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Root and Claw Fossils

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The Root Fossil (Japanese: ねっこのカセキ Root Fossil) and Claw Fossil (Japanese: ツメのカセキ Claw Fossil) are Fossils which can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.

In the games

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Root and Claw Fossils are key items found on Route 111; in these games, there is only one chance to acquire one of the Fossils, as when the chosen one is picked, the other Fossil will sink into the sand forever. However, in Pokémon Emerald, one can be selected in Mirage Tower, and the other one can later be found at the end of the Desert Underpass. If brought to the Devon Corporation in Rustboro City, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, they are no longer key items, being demoted to simply items. They can be found by mining in the Underground after obtaining the National Pokédex. Claw Fossils are more common in Diamond while Root Fossils are more common in Pearl. If brought to the Oreburgh Mining Museum, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Root and Claw Fossils can be found randomly by smashing rocks in Cliff Cave; however, these rocks do not appear until after obtaining the National Pokédex. The Root Fossil is exclusive to SoulSilver while the Claw Fossil is exclusive to HeartGold. If brought to the Pewter Museum of Science, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.

In Black and White, a Worker in the Ice Rock room of Twist Mountain hands out a random Fossil from previous generations, including the Root and Claw Fossils, once per day. If brought to the Nacrene Museum, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.

Rocks purchased in Antique Shops of Black 2 and White 2's Join Avenue may contain Root or Claw Fossils.

Both Root and Claw Fossils can be found via Rock Smash in the Glittering Cave, but they are exclusive to Pokémon X.

Flavor text

Root Fossil

Games Description
RSE A fossil of an ancient, seafloor-dwelling Pokémon.
FRLG A fossil of an ancient, seafloor-dwelling Pokémon. It appears to be part of a plant root.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
A fossil of an ancient Pokémon that lived in the sea. It appears to be part of a plant root.
XY A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived in the sea. It looks as if it could be part of a plant's root.

Claw Fossil

Games Description
RSE A fossil of an ancient, seafloor-dwelling Pokémon.
FRLG A fossil of an ancient, seafloor-dwelling Pokémon. It appears to be part of a claw.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
A fossil of an ancient Pokémon that lived in the sea. It appears to be part of a claw.
XY A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived in the sea. It appears to be a fragment of a claw.

In the anime

Although not seen live, images of Root and Claw Fossils were seen in Where's Armaldo?, when Professor Proctor explained Ash and his friends how he had restored several Lileep and Anorith back to life from Root and Claw Fossils.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Root Fossil or Claw Fossil.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Root Fossil T EX Sandstorm Common 92/100 Miracle of the Desert Common 048/053
EX Legend Maker Common 80/92 Mirage Forest Uncommon 079/086
EX Holon Phantoms Common 93/110      
EX Power Keepers Common 86/108 World Champions Pack Common 088/108
Legends Awakened Common 139/146 Cry from the Mysterious Uncommon  
Root Fossil Lileep I Plasma Blast Uncommon 87/101 Megalo Cannon U 065/076
Claw Fossil T EX Sandstorm Common 90/100 Miracle of the Desert Common 047/053
EX Legend Maker Common 78/92 Mirage Forest Uncommon 077/086
EX Holon Phantoms Common 91/110      
EX Power Keepers Common 84/108 World Champions Pack Common 086/108
Legends Awakened Common 138/146 Temple of Anger Uncommon  
 

Artwork

Underground

This is the artwork of the Fossils in The Underground:

Mine Root Fossil 1.png
Mine Root Fossil 2.png
Mine Root Fossil 3.png
Mine Root Fossil 4.png
Mine Claw Fossil 1.png
Mine Claw Fossil 2.png
Mine Claw Fossil 3.png
Mine Claw Fossil 4.png
Root Fossil Claw Fossil

Dream World

This is the artwork of the Fossils in the Pokémon Dream World:

Dream Root Fossil Sprite.png Dream Claw Fossil Sprite.png
Root Fossil Claw Fossil

In other languages

Root

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Juurifossiili
France Flag.png French Foss. Racine
Germany Flag.png German Wurzelfossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Radifossile
South Korea Flag.png Korean 뿌리화석 Ppuri Hwaseok
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil Raíz

Claw

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kynsifossiili
France Flag.png French Foss. Griffe
Germany Flag.png German Klauenfossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Fossilunghia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 발톱화석 Baltop Hwaseok
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil Garra


Pokémon Fossils
DomeHelixOld AmberRootClawSkullArmorCoverPlumeJawSail
KabutoKabutopsOmanyteOmastarAerodactylLileepCradilyAnorithArmaldoCranidosRampardosShieldonBastiodon
TirtougaCarracostaArchenArcheopsTyruntTyrantrumAmauraAurorus

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