'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Fossil Locations: Where and How to Catch All Four Pokémon

Fossil Pokémon are a unique feature in the Pokémon franchise. These special Pokémon are revived from fossils found on your journey thanks to a scientist. However, this mechanic changes inSword and Shield.

New generations of Pokémon games usually have two new fossils (and Fossil Pokémon) with some having a third, like Aerodactly. But Sword and Shield have four different Fossil Pokémon that are stranger than normal.

Fossil Pokémon in Sword and Shield are mixed up. There are four different fossils to find in the Galar region, (a bottom and top half) and the scientist will combine two of them together. That's right, these prehistoric creatures are combinations of two different fossils and don't come from one single fossil.

This new way of reviving Fossil Pokémon also removes the Rock typing from them. But if you want to catch all four Fossil Pokémon in Sword and Shield, here's everything you need to know including where the scientist is, and how to get the fossils needed.

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The four new fossils in Sword and Shield are the Fossilized Bird, Fossilized Dino, Fossilized Drake and Fossilized Fish.

Bird and Dino are found easily in Sword while Drake and Fish are found more commonly in Shield version. However, to get the other fossils you can trade a Pokémon holding them. That's the easy way to obtain all four fossils.

Otherwise, you can find two of the four fossils in-game. Two of them can be found on Route 6 near the scientist Cara Less, who will revive the Fossil Pokémon for you.

To get more, you'll need to talk to the Digging Duo in the Bridge Field region of the Wild Area.

Speak to either one of the Digging Duo and pay 500 watts to have them dig for treasure. It's random, but there's a chance you can find a fossil.

To find the fossil you are missing, speak to the "reward" brother not the "stamina" focused one. The two fossils that are rare in your version can be found using this method, but it may take some time and a lot of watts.


In Galar, Fossils come in two halves, which you can mix and match. There are four Fossil Pokémon in total to catc,h and they each have unique typings and battle styles. They all have 90 base HP with the other stats coming in different combinations.

All four Fossil Pokémon have a combined base stat total of 505.


Dracovish is caught when you combine the Fish and Drake fossils. This Water and Dragon-type Pokémon comes with the abilities Water Absorb, Strong Jaw or Sand Rush (Hidden Ability).

Here is its base stat spread: 90 (Attack), 100 (Defense), 70 (Special Attack), 80 (Special Defense), 75 (Speed).


Dracozolt comes about when you combine the Bird and Drake fossils. This Pokémon is an Electric and Dragon-type Pokémon with the abilities Volt Absorb, Hustle and Sand Rush (Hidden Ability).

Like the others, Dracozolt has solid bulk, but excels more as a physical attacker. Here is its base stat spread: 100 (Attack), 90 (Defense), 80 (Special Attack), 70 (Special Defense), 75 (Speed)


Arctozolt is the result of combining the Bird and Dino fossils. It's an Electric and Ice-type Pokémon and comes with these three abilities: Volt Absorb, Static or Slush Rush (Hidden Ability).

It has impressive attacking and defensive capabilities with a low speed stat. Here is its base stat spread: 100 (Attack), 90 (Defense), 90 (Special Attack), 80 (Special Defense), 55 (Speed).


The final fossil Pokémon is Arctovish, which is the result of combining the Fish and Dino fossils. This Ice and Water-type Pokémon comes with the abilities Water Absorb, Ice Body and Slush Rush (Hidden Ability).

Here is Arctovish's base stat spread: 90 (Attack), 100 (Defense), 80 (Special Attack), 90 (Special Defense), 55 (Speed).

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available now for Nintendo Switch.

What do you think of the new fossil Pokémon? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.

Correction: An older version of this story stated the fossils were version-exclusive when they are not.