How to watch Pokemon Evolutions anime Episode 1: Release dates, trailer, more

Daniel Megarry. Last updated: Sep 10, 2021
Pokemon Evolutions anime poster
The Pokemon Company

A brand new online anime series called Pokemon Evolutions has been announced to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and each episode will revisit a different region.

There have been countless anime series and movies for Pokemon fans to get stuck into since the original Indigo League arc debuted back in 1997, but the latest series is one of the most exciting yet as it spans across multiple generations.

Pokemon Evolutions is a web-exclusive anime series that consists of eight episodes. Each one will revisit a different region from the core games, starting with Galar and ending with Kanto, and give viewers a “fresh perspective” on these locations.

So whether you’re looking forward to revisiting Unova and Sinnoh or you want more journeys in the OG Kanto region, here’s everything you need to know about Evolutions, including release dates, trailers, and details for each episode.


Pokemon Evolutions Zamazenta
The Pokemon Company
Legendaries will play a big part in Evolutions.

Pokemon Evolutions release dates

The first episode of Pokemon Evolutions, which transports viewers to the Galar region from Sword & Shield, was released on Thursday, September 9, 2021, with more episodes arriving later in the year.

Here are the release dates for each episode of Pokemon Evolutions:

  • September 9, 2021: The Champion (set in the Galar region)
  • September 23, 2021: The Eclipse (set in the Alola region)
  • October 7, 2021: The Visionary (set in the Kalos region)
  • October 21, 2021: The Plan (set in the Unova region)
  • December 2, 2021: The Rival (set in the Sinnoh region)
  • December 9, 2021: The Wish (set in the Hoenn region)
  • December 16, 2021: The Show (set in the Johto region)
  • December 23, 2021: The Discovery (set in the Kanto region)

Each episode should be released at 6AM PT / 9AM ET / 1PM BST.

How to watch Pokemon Evolutions

Trainers can tune in to the Pokemon Evolutions anime online. It will be available to watch through the Pokemon TV app, which can be downloaded on mobile and is also now available on Nintendo Switch.

Alternatively, you can catch the latest episodes on the official Pokemon YouTube channel. We’ve also embedded the first episode below so you can watch it right here.

Pokemon Evolutions trailer

The first trailer for Pokemon Evolutions was released on September 2, 2021, giving fans a preview of what they can expect from the new anime – including an appearance from Sword & Shield mascot, Ball Guy!

You can watch the Evolutions announcement trailer below.

What will happen in Pokemon Evolutions?

Unlike the main anime series, each episode of Pokemon Evolutions will follow a Trainer from a different region that has appeared in the core video games, with a Pikachu acting as a guide through each region.

Evolution’s first episode ‘The Champion’ will focus on the Galar region’s reigning Champion, Leon, as he battles the powerful Legendary creature Eternatus. That episode is out now.

Pokemon Evolutions Leon
The Pokemon Company
Leon will face off against Eternatus in the first episode of Evolutions.

It’s not just Leon that Trainers will recognize, as The Pokemon Company have promised plenty of familiar characters will show up, and it seems like each region’s Legendaries will play a big part, too, with Zacian, Zamazenta, Xerneas, and more appearing in the trailer.

There are eight episodes of Evolutions to look forward to in total, and they will go through the core Pokemon regions in reverse order, starting with Sword & Shield’s Galar and ending with the iconic Kanto region on December 23.

So mark your calendars now, Trainers, and make sure you tune in to each episode of Pokemon Evolutions when they arrive later in the year.