Pokémon Advanced Episodes Added to Pokémon TV

Pokémon Advanced, the sixth season of Pokémon the
, has just arrived on Pokémon TV. In this season, Ash and Pikachu
leave the Johto region behind as they journey into the Hoenn region. Together,
our heroes meet new companions, reunite with old friends, discover amazing Pokémon,
and face all sorts of exciting challenges—all while continuing to outsmart the
troublesome Team Rocket, of course!

To get you in the mood to check out this newly added season,
we’re taking a look at five of the most exciting developments that occur during
Pokémon Advanced. After reading our list, watch the season for yourself
and see if you agree!

New (and Old) Friends

Ash and Pikachu may be the best of friends, but they still
enjoy a little extra company as they continue their Pokémon adventure. Upon
arriving in the Hoenn region, they meet May, a young Trainer who is just
starting her own journey. She and her Pokémon partner Torchic decide to join
Ash even though Pikachu accidentally destroys her bicycle (“Get
the Show on the Road
”). Shortly after, Ash travels to Petalburg City, where
he meets May’s family. Her younger brother, Max, dreams of becoming a Pokémon
Trainer, so it’s no surprise that he decides to tag along with Ash and May (“There’s
No Place like Hoenn
”). If you’re in the mood to see a familiar face,
though, you needn’t worry. When Ash, May, and Max are ambushed by a flock of
angry Taillow, they’re rescued by none other than Ash’s old friend Brock, who
decides to join the group (“You
Can Never Taillow

A Tearful Farewell

Of course, wherever Ash may travel, you can bet Team Rocket
isn’t far behind, ready with another evil scheme. Despite their nefarious plots,
we’re occasionally reminded that Jessie, James, and Meowth aren’t all
bad. We see that play out this season when they run afoul of a Pokémon poacher
who has captured several Ekans and Koffing. Even Team Rocket is offended at the
cruel treatment of these imprisoned Pokémon—especially since Jessie and James
have been partners with Arbok and Weezing, the evolved forms of the poached
Pokémon, since the series’ beginning. As Team Rocket battles the poacher and
his Tyranitar, they tell Arbok and Weezing to escape with the Ekans and Koffing.
Jessie and James make the brave decision to release their partner Pokémon to
protect the newly freed Pokémon in the wild. Arbok and Weezing are sad to go,
but they know that they must in order to keep the other Pokémon safe (“A
Poached Ego
”). It’s a heartbreaking moment, but a good reminder that bad
guys aren’t always as bad as they seem.

Dueling Villains

Team Rocket isn’t the only adversary that Ash and his
friends must confront in the Hoenn region. Two mysterious organizations, Team
Aqua and Team Magma, have also taken root in the region, and they’re battling
each other for control. Team Aqua, led by Archie, wants to expand the world’s
seas, while Team Magma, led by Maxie, strives to expand the land. To achieve
their conflicting goals, the rival factions have been battling it out behind
the scenes, occasionally crossing paths with our heroes. Eventually, the two
teams confront each other in their quest for dominance (“A
Three Team Scheme
”), but it quickly becomes clear that both Team Aqua and
Team Magma will remain ongoing threats in future seasons. We’ll eventually find
out what their ultimate goals are…and they’re bound to be Legendary.

Hitting the Gym(s)

For Ash, a trip to a new region means a whole new gauntlet
of Gym Leaders to challenge! The Hoenn region is no different, and Ash faces
off against a few of these powerful battlers in Pokémon Advanced. Early
in the season, Ash meets Norman, the Petalburg Gym Leader—who just so happens
to be May and Max’s father (“There’s
No Place Like Hoenn
”)! Throughout the season, Ash also takes on Roxanne at
the Rustboro Gym (“The
Winner by a Nosepass
”), Brawly at the Dewford Gym (“Brave
the Wave!
”), and Wattson at the Mauville Gym (“What’s
With Wattson?
”). That’s a lot of Gym battles—but how many badges will Ash
actually have in hand when all is said and done?

Cool Contests

Gym battles aren’t the only form of competition in the Hoenn
region. Pokémon Contests are a popular form of entertainment, as well! During
these Contests, it’s not the strength of the Pokémon that matters—it’s the
beauty of their moves that counts. In Rustboro City, our heroes learn all about
Pokémon Contests and Pokémon Coordinators, the people who raise Pokémon for
these unique competitions. May especially is interested in Contests, and she soon
expresses her desire to become a Coordinator (“All
Things Bright and Beautifly
”). She eventually realizes her dream when her
Beautifly goes up against her rival Drew’s Roselia (“Win,
Lose, or Drew!
”). This is only the start, though. You can bet May will
enter more Pokémon Contests as the crew’s Hoenn region adventure continues!

Now that you have an idea of the excitement in store for you
in Pokémon Advanced, tune in to Pokémon TV and see the full
story of Ash and his friends as they set out through Hoenn. Remember, you can load
up the
newly updated Pokémon TV mobile app
and enjoy these classic episodes on the

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