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Pokemon Sword and Shield fossil guide – Combinations, locations, species

Published: 22/Nov/2019 9:41

by David Purcell


Finding fossils can be a difficult task in any new region, but don’t worry, we’re going to show you the locations of every fossil in Pokemon Sword and Shield. We’ll even show you what they turn into! 

The Galar Region is a vast piece of land and nobody knows that more than the players looking to catch ’em all in Nintendo’s latest installment to the Pokemon video game series.

There are a number of different hidden tricks and secrets, including a very strange way to evolve Yamask, but finding fossils is actually one of the simpler tasks to complete. The good thing about it, too, is that you will be able to check off a handful of species from your Pokedex after collecting them.

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The Digging Duo will help you find fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield!

For those who aren’t aware already, there are four different types of fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield, two of which are exclusive to each title. Therefore, depending on which game you’re playing on, the options available to you will be different. So, let’s take a look at the four fossils available in-game.

All Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils

  • Fossilized Dino – Pokemon Sword
  • Fossilized Bird – Pokemon Sword
  • Fossilized Drake – Pokemon Shield
  • Fossilized Fish – Pokemon Shield

Head over to the Digging Duo’s location!

These fossils will be given to you at random while digging for them in the Wild Area. To do this, simply walk over to two characters equipped with digging equipment, called the Digging Duo, and ask them if they could dig for you.

From there, you will have to pay them 500W each time they start an excavation. Their location can be found below, which should help you get the ball rolling.

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Pokemon fossil combinations

In order to get a Pokemon from the fossils you have collected, you’re going to need to hand over two of them at a time to a character called Cara Liss.

If you’re wandering around Route 6, you will bump into her at some stage. She looks after the fossils in the game and interacting with her will start the process of recovering Pokemon from your fossils. The full list of fossil combinations can be found below.

  • Fossilized Bird and Fossilized Dino makes an Arctozolt 
  • Fossilized Bird and Fossilized Fish makes an Arctovish 
  • Fossilized Drake and Fossilized Dino makes a Dracozolt 
  • Fossilized Drake and Fossilized Fish makes a Dracovish

As you can’t find them in the wild in the Galar Region, not everybody will be familar with each of the new fossil Pokemon. It’s fair to say that they look a bit funkier than what we’ve come to expect in previous generations.


After seeing the likes of Aerodactyl, Armaldo, Kabutops and many other powerful-looking creatures recovered from fossils in the past, perhaps we were spoiled.

Our first fossil Pokemon profile is Arctozolt, an ice/electric-type Pokemon. While it might look a lot cuter than its counterparts from generations gone by, that is certainly an interesting combination for any player to have in their team. It’s also worth noting that it doesn’t evolve.

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Arctovish is like nothing we’ve ever seen before in Pokemon. Actually, the same could probably be said for each of these new fossil species, each boasting a particularly striking appearance.

This Pokemon, which is produced by mixing both the bird and fish fossil as we mentioned earlier, is water/ice-type and also doesn’t have any further evolutions.

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While this might look a little like Arctozolt from Pokemon Sword, this character – who is only available on Shield unless you make some fossil trades between titles– is a very different type of Pokemon indeed. It’s an electric/dragon-type.

Pokemon / Nintendo


Finally, let’s take a look at the final fossil Pokemon in our list. Just like the others, you guessed it, it doesn’t evolve.

Dracovish is a water/dragon-type with a strong set of legs and jaws. While it might look like an odd combination of both a dinosaur and fish at first glance, you won’t want to be on the receiving end of an attack from this powerful species.

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So, there you have it! Now, you know where to find the fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield, what combinations to use to make sure you end up with the one you want, and even have a profile of each of them!

Hopefully we’ve helped you decided which one you want to recover first from a fossil and good luck scratching all four of them off your Pokedex.


Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.