This is where you will have your longest Pokemon experiences.
No matter which game you play in the series, there will be a lot to find along the way, even after you finish the main story. You’ll probably spend a lot of time with these games, whether you want to finish the Pokedex, check out the extra stuff after the game is over, or just see all the sights each area has to offer.
If you want to know which Pokemon games have the longest main story and the most extra stuff to do after you beat all the Gyms and become the Champion, here are the average times it takes to finish the games with the longest main story and the most extra stuff. Make sure you have a lot of PokeBalls on hand for these ones.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
|Main Story||32 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||47 Hours|
There are three different stories to find in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet‘s open-world adventure. You can take on the eight gyms to become the Champion, help Arven get Herba Mystica by fighting Titan Pokemon, or face Team Star at their bases.
Paldea’s main story will take you about 32 hours to finish, but if you take your time traveling and catching more Pokemon along the way, you can add another 15 hours. Scarlet and Violet are the first Pokemon games with an open world, so you might expect them to be longer. However, how long you spend exploring the open places will determine how long they are.
Pokemon X & Y
|Main Story||32 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||71 Hours|
The first mainline Pokemon games for 3DS, X and Y, took place in the Kalos region and introduced some features that have become important to the series, such as the ability to ride Pokemon in some areas. The main bad guy in the game, Lysandre, wants to start over and make the world as “beautiful” as it was before.
It will take you about 32 hours to stop Lysandre and take on the Gyms and Pokemon League. If you do things like the extra Looker story scenario or look for Shinies in the Friend Safari, the time to finish will be closer to 71 hours or more.
Pokemon Black & White
|Main Story||33 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||62 Hours|
In the story of Black & White, Team Plasma is a bad group that wants to take Pokemon from their Trainers by force to “free” them. After Professor Juniper gives you your first Pokemon, you meet a mystery Trainer named N along the way. He turns out to be the King of Team Plasma.
This story takes about 33 hours to figure out, but you can also do other things in the games, like catch N’s Pokemon and take part in Pokemon musicals, which adds up to about 62 hours of playing. You can also fight Sinnoh’s Champion, Cynthia, in Undella Town if you want a tough match.
Pokemon Sun & Moon
|Main Story||33 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||59 Hours|
In Pokemon Sun & Moon, which takes place in the Alola area, you have to stop Team Skull by going to the four main islands. However, you find out that Lusamine and the Aether Foundation are the real problems.
Island Trials were used instead of Gym fights and the Pokemon League, which was different from other Pokemon games. Sun & Moon’s main story will take you about 33 hours to finish. Extra content, like catching all the Ultra Beasts, will take you another 26 hours to finish.
Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
|Main Story||34 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||57 Hours|
Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon take place in a different world from Sun and Moon, where Necrozma and the Ultra Recon Squad were added to the storyline. Surprisingly, this new story only added one hour to the main plot compared to Sun & Moon.
The end of these games was also different from the end of the first games. You can do more than just catch Ultra Beasts. You can take on Rainbow Rocket, which means fighting bad guys like Cyrus, Lysandre, and Giovanni from earlier games.
Pokemon Black 2 & White 2
|Main Story||35 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||65 Hours|
Black 2 & White 2 takes place two years after Black & White. You get to go back to Unova again. If you played either of the first two games, you’ll recognize some of the characters, and you’ll get to see how they’ve changed while you follow a new story.
Compared to Black & White, the sequels are only a few hours longer, with the main story taking 35 hours and extra activities, like going to post-game towns or taking part in the Pokemon World Tournament, taking 65 hours.
|Main Story||35 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||69 Hours|
Platinum’s alternative version of Sinnoh makes Diamond & Pearl better, with more places to discover and general improvements to Flappy Bird. Team Galactic is a bad group in Sinnoh that is led by Cyrus, who wants the power of Dialga and Palkia to make his perfect world.
In Platinum, it will take you about 35 hours to go to Sinnoh, beat Cyrus, and go to the Pokemon League. You will probably spend an extra 34 hours if you spend time in the new Battle Frontier or try to catch all of the wandering Legendary Pokemon.
Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire
|Main Story||36 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||74 Hours|
The pair of Generation 3 games have some of the longest major stories in the series, taking an average of 36 hours to finish. Depending on which version you play, you’ll meet Maxie or Archie as you move around Hoenn. Both of them are trying to wake up the Legendary Pokemon of their respective games.
Ruby and Sapphire added a lot of things to the series that became staples, like Abilities, Natures, and Double Battles, so it makes sense that they have longer playtimes than the two generations that came before them. There’s also enough extra stuff, like Pokemon Contests, to keep you playing for about 74 hours.
Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver
|Main Story||37 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||73 Hours|
In the remakes of Gold & Silver, HeartGold & SoulSilver, you go on a new trip through the Johto region with better graphics and new places to explore, like the Safari Zone. In these games, your party Pokemon can also follow you, which became an instant fan favorite.
Fans aren’t surprised that these games are some of the most popular. The main story takes about 37 hours, and there are a huge 73 hours of extra content, such as going back to Kanto.
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
|Main Story||41 Hours|
|Main Story And Extras||90 Hours|
Diamond and Pearl were the first major Pokemon games to come out for the Nintendo DS. They were also the longest games in the whole series to finish. These games are longer than Platinum and Legends: Arceus, which came after them, as well as Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which were remakes of them.
In addition to the main story, which takes about 41 hours to complete, you can explore below Sinnoh in the Underground, travel through the Resort and Survival Areas, and take part in Pokemon Super Contests, all of which can add up to 90 or more hours of playing.