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Pokémon Journeys: The Series (ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters) is the seventh Pokémon anime series that premiered in 2019 in Japan and in 2020 in America and currently ongoing. Rather than just taking place in the region of Galar, Ash travels across all eight regions to compete in the World Coronation Series. Along the way, he's accompanied by his new friend and co-protagonist Goh, whose dream is to catch all the Pokémon in the world, especially the elusive Mythical Pokémon Mew.

English dub:

  • Season 23: Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Episodes 1-48)
  • Season 24: Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series (Episodes 49-90)
  • Season 25: Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series (Episodes 91-present)

Japanese version:

  • Pocket Monsters (Episodes 1-present)note 

Unlike previous eras, this series has no subtitle in Japan and has had episodes involve travel between all existing regions — although locations, Pokémon, and aspects of Pokémon Sword and Shield have been prominently featured.


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    Tropes A to C 
  • Aborted Arc: The anime initially played up the idea that Pikachu would use his Gigantamax form as Ash's main Dynamax user, having Pikachu have the most noticeable learning curve with the technique and showed it in opening 2. However this was eventually dropped and when Ash did start using Dynamax more often, the focus went to Gengar instead. Justified, as Pikachu's Gigantamax form proved from the start to be just too slow compared to its normal speedy self to be used effectively.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance:
  • Breaking Old Trends: There are a LOT of changes in this series. This is the first series:
    • To be set in more than two game-original regions, and not to be totally focused on the region from the newest games.
    • In which the first Pokémon Ash caught was fully-evolved, was not introduced in the current generation, and was a pseudo-legendary Pokémon, rather than a starter or regional bird.
    • In which Ash catches a Ghost-type, baby, and Fossil Pokémon.
    • In which Ash only has one traveling companion, who is not just a traveling companion, but a secondary protagonist.
    • In which Ash does not have a female traveling companion, at least initially. Chloe moves up from being a recurring character to a supporting companion 49 episodes into the series.
    • In which one of Ash's male traveling companions owns a Pokédex.
    • In which a main character other than Ash catches all starter Pokémon of the current generation.
      • Additionally, this is also the series where Ash does not own the region's starter Pokédex.
    • In which Team Rocket owns a Pokédex and only uses borrowed Pokémon instead of their own.
    • To feature an episode where Ash and Pikachu are completely absent.
    • To feature a movie that is released outside of July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • In which a main character catches a Legendary Pokémon.
    • In which two protagonists catch the same Pokémon, with Ash and Goh each catching a Farfetch'd, though Goh catches the Kantonian form, while Ash catches the Galarian form.
    • In which Ash catches a regional form.
    • To conclude a main game villain story arc less than halfway through the corresponding journey.
    • To just have four different versions of the same opening, versus having entirely different songs.
    • In which a main character, besides, Ash, catches a shiny.
    • In which Team Rocket catches an Electric-Type.
    • To have Ash reunite with former main cast companions from 2 or more different series. note 
    • To have previous main rivals to Ash (besides Gary) make appearances outside of the series they were introduced in. note 
    • To have the English dub be mainly recorded in California, allowing for a more varied cast, while still retaining New York-based voice actors.
  • Brick Joke: A cartoonish picture of Chloe drawn by her mother in "Best Friend...Worst Nightmare" is later used in an advertisement in "There's A New Kid in Town", something the former is not happy about.
  • The Bus Came Back: With Journeys featuring all the known regions shown in the franchise at the time of the show's debut, there have been appearances of characters from all the previous series.
    • "Flash of the Titans!" brought back Lance, last seen in the Ruby and Sapphire series.
    • "A Festival Reunion" sees the return of the Fighting-type Gym Leader Korrina from the Kalos region. She would return for three more episodes centered around Ash gaining access to Mega Evolution and his second rematch against Bea.
    • "That New Old Gang of Mine" features the entire Alola cast save Lillie and her family due to them still being on the search for Mohn. Even then, they still appear by means of a cut-away whilst a letter from her is being read out. Sophocles would make another appearance in episode 96, and the whole cast plus Lillie will appear in episode 112.
    • In "Octo-Gridlock at the Gym!", Ash and Goh head to Johto for Ash's rematch against Bea where Chuck makes his return training alongside her.
    • In "Getting More Than You Battled For," Ash and Goh meet up with Mewtwo from the original series and do battle with it.
    • "Thrash of the Titans!" sees the heroes go to Unova and sees the return of Iris, now the Champion of the region.
    • "Advice to Goh!" returns to Oak's Lab, where a rather large bus comes back containing most of Ash's benched Pokémon, as well as Gary, whose previous appearance was during the Diamond and Pearl. Gary would appear a few more times as part of the Project Mew storyline.
    • "Nightfall? Nightmares!" and "A Midsummer Night's Light!" sees the return of Dawn. During Episode 74, she only bumps into Chloe. In "Nightfall? Nightmares!", everyone reunites. Dawn reappeared again in "The Gates of Warp!", "Showdown at the Gates of Warp!", and the Arceus special, all as tie-in to the releases of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
    • "Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start!" sees the return of Volkner who serves as his first Ultra Class challenger in the Coronation Series. On top of that, it also reveals the return of Cynthia who is revealed to be a member of the Masters Eight. Ash would later re-encounter Cynthia in "Star Night, Star Flight!", along with a few more appearances prior to the Masters Tournament.
    • "Looking Out for Number Two!" has Ash and Goh go to Hoenn for one of Goh's Trial Missions, where they run into Elite Four Drake, last seen in the Ruby and Sapphire series.
    • Episode 94 has the return of Erika after her last appearance in Episode 26 of the original series who teaches Ash, Goh and Chloe about flower arranging.
    • Episode 95 has Butch and Cassidy return after a nearly 14-year absence. And Meowzie from the Original Series appears in a flashback.
    • Episode 2 of the Legends Arceus tie-in Special has the return of Brock, as well as Commanders Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
    • Episode 100 has the return of Flint, who is shown battling Leon in a Coronation Match, revealing he's part of the Masters Eight.
    • Episodes 103 and 104 has the return of Clemont and Bonnie who help Ash prepare for his battle against Dransa.
    • Episode 105 features the return of Wallace alongside his niece Lisia making her debut. Serena also returns with her Sylveon.
    • Episode 108 has the return of Ash's Greninja who helps train Lucario and strengthen their bond before he has his match against Raihan.
    • Episode 109 reveals the presence of Steven, Diantha, and Alain, all last seen in XY, in the final Masters Eight lineup. They are all set to appear in person in Episode 115.
    • Episode 111 has the return of Lillie, Gladion and Lusamine, as their search for Mohn is finally resolved.
    • Episode 112 is set to have Kukui's persona as The Masked Royale return for the Alolan Royale Tournament.
    • Episode 112 has Hau, Guzma and Plumeria make a cameo return amongst the audience watching the Alolan Battle Royale. Also Hala, Wicke and Faba make a return to the series.
    • Episode 114 has return of Paul, who trains with Ash before the Masters Tournament and has received an offer to become a Gym Leader.
    • Episode 115 has the official return of Alain, Steven and Diantha within the stadium with the rest of the Masters Eight. Professor Sycamore and Mairin also make a brief return to watch the match against Leon and Alain.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: A segment of the third episode involves Giovanni talking to Jessie and James about Team Rocket and it's evil.
  • Catchphrase: Ash and Goh tend to shout "Let's Go!" before the start of every adventure.
    • The start of JN105 has Chloe use this catchphrase for the first time.
  • Comic-Book Time: As if it wasn't already evident enough in the past twenty years or so, this series features Kukui and Burnet's cute little baby... after Sun & Moon ended with Burnet's being in the early stages of pregnancy. This implies that at least 9 months have passed in-between Sun & Moon and Journeys ...and Ash is still ten years old. Even worse is that the baby looks to be about a few months old, meaning that the Time Skip could have lasted an entire year.
  • Continuity Porn: As The Bus Came Back is one of this series' signature tropes, this trope is naturally in play. By the second half of the series, it's pretty safe to expect references to previous series at least once every couple of episodes.
  • Crying a River: In the episode "Sobbing Sobble", we see 10 Pokémon and they cried a huge puddle of tears.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Calling it a "battle" would be generous. Episode 102 sees Ash, Goh, Gary and Horace in a Raid Battle against Articuno, who easily defeats ALL TWELVE of the Pokemon sent out against it - and that includes heavy-hitters like Darmanitan, Tyranitar, Lucario, Cinderace, Sirfetch'd, and Pikachu! Articuno, on the other hand, is barely even hurt despite the barrage of super-effective attacks it took.

    Tropes D to G 
  • Deadline News: During the Sword & Shield arc, a live news report is cut off by a beam from Eternatus fired in the camera's general direction. This is not commented on at all.
  • Demoted to Extra: Hop and Marnie, two trainers that serve as the player character's rivals in Pokémon Sword and Shield, barely feature in Journeys.
    • Hop originally was only given a brief mention by Sonia in JN100 without being directly named, and Goh essentially takes his place during its adaptation of the Darkest Day plot. His admiration of Leon and goal of defeating him were also given to Ash. Hop will finally appear in JN115 to watch Leon participate in the Masters Tournament that caps the World Coronation Series season.
    • As for Marnie, she was merely a One-Shot Character that served as one of Ash's Ultra-Class ranked opponents in the World Coronation Series. The episode featuring her would also be the only episode so far to feature Team Yell.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The fourth version of the Japanese theme is performed by Rica Matsumoto and Daiki Yamashita (the Japanese voice actors for Ash and Goh respectively).
  • Evolving Credits: Every new Opening Credits scene features or gives certain characters more spotlight as the series progresses.
    • Chloe becomes more active each Opening Title as she goes from being a mere background character to the series tritagonist as she becomes a Pokemon trainer.
    • From Opening two onwards, Leon makes an appearance in the opening credits, serving as Ash's key rival as he's participating in the World coronation series.
    • Multiple of Ash's former travelling companions and rivals make appearances in the opening credits with Dawn making appearances among the rest of the group to show she's becoming the most recurring.
    • Ash and Goh's Pokemon making appearances before the opening sequence changes gradually (staring with just Pikachu and Scorbunny then it evolves into Raboot. Sobble and Grookey are also added in with Sobble evolving as well as all the pokemon ash caught. The current one has a group ohoto with Ash and his Pokemon and Goh with Cinderace, Inteleon and Grookey).
    • The 4th opening is able to feature all of the Pokemon that Goh has captured in place of them making little to no appearances.
    • Danika and Quillon appear in the 4th opening (alongside Gary and Horace) to showcase more of Goh's journey in Project Mew.
    • Chloe appearing in a cute contest attire and the inclusion of Lisia appearing in the credits showcase the start of her potential goal as a Coordinator.
    • Morpeko appears alongside Team Rocket in the 4th opening, showing it's officially James's Pokemon.
    • After Ash enters the Masters Eight, some shots are updated to show the other members of the circle as well as Mega Lucario having a Beam-O-War against Leon's Gigantamax Charizard.
  • Feud Episode: Several of them throughout the series.
    • "Panic in the Park!" is the most well known one where hunger causes conflict between all of Goh's Pokemon.
    • "Betrayed, Bothered and Beleaguered!" features one between Ash and Pikachu when Pikachu gets jealous of Ash giving Riolu more attention.
    • JN69 features one between Goh and Chloe when their Pokemon causing mischief together and Chloe blames Goh's Grookey.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: An In-Universe example; Ash, a Kanto native, became a celebrity in Alola after becoming their first League Champion.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: After years of being downplayed, this aspect of the Pokémon series comes back full force in the form of Goh. Unlike Ash, who quietly gave up on catching all the Pokémon in the world in favor of building a team to win battle tournaments, Goh truly wants to catch 'em all and does his best to do so, catching nearly every Pokémon he comes across. His ultimate goal is to catch the Mythical Pokémon Mew, whom he first saw when he was merely six years old.

    Tropes L to W 
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Journeys has much less to do with its corresponding games, though it does introduce elements, characters, and Pokémon from the Pokémon Sword and Shield games somewhat with a decent degree of frequency. The focus is put much more on what Pokémon is about, with episodes focusing on things like evolution and shiny hunting, and leans towards Pokémon GO more than anything. That said, shiny hunting has been a part of the mainline games for quite some time.
  • Mechanical Abomination: The giant ball of Magnemite from JN93 fits this role, cue the Nightmare Fuel-inducing eye it forms.
  • Mutually Exclusive Powerups: In the World Coronation Series, a Trainer is only allowed to use either Mega Evolution, a Z-Move, or Dynamaxing. If a Trainer uses one of them, they can't use the other two for the rest of the match. Justified as it would make the battle too unfair for anyone who has access to all three while their opponent has one or none at all.
  • Recycled Title: Within the anime segment of the Pokémon franchise, the Japanese title for this series is the same one used for the original series.
  • Retool: Journeys has an even bigger shakeup compared to the previous series. Instead of being purely focused on the region and its native Pokémon from the new games, it features all the known regions and Pokémon so far, as the plot now involves Ash and his new friend Goh traveling around the world on behalf of Professor Cerise. Ash still does competitive battling, but instead of the Galar League, Ash participates in the anime-original World Coronation Series, facing Trainers from all around the world, with the goal of challenging Leon, who is not only the Champion for the Galar region, but the number one Trainer in the world.
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  • Significant Name Shift: Bea generally doesn't bother to remember the names of those she's battled until they've fully proven themselves to be a Worthy Opponent.
  • Stealth Mentor: All three of the main characters have at least one for them and their Pokémon.
    • Ash had Rinto and his Gallade who served as mentors for his Farfetch'd.
    • Goh had Jacqueline and her Inteleon who served as mentors for his Sobble.
    • Chloe had Kairi and his Vaporeon who served as mentors for her Eevee.
  • Superpower Lottery: In this entry, Team Rocket makes use of Rental Pokémon. They summon a Pelliper who delivers a machine called the Secret Rocket Prize Master, operated by a coin (or in this case, Meowth's Charm). Each episode with this has them use a pair of completely random Pokémon from any region. They can obtain anything from cute to vicious Pokémon to do their bidding, but are unable to keep them, especially whenever they blast off again.
  • Tastes Better Than It Looks: In "Restore and Renew," paleontologist Bray Zenn decides to steal whipped cream meant for dessert to add to a curry (much to the group's shock), though they end up finding it incredible.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Of all the seasons, this one is probably the one where Ash's Pokémon hang out outside of their Pokeballs the least. Not only do Ash's Pokémon rarely spend any time with each other, but even Ash rarely interacts with most of them, as most his battles are usually either using Pikachu solo, or Pikachu and 1 other Pokemon. Though this does start to lessen at least a bit later on in the series when less focus is put on solving the problems of the Character of the Day and more focus is put on Ash training for the Masters Tournament.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: When all of Goh's Pokémon go crazy due to their food going missing, they start to attack each other and almost put his three Cascoon at risk. Only averted with his Farfetch'd, Skwovet, Pidgey, and Cubone, who manage to stay calm and help get everyone back to normal.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Iris revealing herself in her Black 2/White 2 Champion outfit (confirmed by Drayden seconds later), and later sending out her ace...Axew, but fully evolved into a Haxorus!
    • When Chloe runs into the strong Sylveon trainer she heard about, she turns around — it's Serena.
    • When Ash enters the Masters Eight, we get the reveal of the other members at the time. In particular, Alain has climbed his way to #6.


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Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Journeys


Cinderace and Lucario Together

Thanks to Meowth's gadget, Cinderace and Lucario's hand are stuck together and they need to work together.

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