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 & 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) Rock|
|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!