How to Get Fossils in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

pokemon mining feature

Fossil Pokemon are rare types that players have to work hard to obtain. The fossils in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are treated differently to previous games but they are still highly sought after. The type of fossil will depend on which version of the game is being played- either a Skull Fossil or an Armor Fossil. Find out more below!

Obtaining Fossils in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

A pair of fossils are hiding in the Sinnoh Region and it is up to you to find them! If you are playing Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, you will discover the Skull Fossil, while Pokemon Shining Pearl players will have the chance to find the Armour Fossil. Armour Fossils turn into Shieldon- a rock/steel reptilian type Pokemon. Skull Fossil becomes Cranidos- a rock-type Pokemon who resembles a dinosaur.

Cranidos via Pokemon Company

You will only be able to find all the available Pokemon, including these fossils, if you upgrade your Pokedex to the National Pokedex. Do this by first seeing (not catching, just seeing), all 150 Pokemon in the Sinnoh Region. After this, visit Sandgem Town and speak to Professor Rowan who will direct you to Professor Oak and the National Pokedex.

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Screenshot via Pokemon Company

The only place you will find the fossils is in the Grand Underground, they cannot be found in the overground of the Sinnoh region. You can enter the Grand Underground if you have the Explorer Kit- this can be obtained by visiting the Old Man outside the house next to the Pokemon Center in Eterna City. He will give you an Explorer Kit and you can then enter the Grand Underground.

As you explore the Grand Underground you will see spots that shine in the walls- these are places you can mine for fossils. You won’t find a fossil straight away as they are still relatively rare, but keep digging and you will soon uncover the treasured Pokemon you are looking for.

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Via Pokemon Company

Once you have your fossil, head straight to Oreburgh and see the scientist at the Museum. He will ask to take your fossil and turn it into a Pokemon for you. Leave the Museum, then enter the building again to claim your new Pokemon! It’s as simple as that.

Good luck, and happy fossil hunting!

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