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Pokémon Fossils

Seren Morgan-Roberts

This page offers a guide on Pokémon Fossils, including where to get them and what to do with them in Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP).

Fossils can be found by digging for treasure in the Grand Underground.

What are Pokémon Fossils?

Pokémon Fossils are found when digging for treasure in the Grand Underground. They’re a relatively rare find so you’ll likely have to do a fair bit of digging.

Fossils are a little rare so you may have to dig out a fair few walls to find one!

There are several types of Fossils, there are also two Pokémon Fossil types that are version exclusives. The Pokémon fossils can then be taken to Scientiest at the Mining Museum in Oreburgh City. He’ll offer to revive it and all you’ll need to do is leave the Museum and pop back in, and he’ll give you a Level 1 Pokémon that corresponds to the given fossil.

(1 of 2) Take a fossil to the Scientist at the Mining Museum

Take a fossil to the Scientist at the Mining Museum (left), to unlock a Pokemon! (right)

All Pokémon Fossils

See below the Pokémon that can be revived from Fossils. Note that only the Skull Fossil, Armor Fossil and Rare Bone will spawn prior to unlocking the National Dex.

Fossil type Revived into Spawn Rate
Skull Fossil 408.png"Cranidos" IconCranidos Brilliant Diamond exclusive
Armor Fossil 410.png"Shieldon" IconShieldon Shining Pearl exclusive
Dome Fossil 140.png"Kabuto" IconKabuto More common in SP
Helix Fossil 138.png"Omanyte" IconOmanyte More common in BD
Root Fossil 345.png"Lileep" IconLileep More common in SP
Claw Fossil 347.png"Anorith" IconAnorith More common in BD
Old Amber 142.png"Aerodactyl" IconAerodactyl Same spawn rate
Rare Bone Does not turn into a Pokémon, can be sold for a high price. Same spawn rate


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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    29 October 2021
  • Last Updated
    23 April 2022
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This strategy guide for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl contains all the information Pokémon trainers will need to complete the game and catch every single Pokémon!

In this remake of the classic Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, you’ll journey through the mystical Sinnoh region to become a Pokémon master. Along the way, you’ll confront the scheming Team Galactic and witness the awesome power of the Legendary Dialga or Palkia.

Currently included in our guide:

The following will be available via free updates to our guide:

  • A complete walkthrough of the main story and postgame.
  • A full guide for Super Contest Shows.
    • How to cook the best quality Poffins.
  • Explanation of advanced mechanics, such as IVs and EVs.
  • A detailed Sinnoh region Pokédex.

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