Best Pokemon Seasons


The Top Ten

1 Indigo League (1)

This was by far the best season. I miss the dumb, funny Ash Ketchum, but eventually he turned into a boring, mature kid. Everything is at it's best in this season, with an exception of the art style, which I think is still up on the top 5. Great, great season. I watched a lot of the episodes in this season a lot because I got so much happiness watching them!

Very entertaining and every episode is like history.

This was a awesome! Season. It was still running in my mind.


2 XY&Z (19)

The entire storyline for the whole Kalos adventure was absolutely amazing. It never at one point felt as if any content was there for just filling in episodes. I really felt like each character meant something to the series, and Team Rocket wasn't annoying, but more like comedic relief. Speaking of, I especially loved how Team Rocket was shown to actually care for the twerps. Overall an amazing run.

I never thought another season would top Indigo League for me, but somehow this one did. The entire XY series has so much to offer to long-time fans of the show: breathtaking animation, epic battles, a grand story, catchy music, surprisingly good acting in both dubs, and an actual sense of mystery and discovery in the region. The games may have been short and not too memorable (except for the graphic overhaul), but the show DEFINITELY made up for it. Lysandre was actually a compelling character and a huge threat, Alain was an awesome character and watching him fight Ash was satisfying despite the outcome, the Mega Evolution specials were beyond entertaining, the companions were some of the most fleshed out in the series, Serena was the best female companion since Misty, Ash was at his peak performance and had his most badass team of the series with Ash-Greninja and the pseudo-legendary Goodra being the pinnacle of his team. Some people may be disappointed with parts of the ending, but ...more

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This is by far the best. It might not be indigo league, but it has better animations, better character development, and better action. Ash Greninja was an amazing mystery, Serena's crush on Ash was fun (Especially at the end when they finally kiss), and Clemont's famous line:The future is now, thanks to science will always be there when I complete a science project. The Team Flare arc is Fantastic with real emotion, action, and explosions. For it having the most character emotional investment, amazing characters, story, animation, and mystery, I chose XYZ, a series that I will never forget, even when I am 20. I was up till 12:00 in the night on Thursday mornings, waiting to watch that episode in Japanese with english sub's. That is how much this series meant to me. Therefore, Pokemon XYZ will always be the best pokemon series!

3 Diamond & Pearl (10)

I love the characters, setting, Pokemon, and really everything about it! Although I might be bias because I used to watch it as new episodes aired when I was younger, I can still say this is one of my favorite series!

Dawn is the best Pokegirl


The beginning had a rough start. But it had a great cast, dawn was annoying at first but started to grow on you throughout the series, brock and ash was their usual selves. But what I really enjoyed in the series was the rivalries that faced our heroes. They were different and posed an actual threat to our heroes.

4 Master Quest (5)

Good quality episodes. Fron ash vs gery to Lugia and red garadose story lines.

My personal favorite season. There were so many good plots, Johto is my favorite region, Ash finally beat Gary, and many other reasons. - Mewtwo660

There were good gym battles, the johto league was amazing, there were reappearences of squirtle, bulbasaur, charizard, tauros, muk, kingler, heracross, lapras and snorlax. There were also a lot of side stories that took more then one epidode, like the water pokemon tournament, the battle with dragonite, the red gyarados story and the lugia kidnapping. Richie, that girl with the Ditto and Gary were also in this season. Overall this was a really good season

How is this number 12? Every single episode is quality

5 Advanced Battle (8)

Best season ever may is the best character ever designed

Best theme song ever and the best story. Also introduces lots of cool pokemon, the plot is the best and in my opinion the best season of pokemon ever.

Cause It features a lot of legendary Pokemon

Very Underrated

6 Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors (13)

This was my fave

The rivalry between ash and paul was really one of the best rivalries in franchise history. It showed the moral of being a trainer as ash and paul had the same dream but took drastically different paths to get there, and it was all worth it seeing them battle eachother in the sinnoh league. This season also provoked different battle strategies to make trainers work outside the box and think differently. After that tobias just pukes on us ruining the vibe but the season was still great!

This season was amazing, no one can tell me otherwise. It shows how much they improved with graphics and effects in 4 years and the grand festival and sinnoh league were unforgettable. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

The Sinnoh League. Tobias was there just to shove a stick up our butts but he and the rest of the league was really good.

7 Orange Islands (2)

Short but quality episodes like indigo.

Honestly, I feel people are only voting for indigo league because of the nostalgia crap. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Best series ever should have showed whole orange league, we only saw the finals

Ha ha

8 Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles (12)

Fantastic season. theme song was catchy, J and Team Galactic storylines were really thought out, they're were not many filler episodes

I have to say it has the best Pokemon Theme Song ever. "Some times its hard to know, which way you're suppose to go" I can just keep jamming to this.

This season introduced Arceus. Its opening is very good. - WorldPuncher47592834

This has an amazing theme song! It is really catchy!

9 Advanced Challenge (7)


I latterly SKIPPED almost all the johto episodes and I was bout to quit pokemon but then I saw one hoenn I was in love and I kept watching pokemon.

YES! It's in the tens! And why is it only number ten? Seriously, I love this season above all others, even the first. - Thifer20

I love gen 3

10 XY (17)

From the breathtaking animations to best gym battles ever. This season and the series rocks.

This season is just awesome hand down

Ash gets the best travelling companions, especially Serena who supports Ash from her heart. All of Ash's pokemon are really cool and strong. The maturity of Ash can be clearly seen

I understand why people choose indigo it's the first duh but after indigo Pokemon just got worst and when I saw xy it was amazing it's not the same like indigo but it had many great things the animation, the characters, armor shipping (the haters probably see it diffrent), greeninja and Ash being so close to win the finals it was amazing I even like it MORE than indigo

The Contenders

11 Diamond & Pearl Battle Dimension (11)

I like all the characters and episodes and at the start when James departs from caknia

I love this series its graphics its ash drees and heroine ash pokemon and its song

love it

12 The Johto Journeys (3)


The character development of ash, from stubborn to dedicated pokemon trainer is the BEST! and the whole region is awesome

The Johto Journeys was the best season in Pokémon and Master Quest was awesome and Johto League Champions was beyon amazing

13 Johto League Champions (4)

Good like indigo

Houndoom's Special Delivery was my favorite out of this season.

Shiny noctowl

14 Battle Frontier (9)

I like ash new voice

I started the show on this season. It holds a special place in my heart for that reason.

The best season ever it had character development for ash may and their rivals

Something different

15 Black & White (14)

Wow! Why so much hate on this one? It definitely different, but in a good way. All the moves look way more epic because of the cool effects. And the characters are really awesome. Cilan never fails to put a smile on my face and Iris had this sassy kind of nature that I've always liked (if that's how you explain it). Team Rocket was actually smarter than usual. They have always been annoying as heck, but not this time! Overall, super underrated season without a single dull or uninteresting moment. - slipperyjack30

I'm surprised this got so much hate, my favorite series being chewed up and spat out. The time and effort they put into this series was impressive. 40% of galar Pokemon come from black and white, and it holds the best of the best. Oshawott, Tepig, Snivy! all different! In Kanto, the starters were bland. All the same basic Personality, that made it less exciting. Black and White was definitely the start of a change.

Tepig was a determined, warmhearted starter that showed its feelings very clear.

Oshawott was a cute and caring starter that would do anything for its trainer!

And last but NOT least, Snivy was a sassy, powerful starter that helps a lot in the series. It's attacks are effective.

Before hating, think about all the memories ash, Iris, and Cilan had! Now you can't rate a Pokemon series without team rocket, can you?

Team Rocket was impressive in this series, their work may be weird and annoying, but they all worked together, and had a good, ...more

This season is terrible. Ash is an absolute idiot, Iris and Cilan have hardly any character development, The rivals are either to nice or are just plain old annoying jerks. The only good parts where when the Dawn came back and how Team Rocket are actually very menacing in this one. Also most episode are really just filler lets just admit that.

It is a great season all around cilan and iris are great people to travel with

16 Advanced (6)

I love this season

As a season it had some of the best movies

17 Sun & Moon (20)

Very underrated

Yes the graphics have changed, and yes the story too. But it's completely new Ash, in the world that is vary different than what we (and him) used to see. It's my favourite because of the positivity, unique crew of characters- finally more than 2/3 and every of them have an amazing story to tell personally, also there's Lillie's story that really touched me, and I agree every season have a heart touching story, but for me, this is more personal one that some of us faced but never talk about it. Also the 'Ultra Adventures' that took more serious 'Moon' tone is a good mirror to the first 'Sun' season.
Many things have changed, but if you'll sit in front of this season with an open mind, leaving nostalgic thoughts and being capable of going really deep into the story- you'll be surprised how valuable it can be.

Ash is supposed to be a very motivated kid. Sun and moon made him look like a retard.

Best season ever. Our ash is back

18 XY: Kalos Quest (18)


This is the relapse season of the sixth generation anime. It's bad, but it's not the worst. - Thifer20

The Intro is very nice.


19 Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures (21)

The show literally has never been better. It constantly strays away from a boring formula in order to further character and world development. The new animation style is always lively and expressive. It's no longer just about battle after battle, but about the endless possibilities of ways people and Pokemon live together. It may be considered "heretical" to say this, but any one of Ash's new friends have more personality than any previous group he's traveled with - yes, even Brock and Misty (who were very one-note if you ask me). XYZ was good, but because it always had to stick to the formula of walking around -> meet one-episode character -> battle team rocket, it could quickly become groan-worthy. Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures can have its serious moments, but also its funny and endearing ones. This show is not afraid to explore themes, settings, and morals. Even though we're college students, my friends and I truly feel for these characters and enjoy watching their ...more

It is epic like XYZ but still has the fun adventures as Sun and Moon

It's improved over season 20 drastically. - Solacress

@TGBBOD Unpopular opinion.

20 Black & White: Rival Destinies (15)

Rival Destinies is better than season 14. Season 14 has filler episodes. - WorldPuncher47592834

I like black and white. Especially Rival Destinies

21 Ultra Legends (22)

Ash won the league at last!

Ultra legend character theme and even story is way better than season 20 I just love this show keeps improving

Ash won the league in the season and became the alola champion. That only is enough to make it the best season.

22 Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond (16)

Unova is such a beautiful region. Honestly the best if you're looking just for background art.

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