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Fossil
化石の秘密
SetSymbolFossil.png
FossilLogo.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)
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Pokémon TCG: Fossil (Japanese: 化石の秘密 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.

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Description

CAN YOU DIG UP ALL THE FOSSIL™ CARDS?

Two million years ago, the first known Pokémon™® walked the earth. Scientists thought many were extinct like the dinosaurs because only fossils had been around—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!

Information

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. 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. It was originally planned to be released in the United States around January 2000 (based on initial Jungle estimates). However, since Jungle was released earlier, Fossil was pushed forward as well.

The English release was expanded again to make the sets larger by including Holo and Non Holo prints of cards with Rare rarity. However, Mew from the Japanese equivalent was removed and would later be released as both a Holo and Non Holo Wizards Black Star Promos. In the Australian release, the Unlimited edition used red lettering for the word "Pokémon" instead of yellow on the Booster Box, Booster Packs and Theme Decks. This was intended to prevent counterfeiting. Additionally, all the Non Holo cards (including Rare cards) came with a 1999-2000 copyright at the bottom of the card; the standard 1999 copyright for packs with red lettering.

Fossil was the last expansion to use the Galaxy Star Holofoil, as it was changed to Cosmos Holofoil in the following expansion. There appears to be some error printings of Unlimited Fossil Holos with the Cosmos Holofoil with a 1999 copyright (including Zapdos).

Additional cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
1/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Aerodactyl Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Cosmos Holo Pokémon League Prerelease promo (Gold Version)
1/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Aerodactyl Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Galaxy Star Holo Pokémon League Prerelease promo (Brown Version)
15/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zapdos Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Cosmos Holo ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
29/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
35/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golduck Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
50/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kabuto Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Top Deck Magazine W Promo
53/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Psyduck Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
59/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Energy Search T [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] ©1999-2000 Thunderstorm Gift Box exclusive
 


Corrected error cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
6/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Haunter Psychic [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Purple/blue 'oil spill' stain in lower right corner of artwork
15/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zapdos Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] 1st Edition and Unlimited Evolution box was cut out of Holofoil
51/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Krabby Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Partially incomplete set symbol
 ?1-16?/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] A number of Holo prints use the Cosmos Holofoil
 

Set lists

Fossil
SetSymbolFossil.png
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Aerodactyl Fighting Rare Holo Promotion
2/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Articuno Water Rare Holo Promotion
3/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ditto Colorless Rare Holo Promotion
4/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonite Colorless Rare Holo Promotion
5/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gengar Psychic Rare Holo Promotion
6/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Haunter Psychic Rare Holo Promotion
7/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hitmonlee Fighting Rare Holo Promotion
8/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hypno Psychic Rare Holo Promotion
9/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kabutops Fighting Rare Holo Promotion
10/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lapras Water Rare Holo Promotion
11/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magneton Lightning Rare Holo Promotion
12/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Moltres Fire Rare Holo Promotion
13/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Muk Grass Rare Holo Promotion
14/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning Rare Holo Promotion
15/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zapdos Lightning Rare Holo Promotion
16/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Aerodactyl Fighting Rare Promotion
17/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Articuno Water Rare Promotion
18/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ditto Colorless Rare Promotion
19/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonite Colorless Rare Promotion
20/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gengar Psychic Rare Promotion
21/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Haunter Psychic Rare Promotion
22/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hitmonlee Fighting Rare Promotion
23/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hypno Psychic Rare Promotion
24/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kabutops Fighting Rare Promotion
25/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lapras Water Rare Promotion
26/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magneton Lightning Rare Promotion
27/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Moltres Fire Rare Promotion
28/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Muk Grass Rare Promotion
29/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning Rare Promotion
30/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zapdos Lightning Rare Promotion
31/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Arbok Grass Uncommon Promotion
32/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Cloyster Water Uncommon Promotion
33/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gastly Psychic Uncommon Promotion
34/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golbat Grass Uncommon Promotion
35/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golduck Water Uncommon Promotion
36/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golem Fighting Uncommon Promotion
37/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Graveler Fighting Uncommon Promotion
38/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kingler Water Uncommon Promotion
39/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magmar Fire Uncommon Promotion
40/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Omastar Water Uncommon Promotion
41/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sandslash Fighting Uncommon Promotion
42/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Seadra Water Uncommon Promotion
43/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Slowbro Psychic Uncommon Promotion
44/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tentacruel Water Uncommon Promotion
45/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Weezing Grass Uncommon Promotion
46/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ekans Grass Common Promotion
47/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Geodude Fighting Common Promotion
48/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Grimer Grass Common Promotion
49/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Horsea Water Common Promotion
50/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kabuto Fighting Common Promotion
51/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Krabby Water Common Promotion
52/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Omanyte Water Common Promotion
53/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Psyduck Water Common Promotion
54/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Shellder Water Common Promotion
55/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Slowpoke Psychic Common Promotion
56/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tentacool Water Common Promotion
57/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zubat Grass Common Promotion
58/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mr. Fuji T Uncommon Promotion
59/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Energy Search T Common Promotion
60/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gambler T Common Promotion
61/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Recycle T Common Promotion
62/62 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mysterious Fossil T Common Promotion
 

Mystery of the Fossils
SetSymbolFossil.png
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ekans Grass Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zubat Grass Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Grimer Grass Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Arbok Grass Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golbat Grass Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Weezing Grass Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Muk Grass Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magmar Fire Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Moltres Fire Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Psyduck Water Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tentacool Water Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Shellder Water Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Krabby Water Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Horsea Water Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Omanyte Water Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golduck Water Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tentacruel Water Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Cloyster Water Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kingler Water Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Seadra Water Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Omastar Water Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lapras Water Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Articuno Water Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magneton Lightning Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zapdos Lightning Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Slowpoke Psychic Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Slowbro Psychic Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gastly Psychic Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Haunter Psychic Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gengar Psychic Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hypno Psychic Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mew Psychic Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Geodude Fighting Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kabuto Fighting Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sandslash Fighting Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Graveler Fighting Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golem Fighting Uncommon Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hitmonlee Fighting Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kabutops Fighting Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Aerodactyl Fighting Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ditto Colorless Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonite Colorless Rare Holo Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Energy Search T Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gambler T Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mysterious Fossil T Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Recycle T Common Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mr. Fuji T Uncommon Promotion
 

Pack artwork

Fossil box.jpg
English Booster Box
Fossil Lapras pack.jpg
English Lapras Pack
Fossil Aerodactyl booster.jpg
English Aerodactyl Pack
Fossil Zapdos booster.jpg
English Zapdos Pack
Fossil Lapras boostercard.jpg
English Lapras Blister
Fossil Aerodactyl boostercard.jpg
English Aerodactyl Blister
Fossil Zapdos boostercard.jpg
English Zapdos Blister
Spring 2011 Sneak Peek tins.jpg
The Sneak-Peek Tins
Japanese Base set box 1.jpg
Japanese Booster Box
3 p.jpg
Japanese Pack
Spring 2011 Sneak Peek tins.jpg
The Sneak-Peek Tins
Spring 2011 Sneak Peek tins.jpg
The Sneak-Peek Tins


In other languages

Language Title
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Fossiel
France Flag.png French Fossile
Germany Flag.png German Fossil
Italy Flag.png Italian Fossil
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Fóssil
Russia Flag.png Russian Ископаемое Iskopayemoye
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fósil



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Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Trainer Deck ATrainer Deck B
Base Set
2-Player Starter Set
OvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle
Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil
BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2
2-Player CD-ROM Starter Set
Grass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket
DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes
BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Gym Challenge
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Original Era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack
Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Extended Sheet 1
Nivi City GymHanada City Gym
Extended Sheet 2
Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
Leaders' Stadium
Extended Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift Set
Yamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
Challenge from the Darkness
Southern IslandsIntro Pack