The Move Deleter in Pokémon Platinum

The Move Deleter in Canalave City (Pokémon Platinum)

You’ll find the Move Deleter in a house to the south of Canalave City’s Pokémon Center. You can use his services at any point after you acquire HM03 Surf.

The Move Deleter is an NPC who will force your Pokémon to forget any moves you no longer want them to know. Most notably, he’s the only character in the game who can delete Hidden Moves.

Finding the Move Deleter

The Move Deleter can be found in his house in Canalave City, which you’ll have access to as soon as you’ve obtained HM03 Surf from the elder of Celestic Town.

Locating the Move Deleter is simple.

Start by heading south from Canalave City’s Pokémon Center.

Moving south from the Pokémon Center in Canalave City. / Pokémon Platinum
Moving south from the Pokémon Center in Canalave City.

Then enter the house directly below the Pokémon Center and above the Poké Mart—this is the Move Deleter’s house.

Entering the Move Deleter’s house. / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the Move Deleter’s house.

The elderly Move Deleter will be standing at his table inside.

Approaching the Move Deleter. / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching the Move Deleter.

How To Make Pokémon Forget Moves

As his name implies, the Move Deleter can make your Pokémon forget any of the moves in their current moveset.

He is also the only person who can make your Pokémon forget HMs (Hidden Moves), which are otherwise irremovable (this feature is designed into Platinum to keep you from stranding yourself in areas that require Hidden Moves to leave).

The Move Deleter offers his helpful service at no cost—all you have to do is speak with him when you have the Pokémon you want to edit in your party.

Asking the Move Deleter to remove a Pokémon’s move. / Pokémon Platinum
Asking the Move Deleter to remove a Pokémon’s move.

Select “Yes” when he asks if you want him to force a move from your Pokémon’s repertoire, and he will have you choose a Pokémon from your party.

Selecting a Pokémon to forget a move. / Pokémon Platinum
Selecting a Pokémon to forget a move.

Once you’ve chosen a Pokémon, its move list will be displayed on the screen.

Select the move you would like to delete.

Choosing a move for Bibarel to forget. / Pokémon Platinum
Choosing a move for Bibarel to forget.

The Move Deleter will confirm if a move deletion is successful.

Note: The Move Deleter will not make a Pokémon forget a move if it’s the only move the Pokémon knows.

Announcing the success of the deletion. / Pokémon Platinum
Announcing the success of the deletion.

Your Pokémon will now have a blank spot where the move used to be.

Confirming the new empty spot in Bibarel’s move list. / Pokémon Platinum
Confirming the new empty spot in Bibarel’s move list.

The removal of Hidden Moves is typically the only reason to use the Move Deleter’s service. This is because regular moves can simply be overridden when teaching the Pokémon a new move via TM or via level-up.

But if a regular move gets deleted by accident, the Move Reminder in Pastoria City can help your Pokémon relearn it.

Chris Haygood

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