After almost 3 decades of travelling, meeting new friends, facing adversaries, and training Pokemon, Ash finally gets the ultimate laurel of victory! Now, he’s handing over the baton to a new protagonist – Liko. Longtime Pokemon fans will certainly miss Ash, but his legend will live on with a fresh tale of fabulous adventures for the new generation of fans and old-time followers alike. We're all hoping Liko and her band of allies would carry on… or even exceed… the legacy of Ash, Pikachu, Misty, and Brock!
If you grew up watching the Pokemon anime series, then heads up! We made a comprehensive a list of Pokemon series in order, including all the Pokemon movies released for the viewing public.
For those who have just began following the new series, it would be good to catch up on where and how the original tale kicked off. If you’re one of the “OG,” then it’s not too late to start over, review, and re-watch… especially if you’re kids are Pokemon fans themselves.
Gotta watch ‘em all!
How Many Pokémon Movies Are There?
As of date, there are 23 theatrical anime movies, 5 special length animated films made for TV, and one live action box-office flick. All in all, we have 29 Pokemon movies in total.
Here are the Pokemon movies in order by year and grouped by type:
1. Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1999)
2. Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One (2000)
3. Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell of the Unown: Entei (2001)
4. Pokémon 4Ever – Celebi: The Voice of the Forest (2002)
5. Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias (2003)
6. Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker (2004)
7. Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (2005)
8. Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2006)
9. Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2007)
10. Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (2008)
11. Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2009)
12. Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2019)
13. Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2011)
14. Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom / Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram (2011)
15. Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice (2012)
16. Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and The Legend Awakened (2013)
17. Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
18. Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)
19. Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (2016)
20. Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)
21. Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018)
22. Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution (2020)
23. Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2021)
Special Length Animated Films:
1. Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns (2001)
2. Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006)
3. Pokémon Chronicles: The Legend of Thunder! (2006)
4. Pokémon Origins (2013)
5. Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles (2022)
And lastly, the live-action blockbuster flick – Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – first seen by Australian movie goers on 9 May 2019.
(Synopsis from Warner Bros)
When ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, his son Tim embarks on a journey to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu, a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth.
Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
How Many Pokémon Series Are There?
As of this year, there are currently 10 sequential series released on television and on various streaming services. They are:
1. Pokémon The Original Series: This is the first and longest-running Pokémon anime series. It follows the adventures of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) and his friends as they travel through various regions, catch Pokémon, and compete in Pokémon battles. The original series includes multiple seasons.
2. Pokémon Advanced Generation: This series follows Ash and his friends as they explore the Hoenn region and compete in the Hoenn League.
3. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Ash and his friends journey through the Sinnoh region and participate in the Sinnoh League.
4. Pokémon: Black & White: In this series, we see Ash and friends travelling through the Unova region and participating in the Unova League.
5. Pokémon XY: Ash and his friends explore the Kalos region; this series also introduces Mega Evolution.
6. Pokémon Sun & Moon: The series takes place in the Alola region and features a different animation style and storyline compared to previous series.
7. Pokémon Journeys The Series: Ash and a new character named Goh travel through various regions, including Galar from Pokémon Sword and Shield. The story aims to include elements from all previous series.
8. Pokémon Chronicles: This is a spin-off series that explores side stories and characters from the Pokémon world.
9. Pokémon The Series – Ruby & Sapphire: This series is a direct sequel to the original series, and follows Ash and friends as they return to the Kanto region after their journey to the Hoenn region.
10. Pokémon Generations: This is a series of animated shorts that provide a more mature and cinematic look at various events from the Pokémon video games.
How Many Pokémon Episodes Are There?
There are well over 1,200 episodes in the Pokemon original series… and still counting. Make sure you watch ‘em all!
How to Watch Pokémon in Chronological Order
The Pokemon Original Series is the primary and most popular series being followed by Pokemon fans all over the world. As of date, it currently consists of 26 seasons. Here they are in sequential order:
1. Pokemon: The Indigo League
2. Pokemon: Adventures in the Orange Islands
3. Pokemon: The Johto Journeys
4. Pokemon: Johto League Champions
5. Pokemon: Master Quest
6. Pokemon: Advanced
7. Pokemon: Advanced Challenge
8. Pokemon: Advanced Battle
9. Pokemon: Battle Frontier
10. Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl
11. Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension
12. Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles
13. Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors
14. Pokemon: Black and White
15. Pokemon: Black and White: Rival Destinies
16. Pokemon: Black and White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond
17. Pokemon: XY
18. Pokemon: XY Kalos Quest
19. Pokemon: XYZ
20. Pokemon: Sun & Moon
21. Pokemon: Sun & Moon Ultra Adventures
22. Pokemon: Sun & Moon Ultra Legends
23. Pokemon: Journeys
24. Pokemon: Master Journeys
25. Pokemon: Ultimate Journeys
26. Pokemon: Horizons (ongoing)
It’s in Pokemon Horizons where the new set of characters begin their fresh tales of great adventure, thrilling challenges, and exciting new places. Let’s join Liko and the gang in their continuing journey to become the greatest Pokemon trainer of all!
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