List of Pokémon: Master Quest episodes

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Pokémon: Master Quest
The front cover of the DVD collection box of English Pokémon: Master Quest season
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 65 (Japan)
64 (USA)
Original network TV Tokyo
Original release August 9, 2001 (2001-08-09) – November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)
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This is a list of episodes in Pokémon: Master Quest, the fifth season of the Pokémon animated series (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā, Pocket Monsters), and the final season of the original series international dub; which covering the final adventures of the series protagonist Ash Ketchum and his friends in Johto. It was the first season of Pokémon where the episodes were digitally animated as opposed to cel animation, starting with the episode "Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid".

The fifth season of Pokémon overall aired originally in Japan from August 2001 to November 2002 on TV Tokyo and originally in the United States from September 2002 to October 2003 on the WB Television Network, however in March 2003 the season run on U.S. television was disrupted by a sneak peek preview of the following Advanced season featuring two episodes.

The Japanese opening songs are "Aim to be a Pokemon Master" by Whiteberry, and "Ready Go!" by Naomi Tamura. The ending songs are "Face Forward Team Rocket" by Team Rocket trio, and "Pocket-ering Monster-ing" by Kana. The English opening song is "Believe in Me" by David Rolfe.


The division between seasons of Pokémon is based on the English version openings of each episode, and may not reflect the actual production season. The English episode numbers are based on their first airing in the United States either in syndication, on The WB Television Network or on Cartoon Network. (Other English-speaking nations largely followed either this order or the Japanese order). Subsequent airings of the English version follow the original Japanese order, except in the case of episodes which are no longer shown in English.

This season aired first-run episodes in Japan from August 9, 2001, to November 14, 2002. In the United States, it aired from September 14, 2002, to October 25, 2003. It originally aired as part of the 2002-2003 Kids' WB! weekday afternoon line-up and Saturday morning line-up.

Two three-disc DVD sets were released by Viz Video and Pioneer.[1][2] Pioneer no longer holds distribution rights to the series, leaving the DVDs out of print. Viz Media released Pokémon: Master Quest – The Complete Collection on DVD on October 11, 2016.

Season 5 – Pokémon: Master Quest (2001–2002)[edit]

EP# English title
Japanese title
Air date
J# E# Japan United States
212 210 "Around the Whirlpool" (The Whirlpool Islands! A New Challenge!!)
"Uzumaki Rettō! Aratanaru Chōsen!!" (うずまきれっとう! あらたなるちょうせん!!) 
August 9, 2001 September 14, 2002
In a scuffle with Team Rocket, Ash and friends are thrown from the ship taking them to the Whirl Islands. They crash into a nearby island, where they meet up with Professor Elm. Professor Elm explains about the upcoming Whirlpool Cup that takes place in the center of the Whirl Islands. 
213 211 "Fly Me to the Moon" (Poppo and the Enormous Poppo! Towards the As Yet Unseen Sky!!)
"Poppo to Deka Poppo! Mada Minu Sora e!!" (ポッポとデカポッポ! まだみぬそらへ!!) 
August 16, 2001 September 21, 2002
On an island where all Pidgeys have grown large and lazy, our heroes discover one Pidgey who dreams of flying higher than any Pokémon in history. 
214 212 "Takin' It on the Chinchou" (Set Out to the Sea! Line of Chonchie!!)
"Tabidate Umi e! Chonchī Gyōretsu!!" (たびだてうみへ! チョンチーぎょうれつ!!) 
August 23, 2001 September 28, 2002
On their way to the Whirlpool Cup competition, Ash and friends are fortunate enough to pass a small mountain village just as an annual Chinchou migration is about to occur. 
215 213 "A Corsola Caper!" (Sunnygo the Amigo! Showdown on Yellow Rock Isle!!)
"Sanīgo de Amīgo! Ō Gantō no Taiketsu!!" (サニーゴでアミーゴ! おうがんとうのたいけつ!!) 
August 30, 2001 October 5, 2002
Just as Ash and friends arrive at a new island, they find themselves in the middle of the Corsola frenzy and Misty hopes to catch one of her own. 
216 214 "Mantine Overboard!" (Mantain and the Sunken Ship!! The Secret of the Mysterious Pokémon!)
"Mantain to Chinbotsusen!! Nazo no Pokemon no Himitsu!" (マンタインとちんぼつせん!! なぞのポケモンのひみつ!) 
September 6, 2001 October 12, 2002
Ash and friends meet a Pokémon researcher named Luka who is desperate to explore a sunken ship, a ship that's fiercely protected by an aggressive Mantine and a number of Remoraid. 
217 215 "Octillery the Outcast" (Okutank and Teppouo! Whirlpool Cup Preliminaries!!)
"Okutan to Teppouo! Uzumaki Kappu Yosen!!" (オクタンとテッポウオ! うずまきカップよせん!!) 
September 13, 2001 October 19, 2002
After reaching the town where the preliminary round of the Whirlpool Cup is held, Ash and Misty must help cheer up a young trainer's Octillery after its evolution has left it feeling lonely and isolated from its Remoraid companions. 
218 216 "Dueling Heroes" (Whirlpool Cup! A Big Battle in the Water Colosseum!!)
"Uzumaki Kappu! Mizu no Koroshiamu de Daibatoru!!" (うずまきカップ! みずのコロシアムでだいバトル!!) 
September 20, 2001 October 26, 2002
Ash and Misty make their way to the semi-finals and Ash gets Kingler back for the Whirlpool Cup. 
219 217 "The Perfect Match!" (Satoshi vs. Kasumi! The Final Battle in the Whirlpool Cup!!)
"Satoshi Tai Kasumi! Uzumaki Kappu Saigo no Tatakai!!" (サトシVSカスミ! うずまきカップさいごのたたかい!!) 
September 27, 2001 November 2, 2002
Ash faces off against Misty in the Whirlpool Cup. Who will win? 
220 218 "Plant It Now... Diglett Later" (Protect the Digda Village! The Big Pitfall Strategy!?)
"Diguda no Mura o Mamore! Otoshiana Daisakusen!?" (ディグダのむらをまもれ! おとしあなだいさくせん!?) 
October 4, 2001 November 9, 2002
A village of kind, elderly people requests that Ash and friends help them defend against a gang of marauders that invades every year, attempting to rustle their sizable herd of Diglett. 
221 219 "Hi Ho Silver... Away!" (The Legend of Silver Wings! Battle at Silver Rock Island!!)
"Gin'iro no Hane no Densetsu! Gin Gantō no Tatakai!!" (ぎんいろのはねのでんせつ! ぎんがんとうのたたかい!!) 
October 11, 2001 November 16, 2002
Ash, Misty and Brock run into a local shopkeeper who introduces them to one of their friends, a jewelry maker who tells them the legend of the fourth Whirl Island. 
222 220 "The Mystery Is History" (Mysterious Pokémon X!!)
"Nazono Pokemon X!!" (なぞのポケモンX!!) 
October 18, 2001 November 23, 2002
Ash, Misty, and Brock run into their old friend Richie and his Pikachu, Sparky. They also meet a young boy whose Lanturn has made friends with a baby Lugia. 
223 221 "A Parent Trapped!" (The Captive Lugia)
"Torawareno Rugia" (とらわれのルギア) 
October 25, 2001 November 30, 2002
Ash, Misty, Brock, Richie, and the boy name Oliver rescue Silver from Team Rocket. The episode ends with Ash waking up and discovering that he, Brock, Misty, Pikachu and Richie have all been captured. 
224 222 "A Promise is a Promise" (The Promise with Lugia!)
"Rugia to no Yakusoku!" (ルギアとのやくそく!) 
November 1, 2001 December 7, 2002
Ash and his friends try to fight their way out of the underwater Team Rocket base as they attempt to free both the baby Lugia and its mother. Team Rocket is working on a device that makes Pokémon angry and brings out power through rage which may prove to be dangerous for Ash and his friends. 
225 223 "Throwing in the Noctowl" (Fly Flight Hoho! Head for Asagi!!)
"Tobe Hōhō-gō! Asagi o Mezashi!!" (とべホーホーごう! アサギをめざし!!) 
November 8, 2001 December 14, 2002
After missing the ferry, Ash and his friends meet an elderly man and his Noctowl who pilots a plane that will bring Ash back to Olivine City but the plane's current state of disrepair along with dangerous storms and even Team Rocket may stop Ash from fulfilling his promise of getting to Olivine City in time for his gym battle. 
226 224 "Nerves of Steelix!" (Asagi Gym! Vs. Haganeil!!)
"Asagi Jimu! Tai Haganēru!!" (アサギジム! VSハガネール!!) 
November 15, 2001 December 21, 2002
Ash's long-waited battle against Jasmine, the Olivine City's Gym Leader, Jasmine finally begins as he and his party find themselves facing Jasmine's most powerful Pokémon: Steelix, the Iron Pokémon and who is also the evolved form of Onix. 
227 225 "Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!" (Farewell, Fushigidane! Adventure at Dr. Okido's)
"Sayonara Fushigidane! Ōkido-tei no Bōken" (さよならフシギダネ! オーキドていのぼうけん) 
November 22, 2001 September 23, 2002
Bulbasaur is left behind to solve a conflict between all kinds of Pokémon back at Professor Oak's lab. Will Ash be forced to leave his Bulbasaur at Professor Oak's lab forever? 
228 226 "Espeon, Not Included" (Eifie and Sakura! Enju City Once Again!!)
"Ēfi to Sakura! Enju Shitei Futatabi!!" (エーフィとサクラ! エンジュシティふたたび!!) 
November 29, 2001 September 24, 2002
Ash, Misty and Brock encounter Sakura and her Kimono Girl sisters again, and learned that her Eevee became an Espeon. 
229 227 "For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!" (Suikun and Minaki! The Legend of Houou!!)
"Suikun to Minaki! Hōō no Densetsu!!" (スイクンとミナキ! ホウオウのでんせつ!!) 
December 6, 2001 September 25, 2002
When Ash tells Eusine, a specialist in legendary Pokémon, that he saw a Suicune, a Pokémon Eusine is trying to catch, Eusine demands a battle. Meanwhile, Team Rocket steals and then breaks a sacred bell, causing all the Pokémon in the area to attack the forest, the city and all the people in it. 
230 228 "Extreme Pokémon!" (Run Quickly Along the Pokémon Ride!!)
"Pokemon Raido de Tsuppashire!!" (ポケモンライドでつっぱしれ!!) 
December 13, 2001 January 4, 2003
Ash and his Bayleef compete in a Pokémon racing competition against Gary and his Arcanine. 
231 229 "An EGG-sighting Adventure!" (Famous Detective Junsar! The Mystery of the Disappeared Egg!!)
"Meitantei Junsā! Kieta Tamago no Nazo!!" (めいたんていジュンサー! きえたタマゴのなぞ!!) 
December 20, 2001 January 11, 2003
Ash wins an egg as a prize for the race, and wonders what it will hatch into. Using a Pokémon Center as a motel, Ash leaves the egg on a desk. Team Rocket attempts to steal the egg, but Togepi wakes up, and it teleports the egg away. The next morning, Ash has to find out who stole his egg. 
232 230 "Hatching a Plan" (Egg, Hatch)
"Tamago, Kaeru" (タマゴ、かえる) 
December 27, 2001 January 18, 2003
Ash's egg hatches into a Phanpy and almost instantly, Phanpy begins causing trouble for Ash and the group but things take a turn when Team Rocket's efforts to steal Phanpy cause the young baby elephant Pokémon to flee and side up with Team Rocket instead. 
233 231 "Dues and Don'ts" (Rocket-dan and Delibird!)
"Roketto-dan to Deribādo!" (ロケットだんとデリバード!) 
January 10, 2002 January 25, 2003
Jessie, James and Meowth find out that their contracts have expired, so they are no longer part of Team Rocket. An old woman who's recruiting for Team Rocket lends them her Delibird to pass the re-recruitment test...attacking Ash and his friends! They lose the battle, but are reinstated into Team Rocket, and the Delibird is assigned to follow the three so they can pay off their bills little by little. Meanwhile a Team Rocket member craves revenge on Jessie. 
234 232 "Just Waiting On a Friend" (The Kyukon in the Fog!)
"Kiri no Naka no Kyūkon!" (きりのなかのキュウコン!) 
January 17, 2002 September 26, 2002
Ash, Brock and Misty rest in a girl's house. As usual, Brock falls for the owner, but Ash and Misty discover she has no reflection in the mirror! The two soon discover that the girl is really an illusion created by a Ninetales, parodying the legend of the Kitsune
235 233 "A Tyrogue Full of Trouble" (Balkie and the Karate King Nobuhiko!)
"Barukī to Karateō Nobuhiko!" (バルキーとからておうノブヒコ!) 
January 24, 2002 February 1, 2003
The three friends discover a Tyrogue who is cold to humans, but on the inside, is sensitive and cares for weak Pokémon. 
236 234 "Xatu the Future" (Natio's Big Prediction!)
"Neitio no Daiyogen!" (ネイティオのだいよげん!) 
January 31, 2002 February 8, 2003
A girl uses her Xatu's ability to see the future as an advantage and uses this to predict the weather. The Xatu are not always correct, and convince her into thinking there is going to be a flood. 
237 235 "Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution" (Wataru and the Red Gyarados!)
"Wataru to Akai Gyaradosu!" (ワタルとあかいギャラドス!) 
February 7, 2002 February 15, 2003
Ash, Misty and Brock are walking along, when suddenly, they spot a mysterious Pokémon, a red Gyarados. They discover it is one of many Magikarp that has been forced to evolve by Team Rocket. With the help of Lance of the Elite Four, Ash and friends attempt to rescue Gyarados. 
238 236 "Rage of Innocence" (Red Gyarados's Anger!)
"Akai Gyaradosu no Ikari!" (あかいギャラドスのいかり!) 
February 14, 2002 February 22, 2003
Continuing the previous episode, Lance attempts to rescue the red Gyarados by catching it. Can Lance catch it before it destroys the town? 
239 237 "As Cold as Pryce" (Inomoo and Yanagi of the Winter!)
"Inomū to Fuyu no Yanagi!" (イノムーとふゆのヤナギ!) 
February 21, 2002 March 1, 2003
Pryce, with Ash's help, attempts to locate his lost Piloswine. 
240 238 "Nice Pryce, Baby!" (Chouji Gym! Ice Battle!)
"Chōji Jimu! Kōri no Tatakai!" (チョウジジム! こおりのたたかい!) 
February 28, 2002 March 8, 2003
Ash challenges Pryce of Mahogany Town to a battle. 
241 239 "Whichever Way the Wind Blows" (Kireihana and Ruffresia! Peace in Meadow!)
"Kireihana to Rafureshia! Sōgen no Heiwa!" (キレイハナとラフレシア! そうげんのへいわ!) 
March 7, 2002 March 22, 2003
Ash and the gang get involved upon discovering that a group of Bellossom are feuding with a group of Vileplume. 
242 240 "Some Like It Hot!" (Magcargot! Getting the Hot Heart!!)
"Magukarugo! Atsui Kokoro de Getto da ze!!" (マグカルゴ! あついこころでゲットだぜ!!) 
March 14, 2002 March 29, 2003
Ash and friends encounter a Magcargo that refuses to let them pass. A boy named Egan attempts to capture a Magcargo for himself. 
243 241 "Hocus Pokémon" (A Huge Transformation with Pokémon Magic!?)
"Pokemon Mahō de Daihenshin!?" (ポケモンまほうでだいへんしん!?) 
March 21, 2002 April 5, 2003
A Pokémon magician named Lily attempts to create a magic spell, but as well as needing Pikachu, is missing one ingredient; a tear from an Aipom. Team Rocket steals Lily's spell book and try to get Aipom to shed a tear without force. After beating Team Rocket, however, the spell fails and Ash is turned into a Pikachu. 
244 242 "As Clear as Crystal" (Thunder and the Crystal! Secret of the Lake!)
"Sandā to Kurisutaru! Mizūmi no Himitsu!" (サンダーとクリスタル! みずうみのひみつ!) 
March 28, 2002 April 12, 2003
Ash is restored to his human form, but Pikachu doesn't look so hot. They discover he is ill, and so a passing trainer takes them to a lake to heal electric Pokémon. They find out that a crystal is healing them, and so when Team Rocket snags it, it summons an enraged Zapdos! 
245 243 "Same Old Song and Dance" (Pupurin Twins vs. Purin! Singing Pokémon Concert!)
"Futago no Pupurin Tai Purin! Utau Pokemon Konsāto!" (ふたごのププリンVSプリン! うたうポケモンコンサート!) 
April 11, 2002 April 19, 2003
A trainer and her twin Igglybuff perform at a concert causing Jigglypuff to become jealous. 
246 244 "Enlighten Up!" (Yadon's Comprehension! Satoshi's Comprehension!)
"Yadon no Satori! Satoshi no Satori!" (ヤドンのさとり! サトシのさとり!) 
April 18, 2002 April 26, 2003
Ash, Misty, Brock and Team Rocket train in a Slowpoke Temple. 
247 245 "Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?" (Fake Okido!? Pokémon Senryu Confrontation!!)
"Nise Ōkido!? Pokemon Senryū Taiketsu!!" (にせオーキド!? ポケモンせんりゅうたいけつ!!) 
April 25, 2002 September 27, 2002
James disguises himself as Professor Oak to receive fame. 
248 246 "Wish Upon a Star Shape" (Py, Pippy and the Shooting Star!)
"Pī to Pippi to Nagareboshi!" (ピィとピッピとながれぼし!) 
May 2, 2002 May 3, 2003
Phanpy attempts to reunite Cleffa with its family. However, a pair of paranormal investigators want to claim the Cleffa as proof of Pokémon's alien origins. 
249 247 "Outrageous Fortunes" (Nyorozo's Evolution!)
"Nyorozo no Shinka!" (ニョロゾのしんか!) 
May 9, 2002 May 10, 2003
Ash wins a King's Rock in a battle, which Misty's Poliwhirl notices. Before being recalled, Poliwhirl puts the King's Rock on its head. The next time Misty uses Poliwhirl in battle, the power of the King's Rock causes it to evolve into Politoed! 
250 248 "One Trick Phony!" (Battle Park! Vs. Kamex, Lizardon, Fushigibana!)
"Batoru Pāku! Tai Kamekkusu, Rizādon, Fushigibana!" (バトルパーク! VSカメックス・リザードン・フシギバナ!) 
May 16, 2002 May 17, 2003
Ash trains at a Battle Park against Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur, not knowing the trainers he's facing are Team Rocket in disguise. 
251 249 "I Politoed Ya So!" (Nyorotono's Cheerleading!)
"Nyorotono no Chiarīdeingu!" (ニョロトノのチアリーディング!) 
May 23, 2002 May 24, 2003
A cheerleader with winning ambitions on her mind gets her Politoed companion mixed up with Misty's clapping, cheerful Politoed. 
252 [a] "The Ice Cave!"
"Kōri no Dōkutsu!" (こおりのどうくつ!) 
May 30, 2002 N/A
On their way through Ice Path, Takeshi gets a cold and cannot proceed. 
253 250 "Beauty Is Skin Deep" (Ibuki and Miniryu!)
"Ibuki to Miniryū!" (イブキとミニリュウ!) 
June 6, 2002 May 31, 2003
Clair, the Blackthorn City Gym Leader, is forced to go to a ritual involving the Dragon Fang, but also has to protect a Dratini. 
254 251 "Fangs for Nothin'" (Fusube Gym's Dragon Fang!)
"Fusube Jimu no Ryū no Kiba!" (フスベジムのりゅうのきば!) 
June 13, 2002 June 7, 2003
Ash and Clair begin their gym battle, while Team Rocket makes off with the Dragon Fang, tricking a Dragonite into believing they are protecting it. As such, Ash's fight with Clair is cancelled as they temporarily join forces and then set off to stop Team Rocket. 
255 252 "Great Bowls of Fire!" (Kairyu! Use Imperial Rage!)
"Kairyū! Gekirin Hatsudō!" (カイリュー! げきりんはつどう!) 
June 20, 2002 June 14, 2003
When James accidentally lights a forest on fire using the Dragon Holy Lands Prayer Flame, his actions cause Dragonite, the Holy Land's Guardian to snap and go mad with rage. As a result, it becomes so consumed with rage that it begins to attack everything that gets in its way while also endangering the Pokémon that live in the Holy Land as well. With help from Liza and her Charizard, Charla as well as Ash's own Charizard, Ash, Brock, Misty and Clair must find a way to stop Dragonite's rampage once and for all or risk having the Holy Lands being completely destroyed for good. 
256 253 "Better Eight Than Never" (Fusube Gym! The Final Badge!!)
"Fusube Jimu! Saigo no Bajji!!" (フスベジム! さいごのバッジ!!) 
June 27, 2002 June 21, 2003
In his second rematch, Ash pits Snorlax, Pikachu and Charizard against Clair's Dragon-type Pokémon. Will Ash be victorious and finally get the right to qualify for the Johto League? 
257 254 "Why? Wynaut!" (Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!)
"Sōnano!? Jimu Bajji to Sōnansu!!" (ソーナノ!? ジムバッジとソーナンス!!) 
July 4, 2002 June 28, 2003
Ash's badges are stolen by Team Rocket, which are then stolen by a wild Wynaut. 
258 255 "Just Add Water" (Ryugu Gym! Battle in the Water!)
"Ryūgū Jimu! Mizu no Nakade Batoru da ze!" (リュウグウジム! みずのなかでバトルだぜ!) 
July 11, 2002 July 12, 2003
Ash, Misty, and Brock visit an unregistered Pokémon gym on the coastline. The gym specializes in water Pokémon, and both Ash and Misty want a battle with the leader. 
259 256 "Lapras of Luxury" (Laplace's Song!)
"Rapurasu no Uta!" (ラプラスのうた!) 
July 18, 2002 July 26, 2003
When Professor Elm asks Ash and his friends to pick up a Pokémon egg from a marine research center and deliver it to him, Ash runs into a Lapras herd, with one of the family members being the same Lapras he caught in the Orange Islands. When Team Rocket try to capture the whole herd, it's up to the reunited duo to stop them. 
260 257 "Hatch Me If You Can" (Protecting the Egg! The Life Born in a Storm!)
"Tamago o Mamore! Arashi no Naka de Umareta Inochi!" (タマゴをまもれ! あらしのなかでうまれたいのち!) 
July 25, 2002 August 9, 2003
The egg Professor Elm gave Ash hatches into a Pokémon named Larvitar. 
261 258 "Entei at Your Own Risk" (Entei and Friends of the Hot Spring!)
"Entei to Onsen no Nakama-tachi!" (エンテイとおんせんのなかまたち!) 
August 1, 2002 August 16, 2003
A trainer named Nelson, scouts out a Hot Springs for wild Pokémon in an attempt to capture the legendary Pokémon, Entei. 
262 259 "A Crowning Achievement" (Yadoking! King's Symbol!)
"Yadokingu! Ōja no Shirushi!" (ヤドキング! おうじゃのしるし!) 
August 8, 2002 August 23, 2003
A Slowpoke named Arthur attempts to evolve into a Slowking. 
263 260 "Here's Lookin' at You Elekid!" (Nanako and Elekid!)
"Nanako to Erekiddo!" (ナナコとエレキッド!) 
August 15, 2002 August 30, 2003
Casey meets up with Ash, and has her sights on Elekid the pre-evolved form of Electabuzz. 
264 261 "You're a Star, Larvitar!" (Do Your Best, Yogiras!)
"Yōgirasu Ganbaru!" (ヨーギラスがんばる!) 
August 22, 2002 September 6, 2003
After a Team Rocket plot results in many stolen Pokémon, Ash relys on Larvitar to help free the Pokémon. 
265 262 "Address Unown!" (Unknown of the Country of Mystery)
"Fushigi no Kuni no Annōn" (ふしぎのくにのアンノーン) 
August 29, 2002 September 13, 2003
Unown accidentally teleports Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi (the latter two, humorously, grow to giant sizes) into Larvitar's mind, and they discover that as an egg, Larvitar and its mother was attacked by poachers. 
266 263 "Mother of All Battles" (Bangiras and Yogiras!)
"Bangirasu to Yōgirasu!" (バンギラスとヨーギラス!) 
September 5, 2002 September 15, 2003
Just as they reach Larvitar's mother, the same poachers that once captured Larvitar catch its mother. 
267 264 "Pop Goes the Sneasel" (Nyula and the Sacred Flame!)
"Nyūra to Seinaru Honō!" (ニューラとせいなるほのお!) 
September 12, 2002 September 16, 2003
Ash finds out that Sneasel, Machop and Machoke are interfering with the opening ceremony for the Silver Conference, as they were guarding the ancient fire of the legendary Ho-Oh that was required to light the torch. Then, he meets a trainer named Harrison, who says he's from Littleroot Town in the Hoenn region. Ash and Harrison go to bring the fire & eventually face the guardian Pokémon, including a Sneasel. They first beat Machop and Machoke. Suddenly Team Rocket comes, who wants to catch a Sneasel and make it a part of the team, but they fail again. However, Harrison introduces a Blaziken, which is unknown to others. He defeats a Sneasel with it & catches a Sneasel. Ash and Harrison successfully bring the fire & the opening ceremony starts. 
268 265 "A Claim to Flame!" (Silver League Begins! Shigeru Returns!)
"Shirogane Rīgu Kaimaku! Shigeru Futatabi!" (シロガネリーグかいまく! シゲルふたたび!) 
September 19, 2002 September 17, 2003
The Johto League begins as Ash meets up with his longtime rival, Gary Oak. 
269 266 "Love, Pokémon Style" (League Preliminaries! Battle of the Magmarashi Flame!!)
"Yosen Rīgu! Magumarashi Honō no Batoru!!" (よせんリーグ! マグマラシほのおのバトル!!) 
September 26, 2002 September 18, 2003
Continuing the Johto League, Ash fights Macey, a fire-type trainer. Macey has a trick up her sleeve, though, she also has an Electabuzz to shock water-types. After a 3-on-3 battle, in the end Ash wins over Macey, and moves on to Round 2! 
270 267 "Tie One On!" (Meganium vs. Fushigidane! Spirit of the Grass Types!)
"Meganiumu Tai Fushigidane! Kusa Taipu no Iji!" (メガニウムVSフシギダネ! くさタイプのいじ!) 
October 3, 2002 September 19, 2003
Continuing the Johto League, Ash faces off against Jackson, one of the trainers from the The Legend of Thunder. Surprisingly the battle between Ash and Jackson ends in a draw. After adding up the scores of Macey, Ash and Jackson, Ash is with the highest score, and so he moves on to the Championship Round 1 (league round 3). Ash discovers that his next battle is against Gary. 
271 268 "The Ties That Bind" (League Finals! Full Battle 6 vs. 6!!)
"Kesshō Rīgu! Furu Batoru Roku Tai Roku!!" (けっしょうリーグ! フルバトル6VS6!!) 
October 10, 2002 September 20, 2003
Ash's skills as a Pokémon trainer are put to the ultimate test as he finds himself going up against his longtime rival, Gary Oak. 
272 269 "Can't Beat the Heat!" (Rival Confrontation! Kamex vs. Lizardon!!)
"Raibaru Taiketsu! Kamekkusu Tai Rizādon!!" (ライバルたいけつ! カメックスVSリザードン!!) 
October 17, 2002 September 27, 2003
Continuing the Johto League, Ash pits Charizard against Gary's fully evolved starter... a Blastoise. Ash ultimately wins over Gary, and moves on to the Championship Round 2 (league round 4). He also enters into the quarter-finals and the Top 8 champions of the Johto League. Ash discovers his next battle is against his new-met rival Harrison! 
273 270 "Playing with Fire" (Bursyamo Returns! Battle Against Hazuki!)
"Bashāmo Futatabi! Hazuki to no Tatakai!!" (バシャーモふたたび! ハヅキとのたたかい!!) 
October 24, 2002 October 4, 2003
After his big victory over Gary, Ash faces of Harrison for the chance to enter the semi-finals of the Silver Conference. After a long and fierce battle, both Ash and Harrison are left with one Pokémon each. Ash is left with Charizard and Harrison is left with Blaziken. Who will be victorious and move on? 
274 271 "Johto Photo Finish" (To the End of the Destiny Battle! Respective Way!)
"Furu Batoru no Hate ni! Sorezore no Michi!!" (フルバトルのはてに! それぞれのみち!!) 
October 31, 2002 October 11, 2003
Ash's quest in the Johto League ends with his last Pokémon, Charizard's defeat against Harrison's Blaziken. However, Harrison who is now in the semi-finals, is defeated as well by his opponent. With the end of the Silver Conference, the participants head off in their separate ways. Gary has a surprise for everyone. He is going to stop being a Pokémon trainer. 
275 272 "Gotta Catch Ya Later!" (Goodbye... And Then, Setting Off!)
"Sayonara... Soshite, Tabidachi!" (サヨナラ…そして、たびだち!) 
November 7, 2002 October 18, 2003
During a pit stop in Viridian City on the way back to Pallet Town, Misty has a phonecall from her sisters that they won a world tour in a beauty contest, forcing her to take over the Cerulean Gym Leader duties during their absence. Misty realizes that Nurse Joy fixed her bike, causing her to have no excuse to continue traveling with Ash. So she sets off for her home. Meanwhile, Brock also receives an e-mail in which he was informed to get home for some important work. Brock and Misty return to their respective hometowns, and Ash returns to Pallet Town. There he gets informed that his friend Gary, whom he defeated in the conference, is setting off for a new journey. So Ash also starts planning for his next journey. Suddenly, Ash gets his eye on Ho-oh, flying towards the region of Hoenn. Seeing this, Ash decides to go on a new journey to the Hoenn region, with only his Pikachu. On Hearing this, his mother gives him a ticket of the ferry to the Hoenn region & a brand new outfit. 
276 273 "Hoenn Alone!" (Parting with Pikachu...!)
"Pikachū to no Wakare...!" (ピカチュウとのわかれ!) 
November 14, 2002 October 25, 2003
Ash sets off for his journey to the Hoenn region but finds trouble in the form of Team Rocket. The episode ends with Ash discovering the next morning that Pikachu has fallen gravely ill. 

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  1. ^ This episode was removed from rotation in international broadcasts due to the controversy over the depiction of the Pokémon Jynx, as well as allegations that the illness Brock contracts being similar to the SARS epidemic at the time.


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