Best Pokemon Seasons

The Top Ten
1 XY&Z (19)

I literally loved it, amazing! This season had the best of all companions. Loved Serena, Bonnie and Clemont. Not only this series had Ash's league, it has the much more amazing contests. All the new pokemon introduced were brilliant, especially sylveon. And not to be missed the most important point, the romantic feeling between Serena and Ash. Serena was the only companion of Ash who was not travelling with him because of her goal. She started her journey because of her crush on Ash, and eventually got to know what she wanted. Bonnie was just adorable! I loved her scenes with squishy and when squishy left I was literally crying. Clemont was also good as Bonnie's big brother and Ash's friend. This season also introduced some amazing pokemons like sylveon and deddenne. In short, this is a must watch!

Its just an amazing series, Both XY and XYZ. XY was much more slow paced than XYZ but still every episode of both series was jam packed with a blast and something incredible. The team Ash was pared up with was amazing as well. The team Rocket being themselves yet amusing. Serena is by far the best companions of Ash and even the directors say it. Clemonts inventions always having the most obvious names and blowing up 90% of the time added a level of enjoyment as well. Bonnie being an amazing character whilst being small but smart in her own way.

XYZ had the best arc in the entire franchise for me, the Team Flare arc.
The Kalos League was amazing, but rushed and the battles where peak.

This is the best of the best pokemon season because of new friends, new rival, and new pokemon, professors and gym leader and because of Clemont who have a Luxray who is my favorite pokemon.

2 Indigo League (1)

The beginning of Pokemon. Pokemon designs, companions, and most importantly, the nostalgic feeling. Let's not forget the very frequent matches.

a lot of great stuff in the first season and some unique stuff that they should have continued with. The battles are pretty trash though, but the old animations gives me that classic, good old times feel

Everything (apart from the animaton) is at its best here. Ash is funny and stupid in an endearing way when he travels with Misty and Brock. The banter they all share is hilarious but after they left at the end of Johto, ash lost his spunk and he became this boring brave hero. The image I have of ash in my mind will always be of how he was in this season. It's like the writers dumbed him down in the later seasons
There's evidence that ash acknowledges he's changed when misty and brock come back in sun and moon. He says, starry eyes that "it's been so long since I felt like this" when he was in the cerulean gym
Even team rocket who are so lovable. In the later seasons they actually became good at their job, in XY they changed James' hair which is a disgusting blunder on the animators part and they were ruined. Their decline happened after ash's, in around Sinnoh
In this season everyone was funny, witty and they genuinely cared about each other. They were full of life and ...more

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, "Oh...you'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! )

3 Diamond & Pearl (10)

This season is best season. In this season we see best rivalry battles. Paul is the best rival of ash. every battle of Ash vs. Paul was great.

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.

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!

4 Master Quest (5)

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!

Had some really unique and enjoyable episodes. Ash turned into a Pikachu, the Larvitar stuff was sad, but a nice change of pace. And every episode in Blackthorn City was fire. The Johto league was well executed.

This is my favorite Pokemon season, period. Amazing episodes with heartfelt plots, incredible theme song, perfectly captures the essence of the Johto region, and the episode where Ash finally beats Gary is just pure spine-tingling. Well, he did lose the Silver Conference after that, but this season still holds up today.

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

5 Orange Islands (2)

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.

Their not just putting the Indigo League due to noglasica, the Indigo league build the story, the characters and Ash's team for the Orange Islands. The story of the orange islands build on to the Johto region season 3 - season 5. The orange islands have some good points such as interesting, new setting compared with the inland areas of every other setting until Sun and Moon which had a beach style simillar to the Orange Islands setting. They was also trials that Ash had to complete in both. As wella bring something to some profressor plot, the orange Islands were a bit comptrived with the G. S. Ball that was ament to be celibi but the sun and moon series actually had a pokemon egg which hatched into an vulpix. Orange island certainly has merit to it but just not enough to beat the orginal series.

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

Short but quality episodes like indigo.

6 Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors (13)

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.

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.

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 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.

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

After not watching pokemon after the unova crap, I was surprised to find how good XY is. I actually think it beats the original, and Ash's new gang actually isn't bad.

Ash's love for Pokemon is displayed more than anything in this after his love for Greninja unlocked an ability. The season was truly great

8 Johto League Champions (4)

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.

Advanced Cahllenge was like the brain of the pokemon series, t introduced so many pokemons and it is the BEST! for me.

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.

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

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)

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...

I like ash new voice

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, ...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.

After season 1, I think this one was the best. All Pokémon were new, Team Rocket seem more menacing, the animation was excellent, and there was great character development. I also loved the three starter Pokémon. This season kept me on my seat until it finished, not like other seasons that made me stop and continue later.

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.

The Intro is very nice.

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.

I just love this series so much, the Sun And Moon series, along with the Ultra Adventures, are my favorite series, I don't have a reason why this series had to end. I miss this series so much

Probably for the best though I liked the XY style but this one makes up for it with the jokes and amazing characters so sub and moon 4 the win!

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

Wow..This gets a lot of hate. Yeah It's animation is not good. But Besides Animation every things are amazing!
His friends feels like a family. Gladion was one of the best rivals so far.. And I love it's opening, Both English and Japanese.

Honestly, this series was the best, because Ash finally won a championship league.

It's improved over season 20 drastically.

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)

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

It's the firazt time I'm watching pokemon since Xyz ended as I couldn't stand the goofy and comdey plot and art style of sun and moon. In this series I see Gou as one of the best companions Ash ever had since Serena (not surpassing her of course) and it seems Ash is now getting the pokemon which everyone wanted him to catch. Plus he looks a lot like he did in Xy but is kinda younger. One thing which I noticed in Ashs cothes is that he is wearing the same shirt he wore when he slept in kalos. Plus I heard Korrina alos returns and might reappear later on as she also is taking part in the world coronation. For me Xy/Xyz will always be the best but journeys doing pretty well in terms of the hype in plot and character design. definitely 2nd best series after Xy/Xyz. Sorry for soo many Xy references; its just the best series for me but I also like journeys XD

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!

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.

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 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.

24 Pokemon Master Journeys (24)

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

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