The mysterious creatures of this planet Pocket Monsters... "Pokémon" for short! Now, the story of a boy, Satoshi, and Pokémon Their meetings, adventures, and battles Are about to begin!
A single spotlight shines on Ash, who has a serious look on his face. The darkness behind him becomes light, and the camera pans out to show him and May in a tag battle using Pikachu and Combusken. Pikachu avoids Hariyama's Cross Chop and uses Thunderbolt on it. Combusken is lifted off the ground by Gardevoir's Psychic, but hits Gardevoir with a Flamethrower.
Ash, May, Brock, Max, and all their Pokémon run down a dirt road toward the camera. Then, Ash, May, Brock, Max, and Pikachu sit on a hill overlooking a town. Pikachu stretches.
Ash runs past a Charizard, a Venusaur, and a Blastoise.
The screen splits to show the faces of May and Drew, both looking serious. May holds a Poké Ball and Drew holds a rose. May then twirls with Beautifly flying around her. Drew jumps backward, throwing a rose, and Roselia twirls in front of him.
Max appears with his PokéNav.
Ash and Pikachu stand on a tall rock, looking at the night sky. The aurora is active. Rayquaza flies past.
Professor Oak appears, with Tracey and Delia behind him.
Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny start to pose, but Brock jumps between them, surprising them. Max falls down onto Brock's shoulders and pulls on his ears.
Team Rocket flies up into the sky, obviously displeased.
Ash and Pikachu stand under a waterfall while May, Brock, and Max watch. May appears to sigh in exasperation.
Ash holds an injured Pikachu.
The series logo is shown, then a still shot of Ash, May, Brock, Max, and Pikachu appears.
This opening contained a large amount of spoilers regarding the main characters' parties. May's Combusken and Bulbasaur, as well as Ash's Swellow, all debuted in this opening long before actually appearing on the show. In the dub version, the same clip was used and in fact spoiled not only these new Pokémon, but also the evolutions of Grovyle and Lombre, and the captures of Skitty and Torkoal. Also, since they were all shown in one group-shot, there was little ambiguity about their inclusion.
In the first two airings, Blastoise's chin was colored blue instead of cream.
Brock's arm is colored the same as his pants instead of his skin tone.