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Discussion in 'Locked / Outdated Analyses' started by Lady Salamence, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Lady Salamence

    Lady Salamence
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    • Really Fast
    • Pretty strong
    • Weak to Bullet Punch and some common Pokemon can shut it down depending on Aero's set
    • Hone Claws is neat

    name: Hone Claws
    move 1: Hone Claws
    move 2: Stone Edge
    move 3: Aqua Tail
    move 4: Fire Fang / Roost
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    • Hone Claws makes Aerodactyl quite powerful and means its moves won't miss unless they have sand veil or something
    • Despite being really fast its still revenge killed by Scizor and Excadrill
    • Stone Edge for STAB, Aqua Tail 2HKOs Gliscor and Hippowdon at +1 (and OHKOs Tyranitar with prior damage), Fire Fang hits Nattorei and other Steel-types.
    • Earthquake + Ice Fang can be used over Aqua Tail + Fire Fang; this lets you his Gastrodon, OHKO Gliscor, and do more damage against Tyranitar. However, you're sunk against Ferrothorn and can't catch Scizor on the switch with Fire Fang. And you can't do as much to Hippowdon.
    • Focus Sash can be used as the item

    name: Offensive
    move 1: Taunt
    move 2: Stone Edge
    move 3: Earthquake / Aqua Tail
    move 4: Roost / Fire Fang / Ice Fang
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    • Best used in Sandstorm
    • Good late-game cleaner
    • Good against stall, beats stuff like SkarmBliss, also best Heatran counter out there
    • Aqua Tail makes it easier to beat Gliscor, although it will still usually beat you if it is running Ice Fang. Also hits Air Balloon Pokemon


    name: Suicide Rocker
    move 1: Taunt
    move 2: Stone Edge
    move 3: Earthquake
    move 4: Stealth Rock
    item: Focus Sash
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    • Same as from Gen IV but team preview hurts it
    • Stronger than Deoxys-S
    • Fast Taunt and Stealth Rock ensure rocks on their side, none on yours.

    [Other Options]
    • Gen IV Suicide Rocker set
    • Defensive SubRoost
    • Choice Band

    [Checks and Counters]
    • Depends on the set
    • Scizor owns it with Bullet Punch, Excadrill outruns it in the sand and hits it with Rock Slide
    • Hippowdon eats everything besides +1 Aqua Tail. So does Gliscor but he doesn't like Ice Fang either
    • Ferrothorn wins if Aero lacks Fire Fang
    • Most things can take a LO Stone Edge at full health, it's when your team is weakened that Aerodactyl is most dangerous
  2. bugmaniacbob

    bugmaniacbob Was fun while it lasted
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    Can a mod move this to L&O or delete, please. Aerodactyl was passed on a while ago, and is currently completed and on-site.

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