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Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils: All fossil combinations and the Pokemon you can get

Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils
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While the Helix and Dome fossils are things of the past (wait, aren't all fossils?), there's four Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils to get your hands on. Four unique fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield along with four unique combinations because when combined, you can create some very interesting Pokemon indeed; Dracovish, Dracozolt, Arctovish, and Arctozolt are the products of four Pokemon Sword and Shield fossil combinations, and this is how you get them.

Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils

Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils

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There are four different fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but if you've arrived at this guide, chances are you're confused about how to get all of them. That's because there's two fossils almost exclusive to Sword, and another two almost exclusive to Shield:

  • Fossilised Bird (Sword)
  • Fossilised Dino (Sword)
  • Fossilised Drake (Shield)
  • Fossilised Fish (Shield)

What we mean by almost exclusive is that you can get the Bird & Dino fossils in Shield and the Drake & Fish fossils in Sword, but the chance of finding them is much, much slimmer. For a more reliable method of obtaining the fossils found in the alternate version of the game, you'll need to trade with a friend and make the Pokemon hold the relevant fossils! Here are the four possible fossil combinations and the Pokemon you get as a result:

  • Fossilised Bird + Dino: Arctozolt (Electric/Ice-type)
  • Fossilised Dino + Fish: Arctovish (Water/Ice-type)
  • Fossilised Drake + Bird: Dracozolt (Electric/Dragon-type)
  • Fossilised Drake + Fish: Dracovish (Water/Dragon-type)

How to get fossils in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils

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In order to get fossils in the first place, there's two methods. Firstly, you'll be able to find one type of fossil lying on the ground near Cara Liss' location on Route 6. Then if you head inside the Stow-on-Side Pokemon Center just down the road and speak to a man inside, he'll give you another type so you can return to Cara Liss and create your first Pokemon from fossils.

However, this source is obviously finite. So how do you get more Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils? For that, you need to speak to the Digging Duo in the Wild Area. These two brothers will happily go mining for you, if you pay them 500W. The rewards they find you are completely random, but pay them to dig enough and you can find an endless source of fossils here.

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