How to Watch Pokemon in Order (2023 Updated)

How to Watch Pokemon in Order (2023 Updated)

Whether you’d like to take a trip back in memory lane or are new to the Pokemon anime world, watching the Pokemon chronicles in order is ideal to help you understand the storyline better. 

If you want to watch the Pokémon series, check out the guide we have prepared for you! 

Perfect Guide To Watch Pokémon In Chronological Order

1. Indigo League

Indigo League

While Pokemon Origins seems the first in order, the Indigo League Season (82 episodes) is the first to watch [1]. This season is where Ash got Pikachu as he collected Gym Badges from the Kanto region. 

2. Adventures in the Orange Islands

Released after the Pokemon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back, the Orange Islands (36 episodes) is the second season aired in 1999. Here, Ash collected the Gym Badges of Orange Islands to join the competition. 

3. The Johto Journeys

The Johto Journeys

Ash and Misty rejoin Brock for the next Pokemon journey. The Johto Journeys (41 episodes) is set in the finest region in Pokemon. It is also known in Japan as the Pocket Monsters: Gold and Silver.

4. Johto League Champions

Aired in 2000, the Johto League Champions (52 episodes) feature adventures of Ash, Misty, and Brock in Johto to Cianwood City. In this season, Ash collected Gym Badges and joined the Pokemon Sumo Conference. Ever wondered who's the best Pokemon player of all time?

5. Master Quest

Master Quest

After Ash competed with the Gym Leader, he will fight hard battles in the Silver Conference, including Gary Oak - one of his oldest rivals. The Master Quest (65 episodes) was released the same year as the Pokemon Movie Celebi - Voice of the Forest.

6. Advanced

Advanced (40 episodes) aired when the Pokemon Jirachi Wish Maker season was released. Here, Ash tries to compete in the Hoenn region with Brock and new characters like May, a novice Pokemon trainer, and her younger brother Max.

7. Advanced Challenge

Advanced Challenge

Advanced Challenge Season (52 episodes) features the battles of Ash, May, and their friends at the Hoenn region. It’s also the start of new battles with Team Aqua and Team Magma. But how many Pokemon types are there in total?

8. Advanced Battle

Advance Battle was released after the Pokemon Movie Destiny Deoxys. The Advanced Battle season (54 episodes) features Ash earning two badges and securing his spot in the Hoenn League Championships, and May trying to win the final ribbon. 

9. Battle Frontier

Battle Frontier

After going back to Kanto, Ash competed at the Battle Frontier (47 episodes). While Ash and Brock are set to compete in their homeland, Kanto, there stumble upon a few surprises like the Pokemon Ranger.

10. Diamond & Pearl

Gary Oak, Ash, and Pikachu join the Sinnoh League in the Diamond and Pearl Season (52 episodes). It aired in 2006 along with the Pokemon movie Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.

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11. Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension

Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension

Although Ash and Dawn fight on different paths, they’ll enter the Wallace Cup Competition and Professor Rowan’s Pokemon Summer Academy in the Battle Dimension Season (52 episodes) together. This season features Pokemon Hunter J’s plot and Team Galactic’s looming threat. 

12. Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles

Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles (53 episodes) features Ash and Dawn caught up with Team Galactic’s scheme in the Sinnoh region. Ash also battles with his rival Paul, beating a 6-on-6 standing. Check out these Pokemon cake ideas for your next party!

13. Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors

Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors

Ash tries to compete again after his defeat. However, in the Pearl Sinnoh League Victors (34 episodes), Ash will deal with Team Rocket while he, Dawn, and Brock battle in the Sinnoh region.

14. Black & White

This season has 50 episodes released the same year as Pokemon the movie: Zoroark Master of Illusions. Ash and his mother went with Professor Oak to the Unova region uncovering new Pokemons and competing with Gym Leaders of Unova.

15. Black & White: Rival Destinies

Black & White: Rival Destinies

Rival Destinies (49 episodes) feature Ash’s ultimate battle with Unova’s Champion Master, Alder. He and his friends will also save the island against three mighty Legendary Pokemons.

16. Black & White: Adventures in Unova / Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond

After the Kyurem vs. Swords of Justice, Season 16: B&W Unova (45 episodes) aired on television. Ash faces the ultimate battle at the Unova League and his friend, Iris, tries to control a Dragonite.

17. XY


It’s no doubt that Pikachu is the icon of Pokemon [2]. The XY season (Mega Evolution Specials) has 48 episodes featuring the adventures and Gym Battles of Pikachu and Ash at the Kalos region with his new friends - Serena and Bonnie.

18. XY: Kalos Quest

To compete in the Kalos League, Ash continues to collect eight Gym Badges in the XY Kalos Quest: Season 18 (45 episodes). Ash travels with his companions, meets new friends, and captures new Pokemons. 

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19. XYZ


The XYZ season (47 episodes) aired in the year Pokemon movie Hoopa and Clash of Ages was released. Ash, Pikachu, and his friends will encounter Team Flare and a Mega Evolution Trainer, Alain.

20. Sun & Moon

Aside from Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, Sun and Moon series (43 episodes) is an exciting chapter in Ash’s quest. It’s all about Ash’s journey across the island of the Aloha region. It aired in 2016 and featured new characters like Mallow, Sophocles, Lana, and Kiawe.

21. Sun & Moon: Ultra Adventures

Sun & Moon: Ultra Adventures

Sun and Moon Ultra Adventures (49 episodes) features Ash making a promise in a dream with Legendary Pokemon Lunala and Solgaleo. He will also explore with Pikachu and Pokemon school students from the Aether Foundation.

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22. Sun & Moon: Ultra Legends

The Ultra Legends Pokemon season (54 episodes) features Ash completing three impressive trials in the Alola region and continuing the search for Z-Crystals. In this season, the students of Pokemon School also become Ultra Guardians.

23. Journeys


Pokemon Journeys (48 episodes) features Ash and Pikachu launching the Cerise Laboratory to unlock Pokemon history across different regions. They meet Professor Cerise and Goh and are tasked to be official researchers.

24. Master Journeys

Master Journeys (36 episodes) is the show’s current season where Ash and Goh are set to explore a bigger world finding Pokemon and traveling different regions to research for the Cerise Laboratory. So, how many Pokemon are there, really?


Can you start watching Pokemon at any season?

Yes, you can. While you may start with Pokemon: Twilight Wings, Pokemon the Movie: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, or Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, it’s better to start with the first season of the Pokemon series if you want to become a seasoned Pokemon Master.

What should you watch first, Pokemon TV series or movies?

It’s ideal to watch the series in chronological order first. Then, you can watch Pokemon the Movie installments like Mewtwo Strikes Back and Pokemon Heroes. Also, when do we celebrate Pokemon Day?

So, How Should You Watch Pokemon TV Series?

You can start with season one to understand the show deeper. However, if you want to skip some filler episodes and get straight to the important parts, you can watch Pokémon by following our guide. 

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