Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies
Season 15
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Logo for the season
Opening Rival Destinies
Episodes 49
Region Unova
Series Pokémon the Series: Black & White
Preceded by Pokémon: Black & White
Followed by Pokémon: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond

Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies is the fifteenth season of the dubbed version of the Pokémon anime. It is the second season of Pokémon the Series: Black & White. It follows Ash as he continues his journey, venturing in the Unova region with his friends Iris and Cilan.

It began on February 18, 2012 with the dub premiere Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, and concluded on January 26, 2013 with Unova's Survival Crisis!. It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2012-2013 Cartoon Network Saturday morning lineup.

It is preceded by Pokémon: Black & White and succeeded by Pokémon: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond.


New foes, new friends, and dozens of never-before-seen Pokémon await Ash and Pikachu in Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies, the new season of the Pokémon animated series. As Ash and his friends continue to explore the Unova region, he’ll find himself up against the ultimate battle challenge: Alder, the Champion Master of Unova! His friends also face their own trials, one fighting for the right to continue her travels, another confronting a returning challenge from the past—and all three of them must team up to save an island from the clashing forces of three powerful and mysterious Legendary Pokémon!

Important events

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

Party changes


The following Pokémon are obtained:


The following Pokémon evolve:

Gym battles

Ash battles the following Gym Leaders:

Badge Opponent Epicode Result
Bolt Badge Elesa BW050 Victory
Quake Badge Clay BW061 Victory
Jet Badge Skyla BW068 Victory
Freeze Badge Brycen BW079 Victory
Toxic Badge Roxie BW083


Epicode Episode Title #
BW049 Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader! 1
BW050 Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym! 2
BW051 Lost at the Stamp Rally! 3
BW052 Ash Versus the Champion! 4
BW053 A Maractus Musical! 5
BW054 The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck! 6
BW055 Scraggy and the Demanding Gothita! 7
BW056 The Lonely Deino! 8
BW057 The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue! 9
BW058 A Call for Brotherly Love! 10
BW059 Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 11
BW060 Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2 12
BW061 Battling the King of the Mines! 13
BW062 Crisis at Chargestone Cave! 14
BW063 Evolution Exchange Excitement! 15
BW064 Explorers of the Hero's Ruin! 16
BW065 Battling the Bully! 17
BW066 Baffling the Bouffalant! 18
BW067 Cilan Takes Flight! 19
BW068 An Amazing Aerial Battle! 20
BW069 Climbing the Tower of Success! 21
BW070 The Clubsplosion Begins! 22
BW071 Search for the Clubultimate! 23
BW072 A Clubsplosion of Excitement! 24
BW073 Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown! 25
BW074 Battling the Leaf Thieves! 26
BW075 A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1 27
BW076 A Restoration Confrontation! Part 2 28
BW077 Evolution by Fire! 29
BW078 Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain! 30
BW079 Caution: Icy Battle Conditions! 31
BW080 Clash of the Connoisseurs! 32
BW081 Crisis at Ferroseed Research! 33
BW082 An Epic Defense Force! 34
BW083 Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 35
BW084 Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2 36
BW085 All for the Love of Meloetta! 37
BW086 Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times! 38
BW087 Expedition to Onix Island! 39
BW088 The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo! 40
BW089 Iris and the Rogue Dragonite! 41
BW090 Jostling for the Junior Cup! 42
BW091 Battling Authority Once Again! 43
BW092 Ash, Iris, and Trip: Then There Were Three! 44
BW093 Goodbye, Junior Cup—Hello, Adventure! 45
BW094 The Road to Humilau! 46
BW095 Unrest at the Nursery! 47
BW096 Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! 48
BW097 Unova's Survival Crisis! 49

Home video releases

North American DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Rival Destinies home video releases (Region 1)

Australian DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Rival Destinies home video releases (Region 4)

In other languages

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