Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Season 20
Season 20 logo.png
Logo for the season
Opening Under The Alolan Sun
Episodes 43
Region Alola & Kanto (SM042 - SM043)
Series Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Preceded by Pokémon the Series: XYZ
Followed by Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon is the twentieth season of the dubbed version of the Pokémon anime. It follows the conclusion of the third and final dubbed season of Pokémon the Series: XY, and as such is the first dubbed season of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon. The season follows Ash as he continues his journey, attending the Pokémon School in the Alola region.

In the United States, it debuted with a special showing of its first two episodes on December 5, 2016 on Disney XD alongside Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. It began on May 12, 2017 with the dub premiere of Alola to New Adventure!, and concluded on December 9, 2017 with When Regions Collide!. It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2017 Disney XD Saturday morning lineup. In the United Kingdom, it debuted on November 20, 2016 on CITV.

It is preceded by Pokémon the Series: XYZ and succeeded by Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures.


What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak. More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions…

Important events

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Poster for the season

Party changes





The following Pokémon are left at Oak's Laboratory:

The following Pokémon are left at Team Rocket HQ:


The following trials take place:

Trial Participant Epicode Reward
Akala grand trial Kiawe Prior to SM001 Firium Z
Verdant Cavern trial Ash SM009 Normalium Z
Melemele grand trial Ash SM010 Electrium Z
From Tapu Koko
Brooklet Hill trial Lana SM033 Waterium Z
Lush Jungle trial Ash SM035 Grassium Z
Akala grand trial Ash SM036 Rockium Z


Epicode Episode Title #
SM001 Alola to New Adventure! 1
SM002 The Guardian's Challenge! 2
SM003 Loading the Dex! 3
SM004 First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style! 4
SM005 Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio! 5
SM006 A Shocking Grocery Run! 6
SM007 That's Why the Litten is a Scamp! 7
SM008 Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge! 8
SM009 To Top a Totem! 9
SM010 Trial and Tribulation! 10
SM011 Young Kiawe Had a Farm! 11
SM012 The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair! 12
SM013 Racing to a Big Event! 13
SM014 Getting to Know You! 14
SM015 Rocking Clawmark Hill! 15
SM016 They Might Not Be Giants! 16
SM017 Crystal-Clear Sleuthing! 17
SM018 A Seasoned Search! 18
SM019 A Guardian Rematch! 19
SM020 Partner Promises! 20
SM021 One Journey Ends, Another Begins... 21
SM022 A Shivering Shovel Search! 22
SM023 Getting the Band Back Together! 23
SM024 Alolan Open House! 24
SM025 A Team-on-Team Tussle! 25
SM026 So Long, Sophocles! 26
SM027 A Glaring Rivalry! 27
SM028 Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper! 28
SM029 Lulled to La-La Land! 29
SM030 The Ol' Raise and Switch! 30
SM031 The Island Whisperer! 31
SM032 Treasure Hunt, Akala Style! 32
SM033 Big Sky, Small Fry! 33
SM034 A Crowning Moment of Truth! 34
SM035 Currying Favor and Flavor! 35
SM036 Trials and Determinations! 36
SM037 Rising from the Ruins! 37
SM038 Mimikyu Unmasked! 38
SM039 Mallow and the Forest Teacher! 39
SM040 Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence! 40
SM041 Mounting an Electrifying Charge! 41
SM042 Alola, Kanto! 42
SM043 When Regions Collide! 43

Home video releases

North American DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon home video releases (Region 1)

Australian DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon home video releases (Region 4)


In other languages

External links

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