Omanyte is a small, sky-blue Ammonoidea Pokémon. It has ten tentacles and a pale yellow, helix spiraled shell on its back. The shell's hem has two circular indents, from which Omanyte's large saucer-like eyes protrude. Several gas-filled chambers exist within Omanyte's shell, which it uses to regulate its buoyancy within the water. By evacuating or filling the chambers, it rises and falls while twisting its tentacles to swim. Living on and swimming about the sea floor, it feeds off plankton. If attacked or endangered, it quickly withdraws into its hard shell. Omanyte is considered extinct, although can be revived from Fossils.
Omanyte and the Helix Fossil have gained a large fanbase from the Twitch Plays Pokémon "social experiment", where the fans of the series have started calling the Helix Fossil, and therefore Omanyte, a "god".