How to watch all ‘Pokémon’ movies in order

Ash and Pikachu
Image via Netflix

One of the biggest franchises on the planet is Pokémon. From the video games to the series and classic trading card game that inspired both, fans have grown up with Pokémon in so many different genres that it’s become an iconic staple in many people’s lives. Along with the animated series that airs in nearly 170 countries worldwide, there are also Pokémon films. For many of us, Pokémon encompassed our entire childhood, inviting us to experience a world where everyday people unite with mysterious creatures capable of unleashing unique powers. We can all admit that — at least once in our lives — we’ve wished Pokémon were real.

With over 1,000 episodes in the animated series, it can be confusing to figure out where you’re supposed to start the movies, so here’s a comprehensive guide on when to watch each of the 23 movies in order.

Ash standing with different Pokémon
Image via Warner Bros.

Who would have thought that Pokémon: The First Movie spawned the franchise’s very own version of the MCU, creating a legacy of films that span 20 years? The latest Pokémon movie released in 2020 in Japan and 2021 in North America and other continents. We haven’t forgotten about 2019’s live-action Detective Pikachu, but since it doesn’t share continuity with the rest of the Pokémon universe and acts as a standalone/spin-off movie, we decided to leave it out.

  • Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back; Watch after Ep. 67, ‘The Pi-Kahuna’ (Indigo League)
  • Pokémon: The Movie 2000; Watch after Ep. 105, ‘Charizard Chills’ (Orange Islands)
  • Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell of the Unknown; Watch after Ep. 155, ‘The Forest Grumps’ (Johto Journeys)
  • Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest; Watch after Ep. 205, ‘The Kecleon Kaper’ (Johto League Champions)
  • Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias; Watch after Ep. 255, ‘Just Add Water’ (Master Quest)
  • Jirachi – Wish Maker; Watch after Ep. 308, ‘Win, Lose, or Draw’ (Advanced)
  • Destiny Deoxys; Watch after Ep. 358, ‘Sky High Gym Battle’ (Advanced Challenge)
  • Lucario and the Mystery of Mew; Watch after Ep. 406, ‘A Real Cleffa Hanger’ (Advanced Battle)
  • Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea; Watch after Ep. 455, ‘Aipom and Circumstance’ (Battle Frontier)
  • The Rise of Darkrai; Watch after Ep. 503, ‘Steamboat Willies’ (Diamond and Pearl)
  • Giratina & the Sky Warrior; Watch after Ep. 549, ‘Arriving in Style’ (Battle Dimension)
  • Arceus and the Jewel of Life; Watch after Ep. 597, ‘Beating the Bustle and Hustle’ (Galactic Battles)
  • Zoroark – Master of Illusions; Watch after Ep. 640, ‘For the Love of Meowth’ (Sinnoh League Victors)
  • Black – Victini and Reshiram / White – Victini and Zekrom; Watch after Ep. 690, ‘A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition’ (Black & White)
  • Kyurem Vs. the Sword of Justice; Watch after Ep. 750, ‘Unova’s Survival Crisis’ (Rival Destinies)
  • Genesect and the Legend Awakened; Watch after Ep. 786, ‘Capacia Island UFO’ (Adventures in Unova and Beyond)
  • Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction; Watch after Ep. 832, ‘Forging Forest Friendships!’ (XY)
  • Hoopa and the Clash of Ages; Watch after Ep. 875, ‘Rotom’s Wish!’ (Kalos Quest)
  • Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel; Watch after Ep. 917, ‘A Real Icebreaker!’ (XYZ)
  • Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution; Can be watched as a stand-in for the original or a standalone remake
  • I Choose You!, The Power of Us, and Secrets of the Jungle; These movies take place in an alternate continuum, so you may watch them at any time.

Concerning the future of the PCU (Pokémon Cinematic Universe), there have been talks of Detective Pikachu 2 tossed around, as well as the confirmation that Pokémon: Concierge, a stop-motion animated series, will be premiering sometime in 2023. If you’re interested, Netflix will be distributing it, and here’s the trailer. That’s the latest gossip on the grapevine in the Pokémon world, but rest assured, the franchise won’t go too long without another feature.

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Ashlie Coon

A Maryland native with a BA in Theatre Performance as well as an AA in Communications. She spent three years in high school yearbook and participated in extracurriculars such as newspaper, creative writing and theatre. She is an avid Marvel, anime and Teen tv fan as shown in her work.