The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

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The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

Pokemon is a very important part in a lot of people’s childhoods. Older fans may remember that the first season of Pokemon: Indigo League ran from April 1997 to January 1999 in Japan. While it may not seem like a long time ago, the show was able to bust out 82 episodes in just two years. In America, the show premiered in September 8, 1998, barely a year after its Japanese release. The rest, as they say, is history.

From the great charters, to the relationships between people and Pokemon, and the epic battles, the show will never be forgotten. Like any show, there are very good episodes, mediocre episodes, and bad episodes. Without further delay, here are the 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League episodes ranked, according to their IMDb ratings.

10 Episode 12: “Zenigame Group’s Appearance” (7.9)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

The first episode on the list is “Zenigame Group’s Appearance,” or sometimes referred to as “Here Comes the Squirtle Squad” (The Zenigame Squad Appears!). This episode marks the first appearance of the infamous Squirtle Squad and originally aired in Japan on June 10, 1997.

Here, the gang (consisting of Ash, Brock, Misty, and Pikachu) gets pranked by the Squirtle Squad. The team fall down a hole and are captured by the gang, who just so happens to work with Team Rocket. In the end, the Squirtle Gang saves the local town from Team Rocket, who started a fire in hopes to capture Pikachu.

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9 Episode 22: “Casey! Psychic Confrontation” (8.0)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

“Casey! Pyschic Confrontation,” Also known as “Abra and the Psychic Showdown (Part 1),” came out August 26, 1997. This marks the first part of a three episode arc. This episode begins with Ash and the gang finally making it to Saffron City for the gym. Just before officially stepping afoot into the gym, a mysterious man approaches the gang and tells them not to enter.



Ash being Ash ignores the warning and heads inside. Ash discovers a building of people only training psychic type Pokemon. He then approaches the gym leader, Sabrina, and asks her to battle. Ash loses because as her Abra evolved into Kadabra in the middle of battle!

8 Episode 46: “Resurrection!? Fossil Pokemon!” (8.1)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

“Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon” (Resurrected!? Fossil Pokémon!) is the 46th episode of the first season and premiered on May 28, 1998. Gary tags along with Ash and the gang as they arrive at a canyon where they find people looking for fossils.

Of course, Team Rocks comes along to tries to blow the canyon to smithereens. Their plans come to a halt when team Rocket, Ash and Pikachu fall down a canyon where an ancient Pokemon has been living. In an their attempt to escape, they must rely on Ash’s Charmander, who does not like to listen to his owner. In the end, Charmander finally evolves into Charizard and is able to defeat the ancient Pokemon Aerodactyl.

7 Episode 39: “Pikachu’s Woods” (8.1)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

“Pikachu’s Goodbye” (Forest of Pikachu) is the 39th episode of the Indigo League season. Fun fact: this episode and episode 40, which came out on April 16, 1998, were shown back-to-back to celebrate Pokemon being back on the air after the seizure-inducing “Dennō Senshi Porygon” (Cyborg Soldier Porygon) accident.

In this episode Ash, Brock, and Misty enter a very nice and peaceful forest, only to later find out is filled with Pikachus. Ash’s Pikachu makes friends with them after saving one from drowning. When Ash assumes this is where his Pikachu will be the happiest, he tries to leave him behind.


6 Episode 23: “Capture At The Pokemon Tower” (8.1)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

“The Tower of Terror (Part 2)” (Got It at the Pokémon Tower!) aired on September 2, 1997 as the second part to “Abra and the Psychic Showdown (Part 1).” This continues where the last episode left off, when Ash is trying to find a Ghost Pokemon in Lavender Town.

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Ash, Pikachu, Brock, and Misty go to the Tower of Terror where only ash and Pikachu enter because Brock and Misty are too scared. In the tower, Ash and Pikachu becomes friends with a mischievous Haunter who turns them into ghosts to play with. After the Haunter has had his fun, he leaves with Ash as his owner.

5 Episode 14: “Electric Showdown! Kuchiba Gym (8.2)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

“Electric Shock Showdown” (Electric Shock Showdown! Kuchiba Gym aired on July 1, 1997 as the 14th episode of the series. In this episode, Ash, Brock, and Misty finally get to Vermilion City. Ash is ready to defeat the local gym leader Lt. Surge.

The lieutenant wins by a landslide with his Pokemon Raichu, the evolved version of a Pikachu. Ash thinks he might want to evolve his own Pikachu in order to defeat Lt. Surge, but Ash uses Pikachu’s swiftness to win instead. After Lt Surge’s defeat, Ash and Pikachu successfully leave Vermilion City behind with the thunder badge in hand.

4 Episode 59: “Decisive Battle! Gurney Gym!” (8.2)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

“Volcanic Panic” (Decisive Battle! Guren Gym!) is the continuation of the episode before “Riddle Me This” (Burn! Guren Gym!). This episode came out on August 20, 1998 when Ash is in the middle getting his seventh gym badge, or Volcano Badge.

As the battle is heating up, Ash stops the battle because Pikachu is about to get severely hurt and he is more important than the badge. Ash promises he will not leave the island until he gets the badge. As if almost losing Pikachu wasn’t enough, Team Rocket comes to terrorize the town. Ash and the gym leader Blaine, Misty, and Brock are ultimately able save the town from a threatening volcano.

3 Episode 21: “Bye Bye Butterfree” (8.3)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

“Bye Bye Butterfree” (Bye Bye Butterfree) is the 21 episode of Pokemon and it aired on August 19, 1997. along their journey, Ash, Misty, and Brock notice sa large amount of Butterfree’s in the sky. Ash wonders what the reasoning may be, but Brock informs him that is mating season for the Butterfree.

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Ash eventually lets his Butterfree go mate with the others, but Team Rocket arrives and tries to take them all. Ash’s Butterfree is ultimately to thank for the day being saved when it is able to free them all the nick of time. At the end of the episode, Ash is faced with a hard decision to let Butterfree go forever or to keep it in a Pokeball for battle. Needless to say, many tears were shed.

2 Episode 11: “ Lost Pokemon Hitokage” (8.4)

The 10 Best Pokemon Indigo League Episodes (According To IMDb) Ranked

The eleventh episode of the series is called “Charmander – The Stray Pokémon” (The Stray Pokémon – Hitokage), which aired on June 10, 1997. Ash, Misty, and Brock are on their way to Vermilion City. On their journey the gang run into a wild Charmander. When Ash tries to catch it, he realizes it already belongs to someone else.

The gang go to a local Pokemon center where they hear a trainer boasting that he abandoned a Charmander on the side of the road because it was too weak. Ash and Brock hurry to go save it from an impending storm. In the end, the Charmander defeats Team Rocket and chooses Ash to be his new trainer.

1 Episode 1: “Pokemon, I choose You!” (8.5)

The best rated episode of the first season of Pokemon: Indigo League is the pilot episode of the series, “Pokemon, I choose You!” The pilot episode that started it all came out on April 1, 1997, and it’s where everyone first fell in love with Ash and his ultimate Pokemon companion, Pikachu!

Ash just turned 10 years old and he is ready to become the best Pokemon trainer that ever lived. He goes to Professor Oak’s lab and receives his first Pokemon ever. Ash, of course, gets their late and there is only one Pokemon left, a Pikachu that refuses to listen to anyone. In this episode, Ash used his own body to protect Pikachu from an incoming attack and from that day forth, they became the ultimate trainer and Pokemon team!

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