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トウガン Tougan
"The Man with the Steel Body!"
Artwork from Diamond/Pearl
Gender Male
Hometown Canalave City
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Roark (son), Underground Man (father)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Leader of Canalave Gym
Badge Mine Badge
Anime debut DP107
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor Kazuki Yao

Byron (Japanese: トウガン Tougan) is the Gym Leader of Canalave City's Gym, known officially as the Canalave Gym. He hands out the Mine Badge to trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon. He is Roark's father.

In the anime

Byron in the anime

Byron was first mentioned as having been defeated by Jun in DP102. He is voiced by Kazuki Yao in the original version.

Byron made his debut appearance in DP107 together with his his son, Roark. It was revealed Byron left his family to become the gym leader of Canalave as he was more interested in fossils. He also battled Roark for a short while 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.

In DP108, Ash held his gym battle against Byron, defeating him and earning a Mine Badge.

Byron has a somewhat odd personality, and is obsessed with digging and fossils. When his fossils were stolen by Team Rocket in DP107, Byron was too busy admiring the hole they dug into the building to notice.


This listing is of Byron's known Pokémon in the anime:


In the games

Byron uses Template:Type2 Pokémon in his battles. Trainers who defeat him will receive the Mine Badge, TM91 (Flash Cannon), and will be able to use Strength outside of battle. Byron asked Riley to become a Gym Leader, but Riley declined because he thought Byron's son Roark should be considered first. Byron isn't surprised to find his inexperienced son lost to the protagonist, but is enthusiastic about the next generation of Pokémon trainers. Byron resolves to train harder at Iron Island to compete with younger trainers.

He apparently owns the normally deserted cabin on Iron Island. After the Elite Four, he can be found there. Speaking to him results in him chiding himself for still treating Roark like a child, then he'll give the player a Metal Coat and leave.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

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Pokémon Platinum

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Before battle
"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!"

After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh, what's this? My last one! This is where we make our stand!"

During battle
"We're not done yet! There's no giving up!"

When defeated
"Hmm! My sturdy Pokémon, defeated!"

After being defeated
"You were strong enough to take down my prized team of Pokémon. In recognition of that power, I give you this: the Mine Badge!"

In the manga

Pokémon Special

Byron made an appearance with his Shieldon. Roark met him at Eterna City when exploring the Underground, where they discussed something (not known yet). Roark said that his father was the unpredictable type.


This listing is of Byron's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.

Bronzong ×2

Pokémon DP

Byron finds Hareta washed up on the shore after having been defeated by Cyrus. Byron takes Hareta in and allows him to regain his strength before putting him through a rigorous training session similar to what he put Roark through years ago. Hareta charges forward never considering his remaining strength, causing him to fail the challenge at the final stage. Byron then sends him to Iron Island to restart his training from scratch and improve his skills. He returns at the completion of Hareta's training to allow him to take his challenge again, however something terrible is happening in the distance.





Language Name Origin
Japanese トウガン (Tougan) Tōgan is wax gourd in Japanese. His son, Hyouta, is also named after a gourd.
English Byron Sounds similar to iron.
French Charles From charbon, coal.
German Adam From latin adamas, very hard iron, steel.
Italian Ferruccio From ferro, iron.
Spanish Acerón From acero, steel.
Korean 동관 Dongwan Similar to Japanese name. Also, wax gourd is called 동과 (Dongwa) in Korea.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Sinnoh region
Oreburgh Gym Coal Badge
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Eterna Gym Forest Badge
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Veilstone Gym Cobble Badge
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Pastoria Gym Fin Badge
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Crasher Wake
Hearthome Gym Relic Badge
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Canalave Gym Mine Badge
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Snowpoint Gym Icicle Badge
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Sunyshore Gym Beacon Badge
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