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- 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 specific moves. Move Tutors are found in Kanto (including the Sevii Islands), Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola, 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, Bill's father can be visited outside 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. After teaching a move, he goes back inside the Game Corner to gamble while nursing a drink, and will not be able to teach another move until the next available day.
The move tutor's son, Bill, complains that he doesn't work and is a drain on the family. His wife describes him as a former Poké Maniac who spends all his free time gambling.
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
General Move Tutor
In Pokémon XD, there is a Move Tutor in Agate Village. Like in FireRed and LeafGreen, these moves can only be taught once.
Mew Move Tutor
A Move Tutor at Mt. Battle can teach Mew moves for the cost of 5,000 Poké Coupons. This can only be done after beating the game, but it can be done multiple times. Unlike other Move Tutors, this one does not give the player a direct choice in what Mew learns. Instead, he asks a few questions and then offers a full set of moves for Mew.
This Move Tutor can teach Mew any move it can otherwise learn by TM, HM, or from any other Generation III Move Tutor, plus one of the moves below:
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. These Move Tutors 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.
X and Y
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:
Sun and Moon
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Free Move Tutors
Battle Point Move Tutors
Move Tutors are available in certain tents at the various beaches on Melemele, Akala, and Ula'ula Islands, and at the Battle Tree on Poni Island. They will teach Pokémon moves for Battle Points (also referred to as Beach Points at the beaches). The moves taught at each are as follows, in order from left to right:
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
The moves the Move Tutors teach in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are all game-exclusive and all pertain to the player's Partner Pokémon.
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.
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
- Main article: Hawlucha's Slam School
In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, once the story arc of the game's Epilogue has been completed, Hawlucha's Slam School will gain the option to teach any connected Pokémon various moves in return for a large amount of Poké. The moves available include all moves taught by the Move Tutors in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Volt Tackle, and all moves known by one of the game's starter Pokémon (these moves can only be taught to Pokémon in the same evolutionary family as the starter that had them).
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 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 until The Winner By a Nosepass and the Gym battle with Roxanne to perfect the move.
In Delcatty Got Your Tongue, May was impressed by the moves used by Johnny, a Delcatty belonging to Dr. Abby. May wanted her Skitty to learn Blizzard, but she was unsure in her own abilities and thought she would not be able to teach her Pokémon to use the move the way Abby, a Top Coordinator, had taught Johnny. Abby told Skitty to mimic Johnny and, after a bit of practice, Skitty successfully used Blizzard. The move was mastered in Disguise Da Limit, during the Verdanturf Contest.
In Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry, when 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 learn the same move. Kenny eventually agreed to teach Energy Ball to Turtwig, and, after many failures, the move was finally perfected in Riding the Winds of Change!. According to Kenny, learning the move would have 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 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 Draco Meteor to an Altaria. She explained that Trainers leave their Dragon-type Pokémon 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 SM097, the Toucannon and Trumbeak that used to care for Ash's Rowlet before it joined its Trainer tried teaching it Bullet Seed despite Rowlet being incapable of using the move. With the help of family new and old, Rowlet was able to apply these lessons to learn Seed Bomb instead.
In the manga
Ultima's bracelets and Zinnia's scroll in Pokémon Adventures
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 "ultimate 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 ultimate 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 Crystal also managed to master the ultimate moves with their respective starter Pokémon: Exbo and Megaree. During the Emerald chapter, Silver, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald were each given one of Ultima's bracelets, allowing their respective starters, Feraligatr, Mumu, Chic, and Sceptile, to learn the ultimate moves as well. Using these skills (combined with Pika, Chuchu, and Pibu's Volt Tackle), the Pokédex holders were able to destroy the giant 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.
In Omega Alpha Adventure 9, Ruby stole a special Draconid scroll from Zinnia, which Ultima later revealed to contain the essence of a move called Dragon Ascent. She explained that the scroll works in a similar way to her bracelets, making them both sort of primitive TMs. Ruby later used the scroll to teach Dragon Ascent to Rayquaza.
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