Does Pokemon have a timeline

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This is a chronological list of significant events in the anime and the episodes which they occurred in, or, for events which happened outside the series, where they happened in relation to the episodes.



The order of many of these events is approximated and debatable.

Time Details
The beginning of time
  • Arceus appears in the darkness in the form of an Egg. After hatching, it creates the universe. (M12)
4,600,000,000 years prior
2,000,000 years prior
  • First Pokémon, as dated by archaeology. (EP163)
  • The Meteonite enters Earth's atmosphere and breaks up with the largest fragment impacting into the landmass that would become the Unova region. (BW009)
2,000 years prior
1,000 years prior
500 years prior
400 years prior
  • Azalea Town experiences a devastating drought that ends when a Slowpoke's yawn brings rain, prompting the town's people to begin a time-honored tradition of respect for all Slowpoke. (EP142)
300 years prior
  • The Orange League takes place for the first time. (EP095)
  • The captain wins the Orange League.
  • The captain's ship gets caught in a storm and sinks.
200 years prior
  • Early versions of Poké Balls are used. (EP232)
  • Lokoko's master, who looks identical to Brock, leaves his home in Johto to go on a journey. His Ninetales is left waiting for his return at his mansion. He never returns. (EP232)
100 years prior
  • Lokoko's master's Ninetales realizes that its master must be dead by now and tries to leave his mansion, but is unable to, as its Poké Ball remains there. (EP232)
100 years prior to XY
55 years prior to SM
50 years prior
  • Samuel Oak is born. (M04)
  • Lokoko's master's Ninetales discovers that it has developed mysterious powers. (EP232)
40 years prior
30 years prior
  • Kaiser reports the existence of a Dratini in the Safari Zone. Thousands of people come there to try catching the rare Pokémon, literally destroying the Safari Zone in the process. Since then, only Safari Balls are allowed to be used there. (EP035)
29 years prior
20 years prior to BW
20 years prior to SM
15 years prior
15 years prior to BW
11 years prior to DP
10 years prior
10 years prior to AG
10 years prior to DP
10 years prior to BW
10 years prior to XY
10 years prior to NS
7 years prior to AG
Less than 10 years prior to XY
5 years prior
4 years prior to SM
  • Lillie is nearly abducted by a Nihilego, but she is rescued by a Silvally. The traumatic experience makes her afraid of touching Pokémon. (SM049)
4 years prior to NS
  • Go and Koharu attend a Pokémon Summer Camp hosted by Professor Oak. Ash also signs up for the camp too, but he woke up late, missing his opportunity to go there. (SS001)
  • Go and Koharu encounter Mew, leading to Go's dream of catching Mew once he became a Trainer. (SS001)
  • Pikachu is born as a Pichu and raised by a Kangaskhan until its evolution and departure. (SS001)
  • Pikachu is caught and eventually transferred to Professor Oak's Laboratory. (SS001)
  • Meowth meets Meowzie. (EP070)
  • Meowth learns to talk and walk on two legs. (EP070)
  • Meowth is rejected by Meowzie and joins Team Rocket. (EP070)
  • Jessie and James join Team Rocket. (HS12)
  • Jessie receives an Ekans as a chūgen present (birthday present in the dub). (EP017)
  • James receives a Koffing as an oseibo present (Christmas present in the dub). (EP017)
  • Brock catches a Geodude.
  • Flint leaves Pewter City to train, leaving the Pewter Gym in the hands of his oldest son, Brock. (EP005)
  • Lola leaves Pewter City out of boredom, leaving her children in the hands of her oldest son, Brock. (EP005)
    • In the dub of EP005, Flint says Lola died at this point, rather than leaving. In subsequent episodes where Lola appears, the dub follows the original with Lola leaving home and leaving everything in Brock's care.
  • Misty catches Goldeen, Staryu, and Starmie.
  • Tracey catches Venonat and Marill.
  • Iris catches a Drilbur, which later evolves into Excadrill and starts disobeying her. (BW033)
  • Misty leaves Cerulean City to train, leaving the Cerulean Gym in the hands of Daisy, Lily, and Violet. (EP007)
  • Serena is sent to Pallet Town in Kanto against her will, to attend a summer camp hosted by Professor Oak. She gets lost in a nearby forest, and hurts her knee, where she meets Ash and is rescued and led back to the camp by him. (XY007)
  • Clemont befriends a Shinx when studying in an academy specializing in Electric-type Pokémon. It later evolves into a Luxio. (XY048)
  • Mallow's mother catches a Bounsweet and gives it to her daughter. (SM108)
  • Mallow's mother passes away due to an illness. (SM108)
  • Lana and Mallow meet each other for the first time. (SM059)
  • Zoey finds a Glameow in an alleyway of Snowpoint City and raises it with Candice. (DP126)
  • Cilan, Chili, and Cress become Gym Leaders of the Striaton Gym. They catch their Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour, respectively.
  • Cilan becomes a licensed A-Class Pokémon Connoisseur.
  • Clemont becomes Gym Leader of the Lumiose Gym. He catches his Magnemite, Magneton, and Helioptile, which he later evolves into a Heliolisk.
  • Iris receives a newly hatched Axew from the elder of the Village of Dragons. (BW009)
  • Alain leaves Sycamore Pokémon Lab, allies with Lysandre, and achieves Mega Evolution with his Charizard. (XYS01 & XYS02)
  • Mairin starts her Pokémon journey with Chespin, nicknamed Chespie. (XYS01)
  • Kiawe completes Olivia's grand trial, and receives a Z-Ring and Charizard from his grandfather. (SM002, SM011)
  • Ash wins a Pokémon League Expo hat. (EP025)
1 year prior to DP
Less than 1 year prior
  • Ash and Gary find an old Poké Ball while fishing, breaking it in half after arguing who will get it. Each of them keeps one of the pieces as a symbol of their rivalry. (EP269)
Less than 1 year prior to DP
Less than 1 year prior to XY
Less than 1 year prior to SM

Original series


Episode Details
Pokémon, I Choose You!
Pokémon Emergency!
Ash Catches a Pokémon!
Challenge of the Samurai
Showdown in Pewter City
  • Ash and Misty reach Pewter City
  • Ash learns about the Pokémon League, Gym Leaders, and Gym Badges.
  • Ash and Misty meet Brock, the Pewter Gym Leader, and his father, Flint.
  • Ash has his first Gymbattle at the Pewter Gym.
  • Ash forfeits his battle against Brock, suffering his first loss.
  • Ash's Pikachu learns Thunderbolt.
  • Ash has a rematch with Brock, but eventually forfeits again.
  • Brock follows Ash and gives him his first Badge, the Boulder Badge.
  • Brock joins Ash and Misty, leaving the Pewter Gym in his father's care.
Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Water Flowers of Cerulean City
The Path to the Pokémon League
The School of Hard Knocks
Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Charmander the Stray Pokémon
Here Comes the Squirtle Squad
Mystery at the Lighthouse
Electric Shock Showdown
Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Pokémon Shipwreck
Island of the Giant Pokémon
Beauty and the Beach
Tentacool and Tentacruel
The Ghost of Maiden's Peak
Bye-Bye Butterfree
Abra and the Psychic Pokémon
The Tower of Terror
Haunter Versus Kadabra
Primeape Goes Bananas
Pokémon Scent-sation
Hypno's Naptime
Pokémon Fashion Flash
The Punchy Pokémon
Sparks Fly for Magnemite
Dig Those Diglett
The Ninja Poké-Showdown
The Flame Pokémon-athon
The Kangaskhan Kid
The Bridge Bike Gang
Ditto's Mysterious Mansion
Pikachu's Good-Bye
Holiday Hi-Jynx
The Battling Eevee Brothers
Wake Up Snorlax!
The March of the Exeggutor Squad
The Problem with Paras
The Song of Jigglypuff
Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon
Holy Matrimony!
Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
Princess Versus Princess
The Purr-fect Hero
Pokémon Paparazzi
The Breeding Center Secret
Riddle Me This
Volcanic Panic
Beach Blank-Out Blastoise
The Misty Mermaid
Clefairy Tales
The Battle of the Badge
It's Mr. Mime Time
Showdown at the Po-ké Corral
Mewtwo Strikes Back
The Evolution Solution
Make Room for Gloom
Go West Young Meowth
To Master the Onixpected
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis
Bad to the Bone
All Fired Up
Round One - Begin!
Fire and Ice
The Fourth Round Rumble
  • Gary is revealed to have made it to the fourth round.
  • Gary loses his fourth round battle against Melissa, placing him in the Top 32.
  • Gary heads back to Pallet Town.
  • Ash uses his Muk in battle for the first time.
  • Ash's Muk is revealed to know Body Slam.
  • Ash wins his fourth and final preliminary round match against Jeanette Fisher and advances to the fifth round, securing him a place in the Indigo Stadium.
A Friend In Deed
Friend and Foe Alike