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Pokémon Sword and Shield guide: Where to find Special Move Tutors

Each Pokémon Center has generic Move Tutors, but for specific special moves, you’ll have to find other NPCs

A Gloom gets absolutely destroyed by Blast Burn in Pokémon Sword and Shield Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

Move Tutors are important NPCs that teach your Pokémon special moves or moves they previously knew but forget.

Pokémon Sword and Shield puts the basic Move Tutor (for remembering forgotten moves) in every Pokémon Center, but there are still a handful of special Move Tutors out there in the Galar region.

One special move tutor teaches the Ultimate starter move. The Ultimate moves (Blast Burn, Frenzy Plant, and Hydro Cannon) are extremely powerful moves for final starter evolutions that come at a cost; the Pokémon will need a turn to recharge after using them.

Another special tutor teaches the starter “pledge” moves that are good for double battles. The Pledge moves (Grass Pledge, Fire Pledge, and Water Pledge) are also for starters, but they don’t require them to be at their final evolutions.

A third special move tutor teaches Draco Meteor, a powerful move for dragon-type Pokémon.

Where to find the Blast Burn, Frenzy Plant, and Hydro Cannon Move Tutor

An arrow points out that the Ultimate Move Tutor is found in Wyndon Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

This Move Tutor is all the way in Wyndon, to the right of the city in the parks. Only fully-evolved starter Pokémon can learn these moves, and they have 150 attack power, though your Pokémon will need a turn to recharge after successfully using it.

Where to find the Grass Pledge, Water Pledge, and Fire Pledge Move Tutor

A map points out that the Pledge Move Tutor can be found to the left of Hammerlocke Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

This Move Tutor is found to the left of Hammerlocke city by the water. All levels of starter Pokémon can learn these moves, but only with maxed friendship. These moves do more damage and have additive effects when used with each other in double battles.

Where to find the Draco Meteor Move Tutor

A map points out where to find the Draco Meteor Move Tutor Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

This Move Tutor is found in Circhester by the hot springs. Dragon-type Pokémon can all learn this move, but only if they have maxed-out friendship with you. The move has a whopping 130 power, but it’ll lower the user’s special attack by two stages after being used.