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Pokémon: Black & White is the fourteenth season of the dubbed version of the Pokémon anime. It follows the conclusion of the Diamond & Pearl series of the Pokémon anime, and as such is the first dubbed season of the Best Wishes series. The season follows Ash as he continues his journey, venturing into the Unova region with new friends Iris and Cilan.
It began on February 12, 2011 with the dub premiere In The Shadow of Zekrom!, and concluded on January 7, 2012 with Battle for the Underground!. This season skipped episodes BW023 and BW024 due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2011-2012 Cartoon Network Saturday morning line-up.
It is preceded by Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors, the last season of the Diamond & Pearl series dub, and is succeeded by Pokémon Black & White: Rival Destinies.
See the list of Pokémon: Black & White episodes for a list of episodes aired this season.
- Ash and Pikachu travel with Delia and Professor Oak to the Unova region where Professor Oak is attending a conference. (BW001)
- Team Rocket also arrive in the Unova region, having been assigned there by Giovanni. (BW001)
- Ash meets a photographer and beginning Trainer by the name of Trip. (BW001)
- Trip obtains a Snivy from Professor Juniper then battles Ash's Pikachu and wins. (BW001)
- Ash decides to remain in Unova and challenge its Pokémon League. (BW002)
- Ash meets a mysterious girl named Iris and her Axew. (BW002)
- Ash and Iris meet Cilan. (BW005)
- Ash, Iris and Cilan agree to travel together through Unova. (BW006)
- Iris is revealed to own an Excadrill. (BW009)
- Jessie, James and Meowth meet Pierce, a Team Rocket agent sent to help them. (BW010)
- Ash and Trip decide to have their second battle, with Trip defeating Ash. (BW010)
- Ash receives a Pokémon Egg. (BW012)
- Ash gets a new Badge case from Bianca, given to her by Professor Juniper. (BW013)
- Ash and friends meet Nacrene City Gym Leader Lenora. (BW014)
- Ash's Pokémon Egg hatches into a Scraggy. (BW017)
- Ash and friends meet Castelia City Gym Leader Burgh. (BW018)
- Ash and Trip have their third battle, which ends up in a tie. (BW031)
- Iris reveals she met Excadrill as a Drilbur when she was younger. (BW033)
- Excadrill regains his confidence and loyalty to Iris. (BW033)
- The Club Battle Tournament takes place. (BW039-BW042)
- The competition begins with 16 competitors. (BW039)
- Ash and Georgia both advance to the second round of the Club Battle Tournament after beating Burgundy and Sylvester respectively. (BW039)
- Iris, Cilan, Stephan, and Luke all advance to the second round of the Club Battle Tournament after beating Jimmy Ray, Trip, Bianca, and Scooter, respectively. (BW040)
- Ash, Iris, and Luke all advance to the semi-finals of the Club Battle Tournament after beating Georgia, Stephan, and Cilan, respectively. (BW041)
- Iris beats Luke in the semi-finals of the Club Battle Tournament and goes on to beat Ash in the finals, making Iris the winner of the Club Battle Tournament. (BW042)
- Meowth gets fired from Team Rocket and joins Ash and friends. (BW043)
- It is revealed that Meowth was never fired from Team Rocket and that his joining the group was part of a plan. Meowth rejoins Jessie and James. (BW047)
The following Pokémon are obtained:
The following Pokémon evolve:
- Iris's Axew (obtained prior to BW001)
- Ash's Staraptor (left at Professor Oak's Laboratory, prior to BW001)
- Ash's Torterra (left at Professor Oak's Laboratory, prior to BW001)
- Ash's Infernape (left at Professor Oak's Laboratory, prior to BW001)
- Ash's Buizel (left at Professor Oak's Laboratory, prior to BW001)
- Ash's Gliscor (left at Professor Oak's Laboratory, prior to BW001)
- Ash's Gible (left at Professor Oak's Laboratory, prior to BW001)
- Jessie's Wobbuffet (left at Team Rocket headquarters, prior to BW002)
- Jessie's Seviper (left at Team Rocket headquarters, prior to BW002)
- Jessie's Yanmega (left at Team Rocket headquarters, prior to BW002)
- James's Carnivine (left at Team Rocket headquarters, prior to BW002)
- James's Mime Jr. (left at Team Rocket headquarters, prior to BW002)
- Cilan's Pansage (obtained prior to BW005)
- Iris's Excadrill (obtained prior to BW001)
- Iris's Drilbur (caught in and evolves into Excadrill in a flashback in BW033)
Ash defeats the following Gym Leaders:
North American DVD Releases
- Main article: List of English language Black & White home video releases (Region 1)
Australian DVD Releases
- Pokémon Season 14: Black & White Collection 1 (BW001-BW024)
- Pokémon Season 14: Black & White Collection 2 (BW025-BW048)
- Who's That Pokémon? returned at the beginning of the season, after an absence of 344 episodes.
- Unlike previous seasons, this season has more episode titles based more on either the original Japanese titles, or the plot of the episode as a whole, rather than being puns. This may be an extension of the idea of the franchise returning to its roots, as many early original series episodes had their titles based on the original Japanese title.
- In some languages, the term "black and white" is commonly expressed as "white and black". This caused the Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American dubs to change the season name from "White and Black" to "Black and White" midway of the broadcasting, at the request of the dubbing client, SDI Media, to match the names of the games.
- The season name was also changed in Russian dub. As the new channel got the broadcast license, the season was rerun under the new title.
- In the Danish version, Mathias Klenske, the Danish voice of Ash, did some of the translation, according to the credit subtitles used at Disney XD.
In other languages
|| Pokémon: Crno i Bijelo|
Pokémon: Crno i Belo (Serbian version)
|| Pokémon: Black & White|
Pokémon: Sort og Hvis*
|| Pokémon: Wit of Zwart
|| Pokémon: Mustavalkoinen
| European French
|| Pokémon: Noir & Blanc
|| Pokémon: Schwarz & Weiß
|| Πόκεμον: Μαύρο & Άσπρο
|| Pokémon: Black and White
|| Pokémon: Nero & Bianco
|| Pokémon: Svart og Hvit
|| Pokémon: Czerń i Biel
|| Pokémon: Preto e Branco|
Pokémon: Branco e Preto (formerly)
|| Pokémon: Preto e Branco
|| Покемон: Чёрное и белое|
Покемон: Белое и чёрное (formerly)
|| Latin America
|| Pokémon: Negro y Blanco|
Pokémon: Blanco y Negro (formerly)
|| Pokémon: Negro y Blanco
|| Pokémon: Siyah ve Beyaz