How to Defeat Gym Leader Roark in Pokemon BDSP

In this Pokemon BDSP guide, we will be going in-depth to cover the gym leader Roark and defeat him and his large collection of Pokemon.

In Pokemon Shining Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, there are certain gym leaders that you’ll have to defeat on your way to Victory Road. In this guide, we will be going in-depth to cover the Oreburgh City gym leader Roark in Pokemon BDSP.

Pokemon BDSP Gym Leader Roark

Roark is one of the gym leaders in Pokemon BDSP whose party consists of Rock Pokemon. We’ll be highlighting his weaknesses and his Pokemon of choice during battle to help you defeat him. Defeating Roark will reward you with a Coal Badge.

Roark Gym Location

Roark is the leader of Oreburgh City Gym. He is the first gym leader you will face in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

First of all, travel to Oreburgh City, and speak to your Rival right in front of the gym. He will lead you to the gym leader.

Head on to the Oreburgh Mine in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, located in the far south part of town. Inside the mine, go downstairs, and inside the first door, turn to your left.

You will encounter Roark over here. Speak to Roark, and he will show you how HM Rock Smash works.

Recommended Pokemon Types

  • Fighting
  • Ground
  • Steel
  • Water
  • Grass

Roark’s Pokemon

Below are mentioned the Pokemon that Roark will be using in the first battle in Pokemon BDSP.


  • Level: 12
  • Ability: Rock Head


  • Takes 4x damage from Water and Grass Type Pokemon
  • Takes 2x damage from Ice, Fighting, Ground, and Steel Type Pokemon


  • Defense Curl
  • Rollout
  • Stealth Rock


  • Level: 12
  • Ability: Sturdy


  • Takes 4x damage from Water and Grass Type Pokemon
  • Takes 2x damage from Ice, Fighting, Ground, and Steel Type Pokemon


  • Bind
  • Rock Throw
  • Stealth Rock


  • Level: 14
  • Ability: Mold Breaker


  • Takes 2x damage from Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, and Steel Type Pokemon


  • Bulldoze
  • Headbutt
  • Leer

Best Pokemon Team to Defeat Roark

  • Monferno
  • Roselia
  • Machop
  • Bibarel

The best Pokemon to use against Roark’s Pokemon are Grass-type and Water Type Pokemon. Roark’s Pokemon are naturally weak to these Pokemon typings. Secondly, make sure all your Pokemons are at least three levels higher than all of Roark’s Pokemon to have an easier time.

In case you started with Chimchar, make sure you evolve it to Monferno. Monferno can learn Mach Punch, a fighting style move, and is potent against Roark’s Rock Type Pokemon.

You can also catch a Budew and get it to evolve into Roselia. This would provide you a strong Pokemon early on along with Mega Drain to help you beat Roark.

If you started with Piplup or Turtwig, you already have a strong Pokemon to fight with. Rock-type Pokemon are weak to Water and Grass Type Pokemon.

You can easily evolve your Turtwig into Grotle and Piplup into Prinplup. These will be almost enough for you to easily beat Roark’s team.

Again, for backup, you can keep Machop and Bibarel.  Machop can use Low Kick move to deal massive damage to Roark’s team. Bibarel’s water-type attack can also be more the enough if you simply use 1 or 2 attack increase, making for a formidable team.

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