Fossil (Pokemon TCG)

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JungleBase Set 2 

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Cards in set English: 62 | Japanese: 48
Set number English: 3 | Japanese: 3
Release date English: Oct. 10, 1999 | Japanese: June 21, 1997

Fossil (Japanese: Mystery of the Fossils) is the name given to the third expansion of cards and Theme Decks for the Pokémon Trading Card Game in both America and Japan. The English version of Fossil was originally planned to be released around January 2000 (based on original Jungle estimates). But because Jungle was pushed ahead, Fossil was pushed ahead as well.

Wizards of the Coast once again increased the set size by producing holographic and non-holographic versions of the rare cards; however, they removed the Mew card that was in the Japanese set. Mew would later reappear as Wizards Black Star Promos #8 (non-holographic) and #9 (holographic).

Fossil completed the transition of the first 150 Pokémon (151 in Japan with the inclusion of Mew, whereas Mew would be a promo card in the English version) to card form. Base Set, Jungle and Fossil totaled 158 Pokémon, meaning 8 Pokémon were present in two expansions : Pikachu and Electrode were both in Bast Set and in Jungle, while Gastly, Haunter, Magmar, Magneton, Raichu and Zapdos appeared both in Base Set and in Fossil.

The Unlimited Fossil release in Australia used red lettering for the work "Pokemon" instead of yellow on the Booster Box, Booster Packs, and Theme Decks. This was to help fight counterfeiting.
The Prerelease cards for this set is Aerodactyl. There is a gold and a brown version.
A strategy guide for this expansion was released: the Pokémon Trading Card Game Fossil Expansion Player's Guide. Additionally, the Team Rocket Strategy Guide published by Wizards of the Coast also contains coverage of the Fossil expansion.

Of all English-released sets, Fossil has the smallest amount of cards. Like Jungle, this set provided evolutions of Pokemon introduced previously such as Hypno, Gengar, Sandslash, and Dragonite.

NameSetNumberTypeCard TypeHPRarity
AerodactylFossil1FightingStage 160Rare Holo
ArticunoFossil2WaterBasic70Rare Holo
DittoFossil3ColorlessBasic50Rare Holo
DragoniteFossil4ColorlessStage 2100Rare Holo
GengarFossil5PsychicStage 280Rare Holo
HaunterFossil6PsychicStage 150Rare Holo
HitmonleeFossil7FightingBasic60Rare Holo
HypnoFossil8PsychicStage 190Rare Holo
KabutopsFossil9FightingStage 260Rare Holo
LaprasFossil10WaterBasic80Rare Holo
MagnetonFossil11LightningStage 180Rare Holo
MoltresFossil12FireBasic70Rare Holo
MukFossil13GrassStage 170Rare Holo
RaichuFossil14LightningStage 190Rare Holo
ZapdosFossil15LightningBasic80Rare Holo
AerodactylFossil16FightingStage 160Rare
DragoniteFossil19ColorlessStage 2100Rare
GengarFossil20PsychicStage 280Rare
HaunterFossil21PsychicStage 150Rare
HypnoFossil23PsychicStage 190Rare
KabutopsFossil24FightingStage 260Rare
MagnetonFossil26LightningStage 180Rare
MukFossil28GrassStage 170Rare
RaichuFossil29LightningStage 190Rare
ArbokFossil31GrassStage 160Uncommon
CloysterFossil32WaterStage 150Uncommon
GolbatFossil34GrassStage 160Uncommon
GolduckFossil35WaterStage 170Uncommon
GolemFossil36FightingStage 280Uncommon
GravelerFossil37FightingStage 160Uncommon
KinglerFossil38WaterStage 160Uncommon
OmastarFossil40WaterStage 270Uncommon
SandslashFossil41FightingStage 170Uncommon
SeadraFossil42WaterStage 160Uncommon
SlowbroFossil43PsychicStage 160Uncommon
TentacruelFossil44WaterStage 160Uncommon
WeezingFossil45GrassStage 160Uncommon
KabutoFossil50FightingStage 130Common
OmanyteFossil52WaterStage 140Common
Mr. FujiFossil58Trainer0Uncommon
Energy SearchFossil59Trainer0Common
Mysterious FossilFossil62Trainer10Common