"Ah! That's Oreburgh Gym Badge! I see, I see! You've defeated my son. But that's no surprise. He still has much to learn. In place of my son Roark, I, Byron, will take your challenge!""
— Byron, Platinum.

Byron is a Steel-type Gym Leader. He also serves as the Gym Leader for the Canalave City Gym and formerly Oreburgh City, as well as the father of the Oreburgh City Gym Leader, Roark. Byron specializes in Steel-type Pokémon and holds the Mine Badge for the trainers that can defeat him.


Byron's a tall and very muscular man with a very muscular body. He has burgundy hair and shaved beard. He wears a tight white tank top, white gloves, grey shredded work pants, boots, brown cape and carries a shovel.


Bold, dynamic yet wise given his age. Byron is a hearty trainer with tendency to value defence more over offense when it comes to battling and his Pokémon. Carrying a spade may suggest, Byron isn't a stranger to manual labour most likely digging or mining.



Byron first appeared in the Diamond and Pearl games as the Gym Leader of Canalave City. Upon defeating him, Byron will give the player the Mine Badge and TM91, which contains (Flash Cannon).

After defeating the regional Elite Four in Diamond and Pearl, Byron can be found in the cabin on Iron Island. After talking to him, he will give the player a Metal Coat.



Main article: Byron (Adventures)

Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Main article: Byron (DPA)

Byron helped Hareta when he was unconsicious near a river and brought him and his Piplup to Byron's house. Hareta then challenged him for a Gym Battle but didn't succeed in winning the badge. On Byron's suggestion, Hareta went to Iron Island to train there. Byron then battled against Team Galactic with the other Gym Leaders.


Main article: Byron (anime)

Byron made his debut appearance in Ancient Family Matters! together with his son, Roark. It was revealed Byron had once been the Gym Leader of Oreburgh and had left his family to become the Gym Leader of Canalave as he was more interested in fossils, leaving his former position to Roark. Byron battles his son for a short time before the match got interrupted by Team Rocket. It was later revealed that Byron still cared for his son as he kept the fossil Roark had found as a child with him ever since.

Byron is obsessed with digging and fossils. Because of such, he has a great admiration for those who craft elegant tunnels. When his fossils were stolen by Team Rocket in Ancient Family Matters!, Byron was too busy admiring the hole they dug (which came from three regions worth of experience doing so) into the building to notice.

In Dealing With Defensive Types!, Ash Ketchum had his gym battle with Byron, defeating him and earning a Mine Badge.


Gen. IV Platinum Challenge Sprite Gen. V


Diamond and Pearl

DP 436 front
 Type Steel Type Psychic 
DP 208 front
 Type Steel Type Ground 
DP 411 front
 Type Rock Type Steel 
Lv. 36 - Lv. 36 Lv. 39 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Levitate Ability: Sturdy Ability: Sturdy Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Chesto Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Flash Cannon Gyro Ball Iron Defense - - -
Extrasensory Ice Fang Ancient Power - - -
Confuse Ray DragonBreath Rest - - -
Hypnosis Sandstorm Flash Cannon - - -


Pt 082 front
 Type Electric Type Steel 
Pt 208 front
 Type Steel Type Ground 
Pt 411 front
 Type Rock Type Steel 
Lv. 38 - Lv. 38 Lv. 41 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Magnet Pull Ability: Rock Head Ability: Sturdy Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Flash Cannon Earthquake Iron Defense - - -
Thunderbolt Fire Fang Stone Edge - - -
Lock-On Flash Cannon Taunt - - -
Metal Sound Sandstorm Metal Burst - - -

Black 2 and White 2


  • Being at least forty nine years old, Crasher Wake is the eldest Gym Leader in the Sinnoh region, the second being Byron who is at least forty five.
  • Both Byron and his son Roark affiliated with profession of digging.
  • Byron's name derives from the metal iron, a component of steel. Tōgan, his Japanese name, comes from 金 (kane, Japanese for "metal"). It may also be a pun on お父さん (otōsan, dad).
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