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Pokémon: Indigo League
Season 1
Season1 logo.png
Logo for the season
Opening Pokémon Theme
Episodes 81 (3 skipped)
(EP001 - EP081)
Region Kanto
Series Original series
Preceded by None
Followed by Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands

Pokémon: Indigo League (known at the time it was first aired simply as Pokémon) is the first dubbed season of the Pokémon anime. The season follows rookie Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum, his Pikachu, and his friends Misty and Brock as they travel across the Kanto region. The subtitle "Indigo League" is not used within the episodes, but was later added both by fans and by the DVD boxed sets to distinguish it from the later seasons.

In Canada, the series was picked up by YTV. In the United States, the first forty episodes (excluding three) aired in syndication, with the rest of the run picked up by Kids' WB! starting with The Problem with Paras. The season began with Pokémon, I Choose You!, which originally aired on September 8, 1998, and ended with Pallet Party Panic, which originally aired on December 4, 1999.

This season was then followed by the Orange Islands arc, which was created to allow time for the development of Pokémon Gold and Silver, and when dubbed, served the same purpose for the translation of the aforementioned games.

See the list of Pokémon: Indigo League episodes for a list of episodes aired as part of this season.

Important events

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Party changes


The following Pokémon are obtained:


The following Pokémon evolve:


The following Pokémon are released:


Gym battles

Ash defeats the following Gym Leaders:

North American DVD Releases

Main article: List of English language Indigo League home video releases (Region 1)

Australian DVD Releases

The Australian DVD box sets for the Indigo League episodes were published by Magna Pacific. Originally in 2006 as part of the 10th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, and re-released in 2010.


  • With 80 episodes, this is the longest season of the dub yet.
    • If Japanese episodes are taken into account, this season would be 82 episodes long. EP035 and EP038 were banned outside of Japan. Also, Beauty and the Beach was initially banned but re-aired after heavy editing as a "lost episode" during Pokémon: The Johto Journeys. It was never aired again nor was it included in DVD release.
    • Holiday Hi-Jynx and Snow Way Out! are considered episodes of the season but are considered special episodes in Japan.
  • On retail websites, the second North American boxset image shows Jessie's Arbok right next to her. However, on all actual boxsets it is Ekans that appears.


  1. Australian season 1 box art

In other languages

Original series: Indigo LeagueAdventures in the Orange Islands
The Johto JourneysJohto League ChampionsMaster Quest
Advanced Generation series: AdvancedAdvanced ChallengeAdvanced BattleBattle Frontier
Diamond & Pearl series: Diamond and PearlBattle Dimension
Galactic BattlesSinnoh League Victors
Best Wishes series: Black & WhiteRival DestiniesAdventures in Unova
XY series: XYKalos Quest
Project Anime logo.png This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.