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How to Teach & Forget Moves in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

The way you can teach and delete moves from a Pokemon has drastically changed for good in Scarlet and Violet!

This mainline entry of the Pokemon franchise is certainly not afraid to mix things up, at least when it comes to in-game mechanics.

Scarlet and Violet have received much-needed quality-of-life improvements to the original Pokemon formula. One of these notable changes is how Pokemon learn moves.

The well-received mechanic to teach and delete moves introduced in Legends Arceus is back in Scarlet and Violet, making it easier than ever to manage attacks in a mainline Pokemon game!

How Do I Teach Pokemon New Moves in Scarlet & Violet?

Pokemon learn new moves in Scarlet and Violet by leveling up when gaining XP from battles or using a TM. If a Pokemon has fewer than four attacks and wants to learn a new move when leveling up, it will automatically learn it.

However, if the Pokemon has four attacks already, it will ask the trainer if they want to replace one of the old moves with the new one.

Replace moves Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

How Do I Teach a TM Move to a Pokemon?

To teach a TM move to a Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet, you must access that Pokemon’s summary from the Main Menu, select Rearrange Moves, and use a TM to teach the new move.

  • Open the Main Menu by pressing the “X” button.
  • Use the left stick or D-Pad to navigate to the Pokemon you want to learn a TM move on the left side of the screen and select it with the “A” button.
  • Select “Check summary.”
Check Pokemon Summary Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Press the “A” button to enter the “Change Moves” option.
  • Select the “Use TMs to learn moves*” option from the list.

*Pro-Tip: If you do not have the move you want, TM Moves can be crafted in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Learn TM Moves Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Select the TM move you want the Pokemon to learn from the list presented.
TM Moves List Replacement Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Then, select the move you want the Pokemon to forget to learn the TM move you want.
  • Complete the process by choosing “Yes”.
TM Moves List Replacement Confirmation Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

How Do I Make a Pokemon Remember Moves in Scarlet & Violet?

To make a Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet remember or relearn an attack, you should access that Pokemon’s summary from the Main Menu, select Rearrarange moves, and choose to Remember Moves.

  • Open the Main Menu by pressing the “X” button.
  • Use the left stick or D-Pad to navigate to the Pokemon you want to relearn an attack on the left side of the screen and select it with the “A” button.
  • Select “Check summary”.
Check Pokemon Summary Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Press the “A” button to enter the “Change Moves” option.
  • Select the “Remember moves” option from the list.
Remember Moves Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Select the move you want the Pokemon to remember from the list.
Remember Moves List Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Then, select the move you want the Pokemon to forget to relearn the move you want.
  • Complete the process by choosing “Yes”.
Remember Move Confirmation Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

How Do I Make a Pokemon Forget Moves in Scarlet & Violet?

To forget a move in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, access the Pokemon’s summary from the Main Menu, select Rearrarange moves, and choose to Forget a move.

  • Open the Main Menu by pressing the “X” button.
  • Use the left stick or D-Pad to navigate to the Pokemon you want to forget an attack on the left side of the screen and select it with the “A” button.
  • Select “Check summary”.
Check Pokemon Summary Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Press the “A” button to enter the “Change Moves” option.
  • Select the “Forget a move” option from the list.
Forget a Move Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Select the move you want the Pokemon to forget from the list.
  • Complete the process by choosing “Yes”.
Forget Move Confirmation Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

If there is an attack you want in your team, but none of your Pokemon can learn it, you can always try trading Pokemon or catching a wild one that works for the strategy you are planning.

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