Pocket Monsters - Best Wishes
Episode Listings

Best Wishes is the new saga within the Pokémon anime series to tie in with the release of the Pokémon Black & White videogames. After his defeat within the Sinnoh League at the hands of Tobias, Ash soon learns of a new, although very far away region called Unova and he heads there to continue his dream of being a Pokémon Master. While there, he meets new friends and continues on his adventures to take on the eight gyms of Unova and win in the Unova League. In various bursts of the saga, Jessie, James & Meowth are shown to be on serious missions for Giovanni and Team Rocket themselves with Meowth even joining Ash & Co. for a while



Iris is the girl who Ash meets while in Unova. Iris is based on the eighth gym leader of Unova in Pokémon Black & White. Her goal is yet unknown but she appears to be a wild child and has been seen swinging from vines in forests in order to get from place to place.

Iris, like Ash & Dawn, has her partner Pokémon stay out of its Pokéball on most occasions. Her partner Pokémon being Axew, the Tusk Pokémon. However, despite the fact it doesn't go into its Pokéball, Axew does jump into Iris' hair whenever Iris decides to actively go somewhere.


Ash and Iris will meet Cilan at the Striaton City Gym. Like in the games, Cilan is the Gym Leader there. Cilan will join Ash & Iris on their journey. Cilan is not just a Gym Leader with battling skills, but he is described as a Pokémon Sommelier and has the ability to see the compatibility between Pokémon and their trainers.

Other Characters

In addition to this, there are numerous new characters who will recur throughout the series. As Unova is far away, familiar characters from previous sagas will be few and far between so the new characters are to be seen more often. Even Nurse Joy & Officer Jenny have been replaced by new characters.

  • Professor Juniper (アララギ博士) is the Professor in the region, and like in the games, she offers Snivy, Tepig & Oshawott to prospective trainers.
  • Trip (シューティ)is a trainer in Unova. Wanting to take on the Unova League, Trip travels around Unova to get the badges. In addition to that, he has a hobby as a Pokémon photographer and takes photos of Pokémon he hasn't previously seen.
  • Don George (ドン・ジョージ)is the leader of the Pokémon Battle Club in Unova. He teaches trainers new moves and allows trainers to battle freely there.

Series 2

Later in the series, Best Wishes gets its renewal classed for the first time as Series 2. This part of the saga takes place in East Unova and has Ash, Iris & Cilan travel there with Cynthia to learn of the Pokémon World Tournament - Junior Cup which is taking place there. East Unova is filled with Pokémon not native to Unova. Several characters start to recur during the series.


Dawn traveled with Ash while he was in the Sinnoh region. She aspires to be the Top Co-ordinator and participates in Pokémon contests. Like Ash & Iris, she is always joined by her partner Pokémon Piplup. She goes to East Unova in order to keep training to be the best Co-ordinator in the world


Cynthia is the champion in the Sinnoh region and a formidable Pokémon trainer. She appears as a guide for Ash & co. to East Unova where she vacations in Undella Town. She intends to participate within the World Tournament Junior Cup to face up against trainers such as Caitlin and Alder


Meloetta is one of the mysterious Mythical Pokémon. It has the ability to sing which can heal the heart of anyone. As such, Giovanni and the rest of Team Rocket have their eyes on it. As such, when Ash manages to save it, it becomes enamoured with him and decides to start accompanying him

Series 2 Episode N

After the Unova League, the show moved in to a new mini-saga called Episode N. This saga focuses upon Ash & Co. heading towards the White Ruins to aid Professor Cedric Juniper, but on their way, they soon discover the evil team, Team Plasma is starting with their plans to manipulate Pokémon


Ash & Co. meet with N while on the ferry to south west Unova. N follows the ideals that Pokémon are friends and should not be used for battle or in dangeous situations, often interrupting battles before they get too intense. He was an orphan who got taken by the Team Plasma leader, Ghetsis. However, he has since turned away from them and intends to stop them

Series 2 Decolore Adventure

After the Team Plasma antics are thwarted, Ash & Co. start to travel across the Decolore Archipelego, a small island range away from Unova

Episode Listing

Below is a list of all the episodes within the saga

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
660 In The Shadow of Zekrom! To the Unova Region! Zekrom's Shadow!! Pics
661 Enter Iris & Axew Iris & Axew! Pics
662 A Sandile Gusher of Change Oshawott! Sandile! Critical Moment!! Pics
663 The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice Battle Club! Mysterious Pokemon Appears!! Pics
664 Triple Leaders, Team Threats Striaton City! VS Pansear, Panpour, Pansage! Pics
665 Dreams by the Yard Full Dreamyard! Munna & Musharna!! Pics
666 Snivy Plays Hard to Catch! Get Snivy With Attract!? Pics
667 Saving Darmanitan From the Bell! Darumakka and Darmanitan! The secret of Clock Tower!! Pics
668 The Bloom Is on Axew Out of Control Scolipede! Rescue Axew!! Pics
669 A Rival Battle for Club Champ! Rival Battle! Strong Opponent Frillish!! Pics
670 A Home for Dwebble Dwebble! Take Back Your House!! Pics
671 Here Comes The Trubbish Squad The Trubbish Squad & The Secret Base!! Pics
672 Mincinno-Neat and Tidy Minccino is Tidy?! Pics
673 A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! Nacrene City! Big Adventure at the Museum! Pics
674 The Battle According to Lenora Nacrene Gym Battle! VS Gym Leader Lenora!! Pics
675 Rematch at the Nacrene Gym Nacrene City Gym Rematch! Explosive New Move!! Pics
676 Scraggy-Hatched to Be Wild The Wild Child That Hatched From The Egg. Pics
677 Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest Pinwheel Forest! Sewaddle and Burgh!! Pics
S26 TBC Dawn's New Journey! Pics
S27 TBC Pewter Gym - The Biggest Crisis Ever Pics
678 A Connoisseur's Revenge! Sommelier Showdown! Dwebble vs Dewott!! Pics
679 Dancing With the Ducklett Trio! Pikachu VS Sandile VS Ducklett Pics
680 The Lost World of Gothitelle! Sky Arrow Bridge & Gothitelle! Pics
681 A Venipede Stampede Castelia City - Venipede Panic! Pics
682 TBC Team Rocket VS Team Plasma! (Part One) Not Aired
683 TBC Team Rocket VS Team Plasma! (Part Two) Not Aired
684 Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! Castelia Gym Battle - Pure-Hearted Bug Battle! Pics
685 A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition Castelia City Fishing Competition! Fishing Sommelier - Cilan Appears! Pics
686 Emolga the Irresistible! Beware of Cute Faces! Emolga Paralyses! Pics
687 Emolga and the New Volt Switch! Emolga VS Snivy! Volt Switch Chaos! Pics
688 Scare at the Litwick Mansion! The Scary Story of the Litwick Mansion! Pics
689 Dragon Master's Path! The Road To Becoming A Dragon Master! Axew VS Druddigon!! Pics
690 Oshawott's Lost Scalchop The Lost Shell! Oshawott's Biggest Crisis! Pics
691 Cottonee in Love Beloved Cottonee Rides the Wind! Pics
692 A UFO for Elgyem Elgyem & The Unidentified Flying Object! Pics
693 Ash and Trip's Third Battle Rival Battle! Vanillite & Timburr Participate in Battle! Pics
694 Facing Fear With Eyes Wide Open! Palpitoad & Stunfisk! Battle at the Waterfront! Pics
695 Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster! The Dragon Buster Appears! Iris & Excadrill!! Pics
696 Gotta Catch A Roggenrola! Roggenrola!! Let's Fire the Flash Cannon!! Pics
697 Where Did You Go, Audino? Connoisseur Detective Cilan! The Audino Disappearance Case! Pics
698 Archeops In The Modern World Fossil Revival! Ancient Mysterious Bird Archeops!! Pics
699 Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokemon Knight"! Zorua the Movie! Legend of the Pokémon Knight! Pics
700 Reunion Battles In Nimbasa! Everyone Gathers! Don Battle!! Pics
701 Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!! Fierce Fighting Don Battle! Snivy VS Pawniard! Pics
702 The Club Battle Hearts of Fury, Emolga Versus Sawk! Heated Don Battle! Emolga VS Sawk!! Pics
703 The Club Battle Finale: A Heroes Outcome! Decisive Don Battle! Ash VS Iris!! Pics
704 Meowth's Scrafty Tactics Negotiator Meowth! Scrafty Persuasion Tactics!! Pics
705 Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky? Be Cautious of Purrloin! Meowth & Oshawott!! Pics
706 Beheeyem, Duosion and the Dream Thief Beheeyem and Duosion and the Dream Thief! Pics
707 Beartic Mountain Feud! Negotiator Meowth! Break Through the Forest of Beartic!! Pics
708 Crisis from the Underground Up! High-Speed! Battle Subway! Part One Pics
709 Battle for the Underground High-Speed! Battle Subway! Part Two Pics
710 Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader! Charismatic Gym Leader Appears! Elesa Enters! Pics
711 Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym! Nimbasa Gym! Lightning Battle!! Pics
712 Lost at the Stamp Rally! Ash & Cilan VS The Subway Bosses! Pics
713 Ash Versus The Champion Ash VS Champion Alder! Pics
714 A Maractus Musical Somewhere, Over The Rainbow! A Maractus Musical! Pics
715 The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck Sawsbuck: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, All Present!! Pics
716 Scraggy and the Demanding Gothita! Scraggy & The Selfish Gothita!! Pics
717 The Lonely Deino! Iris & Deino! Training at the Day Care!! Pics
718 The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue! Swift Hero A☆celgor VS Cryogonal Man!! Pics
719 A Call for Brotherly Love! Cilan & Chili, The Brother's Battle! Pansear VS Pansage!! Pics
720 Stopping the Rage of Legends! (Part 1) Tornadus VS Thundurus VS Landorus!! (Part One) Pics
721 Stopping the Rage of Legends! (Part 2) Tornadus VS Thundurus VS Landorus!! (Part Two) Pics
722 Battling the King of the Mines! Underground Gym Battle! VS Clay!! Pics
723 Crisis at Chargestone Cave! Joltik, Galvantula! Chargestone Cave!! Pics
724 Evolution Exchange Excitement! Trade Evolution! Escavalier & Accelgor!! Pics
725 Explorers of the Hero's Ruin! The Black Hero's Ruins! Sigiliyph and Cofagrigus!! Pics
726 Battling the Bully! Double Battle! Pikachu & Krokorok VS Scolipede & Seismitoad!! Pics
727 Baffling the Bouffalant! Afro, GO! Bouffalant, NO!! Pics
728 Cilan Takes Flight! Mistralton Gym Air-Battle! Challenger Cilan!? Pics
729 An Amazing Aerial Battle! Mistralton Gym! Decisive Aerial Battle VS Skyla!! Pics
730 Climbing the Tower of Success! Obstacle Breakthrough! Climb The Tower of the Sky!! Pics
731 The Clubsplosion Begins! The Unveiling Donamite! Scraggy VS Simisage!! Pics
732 Search for the Clubultimate! Quick Succession Donamite! Druddigon VS Bisharp!! Pics
733 A Clubsplosion of Excitement! Fierce Fighting Donamite! Bisharp VS Emboar!! Pics
734 Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown! Decisive Battle Donamite! Throh vs Sawk!! Pics
735 Battling the Leaf Thieves! Rescue Axew! The Den of Durant!!! Pics
736 A Restoration Confrontation! (Part 1) Fierce Fighting at Twist Mountain! Carracosta's Miracle!! (Part One) Pics
737 A Restoration Confrontation! (Part 2) Fierce Fighting at Twist Mountain! Carracosta's Miracle!! (Part Two) Pics
738 Evolution by Fire! Flaming Memories! Tepig VS Emboar!! Pics
739 Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain! Brycen Appears! The Holy Mountain of Volcarona!! Pics
740 Caution: Icy Battle Conditions! Icirrus Gym Battle! Ice Battlefield!! Pics
741 Clash of the Connoisseurs! Pokémon Connoisseur Showdown! Tasting Battle!! Pics
742 Crisis at Ferroseed Research Ferroseed Research Institute! Iris and Vanilluxe!! Pics
743 An Epic Defense Force! Movie Showdown! Sortie, Unova Defense Group!! Pics
744 Rocking the Virbank Gym! (Part 1) Fierce Fighting at the Virbank Gym! VS Roxie!! Part 1 Pics
745 Rocking the Virbank Gym! (Part 2) Fierce Fighting at the Virbank Gym! VS Roxie!! Part 2 Pics
746 All For The Love of Meloetta Sing, Meloetta! The Melody of Love!! Pics
747 Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times! Piplup VS Pansage, the Magnificent Battle!! Pics
748 Expedition to Onix Island! Survival on the Island of Onix! Pics
749 The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo! Connoiseur Detective Cilan! The Mystery of the Lost Cubchoo! Pics
750 Iris and the Rogue Dragonite! Iris and the Roughneck Dragonite! Pics
751 Jostling for the Junior Cup! The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Dragonite VS Beartic!! Pics
752 Battling Authority Once Again! Power Battle! Iris VS Dawn! Pics
753 Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three! Ash, Iris & Trip's Final Battle Pics
754 Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure! The Junior Cup, Site of Partings and Encounters! Pics
755 The Road to Humilau! Humilau Gym Battle! Mantine VS Samurott Pics
756 Unrest at the Nursery! Pokémon Nursery School Uproar! Rufflet & Vullaby! Pics
757 Meloetta and the Undersea Temple Meloetta and the Underwater Temple! Pics
758 Unova's Survival Crisis Advance of the Therian Formes! Unova's Greatest Crisis!! Pics
759 Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! The World's Most Gorgeous Pokémon?! Cinccino VS Snivy!! Pics
760 A Surface to Air Tag Battle Team! The Earth & Sky Tag Battle!! Pics
761 A Village Homecoming! Iris, Return to Dragon Village! Pics
762 Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future! Opelucid Gym! Iris VS Drayden!! Pics
763 Team Eevee and the Pokemon Rescue Squad! Team Eevee, Depart! The Pokémon Rescue Squad!! Pics
764 Curtain Up, Unova League The Unova League Higaki Tournament Begins! Ash VS Trip!! Pics
765 Mission: Defeat Your Rival! Fierce Fighting! Win Your Way Through the Rival Battles!! Pics
766 Lost at the League! Axew Gets Lost! Pics
767 Strong Strategy Steals the Show! Sawk Enters! Ash VS Stephan! Pics
768 Cameron's Secret Weapon! Ash VS Cameron! The Hydreigon Secret Weapon!! Pics
769 A Unova League Evolution Unova League Conclusion! Lucario VS Pikachu!! Pics
770 New Places... Familiar Faces! Juniper's Laboratory! A New Journey! Pics
771 The Name's N! Friend...His name is N! Pics
772 There's a New Gym Leader in Town! The New Gym Leader, Cheren!! Pics
773 Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! Colress VS Looker! The Team Plasma Conspiracy! Pics
774 The Light of Floccesy Ranch! The Foggy Floccesy Ranch! Ampharos' Light! Pics
775 Saving Braviary! N Returns! Operation: Rescue Braviary!! Pics
776 The Pokémon Harbor Patrol! Hurry Up! The Pokémon Gulf Coast Relief Corps!! Pics
777 Flames of a Red-Hot Reunion! Burn, Charizard! VS Dragonite! Pics
778 Team Plasma's Pokemon Manipulation! Team Plasma's Aspiration! The Manipulated Pokémon!! Pics
779 Secrets From Out of the Fog! N's Secret...Beyond the Fog! Pics
780 Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry! Team Rocket VS Team Plasma! Meowth and Colress!! Pics
781 Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals! The White Ruins! Ash VS N!! Pics
782 Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony! Team Plasma Strikes! The Ressurection Ritual!! Pics
783 What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals! Reshiram VS N! Beyond Ideals and Truth!! Pics
784 Farewell, Unova! Setting Sail for New Adventures! Farewell Unova! Setting Sail Once Again!! Pics
785 Danger, Sweet as Honey! Sweet Honeymitsu is Filled with Danger! Pics
786 Cilan and the Case of the Purrloin Witness! Cilan the Connoisseur Detective! A Locked Room Mystery on the Open Sea!! Pics
787 Crowning the Scalchop King! Farewell, Oshawott!? The Path to Becoming Scalchop King! Pics
788 The Island of Illusions! Illusion Island! Zoroark in the Fog! Pics
789 To Catch a Rotom! Rotom VS Professor Oak Pics
790 The Pirates of Decolore! The Pirate King of the Decolora Archipelago! Pics
791 Butterfree and Me! Ash and Butterfree! Until the Day We Meet Again!! Pics
792 The Path That Leads to Goodbye! Ash and Iris Break It Off!? Highway to Separation!! Pics
793 Searching for a Wish! Wish Upon Jirachi! The Seven Days Miracle!! Pics
794 Capacia Island UFO! Shining Flying Saucer! Beheeyem's Town!! Pics
S31 TBC Mewtwo Awakens: Prologue Pics
795 The Journalist from Another Region! Alexa Appears! Helioptile & Gogoat!! Pics
796 Mystery on a Deserted Island! The Mystery of the Treasure! Adventure on an Uninhabited Island!! Pics
797 A Pokémon of a Different Color! Clair & Iris! The Shiny Druddigon!! Pics
798 Celebrating the Hero's Comet! Noivern Appears! The Legend of the Comet & the Hero!! Pics
799 Go, Go Gogoat! GoGo Gogoat! Pics
800 Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit! Emolga Joins Team Rocket ! Pics
801 Survival of the Striaton Gym! Cilan VS The Ice Challenger! The Crisis at Striation Gym!! Pics
802 Best Wishes Until We Meet Again! Best Wishes! Until The Day We Meet Again!! Pics
803 Dream Continues! My Dream, Pokémon Master!! Pics
S33 TBC Cilan and Brock! Gyarados' Outrage!! Pics
S34 TBC Iris VS Clair! The Road to Dragon Master! Not Aired