Top 10 Best Pokemon Episodes

The Top Ten

1 Island of the Giant Pokemon

This episode is my favorite because you can understand what Pokemon are saying, and its funny and strangely, that island was inhabited by team rocket people

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.

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...

I’d say the best one is in late xyz but that is not on the list

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2 Pokemon, I Choose You!

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

Well, it was cool how Pikachu didn't like Ash at first, (good instincts :D) but then risks his life to save him from the hostile birds. - RueSapphireShiverpool

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. - Thifer20


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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.

It's so sad to see the best female character on the show leave. But it's good do see the best girl make ash cry over her. Just saying. So screw you pearlshippers

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.

Very emotional episode ever in pokemon anime because is no lomger campanion of ash I miss you misty

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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.

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

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

I just love it!

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5 X & Y Episode 1 and 2

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!

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.

Um no. Serena has a crush on Ash and Ash isn't interested in her so there. - RiverClanRocks

I love Pokemon x and y

These episodes so amazing

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6 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!

The Begining Where Ash and Misty Bicker is Hilarious, Pikachu and Caterpie's Bond is Adorable, and They Have They're Second Fight With Team Rocket, Overral Amazing Episode.

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

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

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

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

DAWN... that's it

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8 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.

We finally got to see Gary's starter, and the battle between Charizard and Blastoise is just amazing to see

i agree

Charizard VS Blastoise the best of all.
First time Ash doesn't use Pikachu.
Ash VS Gary is one of the best battles I have ever seen.

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9 Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon

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

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.

I like this because CHARMELEON evolves into CHARIZARD

he is best

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10 Mystery at the Lighthouse

I know its dragonite because its shape eyes and the things on its head look simular to a dragonite so it should be a dragonite ore it's a Pokemon that has been created by man like mewtwo so it can also be a created or unknown Pokemon The End

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

The meaning of life is divulged in this episode.

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The Contenders

11 Charmander the Stray Pokemon

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

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)

12 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. - Nectaria

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.

13 Espeon Not Included

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 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! - RueSapphireShiverpool

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.

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!

When Meowth was learning how to talk I was sure I felt moved. But when he sings to moonlight I really cried out loud. "Go West, Young Meowth" made me love Team Rocket's Meowth. Pokémon, maker, STOP BLASTING THEM OFF! Meowth really has no choice!

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15 Friend or Foe Alike

This is a really good epidode

16 Dittos Mysterious Mansion

lol transform into this(jessy told ditto to transform into a dratini in a book)and ditto tranformed into the book

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.

It's funny how Team Rocket capture Ditto and try to get it to transform into Dratini and it turns into a book, and also there is a picture of Jessie's first crush and Ditto just turns into the picture. ALSO, ASH AND FRIENDS MOCK TEAM ROCKET'S MOTTO! HOW DARE THEY? - RueSapphireShiverpool

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

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17 Bye Bye Butterfree

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

I cried so much on this episode, really great

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

I watched this a few weeks ago and it made me cry

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18 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.

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


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19 Flame Pokemon a Thon

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

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

ponyta evolves into rapidash in this episode

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20 The Name's N

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

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21 Haunter vs Kadabra

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

My personal favorite, this one's too funny!

22 Hoenn Alone
23 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.

Jigglypuff is awesome with that marker. Haha

24 Memories Are Made of Bliss

Marked the end to the best Pokemon series ever and it did it in style. Such an awesome episode and my personal favourite.

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25 Electric Shock Showdown

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

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26 Gotta Catch Em All

Saw it when I was 9 and still the best

It's the motto of ash. Well, kind of

Unfortunately I have to vote to tell you you're wrong.

First is always the best!

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27 The Tower of Terror

Tower of terror is great, especially when ash scares misty and brock with a mask and when ash was a ghost! It should be first!

I thought this would be scary because its lavender town but it ended up being very funny

This is the best episode ever awesome humor, story etc. This is my favourite Pokemon episode there are many others but this is in my perspective the best
(note I have not seen to many episodes more for the games

NOSTALGIA. This is the word to explain this episode!

28 The Endless Zero! Until The Day We Meet Again!

Why Serena? Why? The reason you started your journey, the reason, we all love you *sob sob*. One of the MOST memorable episodes

Feels! FEELS! When Serena left, I was so sad! - Absolite

This is the Japanese name. In English, it's "Till We Compete Again! "

Worst episode actually a lot of shippers cried cause they wanted amourshipping to happen (only for those idiotic armourshippers) and shes just fanservice its not even cannon ash didn't even care he just thought her as a friend

29 Pokemon Shipwreck

Well, it's kinda funny because everyone thought that Ash, Brock, Misty, James and Jessie were dead because of the sinking ship, also, James's legendary Magikarp... I almost died laughing. - RueSapphireShiverpool

What the magikarp. Lol seriously JAMES

Oh my god this was hilarious. ALL HAIL THE KING OF KARP and Pikachu shakes hands with Meowth and electricutes him. And Goldeen's face when she found Team Rocket drowning - Goatworlds

30 Snow Way Out!

The reason I love this episode is because it shows how much Ash truly cares for his Pokemon. For example, he saves Pikachu in a blizzard and makes sure his Pokemon are warm and safe at the cost of his own warmth and safety.

This episode shows how much Ash truly cares about his Pokemon. Upon getting separated from Pikachu in a blizzard he follows quickly getting seperated from Brock and Misty in the blizzard. When reunited with Pikachu he uses Charmander to make an ice cave and uses his other Pokemon to help block the entrance. When he sees that his Pokemon seem weak and cold he recalls them into their pokeballs and wraps them up in his jacket. When part of the entrances breaks he covers it with his body to keep his Pokemon safe and warm. They come out of their pokeballs and huddle with him and Pikachu to keep each other warm.

I love this episode so much! Pikachu, charmander, squirtle, bulbasaur and even pidgeotto showed how much they care about ash. "You win, Guess we'll all be cold together".

Hey, there's a Loud House episode with this name. It's about Lana.

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31 Round One...Begin!

This episode shows how powerful Ash's Krabby/Kingler really is. Plus, it demonstrates that Ash is no amateur trainer since he wins the battle with one Pokemon. The name's pretty attractive too!

32 Holy Matrimony

Best episode ever, I love James's fake story, James's real story, and the humor in this episode is amazing

You have to say this was great. One of the best ever!

My favourite episode! Hilarious watching James' reaction to Jessiebelle and Jessie and Meowth's terrible 'camouflage' outfit. One of the first episodes that mainly focused on Team Rocket.

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33 Seeking Shelter From the Storm

Don't remind me! This episode just had so many FEELS! - Absolite

People don't pay enough attention to this episode. It made me cry the whole time especially when Espurr was holding the flower and dropped it.

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34 The Misty Mermaid

I thought it was a great Misty centered episode! Her sisters are really funny, and it was great to see great qualities in Misty that she'd later showcase as the official Cerulean City gym leader.

Was always my favourite! I love water Pokemon and the battle between Seel/Dewgong and Team Rocket was epic. Also the ditzy commentary from Misty's sisters, haha

It shows off so much about Misty and this is the first real time we get to see how strong she is on her own

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35 Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu!

Simply awesome and packed with epic scenes of battles and the renowned capture styler
(you even get to see it in action! )

Awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome

I love riolu because it evolves into lucario

36 The Bicker the Better

The episode was funny and it was good with the non-stop bickering

One of the best written episodes. Episode 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, Whiscash and Ash, and A Real Rival Rouser are the only episodes on the same level.

Whhat? Why is this in the top 40? I thought this was one of the worst episodes.

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37 Abra and the Psychic Showdown
38 Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest

I cried during this episode because sewaddle was so adorable and annoying/hard to stop crying type of thing.

39 Computer Soldier Porygon

Episode 38 only aired once in Japan. Nearly seven hundred Japanese children suffered seizures. This episode also gave the Pokémon anime the dubious title of "Most Photosensitive Epileptic Seizures Caused by a Television Show" from The Guinness Book of World Records. It is also the reason why porygon 2 or porygon Z will never be seen in the anime,

This episode can cause seizures evil Pikachu kills 600 kids - Goatworlds

What's wrong with Pokemon in Japan

40 Ignorance is Blissey

One of my favorite episodes, based around my all time favorite character. It really makes you feel horrible for Jessie, and shows her in a totally different light. this should be way higher up on the list.

Such a sweet episode!

Good cute funny episode - Serena

Just, Just amazing

41 Me, Myself and Time

A good and a ep that take you to a journey through time and space, and makes you think about a great mystery of the universe.

It's just so beautiful and so great

42 Claydol Big and Tall

Hilarious episode! Best episode of them all for sure

43 Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race

Cannon Serena crush. What more do you want?

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44 A Poached Ego

This was so sad, Team Rocket risked so much for their Pokemon. - RueSapphireShiverpool

Shows even team Rocket can be heroes

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45 XY59: Satoshi and Serena's First Date!? The Tree of Promises and the Presents!!

This Is Going To Be A Rocking Episode

But Serena Doesn't Know How Many Girls Ash Left Behind : Misty, May, Dawn, Iris And Now Serena

In The List Dawn And Serena Are My Favrites

I Never Thought This Would Happen Lets Make This Episode Number 1

46 The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!

I like the episode because charizard returns

I thought this episode would come at first. So sad. We need to vote for this episode

It showed how strong ash and iris can be.

I love this episode because I had never seen an episode with Charizard before, and both Charizard and Dragonite were epic in the battle. And Charmander's story was so sad. It was a good reminder of Ash in the original series and his adorable and loving Pokemon. Also...N. You know how much I love N. And N and Cilan's brotherly moment..."They say opposites attract, but I think these two attract as well! " "That's exactly right. Those two are drawn to each other." Let the Dragonshipping begin! Just kidding :P But that moment was priceless.

~Silverfrost of RiverClan

47 In the Shadow of Zekrom

First. Episode. Amazing. Probably

48 The Ghost of Maiden's Peak

This episode is super interesting as it features an actual ghost and it is very romantic. I hope she gets to see the man she loved.

The episode is the best in the Pokemon cartoon and my favorite cartoon is Pokemon thank

This episode is so romantic wow - Serena

I cried so much on this episode, really great This episode is so romantic wow

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49 Working on a Right Move

Amazing episode. I shows hat Ash has really grown and Conway is an awesome anti-hero.

50 The Dream Continues
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