Season 9 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the final season of the show and its second era. It premiered on Discovery Family on April 6, 2019.
Prior to the premiere of this season was the final "Pony Palooza" marathon, which began on March 30, 2019 at 6:00 a.m., starting with all the Equestria Girls specials up to the premiere of the upcoming Equestria Girls special, Spring Breakdown, followed by most episodes of Season 3 and all of Seasons 4-8 of the TV series starting on March 31 at 6:00 a.m..
|1||The Beginning of the End, part 1||When Celestia and Luna decide to retire and hand off the ruling of Equestria to Twilight and her friends, it sends Twilight into a tailspin of self-doubt. Meanwhile, the ancient villain Grogar bands together a legion of nefarious characters to conquer all of Equestria, but a restored King Sombra has conquering ideas of his own.|
|2||The Beginning of the End, part 2||As Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six struggle to come to terms with the destruction of the Tree and Elements of Harmony, King Sombra sets his sights on conquering all of Equestria.|
|3||Uprooted||The Young Six respond to a magical summons from the Tree of Harmony, only to learn it has been destroyed, and it is up to them to figure out how best to memorialize it.|
|4||Twilight's Seven||Twilight and Shining Armor Pit their wits against each other to settle a long-standing sibling rivalry, but they soon discover they are not the only competitors.|
|5||The Point of No Return||Twilight realizes she never returned a book to the Canterlot Library and may have caused her favorite librarian to lose her job.|
|6||Common Ground||Rainbow Dash's old pal Quibble Pants needs help to bond with the daughter of his new special friend because, like Dash, she's a real sports pony.|
|7||She's All Yak||When Sandbar asks Yona to a pony dance, she goes to Rarity and her friends for a makeover in appearance and personality.|
Grogar sends his legion of doom on a mission to become allies, but his plan works too well and they almost become friends.
The following episodes -- The Point of No Return, Common Ground, and Going to Seed -- all take place at the same time during the events of this episode.
|9||Sweet and Smoky||Smolder returns to the Dragonlands with Spike and Fluttershy to help cheer up her sensitive brother, but when they arrive they discover the dragon eggs aren't hatching.|
|10||Going to Seed||Applejack's plans for an orderly harvest go awry when Apple Bloom becomes obsessed with catching a magical creature she thinks can help them.|
|11||Student Counsel||Starlight Glimmer relishes her role as school counselor and encourages the students to come to her anytime about anything, but she becomes overwhelmed and learns a lesson.|
|12||The Last Crusade||Unexpected visitors to Ponyville threaten to break up the Cutie Mark Crusaders forever.|
|13||Between Dark and Dawn||Luna and Celestia take a sister vacation while the Mane Six struggle to cover the princesses' many royal duties.|
|14||That's a Laugh||When Pinkie Pie seeks help from her old friend, the super-silly Cheese Sandwich, in finding her life's purpose, she discovers the unimaginable has happened.|
|15||2,4,5, Greaaat||The School of Friendship is starting a buckball team and Rainbow Dash has to come to terms with the fact that she won't be coaching the team.|
|16||A Trivial Problem||Twilight's hopes of keeping her Trivia Trot winning streak alive are waylaid when she's unexpectedly paired up with Pinkie Pie who has never been to a trivia night before!|
|17||The Summer Sun Setback||Twilight is determined to make Celestia and Luna's last Summer Sun Celebration memorable. But when things start going horribly wrong.|
|18||She Talks to Angel||When Fluttershy's and Angel Bunny's relationship hits the skids, Zecora gives them a potion to help them understand each other.|
|19-23 or 24||TBA||Most likely, at least two of these episodes will revolve around either Rarity or Applejack, and another one of them might be this season's third and final Pinkie Pie episode.|
|24 or 25-26||TBA||The series finale.|
|The Beginning of the End, part 1||April 6, 2019|
|The Beginning of the End, part 2|
|Uprooted||April 13, 2019|
|Twilight's Seven||April 20, 2019|
|The Point of No Return||April 27, 2019|
|Common Ground||May 4, 2019|
|She's All Yak||May 11, 2019|
|Frenemies||May 18, 2019|
|Sweet and Smoky||May 25, 2019|
|Going to Seed||June 1, 2019|
|Student Counsel||June 8, 2019|
|The Last Crusade||June 15, 2019|
|Between Dark and Dawn||June 22, 2019|
|That's a Laugh||August 3, 2019|
|2,4,5, Greaaat||August 10, 2019|
|A Trivial Problem||August 17, 2019|
|The Summer Sun Setback||August 24, 2019|
|She Talks to Angel||August 31, 2019|
As of Between Dark and Dawn:
|Episodes they each appeared in|
|Episodes they each appeared in but didn't speak|
|Episodes they each did not appear in|
|Appearances in the same episode||Absences in the same episode|
So far, after 13 episodes:
- Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash only appeared without Twilight Sparkle in the episode Common Ground.
- Applejack only appeared without any of the other Mane Six in the episode Going to Seed.
- All members of the Mane Six have appeared in all of Rarity's appearances.
- There are still no episodes where Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie both appear, but not all the Mane Six.
- Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash are the only two ponies to appear in all of Pinkie Pie's appearances.
|Is getting one final episode with Pinkie Pie but not Applejack.|
|She will either get another episode all to herself or with Rarity.|
|She will either get another episode all to herself or with Applejack.|
|Probably won't ever get an episode with Pinkie Pie other than Buckball Season (as her final episode was a solo), and besides, both of them were already featured in Common Ground with that episode's main focus, Rainbow Dash.|
|No more episodes for this pony!|
|Is getting one final episode with Twilight Sparkle but not Fluttershy. Another episode might also be recommended after A Trivial Problem.|
The only thing Spike needs now is either an episode with Starlight Glimmer, or one about his destiny.
Prior to the Season 9 premiere, five animated shorts were released on Hasbro's YouTube channel:
- Rarity's Biggest Fan (January 29, 2019)
- Ail-icorn (February 5, 2019)
- Teacher of the Month (February 12, 2019)
- Starlight the Hypnotist (February 19, 2019)
- Sundae Sundae Sundae (February 26, 2019)
A behind-the-scenes look at the 200th episode (Twilight's Seven) was uploaded on April 19, 2019.
Three were made so far:
- "The Place Where We Belong" (from Uprooted) (April 22, 2019)
- "Fit Right In" (from She's All Yak) (May 6, 2019)
- "A Better Way to Be Bad" (from Frenemies) (May 20, 2019)