Top 10 Best Pokemon Episodes

The Top Ten
1 Island of the Giant Pokemon

I really liked this episode due to how you could actually understand what the Pokemon were talking about, and both Team rocket and their Pokemon had to work with Ash and his friends was just pretty original! The ending also had a twist, which makes you wonder what happens to poor Team Rocket...

This is the best one by far! The Pokemon conversation is amazing. Charmander was so scared he was abandoned again. Plus the twist at the end is actually a decent twist that makes all the clues make sense. I really wish there were more episodes with Pokemon subtitles!

Like a lot of other people, I like the fact that there are subtitles. I wish there was subtitles on all episodes. If not, then have a separate series for each series just adding subtitles.

This episode randomly breaks the subtitles out while the Pokemon are talking. It's a pretty good episode on top of that, but it's the subtitles that really make it special.

2 Pokemon, I Choose You!

Why is this episode in a best list? To be honest, I find it hard to believe that this is the best episode of the series. Heartfelt? Yes. A good episode? It's a stretch, but no.

I laughed so hard. In the beginning, he goes to the Poke'mon lab... IN HIS PAJAMAS! You guys are going to think I'm so immature but it's really funny. A classic!

It is the best episode ever because in the episode Ash is wants his first Pokemon and then he gets up late!

The beginning of Ash's journey is wonderful and the fighting with sperows is represented in classic manner

3 Gotta Catch Ya Later

You've gotta admit that although this is sad, it still feels good to watch this episode. Unlike the newer episodes, "Gotta Catch Ya Later" gives us a tearful goodbye to Misty. May and Max's goodbye wasn't very heartfelt and in the Black and White ending it didn't seem as if a Ash really missed Iris and Cilan. But in this episode, they give us a great ending.

1. We get a sweet and gentle song from Misty

2. We see Ash actually showing his emotions for Misty

3. And then in the end, you come to find out the real reason Misty stayed with Ash.

These are the reasons why I liked this episode. Besides Dawn and Brock's goodbye, the newer goodbyes didn't feel the same. Especially since the newer characters didn't have a real relationship with Ash and basically felt like just plain old replacements for the departing characters. If you don't like this goodbye though. I can understand but hear me, in goodbye is as sad as this one.

This episode ( oh! God) I totally love this but I also hate I don't know what I am saying but I can't tell about this episode in words but I have to do it. I not only think but also trust that it was the saddest goodbye in history. I love pokeshipping and this end of it. for trusting this that misty has gone I take many days to recover, then time passed and I have seen many but I not cried in any of them accept memories are made up of bliss and goodbye greninja. In the episode gotta catch ya later I cried very much not even one time how time I see I cry very much. it is very tteeaaarfulll. From the biggest fan of ash ketchem not other than a girl who is 11 years an Indian seeing Pokemon from only one year not anandita but more diya

I was really sad after this episode as misty and brock were leaving though brock came back. It was of the heart touching episode and the best.
If you observe most of the episode in this list are from original series featuring ash, misty, brock. Well that means it was best series.
All the episode with may, dawn, iris, serina were not that good.
And it was ash, misty, brock series which Pokemon popular. Still missing misty and brock

It's most saddest episode ever I have seen. It made me cry a lot. Misty I'll miss you. Other goodbyes are not much sad than this was. It was the end of our childhood.

4 Charizard Chills

Ash's Charizard is frozen by a Poliwrath's icebeam. Ash works all night to warm Chairzard up. Charizard thinks about all the things ash has done for it since it was a Charmander. It regains it's trust in it's trainer.
BEST EPISODE EVER!

This episode is my favorite. Ash's Charizard (Arguably Ash's most strongest pokemon) finally listens to Ash and becomes loyal to Ash thereafter.

Best episode because of Charizard being nice to Ash! Sad that Ash left him not long after...

Charizard finally begins to listen to ash. Charizard is a beast, enough said.

5 Charmander the Stray Pokemon

Very sweet episode. Sad, has a good ending, and is light hearted. Perfect. #1

When I saw this episode I cried.
This episode is a tragecomedy. A tragecomedy is a sad movie with a happy ending.

A sweet episode that sets off one of Ash's most used pokémon throughout the series.

Thisvis a sad episode where charmander is almost about to (finger round my neck) and ash saves him by bringing him to the nnearest pokemon center (in his cloak)

6 Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!

Ash is meant for serena and her reaction just proved her feelings it also shows in episode 13 though I'm not going to give it away you will see what I mean.

These episodes dragged me back to watch the anime since the advance generation, why? , great animation, loved the XY games, the Kalos region itself is awesome and of course, Serena

These two episodes just drew me in. Ash looked so epic and seemed somewhat older and the ending with serena... I just really enjoyed it!

LOVED these 2 episodes and watched the 1st one twice and the 2nd episode was really awesome!

7 Ash Catches a Pokemon

A well done character developing episode, from Misty's hilarious bug hate to Caterpie's grit and determination. I especially love the conversation between Caterpie and Pikachu by moonlight - it's so cute and the music is beautiful and fitting. Call me a 23 year old sap but I tear up watching Caterpie dream of flying by the moonlight. Even the supposed weakest of us are allowed to dream big.

The scene with Pikachu and Caterpie conversing is honestly the cutest and most heartfelt moment of the series- especially considering that Butterfree will go away later on.

I love this episode. The scene with Pikachu and Caterpie talking at night just melts my heart every single time I watch that part!

Really good episode because team rocket first appear.

8 Bye Bye Butterfree

First time, it shows Ash willing to sacrifice his dreams for his Pokemon to get a better life.

This episodes the best! Everyone I knew who watched this has cried. these are the kind of episodes that you remember.

I swear, this episode didn't leave a single dry eye. We love you Butterfree! You will be missed!

It was the saddest goodbye.-onslaught 360(aka jelly)(don't judge)(I'm a boy)

9 Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon

My favorite episode as a child and today; see Aerodactyl and Kabutops, Gary appearance, Team Rocket at its best, and Charizard evolves. My favorite episode and the only one I've memorized completely.

My favorite episode. For the first time you see a extremely powerful Pokemon in the series. Plus Charizard is my favorite Pokemon ever

Not just Charmeleon evolved, the gang also found an egg that will soon be one of the cutest Pokemon--Togepi!

Charizard - nee Charmeleon- comes to the rescue of Ash, Misty, Brock, and a dozen paleontologists.

10 Pikachu's Goodbye

I was 14, I knew he was gonna stay with Ash, and I still bawled my eyes out. It has a powerful message. That friendship can never be broken up. No matter how big or small the bond between friends R.It changed my outlook on life itself. All of my ex friends are still my friends. And that is why I love this episode dearly

I can't get over this amazing episode. Even though I've seen it over 15 times, it is the best episode for sure. It shows the strong bond between Ash and his Pikachu saying they can never be parted.

I was so sad because I thought they were really gonna spilt up. I cried when they showed the flashbacks of Ash and Pikachu's friendship.

Seriously, I cried when I watched this today, and I'm 19 laugh out loud

The Newcomers

? Why? Wynaut!
? Fangs for Nothin'
The Contenders
11 Can't Beat the Heat

The Best Battle in the series! Sorry D&P fans but this one shows everything: Ash has developed not only as a trainer but as a person as well. He used his best Pokémon Charizard to take out 3 Pokemon! And that is saying a lot.

Ash's best Pokemon proves whya sh is bette rthan Gary. He takes out all of em in one hit, and only blastoise put up much of a fight. This is why charizard's the best, and Infernapes not. But Infernapes good too.

This episode got 1 million views in 16 hours man... this is hands down the best Pokemon episode =]

i agree

12 Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!

DAWN RULES! Actually made Black and White worth while for a few episodes. Thank you Dawn for helping out a sad series.

I only like this episode because of Meloetta. I do not like Dawn or her piplup.

Firstly, Dawn. Secondly, Dawn and last but not least Dawn.

Dawn my fave female main character returns, ! And piplups super cute!

13 Espeon Not Included

This should really be higher. Like this is the best episode I’d ever imagine. Put it on the top 5 please! Why is it this low...

It's a cool episode it's great to see Sakura character arc finish even though it would have been interesting if she went with Ash

14 Mystery at the Lighthouse

This is one of the most boring episodes in all of Kanto. Why is this crappy episode here?

The meaning of life is divulged in this episode.

Is really misterious see for first once to dragonite

Funny, mysterious and sad all in one episode :( poor dragonite

15 The Legend of Thunder Parts 1-3

The Legend of Thunder special is one of my favorite special episode (Both Japanese and English versions) along with some other Chronicles episodes that are not on this list yet.

At first I thought it said the legend of thunder pants!

I thought it also said the ledgend of thunder parks.

One of my faavorites.

16 Go West, Young Meowth

This is a very moving episode that shows Meowth's past, how he was rejected again and again and how he ended up joining a street gang. It also shows how Meowth learnt to walk, talk, and what prompted him to join Team Rocket. Then, in the present, Team Rocket save Meowth from the street gang with an awesome song!

I love this episode, it finally gave me an answer to why Meowth can talk and it did so in a great way. One of the most emotional episodes out there and it shows how much Jessie and James actually cares about Meowth.

Not only does this episode unravel the mystery behind Meowth with the episode dedicated to his backstory, but the story itself is very touching. Not often do shows have episodes that make you empathize with the villains like this.

The plot was way different than the usual and the Meowth's sentiments are visible. Team Rocket showed that they're not that bad and this episode is also quite moving. Certainly my favorite!

17 Friend or Foe Alike

This is a really good epidode

18 Electric Shock Showdown

I loved this episode as picachu was a boss and he even moved Meowth!

Is the best of list.

it's my favourite episode because Pikachu beats its evolved form I thing its highly the BEST

Pikachu vs raichu one of ash's well earned gym badge in the first season because most of them were earned by helping out the gym leader but this he fought and did it well beating he's evolution

19 Dittos Mysterious Mansion

Funniest episode ever.
Jessie wanted Ditto to transform into a Dratini but the Ditto transformed into the book itself and other stuff instead.
The funniest part was when Ash, Brock, Misty and the girl did the team rocket motto the girl said to ignite the people within our nation and how brock said double double and when meowth was supposed to say That's right pikachu appeared and said Pika Pika! And then when team rocket was pissed off James corrected the ignite part

Check out the Ex Delta Species cards of Ditto; they play on Ditto's inability to change its face, just like in this classic episode. Definitely one of the best episodes about one of the most iconic Pokemon.

Such a great episode, one of the only ones with Duplica being featured, and is one funny episode too! Oh, also it involves such a great Team Rocket mocking as well!

It was so funny when I was a kid and dittos face was so cute to me!

20 The Name's N

This is THE N'S DEBUT. THE N. HE IS THE N. THE. N.

*ahem*

Any episode with N is good. And there was no pointless Concordia and Anthea. It also showed N's longing to find Reshiram. And N's ability to understand Pokemon. And the first of N's many sacrifices to help Pokemon. No doubt an amazing episode. Saving Braviary had a bit more character development in it, but this was N's first time on the show, and it was definitely not a failure.

~Silverfrost of RiverClan

I like this episode because n is one of my favorite pokemon charictors alongside nurse joy and dawn

21 Volcanic Panic

Charizard vs Magmar a good battle
Blaine: If this volcano gets covered in ice...
Ash: It will become a snow cone!
And then after Charizard beats Magmar,
Blaine: Ash, I have one more riddle for you. What's red and doesn't have words? A volcano badge!
Ash, Brock and Misty: -_- (uhhh...)

Anyone who says this isn't the best is stupid

One of the most epic battles in the series

One of the best battles in the series!

22 Haunter vs Kadabra

Truly epic. This episode is a huge favourite of mine!

My personal favorite, this one's too funny!

23 Hoenn Alone
24 The Flame Pokémon-athon!

This episode is the only episode where a man rides an Electrode like Super Monkey Ball. He is a true inspiration.

It's amazing and me and Emma love it because it is the best episode ever yay. We like Rapidash lots.

I like this episode very much

ponyta evolves into rapidash in this episode

25 The Song of Jigglypuff

I love Jigglypuff. Another episode I love is when Ash goes t get the fire badge and the gym leader is disguised and tells them all riddles. It even has Jigglypuff in it!

Easily the best. Team Rockets song was awesome.

I cracked up watching Team Rocket reaction

Jigglypuff being my favourite Pokémon and ( obviously) the best smash fighter makes this episode nostalgic.

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