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A generation is a grouping of the Pokémon games that separates them based on the Pokémon they include. In each generation, a new set of Pokémon, moves, and Abilities that did not exist in the previous generation are released.

Generational lines are typically ignored in other parts of the franchise, which continue from where the last generation left off and keep the story going (this is especially true of the anime), and may ignore older parts of the canon that explicitly declare to be true something that is later changed.

To date, there are six generations, each introducing their own quirks into the franchise. The Generation I and II games are compatible with one another via the Time Capsule but not with later games; the four most recent generations are also compatible with each other (forward only) via dual-slot mode, Pal Park, Poké Transfer, and Poké Transporter, but not with the Generation I and II games.

Gen New Pokémon Total Pokémon Main games (JP/US) Console games (JP/US) Side games (JP/US) Anime TCG
I 151 151 Red and Green (1996)
Blue (1996)
Red and Blue (—/1998)
Yellow (1998/1999)
Stadium (Japanese) (1998/—)
Stadium (English) (1999/2000)
Pinball (1999/1999)
Snap (1999/1999)
Puzzle League (—/2000)
Original series
Pocket Monsters
Pocket Monsters: Orange Archipelago Chapter
Base Set
Base Set 2
Team Rocket
Gym Heroes
Gym Challenge
Indigo League
Orange Islands
II 100 251 Gold and Silver (1999/2000)
Crystal (2000/2001)
Stadium 2 (2000/2001) Puzzle Challenge
Original series
Pocket Monsters: Gold & Silver Chapter
Neo Genesis
Neo Discovery
Neo Revelation
Neo Destiny
Legendary Collection
The Johto Journeys
Johto League Champions
Master Quest
III 135 386 Ruby and Sapphire (2002/2003)
FireRed and LeafGreen (2004/2004)
Emerald (2004/2005)
Colosseum (2003/2004)
Box RS (2003/2004)
XD (2005/2005)
Pinball R&S (2003/2003)
Dash (2004/2005)
Trozei! (2005/2006)
Mystery Dungeon Red/Blue (2005/2006)
Ranger (2006/2006)
Advanced Generation series EX Ruby & Sapphire
EX Sandstorm
EX Dragon
EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua
EX Hidden Legends
EX FireRed & LeafGreen
EX Team Rocket Returns
EX Deoxys
EX Emerald
EX Unseen Forces
EX Delta Species
EX Legend Maker
EX Holon Phantoms
EX Crystal Guardians
EX Dragon Frontiers
EX Power Keepers
Advanced Challenge
Advanced Battle
Battle Frontier
IV 107 493 Diamond and Pearl (2006/2007)
Platinum (2008/2009)
HeartGold and SoulSilver (2009/2010)
Battle Revolution (2006/2007)
Ranch (2008/2008)
Pokémon Rumble (2009/2009)
Mystery Dungeon Blazing/Stormy/Light (2009/—)
PokéPark Wii (2009/2010)
Mystery Dungeon Time/Darkness (2007/2008)
Ranger 2 (2008/2008)
Mystery Dungeon Sky (2009/2009)
Ranger 3 (2010/2010)
Diamond & Pearl series Diamond & Pearl
Mysterious Treasures
Secret Wonders
Great Encounters
Majestic Dawn
Legends Awakened
Rising Rivals
Supreme Victors
HeartGold & SoulSilver
Call of Legends
Diamond and Pearl
Battle Dimension
Galactic Battles
Sinnoh League Victors
V 156 649 Black and White (2010/2011)
Black 2 and White 2 (2012/2012)
PokéPark 2 (2011/2012)
Pokémon Rumble U (2013/2013)
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure (2011/2012)
Pokémon Rumble Blast (2011/2011)
Pokémon Conquest (2012/2012)
Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (2012/2013)
Best Wishes series
Best Wishes!
Best Wishes! Season 2
Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N
Best Wishes! Season 2: Decolora Adventure!
Black & White
Emerging Powers
Noble Victories
Next Destinies
Dark Explorers
Dragons Exalted
Dragon Vault
Boundaries Crossed
Plasma Storm
Plasma Freeze
Plasma Blast
Legendary Treasures
Black & White
Rival Destinies
Adventures in Unova (and Beyond)
VI 72 721 X and Y (2013/2013)
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (2014/2014)
None Pokémon Bank/Poké Transporter (2013/2014)
Battle Trozei (2014/2014)
Pokémon Art Academy (2014/2014)
XY series Kalos Starter Set
Furious Fists
Phantom Forces
Primal Clash
The Series: XY