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Hoenn Excavation Sites Guide


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- Be sure to be Hoenn Champion before starting this quest.
- Go Route 114 in Hoenn, find Fossil Maniac Charles in his house and talk to him about the permit.
- Now you will have to collect six different fragments spread around all Excavation Sites (excluding Wondrous Site, Briny Site and Draconic Site).
- You do not have to enter the sites. Use a Pokemon with Rock Smash and destroy all breakable rocks around the Excavation Sites. Please note that this step is not needed for every player.
- Once you have all six fragments collected, come back to Route 114 and talk with Fossil Maniac Charles. He will ask you to pay 100.000 Pokedollar in order to buy the permit.
- You are now owner of the Archaeologist Permit and can start visiting the different sites.

 


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Feral Site - Fiery Path - East of Lavaridge Town

 

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Historical Site - Northern Route 111 Desert - East of Lavaridge Town

 

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Haunted Site - Rusturf Tunnel - Near Verdanturf Town

 

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Mineral Site - Route 115 - North of Rustboro City

 

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Glacial Site - Route 103 - North of Oldale Town

 

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Natural Site - Route 119A - South of Fortree City

 

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Wondrous Site - Route 114 - West of Fallarbor Town - 3000+ discoveries as requirement

 

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Briny Site - Route 124 - West of Mossdeep Town - 6000+ discoveries as requirement

 

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Draconic Site - Route 113 - East of Fallabor - 10000+ discoveries as requirement

 

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There are different tiers of expertise in archaeology. The tier depends on the discoveries you have made. You get one "Discovery Point" by smashing the rocks inside each site. With every tier you get access to more Pokemon and items. You can check your tier on your Trainer Card. The rocks inside of every Excavation Site respawn every 20h after being broken. You have also a low chance of getting nothing when breaking a rock.

 

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- Excavation Ranks:

 

Explorer
(1-500 discoveries)
Scrounger
(501-999 discoveries)
Plunderer
(1000-1999 discoveries)
Relic Hunter
(2000-3999 discoveries)
Archaeologist
(4000-5900 discoveries)
Paleontologist
(6000-7999 discoveries)
Tomb Raider
(8000+ discoveries)

 

If you encounter a spawn you're not experienced enough to get, the Pokemon will flee or the item gets destroyed. How many Discoveries you need for each Pokémon rarity is mentioned below. You will however gain one or more "Bonus Discovery Point" each time you'll encounter a Pokemon who fled or if the item gets destroyed. The rock will tell you how many extra points you gained.

 

- Used Rarity Tiers in the guide:

 

Common
0+ Discoveries
Uncommon
1000+ Discoveries
Rare
2000+ Discoveries
Super Rare
4000+ Discoveries

 

 

Excavation Sites are shiny locked, which means that you are not able to encounter Shiny or Themed Pokemon in the sites. With the exception of Shiny Rocks, which may contain shiny Pokémon.

 

As for all scripted spawns for wild Pokemon, an active BMS won't influence the chance of a hidden ability in the excavation sites.

 


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In every site you are able to find "Artifact Pieces", which can be traded in the Historical Site for items and fossils by talking to Artifact Maniac Hastor.

 

Fossils:

 

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Itemicon_Wurzelfossil.png3xw1m.png Root Fossil (100)

Itemicon_Klauenfossil.png347.png Claw Fossil (100)

Itemicon_Altbernstein.png142.png Old Amber (200)

Itemicon_Flossenfossil.png698.png Sail Fossil (350)

Itemicon_Kieferfossil.png696.png Jaw Fossil (350)

qWgpJ.png408.png Skull Fossil (500)

DpGaj.png410.png Armor Fossil (500)

 


 

Vitamins (10 per 70 Artifact Pieces):

 

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Itemicon_Protein.png → Protein

Itemicon_Kalzium.png → Calcium

Itemicon_Carbon.png → Carbos

Itemicon_AP-Plus.png → PP Up

Itemicon_Eisen.png → Iron

Itemicon_Zink.png → Zinc

Itemicon_KP-Plus.png → HP Up

 


 

Consumables:

 

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Itemicon_Fokusgurt.png → Focus Sash (6)

airballoon.png → Air balloon (6)

1573076925130.png.85dfe7a5f77723789dfffed339410caf.png → Weakness Policy (6)

1573076970672.png.3ce540dbad3534cd843beaffdb221ec6.png → Mental Herb (5)

1573077007260.png.accaef1e88efd04be74ca4c73ab7d7f5.png → Power Herb (5)

1573077043410.png.5d464aa5c3635c0a2e8e4dc341c1f0bd.png → White Herb (5)

 


 

Battle Items:

 

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1573077261931.png.a36314a78f23f2c2f2b590179c55f065.png → Smooth rock (250)

1573077272049.png.2ab477f4a796423b17bbe82cf574a483.png → Heat Rock (250)

1573077291543.png.aa5ab8613fc4735a63517e434d0199bb.png → Icy Rock (250)

1573077303456.png.b9b066a874d4fad42cb308f7f8e712b7.png → Damp Rock (250)

1573077317741.png.5ebdcfaf8f7efd162832a91829f1dae7.png → Eviolite (300)

1573077341494.png.53acfe9c43e3ce30e8aacc8376d32113.png → Safety Goggles (500)

1573077355619.png.f78f54d26d3864663e7f7584d8de3463.png → Rocky Helmet (500)

1573077364346.png.009ccaefdfcd469734d6ff1a65461a0b.png → Assault Vest (500)

 


 

TM Moves:

 

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1573077931234.png.b28ef20de380642889afe7dee9f0db2e.png → TM28 - Dig (50)

1Aexo.png → TM26 - Earthquake (75)

j1n4v.png → TM69 - Roost (75)

TM-Psychic.png → TM53 - Psyshock (50)

1573078031655.png.d13ebcecc1c32ef6741af96bd8e37600.png → TM75 - Swords Dance (100)

1573078075542.png.27a27588ce94023c2d8ddb21f32482af.png → TM48 - Rock Slide (50)

 


 

Gems:

 

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1573076697007.png.45ff5d74c0848e5c0fc70bed5e7efe82.png → Ice Gem (30)

1573076687241.png.cfcee5dae0f031c460ab6dffe5dcacca.png → Electric Gem (30)

1573076661317.png.1d5d03a856f281b5f14d1545e3345085.png → Fire Gem (30)

1573076719704.png.f18f68afa4e1940c08c3c7e630d10c57.png → Ground Gem (10)

1573076767548.png.150114a03b981b12fc0e04a348870366.png → Dragon Gem (10)

1573076804106.png.d8f9caebee05e6ba02fc04f5a94c107d.png → Fairy Gem (10)

1573076736696.png.e23245a5a4cfe205d6ac4ff6c0fbe800.png → Flying Gem (10)

1573076763317.png.120874bcf817043b18523e7d05ce8d8e.png → Ghost Gem (10)

1573076757799.png.6554f9fcc6bbc9630fff18f99a9cb99e.png → Rock Gem (10)

1573076714151.png.5caa2c728b5b3fcd280a87fb89472018.png → Poison Gem (10)

1573076752274.png.56ef09499b88676aca2d209601829883.png → Bug Gem (10)

1573076708058.png.22cb563ddaeea488ec0a5f1442110b31.png → Fighting Gem (10)

1573076794505.png.11f6b4c0b97e3b534fa9dc78654c9bc9.png → Normal Gem (10)

1573076692579.png.010c1f282a173edaf49b9ed24468b762.png → Grass Gem (10)

1573076746036.png.6e88b51c9fcbf3d44844690fa0e21da0.png → Psychic Gem (10)

1573076782502.png.bf44dc1a50f7767d734e52e1fde5bab3.png → Steel Gem (10)

1573076775202.png.62585ef2d6cd35c8810567d50517a2d7.png → Dark Gem (10)

1573076673335.png.6df41687ee36bc36855a284e46e84f56.png → Water Gem (10)

 


 

Evolution Items:

 

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1573077667042.png.e0d8efedd6b3f950c50abb8216129d31.png → Protector (50)

1573077675969.png.bdf43749b1c1e08acff31e8d324ce5bb.png → Reaper Cloth (50)

1573077685370.png.008cd331015ccdb2d881642c8a581874.png → Razor Fang (50)

1573077694799.png.f6380866e6cf817b64bf966561fc0f47.png → Razor Claw (50)

1573077704508.png.e485fb1e178f91d3536b8366a1624e7a.png → Sachet (500)

1573077717997.png.4970d1d375681aa18a6fe2a9bc0ad33a.png → Whipped Dream (500)

1573077732723.png.348ed69c328540ca27ea0beb31013e80.png → UpGrade (500)

1573077742606.png.b088d0f786c2a6e72fd7f886e1bceaaf.png → Dubious Disc (500)

 


 

Damage-reducing Berries:

 

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Shuca Berry.png → Shuca Berry (10) 

Chople Berry.png → Chople Berry (10)

Passho Berry.png → Passho Berry (10)

Occa Berry.png → Occa Berry (10)

Yache Berry.png → Yache Berry (10)

 


 

Mega Stones:

 

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Aggronite.png→ Aggronite (1000)

Steelixite.png→ Steelixite (1000)

 


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Requirements for Fossils: 4000 discoveries

 

Itemicon_Helixfossil.png Helix Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_138.png Omanyte

Itemicon_Domfossil.png Dome Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_140.png Kabuto

Itemicon_Altbernstein.png Old Amber - 142.png Aerodactyl

 

Itemicon_Wurzelfossil.png Root Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_345.png Lileep

Itemicon_Klauenfossil.png Claw Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_347.png Anorith

 

Itemicon_Kopffossil.png Skull Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_408.png Cranidos

Itemicon_Panzerfossil.png Armor Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_410.png Shieldon

 

Itemicon_Flossenfossil.png Sail Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_698.png Amaura

Itemicon_Kieferfossil.png Jaw Fossil - Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_696.png Tyrunt

 

 

revivalherb.png Revival Herb (1000+ Discoveries only)

healpowder.png Heal Powder

energypowder.png Energy Powder

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_058.png Growlithe

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_037.png Vulpix

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_104.png Cubone

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_324.png Torkoal

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_359.png Absol

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_554.png Darumaka

 

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_633.png Deino

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_624.png Pawniard

 

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000+ discoveries

Itemicon_Kampfknochen.png Rare Bone

 

Gingery Jones Boss:

 

Requirements: 2400 discoveries

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_066.png Machop

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_231.png Phanpy

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_343.png Baltoy

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_214.png Heracross

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_453.png Croagunk

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_559.png Scraggy

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_701.png Hawlucha

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_447.png Riolu

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

nugget.png Nugget

 

Gingery Jones Fossil Reviver:

 

Requirements: 6000 discoveries

10.000 Pokedollar - You will be able to revive Fossils now.

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_092.png Gastly

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_200.png Misdreavous

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_355.png Duskull

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_353.png Shuppet

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_302.png Sableye

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_562.png Yamask

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_479.png Rotom

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_679.png Honedge

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

tinymushroom.png Tiny Mushroom

 

Gingery Jones Tutor:

 

Requirements: 5000 discoveries

10.000 Pokedollar - Sucker Punch

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_436.png Bronzor

Onix iconOnix

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_337.png Lunatone

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_338.png Solrock

 

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_374.png Beldum

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_304.png Aron

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_529.png Drilbur

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_246.png Larvitar

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

stardust.png Stardust

 

Gingery Jones Tutor:

 

Requirements: 5000 discoveries

10.000 Pokedollar - Explosion

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_220.png Swinub

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_361.png Snorunt

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_458.png Mantyke

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_090.png Shellder

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_712.png Bergmite

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_215.png Sneasel

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_341.png Corphish

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_393.png Piplup

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

pearl.png Pearl

 

Gingery Jones Discoveries Checker:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

You will be able to check your discoveries here aswell.

 

rEOLe.png Natural Site rEOLe.png

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_114.png Tangela

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_415.png Combee

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_406.png Budew

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_412.png Burmy

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_588.png Karrablast

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_285.png Shroomish

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_543.png Venipede

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_597.png Ferroseed

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

bigmushroom.png Big Mushroom

 

Gingery Jones Tutor:

 

Requirements: 5000 discoveries

10.000 Pokedollar - Super Fang

 

vbvl9.pngWondrous Sitevbvl9.png

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_209.png Snubbull

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_035.png Clefairy

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_183.png Marill

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_325.png Spoink

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_669.png Flabébé

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_561.pngSigilyph

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_707.png Klefki

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_137.png Porygon

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

starpiece.png Star Piece

 

PinkNotSoPinkRock.pngBriny SitePinkNotSoPinkRock.png

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_418.png Buizel

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_079.png Slowpoke

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_318.png Carvanha

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_366.pngClamperl

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_349.png Feebass

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_422.png Shellos

 

Requirements: 4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_594.png Alomomola

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_258.png Mudkip

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

bigpearl.png Big Pearl

 

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Pokemon:

 

Requirements: 0 discoveries

Rarity: Common

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_116.png Horsea

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_111.png Rhyhorn

 

Requirements: 1000 discoveries

Rarity: Uncommon

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_328.png Trapinch

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_690.png Skrelp

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

Rarity: Rare

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_704.png Goomy

Pok%C3%A9mon-Icon_714.png Noibat

 

Requirements: +4000 discoveries

Rarity: Super Rare

1573077473742.png.2554be2584822eba26f02269980a0faf.png Dratini

1573076304336.png.127236eefea67b9cfd8764835ecc9b9d.pngGible

 

Items:

 

Requirements: 2000 discoveries

bignugget.png Big Nugget

 


Contribution

SyaoranLi, thank you for giving me a lot of useful information to complete this guide.

Neroli, original owner of the former version of the guide: Hoenn Excavation Sites Guide

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