Pokémon Indigo League

Indigo League

Pokémon Indigo League

First Air Date: April 01, 1997

First Aired on    :   1997
Episodes    :   82 episodes

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.



Episodes

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1x82 Friends to the End (January 21, 1999)


After losing to Richie in the fifth round, Ash is moping around, annoyed that he lost. He is convinced by Misty that he should support Richie who is now in the quarterfinals. However, when Richie loses, they both have to look inside themselves to see if they are good trainers.


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1x81 Friend and Foe Alike (January 14, 1999)


After making a promise with Richie that he will have the best battle of his life, Ash is kidnapped by Team Rocket, who scheme to prevent him from participating in his fifth round match against Richie, let alone steal Pikachu. Ash is not about to let Team Rocket make him break the promise he made with Richie, so he is able to eventually escape. However, he loses due to his Charizard refusing his orders in the final stretch of his battle against Richie. Richie moves on to the quarterfinals.


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1x80 A Friend in Deed (January 07, 1999)


Ash meets a new trainer named Richie, who is eerily similar to Ash, including owning a Pikachu. However, Team Rocket makes another attempt to steal Ash's and Richie's Pokémon. Ash and Richie prevent Team Rocket from stealing their Pokémon. Ash discovers his next battle is against Richie. Will Ash manage to reach the quarterfinals?


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1x79 The Fourth Round Rumble (January 01, 1999)


In the 4th round, Ash faces a trainer named Jeanette, who uses a Beedrill, a Scyther, and a Bellsprout. The match ends with Ash victorious, and he moves on to the 5th round, becoming one of the final sixteen members of the tournament.


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1x78 Fire and Ice (December 24, 1998)


For the second round Ash battles in the rock arena. Ash's last Pokémon, Squirtle, defeats his foe's last Pokémon, Nidorino, and he, victorious, moves on to Round 3. In the third round Ash faces a trainer named Pete in the ice arena. Both trainers are left with 2 Pokémon each. Pete uses Cloyster and Arcanine. In the end, Ash is victorious and he moves on to Round 4.


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1x77 Round One: Begin! (December 17, 1998)


Ash enters his first match of the tournament on the water field against Mandi the Astounding. During the battle against Mandi's Exeggutor, Ash's Krabby evolves into Kingler, who he then uses against Mandy's remaining Seadra and Golbat, winning the match and moving onto the next preliminary round.


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1x76 All Fired Up! (December 10, 1998)


Ash finally reaches the Indigo Plateau, home of the Pokémon League conference. Before the tournament begins, they plan on lighting a ceremonial cauldron with the flame of the legendary Pokémon, Moltres. Ash, as a participant, is free to carry the flame but when Team Rocket steals it, the tournament may be cancelled.


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1x75 Bad to the Bone! (December 03, 1998)


Ash and his friends offer to help a trainer that is heading for the Pokémon League to retrieve his stolen gym badges from Team Rocket.


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1x74 The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis (November 26, 1998)


While training, Ash and his friends accidentally uncover the ruins of Pokémopolis, an ancient city. After a bit of research, they find a giant Gengar and a giant Alakazam starting to fight. Then, a giant Jigglypuff appears to put them to sleep.


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1x73 To Master the Onixpected! (November 19, 1998)


After watching Elite Four member Bruno on TV, Ash and his friends decide to do training in the mountains to be as strong as Bruno. However, they meet Bruno and he manipulates them to do some menial tasks for him. Meanwhile, a giant Onix is on a rampage.


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1x72 Go West, Young Meowth (November 12, 1998)


Ash and his friends go to Hollywood (although only a small nearby town) to see the premiere of the movie their Pokémon were cast in. Team Rocket follows them to find out that Meowth has history in this town; It is here where he was a member of a gang of street Meowths led by the Persian. He learned to speak and walk upright to win the heart of a female Meowth who was abandoned by her owner. Upon returning, he challenges Persian who was once his mentor for the female Meowth he thought he lost years before.


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1x71 Lights, Camera, Quack-tion! (November 05, 1998)


When the gang discovers there is a movie with an all Pokemon cast being made nearby, Ash and his friends put their Pokémon in for an audition. Misty's Psyduck gets the main role while the others get minor roles.


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1x70 Make Room for Gloom (October 29, 1998)


Ash goes to a flower garden to get some fertilizer for his mother, but Bulbasaur sniffs the flowers and becomes paralyzed.


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1x69 The Pi-Kahuna (October 22, 1998)


Ash and the gang take some time off to go surfing. While surfing, however, Ash passes out, but is thankfully rescued by a surfer named Victor and his blue-eyed Pikachu, Puka. Victor then reveals his plans to surf a tsunami called Humungadunga and become a surfing legend.


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1x68 The Evolution Solution (October 15, 1998)


Ash goes to Seafoam Island to help Professor Oak to discover the mystery of how Slowpoke evolves into Slowbro. There, Professor Westwood V is also trying to solve the mystery. Jessie captures Shellder, and tries to rush a Slowpoke's evolution, forcing Psyduck to stall the evolution.


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1x67 Showdown at the Po-ké Corral (October 08, 1998)


Back in Pallet Town, Ash finds Gary, already there, waiting to partake in the Pokémon League. Always having a bitter rivalry with Gary, Professor Oak tells them both the meaning of Pokémon. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is trying to get inside the lab to steal the Pokémon.


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1x66 Snow Way Out (October 05, 1998)


Pikachu is lost in a snowy mountain forest! Can Ash and the gang stay warm while tracking down their missing pal?


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1x65 Holiday Hi-Jynx (October 05, 1998)


Ash, Misty, Brock, and their Pokémon must return a lost Jynx to Santa before Christmas, with the help of a Lapras. Meanwhile, Jessie attempts to take revenge on Santa for stealing her favorite doll when she was young.


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1x64 It's Mr. Mime Time! (September 24, 1998)


On their way back to Pallet Town, Ash, Brock and Misty encounter a runaway Mr. Mime.


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1x63 The Battle of the Badge (September 17, 1998)


Ash and friends finally make their way to Viridian City where Ash hopes to earn his Earth Badge.


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1x62 Clefairy Tales (September 10, 1998)


Ash, Brock and Misty get sidetracked on their way to Viridian City when all of their belongings mysteriously disappear.


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1x61 The Misty Mermaid (September 03, 1998)


One of Misty's water Pokémon is in desperate need of exercise, so the gang decides to take her Horsea to a gym that's run by her sisters in Cerulean City.


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1x60 Beach Blank-Out Blastoise (August 27, 1998)


As Ash and the gang are rushing to catch the last ferry off of Cinnabar Island, they stumble over a rare Pokémon in trouble.


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1x59 Volcanic Panic (August 20, 1998)


Ash continues his quest to attain his Volcano Badge once he finally locates the gym that is suspended above a pool of molten lava!


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1x58 Riddle Me This (August 13, 1998)


Ash, Brock and Misty travel to Cinnabar Island where Ash hopes to win his Volcano Badge.


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1x57 The Breeding Center Secret (August 06, 1998)


Our heroes discover a terrible secret about the new breeding center in town.


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1x56 The Ultimate Test (July 30, 1998)


Ash signs up to take an exam to be admitted to the Pokémon League.


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1x55 Pokémon Paparazzi (July 23, 1998)


Ash and friends are being shadowed by Snap, the world's greatest Pokémon photographer.


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1x54 The Case of the K-9 Caper! (July 16, 1998)


Ash enrolls Pikachu in a training school for police Growlithe, but the course is tougher than he imagined, for himself and for Pikachu!


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1x53 The Purr-fect Hero (July 09, 1998)


It's Kids Day, and Ash and friends help the children at a nearby school celebrate the holiday.


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1x52 Princess vs. Princess (July 09, 1998)


Misty and Jessie compete against one another for Queen of the Princess Festival, a day where women rule and the guys have to do whatever the girls tell them.


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1x51 Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden (July 02, 1998)


In the course of his journey, Ash battles a mountaineer Pokémon trainer he encountered in a small wooded area.


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1x50 Who Gets to Keep Togepi? (June 25, 1998)


When Ash and friends reach a certain Pokémon E. R., Joy informs Ash that a message has arrived for him, from Professor Oak.


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1x49 So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd (June 18, 1998)


As Ash sits on a rock, staring at his Pokédex, it displays Farfetch'd, an odd-looking Pokémon holding a leek.


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1x48 Holy Matrimony! (June 11, 1998)


As our heroes pass the entrance to a small village, they stop in front of a strange sign.


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1x47 A Chansey Operation (June 04, 1998)


As our heroes sleep peacefully, Pikachu begins experiencing an unusual sensation. As though it were choking on something, Pikachu's expression grows steadily more and more pained.


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1x46 Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon (May 28, 1998)


Our heroes approach Grampa Canyon, famous for the beautiful scenery of its valley. As they approach, however, they find wave upon wave of people also heading for Grampa Canyon.


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1x45 The Song of Jigglypuff (May 21, 1998)


Our heroes trudge along, resigning themselves to the idea of camping out in the desert as the sun slowly sets. Suddenly they see bright lights in front of them: a glamorous city appears before them, covered in neon lights.


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1x44 The Problem with Paras (May 14, 1998)


Team Rocket never let up with their constant interception, but today something seems strange. The coin on Meowth's forehead is blinking red, indicating overheating.


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1x43 The March of the Exeggutor Squad (May 07, 1998)


Our heroes continue their Pokémon training without a break even over spring vacation, when what should appear before them but a carnival.


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1x42 Showdown at Dark City (April 30, 1998)


In the middle of a terrible desert, our heroes inadvertently wandered into Dark City. With no name but Dark, the city has fallen into ruin.


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1x41 Wake Up, Snorlax! (April 23, 1998)


On empty stomachs, our heroes' search for food brings them to a small village, but find there is no food at the bakery nor at the grocery store; even the town restaurant is out of food.


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1x40 The Battling Eevee Brothers (April 16, 1998)


Tracing a path through the woods, the party comes across a tree baited with a plate of food and water. An Eevee is bound to the trunk with string.


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1x39 Pikachu's Goodbye (April 16, 1998)


The group come into a forest where it is quiet and peaceful. They notice a large group of Pikachu that Ash's Pikachu tries to make friends with. After saving a young Pikachu from drowning and rescuing the herd from Team Rocket, Ash's Pikachu is welcomed among the other Pikachu as one of their own. Saddened by this sudden distance, Ash tries to leave Pikachu behind (to Misty and Brock's shock and dismay), thinking that in the long run, it is going to be better off with its own kind. As they attempt to leave the forest with Ash still standing his ground on leaving Pikachu, the three friends are surprised when Pikachu returns to them, flanked by the other wild Pikachu including the younger Pikachu it risked its life to save earlier. The episode ends with Ash and Pikachu having an emotional reunion and hugging one another while the rest of the wild Pikachu cheer for the two of them as Brock and Misty look on.


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1x38 Cyber Soldier Porygon (December 16, 1997)


Ash and his friends arrive at Pokémon Center where the PokéBall transfer machine has been causing problems, as the transferred Pokémon never end up at the other side. Ash and his friends decide to accompany Porygon, a computerized Pokémon, used by Professor Akihabara to investigate the problem, only to discover Team Rocket and another Porygon are to blame.


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1x37 Ditto's Mysterious Mansion (December 09, 1997)


During a storm, Ash and his friends arrive at a mysterious Mansion. While there, Ash meets Duplica, a girl who is an expert at impersonation, and she happens to own Ditto, a Pokémon that can transform into any Pokémon. However, Ditto cannot seem to figure out how to change its face, a fact that stopped Duplica's variety show. As they all try to help Ditto perfect its transformation, Team Rocket tries to steal the Ditto so it can transform into a Dratini which they can give to the boss.


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1x36 The Bridge Bike Gang (December 02, 1997)


Continuing their journey, the group came across a bridge which could be used as a shortcut to the next town. They soon discover that the bridge is too long to walk and they would need bicycles to cross. They go to the Pokémon Center where Nurse Joy asks them to take some medicine to a sick Pokémon across the bridge. On their way, a bicycle gang appears to cause trouble and Team Rocket is helping them. When Ash and his friends decide to cross the bridge during a storm, the bicyclists realize that they are acting selflessly, and help them.


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1x35 The Legend of Dratini (November 25, 1997)


Ash and his friends get challenged by Team Rocket in seeing who can capture the most Pokémon within the Safari Zone, with Ash catching a whole herd of Tauros. As soon as Ash and his friends head out Pokémon hunting, Team Rocket manages to get the drop on the game warden (Mr. Kaiza) and forces him into giving up the location on where Dratini is (the Dragon Valley). In the end, Ash, his friends, Team Rocket, and Kaiza end up seeing the legendary Dratini and Dragonair, with the heroes saving the day.


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1x34 The Kangaskhan Kid (November 18, 1997)


Ash and his friends arrive at the Safari Zone, unaware that the part they have entered is a protected preserve when an Officer Jenny disguised as Chansey nearly arrests them for poaching. They come across a wild boy named Tommy that leads a herd of Kangaskhan and eventually find Tommy's parents, who were searching for him since he was only three. Unfortunately, Tommy thinks that the Kangaskhan are his family. After battling Team Rocket, Tommy's parents also become part of the Kangaskhan family.


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1x33 The Flame Pokémon-athon! (November 11, 1997)


Our heroes come to a prairie where the Laramies, a family of Pokémon Ranchers live. They learn from a daughter of the Laramie family that a race is held at the ranch once a year to measure the growth of everyone's Pokémon.


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1x32 The Ninja-Poké Showdown (November 04, 1997)


Fuchsia Gym, the authorized gym where Ash seeks his next badge, turns out to be a hidden ninja's lair. After finally discovering and entering the gym, he is held up by a complex system of traps.


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1x31 Dig Those Diglett! (October 28, 1997)


Ash, Brock, Misty and Pikachu are lost deep in the mountains. As they press forward on a rough road not even shown on their map, they suddenly hear a large explosion.


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1x30 Sparks Fly for Magnemite (October 21, 1997)


As our heroes make their way through the industrial town of Gringy City, Pikachu, perhaps weary from travel, is in a strange state; the electric sacks on his cheeks are continually twitching as though overcharged.


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1x29 The Punchy Pokémon (October 14, 1997)


In the outskirts of Fuchsia City, our heroes come across Hitmonchan, a fighter-Pokémon. With little thought, Ash attempts to capture it, but he and Pikachu are badly defeated.


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1x28 Pokémon Fashion Flash (October 07, 1997)


At Brock's persistent request, our heroes stop by Caesar Street, a town of breeders famous for its Pokémon beauty salons.


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1x27 Hypno's Naptime (September 30, 1997)


Our heroes come to a town in which a great deal of children have recently turned up missing.


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1x26 Pokémon Scent-sation! (September 23, 1997)


The party arrives in Celadon City, a perfectly pleasant town full of large department stores, condominiums, and fancy arcades.


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1x25 Primeape Goes Bananas (September 16, 1997)


On their way to Celadon City, our heroes encounter Mankey, a wild Pokémon that if rubbed the wrong way can go into uncontrollable fits.


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1x24 Haunter vs. Kadabra (September 09, 1997)


Unbenownst to Ash, one of the ghost Pokémon decides to join Ash and friends on their journey and more importantly help Ash battle the powerful Saffron City Gym Leader.


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1x23 The Tower of Terror (September 02, 1997)


In search of a ghost Pokémon, Ash heads immediately for a tower in Lavender Town where they are said to dwell.


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1x22 Abra and the Psychic Showdown (August 26, 1997)


The party finally arrives in Saffron City where a young girl manages a gym of Pokémon using her psychic powers. If Ash defeats this particular Gym Leader, Ash can earn a gold badge.


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1x21 Bye, Bye Butterfree (August 19, 1997)


When the party sees a flock of Butterfree flying above the ocean, Brock, as a Pokémon breeder, explains that it is the Butterfree's egg-laying season.


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1x20 The Ghost of Maiden's Peak (October 12, 1997)


After leaving Acapulco in search of Saffron City, our heroes finally arrive at a small port town in the middle of celebrating a summer festival.


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1x19 Tentacool & Tentacruel (August 05, 1997)


Our heroes arrive at Hutber Port, where a ferryboat line runs to the mainland.


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1x18 Beauty and the Beach (July 29, 1997)


Ash and his friends have finally arrived in Porta Vista, a beach-side tourist town. After destroying an old man's ship, they must help in the old man's business. To attempt to pay the man back faster, Misty enters a beauty contest, only to discover she is competing against Jessie and James.


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1x17 Island of the Giant Pokémon (July 22, 1997)


As our heroes and Team Rocket beat the odds by surviving the sinking ship, they are dragged into another potentially deadly situation when they are attacked by the ferocious Pokémon, Gyarados.


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1x16 Pokémon Shipwreck (July 15, 1997)


Our heroes are revealed in the middle of a trap concocted by Team Rocket.


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1x15 Battle Aboard the St. Anne (July 08, 1997)


Ash and his friends board a fancy cruise ship called the St. Anne, thanks to tickets provided by two friendly but familiar-looking people. We soon learn that they're actually Jessie and James in disguise!


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1x14 Electric Shock Showdown (July 01, 1997)


Our heroes finally reach Vermillion City, and they discover that the Pokémon Center is filled with Pokémon hurt during battles with Lt. Surge, the Vermillion City Gym Leader.


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1x13 Mystery at the Lighthouse (June 24, 1997)


A tremendously large shadow begins to take form in the sea mists, but this possible discovery could be hindered due to the infamous Team Rocket lurking in the background cooking up another one of their schemes.


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1x12 Here Comes the Squirtle Squad (June 17, 1997)


Ash and his friends walk along a path and fall into a hole dug by a batch of mischievous Squirtle. Ash climbs out and tries to battle them, but they scatter when Officer Jenny arrives.


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1x11 Charmander - The Stray Pokémon (June 10, 1997)


Our friends, lost, discover an injured Charmander. Pikachu talks to it and learns that it's been waiting a long time for its trainer to return.


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1x10 Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village (June 03, 1997)


Ash and Misty, while arguing, discover an Oddish. As Misty's Starmie weakens the Oddish, a Bulbasaur appears and fights Starmie while the Oddish runs off into the woods.


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1x09 The School of Hard Knocks (May 27, 1997)


While searching for firewood in the foggy woods, Ash and Pikachu discover a bunch of prep-school kids bullying a classmate named Joe.


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1x08 The Path to the Pokémon League (May 20, 1997)


On the way to Vermillion City, Ash meets AJ, a Gym Leader at an unsanctioned Gym who has 98 wins and zero losses. They battle, and Ash is surprised that AJ's Ground-type Sandshrew can easily beat his Flying-type Pokémon.


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1x07 The Water Flowers of Cerulean City (May 13, 1997)


Ash seeks the Cascade badge in Cerulean City—but for some reason, Misty doesn't want to join them. When Ash and Brock show up, the city is buzzing about a break-in that just took place—and are initially accused of the crime!


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1x06 Clefairy and The Moon Stone (May 06, 1997)


Will Team Rocket steal the Moon Stone? Are there other Clefairy lurking about, and do they carry Moon Stones, too? And is the legend of the Moon Stone true?


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1x05 Showdown in Pewter City (April 29, 1997)


Jessie, James, and Meowth dig a trap for our heroes, but they end up falling into it themselves!


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1x04 Challenge of the Samurai (April 22, 1997)


Samurai challenges Ash to a battle, and Ash gets the advantage when his Metapod defends itself against Samurai's Pinsir.


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1x03 Ash Catches a Pokémon (April 15, 1997)


Team Rocket shows up to steal Pikachu—they realize that there's really something special about this Pokémon—and Ash vows to defend himself.


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1x02 Pokémon Emergency! (April 08, 1997)


The city's on high alert for Pokémon thieves—thieves like Jessie, James, and Meowth of Team Rocket, a group of bad guys dedicated to stealing valuable Pokémon.


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1x01 Pokémon! I Choose You! (April 01, 1997)


Meet Ash Ketchum, a 10-year-old boy full of imagination, confidence, and dreams that are almost too big for his village of Pallet Town—plus the desire to become a Pokémon Master!




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