Pokemon is one of the few franchises in the world capable of bridging the generational divide and appealing to future kids beyond Millennials who initially hooked up in the 1990s. The games already have a huge player base, but even for non-gamers, there’s a huge casual anime following, which has been active since 1997. We’ve posted a Pokemon series watch order for viewers wishing to follow Ash Ketchum on his journey. to become a Pokemon Master, then read below!

Best Pokemon Series Watch Order

Ash’s journey begins in earnest in Pallet Town, where he chooses (and is chosen by) his lifelong companion, Pikachu. He quickly makes his way through Indigo League gymnasiums in hopes of becoming their new champion and seeing the world around him as he goes. But the series goes far beyond the Indigo League and the Kanto region that surrounds it, so here’s the guide to its journey in order:

Pokemon Original Series

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  • Indigo League (82 episodes)
  • Adventures in the Orange Islands (36 episodes)
  • Johto’s Travels (41 episodes)
  • Champions of the Johto League (52 episodes)
  • main quest (65 episodes)

advanced generation pokemon

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  • Advanced (40 episodes)
  • Advanced Challenge (52 episodes
  • Advanced Battle (54 episodes)
  • battle frontier (47 episodes)

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

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  • Diamond and Pearl (52 episodes)
  • Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension (52 episodes)
  • Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles (53 episodes)
  • Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Winners (34 episodes)

Pokemon Black & White

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  • Black White (50 episodes)
  • Black and white: rival destinies (49 episodes)
  • Black & White: Adventures at Unova (25 episodes)
  • Black and White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond (20 episodes)

Pokemon XY

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  • XY (48 episodes)
  • XY: Quest for Kalos (45 episodes)
  • X Y Z (47 episodes)

pokemon sun and moon

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  • Sun Moon (43 episodes)
  • Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures (49 episodes)
  • Sun and Moon: Ultra Legends (54 episodes)

Pokemon Journeys

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  • Travels (48 episodes)
  • Master’s journeys (42 episodes)
  • Ultimate Journeys (Ongoing, 28 episodes as of July 26, 2022)

This collectively creates a huge watchlist if you want to see Ash’s journey through the different regions of the Pokemon world. It is the most successful anime video game adaptation ever and has a dedicated following. Be sure to check out our entertainment column for more anime coverage like this!