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The Old Amber (Japanese: ひみつのコハク Secret Amber) is a Fossil which can be regenerated into Aerodactyl.

The Old Amber is different from the other Fossils, being a type of fossilized substance rather than a Fossil named by its appearance; however, the Aerodactyl skeleton in Pewter City Museum implies that it does have its own fossilized remains.

In the games

Old Amber artwork from Pokémon Red and Green

In the Generation I and III games, Old Amber is a key item obtained in a back room of the Pewter Museum of Science, from one of the scientists, who believes that it could be resurrected. Cut is required to access the room, as it is blocked by a cuttable tree. It is given to the player by one of the scientists working there. If brought to the Pokémon Lab on Cinnabar Island, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, it is no longer a key item, being demoted to simply an item. It can be found by mining in the Underground after obtaining the National Pokédex. If brought to the Oreburgh Mining Museum, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Old Amber can be found randomly by smashing rocks at the Ruins of Alph. If brought to the Pewter Museum of Science, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, a Worker in the Ice Rock room of Twist Mountain hands out a random Fossil from previous generations, including Old Amber, once per day. If brought to the Nacrene Museum, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.

Rocks purchased in Antique Shops of Black 2 and White 2's Join Avenue may contain Old Amber.

In X and Y, Old Amber can be found randomly in Glittering Cave by smashing rocks. If brought to the Fossil Laboratory, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl. Alternatively, they can be sold at Poké Marts for PokémonDollar.png500.

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it can be found randomly through Rock Smash in different Mirage spots. It can be brought to the Devon Corporation in Rustboro City to regenerate it into Aerodactyl.

Flavor text

Games Description
Stad The fossilized resin of a tree from prehistoric trees.
E A stone containing the genes of an ancient Pokémon.
FRLG A piece of amber that contains the genes of an ancient Pokémon. It is clear with a reddish tint.
A piece of amber that contains the genetic material of an ancient Pokémon. It is clear with a reddish tint.
XYORAS A piece of amber that still contains the genetic material of an ancient Pokémon. It's clear with a tawny, reddish tint.

In the anime

Old Amber in the anime

In the anime, Gary Oak obtains an Old Amber and uses it to revive an Aerodactyl in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!.

In the manga

Old Amber in How I Became a Pokémon Card
Old Amber in Pokémon Adventures

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

The Old Amber appeared in Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!? where it was eventually revived in an Aerodactyl after Team Rocket broke into the lab.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

As in the games, in the Pokémon Adventures manga, Red was able to revive an Aerodactyl from an Old Amber, which he had previously obtained from Giovanni, at the Pokémon Lab, and added it to his team.

In the TCG

Old Amber was introduced into the TCG in Majestic Dawn. Prior to its introduction, Aerodactyl must be evolved from the Mysterious Fossil card.

Related cards
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Old Amber T Majestic Dawn Common 84/100 Dawn Dash Uncommon  
Arceus Uncommon 89/99 Advent of Arceus Uncommon 083/090
Old Amber Aerodactyl I Dark Explorers Uncommon 97/108 Dark Rush U 066/069


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Mine Old Amber 2.png
Dream Old Amber Sprite.png
Underground Dream World


  • Amber is fossilized tree resin commonly found with insects trapped inside of it. The Old Amber is based on the theory of extracting DNA from the blood still preserved inside the insect to bring back past lifeforms.
  • It is the only Pokémon Fossil that does not have an alternative choice to form a pair.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Vieil Ambre
Germany Flag.png German Altbernstein
Italy Flag.png Italian Ambra Antica
South Korea Flag.png Korean 비밀의호박 Bimirui Hobak
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Âmbar Velho
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ámbar Viejo

Pokémon Fossils
DomeHelixOld AmberRootClawSkullArmorCoverPlumeJawSail

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