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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 name of the fourth season of the Pokémon anime. The 52-episode season showcases 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 line-up. 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.

This is the second of three seasons that take place in the Johto region. 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

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

Home video releases


  • This season, along with Pokémon: The Johto Journeys, did not air in Denmark and Norway.
  • In Finland, only the first 26 episodes were aired.
  • In Sweden, only the first 25 episodes were aired, and the first 16 episodes was released on DVD, with the following four being released on MiniDVD.
    • The MiniDVD release misspelled the name of the season as Jhoto League Champions.
  • This is the last season of the anime to air in the Czech Republic before the release of the Diamond & Pearl series, seven years later.

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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