Pokemon Fossils Guide: Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
As a Pokémon trainer who wants to catch ‘em all, I know you are hell-bent on filling up your Pokédex and discovering every Pokémon in the world. But now you even want to transcend time and capture creatures from all the eras of existence. In this case—prehistoric, ancient Pokémon!
In the present, ancient Pokemon no longer exist. However, it’s not impossible to bring them back to life. Some of these creatures have become fossils and fossils can be restored!
This guide will teach you how to obtain and restore fossils in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (USUM). Where do you get them? How do you restore them? All questions shall be answered in this comprehensive guide!
Where Do You Obtain the Fossils?
Fossils can be purchased from the old woman in Olivia’s Jewelry Shop at Konikoni City on Akala Island. The old woman sells five fossils of five different ancient Pokemon (depending on your version of the game) for ₽7,000 each. It is noteworthy to know that you can only buy one of each kind of fossil.
In Pokemon Ultra Sun, the old woman in Olivia’s Jewelry Shop sells the Cover, Claw, Helix, Jaw, and Skull Fossils. In Pokemon Ultra Moon, the old woman in Olivia’s Jewelry Shop sells the Armor, Dome, Plume, Root, and Sail Fossils. Old Amber is unobtainable in the game, but you can get an Aerodactyl as a gift in Seafolk Village.
If you want to obtain all the mentioned fossils, what you can do is breed your version-exclusive ancient Pokemon and trade them for the other ancient Pokemon that you can’t get in your version of the game. Otherwise, you could trade your other rare Pokemon online in exchange for them.
What Are the Fossil Pokemon?
The species of Pokemon that are revived from fossils are the following.
- Kabuto (evolves into Kabutops)
- Omanyte (evolves into Omastar)
- Lileep (evolves into Cradily)
- Anorith (evolves into Armaldo)
- Cranidos (evolves into Rampardos)
- Shieldon (evolves into Bastiodon)
- Tirtouga (evolves into Carracosta)
- Archen (evolves into Archeops)
- Tyrunt (evolves into Tyrantrum)
- Amaura evolves into (Aurorus)
Which Fossils Give You Which Pokemon?
Here is quick rundown of which Pokemon come from which fossil.
- Helix Fossil: Omanyte
- Dome Fossil: Kabuto
- Old Amber: Aerodactyl
- Root Fossil: Lileep
- Claw Fossil: Anorith
- Skull Fossil: Cranidos
- Armor Fossil: Shieldon
- Cover Fossil: Tirtouga
- Plume Fossil: Archen
- Jaw Fossil: Tyrunt
- Sail Fossil: Amaura
Availability of Fossils in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Old Amber is unavailable in both versions of the game. Aerodactyl can be received as a gift on Poni Island.
Pokémon Ultra Sun Fossils
Description: A Rock/Bug-type Old Shrimp Pokémon. Studies say that once revived from a fossil, it wouldn’t be able to thrive in the sea because the composition’s not the same as it was back then in its own era. At level 40, it evolves into an Armaldo.
Description: A Rock-type Head Butt Pokémon. During its time, it survived mostly by headbutting trees and harvesting the berries that have fallen. At level 30, it evolves into a Rampardos.
Description: A Rock/Water-type Spiral Pokémon. In ancient times, this creature swam across the ocean voraciously devouring plankton everywhere it went. At level 40, it evolves into an Omastar.
Description: A Water/Rock-type Prototurtle Pokémon. This creature is said to be the ancestor of most turtle Pokémon that exists in the present. At level 37, it evolves into a Carracosta.
Description: A Rock/Dragon-type Royal Heir Pokémon. It’s a destructive dinosaur that throws outrageous tantrums whenever something displeases it. At level 39, it evolves into a Tyrantrum—but only if it’s trained during the day.
Pokémon Ultra Moon Fossils
Description: A Rock/Ice-type Tundra Pokemon. Its fossils could be found encased in thick ice in places where no violent predators roamed during the old times. At level 39, it evolves into an Aurorus—but only if it’s trained during the night.
Description: A Rock/Flying-type First Bird Pokemon. It is said to be the ancestor of all the bird Pokemon in the world. At level 37, it evolves into an Archeops.
Description: A Rock/Water-type Shellfish Pokemon. Even though it is now a fossil, its species still thrive. In fact, it has survived and has not changed for the past 300 million years. At level 40, it evolves into a Kabutops.
Description: A Rock/Grass-type Sea Lily Pokemon. In the ancient times, this creature spent most of its life anchored on a rock on the ocean floor. By being virtually immobile, it patiently waited for unsuspecting creatures to be caught and swallowed whole by it. At level 40, it evolves into a Cradily.
Description: A Rock/Steel-type Shield Pokemon. A creature that is especially armored around the face. It is very weak against attacks from behind. At level 30, it evolves into a Bastiodon.
Where Can I Revive Fossil Pokemon Back to Life?
Once you have a fossil, you could bring it back to life by restoring it at the Fossil Restoration Center. The Fossil Restoration Center is located inside the forest on Route 8.
There’s a man near a trailer van at the Fossil Restoration Center who will offer to bring your fossils back to life. Simply give him a fossil and he will restore it for you. You can do this process as many times as you want, as long as you have a fossil in your bag.
Other Ways to Get Fossils
If you’re the real deal fossil collector, then there’s another way to amass a lot of them. All you have to do is go to Isle Aphun of the Poké Pelago and send your PC Pokemon on the mission Path for Rare Treasure Hunting.
By undertaking the Path for Rare Treasure Hunting mission, your Pokemon gains the chance of obtaining special treasure items like Nuggets, Bottle Caps, and most especially—Fossils!
It is remarkable to know that the Fossils that can be found on the Path for Rare Treasure Hunting mission are varied and not bound by the version-exclusivity rule. This means that most, if not all, fossils can be found on Isle Aphun of the Poké Pelago.
Which Fossil Pokemon Are the Best for Battling?
Collecting all these Pokemon is one goal, but you may be interested in using some of them in competitive battling. Here are some fossil Pokemon that you should consider using in battles.
This Pokemon is admittedly a bit tricky to use, but it can be viable. Omastar has amazing defense and special attack stats. It is unfortunately hampered by its horrendously slow speed. It can overcome this if it has the ability Weak Armor. This ability makes it so that any physical attack it takes will lower its defense stat but raise its speed. The move Shell Smash will lower its defense and special defense, but it will sharply raise its attack, special attack, and speed. It's possible to raise Omastar's speed and take advantage of its special attack stat with its solid move pool of water and rock-type moves. It can even learn some good ice-type moves to overcome its 4x weakness to grass Pokemon. Raising the speed stat will come at the expense of defense, but that stat is so high that it won't be a big detriment.
This Pokemon has a devastating attack stat of 165. It can cause some serious damage with its physical moves, such as Head Smash or Rock Slide. Unfortunately, its attack stat is all it really has going for it. Rampardos is pretty slow and its defense leaves a lot to be desired as well. As a rock-type, it has a lot of common weaknesses. If it has the move Endeavor, it can survive taking a big move long enough to deal big damage. This can allow you to finish off an opponent with your next Pokemon.
This Pokemon has some pretty impressive stats, most notably its attack, special attack, and speed. It can use some pretty good rock and flying-type moves, most notably Rock Slide. Unfortunately, it has a massive drawback with its ability Defeatist. When its HP drops to half, its attack and special attack gets reduced to half. Archeops can learn Roost, which restores its HP. However, its defense isn't very high, so any decent attack can probably reduce its HP back down to half. It's best to use this Pokemon to dish out damage in a short time before replacing it.
The attack and defense stats on this Pokemon are very impressive. Its speed stat can be raised if it is bred with the move Dragon Dance. The move also raises the attack stat, making Tyrantrum even more devastating. Its ability Strong Jaw can boost the damage of its bite moves while Rock Head can prevent recoil damage. A Tyrantrum with Rock Head using moves like Dragon Dance and Head Smash can be a scary opponent to face. The only Pokemon that could really stand a chance against it would be a powerful fairy-type.
This may be the best fossil Pokemon to use in competitive battling. Aerodactly has impressive speed and attack stats. What makes this fossil Pokemon stand out is that it is the only one that can Mega Evolve. This pushes its attack and speed stat to insane levels. Its ability Tough Claws increases the damage output from moves that make direct contact. It doesn't have many good moves to take advantage of a same type attack bonus with this ability, but its attack stat of 135 makes up for this. Its speed stat of 150 makes it versatile for a lot of vital roles. It can quickly clear stage hazards with Defog or counter opponents with a stalling strategy by using Taunt, which prevents using moves that affect status. It can even use Roost to overcome taking damage after using Taunt. It can also use Rock Slide, which has a decent chance of making opponents flinch. This gives you a chance for two consecutive attacks.
Have You Already Collected All the Fossil Pokemon in the Game?
Questions & Answers
Since I always have school and special bedtimes, what should I do if I want a Lycanroc dusk form? I have the special Rockruff but it won't evolve at the time that it says its supposed to (I have Ultra Moon).
If it's a special event Rockruff, it will only evolve to what the special event is. For example, if its a special event dusk form Rockruff, it will ONLY evolve into a dusk form Lycancroc. As for the normal Rockruffs you can catch in the game, you can evolve them during the day or the night, depending on what form of Lycancroc you want.Helpful 13
In Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, can I get Genesect in Pokemon X while breaking some of the rocks in the cave?
Nope, that is not true. Genesect can only be obtained through giveaways, codes, special events, or trades from other people or games.Helpful 15
When I scan barcodes, isn't it suppose to show me the Pokémon?
Yes, the Pokémon has to show up. Barcodes can be searched easily on Google.Helpful 9
How do I get Genesect?
You can't because Genesect is a "Mythical" Pokemon. The only way to get it is through a trade with someone who has it, Official Event distributions, and Mystery Gift giveaways.Helpful 8