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Old May 11th, 2017 (1:27 AM).
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when you go to Route 111, you'll notice a desert that you'll need googles to pass on through. In that desert, you'll eventually see two fossils in the sand: The Claw Fossil, and the Root Fossil. You have a choice between one or the other, since the one you don't pick will sink in the sand.

The root fossil can be restored into a pokemon called Lilleep who is a Grass & Rock type pokemon who evolves into a Cradily. It's a pretty defensive pokemon that packs really great moves like Recover, and you can add stuff like Double team or Toxic for it.

Anorith here can get restored from a Claw Fossil, and it's a Rock and Bug type pokemon who evolves into Armaldo. The family is more based on attack, so packing Swords Dance is a good idea as it can pack moves like Metal Claw and Rock Blast.

Which fossil do you remember picking up? Which Fossil pokemon is your preferred pokemon?
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Old May 11th, 2017 (2:02 AM).
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    The one I picked turned into Lileep, but I like Anorith more.
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    Old May 11th, 2017 (8:20 AM).
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      I can't recall myself ever using any of those Pokemon, doesn't take away the fact I kind of like how Lileep is (and with that, Cradily (???) too).
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      Old May 11th, 2017 (8:27 AM).
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        I like the Lileep line more than the Anorith line. So the Root Fossil wins for me.
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        Old May 11th, 2017 (8:53 AM).
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          I never used armaldo in a gameplay ever to be honest but I always had a fascination with it. Something about it just looks intriguing

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          Old May 11th, 2017 (7:34 PM).
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          I used Lileep, so I obviously picked the Root Fossil. It was probably the cuter-looking one of the two to me at the time.
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          Old May 12th, 2017 (4:12 AM).
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          I don't remember what I originally picked! Since what I picked definitely was not ever in my team.

          But if I had the choice right now, it would most likely be that root fossil. Maybe if I ever get that far again in my copy of sapphire here I'll pick that.
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          Old May 12th, 2017 (4:35 AM).
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          Claw Fosil, always! I prefer Armaldo way more, so Anorith for me.
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          Old May 12th, 2017 (5:58 AM).
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          I probably picked Claw from what I remember. I've never managed to get round to using either of them though, I just don't like them - I kinda like the design of Lileep / Cradily but the most stall-oriented Pokémon I have the patience to play with is my Curse Munchlax in Gen IV, or Bulbasaur (because Sleep / Poison + leech seed is so satisfying). Armaldo is just not a great design.
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          Old May 12th, 2017 (6:51 AM).
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          I chose the root fossil because I prefer Cradily. I used to use a stall defensive strategy with it in DP.
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          Old May 16th, 2017 (5:24 PM).
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          Actually I... don't think I've ever used either. I know Cradily is pretty cool - my friend used it in competitive battles to great effect - so I'll give it a try next time I replay a Hoenn game. Not really sure why, but I've always forgotten about the Hoenn fossils and never got the chance to try them out!
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          Old May 19th, 2017 (1:33 PM).
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          I do generally prefer Lileep to Anorith, but Armaldo is cooler than Cradilly imo so I always have a hard time choosing.
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            I never used any of them but I know I picked the claw fossil because Anoeith and its evolution seemed better to me.

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            Old May 24th, 2017 (4:12 AM).
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              I'd go with the Root Fossil because Cradily is a NASTY TANK pokemon in any game really. Teach it toxic and some restoration moves and it will drop anything the E4 has to dish out.
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                100% Armaldo!
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                I wasn't really a big fan of either :( Years ago I made NU Doubles into a temporary thing. I used Cradily in my rain team and it was sorted. From then on I couldn't go with Anorith anymore - not when Cradily was so cool.

                Plus Anorith is kinda ugly. I did always pick Anorith as a kid for some reason though...

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                Old November 23rd, 2017 (8:42 PM).
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                  Armaldo (claw) looks cooler but I've always preferred Cradily (root).

                  Cradily has a better type combination as Grass and Rock covers for each other's weaknesses very well. Grass covers Rock's weakness to Steel, Ground while Rock covers Grass' weakness to Fire, Flying, Poison.

                  Cradily also makes for a good wall with Ingrain, Amnesia, Confuse Ray.

                  Armaldo on the other hand makes for a good offense but he's just outshined by other Pokemon. Not to mention a Rock/Bug combo doesn't help each other at all except for Bug covering Rock's weakness to Fighting.
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                    Anorith is more useful than lilleb, so definitely i will chose claw fossil.
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                    Old December 21st, 2017 (3:15 PM).
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                      I choose claw fossil the first time revived it got called to do a chore and absentmindedly saved...after i trained it upon return i realized how awful it was and reset the file for cradily which i fell in love with then when gastro acid was introduced in gen4 i loved it even more!
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                      Old December 21st, 2017 (4:25 PM).
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                        I picked Armaldo, I thought it was cooler than Cradily.
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                          Cradily fits my play style better, and it has a really cool typing and design.
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                            This is a hard choice for me because I actually like both Armaldo and Cradily a lot. Armaldo is incredibly frightening in a rain dance team as a hyper aggressive tank pokemon. Cradily is an incredibly hard to defeat stall pokemon with great typing and a fantastic move pool for stall support. They are two of my favorite fossil pokemon.

                            However, I would say I lean a little more towards Cradily though because I used it a lot in Platinum. I will also always remember Cradily as one of the first pokemon I ever heavily experimented on when I was learning how to build competitive teams for online battling back in Platinum. So because of those reasons, I have a real fondness for Cradily and will say I prefer it over Armaldo.
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                              Originally Posted by LeviathanX View Post
                              Claw Fosil, always! I prefer Armaldo way more, so Anorith for me.
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                              Old February 8th, 2018 (8:01 PM).
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                              Root because Cradily is adorable


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                              Old February 9th, 2018 (10:19 AM).
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                              Originally Posted by Choice Specs View Post
                              Root because Cradily is adorable
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                              Anorith x10000. Cradily looks like an old sock and gives me PTS from Gen IV competitive, Anorith is adorable and Armaldo is one hell of a badass bug monster with a really cool tribal design that's pretty unique to Pokémon.
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