade  Ghost  5000PC
Role Play  Psychic  5000PC
Zap Cannon  Electric  5000PC

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.

Move Type Cat. Location
Blast Burn  Fire  Special Route 228
Draco Meteor  Dragon  Special Route 210
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special Route 228
Hydro Cannon  Water  Special Route 228

Platinum

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

Move Type Cat. Location
Blast Burn  Fire  Special Route 228
Draco Meteor  Dragon  Special Route 210
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special Route 228
Hydro Cannon  Water  Special Route 228

Shard Move Tutors

Red Shards emphasize power.
Blue Shards are for special effects.
Yellow Shards are for status problems.
Green Shards are what I like!


Route 212
Move Type Cat. Shards
Air Cutter  Flying  Special 2 2 4 0
Dive  Water  Physical 2 0 4 2
Fire Punch  Fire  Physical 2 0 6 0
Fury Cutter  Bug  Physical 0 0 8 0
Ice Punch  Ice  Physical 2 0 6 0
Icy Wind  Ice  Special 0 2 6 0
Knock Off  Dark  Physical 4 0 4 0
Ominous Wind  Ghost  Special 0 2 6 0
Sucker Punch  Dark  Physical 0 0 6 2
ThunderPunch  Electric  Physical 2 0 6 0
Trick  Psychic  Status 0 0 4 4
Vacuum Wave  Fighting  Special 2 2 4 0
Zen Headbutt  Psychic  Physical 0 0 4 4
Snowpoint City
Move Type Cat. Shards
Helping Hand  Normal  Status 2 2 0 4
Last Resort  Normal  Physical 0 8 0 0
Magnet Rise  Electric  Status 0 2 2 4
Snore  Normal  Special 2 2 0 4
Spite  Ghost  Status 0 0 0 8
Swift  Normal  Special 0 4 2 2
Synthesis  Grass  Status 0 6 0 2
Uproar  Normal  Special 0 2 0 6
Survival Area
Move Type Cat. Shards
AncientPower  Rock  Special 6 2 0 0
Aqua Tail  Water  Physical 6 2 0 0
Bounce  Flying  Physical 4 2 0 2
Earth Power  Ground  Special 6 2 0 0
Endeavor  Normal  Physical 4 0 0 4
Gastro Acid  Poison  Status 4 2 0 2
Gunk Shot  Poison  Physical 4 2 2 0
Heat Wave  Fire  Special 4 2 2 0
Iron Defense  Steel  Status 4 0 2 2
Iron Head  Steel  Physical 6 0 0 2
Mud-Slap  Ground  Special 4 0 4 0
Outrage  Dragon  Physical 6 0 0 2
Rollout  Rock  Physical 4 2 2 0
Seed Bomb  Grass  Physical 4 4 0 0
Signal Beam  Bug  Special 2 2 2 2
Superpower  Fighting  Physical 8 0 0 0
Twister  Dragon  Special 6 2 0 0

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. Fourteen of these moves are exclusive to HeartGold and SoulSilver, while the rest are also obtainable in Platinum.

Free Move Tutors

Move Type Cat. Location
Blast Burn  Fire  Special Blackthorn City
Draco Meteor  Dragon  Special Blackthorn City
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special Blackthorn City
Headbutt  Normal  Physical Ilex Forest
Hydro Cannon  Water  Special Blackthorn City

Frontier Access Move Tutors

Move Type Cat. Price
Air Cutter  Flying  Special 48BP
AncientPower  Rock  Special 40BP
Aqua Tail  Water  Physical 40BP
Block  Normal  Status 32BP
Bounce  Flying  Physical 32BP
Bug Bite  Bug  Physical 32BP
Dive  Water  Physical 40BP
Earth Power  Ground  Special 40BP
Endeavor  Normal  Physical 64BP
Fire Punch  Fire  Physical 64BP
Fury Cutter  Bug  Physical 32BP
Gastro Acid  Poison  Status 32BP
Gravity  Psychic  Status 32BP
Gunk Shot  Poison  Physical 32BP
Heal Bell  Normal  Status 48BP
Helping Hand  Normal  Status 40BP
Heat Wave  Fire  Special 48BP
Ice Punch  Ice  Physical 64BP
Icy Wind  Ice  Special 48BP
Iron Defense  Steel  Status 40BP
Iron Head  Steel  Physical 40BP
Knock Off  Dark  Physical 40BP
Last Resort  Normal  Physical 48BP
Low Kick  Fighting  Physical 32BP
Magic Coat  Psychic  Status 32BP
Magnet Rise  Electric  Status 40BP
Mud-Slap  Ground  Special 32BP
Ominous Wind  Ghost  Special 48BP
Outrage  Dragon  Physical 48BP
Pain Split  Normal  Status 64BP
Role Play  Psychic  Status 48BP
Rollout  Rock  Physical 32BP
Seed Bomb  Grass  Physical 40BP
Signal Beam  Bug  Special 40BP
Sky Attack  Flying  Physical 64BP
Snore  Normal  Special 32BP
Spite  Ghost  Status 40BP
String Shot  Bug  Status 32BP
Sucker Punch  Dark  Physical 40BP
Super Fang  Normal  Physical 40BP
Superpower  Fighting  Physical 48BP
Swift  Normal  Special 40BP
Synthesis  Grass  Status 40BP
Tailwind  Flying  Status 48BP
ThunderPunch  Electric  Physical 64BP
Trick  Psychic  Status 48BP
Twister  Dragon  Special 40BP
Uproar  Normal  Special 48BP
Vacuum Wave  Fighting  Special 48BP
Worry Seed  Grass  Status 32BP
Zen Headbutt  Psychic  Physical 64BP

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.

Move Type Cat. Location
Grass Pledge  Grass  Special Driftveil City
Fire Pledge  Fire  Special Driftveil City
Water Pledge  Water  Special Driftveil City
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special Route 13
Blast Burn  Fire  Special Route 13
Hydro Cannon  Water  Special Route 13
Draco Meteor  Dragon  Special Opelucid City
Relic Song  Normal  Special Café Sonata
Secret Sword  Fighting  Special Moor of Icirrus

Black 2 and White 2

Free Move Tutors

Move Type Cat. Location
Blast Burn  Fire  Special Pokémon World Tournament
Draco Meteor  Dragon  Special Opelucid City
Fire Pledge  Fire  Special Pokémon World Tournament
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special Pokémon World Tournament
Grass Pledge  Grass  Special Pokémon World Tournament
Hydro Cannon  Water  Special Pokémon World Tournament
Relic Song  Normal  Special Café Sonata
Secret Sword  Fighting  Special Pledge Grove
Water Pledge  Water  Special Pokémon World Tournament

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.

Driftveil City
Move Type Cat. Shards
Covet  Normal  Physical 2
Bug Bite  Bug  Physical 2
Drill Run  Ground  Physical 4
Bounce  Flying  Physical 4
Signal Beam  Bug  Special 4
Iron Head  Steel  Physical 4
Super Fang  Normal  Physical 6
Uproar  Normal  Special 6
Seed Bomb  Grass  Physical 6
Dual Chop  Dragon  Physical 6
Low Kick  Fighting  Physical 8
Gunk Shot  Poison  Physical 8
Fire Punch  Fire  Physical 10
ThunderPunch  Electric  Physical 10
Ice Punch  Ice  Physical 10
Lentimas Town
Move Type Cat. Shards
Last Resort  Normal  Physical 2
Iron Defense  Steel  Status 2
Magnet Rise  Electric  Status 4
Magic Coat  Psychic  Status 4
Block  Normal  Status 6
Hyper Voice  Normal  Special 6
Electroweb  Electric  Special 6
Icy Wind  Ice  Special 6
Iron Tail  Steel  Physical 6
Aqua Tail  Water  Physical 8
Earth Power  Ground  Special 8
Zen Headbutt  Psychic  Physical 8
Foul Play  Dark  Physical 8
Superpower  Fighting  Physical 10
Gravity  Psychic  Status 10
Dragon Pulse  Dragon  Special 10
Dark Pulse  Dark  Special 10
Humilau City
Move Type Cat. Shards
Bind  Normal  Physical 2
Snore  Normal  Special 2
Heal Bell  Normal  Status 4
Knock Off  Dark  Physical 4
Synthesis  Grass  Status 6
Roost  Flying  Status 6
Sky Attack  Flying  Physical 8
Role Play  Psychic  Status 8
Heat Wave  Fire  Special 10
Giga Drain  Grass  Special 10
Drain Punch  Fighting  Physical 10
Pain Split  Normal  Status 10
Tailwind  Flying  Status 10
Nacrene City
Move Type Cat. Shards
Worry Seed  Grass  Status 6
Gastro Acid  Poison  Status 6
Helping Hand  Normal  Status 8
After You  Normal  Status 8
Magic Room  Psychic  Status 8
Wonder Room  Psychic  Status 8
Spite  Ghost  Status 8
Recycle  Normal  Status 10
Trick  Psychic  Status 10
Stealth Rock  Rock  Status 10
Outrage  Dragon  Physical 10
Endeavor  Normal  Physical 12
Sleep Talk  Normal  Status 12
Skill Swap  Psychic  Status 12
Snatch  Dark  Status 12

Generation VI

Pokémon X and Y

Free Move Tutors

Move Type Cat. Location
Grass Pledge  Grass  Special Laverre City
Fire Pledge  Fire  Special Laverre City
Water Pledge  Water  Special Laverre City
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special Snowbelle City
Blast Burn  Fire  Special Snowbelle City
Hydro Cannon  Water  Special Snowbelle City
Relic Song  Normal  Special Snowbelle City
Secret Sword  Fighting  Special Snowbelle City
Draco Meteor  Dragon  Special Route 21

In other games

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure

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.

Trivia

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