Diamond & Pearl series

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This article is about the third series of the anime. For the series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, see Pokémon Trading Card Game → Diamond & Pearl Series. For other uses, see Diamond and Pearl.

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Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl (Japanese: ポケットモンスターダイヤモンド&パール Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl), referred to by fans as the Diamond & Pearl series, is the third series of the Pokémon anime and is based on the events of the Generation IV core series Pokémon games. It follows the Advanced Generation series and was succeeded by the Best Wishes series. It ran from September 28, 2006 to September 9, 2010 in Japan and from June 4, 2007 to February 5, 2011 in the United States, although the first three episodes aired as a sneak peak in the United States on April 20, 2007. It was not given an English name until after the release of Pokémon the Series: XY.

Like the previous series, this series begins with Ash Ketchum beginning his journey by himself, this time through the Sinnoh region. His longtime companion Brock eventually rejoins him, as does Dawn, a rookie Pokémon Coordinator from Twinleaf Town who wishes to follow in the footsteps of her mother.

Like what happened in the Advanced Generation series, both Ash and Brock received a change of clothes. As well, a similarity to the previous series is that Ash attempted to travel to Sinnoh with only Pikachu. He was unsuccessful, however, as his recently-caught Aipom insisted on accompanying him.

Like Advanced Generation before it, Ash's previous female companion returned for a few episodes, wearing new clothes just as Ash and Brock do. May's outfit was based on that of her game counterpart during Pokémon Emerald.

Much like what occurred near to the end of the original series's journey through Johto, with the move from cel-based coloring to digital coloring, the Diamond & Pearl series featured the show's move from a standard definition 4:3 presentation to a high-definition 16:9 format near to the middle of the Sinnoh journey.

The Diamond & Pearl series is different from the previous two series in that it is more story driven. While there are fewer episodes dedicated to Ash's Gym quest or the resident Coordinator's (currently Dawn) Contest quest than previous series had in the same amount of time, more captures, more departures, and more rivals have been introduced when compared to earlier series.

Additionally, this series is the most violent and dramatic of the five so far, in part stemming from the character Paul whose training method sharply contrasts with Ash's so much that he nearly abuses his Pokémon for not doing well, and likewise stemming from the cataclysmic nature of the plot of Sinnoh's resident villainous team, Team Galactic, as well as Pokémon Hunter J.

Episodes in the Diamond & Pearl series are numbered with the prefix DP on Bulbapedia. For a complete episode listing, see the list of Diamond & Pearl series episodes.

Dub seasons

When the Diamond & Pearl series came to be dubbed into English and other languages, it was divided up into four seasons:


Main article: Pokémon movie → Diamond & Pearl series


For more images, please see artwork from the Diamond & Pearl anime series on the Bulbagarden Archives.




  • This is the only series that introduces just one new traveling companion for Ash.
  • This is the only series in which a character other than Ash is mentioned in the summary of the Japanese opening themes.
  • The Sinnoh journey is the longest regional story arc out of all the arcs in the anime. The Johto journey previously held this distinction with 158 episodes total.
  • The dub of this series is the only series not to include Who's That Pokémon?.
  • This was the first series in which 4Kids had no part in dubbing.
  • This is the only series in which Team Rocket appears in every episode (they did not appear in the first episode in the original series, they were absent in AG120 in the Advanced Generation series, and they have been absent in several episodes from the Best Wishes series, XY series, and Sun & Moon series).
  • This is the only completed series so far to have all of its intended episodes aired in the Japanese version. Every other completed series has had at least one episode that was never broadcast (while An Undersea Place to Call Home! of the XY series did not air when originally intended, it was aired later).
  • This is the only series in which Ash starts off with more than one of his Pokemon, arriving in Sinnoh with Pikachu and Aipom, the latter of which stowed away.
  • This is the only series in which Ash meets all four of the primary region's Elite Four. While Ash has met all four of the Kanto region's Elite Four, he did not meet them all during the original series.

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