Skull Fossil

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Skull Fossil
Skull Fossil
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Skull Fossil
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation IV
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Generation VIII Bag Treasures pocket icon.png Treasures (BDSP)
Power 100

The Skull Fossil (Japanese: ずがいのカセキ Skull Fossil) is a Fossil introduced in Generation IV that can be regenerated into Cranidos. It is the counterpart of the Armor Fossil.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A $500
MUM N/A $3,500
SUS $7,000 $3,500


Passive effect

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

Games Location
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


Games Description
A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that lived on the land. It appears to be part of a head.
A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived on the land. It appears as though it's part of a head.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
DP UndergroundD
Pt Underground (if the last digit on the player's Trainer ID is an odd number)
HGSS Trade
BW Twist Mountain (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
B2W2 Twist Mountain
Join Avenue (Antique Shop)
XY Rock Smash (Glittering Cave, after entering the Hall of Fame)
ORAS Rock Smash (Mirage spots)AS
SMUSUM Konikoni City (Olivia's jewelry shop)SUS Poké Pelago (Isle Aphun: Rare-Treasure Hunting, Interesting-Item Hunting)USUM
BDSP Grand UndergroundBD



Mine Skull Fossil.png Mine Skull Fossil BDSP.png
Underground sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Grand Underground sprite from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In the anime

A Skull Fossil in the anime

A Skull Fossil was first seen excavated from the Oreburgh Mine in Shapes of Things to Come!. Roark was very interested in it, talking to it and telling it that it would come back to life. He then sent it off to the Oreburgh Mining Museum.

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

In the TCG

Skull Fossil in the TCG
Main article: Skull Fossil (Mysterious Treasures 117)

The Skull Fossil was introduced as a Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the Mysterious Treasures expansion, first released in the Japanese Secret of the Lakes expansion. It is a Fossil Trainer card, so after being played it is put on the Bench as a Colorless-type Basic Pokémon. It has a Poké-Body that says if it is Knocked Out by damage from an opponent's attack, Skull Fossil's owner gets to flip coins until they get tails and put one damage counter on the Attacking Pokémon for each heads. It can evolve into Cranidos that evolve from a Skull Fossil.

Skull Fossils are also featured on Unidentified Fossil cards, which are Fossil Trainer cards that can evolve into Cranidos as well.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 頭蓋化石 Tàuhgoi Fasehk
Mandarin 頭蓋化石 / 头盖化石 Tóugài Huàshí
France Flag.png French Foss. Crâne*
Fossile Crâne*
Germany Flag.png German Kopffossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Fossilcranio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 두개의화석 Dugaeui Hwaseok
Poland Flag.png Polish Relikt Czaszki*
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Fóssil Crânio
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil Cráneo
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hóa thạch đầu sọ

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