During each season of the main series, a Pokémon Feature Film (劇場版ポケットモンスター Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā?, Pocket Monsters Movie) starring the main characters from the TV series has been released. As of 2013, there have been 16 movies and one feature length TV broadcast (released outside Japan as a direct-to-video movie titled "Mewtwo Returns"). The plot of every movie has involved an encounter with a Legendary Pokémon, although some may not conform to a strict definition of the word. The movies are also used to promote new Pokémon that appear in new versions of the game and series.


Movie # Japanese title Released Flag of Japan.svg English title Released 200px-Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg.png Featured Pokémon
1 Mewtwo Strikes Back
(ミュウツーの逆襲 Myūtsū no Gyakushū?)
July 18, 1998 Mewtwo Strikes Back November 12, 1999 Mewtwo, Mew
2 Revelation Lugia
(幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕 Maboroshi no Pokemon Rugia Bakutan?,
Mirage Pokémon: Lugia's Explosive Birth)
July 17, 1999 The Power of One July 21, 2000 Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia
3 Lord of the 'UNKNOWN' Tower: Entei
(結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI Kesshōtō no Teiō ENTEI?,
Emperor of The Crystal Tower: ENTEI)
July 8, 2000 Spell of the Unown April 6, 2001 Entei, Unown
4 Celebi: A Timeless Encounter
(セレビィ 時を超えた遭遇(であい) Serebyi Toki o Koeta Deai?,
Celebi: The Meeting that Traversed Time)
July 7, 2001 Celebi: Voice of the Forest October 11, 2002 Suicune, Celebi
5 The Guardians of Altomare
(水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Mizu no Miyako no Mamorigami Ratiasu to Ratiosu?,
Guardian Gods of the Capital of Water: Latias and Latios)
July 13, 2002 Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias May 16, 2003 Latias, Latios
6 Wishing Star of the Seven Nights
(七夜の願い星 ジラーチ Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirāchi?,
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi)
July 19, 2003 Jirachi Wish Maker June 1, 2004 Groudon, Jirachi
7 Deoxys The Visitor
(裂空の訪問者 デオキシス Rekkū no Hōmonsha Deokishisu?,
Visitor from the Sky-Splitting: Deoxys)
July 17, 2004 Destiny Deoxys January 22, 2005 Rayquaza, Deoxys
8 Mew and the Wave Hero
(ミュウと波導(はどう)の勇者 ルカリオ Myū to Hadō no Yūsha Rukario?,
Mew and the Aura Hero: Lucario)
July 16, 2005 Lucario and the Mystery of Mew September 19, 2006 Mew, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Lucario
9 The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea
(ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海(うみ)の王子 マナフィ Pokemon Renjā to Umi no Ōji Manafi?,
The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy)
July 15, 2006 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea March 23, 2007 Kyogre, Manaphy
10 Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai
(ディアルガVSパルキアVSダークライ Diaruga Tai Parukia Tai Dākurai?)
July 14, 2007 The Rise of Darkrai February 24, 2008 Dialga, Palkia, Darkrai
11 Giratina and the Bouquet of the Frozen Sky: Shaymin
(ギラティナと氷空(そら)の花束 シェイミ Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi?)
July 19, 2008 Giratina and the Sky Warrior February 13, 2009 Regigigas, Giratina, Shaymin, Dialga
12 Arceus: To Conquering Space-Time
(アルセウス 超克の時空へ Aruseusu Chōkoku no Jikū e?)
July 18, 2009 Arceus and the Jewel of Life November 20, 2009 Heatran, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Arceus
13 Phantom Ruler: Zoroark
(幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク Gen'ei no Hasha Zoroāku?)
July 10, 2010 Zoroark: Master of Illusions February 5, 2011 Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Celebi, Zorua, Zoroark
14 Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom
(ビクティニと黒き英雄ゼクロム Bikutini to Kuroki Eiyū Zekuromu?)[1]
July 16, 2011 White: Victini and Zekrom December 3, 2011 Victini, Zekrom, Reshiram
Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram
(ビクティニと白き英雄 レシラム Bikutini to Shiroki Eiyū Reshiramu?)
July 16, 2011 Black: Victini and Reshiram December 10, 2011 Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom
15 Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
(キュレムVS聖剣士 ケルディオ Kyuremu tai Seikenshi Kerudio?)
July 14, 2012 Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice December 8, 2012 Kyurem, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Keldeo
16 ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
(神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒 Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myūtsū Kakusei?)
July 13, 2013 Genesect and the Legend Awakened October 19, 2013 Mewtwo, Genesect
17 Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
(破壊の繭とディアンシー Hakai no Mayu to Dianshī?)
July 19, 2014 Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction November 8, 2014
18 The Archdjinni of the Rings: Hoopa
(光輪の超魔神 フーパ Ring no chōmajin Fūpa?)
July 18, 2015 Hoopa and the Clash of Ages December 19, 2015
19 Volcanion and the Exquisite Magearna
(ボルケニオンと機巧のマギアナ Borukenion to karakuri no Magiana?)
July 16, 2016 Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel December 5, 2016

Television specials movies

These special episodes, which run longer than the normal half hour and are not usually separated into more than one episode in either the original or the dub, are often considered TV Pokémon movies, not counting towards the running total. They never appear in theaters, but are instead broadcast on the same networks that the regular anime is broadcast for their premieres. Though they may air around the same time as other episodes of the anime, usually in the anime's normal timeslot, they are not assigned episode numbers.

Special Movie # Japanese title Released Flag of Japan.svg English title Released 200px-Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg.png Featured Pokémon
1 Mewtwo! I Am Here
(ミュウツーの逆襲 Myūtsū! Ware wa Koko ni Ari?)
December 30, 2000 Mewtwo Returns December 4, 2001 Mewtwo
2 Raikou Legend of Thunder
(ライコウ 雷の伝説 Raikou - Ikazuchi no Densetsu?)
December 30, 2001 The Legend of Thunder June 3/10, 2006 Raikou
3 The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon
(戦慄のミラージュポケモン Senritsu no Mirāju Pokemon?)
October 13, 2006 The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon April 29, 2006 see below
4 Pokémon Ranger: Locus of Light
(ポケモンレンジャー 光の軌跡 Pokémon Renjā Hikari no Kiseki?)
February 28/March 7, 2010 Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs November 10, 2010 see below