Restored Pokémon (TCG)
Restored Pokémon (Japanese: 復元ポケモン Restored Pokémon) are a variant of Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They were first introduced in the Noble Victories expansion (the Red Collection expansion in Japan) and feature Fossil Pokémon. In order to play a Restored Pokémon, the player should play the respective Fossil card (a Trainer card), with the effect of searching the bottom seven cards of their Deck for the corresponding Pokémon, and then place it onto their Bench. The mechanic was meant to replace the use of Item cards that were put into play to evolve into Fossil Pokémon such as Mysterious Fossil, but this was reverted in the Sun & Moon Series.
Some Restored Pokémon feature the Prehistoric Call Ability, which moves them from the discard pile to the bottom of the player’s deck and allow for an easier setup.
List of Restored Pokémon cards
- Cranidos is the only Fossil Pokémon introduced to the Pokémon series before the implementation of Restored Pokémon cards to have not received a Restored Pokémon stage card.
- As an extension of this, Rampardos is the only Fossil Pokémon evolution introduced to the Pokémon series before Restored cards to never be printed as a Stage 1 Pokémon.
- Despite being the counterpart to Cranidos in Generation IV, Shieldon was printed with a Restored Pokémon stage in Steam Siege. However, it was 'partnered' with Anorith, with Anorith's counterpart Lileep being 'partnered' with both Archen and Tirtouga in Plasma Blast.
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