In the core series games
If brought to the one of the following locations, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.
Generation I and III
In the Generation I and III games, Old Amber is a Key Item.
In Pokémon Emerald, the Old Amber (as well as the Dome Fossil and Helix Fossil) is found in the game data, but it is not legitimately obtainable and has no effect. The player is unable to regenerate this fossil in the Devon Corporation.
Generation IV onward
From Generation IV onward, Old Amber is no longer a Key Item, and is a normal item. Therefore, multiples of them can be obtained, they can be held, and sent to other players via trading.
||The fossilized resin of a tree from prehistoric trees.
||A piece of amber that contains the genes of an ancient Pokémon. It is clear with a reddish tint.
||A stone containing the genes of an ancient Pokémon.
|A piece of amber that contains the genetic material of an ancient Pokémon. It is clear with a reddish tint.
|A piece of amber that still contains the genetic material of an ancient Pokémon. It's clear with a tawny, reddish tint.
In the anime
In the manga
In the TCG
- Amber is fossilized tree resin commonly found with insects trapped inside of it. The Old Amber is based on the theory of extracting DNA from the blood still preserved inside the insect to bring back past lifeforms. In real life, however, amber cannot preserve DNA.
- The Old Amber is the only Pokémon Fossil that does not have an alternative choice to form a pair.
- The Old Amber is the only Pokémon Fossil that has appeared in Pokémon Adventures.
- The mosquito seen in the Generation I artwork is a rare case of a real life animal in the Pokémon world.
- While the Old Amber is the only Fossil absent from Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Aerodactyl can still be obtained when received as a gift at Seafolk Village.
In other languages