| Pokémon: Indigo League|
Logo for the season
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 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.
|Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.|
- Ash begins his journey as a Pokémon Trainer with the goal of being a Pokémon Master. His starter is Pikachu. (EP001)
- Gary also begins his journey, with Squirtle as his starter. (EP001)
- Misty follows Ash after the latter "borrows" and destroys her bike, demanding repayment. (EP001)
- Jessie, James, and Meowth follow Ash after his Pikachu demonstrates considerably advanced power for a Pokémon of its species. (EP002)
- Brock joins the group after his father returns to become the Pewter City Gym Leader. (EP005)
- Ash defeats each of the Kanto Gym Leaders, gaining eight Badges to qualify for his first Pokémon League Conference. (See Gym battles section)
- Ash journeys to Indigo Plateau to compete in his first Pokémon League Conference.
- Ash comes in the top 16 in the Indigo League, one bracket above his rival, Gary. (EP079)
The following Pokémon are obtained:
- Ash's Pikachu (EP001)
- Ash's Caterpie (EP003)
- Ash's Pidgeotto (EP003)
- Brock's Zubat (EP006)
- Ash's Bulbasaur (EP010)
- Ash's Charmander (EP011)
- Ash's Squirtle (EP012)
- Ash's Krabby (EP013)
- Ash's Raticate (EP015)
- Misty's Horsea (EP019)
- Ash's Primeape (EP025)
- Misty's Psyduck (EP027)
- Brock's Vulpix (EP028)
- Ash's Muk (EP030)
- Ash's Tauros (EP035*)
- Misty's Togepi (EP050)
- Jessie's Lickitung (EP052)
- James's Weepinbell (before EP057)
The following Pokémon evolve:
- Ash's Caterpie → Metapod → Butterfree
- Jessie's Ekans → Arbok
- James's Koffing → Weezing
- Ash's Charmander → Charmeleon → Charizard
- James's Weepinbell → Victreebel
- Ash's Krabby → Kingler
- Ash's Pidgeotto → Pidgeot
The following Pokémon are released:
- Ash's Raticate (traded, EP015)
- Ash's Butterfree (EP021)
- Ash's Primeape (training with Anthony) (EP029)
- Ash's Pidgeot (EP081)
Ash defeats the following Gym Leaders:
- Brock, after one failed attempt. (EP005)
- Misty, though officially earned after Ash saved the Gym from Team Rocket. (EP007)
- Lt. Surge, after one failed attempt. (EP014)
- Sabrina, after two failed attempts. (EP024)
- Erika, though officially earned after Ash saved her Gloom from the burning Gym. (EP026)
- Koga (EP032)
- Blaine, after one failed attempt. (EP059)
- Team Rocket (substituting for Giovanni) (EP063)
North American DVD Releases
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.
- Pokémon Season 1: Indigo League (EP001-EP017, EP019-EP034, EP036-EP037, EP039-EP051, EP054-EP057)
- Pokémon Season 2: Adventures on the Orange Islands (EP052-EP053, EP058-EP080, Snow Way Out!, Holiday Hi-Jynx. Also includes Orange Islands episodes EP081-EP105)
- 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.
- http://www.magnapacific.com.au/index2.php?option=com_jmovies&Itemid=2&task=showcover&no_html=0&jmoviesid=2068&type=front Australian season 1 box art
In other languages
|Brazilian Portuguese||Pokémon - Liga Índigo|
|Russian||Покемон — Лига Индиго|
|Latin American Spanish||Atrápalos ya|
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|