Mega Aerodactyl Raid Counters Guide

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Aerodactyl (Mega)

Mega Aerodactyl was the first-ever rock type Mega Pokémon in Pokémon GO. It is great as a Rock type attacker, so you better be prepared to take it down and farm that sweet mega energy!

Aerodactyl can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 1515 – 1590 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 1894 – 1988 CP at Level 25 with Partly Cloudy or Windy weather boost

It is a Rock & Flying type, which makes it weak to Ice, Electric, Rock, Steel and Water type moves.

Mega Aerodactyl Raid 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.

Let’s check out the top raid counters for Mega Aerodactyl:

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 409.22s 13.47
2. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 441.61s 18.07
3. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 453.49s 26.67
4. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 492.52s 17.27
5. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 467.97s 25.20
6. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 537.21s 24.33
7. Scizor (Mega) Bullet Punch Steel Iron Head Steel 562.54s 22.60
8. Aggron (Mega) Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel 589.64s 18.00
9. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 556.35s 31.47
10. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 542.22s 37.42
11. Xurkitree Spark Electric Discharge Electric 575.50s 32.42
12. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 618.47s 22.27
13. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 593.98s 32.08
14. Steelix (Mega) Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel 671.44s 12.58
15. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Psychic Psychic 629.79s 26.33
16. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic 600.01s 35.53
17. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric 633.20s 27.93
18. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 595.08s 39.83
19. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 642.56s 28.57
20. Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water 661.90s 24.73
21. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 678.61s 25.46
22. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 650.99s 34.36
23. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 673.49s 29.46
24. Empoleon Metal Claw Steel Hydro Cannon Water 684.95s 25.29
25. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 701.10s 28.00
26. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 643.83s 37.67
27. Blaziken (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 657.86s 33.73
28. Dialga Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 701.85s 24.87
29. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 673.33s 35.00
30. Tyrantrum Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 674.26s 34.57
31. Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water 661.79s 35.45
32. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 714.45s 23.44
33. Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 698.80s 27.92
34. Feraligatr Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 697.40s 30.33
35. Samurott Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water 681.26s 35.33

Aerodactyl has so many weaknesses that the list could go on forever. If you don’t have any of the Pokémon listed above powered up, you can always use:

  • Generalist” Pokémon such as Psycho Cut + Psystrike* Mewtwo
  • Other heavy-hitting megas
  • Eevolutions such as Glaceon or Jolteon (with full ice and electric type movesets, respectively)
  • The Hydro Cannon water starters: Empoleon, Swampert, Samurott or Feraligatr
  • The Crabhammer bros: Kingler and Clawitzer
  • Genesect/Excadrill/Dialga with steel type moves
  • Luxray with Spark and Wild Charge (NOT Psychic Fangs*!)

Just be careful with Mega Aerodactyl’s moveset, as Iron Head, Rock Slide and Ancient Power will hurt.

How to get Mega Aerodactyl

In order to get Mega Aerodactly you will need 200 Mega Energy for the initial evolution, then 40 Mega Energy to evolve the same Aerodactyl again in the future. If you wait for their ‘cooldown’ period to end, Mega Evolution is free. This cooldown period is shorter the higher mega level your Mega Pokémon is. Mega Energy can be obtained via Mega Aerodactyl Raids, and once you have evolved Mega Aerodactly, you can earn 5 Mega Energy per candy while walking it as your buddy. You can walk any Aerodactyl to earn Mega Energy, as long as you have previously evolved one to register it to your Mega Pokédex.

Like all Mega Pokémon, you can get Mega Aerodactyl as a shiny from the raid, at a boosted 1/64 shiny odds.

Stats and Max CP

Aerodactyl (Mega) RockFlying
Max CP at Level 40 4118 | Max CP at Level 50 4655
ATK 292 DEF 210 STA 190
Weak to Strong Against
Rock Steel Ice Electric Water Fire Flying Ice Bug

Moveset

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

Mega Aerodactyl is way more than just a MegaDex entry. In fact, it is now the best rock type attacker in the game. At least until Mega Tyranitar and Mega Diancie get released.

There is a plethora of T5 raid bosses that are weak to rock type moves, so Mega Aerodactyl will be quite useful in the current raid scene.

If you’re interested in the full meta analysis, feel free to check this article I wrote.

We hope you found this raid guide useful, happy hunting!

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