Fossil (TCG)

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TCG expansions
Base Set 2 →
Fossil Logo.png
Cards in set English: 62
Japanese: 48
Set number English: 3
Japanese: 3
Release date English: October 10, 1999
Japanese: June 21, 1997
Theme Decks

BodyGuard (GrassFighting)
LockDown (FireWater)

Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang

Fossil (Japanese: 化石(かせき)秘密(ひみつ) Mystery of the Fossils) is the name given to the third main expansion of cards of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The set continues to feature Generation I Pokémon in the card game.



Two million years ago, the first known Pokémon™® walked the earth. Scientists thought many were extinct like the dinosaurs because only fossils had been found—until now. A remote island has been discovered in the south seas, an island where the Pokémon fossils have come to life!

Dig in to the Fossil expansion and you'll find 47 new Pokémon cards for the official Pokémon trading card game. Trade with your friends, show off your favorites, build your own personalized decks, and most of all— play your friends in battle. Collect and play all the Fossil cards and you'll discover holographic cards with super attacks!


Fossil is the name given to the third main expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as Mystery of the Fossils, the third expansion in the Pokémon Card Game. It is based on Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green, featuring Generation I Pokémon and Fossil Pokémon. The English expansion was released on October 10, 1999, while the Japanese expansion was released on June 21, 1997. Subsequently all other language releases for Fossil were April of 2000.

Fossil was the final expansion to use the Galaxy Star Holofoil. Although the holographic pattern was changed to cosmos in the Base 2 release, cosmos holographic cards have been sighted. In the Australian release, the Unlimited print used red lettering for the word "Pokémon" instead of yellow on booster boxes, booster packs, theme decks & theme deck cases. This was to help prevent counterfeiting. The non-holographic cards obtained from these red logo packs have a 1999-2000 copyright at the bottom of the card as well as a different card stock. Note that the holographic cards obtained from these red logo packs have the standard 1999 copyright at the bottom.

Additional cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
1/62   Aerodactyl   Pokémon League Prerelease promo (Gold Version)
1/62   Aerodactyl   Pokémon League Prerelease promo (Brown Version)
15/62   Zapdos   Cosmos Holo ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
29/62   Raichu   ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
35/62   Golduck   ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
50/62   Kabuto   Top Deck Magazine W Promo
53/62   Psyduck   ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
59/62   Energy Search T ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
1-15/62   Fossil Cosmos Holo
16-62/62   1999-2000 Copyright Non-Holos Australian Red-logo Release

Corrected error cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
6/62   Haunter   Stain in the lower right corner of the artwork
15/62   Zapdos   1st Edition and Unlimited Evolution box was cut out of Holofoil
51/62   Krabby   Partially incomplete set symbol

Set lists

No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/62   Aerodactyl     Promotion
2/62   Articuno     Promotion
3/62   Ditto     Promotion
4/62   Dragonite     Promotion
5/62   Gengar     Promotion
6/62   Haunter     Promotion
7/62   Hitmonlee     Promotion
8/62   Hypno     Promotion
9/62   Kabutops     Promotion
10/62   Lapras     Promotion
11/62   Magneton     Promotion
12/62   Moltres     Promotion
13/62   Muk     Promotion
14/62   Raichu     Promotion
15/62   Zapdos     Promotion
16/62   Aerodactyl     Promotion
17/62   Articuno     Promotion
18/62   Ditto     Promotion
19/62   Dragonite     Promotion
20/62   Gengar     Promotion
21/62   Haunter     Promotion
22/62   Hitmonlee     Promotion
23/62   Hypno     Promotion
24/62   Kabutops     Promotion
25/62   Lapras     Promotion
26/62   Magneton     Promotion
27/62   Moltres     Promotion
28/62   Muk     Promotion
29/62   Raichu     Promotion
30/62   Zapdos     Promotion
31/62   Arbok     Promotion
32/62   Cloyster     Promotion
33/62   Gastly     Promotion
34/62   Golbat     Promotion
35/62   Golduck     Promotion
36/62   Golem     Promotion
37/62   Graveler     Promotion
38/62   Kingler     Promotion
39/62   Magmar     Promotion
40/62   Omastar     Promotion
41/62   Sandslash     Promotion
42/62   Seadra     Promotion
43/62   Slowbro     Promotion
44/62   Tentacruel     Promotion
45/62   Weezing     Promotion
46/62   Ekans     Promotion
47/62   Geodude     Promotion
48/62   Grimer     Promotion
49/62   Horsea     Promotion
50/62   Kabuto     Promotion
51/62   Krabby     Promotion
52/62   Omanyte     Promotion
53/62   Psyduck     Promotion
54/62   Shellder     Promotion
55/62   Slowpoke     Promotion
56/62   Tentacool     Promotion
57/62   Zubat     Promotion
58/62   Mr. Fuji T   Promotion
59/62   Energy Search T   Promotion
60/62   Gambler T   Promotion
61/62   Recycle T   Promotion
62/62   Mysterious Fossil T   Promotion

Mystery of the Fossils
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
  Ekans     Promotion
  Zubat     Promotion
  Grimer     Promotion
  Arbok     Promotion
  Golbat     Promotion
  Weezing     Promotion
  Muk     Promotion
  Magmar     Promotion
  Moltres     Promotion
  Psyduck     Promotion
  Tentacool     Promotion
  Shellder     Promotion
  Krabby     Promotion
  Horsea     Promotion
  Omanyte     Promotion
  Golduck     Promotion
  Tentacruel     Promotion
  Cloyster     Promotion
  Kingler     Promotion
  Seadra     Promotion
  Omastar     Promotion
  Lapras     Promotion
  Articuno     Promotion
  Raichu     Promotion
  Magneton     Promotion
  Zapdos     Promotion
  Slowpoke     Promotion
  Slowbro     Promotion
  Gastly     Promotion
  Haunter     Promotion
  Gengar     Promotion
  Hypno     Promotion
  Mew     Promotion
  Geodude     Promotion
  Kabuto     Promotion
  Sandslash     Promotion
  Graveler     Promotion
  Golem     Promotion
  Hitmonlee     Promotion
  Kabutops     Promotion
  Aerodactyl     Promotion
  Ditto     Promotion
  Dragonite     Promotion
  Energy Search T   Promotion
  Gambler T   Promotion
  Mysterious Fossil T   Promotion
  Recycle T   Promotion
  Mr. Fuji T   Promotion


English Lapras pack
English Aerodactyl pack
English Zapdos pack
Japanese Mystery of the
Fossils pack
English Fossil booster box
The Sneak-Peek Tins
Japanese Mystery of the
Fossils booster box
The Sneak-Peek Tins
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Languages this set is released in

The Mystery of the Fossils set is released in Japanese, all with rarity symbols. The Fossil set is released in English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese in both 1st and unlimited edition. The non-holo cards of the English unlimited edition Fossil set were also all printed with ©1999-2000 copyright date, inserted in Australian red logo products. All holofoil cards, with the exception of the Zapdos that can be found in the Tempest Gift Box, were only printed with ©1999 copyright date. All English unlimited edition ©1999 holofoil Rares can also be found with Cosmos holofoil pattern instead of the usual Galaxy holofoil. How these English Cosmos holofoil Fossil cards were released is unknown, but rumors state they were leaked by WotC employees.

In other languages

Language Title
  Dutch Fossiel
  French Fossile
  German Fossil
  Italian Fossil
  Brazilian Portuguese Fóssil
  Russian Ископаемое Iskopayemoye
  Spanish Fósil

External links

  This article is part of Project TCG, a Bulbapedia project that aims to report on every aspect of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions and releases
Bold indicates a main expansion. Italics indicate a special set. Releases that are entirely composed of prints from other releases are small.
Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Pokémon Demo GameTrainer Deck ATrainer Deck B
Base Set: 2-Player Starter SetOvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle: Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil: BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2: 2-Player CD-ROM Starter SetGrass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket: DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes: BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Pikachu World Collection 2000
Gym Challenge: SabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanni
Original Era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack: Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Expansion Sheet 1Nivi City GymHanada City GymExpansion Sheet 2Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
Leaders' Stadium
Expansion Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift SetYamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
Challenge from the Darkness
Southern IslandsIntro Pack