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Welcome! This is the Oreburgh Pokémon Gym! I'm Roark, the Gym Leader! I'm but one Trainer who decided to walk proudly with Rock-type Pokémon! As the Gym Leader, I need to see your potential as a trainer. And, I'll need to see the toughness of the Pokémon that battle with you!

–Roark, Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum.

Roark serves as the Gym Leader for Oreburgh City's Gym and is the son of the Canalave City Gym Leader, Byron. Roark specializes in using Rock-type Pokémon and holds the Coal Badge for the trainers who defeat him.

Appearance

Roark is a young man with red hair, who wears glasses. He wears a mining outfit, consisted of gray short-sleeved jacket and baggy pants with yellow/black outlines, which are tucked into his boots. The boots has red soles underneath them. He has a black tank underneath. Roark also wears white gloves with yellow outlines, and is usually seen with a red mining helmet.

Personality

Roark is a fair and reasonable trainer, with equal love and respect for all Pokémon. He has a father-son rivalry with his father, Byron of which he's determined to surpass him. However, with his inexperience, this feud still remains today.

Etymology

The name Roark comes from "rock" and "ore".

His Japanese name, Hyōta, could come from 揚炭機 (yōtanki, coal unloader) and, following the plant-based naming of Gym Leaders, 瓢箪 (hyōtan, a type of gourd).

Biography

Games

As a child, Roark used to spend his days on Iron Island.

Later, after Riley turned down the offer of becoming the next Gym Leader of the Oreburgh City Gym, Roark inherited the title from his father Byron as a result.

Roark is the Oreburgh City Gym Leader in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. When he's not at the Gym, he is the Oreburgh Mine's safety supervisor. Roark's speciality is Rock-Type Pokémon. He also uses a Fossil Pokémon, Cranidos.

If a player defeats him they will obtain the Coal Badge and TM76 (Stealth Rock). The Coal Badge will also give the player the ability to use Rock Smash outside of a battle.

Platinum

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Other appearances

Sprites

Pokémon

Diamond and Pearl

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Geodude
 Type Rock.gif Type Ground.gif 
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Onix
 Type Rock.gif Type Ground.gif 
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Cranidos
 Type Rock.gif 
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[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 12 Lv. 12 Lv. 14 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Rock Head Ability: Rock Head Ability: Mold Breaker Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Rock Throw Screech Headbutt - - -
Stealth Rock Rock Throw Leer - - -
- Stealth Rock Pursuit - - -
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Platinum

Pt 074 front.png
Geodude
 Type Rock.gif Type Ground.gif 
Pt 095 front.png
Onix
 Type Rock.gif Type Ground.gif 
Pt 408 front.png
Cranidos
 Type Rock.gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 12 Lv. 12 Lv. 14 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Rock Head Ability: Rock Head Ability: Mold Breaker Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Rock Throw Screech Headbutt - - -
Stealth Rock Rock Throw Leer - - -
- Stealth Rock Pursuit - - -
- - - - - -


Black 2 and White 2

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Trivia

  • Roark's Coal Badge resembles his mining helmet.
  • Roark is the third Gym Leader to specialize in Rock Pokémon.
  • Roark is the son of Byron.
  • Roark's grandfather is the Underground Man.
  • Roark has the same hairstyle (and about the same color) as Silver in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • In one of the paintings about the Underground Ruins which is exhibited in Lumiose Museum from Lumiose City, Kalos, the man in the painting looks like Roark himself.
  • Despite being the very first gym leader in his games, his Pokémon specialize in Stealth Rock, a move that has heavily shaped the competitive Pokémon metagame, and he rewards the player with the TM for it upon defeating him.
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