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For the variant appearing in the games, see Roark.

Roark is a character appearing in Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, who is the Gym Leader of Oreburgh City in the Sinnoh region and the son of Byron the current Gym Leader of Canalave City.


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Season 10: Diamond and Pearl

Roark first appeared when both Paul and Ash show up at his Gym for a battle. Since Paul was the first to show up he was able to battle Roark first. Roark, using a team of Geodude, Onix and Cranidos battled Paul's team of Azumarill, Chimchar and Elekid. Roark's strong abilities were shown as he was able to defeat two of Paul's Pokémon, though his Cranidos was unable to withstand Elekid's power leaving Paul the victor.[1]

Ash battled Roark the day after Paul's battle. Using a team of Pikachu, Turtwig, and Aipom, Ash battled his way through Roark's team. In the end though, Ash was defeated by Roark and would need to challenge him again.[2]

Roark later teams up with Ash and the group against Team Rocket who manage to steal the machine to resurrect the fossil back to life as well as releasing a rampaging Aerodactyl to cause rampage in the city. His Cranidos got caught in the net made by Team Rocket until it destroys it when it evolved into Rampardos. After Team Rocket is blasted off, Roark thanked Ash for helping him saving his hometown from its rampage and he gave Ash a rematch for his Coal Badge.

Ash would have a rematch with Roark using the same Pokémon. Roark's newly evolved Rampardos proved to be difficult but was defeated by Turtwig. With Roark's defeat, Ash had earned his Coal Badge.[3]

Season 12: DP Galactic Battles

Roark returns in the episode Ancient Family Matters!, where he has a fall out with his father Byron who is the Gym Leader of Canalave City. Roark also tells Ash and his friends that he came here to see his father Byron because of his wedding anniversary with Roark's mother and Byron is also the former Gym Leader of Oreburgh City who eventually leaves his family as he takes his son's place as gym leader. Both father and son had an exhibition battle between Roark's Rampardos and Byron's Bastiodon as they fight similar to a spear deflects with a shield. Their battle is interrupted when Team Rocket steals all of his father's fossil collections. Roark tells his father that Team Rocket is stealing his fossil collection as he angrily mad for their actions. Both of their Pokemon tried to deal the drill robot that Team Rocket had made. When Rampardos was weaken it was defended by Byron's Bastiodon as Byron cares for his son and his reason he wanted to train his son about defense capabilities. Altogether, both Rampardos and Bastiodon smashes the robot down to create a dent of hole so that Ash's Pikachu to blasts Team Rocket off with its Thunderbolt as the fossils they stole are dropped. Byron reveals he cares for his family after he keeps the sunken leaf fossil that Roark shows it to him in its youth as both father and son are soon reconcile and Byron passes the torch to Roark as the Gym Leader of Oreburgh City because he is his father's apprentice.

Roark later serves as a referee in the Gym battle between Ash and his father Byron in the episode Dealing with Defensive Types!. Roark also gives Ash some advice during the battle and he is last seen became amused to Ash's win against his father, Byron to win the Mine Badge.


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Pokémon Information
Roark Geodude
Geodude was Roark's weakest Pokemon but was still quite strong.
Pokémon Information
Roark Onix
Onix was Roark's second most used Pokemon and a formidable opponent.
Pokémon Information
Roark Rampardos
Rampardos was Roark's main Pokemon and his most powerful fighter.
Cranidos → Rampardos

Voice actors

  • Czech: Pavel Tesar
  • French: David Macaluso
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Sergio Corsetti, Yuri Chesman
  • Spanish: Cholo Moratalla
  • Iberian Spanish: Ricardo Mendoza


  • Roark is one of few Gym Leaders who had their Pokémon evolve in the anime. Others include Brock, Sabrina, Koga, Clair, Brawly, Wattson, Flannery, and Cilan.
  • Roark is also identical to Brock when fighting against their challengers in Gym battles and also owns two Rock-type Pokemon such as Geodude and Onix. Although, he also owns Cranidos as his third Pokemon who is later evolved into Rampardos.
    • Brock also mentions his own Onix who is now evolved into a Steelix that he also raised it just like how Roark did to his own Onix.
    • Both men are also the ones to defeat Ash in its first official Gym battle before they lost in the rematch. In Brock's case, his Onix got soaked from the water sprinklers due to its weakness in water and it allows Pikachu to defeat it with Thunderbolt despite the type disadvantage.
    • Both also have a perfect strategy against their opponents. But Roark's strategy is much like Norman when he is confident in battle.
    • Their rules in the Gym are completely different as Roark battles in a 3 on 3 while Brock's are 2 on 2.
    • Roark and Brock are also being passed the torch from their fathers Byron and Flint who are the former Gym Leaders in their respective cities as Byron became the Gym Leader of Canalave City despite being a native from Oreburgh City while Brock later passes his torch to his younger brother Forrest as the Gym Leader of Pewter City.
  • Roark's Gym appears similar to the ones in Pewter Gym but the rock designs are brown instead of gray.


See also


Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Pokémon - Diamond and Pearl
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Brock - Conway - Dawn - Delia Ketchum - Gary Oak - Giovanni - James - Jessie - Kenny - Marian - Marina - Mr. Sukizo - Nando - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Paul - Professor Samuel Oak - Professor Rowan - Raoul Contesta - Tracey Sketchit - Zoey
Main character's PokémonAsh's Aipom - Ash's Chimchar - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Staravia - Ash's Turtwig
Dawn's Buizel - Dawn's Buneary - Dawn's Pachirisu - Dawn's Piplup
Brock's Croagunk - Brock's Happiny - Brock's Sudowoodo
James' Cacnea - James' Carnivine - James' Mime Jr. - Jessie's Dustox - Jessie's Seviper - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Team Rocket's Meowth
Conway's Aggron - Conway's Heracross - Conway's Slowking
Kenny's Alakazam - Kenny's Prinplup
Nando's Kricketune - Nando's Roselia - Nando's Sunflora
Paul's Azumarill - Paul's Electabuzz - Paul's Murkrow - Paul's Ninjask - Paul's Torterra - Paul's Ursaring - Paul's Weavile
Zoey's Glameow - Zoey's Misdreavus - Zoey's Shellos
Gary's Blastoise - Gary's Electivire - Gary's Umbreon
Supporting charactersAbigail - Blackbelt - Bryan - Cal - Cheryl - Clara - Claudina - Cynthia - Dr. Kenzo - Dream Cynthia - Dream Giovanni - Dream Johanna - Dream Nurse Joy - Dream Officer Jenny - Dream Professor Oak - Enta - Forsythia - Gardenia - Haley - Holly - Ian - J - J's clients - J's henchmen - Jack - Jaco - Jeffrey - Johanna - Karsten - Landis - Lucian - Magikarp Salesman - Marnie - Melodi - Minnie - Mira - Mr. Cheeves - Old man - Oralie - Paige - Pokétch Co. President - Psychic - Rhonda - Roark - Rosebay - Ryan - Saturn - Theresa - Underground Man - Yōko - Yuzo
Pokémon: DP Galactic Battles Pokémon DP - Galactic Battles
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Barry - Brock - Dawn - Gary Oak - James - Jessie - Kenny - Marian - Misty - Mr. Sukizo - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Paul - Professor Samuel Oak - Professor Rowan - Raoul Contesta - Tracey Sketchit - Ursula - Zoey
Main character's PokémonAsh's Buizel - Ash's Gible - Ash's Gliscor - Ash's Grotle - Ash's Monferno - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Staraptor
Dawn's Ambipom - Dawn's Buneary - Dawn's Cyndaquil - Dawn's Mamoswine - Dawn's Pachirisu - Dawn's Piplup
Brock's Croagunk - Brock's Happiny - Brock's Sudowoodo
James' Carnivine - James' Mime Jr. - Jessie's Seviper - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Jessie's Yanmega - Team Rocket's Meowth
Paul's Electabuzz - Paul's Hariyama - Paul's Honchkrow - Paul's Lairon - Paul's Magmortar - Paul's Nidoking - Paul's Torterra - Paul's Ursaring - Paul's Weavile
Barry's Empoleon - Barry's Heracross - Barry's Roserade - Barry's Staraptor
Kenny's Machoke - Kenny's Prinplup
Zoey's Glameow - Zoey's Kirlia - Zoey's Leafeon
Gary's Electivire - Gary's Umbreon
Ursula's Gabite - Ursula's Wormadam
Supporting charactersAmpharos Train crew - Arena Tycoon Greta - Azure - Benjamin - Brandon - Byron - Candice - Cara - Charon - Christopher - Clair - Crimson - Cynthia - Cyrus - Dome Ace Tucker - Factory Head Noland - Forsythia - Goldeen Scoop master - Halverson - Izzy - J - J's henchmen - Jack - James' father - James' mother - Jeremiah - Jessiebelle - Johanna - Jupiter - Khoury - Khoury's father - Looker - Lulu - Lyra - Maria - Marilyn - Mario - Mars - Maya - McCann - Mitchell - Mr. Honcho - Nathaniel - Noelle - O - Olivier - Professor Carolina - Professor Kodama - Palace Maven Spenser - Pike Queen Lucy - Poacher - Provo - Rebecca - Reggie - Rhonda - Rhyanna - Riley - Roark - Salon Maiden Anabel - Samuel - Saturn - Sayer - Scientist - Sebastian - Steveland - Taylor - Teacher - Theodore - Tower Tycoon Palmer - Trainer - Verona - Wilkinson - Wilma - Yuzo

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