Most Pokémon in the Pokémon world can be found or caught by looking in certain locations. However, not all Pokémon still thrive in present day. Since the first generation, there have been extinct Pokémon whose existence was only confirmed by the appearance of fossils. Those fossils can be taken to Pokémon researchers who revive them to their prehistoric forms.
There have been many fossil Pokémon introduced in the franchise that cover various regions. We'll be looking back at a different age for the Pokémon world as we rank all of the fossil Pokémon. We are only including the final evolutions in each evolutionary line.
Coming up on the rear end of our list is Carracosta. This turtle Pokémon was introduced in the Unova Region (Gen V), but has evidence suggesting that it was considered for use in Gen 1. It's a nice and simple Pokémon, probably one of the better ones in Gen V, but what puts it at the bottom is its overall design.
There is plenty of turtle Pokémon already in the present, such as Squirtle, Shuckle, and Torkoal. Using a turtle as a fossil Pokémon seems like an odd choice when there are plenty of Pokémon based on extinct creatures and animals that fit the fossil moniker a bit better.
Armaldo was a fossil Pokémon introduced in Gen III, the Hoenn Region. Players were able to choose between a Lileep and Anorith. Anorith was a pre-historic crap with buggy eyes and long claws. At level 40, it evolved into the land-dweller, Armaldo.
Armaldo is a powerful Pokémon from Gen III, but its design can seem a bit goofy at times. That doesn't change the fact that it can be a powerful Pokémon in battle, but it seems that there isn't a consistent inspiration for its design. Compared to other, cleaner fossil Pokémon, Armaldo seems a bit lacking. That said, it's still a great Pokémon to have.
Cradily and its cute, pre-evolved form, Lileep, were introduced in Gen III. Unlike the fossil Pokémon that came before it, Cradily was based on a prehistoric plant, having unique appendages and design elements. That alone makes it much more memorable than its counterpart, Armaldo.
Like some fossil Pokémon, it's also difficult to tell what Cradily's type is, which can give some trainers an extra advantage in battle (for those that don't know, it's a grass and rock type). Cradily was known for traveling along ocean floors in search of food, using the tendrils on its head to reach certain places.
In Gen IV, trainers had to choose between Cranidos or Sheldon. Those who chose Sheldon were rewarded when it evolved into the mighty Bastiodon. Bastiodon is based on armor-plated dinosaurs, like the Styracosaurus or Triceratops. It has a massive shield over its face, which protects the rest of its body behind.
As such, Bastiodon isn't very fast, but it can take a hit like no other fossil Pokémon. That massive head makes Bastiodon a bit more intimidating than some of the other fossil Pokémon. When this Pokémon comes out in battle, trainers know that they'll have to try hard to get past its crazy defense.
Omastar is one of the original fossil Pokémon, evolving from the cute Omanyte. Obviously based on a pre-historic shellfish, Omanyte has a design that can be pinpointed. With the classic helix shell on its back, the fanbase has lovingly referred to this Pokémon as Lord Helix.
Omastar isn't very big and isn't all that scary, but the more reserved design communicates a lot more than had Game Freak tried to make it a monster. Omastar looks like it belongs in the prehistoric world and brings a nice level of diversity to the roster. When dinosaurs make up a lot of the inspiration, it's nice to have Omastar.
By the time Gen VI rolled around, there were still some iconic dinosaurs that hadn't received Pokémon yet. Two of them were recognized with the latest fossil Pokémon, one of which was Aurorus. Based on a sauropod, there's something instantly recognizable about its design.
However, Aurorus has additions that easily make it the most beautiful of any fossil Pokémon to date. Being an ice type, Aurorus has a lot of additions to its body that help it maintain its cold lifestyle. Small crystals on its body keep the temperature as low as possible. Aurorus, according to Pokémon Ultra Sun, was also found frozen in a block of ice.
Archeops is based on the popular Archeopteryx of the ancient world. These dinosaurs looked to be a cross between birds and dinosaurs, having traits of both. The same can be said of Archeops. It can fly with its shorter wings, but it has proven a much better runner, being able to surpass most modern vehicles.
Archeops was the other fossil Pokémon introduced in Gen V, better than Carracosta in our minds. Based on an extinct animal, Archeops has a design familiar enough that it draws people in. It's also the only fossil Pokémon to have the traits of a bird (and the second to have wings).
One of the original fossil Pokémon, Kabutops holds a special place in fans' hearts. A bipedal version of a horseshoe crab, Kabutops presents a natural evolution for Kabuto's more refined design. While the head maintains a familiar design, its body becomes more like a Scyther's, featuring large claws and thin features to keep it agile yet strong.
It's easy to see what Kabutops is about just by looking at it, exemplifying what fossil Pokémon can be at their best. Kabutops may be a land-dwelling Pokémon, but it also has the ability to swim at ridiculous speeds in search of prey.
A Pachycephalosaurus was a dinosaur known for its extremely hard skull. It's been theorized that it was used for attacking and protection. Those elements were heavy inspirations for the Pokémon Rampardos. Rampardos was the other fossil Pokémon in Gen IV, being a choice alongside Bastiodon.
Based on the aforementioned dinosaur, Rampardos has an extremely hard head that it uses to charge into its opponents and take them down in a single hit. With a blue accent covering that hard head, it's easy to see what Rampardos is and how it attacks. Being a beefed-up version of the real dinosaur, it looks worthy of a spot on any trainer's roster.
Perhaps the most dangerous of Gen 1's three fossil Pokémon, Aerodactyl is menacing and fierce. Based on a pterodactyl but with a bad attitude, Aerodactyl doesn't like to be disturbed and would rather keep to itself. Overtly based on a flying dinosaur, Aerodactly is not only unique but threatening as well.
It may not look like much at first glance, but it's pointed tail and powerful jaws can make quick work of any Pokémon not paying attention. Aerodactly also has the benefit of Mega Evolution. It is the only fossil Pokémon that can Mega Evolve, making it a great Pokémon to train.
It's astounding that the Pokémon franchise went on for so long without any Pokémon based on the famous tyrannosaurus rex. That was changed in Gen VI with the introduction of Tyrunt, and its massive evolution, Tyrantrum. Tyrantrum delivers on everything fans could've wanted from a t-rex Pokémon. It keeps the massive jaws and short arms, but it still looks like a dangerous opponent.
Being a rock and dragon type, Tyrantrum can learn some of the strongest and most useful attacks in the game. Furthermore, its red and orange design only enhance that this is a Pokémon to be feared and likely the king of the prehistoric world.