From Gen Z to millennials, everyone is united by the catchy melody of “Pokemon!, Gotta catch ’em all.” Almost everyone has grown up watching Pokemon, which can easily be called the most widely-known anime ever.
The downside to an anime that has been actively airing new episodes since 1997 is the massive amount of episodes. Ever noticed how there’s a different format to the anime every few months? Yep, that’s how Pokemon has held onto its audience with its evergreen protagonist Ash, who undertakes a new tournament every season.
So far, Pokemon has aired a total of 25 seasons that span over 1200+ episodes. It has also received 24 movies. Of course, a franchise this big isn’t devoid of ONAs, specials, and other installments, all of which we will cover in this article.
Whether you want to take a trip down memory lane or want a comfort anime that will keep you company for a long time, Pokemon is a perfect choice. So don’t be shy, and let me guide you through this wonderful world filled with innumerable fantasy beasts.
1. Release Order of Pokemon Anime and Movies
The simplest and easiest order to watch Pokemon would be to approach them in their release order. Below, I have presented you with a list of when the movies were released in between the seasons so that you can keep track of them.
|Season 1: Indigo League||1-49||Anime Series|
|Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)||–||Movie|
|Season 1: Indigo League||50-82||Anime Series|
|Season 2: Adventures in the Orange Islands||1-21||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One||–||Movie|
|Season 2: Adventures in the Orange Islands||21-36||Anime Series|
|Season 3: Johto Journeys||1-39||Anime Series|
|Pokémon The Movie 3 – The Spell of the Unown||–||Movie|
|Season 3: Johto Journeys||40-41||Anime Series|
|Season 4: Johto League Champions||1-48||Anime Series|
|Pokémon 4Ever – Celebi: The Voice of the Forest||–||Movie|
|Season 4: Johto League||49-52||Anime Series|
|Season 5: Master Quest||1-47||Anime Series|
|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias||–||Movie|
|Season 5: Master Quest||48-65||Anime Series|
|Saeson 6: Advanced||1-34||Anime Series|
|Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker||–||Movie|
|Saeson 6: Advanced||35-40||Anime Series|
|Season 7: Advanced Challenge||1-45||Anime Series|
|Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys||–||Movie|
|Season 7: Advanced Challenge||46-52||Anime Series|
|Season 8: Advanced Battle||1-42||Anime Series|
|Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew||–||Movie|
|Season 8: Advanced Battle||43-53||Anime Series|
|Season 9: Battle Frontier||1-35||Anime Series|
|Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea||–||Movie|
|Season 9: Battle Frontier||36-47||Anime Series|
|Season 10: Diamond and Pearl||1-39||Anime Series|
|Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai||–||Movie|
|Season 10: Diamond and Pearl||40-52||Anime Series|
|Season 11: Battle Dimension||1-34||Anime Series|
|Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior||–||Movie|
|Season 11: Battle Dimension||35-52||Anime Series|
|Season 12: Galactic Battles||1-31||Anime Series|
|Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life||–||Movie|
|Season 12: Galactic Battles||32-53||Anime Series|
|Season 13: Sinnoh League Victors||1-26||Anime Series|
|Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions||–||Movie|
|Season 13: Sinnoh League Victors||27-36||Anime Series|
|Season 14: Black & White||1-39||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom||–||Movie|
|Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram||–||Movie|
|Season 14: Black & White||40-48||Anime Series|
|Season 15: Rival Destinies||1-39||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice||–||Movie|
|Season 15: Rival Destinies||40-49||Anime Series|
|Season 16: Adventures in Unova||1-25||Anime Series|
|Season 16 Part 2: Adventures in Unova (and Beyond)||1-11||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened||–||Movie|
|Season 16 Part 2: Adventures in Unova (and Beyond)||12-20||Anime Series|
|Season 17: XY||1-34||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction||–||Movie|
|Season 17: XY||21-48||Anime Series|
|Season 18: Kalos Quest||1-29||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages||–||Movie|
|Season 18: Kalos Quest||30-46||Anime Series|
|Season 19: XYZ||1-33||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie:Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel||–||Movie|
|Season 19: XYZ||34-49||Anime Series|
|Season 20: Sun & Moon||1-33||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!||–||Movie|
|Season 20: Sun & Moon||34-43||Anime Series|
|Season 21: Ultra Adventures||1-38||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie:The Power of Us||–||Movie|
|Season 21: Ultra Adventures||39-49||Anime Series|
|Season 22: Ultra Legends||1-54||Anime Series|
|Season 23: Journeys||1-48||Anime Series|
|Season 24: Master Journeys||1||Anime Series|
|Pokémon the Movie – Secrets of the Jungle||–||Movie|
|Season 24: Master Journeys||2-42||Anime Series|
|Season 25: Ultimate Journeys||1-45||Anime Series|
2. Chronological Order
Worried about the timeline of the anime, fear not because we have the chronological order of Pokemon just for purists like you. While watching the anime in this order isn’t a necessity, you can still give it a try:
- Season 1: Indigo League
- Season 2: Adventures on the Orange Islands
- Season 3: The Johto Journeys
- Season 4: Johto League Champions
- Season 5: Master Quest
- Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!
- Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back
- Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution
- Pokemon the Movie 2000
- Pokemon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unown
- Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us
- Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest
- Pokemon Heroes (movie)
- Mewtwo Returns (special)
- Pokemon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon(special)
- Season 6: Advanced
- Season 7: Advanced Challenge
- Season 8: Advanced Battle
- Season 9: Battle Frontier
- Pokemon: Jirachi – Wish Maker (movie)
- Pokemon the Movie: Destiny Deoxys
- Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (movie)
- Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (movie)
- Season 10: Diamond and Pearl
- Season 11: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension
- Season 12: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles
- Season 13: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors
- Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai (movie)
- Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (movie)
- Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (movie)
- Pokemon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (movie)
- Season 14: Black & White
- Season 15: Black & White: Rival Destinies
- Season 16: Black & White: Adventures in Unova
- Part I: Black & White: Adventures in Unova
- Part II: Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond
- Pokemon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom
- Pokemon the Movie: Black-Victini and Reshiram
- Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice
- Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
- Season 17: XY
- XY Specials (Mega Evolution specials)
- Season 18: XY: Kalos Quest
- Season 19: XYZ
- Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
- Pokemon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
- Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
- Season 20: Sun & Moon
- Season 21: Sun & Moon – Ultra Adventures
- Season 22: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends
- Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle
- Season 23: Pokemon Journeys: The Series
- Season 24: Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series
- Season 25: Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series (ongoing)
3. Pokemon ONA
- Pokemon Generation (2016)
- Pokemon: Twilight Wings (2020)
- Pokemon Legends (2021)
- Pokemon: The Hallowed God, Arceus/ Pokemon: Arceus Chronicles (2022)
- Pokemon: Hisuian Snow (2022)
4. Pokemon Specials
- Pikachu Shorts (1998 – 2015)
- Mewtwo Returns (2000)
- Pokemon Chronicles (2002 – 2004)
- Pokemon Sunday (Variety Series) (2004 – 2010)
- Pokemon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon (2006)
- Pokemon Origins (2013) (spin-off)
- XY Specials (Mega Evolution Specials) (2014-2015)
- Pokemon: Arceus Chronicles (2022)
- Detective Pikachu (2019) (liveaction movie)
5. Is it necessary to watch Pokemon seasons and movies in order?
Absolutely not. It isn’t necessary to watch all Pokemon seasons in order because, in every season, Ash participates in a new tournament and starts from scratch.
You can even watch the movies randomly or after you have finished all the episodes. The movies are mostly canon and deal with separate adventures with legendary Pokemons that rarely occur in the seasons.
Since most of us have watched the anime growing up and are pretty much well-versed with the characters, and Pokemon is episodic in nature, you can start with any series you want. However, we would recommend starting from one of the pioneer seasons.
6. Where can I stream Pokemon? Are they available with English subtitles or dub?
You can find the various seasons and movies of Pokemon on Netflix US, Pokemon TV, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. All the websites host the series with both English subtitles and dub. However, for a more elaborate list for every season, check the list below:
|Season 1: Indigo League||Netflix, Hulu, Disney NOW|
|Season 2: Adventures in the Orange Islands||Disney NOW|
|Season 3: The Johto Journeys||Prime Video, DisneyNOW|
|Season 4: Johto League Champions||DisneyNOW|
|Season 5: Master Quest||DisneyNOW|
|Season 6: Advanced||DisneyNOW|
|Season 7: Advanced Challenge||DisneyNOW|
|Season 8: Advanced Battle||Prime Video|
|Season 9: Battle Frontier||Prime Video|
|Season 10: Diamond and Pearl||DisneyNOW|
|Season 11: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension||DisneyNOW|
|Season 12: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles||DisneyNOW|
|Season 13: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors||–|
|Season 14: Black & White||Hulu, DisneyNOW, Tubi|
|Season 15: Black & White: Rival Destinies||Hulu, DisneyNOW, Tubi|
|Season 16: Black & White: Adventures in Unova (and beyond)||Hulu, Tubi|
|Season 17: XY||Hulu, DisneyNOW|
|Season 18: XY: Kalos Quest||Prime Video, Hulu, DisneyNOW|
|Season 19: XYZ||Hulu, DisneyNOW|
|Season 20: Sun & Moon||Prime Video, DisneyNOW|
|Season 21: Sun & Moon – Ultra Adventures||Prime Video, DisneyNOW|
|Season 22: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends||DisneyNOW|
|Season 23: Pokemon Journeys: The Series||Netflix|
|Season 24: Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series||–|
|Season 25: Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series||–|
7. Where can I download Pokemon for offline viewing?
I understand that since Pokemon is such a vast series, you would definitely want to watch it as a comfort anime on the go. So, here’s a list of all the streaming options where you can download Pokemon to watch offline.
Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, and Pokemon TV all offer the download option. In fact, Pokemon TV offers all the installments for free!
|Netflix||Basic with ads: $6.99/month||No|
|Hulu||Ad-Supported: $7.99/month (or $79.99/year)||Yes|
|Hulu||No Ads: $14.99/month||Yes|
|Amazon Prime||Subscription $8.99/month||Yes|
|Pokemon TV||FREE!||Yes, but only for a week|
8. How much time will it take to complete Pokemon?
The most dreaded section is here, where I can make your eyeballs pop out of their sockets with the help of numbers. Just as you must have expected, Pokemon is a big series, and to complete it you will need quite a lot of time on your hands.
- TV series – 30450 minutes (calculated till the latest episode of season 25)
- Movies – 2113 minutes
- ONAs – 328 minutes (including Pokemon: Hisuian Snow)
- Specials – 750 minutes
- Live-action adaptation – 104 minutes
All the Pokemon series, movies, specials, and ONAs will take around 562 hours and 25 minutes which amounts to 24 days of nonstop watching. Even if you are a crazed fan who adores the series and can sacrifice everything to binge-watch it, it might take a few months to complete realistically.
9. How to Watch Pokemon if it isn’t available in your region?
A lot of anime are geo-blocked for several countries. If the anime isn’t available on any streaming website in your area, then you can use a VPN to bypass the geo-block.
There are many paid VPN services available, but you also have free options at hand. You can also use free browser extensions VPNs that you will find in the extension store.
If you are accessing streaming websites from your phone, you will find several VPNs from the app store. The important thing is that My Hero Academia is present in catalogs of Funimation, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Netflix, so set your VPN to a suitable location to access the anime from anywhere.
10. Does Pokemon have fillers? Which episodes to skip?
Pokemon has tons of fillers in every season, but they are mostly standalone episodes. You can skip them if you want. If you want a full list of fillers, then click on this link and head on to our Pokemon filler list article.
You can either watch Pokemon in the release order that is stated above or watch all the seasons first before moving on to the movies, specials, ONAs and others. It is not necessary to follow any order since every installment follows a new adventure.
Despite it being a huge franchise, new anime seasons, shorts and specials are still under constant production. Once new installments get announced, we will be the first ones to hand you the news, so stay in touch with this article, and tell us what was your favorite watch in the entire franchise.
12. About Pokémon
Pokémon was first released in 1996 and is set up in a world where humans catch monsters and store them in pocket-sized poke-balls.
They are creatures with an affinity to certain elements and some superhuman abilities related to that element.
Revolving around a teenage boy Ash Ketchum, Pokémon takes us through his journey to becoming the most accomplished Pokémon trainer the world has ever seen.