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
- Main article: Old Amber (Majestic Dawn 84)
The Old Amber was introduced as a Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the Majestic Dawn expansion, first released in the Japanese Dawn Dash expansion. Although it is a Trainer card, it is played as if it were a Colorless-type Basic Pokémon, meaning the player's opponent takes a Prize card when it is Knocked Out. However, Old Amber can't be affected by any Special Conditions, can't retreat, and the player may choose to discard it at any time during their turn. Additionally, as long as Old Amber is on the Bench, it does not take any damage from attacks. It can evolve into Aerodactyl that evolve from Old Amber.
During the Black & White Series, the Dark Explorers expansion included the Item card Old Amber Aerodactyl. It allows players to look at the bottom seven cards of their deck, reveal an Aerodactyl they find there, and put it onto their Bench. The other six cards are then shuffled back into the deck. The Scarlet & Violet Series saw the release of Antique Old Amber in the 151 expansion. This card is similar to the original Old Amber, as it is played as a Basic Pokémon, evolves into Aerodactyl, can't retreat, is not affected by Special Conditions, and may be discarded at any time during the player's turn. In addition, it has an Ability that prevents all effects of the opponent's Pokémon's Abilities on this card.
Aeordactyl Fossils are also featured on the Mysterious Fossil and Buried Fossil cards. Both of these card are played as if they were Basic Pokémon and can evolve into Aerodactyl. Unidentified Fossil does not feature an Old Amber or an Aerodactyl Fossil, but can also be used to evolve into Aerodactyl.
- 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 mosquito seen in the Generation I artwork is a 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.
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