Old Amber

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Old Amber
Secret Amber
Old Amber
Old Amber
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation I
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The Old Amber (Japanese: ひみつのコハク Secret Amber) is a Fossil introduced in Generation I that 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 core series games


Games Cost Sell price
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Passive effect

If brought to the one of the following locations, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.

Games Location
Cinnabar Lab
DPPt Oreburgh Mining Museum
HGSS Pewter Museum of Science
BWB2W2 Nacrene Museum
XY Ambrette Town Fossil Lab
ORAS Devon Corporation in Rustboro City
Generation I and III

In the Generation I and III games, Old Amber is a Key Item.

Generation IV onward

From Generation IV onward, Old Amber is no longer a Key Item, and is a normal item. Therefore, multiples of them can be obtained, they can be held, and sent to other players via trading.


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


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RBY/RGBY Pewter Museum of Science
FRLG Pewter Museum of Science
DPPt The Underground (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
HGSS Rock Smash (Ruins of Alph)
BW Twist Mountain (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
B2W2 Twist Mountain
Join Avenue Antique Shops
XY Rock Smash (Glittering Cave)
ORAS Rock Smash (Mirage spots)
PE Pewter Museum of Science Cerulean Cave


RG Old Amber.png Mine Old Amber 1.pngMine Old Amber 2.png Old Amber PE.png
Artwork from
Generation I
Underground sprites Model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

In the anime

Old Amber in the anime

In Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, Gary revived an Old Amber into an 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

In Make Way for Magmar!, Red received an Old Amber from Giovanni in Pewter City. Later, in Holy Moltres, while following Blaine's instructions, he revived the Old Amber into an Aerodactyl at the Pokémon Lab on Cinnabar Island, making it one of his main team members.

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


  • 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. In real life, however, amber cannot preserve DNA.
  • It is the only Pokémon Fossil that does not have an alternative choice to form a pair.
  • It is the only Pokémon Fossil that has appeared in Pokémon Adventures.
  • The mosquito seen in the first generation artwork is a rare case of a real life animal in the Pokémon world.
  • While the Old Amber is the only fossil absent from Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Aerodactyl can still be obtained when received as a gift at Seafolk Village.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 秘密琥珀 Beimaht Fúpaak
Mandarin 秘密琥珀 Mìmì Hǔpò
神秘的琥珀 Shénmì-de Hǔpò *
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 (TCG, manga)
Âmbar Antigo (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Russia Flag.png Russian Старый Янтарный Staryy Yantarnyy
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ámbar Viejo
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hổ phách bí mật

Pokémon Fossils
DomeHelixOld AmberRootClawSkullArmorCoverPlumeJawSail

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