In the games
In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Root and Claw Fossils are found on Route 111; in these games, there is only one chance to acquire one of the Fossils, as when the chosen one is picked, the other Fossil will sink into the sand forever. In Pokémon Emerald, one can be selected in Mirage Tower, and the other one can later be found at the end of the Desert Underpass. If brought to the Devon Corporation in Rustboro City, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively. While in Generation III, the Root and Claw Fossils are key items, in Generation VI they are regular items.
In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, they are no longer key items, being demoted to simply items. They can be found by mining in the Underground after obtaining the National Pokédex. Claw Fossils are more common in Diamond while Root Fossils are more common in Pearl. If brought to the Oreburgh Mining Museum, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Root and Claw Fossils can be found randomly by smashing rocks in Cliff Cave; however, these rocks do not appear until after obtaining the National Pokédex. The Root Fossil is exclusive to SoulSilver while the Claw Fossil is exclusive to HeartGold. If brought to the Pewter Museum of Science, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.
In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, a Worker in the Ice Rock room of Twist Mountain hands out a random Fossil from previous generations, including the Root and Claw Fossils, once per day. If brought to the Nacrene Museum, the Root and Claw Fossils can be regenerated into Lileep and Anorith, respectively.
In the anime
While the fossils themselves have not yet appeared in the anime, images of Root and Claw Fossils were 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 named Root Fossil or Claw Fossil.
| 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.
|Root Fossil||T||EX Sandstorm||92/100||Miracle of the Desert||048/053|
|EX Legend Maker||80/92||Mirage Forest||079/086|
|EX Holon Phantoms||93/110|
|EX Power Keepers||86/108||World Champions Pack||088/108|
|Legends Awakened||139/146||Cry from the Mysterious|
|Root Fossil Lileep||I||Plasma Blast||87/101||Megalo Cannon||065/076|
|Claw Fossil||T||EX Sandstorm||90/100||Miracle of the Desert||047/053|
|EX Legend Maker||78/92||Mirage Forest||077/086|
|EX Holon Phantoms||91/110|
|EX Power Keepers||84/108||World Champions Pack||086/108|
|Legends Awakened||138/146||Temple of Anger|
This is the artwork of the Fossils in The Underground:
|Root Fossil||Claw Fossil|
This is the artwork of the Fossils in the Pokémon Dream World:
|Root Fossil||Claw Fossil|
In other languages
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