Ambug are ancient Pokémon originating from millions of years ago that became trapped in tree sap that hardened and fossilized. Upon revival, the bug Pokémon within is restored to life, but unfortunately, it remains totally immobile within the hardened amber. Despite its inability to move, eat, or even breathe, the Pokémon inside manages to survive. This is believed to be related to its latent psychic abilities, though whether these were developed while it was alive or after revival is unknown.
Carambug- Sap Monster Pokémon
Ability- Solid Rock/Sap Sipper (Hidden)
Evolves from Ambug at level 34.
Carambug’s amber coating is now fluid and can be manipulated by the bug within, which for some reason continues to remain perfectly still. However, when struck by an attack, the sap rapidly solidifies, making its defenses stronger than they appear. Though its large size and intimidating claws and stinger make it look dangerous, in reality it mimics the behaviour of most small, weak bug Pokémon- it uses its claws to forage, has an extreme fear of bird Pokémon, and tries to bring food to its “queen,” which it identifies as the first thing it sees upon being revived. Very few of them exist, but they are highly social when they do meet, and in the absence of other Ambug or Carambug, it will bond closely to a Trainer’s other Bug-type Pokémon.
bright screen right before bed / music soothes the ulcer in my heart / soulburn just like heartburn but no soul tums
circles of salt around my flower pots / last line of defense / these days, the rainbows cry with everyone right there
it’s been a year and something’s wrong / the birds are gone / i’m feeling like a fossil on a beach / typing just to stay alive
truman capote would(n’t) be proud of what i’ve become / i followed in kerouac’s exhausted steps / i can’t stand to see rainbows cry
windshield wipers on, full-force / my car is old and sputters every chance it gets but it gets me from point A to B
i’ve never been in a movie / i’ve never been on the road / never toured with a punk band / never sailed from star to star / but i know this noir film world needs cherished birdsong / and i know we can find those tired birds and bring them home
// inspired by the anonymous prompt: “rainbows are crying//who knows where the birds went”//
Magical uses: Though not stones in the usual sense of the word, the minerals that replace the ancient creatures and plants create rock-like substances, and so fossils have a definite place in a work of stone and crystal magic.
In general, fossils are used as protective objects. They are placed in the home, or fashioned into jewelry and worn to increase your natural defenses. In Morocco, stones embedded with fossils are carried for protective purposes.
Due to their enormous age, fossils of all types are also worn as amulets to increase the life span.
They can be placed in the altar as symbols of the Earth and the ambiguity of time, or to increase the power of magical rituals.
Some types of fossils have specific magical uses.
Ammonites (pictured), known in the Middle Ages as draconites, are fossilized, spiral shaped sea animals. Due to their bizarre appearance, they were thought to be stones removed from dragon’s heads, and were bound to the left arm for magical protection. In more recent times in Britain, they were known as “snake stones”.
Ancient sponges, sometimes found in Britain, are known as “Witch stones”. They are round and pierced through with a natural hole. These fossils are strung and worn like beads or hung in the house for protection.
Fossilized sand dollars, which show a natural five-point design, are often found on Wiccan altars. They are linked with the pentagram, an ancient protective symbol, and the elements. Because they and all fossils are ruled by Akasha, the fifth element, these ancient sand dollars are carried or used in magic to gain awareness of the realms of earth, air, fire, and water. Once this has been achieved, elemental magic can begin.
(Source: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic)
A holotype is the single specimen that a researcher designates as the name-bearing representative of a new species. These important specimens ensure that scientists have a single reference point when talking about a particular organism. An example is the above Corythosaurus casuarius, first described in 1912 from this specimen, designated as the holotype.
unused fossil Pokemon type combinations and what they could be
Rock/Dark: This one’s tough. I can’t really think of a prehistoric animal associated with “sneakiness” or “cheating”. Maybe an Oviraptor “egg thief” Pokemon?
Rock/Electric: Definitely one of those sail-backed reptiles, like Dimetrodon or Spinosaurus. Its sail would absorb sunlight to power up its electric attacks.
Rock/Fairy: I’ve always wanted there to be a pure-Rock grumpy scaly dino-baby that evolves into a Rock/Fairy Velociraptor covered in bright feathers, representative of our evolving understanding of raptor biology,
Rock/Fighting: This would also be a good candidate for a Velociraptor Pokemon. Personally, though, I’d like to see a Rock/Fighting terror bird that learns a lot of kicking attacks.
Rock/Fire: Same as Rock/Electric, honestly.
Rock/Ghost: Every fossil is a dead thing and could therefore conceivably be a Ghost-type, so this would probably have to be reserved for an animal that’s famous for being extinct, like the dodo or the woolly mammoth or something.
Rock/Ground: This one has a lot of possibilities. A mammoth with an entire hillside on its back? An Ankylosaurus with gravel armor? Maybe some kind of burrowing animal? I dunno.
Rock/Normal: My immediate first thought is “hadrosaur”, for two reasons: one, some hadrosaurs had hollow crests that amplified their calls, and a Normal-type hadrosaur could capitalize on this by learning (and getting STAB from) sound moves; and two, hadrosaurs are basically the default dinosaur - the Normal-types of the Cretaceous, if you will.
Rock/Poison: Back before gen 5 came out, a Rock/Poison fossil Arthropleura Pokemon was one of my all-time most-wanted concepts, but the introduction of Scolipede means they probably wouldn’t make that, since it’s so similar. My second choice would be a poison-spitting pop-culture Dilophosaurus, complete with Jurassic Park-style neck frills. Alternate possibility: an entire animate tar pit full of bones.
Rock/Psychic: I genuinely can’t think of anything for this one, help me out here
Well! I’ve just passed the milestone of 4k followers! And what better way to celebrate than to release my Fossil Type Secret Base Gym! It’s located in the cave that looks out over the desert on route 111, you need a mach bike to access it. So, why not pay a visit and see if you can defeat my team of pure bred, pedigree, palaeo pals . Levels are in and around lvl 80 with the level release on. If you do battle me, or just pay a visit to my wee base, let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear!
P.S. if you beat me, you get the magical and holy HELIX BADGE
It’s apparently based on the Hawaiian Poi breed, which, according to Wikipedia:
The Hawaiian Poi Dog or ʻīlio (ʻīlio mākuʻe for brown individuals)is an extinct breed of pariah dog from Hawaiʻi which was used by Native Hawaiians as a spiritual protector of children and as a source of food.
Now, pop quiz, which is the type shared by all Fossil Pokémon, all of them based on extinct species?