Aerodactyl Raid Guide

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Aerodactyl is a Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokémon 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 Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 2 89s
2. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 2 98s
3. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 3 107s
4. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 5 108s
5. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 3 112s
6. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 5 108s
7. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 4 111s
8. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 3 115s
9. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 3 117s
10. Kyogre Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 3 116s
11. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 3 115s
12. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 4 117s
13. Melmetal Thunder Shock Electric Double Iron Bash Steel 2 124s
14. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 5 120s
15. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 6 121s
16. Dialga Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 3 126s
17. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 3 125s
18. Aggron (Mega) Iron Tail Steel Meteor Beam Rock 2 130s
19. Jirachi Charge Beam Electric Doom Desire Steel 3 129s
20. Empoleon Metal Claw Steel Hydro Cannon Water 3 127s
21. Greninja Water Shuriken Water Hydro Cannon Water 5 124s
22. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 4 126s
23. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 7 126s
24. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 4 127s
25. Kyurem Steel Wing Steel Glaciate Ice 5 126s
26. Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 3 130s
27. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Ancient Power Rock 4 129s
28. Baxcalibur Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 5 128s
29. Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water 5 128s
30. Scizor (Mega) Bullet Punch Steel Iron Head Steel 3 132s

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 Stats

Aerodactyl RockFlying
Max CP at lvl 40 2783 / lvl 50 3147
ATK 221 DEF 159 HP 190
Weak to Resistances
Ice Water Rock Steel Water Bug Fire Flying Ground Normal Poison

Aerodactyl Moveset

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 some of 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

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