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Pokémon: Black & White
Season 14
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Logo for the season
Opening Black and White
Television Episodes 48
(BW001 - BW048)
Home Video Episodes 48
(BW001 - BW048)
Region Unova
Series Best Wishes series
Preceded by Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors
Followed by Pokémon BW: Rival Destinies
Episode List
1 In The Shadow of Zekrom!
2 Enter Iris and Axew!
3 A Sandile Gusher of Change!
4 The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!
5 Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
6 Dreams by the Yard Full!
7 Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!
8 Saving Darmanitan From the Bell!
9 The Bloom Is on Axew!
10 A Rival Battle for Club Champ!
11 A Home for Dwebble!
12 Here Comes the Trubbish Squad!
13 Minccino—Neat and Tidy!
14 A Night in the Nacrene City Museum!
15 The Battle According to Lenora!
16 Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!
17 Scraggy—Hatched to Be Wild!
18 Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
19 A Connoisseur's Revenge!
20 Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!
21 The Lost World of Gothitelle!
22 A Venipede Stampede!
23 Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
24 Emolga the Irresistible!
25 Emolga and the New Volt Switch!
26 Scare at the Litwick Mansion!
27 The Dragon Master's Path!
28 Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!
29 Cottonee in Love!
30 A UFO for Elgyem!
31 Ash and Trip's Third Battle!
32 Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!
33 Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
34 Gotta Catch A Roggenrola!
35 Where Did You Go, Audino?
36 Archeops In The Modern World!
37 A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!
38 Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!
39 Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!
40 Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!
41 The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk!
42 Club Battle Finale: A Hero's Outcome!
43 Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!
44 Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky?
45 Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!
46 The Beartic Mountain Feud!
47 Crisis From the Underground Up!
48 Battle for the Underground!

Pokémon: Black & White is the fourteenth season of the dubbed version of the Pokémon anime. It follows the conclusion of the Diamond & Pearl series of the Pokémon anime, and as such is the first dubbed season of the Best Wishes series. The season follows Ash as he continues his journey, venturing into the Unova region with new friends Iris and Cilan.

It began on February 12, 2011 with the dub premiere In The Shadow of Zekrom!, and concluded on January 7, 2012 with Battle for the Underground!. This season skipped episodes BW023 and BW024 due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2011-2012 Cartoon Network Saturday morning line-up.

It is preceded by Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors, the last season of the dubbed version of the Diamond & Pearl series, and is succeeded by Pokémon BW: Rival Destinies.


A new land, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokémon make the 14th season of the Pokémon animated series one of the most exciting ones yet! When Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak to the distant Unova region, Ash discovers Pokémon that he’s never seen before… and that he can’t wait to catch! He may have Pikachu at his side together with new friends Iris and Cilan, but he’ll still need plenty of new Pokémon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova’s expert Gym Leaders. His quest to become a Pokémon Master just got even tougher!

Important events

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  • Ash and Pikachu travel with Delia and Professor Oak to the Unova region where Professor Oak is attending a conference. (BW001)
  • Team Rocket also arrive in the Unova region, having been assigned there by Giovanni. (BW001)
  • Ash meets a photographer and beginning Trainer by the name of Trip. (BW001)
  • Trip obtains a Snivy from Professor Juniper then battles Ash's Pikachu and wins. (BW001)
  • Ash decides to remain in Unova and challenge its Pokémon League. (BW002)
  • Ash meets a mysterious girl named Iris and her Axew. (BW002)
  • Ash and Iris meet Cilan. (BW005)
  • Ash, Iris and Cilan agree to travel together through Unova. (BW006)
  • Iris is revealed to own an Excadrill. (BW009)
  • Jessie, James and Meowth meet Pierce, a Team Rocket agent sent to help them. (BW010)
  • Ash and Trip decide to have their second battle, with Trip defeating Ash. (BW010)
  • Ash receives a Pokémon Egg. (BW012)
  • Ash gets a new Badge case from Bianca, given to her by Professor Juniper. (BW013)
  • Ash and friends meet Nacrene City Gym Leader Lenora. (BW014)
  • Ash's Pokémon Egg hatches into a Scraggy. (BW017)
  • Ash and friends meet Castelia City Gym Leader Burgh. (BW018)
  • The gang meet a C-class Connaisseuse named Burgundy, an old challenger of Cilan's. (BW019)
  • The gang meets a Trainer named Stephan. (BW028)
  • Ash and Trip have their third battle, which ends up in a tie. (BW031)
  • The gang meet a Trainer named Georgia, who begins a rivalry with Iris. (BW033)
  • Iris reveals she met Excadrill as a Drilbur when she was younger. (BW033)
  • Iris's Excadrill is revealed to know Metal Claw and Mud-Slap as a Drilbur, and Fury Swipes as an Excadrill. (BW033)
  • Irir's Excadrill regains his confidence and loyalty to Iris and learns Focus Blast. (BW033)
  • Ash and his friends meet Luke. (BW038)
  • The Club Battle Tournament takes place. (BW039-BW042)
    • The competition begins with 16 competitors. (BW039)
    • Ash and Georgia both advance to the second round of the Club Battle Tournament after beating Burgundy and Sylvester respectively. (BW039)
    • Iris, Cilan, Stephan, and Luke all advance to the second round of the Club Battle Tournament after beating Jimmy Ray, Trip, Bianca, and Scooter, respectively. (BW040)
    • Ash, Iris, and Luke all advance to the semi-finals of the Club Battle Tournament after beating Georgia, Stephan, and Cilan, respectively. (BW041)
    • Iris beats Luke in the semi-finals of the Club Battle Tournament and goes on to beat Ash in the finals, making Iris the winner of the Club Battle Tournament. (BW042)
  • Meowth gets fired from Team Rocket and joins Ash and friends. (BW043)
    • It is revealed that Meowth was never fired from Team Rocket and that his joining the group was part of a plan. Meowth rejoins Jessie and James. (BW047)

Party changes


The following Pokémon are obtained:


The following Pokémon evolve:


The following Pokémon are released:

  • None


The following Pokémon are left at Oak's Laboratory:

The following Pokémon are left at Team Rocket HQ:

Gym battles

Ash defeats the following Gym Leaders:

Home video releases

North American DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Black & White home video releases (Region 1)

Australian DVD Releases

Main article: List of English language Black & White home video releases (Region 4)


  • Who's That Pokémon? returned at the beginning of the season, after an absence of 344 episodes.
  • Unlike previous seasons, this season has more episode titles based more on either the original Japanese titles, or the plot of the episode as a whole, rather than being puns. This may be an extension of the idea of the franchise returning to its roots, as many early original series episodes had their titles based on the original Japanese title.
  • In some languages, the term "black and white" is commonly expressed as "white and black". This caused some dubs to change the season name from "White and Black" to "Black and White" midway of the broadcasting, at the request of the dubbing client, SDI Media, to match the names of the games.
    • The season name was also changed in Russian dub. As the new channel got the broadcast license, the season was rerun under the new title.
  • In the Danish version, Mathias Klenske, the Danish voice of Ash, did some of the translation, according to the credit subtitles used at Disney XD.

In other languages

External links

Original series: Indigo LeagueAdventures in the Orange Islands
The Johto JourneysJohto League ChampionsMaster Quest
Advanced Generation series: AdvancedAdvanced ChallengeAdvanced BattleBattle Frontier
Diamond & Pearl series: Diamond and PearlBattle Dimension
Galactic BattlesSinnoh League Victors
Best Wishes series: Black & WhiteRival DestiniesAdventures in Unova and Beyond
XY series: XYKalos QuestXYZ

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