Claw Fossil

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Claw Fossil
Claw Fossil
Bag Claw Fossil Sprite.png
Claw Fossil
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation III
Generation III Bag Key Items HGSS pocket icon.png Key items
Generation IV Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
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Generation VIII Bag Treasures SwSh pocket icon.png Treasures
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The Claw Fossil (Japanese: ツメのカセキ Claw Fossil) is a Fossil introduced in Generation III that can be regenerated into Anorith. It is the counterpart of the Root Fossil.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A PokémonDollar.png500
SMUM N/A PokémonDollar.png3,500
US PokémonDollar.png7,000 PokémonDollar.png3,500
BDSP N/A PokémonDollar.png500


If brought to the one of the following locations, the Claw Fossil can be regenerated into an Anorith.

Games Location
RSE Devon Corporation in Rustboro City
Oreburgh Mining Museum
HGSS Pewter Museum of Science
BWB2W2 Nacrene Museum
XY Ambrette Town Fossil Lab
ORAS Devon Corporation in Rustboro City
SMUSUM Fossil Restoration Center on Route 8

Generation III

In the Generation III games, the Claw Fossil is a Key Item.

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the Claw Fossil (as well as the Root Fossil) is found in the game data, but it is not legitimately obtainable and has no effect. The player is unable to regenerate this fossil in the Cinnabar Lab.

Generation IV onward

From Generation IV onward, the Claw Fossil 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
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.
A fossil of an ancient Pokémon that lived in the sea. It appears to be part of a claw.
A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived in the sea. It appears to be a fragment of a claw.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RS Route 111 (choice between this and the Root Fossil)
E Mirage Tower (choice between this and the Root Fossil)
Desert Underpass (if not picked up at Mirage Tower)
DPPt The Underground (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
HGSS Rock Smash (Cliff Cave)HG (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
BW Twist Mountain (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
B2W2 Twist Mountain
Join Avenue Antique Shops
XY Rock Smash (Glittering Cave)X (after entering the Hall of Fame)
ORAS Route 111 (choice between this and the Root Fossil)
SM Trade
USUM Konikoni City (Olivia's jewelry shop)US Poké Pelago (Isle Aphun: Rare-Treasure Hunting, Interesting-Item Hunting)
BDSP Grand Underground (after defeating or capturing DialgaBD/PalkiaSP)



Fossil III OD.png Mine Claw Fossil 1.png Mine Claw Fossil 1 BDSP.png
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Underground sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Grand Underground sprite from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In the anime

A Claw Fossil in the anime

An image of a Claw Fossil was 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.

A Claw Fossil appeared in Restore and Renew! under the possession of the Pewter Museum of Science Curator.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Claw Fossil.

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 #
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  
Claw Fossil Anorith I Steam Siege Uncommon 100/114 Cruel Traitor C 049/056

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 爪子化石 Záaují Fasehk
Mandarin 爪子化石 Zhuǎzi Huàshí
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kynsifossiili
France Flag.png French Foss. Griffe*
Fossile Griffe*
Germany Flag.png German Klauenfossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Fossilunghia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 발톱화석 Baltop Hwaseok
Poland Flag.png Polish Skamielina Pazura
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Fóssil Garra
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil Garra
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hóa thạch móng vuốt

See also

Pokémon Fossils
HelixDomeOld AmberRootClawSkullArmor

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