An epicode (short for episode code) is a manner in which an episode is referred to on Bulbapedia. As episodes are released weekly in Japan, and weekly for part of the year in the rest of the world, page moves would happen quite frequently as articles were retitled for their English release– not to mention if an episode title were misinterpreted.
A commonly-accepted system was therefore developed to identify the individual episodes easily. Starting with the first episode, which was labeled as EP001, this numeric format continued throughout the episodes of the original series. After this, however, the episode counts diverged. The first episode of the second series of the anime, Advanced Generation, to some is considered just a continuation of the count from that of the original series, while to others a separate count is established. On Bulbapedia, this episode is considered AG001, and likewise, the first episode in the Diamond & Pearl series is considered DP001. Episodes of the series of specials aired during Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station receive the epicode of H, for Hōsō, which they were referred to prior to their dubbing as Pokémon Chronicles episodes.
Epicodes are not just for episodes of the anime, however. The chapters of Pokémon Special feature them as well.
|Epicode||Derived from||Used for||Followed by|
|EP||Episode||Episodes of the original series||Three digits (001 - 274)|
|AG||Advanced Generation||Episodes of the Advanced Generation series||Three digits (001 - 192)|
|DP||Diamond & Pearl||Episodes of the Diamond & Pearl series||Three digits (001 - ???)|
|H||Hōsōkyoku||Side story episodes of Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station||Three digits (001 - 018)|
|PK||Pikachu||Pikachu shorts||Two digits (01 - ?)|
|M||Movie||Pokémon movies||Two digits (01 - 12)|
|PS||Pokémon Special||Pokémon Special rounds||Three digits (001 - 370)|
Anime without epicodes
Several special episodes lack epicodes, usually due to the fact that they are released under extraordinary circumstances.
|Name||Related canon||Reason for no epicode|
|Holiday Hi-Jynx||Original series||Initially supposed to be EP039: not aired until long afterward due to EP038 incident|
|Snow Way Out!||Original series||Initially supposed to be EP040: not aired until long afterward due to EP038 incident|
|Mewtwo Returns||Original series||TV movie - sequel to Mewtwo Strikes Back|
|The Legend of Thunder!||TV movie - features anime counterparts to Gold, Silver, and Crystal characters.|
|Pichu Bros. in Party Panic||Pikachu shorts||Special episode featured only in Pokémon Channel|
|The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon||Advanced Generation series||TV movie - created for American audiences, speculated to have been testing VA recasting|
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon||TV movie - created to advertise for Mystery Dungeon series|
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2||TV movie - created to advertise for Mystery Dungeon series|
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