Roark is the first Gym Leader in the Sinnoh League. He is the Gym Leader in Oreburgh City, and was first encountered in the anime in Episode #483 A Shape of Things To Come. Along with being the City's Gym Leader, Roark is also a miner in the city mine. After spending long periods of time in the mines, Roark likes to unwind by battling fellow trainers.
In the Anime
After evovling from his Cranidos in a battle against Team Rocket, Rampardos forms a major part of Roark's team. With powerful attacks like Double Headbutt, it is not to be taken lightly. In Ash's battle against Roark, it came up against Ash's Turtwig.
Roark first used this Pokémon against Paul. With the powerful Counter attack and Dig attack at its disposal, it was a formidable opponent. Even though it is weak to many Pokémon, it showed it was not a weakling.
The second Pokémon Roark used in his battle. Using its hefty bulk, it used devastating Slam attacks.
Pokémon Previously Owned
Roark's signature Pokémon and his secret powerhouse. With amazing fire attacks along with the aforementioned Double Headbutt, Cranidos is a powerful foe. Evolved in Episode: Big Charge of Ancient Pokemon!
In the Games
When the player first arrives to Oreburgh City, Barry informs them that Roark had gone off to Oreburgh Mine, where you must go in order to locate him. After finding him, he talks for a bit before going back to his gym, where you can then battle him.