Restored Pokémon (TCG)

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A Restored Pokémon (Japanese: 復元ポケモン Restored Pokémon) is a form of Pokémon that is revived to life from a Fossil card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In the Pokémon world, Fossils are prehistoric Pokémon revived using techniques developed by the Devon Corporation and a research laboratory on Cinnabar Island.

Only eleven Pokémon are currently classified as Restored Pokémon: Aerodactyl, Amaura, Anorith, Archen, Cranidos, Kabuto, Lileep, Omanyte, Shieldon, Tirtouga, and Tyrunt.

Current Game Mechanic

In order to play a Restored Pokémon, the player must first play the respective Fossil card (a Trainer card), search the bottom seven cards of their Deck for the corresponding Pokémon, and then place it onto his or her Bench. This type of Trainer card was reintroduced with the above mechanic in the Noble Victories expansion.

  • Many Restored Pokémon feature the Prehistoric Call Ability (like the Plasma Blast versions of Archen, Lileep, and Tirtouga), which moves them from the discard pile to the bottom of the player’s deck.
  • Combine that with the Supporter card Caitlin (Plasma Blast) to put any number of cards from the player’s hand to the bottom of his or her deck in any order. Then retrieve it with a Fossil card.

Original Game Mechanic

Play an original Fossil Trainer card as if it were a Colorless Basic Pokémon with 40 to 50 Hit Points. The original Restored Pokémon was considered a Stage 1 Evolution card. While the Fossil card counted as a Trainer card, if it was Knocked Out, it counted as a Knocked Out Pokémon. However, the Fossil card could not be affected by any Special Conditions and could not Retreat. Players could also discard the Fossil card anytime during their Turn before they Attacked, which did not count as a Knocked Out. Finally, whenever the Fossil card would be damaged by an opponent's Attack, the Fossil's player flipped a coin until they got Tails, which reduced that damage by 10 Hit Points for each Head.

Restored Pokémon List

Current (7)




Archeops (Plasma Blast), Archeops (Dark Explorers), and Archeops (Noble Victories) Pokémon cards


Cradily (Plasma Blast) Pokémon card
Its Lifesplosion Attack for one Grass Grass Energy allows you to search for multiple Stage 2 Pokémon from your deck and put them onto your Bench.


Carracosta (Plasma Blast) and Carracosta (Noble Victories) Pokémon cards


Tyrantrum (Furious Fists) Pokémon card


Omastar (Fates Collide) Pokémon card

Original (7)








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