How to Find Fossils in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

There’s treasure buried deep beneath the Sinnoh region in Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl’s Grand Underground, and lucky spelunkers may uncover an ancient Fossil hidden in its walls. Along with goods like Spheres and Evolution Stones, Fossils can be found in the Grand Underground’s mining minigame. However, Fossils are an excellent find as they can be turned into rare Pokémon that can only be added to the PokéDex by being revived.

The Grand Underground remakes the Underground from the original Diamond & Pearl games with several new features, including Pokémon Hideaways and a new layout that conforms to the Sinnoh overworld. Treasure-hunting is one of the mechanics that returns from Diamond & Pearl, but it has been updated to include Pretty Stone Boxes, which contain Pokémon Statues that players can use to decorate their Secret Base. In addition, the Fossils from the original games return, and there are a total of seven that can now be found in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

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To access the Grand Underground, players need to obtain the Explorer Kit from the Underground Man in Eterna City. This essential item will allow them to enter the Grand Underground from anywhere in the Sinnoh overworld, and there are six distinct sections of caves that can be explored. The Explorer Kit can be used from the key item menu or registered to the quick menu that can be accessed by pressing the + button.

While players are exploring Pokémon BDSP’s Grand Underground, a mini-map will be displayed in the top left corner of the screen. Dig sites are marked on this map with yellow diamonds. By approaching the wall as close to the marked dig site as possible and pressing the A button, players will be given the option to dig, which will open the mining minigame. The process works much like Battleship, as rocks must be dug through to reveal the treasure hidden within the wall where each square results in either a hit or a miss. The wall will collapse after too many hits, and anything that hasn’t been fully uncovered will be lost with it. Players have a chance to find one of seven different fossils that can be revived into a level 1 Pokémon:

  • Skull Fossil - Cranidos
  • Armor Fossil - Shieldon
  • Claw Fossil - Anorith
  • Dome Fossil - Kabuto
  • Helix Fossil - Omanyte
  • Root Fossil - Lileep
  • Old Amber - Aerodactyl

Cranidos and Shieldon are both version-exclusive, so players with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond will be able to find Skull Fossils, and those with Shining Pearl will find Armor Fossils. The other five fossils available in the game will revive into Pokémon that are part of the National PokéDex, which players can obtain after finding all 151 Pokémon in the Sinnoh Dex.

Fossils can be revived at the Oreburgh Mining Museum in Oreburgh City. The scientist at the museum’s front desk will take a fossil to be restored and ask the player to come back later. The next time players enter the museum, the scientist will finish his work and hand over the fossil’s corresponding Pokémon. If players have the National Dex, its data will be added. Unlike the original Diamond & Pearl, there doesn’t have to be an empty spot open in the trainer’s party to receive the Pokémon since it can be sent straight to a box or swapped for a party Pokémon.

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Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are available on Nintendo Switch.

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