Old Amber

Old Amber
ひみつのコハク
Secret Amber
Old Amber
Old Amber
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Introduced in Generation I
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The Old Amber (Japanese: ひみつのコハク Secret Amber) is a Fossil introduced in Generation I that can be regenerated into Aerodactyl.

The Old Amber is different from the other Fossils, being a type of fossilized substance rather than a Fossil named by its appearance; however, the Aerodactyl skeleton in Pewter City Museum implies that it does have its own fossilized remains.

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
RBY/RGBY
FRLGE
N/A N/A
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
N/A  500

Effect

If brought to the one of the following locations, Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.

Games Location
RBY/RGBY
FRLG
PE
Cinnabar Lab
DPPt Oreburgh Mining Museum
HGSS Pewter Museum of Science
BWB2W2 Nacrene Museum
XY Ambrette Town Fossil Lab
ORAS Devon Corporation in Rustboro City

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.

Description

Games Description
Stad The fossilized resin of a tree from prehistoric trees.
FRLG A piece of amber that contains the genes of an ancient Pokémon. It is clear with a reddish tint.
E A stone containing the genes of an ancient Pokémon.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
A piece of amber that contains the genetic material of an ancient Pokémon. It is clear with a reddish tint.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
A piece of amber that still contains the genetic material of an ancient Pokémon. It's clear with a tawny, reddish tint.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RBY/RGBY Pewter Museum of Science
FRLG Pewter Museum of Science
DPPt The Underground (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
HGSS Rock Smash (Ruins of Alph)
BW Twist Mountain (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
B2W2 Twist Mountain
Join Avenue Antique Shops
XY Rock Smash (Glittering Cave)
ORAS Rock Smash (Mirage spots)
PE Pewter Museum of Science Cerulean Cave

Appearance

      
Artwork from
Generation I
Underground sprites Model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

In the anime

 
Old Amber in Pokémon Chronicles

In Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, Gary revived an Old Amber into an Aerodactyl.

In Restore and Renew!, Goh found an Old Amber at a digging site at the Pewter Museum of Science and had it revived into an Aerodactyl, which he then caught.

In the manga

 
Old Amber in Pokémon Adventures

How I Became a Pokémon Card

The Old Amber appeared in Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!?, where it was eventually revived into an Aerodactyl in a laboratory.

Pokémon Adventures

In Make Way for Magmar!, Red received an Old Amber from Giovanni in Pewter City. Later, in Holy Moltres, while following Blaine's instructions, he revived the Old Amber into an Aerodactyl at the Pokémon Lab on Cinnabar Island, making him one of his main team members.

In the TCG

Old Amber was introduced into the TCG in Majestic Dawn. In its abscence, Aerodactyl must be evolved from either Mysterious Fossil or Unidentified 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.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Old Amber T Majestic Dawn   84/100 Dawn Dash    
Arceus   89/99 Advent of Arceus   083/090
Old Amber Aerodactyl I Dark Explorers   97/108 Dark Rush   066/069
Fates Collide   106/124 Awakening Psychic King   071/078
 


Trivia

  • 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

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 秘密琥珀 Beimaht Fúpaak
Mandarin 秘密琥珀 Mìmì Hǔpò
神秘的琥珀 Shénmì-de Hǔpò *
  Czech Dávný jantar
  Finnish Vanha meripihka
  French Vieil Ambre
  German Altbernstein
  Italian Ambra Antica
  Korean 비밀의호박 Bimirui Hobak
  Polish Stary Bursztyn
  Brazilian Portuguese Âmbar Velho (anime, TCG, manga)
Âmbar Antigo (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Russian Старый Янтарный Staryy Yantarnyy
  Spanish Ámbar Viejo
  Vietnamese Hổ phách bí mật


See also


Pokémon Fossils
Item
DomeHelixOld AmberRootClawSkullArmor
CoverPlumeJawSailBirdFishDrakeDino
Pokémon
KabutoKabutopsOmanyteOmastarAerodactyl
LileepCradilyAnorithArmaldo
CranidosRampardosShieldonBastiodon
TirtougaCarracostaArchenArcheops
TyruntTyrantrumAmauraAurorus
DracozoltArctozoltDracovishArctovish


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