Aerodactyl Raid Boss Guide: counters, solo counters, CP and IVs

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Aerodactyl is a Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with Boss CP of 18678. This page lists best Aerodactyl counters and strategies to solo raid it. Aerodactyl raid counters are heavily based on a variety of Water, Electric and Rock type Pokemon that deal super effective damage and utilize his type weaknesses. Aerodactyl can be solo raided using the same counters as in group raids.

Aerodactyl raid catch CP is as follows:

  • 1515 – 1590 perfect IV, no weather Boost
  • 1894 – 1988 perfect IV during Windy or Partly Cloudy weather

Aerodactyl can be easily defeated by 2 Trainers and can successfully be soloed due to relatively low defense and variety of available counters. Shiny Aerodactyl is available in raids.

Aerodactyl Raid Counters
WEAKNESS Electric Ice Rock Steel Water BOOSTED BY Partly Cloudy Windy
Supreme Aerodactyl Raid Counters
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water
Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water
Empoleon Metal Claw Steel Hydro Cannon Water
Excellent Aerodactyl Raid Counters
Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Dialga Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel
Excadrill Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel
Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Good Aerodactyl Raid Counters
Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric
Luxray Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric
Feraligatr Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water
Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Glaceon Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Gyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Surf Water

Aerodactyl is a relatively easy fight, with very few moves that you should be afraid of. More interestingly, a fair chunk of Aerodactyl counters doesn’t take increased damage from his moves – quite the contrary!

Aerodactyl has access to following moves:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Bite Dark
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Hyper Beam Normal
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Earth Power Ground
  • Ancient Power Rock

Kyogre and other Water based counters are a great solid against all move sets, while Raikou, Zapdos, Electivire, and Luxray should be used carefully if pitted against an Ancient Power Aerodactyl. A special note has to be said about Gyarados, who takes SE damage from Ancient Power but is still a very solid option due to having Waterfall.

Ancient Power is not a great move but combined with type advantage and a potential weather boost, it can hurt, especially with dodge glitching out and spotty network coverage.

If you’re planning to use Steel counters, be aware that with the exception of Metagross, they deal significantly less damage than Kyogre and Raikou – good for anchors, but not as great as DPS machines. Tyranitar with Stone Edge is a great filler for any team.

Solo Aerodactyl Considerations

  • Use Rainy weather to boost the best Aerodactyl counters: Kyogre, Swampert, and Electivire
  • Hyper Beam is a challenging matchup, don’t underestimate it
  • Ancient Power fires often and if you’re lagging/dodge glitched, it will hit you

Solo Aerodactyl tips and tricks

  • Metagross is the king when it comes to solo raiding Aerodactyl, it’s simply the best counter out there. With 99.175s TTW, it can rip through Aerodactly fairly easily.
  • Raikou: 110.225s TTW, Kyogre: 111.575s TTW, and Feraligatr: 111.85s TTW, are also very strong options when attempting to solo Aerodactyl.
  • Smack Down Tyranitar is a strong attacker, but it is strictly worse than Raikou, Kyogre and Zapdos.
  • Despite its lack of a Water fast move, Palkia with Hydro Pump is a solid choice.

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