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This page is intended to be added as a subsection to either Core series#Timeline or History of the Pokémon world, to provide a central place with rigorous citations to support the chronology of the games.

Chronology of the games

This section details the chronology of the core series games. Alternate versions or remakes are generally presumed to be retellings of the same story (therefore falling in the same place in the timeline), with the exception of those that are established as part of a separate timeline. Zinnia's lore[1] suggests that the events in both timelines may have many parallels, except that one has Mega Evolution and one does not.

Years passed Years from Red and Green Original timeline Mega Evolution timeline[1] Details
ORAS The events of Pokémon Red and Green are contemporaneous with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.[2]

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire take place in an alternate universe that has Mega Evolution.

The events of Pokémon Gold and Silver take place three years after Giovanni disbanded Team Rocket in Red and Blue[3][4].

The events of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum are contemporaneous with Gold and Silver[2].

3-13 6-16 BW The events of Pokémon Black and White can only be given rough boundaries based on what is known about other games.
2 8-18 B2W2 XY The events of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 take place two years after Black and White[5].

Pokémon X and Y are contemporanous with Black 2 and White 2[2], but they take place in an alternate universe that has Mega Evolution.

2 10-20 SMUSUM The events of Pokémon Sun and Moon take place two years after Black 2 and White 2[6] and take place in the alternate universe of Mega Evolution. Additionally, Sun and Moon take place at least 10 years after Emerald[7] and no more than roughly 20 years after Red and Blue[8].


  1. 1.0 1.1 At the second visit to Mossdeep Space Center during Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's Delta Episode, Zinnia states that the games with Mega Evolution take place in a different world from the one in games without Mega Evolution. She says: "My people know it. From generation to generation, we pass along the lore about the distortions in the world borne by the Mega Evolution mechanism. And about the existence of another world, which we have long observed to be just like this one and yet not the same... That's right. A Hoenn region that's almost exactly like this one we live in. Filled with Pokémon and people like us. A world where maybe the evolution of Pokémon took a slightly different path, where Mega Evolution is unknown... A world where that war 3,000 years ago...never happened. A world where the ultimate weapon was never even built. And in that Hoenn of that world... What would happen if one day, out of the blue, a meteoroid appeared? What would happen to the people of that world, without the technology to destroy the meteoroid or the power to warp it away? ... Looks like it's beyond the power of your imagination."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 This was established in a tweet by Toshinobu Matsumiya in May 2014, but the tweet was deleted shortly after. The tweet can be seen at (archived from the original). No further comments on the chronology or deletion of the tweet have been made by Game Freak staff members.
  3. In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the male Team Rocket Executive who is fought at Team Rocket HQ says: "What? Who are you? This is the office of our leader, Giovanni. Since disbanding Team Rocket three years ago, he has been in training. But we're certain he will be back some day to assume command again. That's why we're standing guard. I won't let anyone disturb this place!"
  4. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Petrel says at Team Rocket HQ: "Since disbanding Team Rocket three years ago, our Giovanni has been missing. But we're certain he's been waiting for the right time for our revival... Wahahaha! Losing to you won't change the fact that you are unable to get in the radio-transmitter room! You need my voice to unlock it!"
  5. In Black 2 and White 2, at N's Castle, N says: "It was two years ago. For the sake of Pokémon… For my ideal world…B2/For my world of truth…W2 I put my beliefs on the line and battle a certain Trainer! And I lost… But at the same time, I learned something important. To make a the world better,you must accept different ideas."'
  6. The concept art for Grimsley's appearance in Sun and Moon is titled "Grimsley (two years later)".
  7. During the Ultra Beast missions, Looker says about Anabel: "Nanu and I, we found her here ten years ago, unconscious on the shore of this very island."
  8. Porygon's Pokédex entry in Sun says: Roughly 20 years ago, it was artificially created, utilizing the latest technology of the time.