Fossil Pokemon make their ancient return in Pokemon Sword and Shield, though the way acquire them has been updated. Rather than use a single Fossil to resurrect a Pokemon like Kabuto, you’ll need to combine two Fossils together. With the correct Fossil combinations, you’ll be able to unlock one of four new Pokemon. Confused? We’ve got you covered! Below, we’ll walk you through how to get all Fossil Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
How to get all Fossil Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield
As noted above, you’ll need to acquire Fossils and pair two of them together to create a Fossil combination in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Using the correct Fossil combinations, you’ll be able to unlock one of four different Pokemon. To get Fossils, you’ll first want to pay a visit to Cara Liss along Route 6.
Near Cara Liss, you’ll find a Fossil on the ground. After that, head over to the Stow-on-Side Pokemon Center and speak with an NPC there to receive your second Fossil. With both Fossils acquired, return to Cara Liss and use a Fossil combination to resurrect a Pokemon. To earn additional Fossils, you’ll want to head into the Wild Area and locate the Digging Duo.
Every time the Digging Duo mine for you (costs 500W each time), you’ll have a chance to earn additional Fossils which you can then use to resurrect more Pokemon, or trade with other players. Keep in mind that the items the Digging Duo bring you are all RNG, so you may need to send them out several times before you earn a Fossil.
In total, there are four different Fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield that you can acquire including the Bird Fossil, Dino Fossil, Drake Fossil, and Fish Fossil. Using these Fossils, we’ve outlined all possible Fossil combinations and the Pokemon they unlock in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
- Dino Fossil and Fish Fossil = Arctovish
- Dino Fossil and Bird Fossil = Arctozolt
- Drake Fossil and Fish Fossil = Dracovish
- Drake Fossil and Bird Fossil = Dracozolt
Again, the Pokemon you can unlock using Fossil combinations include Arctovish (Water/Ice), Arctozolt (Electric/Ice), Dracovish (Dragon/Water), and Dracozolt (Dragon/Eletric). Note that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will yield different Fossils and Pokemon, though you can always acquire the full set of four via trading.
For example, if you know someone who owns a copy of the other game (you own Pokemon Sword, they own Pokemon Shield), you can give two Pokemon version-specific Fossils to hold, then trade them. After the trade is complete, simply remove the Fossils from your new Pokemon and add them to your inventory.
Now that you know how to get all Fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to read through some of our other guides including all Curry recipes in Pokemon Sword and Shield, how to farm Watts in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and how to get all Eevee evolutions in Pokemon Sword and Shield.