Aerodactyl Counters and Weaknesses in Pokémon GO

As far as fossil Pokémon go, Aerodactly never struck me as especially interesting. If it wasn’t for that big honkin’ jawline of its, it’d pretty much just be a plain old pterodactyl. But it is certainly big, and if I were to encounter one in person, I would most likely be terrified, so it never hurts to plan in advance. Here are Aerodactyl’s counters and weaknesses in Pokémon GO.

Aerodactyl is a Rock/Flying type, which means its resistances break down like this:

  • Resistant to: Ground, Normal, Bug, Poison, Flying, Fire
  • Weak against: Ice, Rock, Steel, Water, Electric

It’s a pretty wide swath of weaknesses to choose from, and it doesn’t have any particularly interesting counter moves against those weaknesses. Speaking of, here are the moves in Aerodactyl’s kit:

Quick Moves

  • Bite (Dark)
  • Rock Throw (Rock)
  • Steel Wing (Steel)

Main Moves

  • Hyper Beam (Normal)
  • Ancient Power (Rock)
  • Rock Slide (Rock)
  • Iron Head (Steel)
  • Earth Power (Ground)

Strangely, despite being a Rock/Flying type, Aerodactyl doesn’t know any Flying moves, so Fighting and Grass types aren’t in any danger.

Aerodactyl Counters and Weaknesses in Pokémon GO

So, who’s our counter-pick of choice? Aerodactyl isn’t especially sturdy, but it can hit quite hard, so you want a Pokémon that can take some decent punishment while exploiting its weaknesses. Our old friend Mamoswine is once again an excellent choice, able to take whatever Aerodactyl peppers it with while fighting back with Ice moves like Powder Snow and Avalanche. Clawitzer is another contender, with a good balance of attack and defense and Water type moves like Water Gun and Crabhammer that can take advantage of Aerodactyl’s Rock typing. 

If Legendaries are on the table, Therian Thundurus is a decent pick, though as it’s part Flying-type, you’ll want to finish the fight quickly before Aerodactyl throws out too many Rock-type moves. Zekrom is another solid pick, as while it doesn’t have quite as much DPS as Thundurus, it’s only weak to one of Aerodactyl’s moves, Earth Power, so it is a little safer.