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. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 78.72s 1.87
2. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 79.02s 3.00
3. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 85.27s 1.67
4. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 82.67s 2.73
5. Ampharos (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric 90.48s 2.47
6. Aggron (Mega) Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel 99.67s 1.47
7. Scizor (Mega) Bullet Punch Steel Iron Head Steel 96.95s 2.20
8. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 99.00s 3.67
9. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 100.15s 3.67
10. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 107.65s 2.33
11. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 104.29s 3.73
12. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic 103.47s 3.80
13. Steelix (Mega) Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel 115.38s 1.80
14. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 110.80s 2.80
15. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric 111.69s 3.00
16. Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water 116.02s 2.60
17. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 111.05s 3.82
18. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 106.27s 5.00
19. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 122.11s 2.33
20. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 119.55s 2.93
21. Empoleon Metal Claw Steel Hydro Cannon Water 122.76s 2.25
22. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 114.46s 4.23
23. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 122.74s 2.50
24. Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water 115.03s 4.07
25. Dialga Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 121.87s 2.71
26. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 117.54s 4.40
27. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 111.46s 5.45
28. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 121.35s 3.10
29. Jirachi Charge Beam Electric Doom Desire Steel 127.68s 2.33
30. Samurott Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water 123.41s 3.00
31. Zacian Metal Claw Steel Wild Charge Electric 129.63s 2.00
32. Slowbro (Mega) Water Gun Water Water Pulse Water 128.40s 2.00
33. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 132.07s 2.00
34. Excadrill Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 129.77s 2.00
35. Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 125.84s 2.80

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

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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