Cover and Plume Fossils

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Bag Cover Fossil Sprite.png
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The Cover Fossil (Japanese: ふたのカセキ Cover Fossil) and Plume Fossil (Japanese: はねのカセキ Feather Fossil) are Fossils that can be regenerated into Tirtouga and Archen, respectively.

In the games

In Pokémon Black and White, a Backpacker on the first floor of Relic Castle has found both of the Fossils, but claims they are too heavy and offers one of the Fossils for the player to keep. The Fossil that is not chosen is kept by the Backpacker and cannot be obtained in-game.

If brought to the Nacrene Museum, the Cover and Plume Fossils can be regenerated into Tirtouga and Archen, respectively.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the former Gym Leader Lenora will give the player either Fossil when they reach Nacrene City later on in the game after defeating the Elite Four. Just like before, the player must choose one of the two Fossils and then speak to the researcher standing alone at the front desk of the museum to revive it.

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

In X and Y, both can be found in the smashable rocks in Glittering Cave.

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they can be found randomly through Rock Smash in different Mirage spots. However, the Plume Fossil is exclusive to Omega Ruby and the Cover Fossil is exclusive to Alpha Sapphire. They can be brought to the Devon Corporation in Rustboro City to regenerate them into Archen and Tirtouga, respectively.

In Sun and Moon, one can be bought at Olivia's store in Konikoni City, one time only. The Cover Fossil is only available in Pokémon Sun while the Plume Fossil is only available in Pokémon Moon.

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, just like with the original games they can be bought one time only in Konikoni City, with the Cover Fossil only available in Ultra Sun and the Plume Fossil only available in Ultra Moon. However, they can now also be obtained from Isle Aphun at Poké Pelago regardless of version. By conducting a Rare Treasure-Hunting expedition (or an Interesting Item-Hunting expedition once the island has reached Development Level 3), the Cover or Plume Fossil have a very rare chance of being obtained.

Flavor text

Cover Fossil

Games Description
BWB2W2 A fossil of an ancient Pokémon that lived in the sea in ancient times. It appears to be part of its back.
A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived in the sea. It appears as though it could be part of its back.

Plume Fossil

Games Description
BWB2W2 A fossil of an ancient Pokémon that flew in the sky in ancient times. It appears to be part of its wing.
A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived in the sky. It looks as if it could come from part of its wing.

In the anime

A Plume Fossil in the anime
A Cover Fossil in the anime

A Plume Fossil appeared in Archeops In The Modern World!. Prior to the episode, Lenora gave a Plume Fossil to Professor Juniper and Fennel. They successfully resurrected a female Archen from the Fossil using Musharna's dream energy. With the help of Ash and his Tranquill, Archen learned how to fly and then evolved into Archeops.

A Cover Fossil appeared in A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1. It was found by Ferris and later stolen by Team Rocket, who—by using the stolen data from Juniper and Fennel's fossil resurrection machine and the stones stolen from the Chargestone Cave—managed to revive it into a Tirtouga. It evolved into a Carracosta in the next episode and was eventually returned back to its own time through a time gate in Twist Mountain.

Kiawe found a Plume Fossil in Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!, during the Stoutland Search treasure hunt set up for Ash and his classmates by Olivia. A Plume Fossil also appeared in on a holographic screen during Sophocles's first hunt for treasure.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Cover Fossil or Plume 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 #
Cover Fossil I Noble Victories Uncommon 90/101 Red Collection U 063/066
Plasma Blast Uncommon 79/101 Megalo Cannon U 067/076
Plume Fossil I Noble Victories Uncommon 93/101 Red Collection U 062/066
Plasma Blast Uncommon 82/101 Megalo Cannon U 066/076


This is the artwork of the Fossils as they appear on the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Cover Fossil Sprite.png Dream Plume Fossil Sprite.png
Cover Fossil Plume Fossil


  • While the item description for the Plume Fossil states the Fossil came from a "Pokémon that (once) flew/lived in the sky", the Backpacker who gives away the Fossils in Pokémon Black and White mentions that the Plume Fossil is from a Pokémon that lived in an ancient forest, but could not fly. Considering what is known about the Archaeopteryx genus, this may be intentional to some degree.

In other languages


Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kuorifossiili
France Flag.png French Foss. Plaque*
Fossile Plaque*
Germany Flag.png German Schildfossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Fossiltappo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 덮개화석 Deopgae Hwaseok
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Fóssil Casca
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Fóssil Capa
Russia Flag.png Russian Ископаемый Панцирь Iskopayemyy Pantsir'
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil Tapa


Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Töyhtöfossiili
France Flag.png French Foss. Plume*
Fossile Plume*
Germany Flag.png German Federfossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Fossilpiuma
South Korea Flag.png Korean 날개화석 Nalgae Hwaseok
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Fóssil Pluma
Russia Flag.png Russian Ископаемый Перо Iskopayemyy Pero
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil Pluma

Pokémon Fossils
DomeHelixOld AmberRootClawSkullArmorCoverPlumeJawSail

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