Pokémon: Johto League Champions redirects here. For the Italian opening for this season, see Pokémon, The Johto League Champions.

Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Season 4
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Logo for the season
Opening Born to Be a Winner
Episodes 52
Region Johto
Series Original series
Preceded by Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
Followed by Pokémon: Master Quest

Pokémon: Johto League Champions is the fourth season of the dubbed version of the Pokémon anime. It follows the adventures of Ash, Misty, and Brock in the Johto region, from Goldenrod City up to Cianwood City.

It originally aired as part of the 2001-2002 Kids' WB! Saturday morning lineup. The season began with A Goldenrod Opportunity, which originally aired on August 18, 2001, and ended with Machoke, Machoke Man!, which originally aired on September 7, 2002.

It is preceded by Pokémon: The Johto Journeys and succeeded by Pokémon: Master Quest.


From the sprawling metropolis of Goldenrod City to the icy peak of Snowtop Mountain, the Johto region presents Ash, Misty, and Brock with exciting new adventures—along with a few familiar faces like their old friends Todd, Duplica, and Suzie! Johto’s rich past means plenty of Pokémon mysteries for our heroes to solve, and its exciting present means some tough challenges—Ash tackles three more Gyms, while handling competitions like the Pokémon Sumo Conference along the way.

Important events

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Party changes


The following Pokémon are obtained:


The following Pokémon evolve:


The following Pokémon are released:

Gym battles

Ash defeats the following Gym Leaders:


Epicode Episode Title # Production Code
EP158 A Goldenrod Opportunity 1 401
EP159 A Dairy Tale Ending 2 402
EP160 Air Time! 3 403
EP161 The Bug Stops Here 4 404
EP162 Type Casting 5 405
EP163 Fossil Fools 6 406
EP164 Carrying On! 7 407
EP165 Hassle in the Castle 8 408
EP166 Two Hits and a Miss 9 409
EP167 A Hot Water Battle 10 410
EP168 Hook, Line, and Stinker 11 411
EP169 Beauty and the Breeder 12 412
EP170 A Better Pill to Swallow 13 413
EP171 Power Play! 14 414
EP172 Mountain Time 15 415
EP173 Wobbu-Palooza! 16 416
EP174 Imitation Confrontation 17 417
EP175 The Trouble With Snubbull 18 418
EP176 Ariados, Amigos 19 419
EP177 Wings 'N' Things 20 420
EP178 The Grass Route 21 421
EP179 The Apple Corp! 22 422
EP180 Houndoom's Special Delivery 23 423
EP181 A Ghost of a Chance 24 424
EP182 From Ghost to Ghost 25 425
EP183 Trouble's Brewing 26 426
EP184 All That Glitters! 27 427
EP185 The Light Fantastic 28 428
EP186 UnBEARable 29 429
EP187 Moving Pictures 30 430
EP188 Spring Fever 31 431
EP189 Freeze Frame 32 432
EP190 The Stolen Stones! 33 433
EP191 The Dunsparce Deception 34 434
EP192 The Wayward Wobbuffet 35 435
EP193 Sick Daze 36 436
EP194 Ring Masters 37 437
EP195 The Poké Spokesman 38 438
EP196 Control Freak! 39 439
EP197 The Art of Pokémon 40 440
EP198 The Heartbreak of Brock 41 441
EP199 Current Events 42 442
EP200 Turning Over A New Bayleef 43 443
EP201 Doin' What Comes Natu-rally 44 444
EP202 The Big Balloon Blow-Up 45 445
EP203 The Screen Actor's Guilt 46 446
EP204 Right On, Rhydon! 47 447
EP205 The Kecleon Caper 48 448
EP206 The Joy of Water Pokémon 49 449
EP207 Got Miltank? 50 450
EP208 Fight for the Light! 51 451
EP209 Machoke, Machoke Man! 52 452

Home video releases

North American DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Johto League Champions home video releases (Region 1)

Australian DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Johto League Champions home video releases (Region 4)


In other languages

Original series (list) Indigo LeagueAdventures in the Orange Islands
The Johto JourneysJohto League ChampionsMaster Quest
Ruby and Sapphire (list) AdvancedAdvanced ChallengeAdvanced BattleBattle Frontier
Diamond and Pearl (list) Diamond and PearlBattle DimensionGalactic BattlesSinnoh League Victors
Black & White (list) Black & WhiteRival DestiniesAdventures in Unova and Beyond
XY (list) XYKalos QuestXYZ (Mega Evolution Specials)
Sun & Moon (list) Sun & MoonUltra Adventures‎Ultra Legends
Journeys (list) JourneysMaster Journeys
Specials (list) Pikachu's Winter VacationSide StoriesPokémon Chronicles
Planetarium specialsPikachu shorts
Mewtwo ReturnsThe Legend of Thunder!Pichu Bros. in Party Panic
The Mastermind of Mirage PokémonPokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
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