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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, the Sevii Islands, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova, and the Pokémon Stadium. They are not to be confused with move relearners.
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
- In Pokémon Platinum, each move requires exactly eight shards. However, how many of each color varies.
- Signal Beam is the only Move Tutor move which requires shards of each color.
- Fury Cutter, Last Resort, Spite, and Superpower are the only moves that require only one color of shard.
- In Platinum, there are exactly two tutorable moves for every type except for the Normal type.
- 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.
- Likewise, 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.
- All of the tutorable moves in FireRed and LeafGreen (with the exception of the three moves taught at Cape Brink) were previously teachable via TM in Generation I. Similarly, all of the tutorable moves in Pokémon Emerald were previously teachable via TM in Generation I and/or Generation II.