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Pokémon: Indigo League
Season 1
Season1 logo.png
Logo for the season
Opening Pokémon Theme
Television Episodes 52
(EP001 - EP017, EP019 - EP034,
EP036 - EP037, EP039 - EP051,
EP054 - EP057)
Home Video Episodes 79
(EP001 - EP017, EP019 - EP034,
EP036 - EP037, EP039 - EP051,
EP054 - EP060, EP052 - EP053,
EP061 - EP064, Holiday Hi-Jynx,
Snow Way Out!, EP065 - EP080)
Region Kanto
Series Original series
Preceded by None
Followed by Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands
Episode List
1 Pokémon - I Choose You!
2 Pokémon Emergency!
3 Ash Catches a Pokémon
4 Challenge of the Samurai
5 Showdown in Pewter City
6 Clefairy and the Moon Stone
7 The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
8 The Path to the Pokémon League
9 The School of Hard Knocks
10 Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
11 Charmander – The Stray Pokémon
12 Here Comes the Squirtle Squad
13 Mystery at the Lighthouse
14 Electric Shock Showdown
15 Battle Aboard the St. Anne
16 Pokémon Shipwreck
17 Island of the Giant Pokémon
18 Tentacool & Tentacruel
19 The Ghost of Maiden's Peak
20 Bye Bye Butterfree
21 Abra and the Psychic Showdown
22 The Tower of Terror
23 Haunter versus Kadabra
24 Primeape Goes Bananas
25 Pokémon Scent-sation!
26 Hypno's Naptime
27 Pokémon Fashion Flash
28 The Punchy Pokémon
29 Sparks Fly for Magnemite
30 Dig Those Diglett!
31 The Ninja Poké-Showdown
32 The Flame Pokémon-athon!
33 The Kangaskhan Kid
34 The Bridge Bike Gang
35 Ditto's Mysterious Mansion
36 Pikachu's Goodbye
37 The Battling Eevee Brothers
38 Wake Up Snorlax!
39 Showdown at Dark City
40 The March of the Exeggutor Squad
41 The Problem with Paras
42 The Song of Jigglypuff
43 Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon
44 A Chansey Operation
45 Holy Matrimony!
46 So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd
47 Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
48 Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
49 The Case of the K-9 Caper!
50 Pokémon Paparazzi
51 The Ultimate Test
52 The Breeding Center Secret

Pokémon: Indigo League (known at the time it was first aired simply as Pokémon) is the first dubbed season of the Pokémon anime. The season follows rookie Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum, his Pikachu, and his friends Misty and Brock as they travel across the Kanto region. The subtitle "Indigo League" is not used within the episodes, but was later added by the DVD releases and the official website.

In the United States, the first 40 episodes aired in syndication in 1998, while the remaining 12 episodes were picked up and aired by Kids' WB!, starting with The Problem with Paras in 1999. The season began with Pokémon, I Choose You!, which originally aired on September 8, 1998, and ended with The Breeding Center Secret, which originally aired on May 1, 1999. In Canada, the series was aired by YTV. This season skips EP018, EP035 and EP038, which were all banned from airing (the first one of these was eventually dubbed later with the title Beauty and the Beach, but was pulled off from air again and it is not considered as part of any dub season).

This season was then followed by Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands, which contains the rest of Ash and his friends' journey through Kanto and some of the Orange Archipelago arc, which was created to allow time for the development of Pokémon Gold and Silver.



It’s Ash Ketchum’s tenth birthday, and he’s ready to do what many 10-year-olds in the Kanto region set out to do—become a Pokémon Trainer! Things don’t go exactly the way he planned when he ends up with a Pikachu instead of a standard first Pokémon, and winning Gym Badges turns out to be much tougher than he thought. Luckily he’s got former Gym Leaders Brock and Misty at his side, along with a bevy of new Pokémon friends, including Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander.

Important events

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Party changes


The following Pokémon are obtained:



The following Pokémon evolve:


The following Pokémon are traded:


The following Pokémon are released:

Gym battles

Ash defeats the following Gym Leaders:

Home video releases

North American home video releases

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

United Kingdom home video releases

Main article: List of English language Indigo League home video releases (Region 2)

Australian home video releases

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


Pokémon: The Road to Indigo logo
  • During the run of Pokémon: Johto League Champions, Indigo League episodes were rerun on Kids' WB! under the name Pokémon: The Road to Indigo.
  • This is the only season of the entire anime to air in Albania, Iceland, and North Macedonia, the latter of which was called FYR Macedonia at the time.
  • This is the only season of the English version played in Hong Kong.

In other languages

Original series: Indigo LeagueAdventures in the Orange Islands
The Johto JourneysJohto League ChampionsMaster Quest
Advanced Generation series: AdvancedAdvanced ChallengeAdvanced BattleBattle Frontier
Diamond & Pearl series: Diamond and PearlBattle Dimension
Galactic BattlesSinnoh League Victors
Best Wishes series: Black & WhiteRival DestiniesAdventures in Unova and Beyond
XY series: XYKalos QuestXYZ
Sun & Moon series: Sun & MoonUltra Adventures‎Ultra Legends

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