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Byron
トウガン Tougan
"The Man with the Steel Body!"
Diamond Pearl Byron.png
Artwork from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Burgundy*, Brown*
Hometown Canalave City*, Oreburgh City*
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Roark (son),
Underground Man (father),
Unnamed wife (anime)
Trainer class Gym LeaderDPPt
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation IV, V
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Canalave Gym
Badge Mine Badge
Specializes in Steel types
Anime debut Ancient Family Matters!
English voice actor Dan Green
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 Steel-type Pokémon. He is Roark's father.

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In the core series

Byron uses Steel-type 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 that 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; he will then give the player a Metal Coat and leave. In Platinum, he mentions that he lived on Iron Island for a long time and so feels out of place when visiting the Villa. Along with those visits, he can also be battled again at the Battleground in Platinum. He also battles the player in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 in Pokémon World Tournament.

Pokémon

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl



Pokémon Platinum

Gym battle


Rematch


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Byron uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. He will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Bastiodon.

Sinnoh Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Artwork

Sprites

Spr DP Byron.png Spr Pt Byron.png Spr B2W2 Byron.png VSByron.png
Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Platinum
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
Platinum
Byron IV OD.png Byron OD.png Badge Case Byron.png
Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Sprite from the Badge Case

Quotes

Main article: Byron/Quotes

In the anime

Byron in the anime

Prior to Shapes of Things to Come!, Byron left his position as the Oreburgh Gym Leader to his son Roark after the Pokémon League informed him there was a vacancy at the Canalave Gym. The transfer also allowed Byron to continue his hobby of digging for fossils on nearby Iron Island, hence the Gym's closure from Sleepless In Pre-Battle! to Ancient Family Matters!.

In Ancient Family Matters!, Roark traveled to Canalave City to confront Byron over his absence from the family. The two argued, which escalated into a battle. Byron's Bastiodon and Roark's Rampardos were evenly matched, but the battle was interrupted after Team Rocket set off alarms when they stole Byron's fossil collection. They joined forces to defeat Team Rocket and Pikachu sent Team Rocket blasting off. Later, Byron revealed that he had always treasured a fossil of a Sunkern's leaf that Roark had given to him as a child ten years earlier. As a result, Roark accepted that his father did care about him all along.

In Dealing With Defensive Types!, Ash had his Gym battle against Byron. Chimchar defeated Byron's Bronzor but was left incredibly tired from the round. Ash called out his Buizel, but it was surprised by Steelix's Screech attack and quickly lost the match. Chimchar won the round after it weakened the battleground with Dig, and Steelix was left vulnerable to Chimchar's super-effective Fire attacks. Byron sent out his Bastiodon, and it knocked Chimchar out. In the final match, Ash's Gliscor defeated Bastiodon despite its showcased speed and resilience, earning Ash the Mine Badge.

Byron briefly appeared during the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Character

Byron is prone to bragging about the ironclad defenses his Pokémon. He is also extremely enthusiastic about fossils and dig-holes. Byron's mostly defensive battling style makes it hard for opponents to break through and deal damage to his Pokémon, even if they have a type advantage.

Pokémon


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On hand

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

Byron's Bastiodon
Armor Fossil → Shieldon → Bastiodon
Main article: Byron's Bastiodon

Bastiodon is Byron's main Pokémon. Prior to the start of the series, Byron revived Bastiodon from an Armor Fossil and evolved Shieldon into a Bastiodon.

Debut Ancient Family Matters!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Marc Thompson
Byron's Bronzor
Bronzor
Bronzor was the first Pokémon used by Byron during his Gym battle against Ash. It went up against Ash's Chimchar, and was able to stand up to Chimchar's Flamethrower thanks to Byron's intensive training. It was able to cause significant damage to Chimchar before being knocked out by Flame Wheel.

Bronzor's known moves are Rain Dance and Gyro Ball, and its Ability is Heatproof.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Tom Wayland
Byron's Steelix
Steelix
Byron's Steelix was seen for the first time in Dealing With Defensive Types!. Steelix was the second Pokémon used by Byron when battling Ash, and proved to be a very tough opponent. It knocked out Buizel easily, and was able to cause massive damage to Chimchar. However it was eventually defeated by Chimchar after the Chimp Pokémon weakened the ground with Dig restricting its movement.

Steelix's known moves are Screech, Bind, and Iron Tail.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka

In Canalave Gym

Byron's Omanyte
Omanyte
Byron's Omanyte is a Pokémon Byron keeps at the Canalave Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It caught Team Rocket trying to steal food from the Gym kitchen whilst Ash was having his Gym battle and attacked them with Water Gun, sending them blasting off.

Omanyte's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!
Byron's Omastar
Omastar
Byron's Omastar is a Pokémon Byron keeps at the Canalave Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It caught Team Rocket trying to steal food from the Gym kitchen whilst Ash was having his Gym battle, and attacked them with Water Gun, sending them blasting off.

Omastar's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!
Byron's Kabuto
Kabuto
Byron's Kabuto is a Pokémon Byron keeps at the Canalave Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It caught Team Rocket trying to steal food from the Gym kitchen whilst Ash was having his Gym battle, and attacked them with Aqua Jet, sending them blasting off.

Kabuto's only known move is Aqua Jet.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!
Byron's Kabutops
Kabutops
Byron's Kabutops is a Pokémon Byron keeps at the Canalave Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. When Team Rocket tried its second attempt to steal Fossils, Kabutops heard them and chased after them.

None of Kabutops's moves are known.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!
Byron's Cradily
Cradily
Byron's Cradily is a Pokémon Byron keeps at the Canalave Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. When Team Rocket tried their second attempt of stealing Fossils, they had found the room where all of the Fossils were kept. They dismissed Cradily thinking it was a Fossil, but it was actually sleeping. It woke up and sent Team Rocket blasting off for the second time.

Cradily's only known move is Energy Ball.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!
Byron's Armaldo
Armaldo
Byron's Armaldo is a Pokémon Byron keeps at the Canalave Gym; it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. When Team Rocket tried their second attempt of stealing Fossils, they had found the room where all of the Fossils were kept. They dismissed Armaldo thinking it was a Fossil, but it was actually sleeping. It woke up and sent Team Rocket blasting off for the second time.

Armaldo's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Dealing With Defensive Types!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 矢尾一樹 Kazuki Yao
English Dan Green
Czech Ladislav Cigánek
Finnish Juha Paananen
Italian Mario Zucca
Polish Waldemar Barwiński
Brazilian Portuguese Luiz Antônio Lobue
Spanish Latin America Jorge Ornelas
Spain Pablo Adán

In the manga

In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

Byron appeared in a flashback in PMDP07.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Byron and his Bronzong with Fantina and her Mismagius

Byron first appears at Canalave City talking to Roark over the Pokégear about his recent loss in a Gym battle. He then changes the subject to something that is later revealed to be about Team Galactic. Later, at the Canalave Gym, Byron wakes up to find Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum sneaking into his Gym. Acting on his impulsive nature, Byron attacks the intruders under the impression that they are villains. Believing Byron to be the person that caused her father and Professor Rowan to go missing, Platinum faces the Gym Leader in battle.

While they battle, a stray attack causes a curtain to be destroyed and reveals Professor Berlitz and Professor Rowan trapped in a cage. After being accused of kidnapping them, Byron reveals that he has been investigating Team Galactic for months and found a Galactic Grunt attacking and trapping the two scientists in a cage.

The next day, Byron hands Platinum the Mine Badge for his previous defeat and is tasked with protecting Professor Rowan and Professor Berlitz while they recuperate after escaping the cage. When Platinum and Pearl go to protect the three lakes from Team Galactic, Byron sends Diamond to go train on Iron Island with his friend, Riley, to increase his battling skills.

Later, after a defeat at the hands of Jupiter, Candice calls Byron and demands that he send her, Maylene, and Platinum someone to train them. After briefly considering Roark, Byron reluctantly calls up Volkner to help them.

Byron later joins the other Gym Leaders at the Spear Pillar with the Underground Man, Professor Berlitz, and Professor Rowan to help them fight Team Galactic. By using their digging skills, the Underground man and Byron heal any injured Pokémon by taking them from the battle and putting them back after using a Potion.

After Cyrus's defeat, Byron steals a machine from Team Galactic scientist Charon. Unfortunately, Charon's machine causes a disturbance in the hole in the sky that was created by Dialga and Palkia's fighting and mysterious tentacles shoot from the hole and pulls Cyrus, Palkia, and Dialga inside of it.

Pokémon

On hand

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

Byron's Bronzong
Bronzong (×2)
Byron's two Bronzong are his main battlers. He first used them against Platinum when she attempted to rescue her father after mistaking Byron for being his kidnapper but they were easily defeated by her Ponyta.

Bronzong's known moves are Payback and Extrasensory.

Debut Brash Bronzong I
Given away
Byron's Shieldon
Shieldon
Main article: Don

Shieldon was the first Pokémon seen in Byron's possession. Despite numerous attempts at trying, Byron was unable to befriend him. However, Diamond was able to. As a result, the Gym Leader decided to give him to the boy who named him Don.

Debut A Big Stink Over Stunky

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Byron in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

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. Byron seemed to have a fondness for Hareta, possibly like a second son to him.

Pokémon

Byron's Bastiodon
Bastiodon
Main article: Byron's Bastiodon

Bastiodon was sent out to finish off Hareta's Piplup. Later, it took on Saturn's Bronzong where its Take Down was blocked by Reflect and was finished by Bronzong's Earthquake.

Debut Challenge! The Fortress Of Steel!!
Byron's Bronzor
Bronzor
After Hareta was finished with the first part of Byron's challenge, Byron sent Bronzor for the official battle.

Bronzor's only known move is Hypnosis.

Debut Challenge! The Fortress Of Steel!!
Byron's Steelix
Steelix (×2)
Byron's two Steelix were used in the challenge in which they served as walls to prevent Hareta from getting to the top. Later, one of the Steelix took on Saturn's Bronzong where it was no match for the Bronze Bell Pokémon and was taken out by a single Solar Beam.

None of Steelix's moves are known.

Debut Challenge! The Fortress Of Steel!!
Byron's Onix
Onix
Onix was used as an obstacle for the first part of the challenge.

Onix's known moves are Earthquake and Rock Slide.

Debut Challenge! The Fortress Of Steel!!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Byron or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Byron's Pokémon
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 #
Bastiodon Pokémon GL Metal Rising Rivals Rare Holo 2/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare Holo 067/090
Steelix Pokémon GL Metal Rising Rivals Uncommon 51/111 Bonds to the End of Time Uncommon 062/090
 

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese トウガン Tougan From 冬瓜 tōgan (wax gourd, winter melon), matching with his son Hyouta who is named after the calabash gourd
English Byron From iron
German Adam From Adamin (adamite), a mineral isostructural with eveite which matches his son's German name Veit
Spanish Acerón From acero (steel)
French Charles From charbon (coal)
Italian Ferruccio From ferro (iron)
Korean 동관 Donggwan From 동과 (冬瓜) donggwa (winter melon)
Chinese (Mandarin) 東瓜 / 东瓜 Dōngguā* From 冬瓜 dōngguā (winter melon)
東鋼 Dōnggāng* Similar to his Japanese name. Contains 鋼 gāng (steel)
Chinese (Cantonese) 東瓜 Dūnggwā From 冬瓜 dūnggwā (winter melon)
Vietnamese Tougan Transcription of his Japanese name


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