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Aerodactyl Solo Raid Guide

Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Aerodactyl
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK172.28 DEF130.67

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Snow, Fog, Partly Cloudy Snow, Rain, Windy, Partly Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Bite Easy
Steel Wing Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Hyper Beam Intermediate
Iron Head Easy
Ancient Power Challenging

Overview

Although not quite as simple as Scyther, Aerodactyl is definitely easier than Machamp, despite having approximately equal bulk. Its weaknesses are far more exploitable, and it’s readily countered by both legendary and common Pokemon alike. Most of its moves lack power without a 20% STAB bonus, so a decently crafted team shouldn’t worry about wiping out.

Approach

Team composition

  • If available, Kyogre and Raikou are the best counters for any moveset

  • Vaporeon and Aggron are low investment, viable options for extra bulk

Dodging strategy

  • Don’t bother to dodge, except with frail counters like Jolteon and Jynx

  • If using Flying-types at lower levels (<30), dodge some Ancient Power

  • If failing: attempt fewer dodges if timing out, more dodges if fainting out

Counters

Reminder: Good movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Aerodactyl; generous win time at L25

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • 2nd highest DPS vs. Aerodactyl; generous win time at L25

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • Current tier 4 raid boss; also featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Needs exclusive Community Day move to truly stand out

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Obtained as a former tier 5 raid boss and research reward

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

  • Rock weakness makes it less ideal vs Ancient Power sets

Gyarados Gyarados
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Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in past metagames

  • Highly accessible as tier 1 raid boss and previous events

Cons:

  • Rock weakness makes it less ideal vs Ancient Power sets

Metagross Metagross
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Pros:

  • Naturally bulky; resists all of Aerodactyl’s charged moves

Cons:

  • Difficult to obtain and power up for less privileged players

Counters viable at level 30
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in past metagames

  • A common species accessible for the majority of trainers

Cons:

  • Frailer than other Aerodactyl counters with similar DPS

Rayquaza Rayquaza
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Does excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Salamence Salamence
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Cons:

  • Best moveset is low utility save for this specific matchup

  • Difficult to obtain and power up for less privileged players

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Has excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

Cons:

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Easily accessible due to being a current tier 3 raid boss

Cons:

  • Preferred moveset has poor utility outside of this matchup

Vaporeon Vaporeon
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • A common species accessible for the majority of trainers

Cons:

  • Outclassed by Kyogre and Gyarados as a Water attacker

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Cons:

  • Frail, weak to Steel Wing, Ancient Power, and Iron Head

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Among the bulkiest Aerodactyl counters, with viable DPS

  • A common species in many frequently partly cloudy areas

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • A common species in many frequently partly cloudy areas

Cons:

  • Dicey bulk against Iron Head sets due to Steel weakness

Dragonite Dragonite
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Double Dragon movesets require higher level to be viable

  • Low candy access for those who missed Community Day

Other viable level 30 counters
Swampert Swampert
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Feraligatr Feraligatr
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