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How to Watch the Pokemon Series? Easy Watch Order Guide

Pokemon, a world brimming with new adventures, creatures, and characters, is one of the most memorable parts of our childhood.

It had characters we could relate to, characters we wanted to be like, and the best comedic villain trio, i.e., Team Rocket.

The series gave us many nostalgia-inducing elements, from guessing which pokemon was during the advertisement intervals to role-playing and capturing imaginary Pokemon.

At some point in our lives, though, most of us stopped watching Pokemon and moved on to other series that seemed more interesting.

How to Watch the Pokemon Series? Easy Watch Order Guide
Pokemon | Source: Crunchyroll

Nonetheless, we sometimes feel like taking a trip down memory lane, and when we do that, a big hurdle seems to block the way.

Pokemon never really stopped airing even after we stopped watching it, and now it is a hurdle of more than 1200 episodes with Ash still being a 10-year-old kid.

The Pokemon anime started airing in 1997 with the first season named Indigo League, and since then, it has 25 seasons (season 25 ongoing) with 1200+ episodes released, 24 movies, five ONAs, seven specials, and one live-action movie.

You can navigate it through both the release order and chronological order.

The franchise always has something new to offer and has never failed to entertain us. Let me take you on a grand tour of the amazing world of cute and dangerous Pokemon.

1. Release Order

I. TV Series

  • Season 1: Indigo League (1997–99)
    • Episodes: 1-82
    • Canon: 1-7, 10-18, 20-31, 34-36, 40-43, 45, 47-48, 50, 52-53, 55-56, 58, 60-61, 63, 68, 71-82
    • Filler: 8-9, 19, 32-33, 37-39, 44, 46, 49, 51, 54, 57, 59, 62, 64-67, 69-70
  • Season 2: Adventures in the Orange Islands (1999)
    • Episodes: 83-118
    • Canon: 83, 90-92, 94, 98-99, 101-102, 104, 106-115, 117
    • Filler: 84-89, 93, 95-97, 100, 103, 105, 116, 118
  • Season 3: The Johto Journeys (1999–00)
    • Episodes: 119-159
    • Canon: 120-122, 125-128, 130, 132, 137-143, 147, 150, 153-157
    • Filler: 118-119, 123-124, 129, 131, 133-136, 144-146, 148-149, 151-152, 158
  • Season 4: Johto League Champions (2000–01)
    • Episodes: 160-211
    • Canon: 161, 165, 167, 170-172, 177-179, 183, 185, 190, 192, 195, 204-206, 209, 211
    • Filler: 160, 162-164, 166, 168-169, 173-176, 180-182, 184, 186-189, 191, 193-194, 196-203, 207-208, 210
  • Season 5: Master Quest (2001–02)
    • Episodes: 212-276
    • Canon: 213, 216-224, 226-227, 231-234, 243, 246-250, 252-254, 256, 258-276
  • Filler: 214-215, 225, 228-230, 235-242, 244-245, 251, 255, 257
  • Season 6: Advanced (2002–03)
    • Episodes: 277-316
    • Canon: 277, 281-289, 291-294, 296-297, 299-305, 307-310, 312-313, 316
    • Filler: 278-280, 290, 295, 298, 306, 311, 314-315
  • Season 7: Advanced Challenge (2003–04)
    • Episodes: 317-368
    • Canon: 317, 319-321, 323-325, 327-328, 330-332, 335, 337-343, 346-354, 356, 359-360, 362, 364, 366
    • Filler: 318, 322, 326, 329, 333-334, 336, 344-345, 355, 357-358, 361, 363, 365
  • Season 8: Advanced Battle (2004–05)
    • Episodes: 369-421
    • Canon: 370, 372, 374, 377, 379-380, 382-404, 407, 411-412, 415-419, 421
    • Filler: 371, 373, 375-376, 378, 381, 405-406, 408-410, 413-414, 420
  • Season 9: Battle Frontier (2005–06)
    • Episodes: 421-468
    • Canon: 421-432, 435, 437-440, 442-443, 445-450, 454-455, 457-466, 468
    • Filler: 433-434, 436, 441, 444, 451-453, 456, 467
  • Season 10: Diamond and Pearl (2006–07)
    • Episodes: 469-520
    • Canon: 469-482, 485-498, 500-501, 504-514, 519
    • Filler: 483-484, 499, 502-503, 515-518
  • Season 11: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension (2007–08)
    • Episodes: 521-572
    • Canon: 521-528, 530-561, 563-572
    • Filler: 529, 562
  • Season 12: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles (2008–09)
    • Episodes: 573- 625
    • Canon: 573, 576-582, 584-592, 594-605, 608-615, 617
    • Filler: 574-575, 583, 593, 606-607, 616
  • Season 13: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors
    • Episodes: 626-659
    • Canon: 626-630, 632-659
    • Filler: 631, 657
  • Season 14: Black & White (2010–11)
    • Episodes: 660-707
    • Canon: 660-674, 676-677, 680-683, 685-701, 705-707
    • Filler: 675, 678-679, 684, 702-704
  • Season 15: Black & White: Rival Destinies (2011-12)
    • Episodes: 708-756
    • Canon: 708-714, 716-736, 738-743, 745-746, 749-756
    • Filler: 715, 737, 744, 747-748
  • Season 16: Black & White: Adventures in Unova (2012–13)
    • Part I: Black & White: Adventures in Unova
      • Episodes: 757-781
      • Canon: 757-773, 775, 777, 779-780
      • Filler: 757-748, 774, 776, 778, 781
    • Part II: Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond (2013)
      • Episodes: 782-801
      • Canon: 783-786, 788-798, 801
      • Filler: 782, 787, 799
  • Season 17: XY (2013–14)
    • Episodes: 802-849
    • Canon: 802-804, 808, 810-816, 818, 820-835, 837-838, 840, 842-849
    • Filler: 805-807, 809, 817, 819, 836, 839, 841
  • Season 18: XY: Kalos Quest (2014–15)
    • Episodes: 850-894
  • Canon: 850-861, 863-872, 875-876, 878-879, 881-885, 890-894
  • Filler: 862, 873-874, 877, 880, 886-889
  • Season 19: XYZ (2015–16)
    • Episodes: 895- 941
    • Canon: 895-898, 900-901, 903-907, 909-913, 916-937, 939-941
    • Filler: 899, 902, 908, 914-915, 938
  • Season 20: Sun & Moon (2016–17)
    • Episodes: 942-984
    • Canon: 942, 944-947, 949-954, 956-959, 962-984
    • Filler: 943, 948, 955, 960-961
  • Season 21: Sun & Moon – Ultra Adventures (2017–18)
    • Episodes: 985-1033
    • Canon: 985-988, 990-1001, 1003-1013, 1015-1016, 1018-1023, 1025-1033
    • Filler: 989, 1002, 1014, 1017, 1024
  • Season 22: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends (2018–19)
    • Episodes: 1034-1087
    • Canon: 1034-1043, 1045-1056, 1058-1087
    • Filler: 1044, 1057
  • Season 23: Pokemon Journeys: The Series (2019–20)
    • Episodes:1088-1135
    • Canon: All
    • Filler: None
  • Season 24: Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series (2020 – 2021)
    • Episodes:1136-1177(Released till now)
    • Canon: All
    • Filler: None
  • Season 25: Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series (2021 – ongoing)
    • Episodes:1178-1208(Released till now)
    • Canon: All
    • Filler: None

II. Movies

  • Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
  • Pokemon the Movie 2000 (1999)
  • Pokemon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unown (2000)
  • Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest (2001)
  • Pokemon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
  • Pokemon: Jirachi – Wish Maker (2003)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Destiny Deoxys (2004)
  • Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
  • Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
  • Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
  • Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
  • Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
  • Pokemon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
  • Pokemon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom (2011)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Black-Victini and Reshiram (2011)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (2016)
  • Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)
  • Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018)
  • Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (2019)
  • Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2020)

III. ONAs

  • Pokemon Generation (2016)
  • Pokemon: Twilight Wings (2020)
  • Pokemon Legends (2021)
  • Pokemon: The Hallowed God, Arceus (2022)
  • Pokemon: Hisuian Snow (2022)

IV. 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 (Upcoming September 2022)

V. Live-Action Adaptation

  • Detective Pikachu (2019) (movie)

2. Chronological Order

  • 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)
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3. Conclusion

The chronological sequence is the best watch order. However, it is also possible to view it in release order.

Season 25 has released 31 episodes so far, and the following, episode 32, “The Semifinals I: Overwhelming Victory” is scheduled to be released on August 26, 2022.

The latest movie in this franchise, ‘Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle,’ has been released worldwide on Netflix.  

How to Watch the Pokemon Series? Easy Watch Order Guide
Pokemon | Source: IMDb

The live-action movie can be watched as a stand-alone movie as it is loosely based on a video game of the same name.

Even though it is canon in general since the Pokemon characters are based on the anime, you can still watch it after completing every other installment of the Pokemon franchise.

If you are a fan of the live-action, keep an eye for the sequel, as the production company Legendary Entertainment has already begun working on it.

Pikachu Shorts (Special) acts as a prologue to all of the Pokemon animated films, so it can be watched at any time without fear of spoiling the main plot.

Two ONA series – Pokemon: The Hallowed God, Arceus and Pokemon: Hisuian Snow are the most recent additions to the franchise. Another special, Pokemon: Arceus Chronicles, will arrive this fall on Netflix.

Pokemon: The Hallowed God, Arceus is a 4-episode series exclusively available on Amazon Prime and was released to celebrate the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus game.

Pokemon: Hisuian Snow is based on the game Pokemon Legends: Arceus. It has also finished airing in June 2022.

Also, the ONAs and the other specials can be watched in any order.

4. How much time will it take to watch Pokemon?

When you consider all of the seasons’ episodes to date as of writing it, as well as the movies, ONAs, specials, and the live-action movie, you’re looking at roughly 558 hours and 15 minutes of content, or 24 days of nonstop binge-watching.

How to Watch the Pokemon Series? Easy Watch Order Guide
Pokemon | Source: Crunchyroll

Let me show you the runtime of each installment –  

  1. TV series – 30200 minutes (calculated till the latest episode of Season 25)
  2. Movies – 2113 minutes
  3. ONAs – 328 minutes (including Pokemon: Hiusuian Snow)
  4. Specials – 750 minutes
  5. Live-action adaptation – 104 minutes

Note: The runtimes are calculated approximately.

5. Where to watch Pokemon with subtitles or dubbed?

If you want to watch Pokemon officially online, only a few streaming platforms have this classic anime.

Here is the list with the preferred subtitles or the dubbed versions – 

  • Netflix US – English subtitles and dubbed
  • Pokemon TV – English subtitles
  • Hulu – English and Spanish subtitles
  • Amazon Prime – English subtitles and dubbed

6. Can you download and watch Pokemon offline?

Pokemon TV allows the viewers to download the episodes and watch them offline.

There is a time limit to it, and after seven days, any episode or movie you have previously downloaded will expire. You will have to download it again to watch it offline.

Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series | Official Trailer
Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series | Official Trailer

To download any shows or movies on Netflix, you need to have a subscription, and you can download and watch any shows offline.

Hulu gives the download option only to subscribers with the No Ads Plan ($11.99 per month) or No Ads Plan + Live TV ($70.99 per month).

Amazon Prime also allows the download option only if you use the Prime Video app on your device.

7. 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.

Originally Written By Epic Dope

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