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English logo of "Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl"

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, known as Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl (ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド・パール, Poketto Monsutaa Daiyamondo & Paaru) in Japan and Pocket Monsters DP (포켓몬스터 DP, Poket Monseuteo DP) in South Korea, is the third series of Pokémon the Series. Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl ran from September 28, 2006, to February 3, 2011, in Japan, in South Korea ran September 10, 2007 to August 2, 2011, from and in the United States ran from April 20, 2007, to February 5, 2011. The series covers the main protagonist, Ash Ketchum, and his Pikachu's adventures in the new region of Sinnoh. Ash's companions from the previous series, May and Max, have left the series, and are replaced by a girl named Dawn. Dawn is a native from Sinnoh in Twinleaf Town. Brock, one of Ash's longest companions, once again reappears. Team Rocket are still in the series as antagonists chasing after Ash's Pikachu, and oppose Team Galactic. Team Galactic is one the major villain team going after Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina; similar to how most other villainous teams went after the Legendary Pokémon in their region. Ash and Brock will also have a new set of clothing.

This series is called Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl in Japan. In short Pokémon DP. Ash starts off his journey to this new region along with his faithful companion Pikachu and Aipom, leaving the other Pokémon he caught in the Hoenn region at Professor Oak's Lab. In this series, Ash competes in the Sinnoh League by gaining the eight badges of the region while capturing and befriending new Pokémon along the way.



Unlike the dub's seasons listed above, this series is not split into separate parts and is kept by its series name throughout.

South Korea

In South Korea, the series is split into five airing periods. They are:





Key Pokémon

Recurring characters


See Episode Guide for details.

Recurring Gags: Old and New

  • Even though Brock continues to flirt with girls, including Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy, instead of Misty or Max pulling Brock's ear out of embarrassment, Brock's Croagunk uses Poison Jab on Brock and carries him away instead unless under special circumstances like helping Nurse Joy or dealing with Team Galactic's Croagunk's evolved form.
  • The news reporter who is hit by a microphone held by a fatigued boom operator.
  • Ash's Gible always hits Dawn's Piplup with Draco Meteor.
  • James' Carnivine would usually bite his head before battling unless it was too late.
  • Dawn will always have trouble fixing her hair as it would either be messy or spiky due to her past, resulting in her friends calling her Dee Dee.
  • Barry would always run into Ash in his appearances.


  • This is the only series in which there is only commercial break bumper segment in English-dubbed version.
    • This is also the only series with eyecatches in the Japanese dub only.
  • Ash does not meet his new female companion in the first episode of the series, unlike when he met Misty and May.
  • A main character other than Ash is mentioned in the summary of the Japanese opening themes, in this case Dawn.
  • Ash, Dawn, Brock, Jessie and James own at least one Pokémon that is part of a cross-generational evolution line that includes a member introduced in the fourth Generation.
  • A Full Battle took place outside of the Pokémon League, not counting the movies.
  • This is also the first series in which 4Kids was not involved with the dubbing.
  • Three of the movies are part of a trilogy, The Rise of Darkrai, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, and Arceus and the Jewel of Life, respectively.
  • A Pokémon from the following generation does not appear in any episodes of the main series, instead only appearing in MS013: Pokémon - Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
  • The episodes are presented in widescreen 16:9 format.
  • The English dub airs exclusively on one channel, in this case Cartoon Network.
  • This series marks the longest time in which Ash obtained eight badges, the time being 161 episodes.
  • This is the final series where Brock travels around with Ash. In addition, May, Max, The Magikarp Salesman, Gary, Butch and Cassidy make their final physical appearances to date in this series.