Relicanth and Old Amber

Discussion in 'Cards: Strategy and Rulings Discussion' started by Dennis Hawk, May 11, 2008.

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  1. Dennis Hawk

    Dennis Hawk New Member


    I was just wondering if Relicanth originally could seek for Old Amber? As in japanese card's phrasing. We couldn't have a text for "search any trainer card with fossil or 'old amber' in it's name and put it in your hand", as Relicanth was released in the same set in Japan as the fossils.

    If it couldn't, why not? Have they officially started dissing Aerodactyl? You can't even look for Ambers with Fossil Excavator, which makes me and him sad. Why not name it Amber Fossil or something, just to keep it as same family as Kabutops and Omastar, like up until now?
  2. Magic_Umbreon

    Magic_Umbreon Researching Tower Scientist, Retired

    I'm pretty sure you can't. The japanese name for old amber does not include the "fossil" bit either, so it's right that Fossil Excavator and Relicanth shouldn't pull it.
  3. mrdraz07

    mrdraz07 New Member

    That's stupid. They need to make Fossil a subtype of trainer so we can stop all these shenanigans.
  4. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    How did you "make sure"?

    It's pretty straightforward.
    Relicanth and Excavator both seach for Trainers that have Fossil in their name. Old Amber does not have Fossil in it's name.

    There's not special exception for this unless they ever errata one of these cards.
    Short of that, you can't.
  5. Dunsparce Fan 206

    Dunsparce Fan 206 New Member

    I guess they better make an errata for Relicanth then...
  6. Ultima

    Ultima New Member

    No I think it should be Aerodactyl and Old Amber that receive errata so Fossil Excavator can be used too.
  7. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Or... they just can't be gotten with it.
  8. vanderbilt_grad

    vanderbilt_grad New Member

    What interests me about Old Amber is the rulebooks stuff about playing "Fossil Pokemon" at the start of a game ... Since nothing else fossil related works on Old Amber & the word "fossil" does not appear on the card anywhere ... does the rulebook statement about not playing fossil pokemon apply as well? I would assume so but it seems that great pains have been made to keep Old Amber in a seperate category than say Helix Fossil or Armor Fossil.

    And yes I have seen but "It seems so" doesn't sound 100% sure to me.
  9. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Ask again when the set is released and you will get a 100% answer
  10. Krucifier

    Krucifier New Member

    The set *HAS* been released, Pokepop.
  11. Time for Pain

    Time for Pain <a href="

    ^not until after prereleases are done. (I think the 21st)
  12. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Offical release is what counts. Unfortunately
  13. BJJ763

    BJJ763 Trading Mod Supervisor Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    Some of us have Prereleases and Drafts to run......
  14. V_For_Vendetta

    V_For_Vendetta New Member

    That is quite interesting. Old Amber cannot be grabbed because it is not a "fossil", so does this mean that you do not need to play it if you start with it? Quite interesting really....
  15. Black Mamba

    Black Mamba New Member

    I kind of feel theres going to be some lame "you can't do this with it, but you still have to do that" rulings that are going to be placed on it. :/
  16. vanderbilt_grad

    vanderbilt_grad New Member

    Fossils are fossils, unless of course,
    the text on the card is "Old Amber."
    If that is the case, then argue 'til hoarse,
    about rocky fish and starting hands sir.

    It's all in a day's work for the Pokemon crew,
    Who all love the game and all it can do.
  17. charmander rox

    charmander rox New Member

    However, Excavator says "evolves from a Fossil" instead of "evolves from a card with Fossil in its name". Because Old Amber, as PokePop put it, is in the 'Fossil Group', wouldn't Aerodactyl be evolving from a Fossil, fitting the requirements for Fossil Excavator? This has been confusing me. Fossil really is a subgroup, according to the glossary of the instruction manual, and Old Amber is included.
  18. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    This is worth looking into.
    We'll check on it

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