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Oreburgh City (Japanese: クロガネシティ Kurogane City) is a city located in central Sinnoh. Oreburgh is first accessible via the Oreburgh Gate, which is to the west of the city. This is one of two connecting routes to the City, the other being Route 207 to the city's north. Oreburgh is a mining town blessed with significant natural resources. Prominent vents throughout the city exchange the stale air from the mines below with fresh, above-ground air.
In the city's southern section are the Oreburgh Mines, and Oreburgh is also the location of the first Gym in Sinnoh, led by Roark. It is there where Trainers can earn the Coal Badge, the first Badge available to Trainers seeking to conquer the Sinnoh region's Pokémon League. Other points of interest include the Oreburgh Mining Museum. The miners often take breaks in the Gym between the work shifts and, similarly, Roark allows the citizens of the town to train their Pokémon in the mines.
There is a girl in the city who will trade her Abra for the player's Machop.
City of Energy (Japanese: エネルギー みなぎるばしょ A place full of energy.)
Places of interest
Oreburgh Mining Museum
- Main article: Oreburgh Mining Museum
The Oreburgh Mining Museum is a museum located north-east of Oreburgh City. The Oreburgh Mining Museum is a large, one floor museum that contains many visual displays as well as facts about coal and the Oreburgh Mine. There is also a man at the front desk who will revive Fossils in the party for free. Unlike other museums, the Oreburgh Mining Museum is free to enter. The Oreburgh Mining Museum's primary importance is the resurrection of Fossils, which is done with the help of the man near the counter. He will be able to revive these Fossils for free but only one at a time. He is very bossy, annoyed when the player comes by too early or late, and gets disappointed when the player doesn't give him a Fossil.
- Main article: Oreburgh Mine
The Oreburgh Mine is located at the far south of Oreburgh City. It is run by Roark, who is also the Gym Leader of the city. It is the livelihood of the town. Vents in the town allow steam to escape and fresh air to enter the mine, likely also clearing the mine of any poison gas. The mine is operated with the utmost care to avoid causing damage to the natural habitats of wild Pokémon. The system of taking coal out of the mine is automated. Roark lets Trainers from the town train their Pokémon in the mine. The mine itself extends not only under the town, but the seafloor as well. All of the miners have their own Pokémon, usually Machop, to assist them in the mine.
- Main article: Oreburgh Gym
The Oreburgh Gym is the official Gym of Oreburgh City. It is based on Rock-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Roark. Trainers who defeat him receive the Coal Badge. The Oreburgh Gym is a narrow building built of stone. Two paths exist, a raised path that avoids the Trainers and a middle path that takes challengers straight through the Gym. Roark waits on a raised hill at the end of the paths. Although only two Trainers actually appear in the Gym, most of the miners in the Oreburgh Mine are also members who relax at the Gym in their free time. After Roark is defeated, he will give the player the Coal Badge, which is the first Badge one can earn in the conquest of the Sinnoh region's Pokémon League, TM76 (Stealth Rock), and the ability to use Rock Smash outside of battle.
The player's rival blocks access to the Gym until Roark is visited in Oreburgh Mine.
In a large two story house, north-west of Oreburgh City is a woman that wants to trade the player an elusive Abra for a Machop. The Abra will be nicknamed "Kazza", and it will be holding an Oran Berry. The Original Trainer will be "Hilary" and its ID will be 25643. The Pokémon's level will be the same as the one that the player traded.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
The population of Oreburgh City is 57, making it a fairly large city. Its large population may be due to the large number of workers in town.
The population of Oreburgh City is 75, making it a large city. Its large population may be due to the large number of workers.
|| Oran Berry
|| Held by Kazza, an Abra the player can obtain in a trade
|| D P Pt
|| Heal Ball
|| Obtained in the house to the left of the Poké Mart, from a man on the second floor if shown a ZubatDP or GeodudePt
|| D P Pt
|| Great Ball
|| Obtained in the house below the Museum and to the right of the Pokémon Center, from a boy on the second floor
|| D P Pt
|| Dusk Ball
|| Obtained from a girl on the second floor of the northwestern-most building
|| D P Pt
|| Super Potion
|| Obtained from a Worker in the bottom right corner of the town by the Mine entrance
|| D P Pt
|| At the left corner of the slag heap in the mining section (hidden)
|| D P
|| Dire Hit
|| By the slag heap in the mining section
|| Yellow Shard
|| To the left of the Dire Hit by the slag heap in the mining section
|| Heart Scale
|| In the middle of the slag heap in the mining section (hidden)
|| On the left side of the slag heap in the mining section (hidden)
| Special Pokémon
|| The same as the traded Pokémon
| A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.
In the anime
Oreburgh City in the anime
Ash holding the Coal Badge
Ash, Dawn, and Brock arrived in Oreburgh City in Shapes of Things to Come!, where they met up with Paul again. Like Ash, Paul was in the city to challenge the Oreburgh Gym. His battle against the Gym Leader Roark ended in a victory for him and thus he earned the Coal Badge, his first Sinnoh League Badge. Even after winning, Paul remained in the city to watch Ash's Gym battle, which took place in the following episode. During the match, Ash was focusing too much on besting Paul and this affected his judgment. As a result, he lost in front of his main rival.
In Wild in the Streets!, Ash began training for his rematch at the Oreburgh Gym, whereas Dawn decided to practice for her next Pokémon Contest challenge. During this time, Team Rocket stole the Fossil-reviving machine from the Oreburgh Mining Museum. Inside the machine was an Old Amber undergoing regeneration. When the process was over, an Aerodactyl came out of the machine and caused chaos in Oreburgh, leading Officer Jenny to order all citizens to evacuate. The incident was resolved after Dawn's Piplup and Buneary knocked Aerodactyl down, allowing Dr. Kenzo to catch it.
The spinning dodge technique Dawn used to get past Aerodactyl's attack was later used by Ash in O'er the Rampardos We Watched!, where he re-challenged Roark. Ash knew Roark's Cranidos was even stronger after evolving into Rampardos, but all of the hard training and help from friends paid off as he managed to defeat Roark and get his first Badge in the Sinnoh region. After that, the group left Oreburgh.
In the manga
- Oreburgh's name may be a nod to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The city is commonly referred to as the "Steel City" thanks to its former steel manufacturing base, which is identical to the Chinese translation of Oreburgh. Pittsburgh is also the most well known of the few United States "bərɡ" cities whose suffix ends with an "h", as does Oreburgh.
- A boy near the Oreburgh Gate entrance to the town encourages the player to advance in the game to avoid being like a "total noob" in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. However, he doesn't say this in Pokémon Platinum.
|| クロガネシティ Kurogane City
|| From 黒鉄 kurogane (iron).
|| Oreburgh City
|| From ore and the suffix burgh meaning city.
|| From charbon, coal, and bourg, village.
|| From Erz, ore, and the suffix -ingen (descendant of).
|| From minerale, mineral, and the suffix -poli, meaning city.
|| Ciudad Pirita
|| Pirita means pyrite, a mineral containing iron, also known as "Fool's gold."
|| 무쇠시티 Musoe City
|| 무쇠 (musoe) means pig iron.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 鋼鐵市／钢铁市 Gāngtiě Shì
|| Literally means "Steel city".
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 鋼鐵市 Gongtit Si
|| Same as Mandarin name.
|| From its English name
|| Оренборо Сити Orenboro Citi
|| From English name
|| Thành phố Kurogane
|| Transliteration of Japanese name