Root Fossil

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Root Fossil
Root Fossil
Bag Root Fossil Sprite.png
Root 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
Generation V Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VI Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VIII Bag Treasures SwSh pocket icon.png Treasures
Power 100

The Root Fossil (Japanese: ねっこのカセキ Root Fossil) is a Fossil introduced in Generation III that can be regenerated into Lileep. It is the counterpart of the Claw Fossil.

In the core series games


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


If brought to the one of the following locations, the Root Fossil can be regenerated into a Lileep.

Games Location
RSE Devon Corporation in Rustboro City
DPPt 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
BDSP Oreburgh Mining Museum

Generation III

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

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the Root Fossil (as well as the Claw 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 Root 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 plant root.
A fossil of an ancient Pokémon that lived in the sea. It appears to be part of a plant root.
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.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RS Route 111 (choice between this and the Claw Fossil)
E Mirage Tower (choice between this and the Claw Fossil)
Desert Underpass (if not picked up at Mirage Tower)
DPPt The Underground (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
HGSS Rock Smash (Cliff Cave)SS (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
ORAS Route 111 (choice between this and the Claw Fossil)
SM Trade
USUM Konikoni City (Olivia's jewelry shop)UM Poké Pelago (Isle Aphun: Rare-Treasure Hunting, Interesting-Item Hunting)
BDSP Grand Underground (after defeating or capturing DialgaBD/PalkiaSP)



Fossil III OD.png Mine Root Fossil 1.png Mine Root 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 Root Fossil in the anime

While the fossil itself has not yet physically appeared in the anime, an image of a Root 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.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Root Fossil in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

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 #
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

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 根狀化石 Gānjohng Fasehk
Mandarin 根狀化石 Gēnzhuàng Huàshí *
樹根化石 Shùgēn Huàshí *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Juurifossiili
France Flag.png French Foss. Racine*
Fossile Racine*
Germany Flag.png German Wurzelfossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Radifossile
South Korea Flag.png Korean 뿌리화석 Ppuri Hwaseok
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Fóssil Raiz
Russia Flag.png Russian Ископаемый Корень Iskopayemyy Koren'
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil Raíz
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hóa thạch rễ cây

See also

Pokémon Fossils
DomeHelixOld AmberRootClawSkullArmor

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