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Roark's Rampardos

Roark's Rampardos
ヒョウタのラムパルド Hyouta's Rampald
Poké Ball
Roark Rampardos.png
Rampardos in the anime
Debuts in Shapes of Things to Come!
Caught at Sinnoh
Evolves in Wild in the Streets!
Gender Male*
Ability Mold Breaker
Current location With Roark
Cranidos Rampardos
This Pokémon spent 3 episodes as Cranidos.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Cranidos Chie Satō Bill Rogers
As Rampardos Kenta Miyake

Roark's Rampardos (Japanese: ヒョウタのラムパルド Hyouta's Rampald) is Roark's main Pokémon in the games, anime, and the Pokémon Adventures manga. It appears as a Cranidos in all of these, as well as in the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga, making Cranidos or Rampardos Roark's main Pokémon in all media he appears in. It also appears as a card in the TCG.

In the anime

History

As a Cranidos

Roark found Rampardos as a Cranidos when it was a Fossil when Roark was a kid. The scientists in Oreburgh City restored it from the Fossil and it became the first Pokémon to do so.

Cranidos made its first onscreen appearance in Shapes of Things to Come!. Roark used it as the third and final Pokémon against Paul. It knew many powerful attacks such as Zen Headbutt and Flamethrower. Cranidos fought against Paul's Chimchar and Paul allowed Chimchar to get hit by its repeated Zen Headbutt. This caused Chimchar to activate Blaze which would've powered its Fire-type moves. Even though this gave Chimchar the upper hand, it was not enough as Cranidos managed to defeat Chimchar with Headbutt after Chimchar executed Dig.

Cranidos then went up against Elekid who took damage earlier from its battle with Roark's Onix. During the battle, Elekid pounded Cranidos's knee which caused it to reel in pain. Despite Elekid's Static paralyzing Cranidos, it was canceled out by Cranidos's Mold Breaker. Cranidos still suffered from the added pain on its knee and then clashed with Elekid's Brick Break with its Zen Headbutt. Both Pokémon stood up and Cranidos fell down, thus losing to Elekid, but not without giving a fierce battle.

Roark and his Rampardos

It reappeared in A Gruff Act to Follow!. Roark used it as his first Pokémon against Ash and his Aipom. It surprised everyone by jumping into the air with Headbutt when Aipom was about to charge for Focus Punch. Aipom's Focus Punch was interrupted after she was hit by Headbutt. It wasn't long until Cranidos was able to defeat Aipom despite Aipom's use of Double Team.

Cranidos battled Pikachu next. It overpowered Pikachu at first even though Pikachu had used Thunderbolt and Iron Tail on it before, assuming that it would slow down. This caused Paul to leave but Pikachu's fighting spirit convinced him to stay. Ash recalled Pikachu and sent out Turtwig. Cranidos countered Turtwig's Razor Leaf with Flamethrower, burning out Razor Leaf. Cranidos combination of Zen Headbutt and Flamethrower nearly took out Turtwig but Turtwig survived them and Cranidos lost to Turtwig's Razor Leaf. However, the impact of the battle weakened both Turtwig and Pikachu enough so that Roark's Onix could finish them off, thus defeating Ash Ketchum.

Activating Mold Breaker

In Wild in the Streets!, Cranidos was sent out to deal with a rampaging Kabutops and Armaldo. Team Rocket intervention gave Dr. Kenzo and another scientist a change to recall them in the Poké Balls. Cranidos briefly took on Aerodactyl and stopped its Giga Impact from attacking any further. Cranidos battled Team Rocket and Meowth fired his net at it. This gave Cranidos the courage to evolve into Rampardos and defeated the trio after getting the Fossil revival machine back from them.

Ash then challenged Roark for a rematch in O'er the Rampardos we Watched!. Rampardos became the last Pokémon Ash faced. Since both Aipom and Pikachu dealt with Geodude and Onix previously, they were unable to handle Rampardos's power which caused Rampardos to easily defeat them. During its battle with Turtwig, Rampardos almost defeated Turtwig, but Turtwig managed to emerge victorious once again due to quick thinking on Ash's part, earning Ash the Coal Badge.

Rampardos reappeared in a flashback in DP048.

It reappeared in Ancient Family Matters!, where it battled against Byron's Bastiodon. However, the match was interrupted due to Team Rocket trying to steal Byron's Fossil collection. It then teamed up with Bastiodon to send the trio blasting off and retrieve the Fossils.

It was seen in flashbacks in DP120 and League Unleashed!.

Rampardos also appeared alongside Roark during the credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Personality and Characteristics

Since reviving Cranidos from a Fossil, it became Roark's most relied on Pokémon. During the battles between Paul and Ash, it was able to hold its own against them, even forcing the opponent down to one Pokémon.

During Cranidos's first battle against Ash, It nearly defeated him on its own but lost to Turtwig. However, it contributed to weakening his team enough for Onix to defeat both Turtwig and Pikachu.

Moves used

Roark Rampardos Flamethrower.png
Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Headbutt  Shapes of Things to Come!
Zen Headbutt  Shapes of Things to Come!
Focus Energy Shapes of Things to Come!
Flamethrower  Shapes of Things to Come!
Head Smash  A Gruff Act to Follow!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Cranidos—and, in rematches in Platinum and Pokémon World Tournament, Rampardos—is Roark's main Pokémon in all the games he appears in; that is, in Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, and Black 2 and White 2. He is also his highest-leveled Pokémon, as a Cranidos, in the Gym battle against him, though this place is taken by Roark's Tyranitar in rematches at the Battleground.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Pokémon Platinum
Gym battle Battleground rematch
Spr 4d 408.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
None
Cranidos Lv.14
Headbutt
Normal Physical
Leer
Normal Status
Pursuit
Dark Physical
  --  
   
Spr 4p 408.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
None
Cranidos Lv.14
Headbutt
Normal Physical
Leer
Normal Status
Pursuit
Dark Physical
  --  
   
Spr 4p 409.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
None
Rampardos Lv.63
Head Smash
Rock Physical
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Physical
Avalanche
Ice Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Pokémon World Tournament
Sinnoh Leaders Tournament Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament
Spr 5b 409.png
Type:
  Rock  
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
Bag Salac Berry Sprite.png Salac Berry
Rampardos/ Lv.50
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Outrage
Dragon Physical
Spr 5b 409.png
Type:
  Rock  
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
Bag Focus Sash Sprite.png Focus Sash
Rampardos/ Lv.50
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Superpower
Fighting Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Avalanche
Ice Physical

In the manga

Rampardos in Pokémon Adventures
As an Egg

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

As a Cranidos

Roark received Rampardos as an Egg prior to the Diamond & Pearl chapter. He hatched into a Cranidos sometime after.

Cranidos made his first onscreen appearance in Putting a Crimp in Kricketot walking out of the Oreburgh Mine along with his Trainer.

In A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium, Roark sent Cranidos out as his first Pokémon during Platinum’s Gym battle with him. Cranidos fought against Piplup. After he managed to do heavy damage to her with a super-effective Shock Wave, both Roark and Platinum immediately recalled their Pokémon and sent out Onix and Ponyta in their stead.

Following the defeat of Onix, Roark sent out Cranidos again. Cranidos used Double Team which gave Piplup problems. He continued to use Double Team and attempted a Zen Headbutt. However, Piplup used Water Pulse earlier which caused Cranidos to get confused. The confusion caused Cranidos to hurt himself and eventually faint.

Cranidos reappeared in Brash Bronzong I alongside his Trainer. During a talk with Mr. Foreman, Cranidos evolved into a Rampardos, something that Roark expected.

Rampardos reappeared in Byron's imagination in Encountering Elekid alongside Roark and Onix.

In Creeping Away from Cradily, Rampardos participated in the final battle alongside the Gym Leaders’ other Pokémon against Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter. It was revealed later on that Roark was able to defeat Saturn. However, the Red Chain bind Rampardos and the others in an attempt to stop Cyrus. He worked with the other Pokémon worked together to free themselves from the Red Chain.

Moves used

Roark Cranidos Double Team Adventures.png
Using Double Team as a Cranidos
Move First Used In
Shock Wave A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium
Double Team A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium
Zen Headbutt A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Cranidos in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Roark's Cranidos was used to rescue Hareta after he was tied up by Wurmple's String Shot. Then, he used it in Hareta's Gym battle and lost to his Piplup with the help of an Oran Berry Roark gave earlier.

Cranidos was later seen along with the Gym Leaders's other Pokémon where they were battling with Palkia in order to protect Hareta. However, Palkia canceled out their attacks.

Moves used

Roark Cranidos Headbutt DPA.png
Using Headbutt
Move First Used In
Take Down Hareta's Very First Pokémon Battle!!
Headbutt Hareta's Very First Pokémon Battle!!
Assurance Hareta's Very First Pokémon Battle!!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

Roark's Cranidos in Pocket Monsters DP

Roark's Rampardos appeared as a Cranidos in PMDP07 of the Pocket Monsters DP manga.

In the TCG

Roark's Rampardos is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as a Pokémon Pokémon GL. The following is a list of related cards.

Roark's Rampardos
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Rampardos Pokémon GL Fighting Rising Rivals Rare Holo 11/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare Holo 051/090
 

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Cranidos and Rampardos.

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