Pokémon Movies in Order: How to Watch Them

Pokémon is by far the highest-grossing anime franchise in the world, racking in a total revenue close to a hundred billion dollars. Did you know the main protagonist, Ash Ketchum in the English version, is actually named Satoshi in the Japanese original? If you’re a true Pokémon fan and want to watch the Pokémon movies in order, this list is for you.

In Chronological Order

As of 2020, there have been a total of 23 Pokémon movies that are part of the anime storyline following Ash Ketchum, or Satoshi, as he tries to become the strongest Pokémon trainer in the world.

The chronological order is the same as the release order because Pokémon movies are generally made to introduce the legendary Pokémon of that season or generation. And there are a total of 8 generations of Pokémon now. The only exception is the 2017 movie that is a prequel to the first generation of Pokémon.

#1. Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!

I Choose You

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Year Released: 2017

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: none

Generation: 1

#2. Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewto Strikes Back

Mewto Strikes Back

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Year Released: 1998

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Mewto Mew

Generation: 1

#3. Pokémon: The Movie – The Power Of One

The Power Of One

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Year Released: 1999

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia

Generation: 2

#4. Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell Of The Unknown

Spell Of The Unknown

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Year Released: 2000

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Unknown, Entei

Generation: 2

#5. Pokémon 4ever: Celebi – Voice Of The Forest

Voice Of The Forest

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Year Released: 2001

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Suicune and Celebi

Generation: 2

#6. Pokémon Heroes: Latios And Latias

Latios And Latias

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Year Released: 2002

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Latios and Latias

Generation: 3

#7. Pokémon: Jirachi – Wishmaker

Wishmaker

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Year Released: 2003

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Groudon and Jirachi

Generation: 3

#8. Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys

Destiny Deoxys

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Year Released: 2004

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Rayquaza and Deoxys

Generation: 3

#9. Pokémon: Lucario And The Mystery Of Mew

Lucario And The Mystery Of Mew

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Year Released: 2005

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Mew, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, and Lucario

Generation: 4

#10. Pokémon Ranger And The Temple Of The Sea

Ranger And The Temple Of The Sea

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Year Released: 2006

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Kyogre and Manaphy

Generation: 4

#11. Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai

The Rise of Darkrai

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Year Released: 2007

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Dialga, Palkia, and Darkrai

Generation: 4

#12. Pokémon: Giratina and The Sky Warrior

Giratina and The Sky Warrior

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Year Released: 2008

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Regigigas, Giratina, Shaymin, and Dialga

Generation: 4

#13. Pokémon: Arceus and The Jewel Of Life

Arceus and The Jewel Of Life

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Year Released: 2009

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Heatran, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and Arceus

Generation: 4

#14. Pokémon: Zoroark – Master of Illusions

Master of Illusions

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Year Released: 2010

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Zorua and Zoroark

Generation: 5

#15. Pokémon The Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom

 Victini and Zekrom

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Year Released: 2011

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Victini, Reshiram, and Zekrom

Generation: 5

#16. Pokémon The Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram

Victini and Reshiram

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Year Released: 2011

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Victini, Reshiram, and Zekrom

Generation: 5

#17. Pokémon The Movie: Kyurem Vs. The Sword of Justice

The Sword of Justice

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Year Released: 2012

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Kyurem, Keldeo, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizon

Generation: 5

#18. Pokémon The Movie: Genesect and The Legend Awakened

Genesect and The Legend Awakened

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Year Released: 2013

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Genesect

Generation: 5

#19. Pokémon XY The Movie: The Cocoon of Destruction And Diancie

The Cocoon of Destruction And Diancie

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Year Released: 2014

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Diancie, Xerneas, and Yveltal

Generation: 6

#20. Pokémon The Movie: Hoopa and The Clash of The Ages

Hoopa and The Clash of The Ages

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Year Released: 2015

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Hoopa

Generation: 6

#21. Pokémon The Movie: Volcanion and The Mechanical Marvel

Volcanion and The Mechanical Marvel

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Year Released: 2016

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Volcanion

Generation: 6

#22. Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us

The Power of Us

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Year Released: 2018

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Zeraora

Generation: 7

#23. Pokémon The Movie: Secrets of The Jungle

Secrets of The Jungle

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Year Released: 2021

Legendary Pokémons Introduced: Zarude

Generation: 8

In Release Order

#1. Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

#2. Pokémon: The Movie 2000 – The Power Of One (1999)

#3. Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell Of The Unknown (2000)

#4. Pokémon 4ever: Celebi – Voice Of The Forest (2001)

#5. Pokémon Heroes: Latios And Latias (2002)

#6. Pokémon: Jirachi – Wishmaker (2003)

#7. Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (2004)

#8. Pokémon: Lucario And The Mystery Of Mew (2005)

#9. Pokémon Ranger And The Temple Of The Sea (2006)

#10. Pokémon: The Rise Of Darkrai (2007)

#11. Pokémon: Giratina And The Sky Warrior (2008)

#12. Pokémon: Arceus And The Jewel Of Life (2009)

#13. Pokémon: Zoroark – Master Of Illusions (2010)

#14. Pokémon The Movie: White – Victini And Zekrom (2011)

#15. Pokémon The Movie: Black – Victini And Reshiram (2011)

#16. Pokémon The Movie: Kyurem Vs. The Sword Of Justice (2012)

#17. Pokémon The Movie: Genesect And The Legend Awakened (2013)

#18. Pokémon XY The Movie: The Cocoon Of Destruction And Diancie (2014)

#19. Pokémon The Movie: Hoopa And The Clash Of The Ages (2015)

#20. Pokémon The Movie: Volcanion And The Mechanical Marvel (2016)

#21. Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You (2017)

#22. Pokémon The Movie: The Power Of Us (2018)

#23. Pokémon The Movie: Secrets Of The Jungle (2021)

Best Order to Watch Pokémon Movies

Given that the airing date and chronology are the same, there’s really only one order. You can watch Pokémon movies in order of the airing date to follow it chronologically.

The only exception is the 2017 Pokémon film, “I choose you,” which is a remastered prequel of the moment Ash received his first Pokémon from Professor Oak. He then set out from Pallet town on a journey to collect gym badges and participate in the Pokémon League. This movie covers episodes 1-5 of the very first season of Pokémon in 1998.

A Few Parting Words

The entire Pokémon franchise, including the games, the movies, and the anime, has been a major part of many people’s childhood, especially if you grew up around the 2000s. It tells the story of Ash’s never-ending journey of collecting Pokémons, training them, and challenging the best trainers of every region to grow stronger. It’s best to watch the Pokémon movies in order of the airing date, alongside the anime for context.

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