Mega Aerodactyl Raid Counters Guide

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Aerodactyl (Mega)

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 & Flying 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. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 618.96s 22.33
2. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 596.25s 39.92
3. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric 636.31s 28.00
4. Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water 663.22s 25.00
5. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 677.82s 26.47
6. Empoleon Metal Claw Steel Hydro Cannon Water 688.57s 25.40
7. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 650.44s 35.91
8. Dialga Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 703.84s 24.73
9. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 682.70s 31.27
10. Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 704.32s 26.07
11. Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water 663.73s 37.77
12. Excadrill Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 724.03s 22.09
13. Jirachi Charge Beam Electric Doom Desire Steel 713.65s 24.00
14. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 719.35s 24.17
15. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 701.91s 29.79
16. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 681.50s 36.40
17. Deoxys (Normal) Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric 682.85s 52.00
18. Zacian Metal Claw Steel Wild Charge Electric 724.46s 25.58
19. Feraligatr Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water 711.48s 33.33
20. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 657.85s 44.00
21. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric 697.14s 30.77
22. Genesect (Normal) Metal Claw Steel Magnet Bomb Steel 731.08s 25.00
23. Samurott Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water 703.49s 34.67
24. Genesect (Douse) Metal Claw Steel Magnet Bomb Steel 731.87s 24.60
25. Genesect (Burn) Metal Claw Steel Magnet Bomb Steel 731.22s 29.40
26. Clawitzer Water Gun Water Crabhammer Water 695.98s 36.91
27. Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 719.10s 45.00
28. Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 702.73s 39.63
29. Luxray Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 705.96s 37.40
30. Gyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 761.20s 20.50
31. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 742.85s 26.67
32. Crawdaunt Waterfall Water Crabhammer Water 689.10s 42.83
33. Kyurem Steel Wing Steel Blizzard Ice 732.58s 30.00
34. Archeops Steel Wing Steel Ancient Power Rock 743.80s 33.00

* 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

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


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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