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A map of the Hoenn, Johto, Kanto, and Sinnoh regions in the anime; locations of movies are deliberately marked, and labeled Pokémon are positioned in relation to the locations of certain episodes.

This is a chronological list of significant events in the anime and the episodes which they occurred in, or, for events which happened outside the series, where they happened in relation to the episodes.



The order of many of these events is approximated and debatable.

The beginning of time
2,000,000 years prior
2000 years prior
400 years prior
  • Azalea Town experiences a devastating drought that ends when a Slowpoke's yawn brings rain, prompting the town's people to begin a time-honored tradition of respect for all Slowpoke. (EP142)
300 years prior
200 years prior
50 years prior
40 years prior
30 years prior
  • Kaiser reports the existence of a Dratini in the Safari Zone. Thousands of people came to get the rare Pokémon, which literally destroys the Safari Zone in the process. Since then, they only allow Safari Balls there. (EP035)
15 years prior
11 years prior to DP
10 years prior
10 years prior to AG
10 years prior to DP
7 years prior to AG
5 years prior
1 year prior
Less than 1 year prior

Original series


Season 1
Pokémon, I Choose You!
Pokémon Emergency!
Ash Catches a Pokémon!
Challenge of the Samurai
Showdown in Pewter City
Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Water Flowers of Cerulean City
The Path to the Pokémon League

Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Charmander the Stray Pokémon
Here Comes the Squirtle Squad
Mystery at the Lighthouse
Electric Shock Showdown
Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Pokémon Shipwreck
Island of the Giant Pokémon

Tentacool and Tentacruel
The Ghost of Maiden's Peak
  • It is the last day of summer.
Bye-Bye Butterfree
Abra and the Psychic Pokémon
The Tower of Terror
Haunter Versus Kadabra
Primeape Goes Bananas
Pokémon Scent-sation
Hypno's Naptime
Pokémon Fashion Flash
The Punchy Pokémon
Sparks Fly for Magnemite
Dig Those Diglett
The Ninja Poké-Showdown
The Flame Pokémon-athon
The Kangaskhan Kid
The Legend of Dratini
The Bridge Bike Gang
Pikachu's Good-Bye
Holiday Hi-Jynx
The March of the Exeggutor Squad
The Problem with Paras
The Song of Jigglypuff
Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon
Princess Versus Princess
Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
  • The egg hatches into Togepi.
  • Togepi goes to Misty, since it saw her right after hatching and believes she is its mother.
Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
The Purr-fect Hero
Pokémon Paparazzi
The Breeding Center Secret
Riddle Me This
Volcanic Panic
Beach Blank-Out Blastoise
The Misty Mermaid
The Battle of the Badge
It's Mr. Mime Time
The Evolution Solution
To Master the Onixpected
Bad to the Bone
All Fired Up
Round One - Begin!
Fire and Ice
The Fourth Round Rumble
A Friend In Deed
Friend and Foe Alike
Friends to the End
Pallet Party Panic

Orange Islands

Season 2
A Scare in the Air
Poké Ball Peril
The Lost Lapras
Fit to be Tide
Navel Maneuvers
Snack Attack!
Tracey Gets Bugged
The Mandarin Island Miss Match
Misty Meets Her Match!
Charizard Chills
Pokémon Double Trouble
The Stun Spore Detour
Hello Pummelo
Enter The Dragonite
Viva Las Lapras
A Tent Situation
The Rivalry Revival


Season 3
Don't Touch That 'Dile
The Double Trouble Header
A Sappy Ending
Snubbull Snobbery
The Chikorita Rescue
A Bout With Sprout
Fighting Flyer with Fire!
Charizard's Burning Ambitions
Good 'Quil Hunting
A Shadow of a Drought
Goin' Apricorn
Gettin' The Bugs Out
Tricks Of The Trade
The Fire-ring Squad
The Totodile Duel
Fowl Play
Pikachu & Pichu
  • Ash states that this is the anniversary of the day he and Pikachu first met.
Season 4
A Goldenrod Opportunity
A Dairy Tale Ending
The Bug Stops Here
Hassle In The Castle
Hook, Line and Stinker
Beauty and the Breeder
Power Play
  • Pre-episode
Trouble With Snubbull
A Ghost Of A Chance
From Ghost to Ghost
Trouble's Brewing
Moving Pictures
Freeze Frame
  • Todd leaves Ash.
The Ring Masters
Control Freak
Current Events!
  • Ash's Chikorita evolves into Bayleef.
Fight for the Light
Machoke, Machoke Man
Season 5
Around the Whirlpool
A Corsola Caper
Octillery The Outcast!
Dueling Heroes
  • Ash and Misty each win their first two battles in the Whirl Cup.
  • Ash and Misty learn they will be facing each other in the quarterfinals.
The Perfect Match
The Mystery is History!
A Parent Trapped!
A Promise is a Promise
Throwing in the Noctowl!
Nerves of Steelix
Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!
Espeon Not Included!
For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll
Extreme Pokémon!
Hatching a Plan!
Dues and Don'ts
Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Rage Of Innocence
As Cold as Pryce!
Nice Pryce Baby
Hocus Pokémon
As Clear As Crystal
Outrageous Fortunes
Beauty is Skin Deep
Fangs for Nothin'
Great Bowls of Fire
Better Eight Than Never
Why? Why Not!
Lapras of Luxury
Hatch Me If You Can!
Entei at Your Own Risk
Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!
Address Unown!
Mother Of All Battles!
Pop Goes The Sneasel!
A Claim to Flame!
Love, Pokémon Style!
Tie One On!
The Ties That Bind
Can't Beat the Heat!
Playing with Fire!!
Johto Photo Finish
Gotta Catch Ya Later!
Hoenn Alone...!

Advanced Generation


Season 6
Get the Show on the Road
A Ruin with a View
A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!
There's no Place Like Hoenn
Cerulean Blues
You Never Can Taillow
A Poached Ego!
Tree's a Crowd
A Tail with a Twist
The Lotad Lowdown
All Things Bright and Beautifly!
All in a Day's Wurmple
Gonna Rule The School!
Winner by a Nosepass
Stairway to Devon
Brave the Wave

A Hole Lotta Trouble
Gone Corphishin'
A Corphish Out of Water
A Mudkip Mission
Seeing is Believing
Just One of the Geysers
Now that's Flower Power!
Win, Lose or Drew!
The Spheal of Approval

Watt's with Wattson
Season 7
What You Seed is What You Get
The Princess and the Togepi
A Togepi Mirage!
I Feel Skitty!
Pros and Con Artists
Come What May!
Poetry Commotion!
Going, Going, Yawn
All Torkoal, No Play
Manectric Charge
Delcatty Got Your Tongue
Disaster of Disguise
Disguise Da Limit
Take the Lombre Home
Exploud and Clear
Love, Petalburg Style!
Balance of Power
A Six Pack Attack!
Grass Hysteria!
Hokey Poké Balls!
A Fan with a Plan!
Cruisin' for a Losin'
That's Just Swellow
A Shroomish Skirmish
Who's Flying Now?
Sky High Gym Battle!
Pokéblock, Stock and Berry
Lessons in Lilycove
Season 8
Gaining Groudon
The Scuffle of Legends
It's Still Rocket Roll to Me
Solid as a Solrock
Vanity Affair
Where's Armaldo?
A Cacturne for the Worse
Once in a Mawile
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt
The Great Eight Fate!
Eight Ain't Enough
Mean With Envy
Pacifidlog Jam
Berry, Berry Interesting
Less is Morrison
Hi Ho Silver Wind!
Deceit and Assist
Rhapsody in Drew
Island Time
Like a Meowth to a Flame
Saved by the Beldum
From Brags to Riches
Shocks and Bonds
A Judgment Brawl
Choose It or Loose It!
At the End of the Fray
The Scheme Team

Kanto (Battle Frontier)

Season 8
The Right Place and the Right Mime
A Real Cleffa-Hanger
Numero Uno Articuno
The Symbol Life
The Saffron Con
A Hurdle for Squirtle
Pasta La Vista
Season 9
Sweet Baby James!
A Chip Off the Old Brock
Wheel...of Frontier!
May's Egg-cellent Adventure!
Weekend Warrior
Tactic Theatrics!!
Reversing the Charges
From Cradle to Save
Time Warp Heals All Wounds
Queen of the Serpentine!
Harley Rides Again
Odd Pokémon Out!
Spontaneous Combusken!!
Cutting the Ties that Bind
Ka Boom with a View!
What I Did for Love!
Talking a Good Game
Second Time's the Charm!
New Plot - Odd Lot
Going for Choke!
Grating Spaces!
Battling the Enemy Within
May, we Harley Drew'd Ya!
Thinning the Hoard!
Channeling the Battle Zone!
The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!
Gathering The Gang of Four!
Pace - The Final Frontier!
Once More with Reeling!
Home is Where the Start Is!

Diamond & Pearl


Season 10

Following a Maiden's Voyage!
Two Degrees of Separation!
When Pokémon Worlds Collide!
Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Setting the World on its Buneary!
  • Dawn catches Buneary.
Not on My Watch Ya Don't!
Mounting a Coordinator Assault!
Arrival of a Rival!
A Staravia is Born!
Leave It To Brocko!
Shapes of Things to Come!
A Gruff Act to Follow!
Wild in the Streets!
O'er the Rampardos we Watched!
Twice Smitten, Once Shy!
Borrowing on Bad Faith!
Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!
Settling a Not-So-Old Score!
Drifloon on the Wind!
Some Enchanted Sweetening
The Grass-Type is Always Greener!
All Dressed Up with Somewhere to Go!
  • Ash, Dawn and Brock enter a competition for a TV Project called Pokémon Cosplay Convention.
  • Brock wins an egg.
Buizel Your Way Out of This!
An Elite Greet and Meet!
A Secret Sphere of Influence!
A Grass Menagerie!
One Big Happiny Family!

Top-Down Training!

Dawn's Early Night!
Tag! We're It!
Glory Blaze!
Smells Like Team Spirit!
Season 11
Once There Were Greenfields!
Throwing the Track Switch

Journey to the Unknown!
Team Shocker!

Riding the Winds of Change!
Sleight of Sand!
Lost Leader Strategy!
Crossing the Battle Line!
A Triple Fighting Chance!
Enter Galactic!

Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1
Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2
  • J steals the Riolu from the prior episode.
  • Ash saves Riolu from J and the man J is working for.
Crossing Paths
Pika and Goliath!
Our Cup Runneth Over!
A Full Course Tag Battle!
Staging A Heroes' Welcome!
Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Strategy With a Smile!
The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!
A Crasher Course in Power!
Hungry For the Good Life!
Fighting Fear With Fear!
Arriving in Style!
Battling the Generation Gap!
Losing Its Lustrous!
Double Team Turnover!

A Trainer and Child Reunion!
  • Ash, Brock and Dawn meet Aaron of the Elite Four.
Aiding the Enemy!
Barry's Busting Out All Over!
A Shield with a Twist!
Jumping Rocket Ship!
Sleepless in Pre-Battle!
Season 12
A Breed Stampede!
Dealing with Defensive Types!
Another One Gabites the Dust!
Pursuing a Lofty Goal!
The Lonely Snover!
Old Rivals, New Tricks!
To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!
Sliding Into Seventh!
A Pyramiding Rage!
  • Brandon arrives in Snowpoint City.
    • Paul challenges Brandon, with Paul losing easily.
Pillars of Friendship!
  • J returns and awakens Regigigas.
    • Ash and Co., along with Brandon, stop J.
Frozen on Their Tracks!
  • Ash and Co. meet Looker, of the Internation Police Force.
Pedal to the Mettle!
Evolving Strategies!
Uncrushing Defeat!
Gateway to Ruin!
  • Ash and co. once again run into Team Galactic at Mt. Coronet.
Strategy Begins at Home!
  • Ash and Brock meet Johanna. Dawn battles Johanna and loses.
Challenging a Towering Figure!
An Egg Scramble!
  • Dawn defeats Lyra in a battle and receives an egg, which later hatches into Cyndaquil.
Dressed for Jess Success!
  • James enters a contest passing by Jessilina and wins, so Jessie gets her third ribbon. Dawn loses to James in the semi-finals.
Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!
The Needs of the Three!
The Battle Finale of Legend!
Mastering Current Events!
Gotta Get a Gible!
Season 13
Short and To the Punch!
Yes, in Dee Dee It's Dawn!
Playing the Performance Encore!
  • Ursula defeats Jessie in the Battle Round of the Daybreak Contest.
  • Dawn defeats Ursula in the finals, earning her 5th and final ribbon.
Fighting Ire with Fire!
  • Barry and Paul meet for the first time.
  • Barry has earned the 8 Sinnoh Badges, qualifying him for the Sinnoh League.
  • Ash battles Barry briefly.
  • Ash's Monferno activates Blaze again and gets out of control.
  • Monferno evolves into Infernape.
Piplup, Up and Away!
Flint Sparks the Fire!
  • Ash and co. meet Flint.
  • Volkner refuses to battle Ash.
  • Ash battles Flint, losing.
  • Volkner decides to battle Ash.
The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!
Teaching the Student Teacher
An Elite Coverup!
  • Ash and his friends meet Bertha.
Dawn of a Royal Day!
  • Princess Salvia wins the Arrowroot Town Contest, and gives the Ribbon to Jessie.
  • Jessie obtains her 5th Ribbon, thus qualifing for the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
  • Princess Salvia gives her Togekiss to Dawn.
Dealing with a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!
  • The gang arrive at Valor Lakefront for the Grand Festival.
Last Call, First Round!
  • Pre-episode
    • Nando has earned seven Gym Badges.
    • Nando acquires a Kricketot and an Altaria.
    • Zoey's Shellos and Finneon are revealed to have evolved into a Gastrodon and Lumineon, respectively.
  • Kenny's Prinplup evolves into an Empoleon; he is also revealed to have obtained a Floatzel.
  • Dawn enters the Grand Festival alongside Zoey and Jessilina.
  • Nando, Kenny, and Ursula earned their fifth ribbons and enter the Grand Festival as well.
  • Ursula is revealed to have obtained two Eevee, which she evolves into a Vaporeon and a Flareon during her appeal.
  • Dawn, Nando, Ursula, Zoey, and Jessilina successfully clear the appeals round; however, Kenny fails to make it through and is eliminated from the Grand Festival.
Opposites Interact!
  • Dawn beats Ursula and advances to the Top 16 round of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
  • Zoey, Nando, and Jessilina also advance to the Top 16 round of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
Coming Full Festival Circle!
  • Pre-episode
    • Zoey's Misdreavus evolves into a Mismagius.
    • Nando's Roselia evolves into a Roserade, while he is also revealed to have captured a Lopunny.
  • Zoey and Dawn defeat Nando and Jessilina, respectively, and advance to the finals of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
A Grand Fight for Winning!
  • Pre-episode
    • Zoey's Kirlia evolves into a Gallade.
  • Zoey defeats Dawn in the final round of the Sinnoh Grand Festival, winning the Ribbon Cup as well as the title of Top Coordinator.
  • Ash learns that Sunyshore Gym is fully repaired and Volkner is ready for their Gym Battle.
The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!
  • Ash arrives back at Sunyshore Gym for his Gym Battle against Volkner.
    • Ash's Infernape's Blaze is activated again, and it gains control of the ability for the first time.
    • Ash defeats Volkner and earns the Beacon Badge, allowing him to participate in the Sinnoh League.
Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port!
Bucking the Treasure Trend!
An Old Family Blend!
League Unleashed!
Casting a Paul on Barry!
  • Ash, Paul, Barry, Conway, and Tobias make it through the second round of the Lily of the Valley Conference.
  • Paul and Barry are selected to battle each other in the third round of the Lily of the Valley Conference while Ash is selected to battle Conway.
  • Paul's Electabuzz is revealed to have evolved into an Electivire, and Electivire is revealed to have learned Giga Impact upon its evolution to its final form.
  • Barry is revealed to have captured a Skarmory and a Hitmonlee.
  • Paul defeats Barry and advances to the quarter finals of the tournament.
Working on a Right Move!
  • Ash's Infernape learns Flare Blitz.
  • Conway is revealed to have obtained a Shuckle, a Lickilicky, and a Dusknoir.
  • Ash's Noctowl is revealed to have learned Extrasensory, Air Slash, and Sky Attack.
  • Ash's Gible masters Draco Meteor.
  • Ash defeats Conway and advances to the next round.
  • Ash learns that he will face Paul in the quarter-final of the Lily of the Valley Conference.
  • Ash's Gliscor returns to Ash for the battle against Paul.
  • Tobias advances to the quarter-final.
Familiarity Breeds Strategy!
  • In the Lily of the Valley Conference quarter-final, Ash and Paul begin their second full battle.
  • Paul is revealed to have obtained a Drapion and a Gastrodon while his Lairon is revealed to have evolved into an Aggron.
A Real Rival Rouser!
  • Ash and Paul continue their full battle.
  • Ash's Gliscor is revealed to have learned Stone Edge.
  • Paul is revealed to have obtained a Froslass.
Battling a Thaw in Relations!
  • Ash and Paul continue their full battle.
  • Infernape's Blaze ability activates. Infernape gets control of the ability.
  • Ash wins the battle and goes to the semi-finals.
The Semi-Final Frontier!
  • In the Lily of the Valley Conference semi-final, Ash battles Tobias.
  • Tobias is revealed to have a Latios.
  • Ash loses to Tobias and is eliminated from the Lily of the Valley Confence.
The Brockster Is In!
Memories are Made of Bliss!
  • Dawn decides to remain in Sinnoh, Brock decides to train to become a Pokémon Doctor while Ash renews his vow to become a Pokémon Master.
  • Ash and Brock return to Kanto and go their separate ways.
  • Ash and Ash's Pikachu reach Pallet Town.

Best Wishes series


Best Wishes
  • Zekrom appears again and Pikachu is given back his electric powers.
  • Ash decides to remain in Unova and challenge it's Pokémon League.
  • Ash learns the first Unova League Gym is in Sanyou City.
  • The Oshawott from Professor Juniper's lab starts to follow Ash.
  • Ash meets a mysterious girl named Iris and her Axew.
  • Jessie and James are revealed to have left all their Pokémon at Team Rocket's Headquarters.
  • Ash captures a Pidove.
  • Jessie captures a Woobat.
  • Ash and Iris arrive at Sanyou City, and meet Dent.
  • Rather than challenging just one of the leaders, Ash challenges all of the Gym Leader trio of Dent, Pod and Corn to a gym battle.
  • Ash loses to Corn, defeats Pod and starts his battle with Dent.
  • Ash's Tepig and Oshawott are revealed to know Tackle.
  • Ash catches a Snivy.
  • Giovanni informs Team Rocket of the presence of another villainous team.
  • Team Rocket meets a stranger who gives them a mysterious item and tells the to head for Shippou City.
  • Iris is revealed to have a Excadrill.
  • Iris's Axew is revealed to know Scratch and Dragon Rage.
  • Team Rocket is told to go to the Resort Desert

See also