Timeline of events in the anime

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A map of the Hoenn, Johto, Kanto, and Sinnoh regions in the anime; locations of movies are deliberately marked, and labeled Pokémon are positioned in relation to the locations of certain episodes.

This is a chronological list of significant events in the anime and the episodes which they occurred in, or, for events which happened outside the series, where they happened in relation to the episodes.



The order of many of these events is approximated and debatable.

Time Details
The beginning of time
  • Arceus appears in the darkness in the form of an Egg. After hatching, it creates the universe. (M12)
4,600,000,000 years prior
  • Creation of Pokémon world, referenced by Bill. (EP013)
2,000,000 years prior
  • First Pokémon, as dated by archaeology. (EP163)
  • The Meteonite enters Earth's atmosphere and breaks up with the largest fragment impacting into the landmass that would become the Unova region.
2,000 years prior
1,000 years prior
500 years prior
400 years prior
  • Azalea Town experiences a devastating drought that ends when a Slowpoke's yawn brings rain, prompting the town's people to begin a time-honored tradition of respect for all Slowpoke. (EP142)
300 years prior
  • The Orange League takes place for the first time. (EP095)
  • The captain wins the Orange League.
  • The captain's ship gets caught in a storm and sinks.
200 years prior
100 years prior to XY
50 years prior
40 years prior
30 years prior
  • Kaiser reports the existence of a Dratini in the Safari Zone. Thousands of people came to get the rare Pokémon, which literally destroys the Safari Zone in the process. Since then, they only allow Safari Ball there. (EP035)
29 years prior
20 years prior
15 years prior
15 years prior to BW
11 years prior to DP
10 years prior
10 years prior to AG
10 years prior to DP
10 years prior to BW
10 years prior to XY
7 years prior to AG
Less than 10 years prior to XY
5 years prior
4 years prior to SM
  • Lillie is nearly abducted by a Nihilego, but she is rescued by a Silvally. The traumatic experience makes her afraid of touching Pokémon. (SM049)
1 year prior to DP
Less than 1 year prior
  • Ash and Gary find an old Poké Ball while fishing, breaking it in half after arguing who will get it. (EP269)
Less than 1 year prior to DP
Less than 1 year prior to XY
Less than 1 year prior to SM

Original series


Episode Details
Pokémon, I Choose You!
Pokémon Emergency!
Ash Catches a Pokémon!
Challenge of the Samurai
Showdown in Pewter City
Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Water Flowers of Cerulean City
The Path to the Pokémon League
The School of Hard Knocks
Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Charmander the Stray Pokémon
Here Comes the Squirtle Squad
Mystery at the Lighthouse
Electric Shock Showdown
Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Pokémon Shipwreck
Beauty and the Beach
Tentacool and Tentacruel
The Ghost of Maiden's Peak
Bye-Bye Butterfree
Abra and the Psychic Pokémon
The Tower of Terror
Haunter Versus Kadabra
Primeape Goes Bananas
Pokémon Scent-sation
Hypno's Naptime
Pokémon Fashion Flash
The Punchy Pokémon
Sparks Fly for Magnemite
Dig Those Diglett
The Ninja Poké-Showdown
The Flame Pokémon-athon
The Kangaskhan Kid
The Bridge Bike Gang
Ditto's Mysterious Mansion
Pikachu's Good-Bye
Holiday Hi-Jynx
  • Ash attempts to capture a Jynx, but fails since she belongs to another Trainer.
The Battling Eevee Brothers
Wake Up Snorlax!
The March of the Exeggutor Squad
The Problem with Paras
The Song of Jigglypuff
Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon
Holy Matrimony!
Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
Princess Versus Princess
The Purr-fect Hero
Pokémon Paparazzi
The Breeding Center Secret
Riddle Me This
Volcanic Panic
The Misty Mermaid
Clefairy Tales
The Battle of the Badge
It's Mr. Mime Time
Showdown at the Po-ké Corral
The Evolution Solution
Make Room for Gloom
Go West Young Meowth
To Master the Onixpected
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis
Bad to the Bone
All Fired Up
Round One - Begin!
Fire and Ice
The Fourth Round Rumble
  • Gary loses his fourth round battle, placing him in the Top 32 in the Indigo Plateau Conference.
  • Gary heads back to Pallet Town.
  • Ash uses his Muk in battle for the first time.
  • Ash's Muk is revealed to know Body Slam.
  • Ash wins his fourth and final preliminary round match in the Pokémon League and advances to the fifth round, securing him a place in the Indigo Stadium.
A Friend In Deed
Friend and Foe Alike
Friends to the End

Orange Islands

Episode Details
Pallet Party Panic
A Scare in the Air
Poké Ball Peril
The Lost Lapras
Fit to be Tide
Pikachu Re-Volts
The Crystal Onix
In The Pink
Stage Fight!
Bye Bye Psyduck
Navel Maneuvers
Snack Attack!
A Shipful of Shivers
Tracey Gets Bugged
A Way Off Day Off
The Mandarin Island Miss Match
The Mystery Menace
Misty Meets Her Match!
Bound For Trouble
Charizard Chills
The Pokémon Water War
Pokémon Food Fight
Pokémon Double Trouble
The Stun Spore Detour
Hello Pummelo
Enter The Dragonite
Viva Las Lapras
The Underground Round Up
A Tent Situation
The Rivalry Revival


Episode Details
Don't Touch That 'Dile
The Double Trouble Header
A Sappy Ending
Roll On, Pokémon!
Illusion Confusion!
Flower Power
Snubbull Snobbery
The Little Big Horn
The Chikorita Rescue
Once in a Blue Moon
  • Misty tries to catch a Quagsire twice, but is stopped both times.
The Whistle Stop
Ignorance is Blissey
A Bout With Sprout
Fighting Flyer with Fire!
For Crying Out Loud
Charizard's Burning Ambitions
Chikorita's Big Upset
Wired for Battle!
Good 'Quil Hunting
A Shadow of a Drought
Goin' Apricorn
Gettin' The Bugs Out
A Farfetch'd Tale
Tricks of the Trade
The Fire-ring Squad
Hour of the Houndour
The Totodile Duel
Hot Matches!
Fowl Play!
Forest Grumps
The Fortune Hunters
A Goldenrod Opportunity
A Dairy Tale Ending
Air Time!
The Bug Stops Here
Carrying On!
Hassle in the Castle
A Hot Water Battle
Hook, Line, and Stinker
Beauty and the Breeder
Power Play
Imitation Confrontation
Trouble With Snubbull
Ariados, Amigos
Wings 'N' Things
The Grass Route
A Ghost of a Chance
From Ghost to Ghost
Trouble's Brewing
Moving Pictures
Freeze Frame
The Ring Masters
Control Freak
Current Events!
Turning Over A New Bayleef
The Kecleon Caper
Fight for the Light
Machoke, Machoke Man
Around the Whirlpool
A Corsola Caper
Octillery The Outcast!
Dueling Heroes
The Perfect Match
  • Misty defeats Ash and advances to the third round of the Whirl Cup.
  • Misty is defeated by Trinity in the third round and is ranked in the "Top 4" of the Whirl Cup.
  • Trinity is defeated by an unknown Trainer in the final round of the Whirl Cup.
The Mystery is History!
A Parent Trapped!
A Promise is a Promise
Throwing in the Noctowl!
Nerves of Steelix
Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!
Espeon Not Included!
For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll
Extreme Pokémon!
Hatching a Plan!
Dues and Don'ts
Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Rage of Innocence
As Cold as Pryce!
Nice Pryce Baby
Hocus Pokémon
As Clear As Crystal
Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?
Outrageous Fortunes
One Trick Phony!
Beauty is Skin Deep
Fangs for Nothin'
Great Bowls of Fire
Better Eight Than Never
Why? Wynaut!
Just Add Water
Lapras of Luxury
Hatch Me If You Can
Entei at Your Own Risk
A Crowning Achievement
Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!
You're a Star, Larvitar!
Address Unown!
Mother Of All Battles!
Pop Goes The Sneasel!
A Claim to Flame!
  • Ash, Gary, and Harrison qualify for the Silver Conference.
  • Ash and Gary help to deliver the Ho-Oh flame to allow the conference to begin.
Love, Pokémon Style!
Tie One On!
The Ties That Bind
Can't Beat the Heat!
  • Ash's Muk is revealed to know Sludge Bomb.
  • Gary is revealed to have obtained a Scizor and a Golem.
  • Ash defeats Gary, marking his first victory over his rival.
  • Ash and Gary end their rivalry and become friends again, just as they were when they were little.
  • Team Rocket plans to pay off their debts towards Delibird.
  • Ash begins his match against Harrison.
  • Harrison is revealed to own a Kecleon.
Playing with Fire!!
Johto Photo Finish
Gotta Catch Ya Later!
Hoenn Alone!

Advanced Generation series


Episode Details
Get the Show on the Road
A Ruin with a View
A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!
There's no Place Like Hoenn
Cerulean Blues
You Never Can Taillow
In the Knicker of Time!
A Poached Ego!
Tree's a Crowd
A Tail with a Twist
A Bite to Remember
The Lotad Lowdown
All Things Bright and Beautifly!
All in a Day's Wurmple
Gonna Rule The School!
Winner by a Nosepass
Stairway to Devon
On a Wingull and a Prayer!
Sharpedo Attack!
Brave the Wave
Which Wurmple's Which?
A Hole Lotta Trouble
Gone Corphishin'
A Corphish Out of Water
A Mudkip Mission
Turning Over a Nuzleaf
A Three Team Scheme!
Seeing is Believing!
Ready, Willing, and Sableye
A Meditite Fight!
Just One of the Geysers
Abandon Ship!
Now that's Flower Power!
Having a Wailord of a Time
Win, Lose or Drew!
The Spheal of Approval
A Poké-BLOCK Party!
Watt's with Wattson
What You Seed is What You Get
The Princess and the Togepi
  • Misty returns, with May and Max meeting her for the first time.
A Togepi Mirage!
I Feel Skitty!
ZigZag Zangoose!
Maxxed Out!
Pros and Con Artists
Come What May!
Cheer Pressure
Game Winning Assist
Fight for the Meteorite!
Poetry Commotion!
Going, Going, Yawn
All Torkoal, No Play
Manectric Charge
Delcatty Got Your Tongue
Disaster of Disguise
Disguise Da Limit
Take the Lombre Home
True Blue Swablu
  • May offers a Swablu a place on her team, but decides against it when Swablu's flock shows up.
Exploud and Clear!
A Double Dilemma
Love, Petalburg Style!
Balance of Power
A Six Pack Attack!
Grass Hysteria!
Hokey Poké Balls!
A Fan with a Plan!
Cruisin' for a Losin'
Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend
That's Just Swellow
A Shroomish Skirmish
Unfair Weather Friends
Who's Flying Now?
Sky High Gym Battle!
Lights, Camerupt, Action!
Crazy as a Lunatone
A Scare to Remember!
Pokéblock, Stock and Berry
Lessons in Lilycove
Clamperl of Wisdom
The Evolutionary War
Gaining Groudon
The Scuffle of Legends
It's Still Rocket Roll to Me!
Solid as a Solrock
Vanity Affair
Where's Armaldo?
A Cacturne for the Worse
Claydol Big and Tall
Once in a Mawile
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt
Do I Hear a Ralts?
  • Max befriends a wild Ralts, which he promises to return to when he begins his Pokémon journey.
The Great Eight Fate!
Eight Ain't Enough
Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?
Date Expectations
Mean With Envy
Pacifidlog Jam
Berry, Berry Interesting
Less is Morrison
The Ribbon Cup Caper
Hi Ho Silver Wind!
Deceit and Assist
Rhapsody in Drew
Island Time
Like a Meowth to a Flame
Saved by the Beldum
From Brags to Riches
Shocks and Bonds
A Judgment Brawl
Choose It or Loose It!
At the End of the Fray
  • Ash continues his Full Battle against Tyson in the quarterfinals and ultimately loses.
  • Tyson moves on to the semifinals and wins, advancing to the final round.
  • Tyson defeats his opponent in the finals and wins the Ever Grande Conference.
  • The Ever Grande Conference ends.

Kanto (Battle Frontier)

Episode Details
The Scheme Team
The Right Place and the Right Mime
A Real Cleffa-Hanger
Numero Uno Articuno
The Symbol Life
Hooked on Onix
On Cloud Arcanine
The Saffron Con
A Hurdle for Squirtle
Pasta La Vista
Sweet Baby James!
  • May and Max learn that James comes from a rich family.
  • James leaves Chimecho at his old cottage to continue recovering from its fever.
  • James catches a Mime Jr.
A Chip Off the Old Brock
Wheel...of Frontier!
May's Egg-cellent Adventure!
Weekend Warrior
On Olden Pond
Tactic Theatrics!!
Reversing the Charges
The Green Guardian
From Cradle to Save
Time Warp Heals All Wounds
Queen of the Serpentine!
Off the Unbeaten Path
Harley Rides Again
Odd Pokémon Out!
Spontaneous Combusken!!
Cutting the Ties that Bind
Ka Boom with a View!
King and Queen for a Day!
Curbing the Crimson Tide!
What I Did for Love!
Talking a Good Game
Second Time's the Charm!
Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 1)
Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 2)
All That Glitters is Not Golden!
New Plot - Odd Lot
Going for Choke!
The Ole' Berate and Switch!
Grating Spaces!
Battling the Enemy Within
Slaking Kong
May, we Harley Drew'd Ya!
Thinning the Hoard!
Channeling the Battle Zone!
Aipom and Circumstance!
The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!
Pinch Healing!
Gathering The Gang of Four!
Pace - The Final Frontier!
Once More with Reeling!
Home is Where the Start Is!

Diamond & Pearl series


Episode Details
Following a Maiden's Voyage!
Two Degrees of Separation!
When Pokémon Worlds Collide!
Dawn Of A New Era!
Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Different Strokes for Different Blokes
Like It or Lup It!
Setting the World on its Buneary!
Not on My Watch Ya Don't!
Mounting a Coordinator Assault!
Arrival of a Rival!
A Staravia is Born!
Leave It To Brocko!
Shapes of Things to Come!
A Gruff Act to Follow!
Wild in the Streets!
O'er the Rampardos we Watched!
Twice Smitten, Once Shy!
Mutiny in the Bounty!
Borrowing on Bad Faith!
Oh Do You Know The Poffin Plan!
Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!
Settling a Not-So-Old Score!
The Champ Twins!
Some Enchanted Sweetening
The Grass-Type is Always Greener!
An Angry Combeenation!
  • Cheryl finds the Honey she was searching for, and leaves the group.
All Dressed Up with Somewhere to Go!
Buizel Your Way Out of This!
An Elite Greet and Meet!
A Secret Sphere of Influence!
A Grass Menagerie!
One Big Happiny Family!
Top-Down Training!
A Stand-Up Sit-Down!
Ill-Will Hunting!
A Maze-ing Race!
Sandshrew's Locker!
Dawn's Early Night!
Tag! We're It!
Glory Blaze!
Smells Like Team Spirit!
Tears For Fears!
Once There Were Greenfields!
Throwing the Track Switch
Journey to the Unknown!
Team Shocker!
Tanks for the Memories!
Hot Springing a Leak!
Riding the Winds of Change!
Sleight of Sand!
Lost Leader Strategy!
Crossing the Battle Line!
A Triple Fighting Chance!
Enter Galactic!
The Bells Are Singing!
Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1)
Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2)
  • J steals the special Riolu.
  • Ash saves Riolu from J and the man J is working for.
Crossing Paths
Pika and Goliath!
Our Cup Runneth Over!
A Full Course Tag Battle!
Staging A Heroes' Welcome!
Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Strategy With a Smile!
The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!
Chim - Charred!
  • Ash challenges Paul to a three-on-three battle, but it gets called off.
  • Ash's Chimchar activates Blaze, which causes it to go on a violent rampage until it is stopped by Ash.
Cream of the Croagunk Crop!
A Crasher Course in Power!
Hungry For the Good Life!
Fighting Fear With Fear!
Arriving in Style!
The Psyduck Stops Here!
Camping It Up!
Up Close and Personable!
Ghoul Daze!
One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!
Playing the Leveling Field!
Battling the Generation Gap!
Losing Its Lustrous!
Double Team Turnover!
If the Scarf Fits, Wear It!
A Trainer and Child Reunion!
Aiding the Enemy!
Barry's Busting Out All Over!
A Shield with a Twist!
Jumping Rocket Ship!
Sleepless in Pre-Battle!
A Breed Stampede!
Ancient Family Matters!
Dealing with Defensive Types!
Steeling Peace of Mind!
Saving the World from Ruins!
Dealing with Defensive Types!
Another One Gabites the Dust!
Noodles! Roamin' Off!
Pursuing a Lofty Goal!
Trials and Adulations!
The Lonely Snover!
Stopped in the Name of Love!
Old Rivals, New Tricks!
To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!
Battling a Cute Drama!
Classroom Training!
Sliding Into Seventh!
A Pyramiding Rage!
Pillars of Friendship!
  • J returns and awakens Regigigas forcefully at the Snowpoint Temple, resulting in it going on a rampage.
  • Brandon battles Regigigas and attempts to capture it in order to stop it, but is stopped by J before he can do so.
  • Regigigas is calmed down and returned to the Snowpoint Temple.
  • Brandon decides to stay at the Snowpoint Temple in order to rebuild it.
Frozen on Their Tracks!
Pedal to the Mettle!
Evolving Strategies!
Uncrushing Defeat!
Promoting Healthy Tangrowth!
Gateway to Ruin!
Three Sides to Every Story!
Strategy Begins at Home!
A Faux Oak Finish!
Historical Mystery Tour!
Challenging a Towering Figure!
Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!
An Egg Scramble!
Gone With the Windworks!
A Rivalry to Gible On!
Dressed for Jess Success!
Bagged Then Tagged!
Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!
The Needs of the Three!
The Battle Finale of Legend!
The Treasure Is All Mine!
  • Dawn learns that James comes from a rich family.
  • James is reunited with his childhood companion Growlie at one of his old mansions.
  • Growlie is revealed to know Dig.
  • Jessebelle returns once again to try and marry James, but to no avail.
Mastering Current Events!
Double-Time Battle Training!
A Meteoric Rise to Excellence!
Gotta Get a Gible!
Short and To the Punch!
A Marathon Rivalry!
Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!
Playing the Performance Encore!
Fighting Ire with Fire!
  • Barry and Paul meet for the first time.
  • Barry has earned the 8 Sinnoh Badges, qualifying him for the Sinnoh League.
  • Ash battles Barry briefly.
  • Ash's Monferno activates Blaze again and gets out of control.
  • Monferno evolves into Infernape.
Piplup, Up and Away!
Flint Sparks the Fire!
The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!
Teaching the Student Teacher
Keeping in Top Forme!
An Elite Coverup!
Dawn of a Royal Day!
  • Princess Salvia wins the Arrowroot Town Contest, and gives the Ribbon to Jessie.
  • Jessie obtains her 5th Ribbon, thus qualifing for the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
  • Princess Salvia gives her Togekiss to Dawn.
Dealing with a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!
  • The gang arrive at Valor Lakefront for the Grand Festival.
Last Call, First Round!
  • Pre-episode
    • Nando has earned seven Gym Badges.
    • Nando acquires a Kricketot and an Altaria.
    • Zoey's Shellos and Finneon evolve into a Gastrodon and Lumineon, respectively.
    • Kenny's Prinplup evolves into an Empoleon; he also obtains a Floatzel.
    • Ursula obtains two Eevee.
  • Dawn enters the Grand Festival alongside Zoey and Jessilina.
  • Nando, Kenny, and Ursula earned their fifth Ribbons and enter the Grand Festival as well.
  • Ursula evolves her two Eevee into a Vaporeon and a Flareon during her appeal.
  • Dawn, Nando, Ursula, Zoey, and Jessilina successfully clear the appeals round; however, Kenny fails to make it through and is eliminated from the Grand Festival.
Opposites Interact!
  • Dawn beats Ursula and advances to the Top 16 round of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
  • Zoey, Nando, and Jessilina also advance to the Top 16 round of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
Coming Full Festival Circle!
  • Pre-episode
    • Zoey's Misdreavus evolves into a Mismagius.
    • Nando's Roselia evolves into a Roserade, and he also captures a Lopunny.
  • Zoey and Dawn defeat Nando and Jessilina, respectively, and advance to the finals of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
A Grand Fight for Winning!
  • Pre-episode
    • Zoey's Kirlia evolves into a Gallade.
  • Zoey defeats Dawn in the final round of the Sinnoh Grand Festival, winning the Ribbon Cup as well as the title of Top Coordinator.
  • Jessie decides to give up on Pokémon Contests after seeing Dawn lose.
  • Ash learns that Sunyshore Gym is fully repaired and Volkner is ready for their Gym battle.
The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!
  • Ash arrives back at Sunyshore Gym for his Gym battle against Volkner.
    • Ash's Infernape's Blaze is activated again, and it gains control of the Ability for the first time.
    • Ash defeats Volkner and earns the Beacon Badge, allowing him to participate in the Sinnoh League.
Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port!
Bucking the Treasure Trend!
An Old Family Blend!
League Unleashed!
Casting a Paul on Barry!
  • Pre-episode
    • Paul's Electabuzz evolves into an Electivire and learns Giga Impact upon its evolution to its final form.
    • Barry captures a Skarmory and a Hitmonlee.
  • Ash, Paul, Barry, Conway, and Tobias make it through the second round of the Lily of the Valley Conference.
  • Paul and Barry are selected to battle each other in the third round of the Lily of the Valley Conference while Ash is selected to battle Conway.
  • Paul defeats Barry and advances to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Working on a Right Move!
  • Pre-episode
    • Conway obtains a Shuckle, a Lickilicky, and a Dusknoir.
  • Ash's Infernape learns Flare Blitz.
  • Ash's Noctowl is revealed to have learned Extrasensory, Air Slash, and Sky Attack.
  • Ash's Gible masters Draco Meteor.
  • Ash defeats Conway and advances to the next round.
  • Ash learns that he will face Paul in the quarter-final of the Lily of the Valley Conference.
  • Ash's Gliscor returns to Ash for the battle against Paul.
  • Tobias advances to the quarter-final.
Familiarity Breeds Strategy!
  • Pre-episode
    • Paul obtains a Drapion and a Gastrodon.
    • Paul's Lairon evolves into an Aggron.
  • In the Lily of the Valley Conference quarter-final, Ash and Paul begin their second full battle.
A Real Rival Rouser!
  • Pre-episode
    • Paul obtains a Froslass.
  • Ash and Paul continue their full battle.
  • Ash's Gliscor is revealed to have learned Stone Edge.
Battling a Thaw in Relations!
  • Ash and Paul continue their full battle.
  • Infernape's Blaze Ability activates. Infernape gets control of the Ability.
  • Ash wins the battle and goes to the semi-finals.
The Semi-Final Frontier!
  • In the Lily of the Valley Conference semi-final, Ash battles Tobias.
  • Tobias is revealed to have a Latios.
  • Tobias defeats Ash, eliminating him from the Lily of the Valley Confence.
  • Tobias ends up winning the Sinnoh League.
The Brockster Is In!
Memories are Made of Bliss!
  • Dawn decides to remain in Sinnoh, Brock decides to train to become a Pokémon Doctor while Ash renews his vow to become a Pokémon Master.
  • Ash and Brock return to Kanto and go their separate ways.
  • Ash and Pikachu reach Pallet Town.

Best Wishes series


Episode Details
In The Shadow of Zekrom!
Enter Iris and Axew!
A Sandile Gusher of Change!
The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!
Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
  • Ash and Iris arrive at Striaton City, and meet Cilan.
  • Rather than challenging just one of the Leaders, Ash challenges all of the Gym Leader trio of Cilan, Chili and Cress to a Gym battle.
  • Ash loses to Cress, defeats Chili, and starts his battle with Cilan.
  • The Team Rocket trio receives a mission from Giovanni to capture the "Future Energy" in the Dreamyard.
Dreams by the Yard Full!
Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!
  • Ash catches a Snivy.
  • Giovanni informs Team Rocket of the presence of another villainous team.
Saving Darmanitan From the Bell!
  • Team Rocket meets a stranger who gives them a mysterious item and tells them to head for Nacrene City.
The Bloom Is on Axew!
A Rival Battle for Club Champ!
A Home for Dwebble!
Here Comes the Trubbish Squad!
Minccino-Neat and Tidy!
A Night in the Nacrene City Museum!
The Battle According to Lenora!
  • Ash battles Lenora and loses.
  • Team Rocket steals the meteorite from Nacrene Museum.
Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!
Scraggy-Hatched to be Wild!
  • Ash's Egg hatches into a Scraggy.
  • Jessie, James, and Meowth deliver the meteorite they stole from Nacrene Museum to Dr. Zager for analysis.
  • Ash and Iris have their first battle using Scraggy and Axew, respectively. The battle results in a draw.
Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
A Connoisseur's Revenge!
Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!
The Lost World of Gothitelle!
A Venipede Stampede!
Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Emolga the Irresistible!
Emolga and the New Volt Switch!
  • Bianca battles both Iris and Ash with no official winner.
  • Bianca leaves the group.
The Dragon Master's Path!
Ash and Trip's Third Battle!
  • Pre-episode
  • Ash encounters Trip again and challenges him in a 3-on-3 battle which ends up in a tie.
  • Ash learns about Alder, the Unova region's Champion.
Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!
Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
Gotta Catch A Roggenrola!
A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!
Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!
Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!
Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!
The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk!
  • Ash defeats Georgia and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Luke defeats Cilan and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Stephan is revealed to have a Sawk, while Luke is revealed to have a Larvesta.
  • Iris's Emolga's Ability is revealed to be Static.
  • Emolga begins to obey Iris.
  • Iris defeats Stephan and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Iris learns she will battle Luke in the semi-finals.
  • Ash starts his battle with Dino.
The Club Battle Finale: A Heroes Outcome!
  • Ash defeats Dino and advances to the finals.
  • Iris's Axew learns Outrage.
  • Iris defeats Luke and advances to the finals.
  • Iris defeats Ash and wins the Club Battle Tournament and a set of Wings.
  • Luke leaves the group.
  • Team Rocket prepare to begin their latest plan.
Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!
Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!
Crisis from the Underground Up!
Battle for the Underground!
Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!
Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!
Lost at the Stamp Rally!
Ash Versus the Champion!
  • Pre-episode
    • Trip obtains his fifth Unova Gym Badge.
  • The gang meet up with Trip again.
  • Ash and his friends meet Alder for the first time.
  • Alder challenges Ash to a battle but then falls asleep during said battle thus resulting in no official winner.
The Lonely Deino!
The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!
A Call for Brotherly Love!
Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1
Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2
Battling the King of Mines!
Crisis at Chargestone Cave!
Evolution Exchange Excitement!
Explorers of the Hero's Ruins
Battling the Bully!
  • Ash captures the Sunglasses Krokorok.
Cilan Takes Flight!
An Amazing Aerial Battle!
Climbing the Tower of Success!
  • Ash and his friends meet up with Stephan again and everyone enters the Bell of Wishes Festival Contest.
  • Stephan wins the Contest and then accompanies the group to Ambiga Town where the Clubsplosion tournament will be held.
The Clubsplosion Begins!
Search for the Clubultimate!
A Clubsplosion of Excitement!
  • Bianca defeats Trip and advances to the second round.
  • Ash defeats Betty and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Montgomery defeats Iris and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Stephan defeats Cilan and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Bianca defeats Georgia and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Ash learns he will face Montgomery in the semi-finals, while Bianca will face Stephan.
Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!
  • Stephan defeats Bianca and advances to the final round.
  • Montgomery defeats Ash and advances to the final round.
  • Stephan defeats Montgomery in the final round, winning the Clubsplosion and a year's supply of Vitamins.
Battling the Leaf Thieves!
A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1
A Restoration Confrontation! Part 2
Evolution by Fire!
Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!
Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!
Clash of the Connoisseurs!
Crisis at Ferroseed Research!
An Epic Defense Force!
Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1
Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2
All for the Love of Meloetta!
  • Ash learns that the Unova League Conference will be held in three months.
  • Ash meets up with Cynthia again while Iris and Cilan meet her for the first time. She also tells them about the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • Team Rocket attempts to capture Meloetta but fails.
  • Cynthia is revealed to own a Glaceon.
  • Iris battles Cynthia and her Axew learns Giga Impact in the process. The battle is then called off by Cynthia.
  • Ash and his friends accompany Cynthia to her villa in Undella Town.
  • Team Rocket discovers that Meloetta is following Ash's group.
  • Dawn is revealed to be staying at Cynthia's villa.
Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!
Expedition to Onix Island!
Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!
Jostling for the Junior Cup!
Battling Authority Once Again!
Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three!
Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!
The Road to Humilau!
Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
Unova's Survival Crisis!
Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!
A Village Homecoming!
Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!
Team Eevee and the Pokémon Rescue Squad!
Curtain Up, Unova League!
Mission: Defeat Your Rival!
  • Ash defeats Trip, eliminating the latter from the tournament.
  • Ash and Trip end their rivalry and become friends.
  • Virgil defeats Ultimo, advancing to the next round.
  • Bianca defeats Mikael, advancing to the next round.
  • Cameron defeats Kendrick, advancing to the next round.
  • Cameron defeats Bianca, eliminating the latter from the tournament.
Lost at the League!
Strong Strategy Steals the Show!
Cameron's Secret Weapon!
A Unova League Evolution!
New Places... Familiar Faces!
The Name's N!
There's a New Gym Leader in Town!
Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!
  • Looker returns, with Cilan and Iris meeting him for the first time.
  • Ash, Iris and Cilan encounter the villainous Team Plasma, as well as the Plasma Scientist Colress, for the first time.
The Light of Floccesy Ranch!
Saving Braviary!
The Pokémon Harbor Patrol!
The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!
Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!
Secrets From Out of the Fog!
Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!
Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!
What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!

Decolore Islands

Episode Details
Farewell, Unova! Setting Sail for New Adventures!
Cilan and the Case of the Purrloin Witness!
Crowning the Scalchop King!
  • Ash Tries to release Oshawott, but fails.
To Catch a Rotom!
The Path That Leads to Goodbye!
The Journalist from Another Region!
  • Ash, Iris and Cilan meet Alexa, a reporter from the Kalos region, for the first time.
  • Alexa joins Ash, Iris, and Cilan during their travels to Kanto.
A Pokémon of a Different Color!
Celebrating the Hero's Comet!
Survival of the Striaton Gym!
Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!
The Dream Continues!
  • Cilan meets Brock for the first time, but neither are introduced to each other.

XY series


Episode Details
Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!
  • Serena is introduced.
  • Ash and Alexa arrive in Lumiose City, the central part of the Kalos region.
  • Ash learns that Alexa's sister is away from her Gym, but there is another in Lumiose City itself.
  • Ash and Alexa go their separate ways.
  • Ash is unable to have an official Gym Battle as he needs four Badges in order to challenge the Lumiose Gym.
  • Ash meets an inventor named Clemont and his sister Bonnie for the first time.
  • Ash has a battle with Clemont, but it gets interrupted by Team Rocket.
  • Clemont and Bonnie encounter Team Rocket for the first time.
  • A Froakie saves Pikachu from Team Rocket, but is injured in the process.
Lumiose City Pursuit!
A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
A Shockingly Cheeky Friendship!
A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!
  • Ash, Clemont and Bonnie reach Santalune City, with Serena arriving soon after.
  • Ash battles Viola in his first Kalos Gym match and loses.
  • Serena reunites with Ash, although he fails to recognize her from their childhood.
  • Serena meets Clemont and Bonnie for the first time.
  • Ash meets up with Alexa again.
  • Clemont, Bonnie and Serena meet Alexa for the first time.
Battling on Thin Ice!
Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!
  • Serena officially joins the the gang in their travels.
  • Serena tells Ash about the first time they met and Ash finally remembers her.
  • The gang decide to head back through Lumiose City on their way to Cyllage City.
  • Serena encounters Team Rocket for the first time.
Clemont's Got a Secret!
  • Ash and his friends return to Lumiose City.
  • Ash and Serena meet Meyer, Clemont and Bonnie's father.
  • Ash and Serena learn that Clemont is the ejected Gym Leader of Lumiose Gym, having been forced to abandon it with Bonnie when Clembot, one of his inventions, ran amok and took over.
  • Clemont is revealed to own a Magnemite, a Magneton, and a Heliolisk, which he keeps at the Gym.
  • Clemont challenges Clembot to a battle and wins, reclaiming the Gym.
  • Clemont modifies the program of Clembot and leaves it in charge of the Gym, and he and Bonnie continue traveling with Ash and Serena.
  • Despite the badge restriction no longer being an issue, Ash decides to wait until he's acquired three more Gym badges before challenging the Lumiose Gym, and Clemont agrees to meet the challenge himself when the time comes.
Mega-Mega Meowth Madness!
The Bamboozling Forest!
To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!
Kindergarten Chaos!
An Appetite for Battle!
A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!
A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Breaking Titles at the Chateau!
A PokéVision of Things to Come!
Going for the Gold!
Coming Back into the Cold!
An Undersea Place to Call Home!
Climbing the Walls!
To Find a Fairy Flower!
  • Clemont tries to catch a Flabébé for Bonnie to take care of, but fails since it belongs to another Trainer.
The Bonds of Evolution
Mega Revelations!
The Cave of Trials!
The Aura Storm!
Calling from Beyond the Aura!
  • Mega Lucario begins to control itself, but soon starts going out of control again.
The Bonds of Mega Evolution!
The Forest Champion!
Battles in the Sky!
Forging Forest Friendships!
Summer of Discovery!
Day Three Blockbusters!
Foggy Pokémon Orienteering!
Battling Into the Hall of Fame!
Origins of Mega Evolution!
Showdown at the Shalour Gym!
Dreaming a Performer's Dream!
A Campus Reunion!
A Stealthy Challenge!
A Race for Home!
Facing a Grand Design!
A Slippery Encounter!
Thawing an Icy Panic!
The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!
Under the Pledging Tree!
A Showcase Debut!
An Oasis of Hope!
The Future Is Now, Thanks to Determination!
A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways!
Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!
Good Friends, Great Training!
Confronting the Darkess!
The Moment of Lumiose Truth!
Garchomp's Mega Bond!
Defending the Homeland!
Beyond the Rainbow!
  • Ash and his friends learn the truth to why Florges invaded Goodra's homeland.
  • Ash leaves his Goodra at the wetlands so that it can stay with its friends.
A Fashionable Battle!
Fairy-Type Trickery!
Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!
A Not-So-Flying-Start!
A Relay in the Sky!
Performing with Fiery Charm!
A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?
Mending a Broken Spirit!
A Legendary Photo Op!
The Tiny Caretaker!
  • Clemont tries and fails to capture a Tyrantrum for Bonnie to take care of, due to it already belonging to someone else.
A Trip Down Memory Train!
A Frolicking Find in the Flowers!
Tag Team Battle Inspiration!
A Performance Pop Quiz!
Cloudy Fate, Bright Future!
All Eyes on the Future!
From A to Z!
  • Pre-episode
    • Sawyer earns four new Badges.
  • Ash and his friends find a Zygarde Core, which Bonnie nicknames "Squishy".
  • Ash and his friends meet up with Sawyer again.
  • Ash and his friends encounter Team Flare for the first time.
  • Sawyer tells Ash and his friends about Terminus Cave, which the group decides to visit on their way to Snowbelle City.
Love Strikes! Eevee, Yikes!
A Giga Battle with Mega Results!
The Legend of the Ninja Hero!
A Festival of Decisions!
A Dancing Debut!
Meeting at Terminus Cave!
A Cellular Connection!
A Windswept Encounter!
Party Dancecapades!
A Meeting of Two Journeys!
An Explosive Operation!
Master Class Choices!
An Electrifying Rage!
Unlocking Some Respect!
Master Class is in Session!
Performing a Pathway to the Future!
  • Serena defeats Shauna and Jessie in the semi-finals and moves on to the finals of the Gloire Master Class Showcase.
  • Aria is revealed to own a Vivillon.
  • Aria beats Serena in the final round and keeps the title of Kalos Queen.
  • Palermo offers to tutor Serena.
  • Serena turns down Palermo's offer in order to continue traveling.
The Synchronicity Test!
  • Pre-episode
  • Clemont invents a wristband-like mechanic to enhance and analyze Ash and Greninja when using the Ash-Greninja form.
  • Ash and his friends encounter Alain again.
  • Ash has a battle against Alain and loses.
  • Ash has a rematch with Alain; however, it is abandoned when Ash collapses due to the strain of using the Ash-Greninja form.
Championing a Research Battle!
  • Olympia tells Diantha about the upcoming threat to Kalos.
  • Ash and his friends meet up with Diantha again.
  • Diantha informs Ash and his friends about the island that Team Flare used to experiment on in an earlier episode and about Zygarde.
  • Ash's Greninja reaches its final Ash-Greninja form.
  • Ash has a rematch against Diantha, which is interrupted when Ash overexerts himself during the battle and collapses with Greninja.
A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!
  • Pre-episode
  • Ash and his friends meet up with Sawyer again.
  • Ash has another battle against Sawyer and loses, suffering his first defeat to him.
  • Ash's Noivern is revealed to have learned Dragon Claw.
  • During the battle, Ash attempts to activate Greninja's Ash-Greninja form. However, it fails for the first time.
  • Sawyer travels with Ash and his friends as they head towards Snowbelle City.
All Hail the Ice Battlefield!
Seeing the Forest for the Trees!
A Real Icebreaker!
A Diamond in the Rough!
A League of His Own!
Valuable Experience for All!
  • Pre-episode
  • Ash encounters Astrid for the first time in the main series.
  • Ash battles Astrid in the quarter-finals and wins, advancing to the semi-finals.
  • Remo defeats his opponent and advances to the semi-finals.
  • Ash and his friends meet up with Shauna again.
  • Tierno and Sawyer battle each other and Sawyer wins, advancing to the semi-finals.
  • Ash learns he will be battling Sawyer in the semi-finals of the Lumiose Conference.
  • Goodra returns to Ash's party as his sixth Pokémon for his Full Battle against Sawyer.
Analysis Versus Passion!
A Riveting Rivalry!
Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!
Finals Not for the Faint-Hearted!
Down to the Fiery Finish!
A Towering Takeover!
  • Ash learns that Lysandre is the leader of Team Flare.
  • Ash learns that Alain has been working for Lysandre.
  • Meyer and his Blaziken return.
  • Ash and his Pokémon are captured by Team Flare.
  • Ash's friends encounter Lysandre for the first time (only on TV though).
  • Lysandre made a broadcast announcement to all people in Lumiose City that he and his team will create a new, beautiful world by destroying Kalos using Z2.
  • Alain learns of Lysandre's true motivation for gathering Mega Evolution energies.
  • Ash and his friends see Squishy change into its 50% Forme for the first time and learn that Squishy is actually a Zygarde.
Coming Apart at the Dreams!
The Right Hero for the Right Job!
Rocking Kalos Defenses!
Forming a More Perfect Union!
  • Ash and Alain rescue Chespie from the Giant Rock, temporarily stopping it.
  • Lysandre returns and gains control of the Giant Rock.
  • Clemont and Bonnie discover that Blaziken Mask is Meyer, their father.
  • Squishy and Z2 combine into Zygarde Complete Forme in order to battle and destroy the Giant Rock.
  • The Giant Rock is destroyed, with Lysandre disappearing in the process, leaving his fate unknown and resulting in Team Flare's defeat.
  • Malva decides to disband Team Flare and turn herself in.
  • Chespie wakes up from its coma.
  • Squishy leaves with Z2.
Battling With a Clean Slate!
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!
  • Ash and Serena have a battle, which Ash eventually calls off.
  • Serena declines Palermo's earlier offer outright, having decided to continue traveling in order to increase her skills.
  • On Palermo's advice, Serena decides to head to Hoenn to compete in Pokémon Contests.
Facing the Needs of the Many!
Till We Compete Again!

Sun & Moon series


Episode Details
Alola to New Adventure!
The Guardian's Challenge!
Loading the Dex!
First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!
That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!‬
  • The wild Litten is revealed to know Scratch.
  • Ash tries to catch the recurring Litten, but eventually decides to let it go.
Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!
To Top a Totem!
Trial and Tribulation!
Young Kiawe Had a Farm!
The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!
Racing to a Big Event!
Getting to Know You!
Rocking Clawmark Hill!
They Might Not Be Giants!
Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!
A Seasoned Search!
A Guardian Rematch!
Partner Promises!
One Journey Ends, Another Begins...
  • The wild Litten is revealed to know Fire Fang, although it hasn't mastered it yet.
  • The wild Stoutland that Litten was living with vanishes, with the heavy implication that it has died.
  • Ash catches the Litten.
A Shivering Shovel Search!
Getting the Band Back Together!
A Team-on-Team Tussle!
So Long, Sophocles!
A Glaring Rivalry!
The Ol' Raise and Switch!
The Island Whisperer!
Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!
Big Sky, Small Fry!
A Crowning Moment of Truth!
Currying Favor and Flavor!
Trials and Determinations!
Rising from the Ruins!
Mimikyu Unmasked!
Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!
Mounting an Electrifying Charge!
Alola, Kanto!
When Regions Collide!
A Dream Encounter!
Now You See Them, Now You Don't!
Deceiving Appearances!
A Masked Warning!
Night of a Thousand Poses!
Mission: Total Recall!
Faba's Revenge!
Family Determination!
Revealing the Stuff of Legend!
Rescuing the Unwilling!
10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!
The Professors' New Adventure!
Fighting Back the Tears!
  • Ash meets Ilima for the first time.
  • Ash challenges Ilima to a battle, but they are interrupted by the arrival of Team Skull before the battle can properly begin.
  • Ash and his classmates go on their second Ultra Guardians mission.
  • The Ultra Guardians try and fail to capture a Celesteela, due to it being rooted down at the time.
  • The Ultra Guardians help free the Celesteela from being trapped underground, allowing it to fly back home.

See also

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