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The Move Tutor is an NPC who has the ability to teach Pokémon moves that they may not otherwise be able to know, similar to TMs. The Move Tutor was first present in Generation II. Some Move Tutors teach their move for free; however, most Move Tutors charge a fee for their services—usually BP or Shards.
The Move Tutor should not be confused with the Move Relearner NPCs, who are occasionally referred to as a "Move Tutor" in some of the games.
The Move Tutor can be found in Goldenrod City outside of the Pokémon Center on Wednesday and Sunday after beating the game.
These moves can be taught an unlimited amount of times.
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen[edit | edit source]
There are several Move Tutors scattered around Kanto in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. All of the Move Tutors teach Pokémon their moves free of charge, but you are able to teach each move only once.
Additionally, at Cape Brink, there's a Move Tutor who will teach your fully-evolved Kanto starter Pokémon a variation of the move Hyper Beam, matching the starter Pokémon's type. The Pokémon must have high happiness in order to be taught the move.
In Pokémon Emerald, there are Move Tutors located in various towns and cities that teach their respective move just once, similar to the Move Tutors from FireRed and LeafGreen. However, the introduction of the Battle Frontier brings an even wider variety of moves that can be taught, an unlimited amount of times, in exchange for BP.
The Move Tutors at the Battle Frontier can be found in the house just to the southwest of the Battle Dome, which is found in the northwest corner of the Battle Frontier. There are two elderly ladies, and each teaches you a different move, for the cost of some BP. These moves can be taught an unlimited amount of times, provided you have the BP to pay for them.
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness[edit | edit source]
In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, you can learn exclusive moves after clearing certain points in the game by visiting the Teacher Lady inside of a hidden cave in the western part of Agate Village. Like the Move Tutors in FireRed and LeafGreen, the moves the Teacher Lady teaches can be taught only once.
Nightmare, Sky Attack, and Selfdestruct are the only Move Tutor moves in Generation III that are exclusive to Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness; the rest can all be learned in either FireRed and LeafGreen or Emerald.
Several of the moves that were previously teachable only via Move Tutors were assigned to TMs after the total available TMs increased from 50 to 92. The moves Dream Eater, Endure, Explosion, Psych Up, Rock Slide, Sleep Talk, Substitute, Swagger, Swords Dance and Thunder Wave were all elevated to TM status, reducing the need for Move Tutors in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
Two Move Tutors exist in Diamond and Pearl: the Ultimate Move Tutor on Route 225 teaches any fully-evolved starter Pokémon either Blast Burn, Frenzy Plant, or Hydro Cannon, depending on its type; the other, Grandma Wilma on Route 210, teaches any Dragon-type Pokémon with high happiness the new move, Draco Meteor.
In addition to the Move Tutors in Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum introduced three new Move Tutors scattered across the Sinnoh region. These Move Tutors accept Shards as payment, which can be found in the Sinnoh Underground. All of the moves can be taught an unlimited number of times, assuming you have the Shards to pay for them.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver[edit | edit source]
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, there are several Move Tutors. The first one the player comes across while playing is a man in the Ilex Forest who is seen headbutting trees. He will teach most Pokémon the move Headbutt, free of charge, and will teach it an unlimited amount of times.
Both the Ultimate Move Tutor and Grandma Wilma are present in the game and will teach the same moves as in Diamond and Pearl. They can be found in Blackthorn City.
After beating the game, there are three more Move Tutors that become available, each of which can be found inside of the house directly south of the Pokémon Center in the Frontier Access, just outside of the Battle Frontier. Each of these three Move Tutors accept BP in exchange for teaching Pokémon exclusive moves, and these moves can be taught an unlimited amount of times.
Most of the Move Tutors from previous games were removed in the transition to Pokémon Black and White, although ones such as the Ultimate Move Tutor and Draco Meteor remain.
The first Move Tutor encountered in the game is found in Driftveil City. He will teach any Fire-type starter Pokémon the move Fire Pledge, any Grass-type starter Pokémon the move Grass Pledge, and any Water-type starter Pokémon the move Water Pledge. He will teach the moves regardless of which evolutionary stage the starter Pokémon is currently in.
The Ultimate Move Tutor can be found in Black and White on Route 13, while Drayden/Iris will teach any of your Dragon-type Pokémon Draco Meteor if you visit them in their house in Opelucid City after beating the game.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2[edit | edit source]
In addition to all of the Move Tutors in Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 introduce four new Move Tutors that accept Shards for payment, similarly to how they did in Platinum. However, each Move Tutor accepts only a single color of Shard instead of a variety, making it easier to figure out which Shards are necessary for certain moves.
The Red Shard Move Tutor is found in Driftveil City, the Blue Shard Move Tutor is found in Lentimas Town, while the Yellow Shard Move Tutor is found in Humilau City. The Green Shard Move Tutor is not accessible until after beating the game, but can be found in Nacrene City.
While Move Tutors are not present in Pokémon Rumble Blast, the Move Vendors in each town serve a similar function, teaching a Pokémon toy a move for a certain cost. Additionally, there are Move-a-majigs in each town, which teach a Pokémon a random move it can learn of a certain star rank, depending on the cost and the location. Move-a-majigs come in a normal variety and a golden variety, with the golden variety liklier to bestow better moves.