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An epicode (short for episode code) is the manner by which an episode is referred to on Bulbapedia. As episodes are released weekly in Japan, and weekly for part of the year in the rest of the world, page moves would happen quite frequently if articles were retitled for their English release — not to mention if an episode title were mistranslated or misnamed.

A commonly-accepted system was therefore developed to identify the individual episodes easily. Starting with the first episode, which was labeled as EP001, this numeric format continued throughout the episodes of the original series. After this, however, the episode counts diverged. The first episode of the second series of the anime, Advanced Generation, to some is considered just a continuation of the count from that of the original series, while to others a separate count is established. On Bulbapedia, this episode is considered AG001, likewise, the first episode in the Diamond & Pearl series is considered DP001, the first episode in the Best Wishes series is considered BW001 and the first episode in the XY series is considered XY001. Episodes of the series of specials aired during Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station and Pokémon Sunday receive the epicode of SS, for "side story".

Epicodes are not just for episodes of the anime, however. The rounds of Pokémon Adventures feature them too, as do other manga.

Epicode breakdown

Anime

Epicode Derived from Used for Followed by
EP Episode Episodes of the original series Three digits (001 - 274)
AG Advanced Generation Episodes of the Advanced Generation series Three digits (001 - 192)
DP Diamond & Pearl Episodes of the Diamond & Pearl series Three digits (001 - 191)
BW Best Wishes Episodes of the Best Wishes series Three digits (001 - 142)
XY X & Y Episodes of the XY series Three digits (001 - ongoing)
SS Side story Side story episodes aired during Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station and Pokémon Sunday episodes Three digits (001 - 030)
PK Pikachu Pikachu shorts Two digits (01 - 25)
M Movie Pokémon movies Two digits (01 - 17)

Manga

Epicode Derived from Used for Followed by
PS Pokémon Special Pokémon Adventures rounds Three digits (001 - ongoing)
ABW Pokémon Adventures Black & White Rounds from the Black & White chapter of Pokémon Adventures as published by VIZ Media and Kurokawa. A temporary epicode until the chapters are released in Japan with proper numbering. Two digits (01 - ongoing)
PAXY Pokémon Adventures X & Y Rounds from the X & Y chapter of Pokémon Adventures as published in mini-volumes by Shogakukan. A temporary epicode until the chapters are released in standard volumes with proper numbering. One digit (01 - ongoing)
ET Electric Tale The Electric Tale of Pikachu chapters Two digits (01 - 20)
SP Satoshi & Pikachu Ash and Pikachu chapters Two digits (01 - 36)
PZ Pokémon Zensho Pokémon Zensho chapters Two digits (01 - 10)
GB Golden Boys Golden Boys chapters Two digits (01 - 23)
PW Pokémon Card Ni Natta Wake How I Became a Pokémon Card chapters Two digits (01 - 38)
MCM Mezase Card Master Aim to Be a Card Master!! chapters One digit (1 - 9)
P7- Pokémon 7 Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 chapters Two digits (01 - 12)
PM Pocket Monsters Pokémon Pocket Monsters chapters Three digits (001 - 117)
PMRS Pocket Monsters RS Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire chapters Two digits (01 - 63)
PMDP Pocket Monsters DP Pocket Monsters DP chapters Two digits (01 - 59)
PMHGSS Pocket Monsters HG SS Pocket Monsters HGSS chapters Two digits (01 - 23)
PMBW Pocket Monsters BW Pocket Monsters BW chapters Two digits (01 - 47)
PMXY Pocket Monsters XY Pocket Monsters XY chapters Two digits (01 - ongoing)
CBF Challenge Battle Frontier Pokémon Battle Frontier chapters One digit (1 - 6)
PPP PiPiPi Adventure Magical Pokémon Journey chapters Two digits for regular chapters (01 - 69)
"B" and two digits for bonus chapters (B01 - B20)
"A" and one digit for appendix chapters (A1 - A2)
CCP Chamo-Chamo Pretty Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ chapters Two digits for regular chapters (00 - 42)
"B" and one digit for bonus chapters (B1 - B2)
DPA Diamond & Pearl Adventure Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! chapters Two digits for regular chapters (01 - 37)
"S" and one digit for special chapters (S1 - S6)
GDZ Get da ze Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All chapters Two digits (01 - 79)
GRT Ginji's Rescue Team Ginji's Rescue Team chapters One digit (1 - 6)
BET Blazing Exploration Team Blazing Exploration Team chapters One digit (1 - 6)
ABM Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master! Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master! chapters
PBK Platinum Battle King Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!! chapters One digit (1 - 8)
PR Pokémon Ranger W Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger - the Comic chapters One digit (1 - 5)
PRV Pokémon Ranger Vatonnage Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic chapters One digit (1 - 4)
PBW Be the Best! Pokémon B+W Be the Best! Pokémon B+W chapters One digits (1 - 8)
MWL Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends chapters One digit (MWL1)
FAT Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder chapters One digit (1 - 5)
TA Pokémon Try Adventure Pokémon Try Adventure chapters Two digits (01 - 47)
RB Pokémon RéBURST Pokémon RéBURST chapters Two digits (01 - 77)
PDP Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl chapters Two digits (01 - 29)
QPL Quiz Puzzle Land Pokémon Quiz Puzzle Land Pikachu is a Famous Detective chapters Two digits (01 - 13)
CSL Pokémon Colosseum Snatcher Leo Pokémon Colosseum Snatcher Leo chapters One digit (1 - 3)
PCS Pokémon Colosseum Snatchers Pokémon Colosseum Snatchers chapters One digit (1 - 3)
CXY Let's Play the Pokémon Card Game XY! Let's Play the Pokémon Card Game XY! chapters One digit (1 - ongoing)
LDK Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King chapters One digit (0 - 5)

Other

Epicode Derived from Used for Followed by
PB Pokémon Picture Book Pokémon Tales books Two digits for original books (01 - 48)
"M" and one digit for movie special books (M1 - M2)
"GS" and one digit for Gold and Silver books (GS1 - GS9)
"AG" and one digit for Advanced Generation movie special books (AG1 - AG2)
"D" and two digits for Daisuki Club chapters (D01 - ongoing)


Anime without epicodes

Several special episodes lack epicodes, usually due to the fact that they are released under extraordinary circumstances.

Name Related medium Reason for no epicode
Fall Special Original series A special 90-minute clip show.
Holiday Hi-Jynx Original series Initially supposed to be EP039: not aired until long afterward due to EP038 incident
Snow Way Out! Original series Initially supposed to be EP040: not aired until long afterward due to EP038 incident
The Uncut Story Of Mewtwo's Origin Pokémon movies Based on the Japanese radio drama The Birth of Mewtwo, it was released as part of Mewtwo Strikes Back in the home video release, and was released as a special feature on the dub Mewtwo Returns DVD.
Slowking's Day Pokémon movies Anime short. Intended to be an extra for The Power of One.
Mewtwo Returns Pokémon movies TV movie - sequel to Mewtwo Strikes Back
Trouble in Big Town Pikachu shorts Included in Pikachu's Winter Vacation, but does not meet the requirements to be considered a Pikachu short.
The Legend of Thunder! Side story episodes TV movie - features anime counterparts to Gold, Silver, and Crystal characters.
Pichu Bros. in Party Panic Pikachu shorts Special episode featured only in Pokémon Channel
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon Pokémon movies TV movie - created for American audiences, speculated to have been testing VA recasting