Advanced Generation series

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Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire (Japanese: ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation), referred to by fans as the Advanced Generation series, is the second series of the Pokémon anime and is based on the events of the core series Generation III Pokémon games. It follows the original series and was succeeded by the Diamond & Pearl series. It ran from November 21, 2002 to September 14, 2006 in Japan and from November 1, 2003 to March 3, 2007 in the United States, although the first two episodes aired as a sneak peek in the United States on March 15, 2003. It was not given an English name until after the release of Pokémon the Series: XY.

In this series, Ash travels through the Hoenn region in an effort to compete in the Hoenn League there. He is joined not by Misty, who had been his continuous companion for the entirety of the original series, but May, a rookie Trainer from Petalburg City who at first merely wishes to travel. Eventually, she learns of Pokémon Contests and declares herself a Pokémon Coordinator, training to win Ribbons so she can enter the Hoenn Grand Festival. May's brother, Max, also travels with the group and helps map out routes to take using his PokéNav. However, Max is too young to have his own Pokémon. Brock, Ash's near-constant adviser, returns soon after the start of the series, while Misty makes two several-episode cameo appearances.

After Ash competes in the Hoenn League, Ash and Brock return to Kanto while May and Max return to Petalburg City. While on his way home to Pallet Town, Ash meets Scott, who after observing Ash's battle skills invites him to enter the Battle Frontier. He travels around Kanto in an effort to complete the Battle Frontier and is joined again by Brock, Max and May - who is now aiming to compete in the Kanto Grand Festival.

The Advanced Generation series saw a change in the formula followed by the original series, as well. While in Kanto and Johto, Ash encountered all three of those regions' starter Pokémon and caught each, in this series Ash's only capture of a starter was Treecko, while his friends, May and Brock, caught a Torchic and a Mudkip, respectively. Also, unlike when he traveled to the Orange Archipelago and Johto, Ash left behind all of his Pokémon at Professor Oak's, bringing only Pikachu. Another change was new clothing for Ash and Brock. No longer did Ash wear the hat he claimed to have sent in a million postcards for, but instead a completely different outfit. Misty also received a new outfit during her return appearances.

Episodes in the Advanced Generation series are numbered with the prefix AG on Bulbapedia. For a complete episode listing, see the list of Advanced Generation series episodes.


Polishing off the Silver Conference, Ash heads toward his next challenge—the far-off Hoenn region! While he must say goodbye to old friends, he makes the acquaintance of May, a Trainer just starting out on her Pokémon journey. Along with her little brother Max and the ever-reliable Brock, this pack of Pokémon Trainers begin pursuing their dreams—with Ash racking up three Gym Badges, while May changes tack to follow the Contest path of a Pokémon Coordinator.

Dub seasons

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


Main article: Pokémon movie → Advanced Generation series

Home video releases

North American DVD releases

Australian DVD releases

Japanese DVD releases


For more images, please see artwork from the Advanced Generation anime series on the Bulbagarden Archives.




  • This is the only series in which:
  • This is the only completed series in which Ash does not catch a Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • The Advanced Generation series shares a number of similarities with the XY series:
    • Ash is traveling with three companions instead of two.
    • Two of the traveling companions are siblings, with one of them being too young to have Pokémon of their own.
      • Both sets of siblings are related to the fifth Gym Leader of their respective region, and both older siblings tried to hide this fact at first.
        • This Gym is also the first one that Ash attempts to challenge in the region.
    • Ash receives only one starter Pokémon in the region and fully evolves it.
    • Ash's female companion does not have a specific goal in mind at the beginning of their journey, but later becomes inspired to pursue a career that focuses more on displaying a Pokémon's style rather than its power: May aims to become a Top Coordinator, and Serena aims to become Kalos Queen.
      • They were both expected to pursue the same career as one of their parents: May was expected to become a Gym Leader like her father, and Serena was expected to become a Rhyhorn racer like her mother.
      • They both begin their journeys for unorthodox reasons: May to travel, and Serena to reunite with Ash.
      • They both start with the region's Fire-type starter Pokémon: May starts with Torchic and Serena starts with Fennekin. Both of their starter Pokémon evolved during the series.
      • They both obtain an Eevee, which later evolves into an Eeveelution native to the region they are currently in at the time of the Evolution.
      • They both had one last battle against Ash before departing.
      • Neither had any disobedient Pokémon, unlike Misty, Dawn and Iris.
    • The three older main characters have one starter Pokémon each.
    • At least one Gym features Double Battles.
      • Both these Gyms specialized in Psychic-type Pokémon, as well as being the seventh Gym Ash challenged in the respective regions.
    • Both League Conferences started on the 125th episode and ended on the 131st episode of their respective series.
    • Jessie's Pokémon evolves but James's Pokémon capable of evolution does not.
  • This is the final series to be dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment, and the first series to be dubbed by The Pokémon Company International*. TPCi took over dubbing starting with Pokémon: Battle Frontier.
  • This is the first series that has Ash traveling with siblings.
  • This is the first series to have distributions of Mythical Pokémon to promote the movies they starred in. This practice continued for later generations.

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