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Generations redirects here. For the TCG expansion released to commemorate the 20th Anniversary, see Generations (TCG).

Generations redirects here. For the animated miniseries, see Pokémon Generations.

A generation is a grouping of the Pokémon games that separates them based on the Pokémon they include. In each generation, a new set of Pokémon, moves, and Abilities that did not exist in the previous generation are released.

While generations are not usually discussed officially, they are occasionally. Junichi Masuda has referred to the sixth generation on his blog. Pokémon Black and White were referred to as a "new generation of Pokémon", and Pokémon Sun and Moon are referred to as the "newest generation" in press releases.

Generational lines are typically ignored in other parts of the franchise, which continue from where the last generation left off and keep the story going (this is especially true of the anime), and may ignore older parts of the canon that explicitly declare to be true something that is later changed.

To date, there are seven generations, each introducing their own quirks into the franchise. The Generation I and II games are compatible with one another via the Time Capsule but not with later games; the five most recent generations are also compatible with each other (forward only) via dual-slot mode, Pal Park, Poké Transfer, and Poké Transporter, but not with the Generation I and II games, with the exception of the Generation I Virtual Console releases, which are compatible with Generation VII.

Gen New Pokémon Total Pokémon Core games (JP/US) Side games (JP/US) Spin-off games (JP/US) Anime TCG
I 151 151 Red and Green (1996)
Blue (1996)
Red and Blue (—/1998)
Yellow (1998/1999)
Stadium (Japanese) (1998/—)
Stadium (English) (1999/2000)
Pinball (1999/1999)
Snap (1999/1999)
Puzzle League (—/2000)
Original series
Pocket Monsters
Pocket Monsters: Episode Orange Archipelago
Base Set
Base Set 2
Team Rocket
Gym Heroes
Gym Challenge
Pokémon: Indigo League
Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands
II 100 251 Gold and Silver (1999/2000)
Crystal (2000/2001)
Stadium 2 (2000/2001) Puzzle Challenge
Original series
Pocket Monsters: Episode Gold & Silver
Neo Genesis
Neo Discovery
Neo Revelation
Neo Destiny
Legendary Collection
Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Pokémon: Master Quest
III 135 386 Ruby and Sapphire (2002/2003)
FireRed and LeafGreen (2004/2004)
Emerald (2004/2005)
Colosseum (2003/2004)
Box RS (2003/2004)
XD (2005/2005)
Pinball R&S (2003/2003)
Dash (2004/2005)
Trozei! (2005/2006)
Mystery Dungeon Red/Blue (2005/2006)
Ranger (2006/2006)
Advanced Generation series EX Ruby & Sapphire
EX Sandstorm
EX Dragon
EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua
EX Hidden Legends
EX FireRed & LeafGreen
EX Team Rocket Returns
EX Deoxys
EX Emerald
EX Unseen Forces
EX Delta Species
EX Legend Maker
EX Holon Phantoms
EX Crystal Guardians
EX Dragon Frontiers
EX Power Keepers
Pokémon: Advanced
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
Pokémon: Advanced Battle
Pokémon: Battle Frontier
IV 107 493 Diamond and Pearl (2006/2007)
Platinum (2008/2009)
HeartGold and SoulSilver (2009/2010)
Battle Revolution (2006/2007)
Ranch (2008/2008)
Mystery Dungeon Time/Darkness (2007/2008)
Ranger 2 (2008/2008)
Mystery Dungeon Sky (2009/2009)
Rumble (2009/2009)
Mystery Dungeon Blazing/Stormy/Light (2009/—)
PokéPark Wii (2009/2010)
Ranger 3 (2010/2010)
Diamond & Pearl series Diamond & Pearl
Mysterious Treasures
Secret Wonders
Great Encounters
Majestic Dawn
Legends Awakened
Rising Rivals
Supreme Victors
HeartGold & SoulSilver
Call of Legends
Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl
Pokémon Battle Dimension
Pokémon Galactic Battles
Pokémon Sinnoh League Victors
V 156 649 Black and White (2010/2011)
Black 2 and White 2 (2012/2012)
Dream Radar (2012/2012) Rumble Blast (2011/2011)
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure (2011/2012)
PokéPark 2 (2011/2012)
Conquest (2012/2012)
Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (2012/2013)
Rumble U (2013/2013)
Best Wishes series
Best Wishes!
Best Wishes! Season 2
Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N
Best Wishes! Season 2: Decolora Adventure!
Black & White
Emerging Powers
Noble Victories
Next Destinies
Dark Explorers
Dragons Exalted
Dragon Vault
Boundaries Crossed
Plasma Storm
Plasma Freeze
Plasma Blast
Legendary Treasures
Pokémon: Black & White
Pokémon Black & White: Rival Destinies
Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova
VI 72 721 X and Y (2013/2013)
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (2014/2014)
Bank (2013/2014) Battle Trozei (2014/2014)
Art Academy (2014/2014)
Shuffle (2015/2015)
Rumble World (2015/2015)
Super Mystery Dungeon (2015/2015)
Picross (2015/2015)
Pokkén Tournament (2015/2016)
Great Detective Pikachu (2016/—)
Duel (2016/2017)
GO (2016/2016)
XY series
Kalos Starter Set
Furious Fists
Phantom Forces
Primal Clash
Double Crisis
Roaring Skies
Ancient Origins
Fates Collide
Steam Siege
Pokémon the Series: XY
Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest
Pokémon the Series: XYZ
VII 81 802 Sun and Moon (2016/2016) Bank update (2017/2017) Sun & Moon series Sun & Moon