Mega Aerodactyl has just made its Pokémon GO debut in Mega raids! The first-ever rock type Mega in the game does in fact look very promising 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 & type, which makes it weak to Ice, Electric, Rock, Steel and Water type moves.
Mega Aerodactyl Raid Counters
Mega Aerodactyl’s best raid counters are listed below:
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Water Gun||Hydro Cannon||392.99s||14.00|
|2.||Thunder Fang||Wild Charge||414.15s||21.50|
|3.||Rock Throw||Rock Slide||424.14s||19.94|
|5.||Charge Beam||Zap Cannon||482.56s||19.50|
|6.||Powder Snow||Weather Ball||512.54s||25.50|
|7.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||529.80s||26.50|
|8.||Bullet Punch||Meteor Mash||565.75s||17.61|
|9.||Iron Tail||Heavy Slam||594.78s||13.28|
|10.||Smack Down||Rock Slide||546.47s||31.33|
|11.||Charge Beam||Wild Charge||581.15s||22.50|
|14.||Smack Down||Rock Wrecker||620.87s||20.83|
|15.||Metal Claw||Hydro Cannon||627.85s||20.44|
|16.||Water Gun||Hydro Cannon||633.81s||20.61|
|17.||Metal Claw||Iron Head||642.46s||19.78|
|18.||Thunder Shock||Wild Charge||612.64s||27.85|
|22.||Smack Down||Rock Slide||638.58s||23.71|
|23.||Charge Beam||Doom Desire||656.86s||19.33|
|26.||Volt Switch||Wild Charge||638.61s||25.00|
|27.||Metal Claw||Iron Head||665.80s||18.93|
|28.||Metal Claw||Magnet Bomb||666.06s||20.00|
|29.||Metal Claw||Magnet Bomb||665.14s||20.00|
|31.||Metal Claw||Magnet Bomb||669.02s||21.55|
|32.||Water Gun||Hydro Cannon||646.74s||27.11|
|33.||Water Gun||Water Pulse||674.79s||20.31|
* marks a legacy move
Whenever the shadow variant of a Pokémon listed below is available in the game, it is strongly recommended to use it over its regular/purified counterpart. However, since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to TM away Frustration, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article.
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*!)
Keep in mind that Mega Abomasnow is currently boosted and it will temporarily reach level 52 when mega evolved, regardless of what level it is. If you want a cheap top-tier counter, you could take advantage of this fact while the bonus lasts. Just be careful with Mega Aerodactyl’s moveset, as Iron Head, Rock Slide and Ancient Power will hurt.
Stats and Max CP
|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 Ice Bug|
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
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!