New ‘Pokémon’ Series Introduces Brand-New Characters

The Pokémon Company group announced a new Pokémon animated series that will follow a never-before-seen storyline and characters — including dual protagonists named Liko and Roy in the Japanese version of the series — as they set off on action-packed adventures across the Pokémon world.

The new series will premiere across markets in 2023 and beyond, and it will feature Paldea first partner Pokémon Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly from the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, as well as the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza in its Shiny form. Fans can look forward to unraveling the mysteries of the Pokémon world — from exciting Trainer battles to fun Pokémon encounters.

The upcoming story will debut after the current season of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series, which features Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu winning the Masters Eight Tournament of the Pokémon World Coronation Series.

Following Ash’s historic win as Pokémon World Champion — the culmination of his adventures spanning 25 seasons — fans can commemorate his storied journey with a collection of special episodes to conclude Pokémon Ultimate Journeys. These episodes will feature fan-favorite Pokémon and characters, including Misty and Brock, and they will provide a glimpse at what the future may hold for the world’s strongest Trainer in this final chapter for Ash and his Pikachu.

The special episodes will not only celebrate Ash’s monumental achievement, but also act as an expression of gratitude from Pokémon Co. to all the fans who have joined Ash and Pikachu along the way. Fans are sure to find everything they love about the franchise in the new animated series, including action, adventure, friendship and, of course, more Pokémon.

Further details of the new series are yet to be revealed; fans can keep up with the latest news by following @Pokemon on social media and subscribing to the official Pokémon YouTube channel.

Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series is streaming now exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. Info on new episode availability will be posted to



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