Top 10 Best Pokemon Seasons

The Top Ten
1 Indigo League (1)

Such a great start! Most character development, such iconic characters and Pokémon. Not to mention the only season where filler episodes are actually enjoyable. Plus, the pace is much better than that of other seasons. And my, did the creators know how to frustrate the audience. Team Rocket ruining everything, and Charizard disobeying Ash in the battle against Richie. They did these on purpose to show that Ash will have a lot hard bumps. And can I just mention the 3 episode plot lines. Sabrina was amazing, the St. Anne was amazing, like wow. One of the best first seasons to a show.

Indigo League was the best season of the Pokemon series. No one will ever replace the unique Ash, the funny Brock, or the short-tempered Misty. The Hoenn and Sinnoh Brock seemed to...weird and not as funny as he used to be. Ash now seems too serious, and doesn't have much as fun with his new companions. Misty...we haven't heard if her, but she was a unique trainer who was afraid on becoming a Gym Leader without anyone's help (only from her Pokemon). You don't see any other intro when Ash tells Misty and Brock, "'re my best friend..." He deeply cares for both characters, and they too care a lot for him. PokeShipping was the best. The topic of it is simple. Ash secretly likes Misty and she secretly likes him. It was very cute, even though they were still ten years old and wouldn't admit that they liked each other. BEST SERIES EVER! (ALSO BEST SHIPPING 4 EVER! )

2 XY&Z (19)

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!

The best Ash we've ever seen in the anime. He actually uses his head for once. His team was fully evolved (apart from Pikachu of course)... and he had some amazing Pokemon. For once, it looked like he was developing feelings for one of his travelling companions too. Not just that, his travelling party was nicely balanced.

It's nice that the writers decided to make the female protagonist someone from Ash's past, and potentially, Ash's future too. Serena started off slow but soon got the hand of things and ended up in the finals. I have a feeling that hew character was brought into the anime just to admire Ash, but they gave her a goal along the way. Her character development was great and the fact that even though she didn't achieve her goal of being the Kalos Queen, she did end up revealing her feelings towards Ash to him. I think she did an amazing job as a female protagonist and quickly became my favourite travelling companion.

3 Diamond & Pearl (10)

If you want development in characters, story, and plot, then this is the series for you. Pokemon DP is in the top 3 for best Pokémon series's of all time. Why? Well first you have Paul, who's Ash's best rival. Then Dawn, who is the most fleshed out character out of all the girl companions, who is annoying at first, but matures and becomes someone we love. The Pokémon in sinnoh are one of my least favorite, but there was something magical about them to a point I started to love them. I've had 6 friends give me an answer to what was there favorite in the series, and 4/6 said sinnoh (the other 2 being XY and Orignal).

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)

A great ending for not only the Johto adventures but also the original series. Every single Pokémon Ash has in his disposable is used for the Pokemon league. There is a reason why I consider this league the best. Not to mention, Ash finally defeats his rival, Gary, in one of the great Pokémon battles ever. The filler went down a little for this season, which was very crucial to keep the audience in after the last 3 seasons' filler. And Phanpy is still the cutest Pokémon to this date(besides Bayleef). Overall, a great season and finale, though I do have some negative thoughts about the complete restart in the last few episodes.

There's a certain aura surrounding the Johto seasons that make them rewatchable. Johto Journeys was good, Johto League Champions was great, and Master Quest is just AWESOME. Even the filler episodes were good! The theme songs were also amazing as well. Johto Journeys: It's a whole new world we live in! Johto League Champions: Born to be a winner, born to be the very best! Master Quest: No time to question my moves, I stick to the path that I choose! All great theme songs!

5 Orange Islands (2)

They're not just putting the Indigo League due to nostalgia; the Indigo League builds the story, the characters, and Ash's team for the Orange Islands. The story of the Orange Islands builds on to the Johto region from season 3 to season 5. The Orange Islands have some good points, such as an interesting new setting compared to the inland areas of every other setting until Sun and Moon, which had a beach style similar to the Orange Islands setting. There were also trials that Ash had to complete in both. While bringing something to some professor's plot, the Orange Islands were a bit contrived with the G.S. Ball, which was meant to be Celebi. However, the Sun and Moon series actually had a Pokemon egg that hatched into a Vulpix.

The Orange Islands certainly have merit, but just not enough to beat the original series.

One of my favorite seasons overall. The Gyms where fun and interesting and I would ABSOLutely live on Sunburst Island. A shame Brock was written out, but Tracey is actually ok.

6 Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors (13)

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.

A banger of an opening, some great episodes and league was fire. Ash's Battle against Paul is my favorite in the whole franchise. Allthough Tobias was really stupid, it was awesome to see Ash take out two legendaries.

7 XY (17)

The Original Series was great and all but without nostalgia it doesn't have much going for it. Ash won half of his badges while the rest were either from pity or gratitude. It had a TON of pointless fillers (Especially in Johto), I can excuse Ash's incompetence since he was just starting in Kanto, he noticeably improved in Johto but was still an immature kid. On top of that Brock and Misty outlived their usefulness. In Kanto they were Ash's mentors/guides but come Johto where Ash doesn't need them holding his hand they're just there and don't do jack squat.

XY However has an interesting and well round group of characters, Ash is at the peak of his maturity/competence as a trainer. Serena in my opinion is the best Pokégirl and I actually like Clemont more than Brock who honestly got boring overtime. The XY Gang feel like a family, everyone has a purpose and fills it well, on top of that XY has the best writing we've seen so far.

8 Johto League Champions (4)

Alright, this had way too many filler episodes, but was Bayleef amazing. Turning Over a New Bayleef still remains my favorite episode. No other Pokémon's evolution got this much character development and exploration, besides Charizard's. Bayleef was so precious(and still is). Bayleef became my instant favorite in that episode, though Chikorita was pretty cute too.

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

Good like indigo

9 Advanced Challenge (7)

Well, the advanced challenge introduced many new things like the contests and ribbons and the grand festival so it wasn't just ash that they followed since they followed may too. They went to the contests and grand festival for May and that was pretty cool and I liked that a lot. I know they did that in Sinnoh too but they just copied may onto Dawn. They even added cool starter Pokémon with awesome evolutions which are soo hard to pick for the trainers cause it would have been for me. But I did make up my mind even though it was pretty hard. But that's what's good about that.

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.

10 Advanced Battle (8)

My favorite opening song. Both Grand Festival and Hoenn league was fun, the beginning of Battle Frontier was so good, but the Team Magma/Aqua finale was very disappointing and rushed.

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.

What is this? Number 18? How is black and white and adventures in unova and beyond better than this? This season is a classic!

The Contenders
11 Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles (12)

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.

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

This season introduced Arceus. Its opening is very good.

12 Diamond & Pearl Battle Dimension (11)

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

This one is cool because I was born when these were being made and I like Dawn

13 The Johto Journeys (3)

Alright, I am not a fan of the filler episodes, but I do really like the Pokémon we get here, like Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Heracross. Plus, the choice to keep the Kanto starters and original companions in this season was pretty smart and nice to keep the OG audience in.

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

14 Battle Frontier (9)

Very unique and fun season. Ash's battles against the Frontier Brains was entertaining, May's contests where awesome, her victory over her longtime rival Drew was a highlight, but her loss to Solidad took away a lot, she should have won the whole thing.

The new voices makes this season difficult to watch sometimes.

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

The story is ok, but that horrible new voice actor those...

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.

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, smart strategy. They almost controlled all of Unova. that's why I loved this series. Not so much the bias as I grew up with it on

(all the time), But the overall development of the series. The Pokemon were either OP or cute. So, I don't know why people hate it?

16 XY: Kalos Quest (18)

It is my favorite pokemon season after XYZ out of the whole pokemon anime. I love watching this series.I really miss Ash's look of this season in sun and moon I want more episodes of XY and want to see Ash with Serena and Clemont and Bonnie.

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

Majestic talents await! Ash in battles, Serena in performances XD

17 Advanced (6)

A great season to start anew.

I love this season

18 Sun & Moon (20)

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.

I think even though this season is very backlashed because of Ash's appearance the anime itself looks incredible and I think it's very underrated. Characters like Lillie and professor Kukui make you want to watch more and see what happens. I also really like the Z-Moves and all the side storylines that happen throughout the show. The pokemon as well are really cool and I love the alolan versions of the pokemon and how it's just an easter egg for evolution theory and the Galapagos island.

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 experiences in this colorful world.

If you believe the show would never be good again after whatever season your nostalgia goggles deemed best, you were sorely, sorely wrong.

20 Ultra Legends (22)

Same as my opinion with Sun and Moon and Sun And Moon Ultra Adventures! I love this so much, Why did these series have to end

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

Ash won the league at last!

21 Journeys (23)

This anime season is fantastic! It has great balance and I think that it can be one of the best yet. I love Goh and I love how this Ash feels like a sun and moon ash + the xy and z ash combined. The best parts. On top of that his team is already looking really good.

Very good season so far. The whole regions thing is so nice. Koharu and Goh are quite interesting characters. And Not to mention Ash got a freaking RIOLU which is going to evolve into Lucario!

Ash got lucario, the one pokemon the majority of the fanbase wanted ash to have and they have an aura connection with each other.

22 Black & White: Rival Destinies (15)

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

I like black and white. Especially Rival Destinies

23 Master Journeys (24)

Best series most character in old series in return this series and ash pokemon team is so best

Best Pokemon season in this mega location ash strongest Pokemon after greninja

24 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.

25 Ultimate Journeys (25)
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