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Pokémon: Master Quest
English front cover of the Pokémon: Master Quest collection box
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 65 (Japanese version)
64 (International version)
Original network TV Tokyo
Original release August 9, 2001 (2001-08-09) – November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)

Pokémon: Master Quest is the fifth season of Pokémon and the final part of Pokémon the Series: Gold and Silver, a Japanese anime television series known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Gold and Silver (ポケットモンスター絹と銀, Poketto Monsutā Kin to Gin). It originally aired in Japan from August 9, 2001 to November 14, 2002 on TV Tokyo, and in the United States from September 14, 2002 to October 25, 2003 on Kids' WB. It was the first season of Pokémon to be digitally animated as opposed to cel animation, starting with the episode "Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid".

The season follows the adventures of the ten-year-old Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum and his electric mouse partner Pikachu as they collect Gym Badges in the fictional Johto region so they can compete in the Johto League competition.

The episodes were directed by Masamitsu Hidaka and produced by the animation studio OLM.

The Japanese opening songs are "Aim to be a Pokemon Master" (めざせポケモンマスター 2001, Mezase Pokémon Masutā 2001) by Whiteberry for 29 episodes, and "Ready Go!" by Naomi Tamura for 36 episodes. The ending songs are "Face Forward Team Rocket!" (前向きロケット団!, Maemuki Roketto-dan!) by Team Rocket trio for 29 episodes, and "Pocket-erring Monster-ing" (ポケッターリ・モンスターリ, Pokettāri Monsutāri) by Kana for 36 episodes. The English opening song is "Believe in Me" by David Rolfe. A shortened version of the English opening song was used for the end credits.


J# E# English title
Japanese title
Original air date English air date
212 210 "Around the Whirlpool" (The Whirlpool Islands! A New Challenge!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 9, 2001 (2001-08-09) September 14, 2002 ʁ ʁ
In a scuffle with Team Rocket, Ash and friends are thrown from the ship taking them to the Whirl Islands. They crash into Blue Point Isle, where they meet up with Professor Elm, who explains about the upcoming Whirl Cup that takes place in the center of the Whirl Islands.
213 211 "Fly Me to the Moon" (Poppo and the Enormous Poppo! Towards the As Yet Unseen Sky!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 16, 2001 (2001-08-16) September 21, 2002 ʁ ʁ
On Pudgy Pidgey Isle, where all Pidgey have grown large and lazy, our heroes discover one Pidgey who dreams of flying higher than any Pokémon in history.
214 212 "Takin' It on the Chinchou" (Set Out to the Sea! Line of Chonchie!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 23, 2001 (2001-08-23) September 28, 2002 ʁ ʁ
In Blue Lagoon, Ash and friends are fortunate enough to pass a small mountain village just as an annual Chinchou migration is about to occur.
215 213 "A Corsola Caper!" (Sunnygo the Amigo! Showdown on Yellow Rock Isle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 30, 2001 (2001-08-30) October 5, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Just as Ash and friends arrive on Yellow Rock Isle, they find themselves in the middle of the Corsola frenzy and Misty hopes to catch one of her own.
216 214 "Mantine Overboard!" (Mantain and the Sunken Ship!! The Secret of the Mysterious Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 6, 2001 (2001-09-06) October 12, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends meet a Pokémon researcher named Luka who is desperate to explore a sunken ship, a ship that's fiercely protected by an aggressive Mantine and a number of Remoraid.
217 215 "Octillery the Outcast" (Okutank and Teppouo! Whirlpool Cup Preliminaries!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 13, 2001 (2001-09-13) October 19, 2002 ʁ ʁ
After reaching Scarlet City on Red Rock Isle, where the preliminary round of the Whirl Cup is held, Ash and Misty must help cheer up a young trainer called Marcellus, after his Octillery is feeling lonely and isolated from its companions following evolution.
218 216 "Dueling Heroes" (Whirlpool Cup! A Big Battle in the Water Colosseum!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 20, 2001 (2001-09-20) October 26, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Misty advance to the second round of the Whirl Cup finals.
219 217 "The Perfect Match!" (Satoshi vs. Kasumi! The Final Battle in the Whirlpool Cup!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) November 2, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash faces off against Misty in the Whirl Cup. Who will win?
220 218 "Plant It Now... Diglett Later" (Protect the Digda Village! The Big Pitfall Strategy!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) November 9, 2002 ʁ ʁ
A village of kind, elderly people requests that Ash and friends help them defend against a gang of marauders that invades every year, attempting to rustle their sizable herd of Diglett.
221 219 "Hi Ho Silver... Away!" (The Legend of Silver Wings! Battle at Silver Rock Island!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 11, 2001 (2001-10-11) November 16, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty and Brock run into a local shopkeeper on Silver Rock Isle called Ariene who introduces them to one of their friends, a jewelry maker called Jenaro who tells them the legend of a mysterious Pokémon on Ogi Isle.
222 220 "The Mystery Is History" (Mysterious Pokémon X!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 18, 2001 (2001-10-18) November 23, 2002 ʁ ʁ
On Ogi Isle, Ash, Misty, and Brock run into their old friend Richie and his Pikachu, Sparky. They also meet a young boy whose Lanturn has made friends with a baby Lugia.
223 221 "A Parent Trapped!" (The Captive Lugia) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25) November 30, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Professor Nanba of Team Rocket uses Silver as bait to capture its mother Lugia. Ash, Brock, Misty, and Richie are held captive in Team Rocket's underwater base.
224 222 "A Promise is a Promise" (The Promise with Lugia!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01) December 7, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends try to fight their way out of the underwater Team Rocket base as they attempt to free both the baby Lugia and its mother. Team Rocket is working on a device that makes Pokémon angry and brings out power through rage which may prove to be dangerous for Ash and his friends.
225 223 "Throwing in the Noctowl" (Fly Flight Hoho! Head for Asagi!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 8, 2001 (2001-11-08) December 14, 2002 ʁ ʁ
After missing the ferry, Ash and his friends meet an elderly man called Wings Alexander who pilots a plane that will bring Ash back to Olivine City but the plane's current state of disrepair along with dangerous storms may stop Ash from fulfilling his promise of getting to Olivine City in time for his gym battle.
226 224 "Nerves of Steelix!" (Asagi Gym! Vs. Haganeil!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) December 21, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash's long-waited battle against Jasmine, the Olivine City's Gym Leader, Jasmine finally begins as he and his party find themselves facing Jasmine's most powerful Pokémon, Steelix.
227 225 "Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!" (Farewell, Fushigidane! Adventure at Dr. Okido's) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 22, 2001 (2001-11-22) September 23, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Bulbasaur leaves for Professor Oak's lab to solve a conflict between all kinds of Pokémon. Will Ash be forced to leave his Bulbasaur at Professor Oak's lab forever?
228 226 "Espeon, Not Included" (Eifie and Sakura! Enju City Once Again!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 29, 2001 (2001-11-29) September 24, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Returning to Ecruteak City, Ash, Misty and Brock encounter Sakura and her Kimono Girl sisters again, and learn that Sakura's Eevee became an Espeon.
229 227 "For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!" (Suikun and Minaki! The Legend of Houou!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 6, 2001 (2001-12-06) September 25, 2002 ʁ ʁ
When Ash tells Eusine, a specialist in legendary Pokémon, that he saw a Suicune, a Pokémon Eusine is trying to catch, Eusine demands a battle. Meanwhile, Team Rocket steals and then breaks a sacred bell, causing all the Pokémon in the area to attack the forest, Ecruteak City and all the people in it.
230 228 "Extreme Pokémon!" (Run Quickly Along the Pokémon Ride!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13) January 4, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his Bayleef compete in a Pokémon racing competition against Gary and his Arcanine.
231 229 "An EGG-sighting Adventure!" (Famous Detective Junsar! The Mystery of the Disappeared Egg!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 20, 2001 (2001-12-20) January 11, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash wins an egg as a prize for the race, and wonders what it will hatch into. The Egg eventually gets stolen, and Ash is on the case on who took it!
232 230 "Hatching a Plan" (Egg, Hatch) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 27, 2001 (2001-12-27) January 18, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's egg hatches into a Phanpy and almost instantly, Phanpy begins causing trouble for Ash and the group.
233 231 "Dues and Don'ts" (Rocket-dan and Delibird!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 10, 2002 (2002-01-10) January 25, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Jessie, James and Meowth find out that their contracts have expired, so they are no longer part of Team Rocket. An old woman who's recruiting for Team Rocket lends them her Delibird to pass the recruitment test...attacking Ash and his friends! They lose the battle, but are reinstated into Team Rocket, and the Delibird is assigned to follow the three so they can pay off their bills little by little. Meanwhile a Team Rocket member craves revenge on Jessie.
234 232 "Just Waiting On a Friend" (The Kyukon in the Fog!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17) September 26, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Brock and Misty rest in a house occupied by a girl called Lokoko. The original master of the house went missing long before. Brock falls for Lokoko, but Ash and Misty discover she has no reflection in the mirror! The two soon discover that Lokoko is really an illusion created by a Ninetales.
235 233 "A Tyrogue Full of Trouble" (Balkie and the Karate King Nobuhiko!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 24, 2002 (2002-01-24) February 1, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The three friends discover a Tyrogue who is cold to humans, but on the inside, is sensitive and cares for weak Pokémon.
236 234 "Xatu the Future" (Natio's Big Prediction!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 31, 2002 (2002-01-31) February 8, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A girl called Calista uses her Xatu's ability to see the future as an advantage and uses this to predict the weather. The Xatu are not always correct, and convince her into thinking there is going to be a flood.
237 235 "Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution" (Wataru and the Red Gyarados!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 7, 2002 (2002-02-07) February 15, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty and Brock are walking along, when suddenly, they spot a mysterious Pokémon, a red Gyarados. They discover it is one of many Magikarp that has been forced to evolve by Team Rocket. With the help of Lance of the Elite Four, Ash and friends attempt to rescue Gyarados.
238 236 "Rage of Innocence" (Red Gyarados's Anger!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 14, 2002 (2002-02-14) February 22, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Lance attempts to rescue the red Gyarados by catching it. Can Lance catch it before it destroys Mahogany Town?
239 237 "As Cold as Pryce" (Inomoo and Yanagi of the Winter!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 21, 2002 (2002-02-21) March 1, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Pryce, with Ash's help, attempts to locate his lost Piloswine.
240 238 "Nice Pryce, Baby!" (Chouji Gym! Ice Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 28, 2002 (2002-02-28) March 8, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash challenges Pryce of Mahogany Town to a battle.
241 239 "Whichever Way the Wind Blows" (Kireihana and Ruffresia! Peace in Meadow!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 7, 2002 (2002-03-07) March 22, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and the gang get involved upon discovering that a group of Bellossom are feuding with a group of Vileplume.
242 240 "Some Like It Hot!" (Magcargot! Getting the Hot Heart!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 14, 2002 (2002-03-14) March 29, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends encounter a Magcargo that refuses to let them pass. A boy named Egan attempts to capture a Magcargo for himself.
243 241 "Hocus Pokémon" (A Huge Transformation with Pokémon Magic!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 21, 2002 (2002-03-21) April 5, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A Pokémon magician named Lily attempts to create a magic spell, but as well as needing Pikachu, is missing one ingredient; a tear from an Aipom. Team Rocket steals Lily's spell book and try to get Aipom to shed a tear without force. After beating Team Rocket, however, the spell fails and Ash gets turned into a Pikachu.
244 242 "As Clear as Crystal" (Thunder and the Crystal! Secret of the Lake!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 28, 2002 (2002-03-28) April 12, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash is restored to his human form, but Pikachu doesn't look so hot. They discover he is ill, and so a passing trainer takes them to a lake to heal electric Pokémon. They find out that a crystal is healing them, and so when Team Rocket snags it, it summons an enraged Zapdos!
245 243 "Same Old Song and Dance" (Pupurin Twins vs. Purin! Singing Pokémon Concert!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 11, 2002 (2002-04-11) April 19, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A trainer called Brittany and her twin Igglybuff perform at a concert causing Jigglypuff to become jealous.
246 244 "Enlighten Up!" (Yadon's Comprehension! Satoshi's Comprehension!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 18, 2002 (2002-04-18) April 26, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty, Brock and Team Rocket train in a Slowpoke Temple.
247 245 "Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?" (Fake Okido!? Pokémon Senryu Confrontation!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 25, 2002 (2002-04-25) September 27, 2002 ʁ ʁ
James disguises himself as Professor Oak to receive fame.
248 246 "Wish Upon a Star Shape" (Py, Pippy and the Shooting Star!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02) May 3, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Phanpy attempts to reunite Cleffa with its family. However, a pair of paranormal investigators called the PMC want to claim the Cleffa as proof of Pokémon's alien origins.
249 247 "Outrageous Fortunes" (Nyorozo's Evolution!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09) May 10, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Before being recalled, Poliwhirl puts the King's Rock Ash won on its head. The next time Misty uses Poliwhirl in battle, the power of the King's Rock causes it to evolve into Politoed!
250 248 "One Trick Phony!" (Battle Park! Vs. Kamex, Lizardon, Fushigibana!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) May 17, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash trains at a Battle Park against Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur, not knowing the trainers he's facing are Team Rocket in disguise.
251 249 "I Politoed Ya So!" (Nyorotono's Cheerleading!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 23, 2002 (2002-05-23) May 24, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Tammy, a cheerleader with winning ambitions on her mind gets her Politoed companion Bean mixed up with Misty's clapping, cheerful Politoed.
252 "The Ice Cave!" ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 30, 2002 (2002-05-30) N/A ʁ ʁ
On their way through Ice Path, Brock gets a cold and cannot proceed.
253 250 "Beauty Is Skin Deep" (Ibuki and Miniryu!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 6, 2002 (2002-06-06) May 31, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Clair, the Blackthorn City Gym Leader, is forced to go to a ritual involving the Dragon Fang, but also has to protect a Dratini.
254 251 "Fangs for Nothin'" (Fusube Gym's Dragon Fang!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 13, 2002 (2002-06-13) June 7, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Clair begin their gym battle, while Team Rocket makes off with the Dragon Fang, tricking a Dragonite into believing they are protecting it. As such, Ash's fight with Clair is cancelled as they temporarily join forces and then set off to stop Team Rocket.
255 252 "Great Bowls of Fire!" (Kairyu! Use Imperial Rage!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 20, 2002 (2002-06-20) June 14, 2003 ʁ ʁ
When James accidentally lights a forest on fire using the Dragon Holy Land's Prayer Flame, his actions cause Dragonite, the Holy Land's Guardian to snap and go mad with rage. As a result, it becomes so consumed with rage that it begins to attack everything that gets in its way while also endangering the Pokémon that live in the Holy Land as well. With help from Liza and her Charizard, Charla, as well as Ash's own Charizard, Ash, Brock, Misty and Clair must find a way to stop Dragonite's rampage once and for all or risk having the Holy Land being completely destroyed for good.
256 253 "Better Eight Than Never" (Fusube Gym! The Final Badge!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 27, 2002 (2002-06-27) June 21, 2003 ʁ ʁ
In his second rematch, Ash pits Snorlax, Pikachu and Charizard against Clair's Dragon-type Pokémon. Will Ash be victorious and finally get the right to qualify for the Johto League?
257 254 "Why? Wynaut!" (Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 4, 2002 (2002-07-04) June 28, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's badges are stolen by Team Rocket, which are then stolen by a wild Wynaut.
258 255 "Just Add Water" (Ryugu Gym! Battle in the Water!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 11, 2002 (2002-07-11) July 12, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty, and Brock visit an unregistered Pokémon gym called the Coastline gym. The gym specializes in water Pokémon, and both Ash and Misty want a battle with the leader, Dorian.
259 256 "Lapras of Luxury" (Laplace's Song!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 18, 2002 (2002-07-18) July 26, 2003 ʁ ʁ
When Professor Elm asks Ash and his friends to pick up a Pokémon egg from a marine research center and deliver it to him, Ash runs into a Lapras herd, with one of the family members being the same Lapras he caught in the Orange Islands. When Team Rocket try to capture the whole herd, it is up to the reunited duo to stop them.
260 257 "Hatch Me If You Can" (Protecting the Egg! The Life Born in a Storm!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 25, 2002 (2002-07-25) August 9, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The egg Professor Elm gave Ash hatches into a Pokémon named Larvitar.
261 258 "Entei at Your Own Risk" (Entei and Friends of the Hot Spring!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 1, 2002 (2002-08-01) August 16, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A trainer named Nelson scouts out a hot spring for wild Pokémon in an attempt to capture the legendary Pokémon, Entei.
262 259 "A Crowning Achievement" (Yadoking! King's Symbol!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 8, 2002 (2002-08-08) August 23, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A Slowpoke named Arthur attempts to evolve into a Slowking.
263 260 "Here's Lookin' at You Elekid!" (Nanako and Elekid!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 15, 2002 (2002-08-15) August 30, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Casey meets up with Ash, and has her sights on Elekid, the pre-evolved form of Electabuzz.
264 261 "You're a Star, Larvitar!" (Do Your Best, Yogiras!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 22, 2002 (2002-08-22) September 6, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash relies on Larvitar to help free the Pokémon that Team Rocket has stolen.
265 262 "Address Unown!" (Unknown of the Country of Mystery) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 29, 2002 (2002-08-29) September 13, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Unown accidentally teleports Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi (the latter two, humorously, grow to giant sizes) into Larvitar's mind, and they discover that as an egg, Larvitar and its mother were attacked by poachers.
266 263 "Mother of All Battles" (Bangiras and Yogiras!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 5, 2002 (2002-09-05) September 15, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The same poachers that once captured Larvitar catch its mother.
267 264 "Pop Goes the Sneasel" (Nyula and the Sacred Flame!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 12, 2002 (2002-09-12) September 16, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash meets a trainer named Harrison from Littleroot Town in the Hoenn region. The two help out to battle a Sneasel, a Machop and a Machoke, who are interfering with the opening ceremony for the Johto League Conference.
268 265 "A Claim to Flame!" (Silver League Begins! Shigeru Returns!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 19, 2002 (2002-09-19) September 17, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The Johto League begins as Ash meets up with his longtime rival, Gary Oak.
269 266 "Love, Pokémon Style" (League Preliminaries! Battle of the Magmarashi Flame!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26) September 18, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Continuing the Johto League, Ash fights Macey, a trainer with a few tricks up her sleeve. After a 3-on-3 battle, in the end Ash wins over Macey, and moves on to Round 2!
270 267 "Tie One On!" (Meganium vs. Fushigidane! Spirit of the Grass Types!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 3, 2002 (2002-10-03) September 19, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Continuing the Johto League, Ash faces off against Jackson, who's battle ends up in a draw. Ash ends up recriving more points and so heads onto the Championship Round, where he finds out he is facing his long-time rival - Gary!
271 268 "The Ties That Bind" (League Finals! Full Battle 6 vs. 6!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 10, 2002 (2002-10-10) September 20, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's skills as a Pokémon trainer are put to the ultimate test as he finds himself going up against his longtime rival, Gary Oak.
272 269 "Can't Beat the Heat!" (Rival Confrontation! Kamex vs. Lizardon!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 17, 2002 (2002-10-17) September 27, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Continuing the Johto League, Ash pits Charizard against Gary's fully evolved starter... a Blastoise. Ash ultimately wins over Gary, and moves on to the next round. Ash discovers his next battle is against his new-met rival; Harrison!
273 270 "Playing with Fire" (Bursyamo Returns! Battle Against Hazuki!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 24, 2002 (2002-10-24) October 4, 2003 ʁ ʁ
After his big victory over Gary, Ash faces of Harrison for the chance to enter the semi-finals of the Silver Conference. After a long and fierce battle, both Ash and Harrison are left with one Pokémon each. Ash is left with Charizard and Harrison is left with Blaziken.
274 271 "Johto Photo Finish" (To the End of the Destiny Battle! Respective Way!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 31, 2002 (2002-10-31) October 11, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's quest in the Johto League ends with his last Pokémon, Charizard's defeat against Harrison's Blaziken. However, the damage that Blaziken got from its battle with Charizard causes Harrison to lose in the semi-finals. With the end of the Silver Conference, the participants head off in their separate ways, while Gary decides to retire.
275 272 "Gotta Catch Ya Later!" (Goodbye... And Then, Setting Off!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 7, 2002 (2002-11-07) October 18, 2003 ʁ ʁ
After receiving messages to return home, Brock and Misty separate with Ash. On hearing Harrison's suggestion, Ash tearfully decides to head to the Hoenn region.
276 273 "Hoenn Alone!" (Parting with Pikachu...!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14) October 25, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash sets off for his journey to the Hoenn region, but a failed Team Rocket scheme to capture Pikachu ends up causing the electric-mouse Pokemon to fall gravely ill.

Home Media

In the United States, two three-disc DVD sets were released by Viz Video and Ventura Distribution, which each contained 32 episodes each (10/11 episodes per DVD). These DVDs are now out of print.

Viz Media and Warner Home Video released Pokémon: Master Quest – The Complete Collection on DVD in the United States on October 11, 2016.

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