Ash is the primary character of the Pokémon movies, which are independent adventures from the majority of video games. As they battle other Pokémon Trainers, Ash and his friends explore the Pokémon world. It is not surprising that a popular anime property like Pokémon has a number of animated films in addition to the main anime series.
Since the 1998 release of the first Pokémon anime film, there have been more than 20 further entries. You may find a thorough explanation of how to watch Pokémon movies in this article, organized both by release date and by proper chronological (and continuity) sequence. You’re going to get some more details regarding the flicks and the entire franchise.
How Many Pokémon Movies Are There?
Currently, there are 23 Pokémon movies as of September 2022. Since the franchise’s debut, when Pokémon: The First Movie was released in 1998, one film has been made annually until 2021, the first year in which no new Pokémon films were released. The live-action Detective Pikachu movie and the other Pikachu shorts that have been made throughout the years are not included in this statistic.
You’ll find a summary of the Pokémon films in this section, arranged chronologically:
Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)
Release Date: July 6, 2017
Running Time: 97 minutes
Since it reinterprets Ash’s career’s beginning, this movie is the oldest in chronological order. However, because it is set in another reality, you must take special care when watching it. When he turns ten, Ash Ketchum, a boy, visits Professor Oak to select his first Pokémon and start his career as a Pokémon trainer. Initially, his Pikachu despises it, but after being saved by a group of Spearow, the Pokémon begins to like it. The legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh is encountered by Ash and his Pikachu.
After winning some medals in the Kanto region, Ash makes an attempt to catch Entei with the aid of Twinleaf City and Rupepolis trainers Amina and Sami. Later, the youngster acquires a Charmander and locates Ho-Oh. The guys find Suicune and Raikou while looking for the Rainbow Pokémon. When Ash arrives at the mount where Ho-Oh resides, he encounters Charmander’s original owner.
His Lycanroc, however, is controlled by the fabled Marshadow and makes an attempt to slay his trainer; nevertheless, Ash’s Charizard is able to save him. Later, Ho-Oh and Ash’s Pikachu engaged in combat, with the Legendary Pokémon coming out on top. Ash greets his fellow passengers after taking his Electric Pokémon to a Pokémon Center. One of them wants to find the Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno trio.
Pokémon: The First Movie (1998)
Release Date: July 18, 1998
Running Time: 75 minutes
Set in the television series’ first season, between episodes 63 and 64, the tale picks up the original animation characters with a new plot. Archaeologists have found a preserved eyelash of Mew, the rarest Pokémon in the world, on a mystery island. Using this sample, the researchers chose to clone Mew into Mewtwo with the intention of giving it to Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution (2019)
Release Date: July 4, 2019
Running Time: 98 minutes
Mewtwo, a Pokémon created by Team Rocket scientists, rebels against them. In an effort to get retribution, he invites various trainers to a competition with the goal of using their Pokémon to create a clone army. Actually, this is a CGI remake of the original 1998 film.
Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (1999)
Release Date: July 17, 1999
Running Time: 82 minutes
The introduction of the three legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, on which the movie’s plot strongly depends, demonstrates the notion of a precarious equilibrium between the forces of nature. The “Great Guardian” Lugia would emerge from the depths of the seas to try to stop the senseless destruction if the power balance between these three powerful males were to be shattered, but only with the assistance of a “Chosen One” destined to preserve the planet.
Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell of the Unown: Entei (2000)
Release Date: July 8, 2000
Running Time: 74 minutes
One of Professor Oak’s brightest pupils and a scientist, Spencer Hale is obsessed with learning the Unown’s secret. The Unown is a Pokémon whose shape resembles the letters of the alphabet. When Hale is looking into some Unown-related ruins one day, he encounters these creatures that kidnap him and transport him to a different reality.
Pokémon 4Ever – Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001)
Release Date: July 7, 2001
Running Time: 79 minutes
When they are being pursued by a hunter, Celebi and Sam journey to the future. Sam is the main character of the movie. On their adventure through the Johto region, Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu are assisted by a man named Maki who drives them to Arborville, his hometown. They are on their way to the next gym. They witness a Suicune (who was the first Pokemon Ash saw in Johto).
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
Release Date: July 13, 2002
Running Time: 71 minutes
In this film, our friends visit Altomare, a watery city akin to Venice. They encounter Latios and his sister Latias there, who become friends with Ash, the main character of the story.
Although Latias distrusts people, Latias associates with them by disguising herself. Latios, the first Pokémon to perish in the Pokémon anime, ultimately sacrifices himself to save Altomare amid a massive tidal wave.
Two Latios are shown soaring towards Altomare in the film’s credits, giving viewers the impression that they are the reincarnation of the Latios that perished throughout the story. Although in truth, the Latios who passed away in the anime alongside his father is the one who has been reincarnated.
Pokémon: Jirachi—Wish Maker (2003)
Release Date: July 19, 2003
Running Time: 81 minutes
The Millennium Comet, which appears in the night sky for seven days once every thousand years, serves as the central focus of the narrative. The legendary Pokémon Jirachi emerges from a protracted nap at the same time in order to absorb the energy of the comet. The Earth itself receives this energy and is the location known as Fiorina.
However, this time a magician by the name of Butler and his longtime girlfriend Diane find the stone that Jirachi was imprisoned in, and she later presents it to his show. Jirachi is said to have the power to fulfill wishes during its time on Earth, in addition to having the ability to transfer anything, according to legend.
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (2004)
Release Date: July 17, 2004
Running Time: 81 minutes
Professor Lund sees the polar aurora phenomena while on a mission to the North Pole. Soon later, a meteor strikes the ice, scaring a group of Walrein and Sealeo, who then assault Tory, the professor’s son. Deoxys emerges from the crash site after saving the infant. The Pokémon digs around and pulls up a gem that is wrapped in snow.
Deoxys lost the green crystal when Rayquaza, a legendary Pokémon, battled it after becoming alarmed by the Pokémon’s entry into the ozone layer. After a fierce battle in which Professor Lund’s equipment is destroyed, Deoxys is struck by Rayquaza’s strike and disintegrates into a crystal that sinks to the bottom of the sea.
The Stratosphere Pokémon returns to protect Earth, believing it has won. Professor Lund’s research group is about to revive the green stone he found at the pole four years later, but the experiment fails as a result of damage to a component. However, the attempt will cause the Pokémon trapped in the ice to emerge.
Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
Release Date: July 16, 2005
Running Time: 100 minutes
Ash arrives in Cameron Palace where Sir Aaron (Aaron Sama Japanese Version), a legendary hero who stopped a war from breaking out beyond the Tree of Beginnings, is the subject of a festival.
Ash participates in a competition during the festival at the Cameron Palace and wins, taking the title of “Guardian of the Aura” (Hadou) for the year. Ash receives Sir Aaron’s belongings as part of the celebration, along with his Pokémon partner, Lucario, who Sir Aaron had imprisoned before ending the conflict.
However, when an explorer named Kidd attempts to use her Weavile to put a clue to the Legendary Pokémon, Mew transports Pikachu (and Meowth) to the “Tree of Beginnings” or “Genesis.” Sir Aaron’s staff starts to shine as the party is going on, and Lucario emerges from it thinking that the country is still at war. After the queen explains what occurred, Lucario says that Sir Aaron was mistaken for him since they have a similar aura.
Ash must go get it because Mew never gives back what it takes; Team Rocket is certainly pursuing them to steal the Pokémon. Naturally, Ash pursues Mew to the Tree of Beginnings to rescue Pikachu with the aid of Lucario and his aptitude for aura perception.
However, there is an issue. Since being sealed, Lucario has entirely lost faith in people and thinks Sir Aaron has abandoned the realm and is not a hero, a belief shared by the others due to a time flower.
After gaining Lucario’s trust, Ash and Lucario enter the tree, but the tree’s guardians Regirock, Regice, and Registeel assault them since they perceive them as dangerous.
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
Release Date: July 15, 2006
Running Time: 105 minutes
The plot opens with a Pokémon Ranger named Jack Walker stealing a Manaphy egg from a pirate by the name of Ghost/Fantomas. The pirate wants to use the egg to lead him to an old temple called the Temple of the Sea, which is where the great treasure of the ocean—the crown of the sea—is kept.
During their journey, Ash, May, Max, and Brock become disoriented and stumble into a group of individuals by the names of Lizabeth, Kyle, Meredith, and Ship who are doing a water performance.
These individuals offer Ash and his companions a trip to the following town. The Manaphy’s egg, which is for some reason present in this family’s trailer when everyone is resting, starts to shine directly over May’s head, giving rise to a dream about Manaphy and the Sea Temple.
The marine show family admits to being descended from an ancient culture that lived close to the sea and whose members were aware of the location of the temple when May tells them about her dream the next day.
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
Release Date: July 14, 2007
Running Time: 90 minutes
Two beings that ought never to have met engage in a titanic conflict in the endless and unending fissure of space and time. One of them is the time deity Dialga, who manages to harm Palkia, the space deity, who is her counterpart.
A man is reading a famous architect named Godey’s journal in a different location. It makes predictions about how the world might end as a result of strong forces interacting.
For Ash and his fellow travelers, today is just another day. Dawn is eager to take part in the competition that will be held in Pueblo Lamos, but her hopes soon seem dashed when she encounters a massive cliff that divides the road to the town.
Fortunately for them, a stunning young woman and her Chimchar volunteer to fly them away in a balloon. Alice is the name of a kind woman, and she enjoys teaching music lessons and helping travelers.
Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior (2008)
Release Date: July 19, 2008
Running Time: 96 minutes
The legendary Pokémon Dialga and Giratina engage in combat in the Inverted World, a parallel dimension, near the start of the movie. The Gratitude Pokémon Shaymin is also coerced into participating in the contest.
By using the attack Seed Rage, which uses the flowers that grow on the Pokémon’s back to absorb all the dust and debris, Shaymin creates a path toward the Real World and is drawn by the vortex. Dialga, who was able to escape Giratina’s grasp, follows closely behind. The latter tries in vain to pursue Dialga past the portal but is unable to do so since he is enmeshed in a “time cycle.”
When a river’s current carries Shaymin away, she meets Ash, Dawn, and Brock and makes friends with them. He asks the lads to assist him in reaching Gracidea through psychic communication, and they agree after transporting him to a Pokémon Center. Shaymin, however, notices Giratina’s reflection in one of the nearby sculptures in a park next to the Pokémon Center.
He tries to flee out of fear, but Team Rocket, who overheard Nurse Joy talking about the Pokémon, captures him. However, Jessie, James, Meowth, and the legendary Pokémon were pulled into a whirlwind that Giratina had produced. Because Ash and Dawn launched without thinking to get Shaymin, they too were launched into the Reverse World.
Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
Release Date: July 18, 2009
Running Time: 94 minutes
In the town of Michina, Ash Ketchum, Dawn, and Brock are told to visit the neighboring ruins. The lads encounter a vortex that tries to suck Pikachu and Piplup when they arrive at a body of water close to the ruins due to a spacetime distortion. When Sheena, a young woman, arrived at the scene, she summoned Dialga and begged the legendary Pokémon to save the two Pokémon. Pikachu and Piplup are retrieved by Dialga, who also seals the dimensional gap.
At that point, Dialga is attacked by the legendary Pokémon Giratina, which has just surfaced from the water. Giratina is attacking the Pokémon that just saved Ash and Dawn’s starter Pokémon, so Ash and Dawn try to tell it to stop.
Sheena tries to talk to Giratina as well, but the Pokémon is too enraged to hear her. However, when Ash and Pikachu approach him, Giratina remembers what happened before and calms down. The Pokémon will be persuaded to return to the Inverse World by Sheena’s further intervention.
Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
Release Date: July 10, 2010
Running Time: 95 minutes
Trainer Ash Ketchum, his friends Dawn and Brock, and Harmony’s Donphan watch a Pokémon soccer game on television between the Reds of Jubilife City (which includes Elekid and evolutions) against the Greens of Bloom City ( composed of Beldum and evolutions). Ash and his friends are interested in traveling to Crown City to watch the first global championships.
The Grings Kodai team, which consists of the legendary Pokémon Entei, Suicune, and Raikou, agrees to accompany the heroes to Crown City as “The Legends of Nimbasa City” shows on the screen. Kodai conducts an experiment to test Zoroark’s illusory skills while flying to Crown City in a jet.
This Pokémon is able to turn into an exact replica of Raikou and create a storm, but Kodai’s technology is able to reveal the storm’s true nature. A Ninjask kidnaps Zorua at the conclusion of the experiment so Kodai can manage Zoroark’s power.
While Crown City and the legendary Pokémon Celebi arrive through a storm wave, Zorua manages to escape the grasp of the Pokémon and Scissors present in the car and abandons it. She plunges from below, swoops down on a group of flying Pokémon, and assumes the appearance of a Skiploom descending slowly.
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)
Release Date: July 16, 2011
Running Time: 92 minutes
Arriving in the tranquil town of Eindoak, the Pokégroupe takes part in Maurice, the mayor of the community’s yearly tournament. There, Ash challenges Carlita and her Hydreigon. Our heroes encounter Victini after his confrontation with the young woman.
The pokégroup first meets Carlita’s mother Juanita before meeting Carlita’s older brother Damon and learning about their family history. Near Eindoak, the kingdom of Val was founded about a thousand years ago. It was ruled by a monarch and his Victini.
The two renowned greats at the time belonged to the king’s sons. Their realm descended into turmoil as a result of their desire for realism and ideals, which also put the two dragons to slumber. Victini was imprisoned in the northern region of Eindoak when the king was compelled to use the strength of his Pokémon to reestablish the flow of Dragon Energy, the world’s mother energy.
We learn that Damon was picked by Zekrom (from the movie Noir) and by Reshiram at this point, where he also explains his strategy for realizing his mother’s goal (in the White).
Victini’s influence was necessary for Damon to carry out his plan. As soon as Ash, not Damon, awakened the dragon. Damon is then forewarned by Maurice that Draconic Energy has become tainted, harming our hero through a sequence of misfortunes. Sacha throws a macaron into the water, thinking Victini is dead after saving her. The Pokémon is unveiled, still alive and displaying its insane obsession with these tiny candies.
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
Release Date: July 14, 2012
Running Time: 70 minutes
The legendary Pokémon Keldeo is preparing to face Kyurem with the help of Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion, but the three Solemn Swordsmen feel that Keldeo is not yet prepared for such a confrontation. Keldeo disobeys the order and enters the abandoned mine where Kyurem resides. In the confrontation with the Legendary Pokémon, Keldeo quickly runs into problems after lying to Kyurem by pretending to be a Solemn Swordsman.
The legendary Terrakion, Cobalion, and Virizion also arrive at the mine during the encounter and initially only watch the combat. Terrakion decides to assault Kyurem after Keldeo loses his horn, but Kyurem transforms into White Kyurem and freezes the group as a result. Keldeo then runs away from the fight out of fear, but Kyurem believes the struggle is not yet done.
Iris, Cilan, and Ash Ketchum are currently traveling to Roscianopoli via train. The train that is hosting them departs once more with a wounded Keldeo on board after making a brief stop at the Ventosa Station. The Pokémon on top of one of the wagons are discovered by Pikachu, which causes Keldeo to awaken in anticipation of a Kyurem attack.
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
Release Date: July 13, 2013
Running Time: 71 minutes
Five Genesect specimens, one of which is multicolored, attempt to travel back to their original location. However, they find that their home has turned into a frigid location after escaping from Team Plasma’s lab after being created by the group.
The leader of the five is informed of the predicament by Mewtwo, who suffers the same tragic end as the Legendary Pokémon. The leader becomes enraged and assaults the Genetic Pokémon.
The Genesect then make the decision to attack a metropolis that resembles their nest in appearance. Iris, Cilan, and Ash Ketchum are in the city at the same time. Here, Ash and Pikachu come upon a Genesect with a Hydromodule. The remaining Pokémon decide to attack the boys because they perceive them as adversaries when they later encounter them. Mewtwo will protect them and watch out for Pikachu and Axew’s wellbeing.
Jessie and James decide to capture the legendary Pokémon after learning about the five Genesect’s past, but they are unsuccessful. Mewtwo will be required to save the city from being destroyed, first persuading the Genesect to join him and then exposing the illogic of the Shiny Pokémon’s assertions.
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
Release Date: July 19, 2014
Running Time: 75 minutes
The powerful heart of the diamond, which has long provided the kingdom with vitality and supported the Ore Country, is located in a nation known as the “Diamond Domain.” Many people reside in Melecie’s Diamond domain, including the princess and Diamond Heart creator Diancie, a Jewel Pokémon.
As a result of Diancie losing her ability to control the diamond’s heart, her nation is descending into anarchy. In order to restore the Heart Diamond, Diancie begs Satoshi and his friends to embark on a quest to discover the Life Pokémon, Xerneas.
In the Pokémon of Destruction, Yveltal, who previously stole everything from her life in the Kalos Region, is blocking her path. Along the way, they come under attack by jewel thieves Marilyn Flame and Ninja Riot as well as Team Rocket. They receive assistance from Steel Millis and Argus, two travelers who also come across the Chrysalis of Destruction.
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)
Release Date: July 18, 2015
Running Time: 78 minutes
The Pokémon Hoopa first arrived one day in the city of Dasara. One of the locals asked the Pokemon to demonstrate his strength after being accustomed to Hoopa. At that point, Hoopa summoned and battled Pokémon using his ability to cause items or living things to pass through his rings.
But as time went on, Hoopa started to call legendary Pokemon, which greatly hurt the community. The Sealed Vessel was then utilized by a man to quell Hoopa’s rage. One hundred years later, Ash and his comrades are taking a break at an oasis when Nizar, a young man, frees the Sealed Vessel.
They encounter Hoopa and Meriem, a young lady and Nizar’s sister. The latter arrives and unleashes the fury, which starts to wreak havoc after becoming possessed by Hoopa’s wrath (the latter’s dark side). Fortunately, Sacha and his friends are able to contain this rage at its source.
However, Team Rocket releases the Fury once more in an effort to increase their strength through the slime. Despite the arrival of multiple legendary Pokémon, Ash and his pals are adamant about shielding Hoopa from his dark side.
Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (2016)
Release Date: July 16, 2016
Running Time: 95 minutes
Volcanion, a Pokémon that flies through the air using steam, lands on a ship in the middle of the sky. In the automated city of Azoth, where the Mega Wave—which enables Pokémon to mega-evolve without the use of gems—has been created, where Alva and her men have imprisoned the Pokémon Magearna—he wants to set it free. However, Volcanion falls short and is hurled overboard by one of Alva’s men while wearing a weird belt.
Ash and Lem fight while Volcanion is falling from the sky. Then Ash is given a belt that is exactly like Volcanion’s. Due to the electricity between their belts, the latter is compelled to go with Volcanion. Against his will, Volcanion transports Ash to the Kingdom of Azoth where he plans to set free Magearna from his captivity.
Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018)
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Running Time: 100 minutes
A place where people are one with the wind, Ciudad Fula, hosts the wind festival every year. There is a legend that says the legendary Pokémon Lugia will show up on the festival’s final day and bestow the wind’s blessing on everyone.
Lisa, a high school student, and Pokémon novice join the crowd as does Karachi, a braggart who spreads rumors to guests, Trito, a timid investigator who lacks confidence greatly, Hisui, a rather eccentric elderly woman who despises Pokémon, and Largo, a young child who mysteriously wanders through the forest alone. Everyone’s story starts to flow when Ash and Pikachu arrive and introduce themselves.
Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2020)
Release Date: December 25, 2020
Running Time: 100 minutes
The Okoya Forest, a Pokémon reserve guarded by stringent regulations that forbid anyone from entering there, is the setting of this movie. Zarude, a Mythical Pokémon, is regarded as the father of Koko, a young child reared by a Pokémon who identifies as such.
During their journeys, Ash and Pikachu run into this boy. Similar to the last movie, which concentrated on “the bond between trainer and Pokémon,” the main theme of this opus is “a person reared by a Pokémon.”