Smogon | Veekun [Overview] <p>Aerodactyl's typing and Speed allows it to perform multiple roles on a team. Aerodactyl is a great pivot for offensive teams thanks to its typing, which grants it resistances to common types such as Fire- and Normal-type attacks; it also has reliable recovery with Roost, so it can take advantage of any lull in a battle.</p> <p>The Rock / Flying typing is a double-edged sword because it leaves Aerodactyl vulnerable to common Water-, Ice-, and Electric-type attacks. A weakness to Stealth Rock means that Aerodactyl will need support from its team to reach its full potential, otherwise Stealth Rock will be a constant annoyance by draining Aerodactyl's health. Aerodactyl's Speed and high offensive pressure makes it a fantastic presence on heavy offensive teams, but its utility on more defensive teams is a bit limited due to its frailty. Although, combining the power of a Life Orb or Choice Band wielder with the Speed of most Choice Scarf users is a beautiful thing to have. Finally, don't use Aerodactyl as a dedicated lead; its glory days as a DPP OU lead are far behind it.</p> [SET] name: Life Orb move 1: Stone Edge move 2: Earthquake move 3: Fire Blast / Double-Edge move 4: Roost item: Life Orb ability: Pressure / Rock Head nature: Hasty / Jolly evs: 220 Atk / 36 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>This set combines all of Aerodactyl's positive traits to maximize its potential. With its high Speed, Aerodactyl can act as a backup revenge killer for offensive teams that cannot afford to have an additional Choice Scarf user. Slower, defensive teams enjoy Aerodactyl because it's a non-Choice item revenge killer, and can break down stall that lacks its counters. Aerodactyl's Speed is so great that it can even outspeed some Choice Scarf Pokemon, such as Emboar and Braviary. Thanks to its typing, Aerodactyl can switch into them directly, although it must be careful of coverage attacks. Aerodactyl's function on an offensive team is to wallbreak and act as a pivot that can switch into Fire-types like Moltres and Entei and outspeed them while threatening to hit them with Stone Edge. This variant of Aerodactyl is self-sufficient, barring its Stealth Rock weakness, because it can take down its own counters with Fire Blast.</p> <p>Stone Edge is Aerodactyl's strongest Rock-type STAB, but it has shaky accuracy. Earthquake is a strong attack with great coverage to hit grounded Fire- or Poison-type Pokemon such as Entei or Drapion without relying on Stone Edge's accuracy. Fire Blast is used to take down the Pokemon that could otherwise withstand Aerodactyl's attacks, particularly Ferroseed, Tangrowth, and Steelix. Fire Blast 2HKOes the mentioned counters, and with the given EVs always OHKOes Escavalier and Durant. Double-Edge is a great alternative neutral attack that takes advantage of Rock Head and offers a perfectly accurate attack for Aerodactyl. Roost finalizes the set by granting Aerodactyl reliable recovery to mitigate damage upon switching in and Life Orb recoil.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>The suggested EVs maximize Aerodactyl's Speed and allow it to outspeed opposing Swellow, Sceptile, and Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Emboar and Braviary. The 36 Special Attack EVs are to guarantee the OHKO on Escavalier with Fire Blast. A Hasty nature is needed with Fire Blast, whereas Jolly is better with Double-Edge. If Double-Edge is used, then the 36 Special Attack EVs should be allocated to Attack. If outspeeding Swellow and the mentioned Choice Scarf users is not a concern, then the Speed EVs can be reduced to 176, which still allows it to outspeed Sceptile, and the rest can go into HP to garner a minimal increase in bulk. If a Stealth Rock user is needed, then Aerodactyl can fulfill that role thanks to its high Speed; however, with Stealth Rock Aerodactyl will either not be able to take down its counters, or its longevity will be severely shortened. Taunt is another great choice for its ability to shut down defensive Pokemon or Pokemon looking to set up on Aerodactyl. Rock Slide is a potential replacement for Stone Edge thanks to its greater accuracy and flinch rate, but is a weaker alternative and is only considered because of Aerodactyl's speed. Aqua Tail is an option if Rhydon, Crustle, and Sandslash are problems for your team, but it has no use outside hitting these Pokemon. Aerial Ace allows Aerodactyl to 2HKO Poliwrath, who would otherwise counter it, with entry hazard support, and also allows it to revenge kill Gallade. If Aerodactyl is purely going to be used as a lead, then Focus Sash is an option alongside Stealth Rock and Taunt, but this choice wastes Aerodactyl's talents.</p> <p>Aerodactyl is meant to be on an offensively-oriented team, so its optimal partners are those that can take advantage of Aerodactyl's ability to take down its own counters, and have good type and offensive synergy. Partners that can utilize Aerodactyl's removal of Grass-types via Fire Blast are great. Kabutops has a hard time taking down Ferroseed and Tangrowth, and it will have a much easier time with them gone. Kabutops can also spin for Aerodactyl, so Stealth Rock will not be a problem. Similarly, Feraligatr likes Ferroseed and Tangrowth gone, so that it can sweep with Dragon Dance or Swords Dance. Cinccino is a partner that likes having Steelix removed and can bring Aerodactyl in with U-turn. Offensive Grass-type Pokemon don't mind switching into bulky Water-types like Slowking and Poliwrath and can threaten them out. Lilligant, Rotom-C, and offensive Tangrowth are a few partners that don't mind switching into a Thunder Wave or Scald. In return, Aerodactyl can take Fire-type attacks or common priority attacks, such as ExtremeSpeed, aimed at them.</p> <p>As eluded to earlier, Stealth Rock reduces Aerodactyl's ability to switch in repeatedly, so a Rapid Spin user is a great partner. Kabutops is a great partner that likes the removal of Grass-types, and it can take down Choice Scarf Pokemon with Aqua Jet that are looking to take out Aerodactyl, although Kabutops and Aerodactyl have no notable type synergy apart from Aerodactyl's immunity to Ground. Cryogonal is another option for its ability to switch into specially oriented threats like Amoonguss, and it can Toxic bulky Water-types. Because all the Pokemon that can handle Aerodactyl are grounded, Aerodactyl really appreciates entry hazard support. Smeargle and Scolipede are good Spikes users that can quickly set them up for heavy offensive teams. Qwilfish and Crustle are also good choices for Pokemon that can fulfill more roles than purely setting up Spikes, and they benefit more on balanced offensive teams.</p> <p>Traditionally, it's hard to counter Aerodactyl because some of its counters are taken out with Fire Blast, and with its high Speed it's very difficult to stop Stealth Rock from going up. Additionally, Taunt cannot be countered outside of Magic Bounce. To beat this variant of Aerodactyl, it is necessary to KO it before it becomes a problem. Choice Scarf Pokemon like Rotom-C or Manectric can switch into Aerodactyl, although Manectric needs to be more careful when it switches in, and put Aerodactyl in a difficult position where they can severely damage it with their Electric-type STAB or use Volt Switch to maintain momentum. Bulky Water-types can minimize the damage that Aerodactyl causes. Poliwrath is a great Pokemon, if Aerodactyl doesn't have Aerial Ace, and can phaze Aerodactyl with Circle Throw or burn it with Scald. Qwilfish can switch in with Intimidate, but needs to tread lightly to avoid Earthquake. Physically defensive Slowking can use Thunder Wave, Scald, or Trick Room to take down Aerodactyl.</p> [SET] name: Choice Band move 1: Stone Edge move 2: Earthquake move 3: Aqua Tail move 4: Double-Edge item: Choice Band ability: Rock Head nature: Jolly evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>This set is more singular in focus, and can attack while switching in with minimal damage taken. In addition, team support is crucial to this set's success, due to Aerodactyl's Stealth Rock weakness and frail defenses. The hit-and-run attitude of this set emphasizes smart prediction and switching; it is best to switch Aerodactyl into Ground-type, weak neutral, or resisted attacks. This set works differently than other Choice Band users thanks to Aerodactyl's high Speed, which lets it almost always attack first, and its useful resistances.</p> <p>Stone Edge is Aerodactyl's strongest Rock-type STAB. Earthquake is a great neutral attack to hit threats like Entei, Qwilfish, and Aggron, although you must exercise caution, as Levitate or Flying-type Pokemon can capitalize on Earthquake. Aqua Tail rounds out Aerodactyl's coverage by hitting Ground-types such as Rhydon, which would otherwise be major annoyances. Double-Edge provides great neutral coverage and is a great fall-back for Aerodactyl due to its perfect accuracy, and it also takes advantage of Rock Head.</p> [Additional Comments] <p>The suggested EVs maximize Aerodactyl's damage output, and a Jolly nature takes advantage of Aerodactyl's high Speed. Maximizing Aerodactyl's Speed is important because it can outspeed Swellow and certain Choice Scarf Pokemon, such as Emboar and Braviary. If outspeeding the mentioned Pokemon is of no concern, then dropping the Speed EVs to 176 still outspeeds Sceptile, and the rest can go into HP for a little additional bulk. Rock Head is the preferred ability thanks to its ability to neutralize Double-Edge's recoil.</p> <p>This set works best on offensively-geared teams due to its frailness and dangerous playstyle. Also, courtesy of its Speed, Aerodactyl can act as a secondary revenge killer for offensive teams, revenge killing threats like Dragon Dance Feraligatr and Choice Scarf Medicham. Caution needs to be taken when using this set due to Aerodactyl's frailty and Stealth Rock weakness. The power given by Choice Band allows Aerodactyl to achieve KOs that it wouldn't otherwise get, such as the 2HKO on defensive Amoonguss and the OHKO on Lilligant after Stealth Rock. This set needs a partner with good offensive synergy that can take down Aerodactyl's counters. Mixed Druddigon fits the bill perfectly thanks to its ability to lure out Ferroseed and Tangrowth with its physical Dragon-type STAB and hit them with a Flamethrower, and Outrage will severely hurt any bulky Water-types. Another good partner is Bouffalant for its ability to switch into Grass-type attacks with Sap Sipper and set up a Substitute and Swords Dance, or form a one-two combo by also utilizing Choice Band. Rotom-C is another great partner to have because it can take down bulky Water-types with either its Grass- or Electric-type STAB, and can help weaken the opposing team with Volt Switch and keep momentum on your side. Rotom-C can also utilize Will-O-Wisp, so Aerodactyl can have an easier time switching into physical attackers. Rotom-C has trouble with Grass-type Pokemon and so does Aerodactyl, but Rotom-C can take out problematic Pokemon like Ferroseed with Hidden Power Fire.</p> <p>Due to the constant switching of a Choice Band set and Aerodactyl's Stealth Rock weakness, a Rapid Spin user is imperative to the success of this set. Kabutops is a good spinner and applies offensive pressure. Cryogonal is another good spinner, and it can switch into special threats like Slowking and use Toxic. This set is a bit more difficult to directly counter due to the higher damage output from Choice Band, but Pokemon that can easily survive Aerodactyl's attacks are Tangrowth, Ferroseed, and Torterra; however, they all need to keep an eye out for Fire Blast or a partner that is specially designed to take out Grass-type Pokemon. Bulky Water-types can also minimize the damage caused by Aerodactyl. Qwilfish with Intimidate is a great buffer to hold back Aerodactyl as long as it avoids Earthquake. Poliwrath can take Aerodactyl's attacks all day and burn it with Scald or phaze it out with Circle Throw. Physically defensive Slowking can take some assaults and has a multitude of options to retaliate with; it can attack with Scald, paralyze with Thunder Wave, or use Trick Room and flip everything on its head. Quagsire is another great switch-in and has reliable recovery, and in return can burn Aerodactyl with Scald. The best way to contain this set is to predict its attacks beforehand and capitalize on them, because constant switching will eventually take its toll on Aerodactyl with its subpar defenses and Stealth Rock weakness.</p> [Other Options] <p>The options above are Aerodactyl's best sets, but Aerodactyl does have other attacks to surprise its opponents. Aerodactyl can try its hand at utilizing Hone Claws, which would definitely help with Stone Edge's accuracy, but its frail defenses will make it difficult to consistently set up. The combination of Power Herb and Sky Attack can surprise Grass-types like Tangrowth and Amoonguss, but it's a one-time use. Aerodactyl has all the elemental fangs at its disposal, but they all have paltry Base Power, and Fire Blast is better in every instance for its ability to take out Tangrowth and Steelix in addition to Ferroseed. Aerodactyl can utilize Sunny Day and Rain Dance with the respective weather Rock, which can work thanks to its high Speed and the ability to disrupt its opponent with Taunt. Toxic can be used to surprise some walls like Slowking and Quagsire that would otherwise force Aerodactyl out. Aerodactyl can utilize RestTalk in conjunction with Whirlwind or Roar, which gives it the ability to phaze very quickly with Sleep Talk.</p> [Checks and Counters] <p>Aerodactyl is a bit difficult to beat because its high Speed means it will get two attacks on a switch-in before fainting, so a Pokemon that can consistently take a beating is your best bet to take it down. Tangrowth will be impossible for Aerodactyl to bypass if it lacks Fire Blast, and Tangrowth can use Sleep Powder, heal with Leech Seed or Synthesis, or simply wear down Aerodactyl with its attacks. Physically defensive Slowking will be very difficult for Aerodactyl, and the only way for Aerodactyl to take it down is to get a critical hit with Stone Edge. Slowking has a multitude of options to handle Aerodactyl with; Thunder Wave cuts Aerodactyl's Speed, Scald will KO, and Trick Room can be used to start a counter sweep with Slowking. Quagsire is a great choice to take down Aerodactyl with Recover and Scald. Choice Scarf Pokemon can be used to revenge kill Aerodactyl but you need to make sure that they are faster than Jolly Aerodactyl, otherwise it will be for naught. Choice Scarf users like Rotom or Lilligant are good choices because they can take out Aerodactyl quickly and can always reliably outspeed it. Priority is another method to take down Aerodactyl: Aqua Jet from the likes of Kabutops, Feraligatr, and Carracosta can quickly take care of Aerodactyl. Sucker Punch from Pokemon such as Spiritomb and Absol is another choice to take out a weakened Aerodactyl, but they need to be careful Aerodactyl doesn't use Roost.</p> Skeleton (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Skeleton (open) Skeleton (close) [Overview] Blazing Speed combined with a decent Attack and typing allows it to perform multiple roles. Great lead and anti-lead with Stealth Rock and Taunt. Great offensive pivot with typing that resists, for example, Fire-type attacks and its Ground-type immunity, and Roost allows to stay healthy. Typing is a double-edged sword: defensively it's not the greatest, and the typing leaves it vulnerable to common types of attacks. Stealth Rock weakness makes it harder to switch in, and needs more support. Can prove to give a hard time if left to its own devices. [SET] name: Life Orb move 1: Stone Edge move 2: Earthquake move 3: Fire Blast / Double-Edge move 4: Roost item: Life Orb ability: Pressure / Rock Head nature: Hasty / Jolly evs: 224 Atk / 32 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Combines all of Aerodactyl's positive traits to fully support the team, and a high Speed can act as a stop to some teams' revenge killers like Choice Scarf Emboar and Braviery. Can act as a pivot on offensive teams that switches into resistances like Fire-types, Moltres and Entei, and outspeed to hit them with its Rock-type STAB. Is self-sufficient by being able to take down its own counters with Fire Blast Earthquake and Stone Edge to garner the greatest coverage and STAB Fire Blast is to take down the Pokemon that can brave the other attacks, namely Ferroseed, Tangrowth, and Steelix. Double-Edge is a great netural attack that takes advantage of Rock Head Roost is to heal after repeated switch-ins and LO recoil. Taunt lets Aerodactyl function as an anti-lead and a deterrent to slower teams looking to set up. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] The EVs maximize Aerodactyl's Speed and Attack to outspeed Swellow and tie opposing Aerodactyls, also outspeeds some Choice Scarf Emboar and Glaceon, and 36 SpA EVs are to OHKO Escavalier with Fire Blast. Hasty is recommended with use of Fire Blast, and Jolly is used with Double-Edge. If Double-Edge is used, then the 32 SpA EVs are to go into Attack. If outspeeding the above isn't a concern, then reducing Speed to 176 and the rest in HP still outspeeds all Sceptile. Stealth Rock is a great alternate is needed on a team, and aero can set it down really well thanks to its high Speed. Taunt is a great way to shut down defensive pokemon trying to set up and lets aero act as an anti-lead. Rock Slide is an option for a weaker STAB, but the higher accuracy and flinch rate may come in handy. Aqua Tail is an option to hit Rhydon, Sandslash, and Crustle more effectively. Aerial Ace with hazards allows Aerodactyl to 2HKO Poliwrath and be able to revenge Gallade. Focus Sash for a pure lead set with Stealth Rock and Taunt. Meant to be on a more offensively-inclined team, so appreciates partners that can take advantage of , and has good type and offensive synergy. Partners that can take advantage of the removal of the Grass-types from Fire Blast are great; Kabutops appreciates their removal, Feraligatr likes to have Ferroseed and Tangrowth gone. Cinccino is a good partner that likes Steelix gone, and has U-turn to bring in aero. Offensive Grass-types are great partners because they can switch into Water-types like Slowking and Poliwrath that can brave Aerodactyl's attacks, and threaten them out. Lilligant, Tangrowth, and Rotom-C are a few great partners that don't mind switching to them. Aerodactyl can take common attacks aimed at them like Fire-type attacks or priority. Stealth Rock really hinders Aerodactyl's ability to pivot, so a Rapid Spin user is recommended. Kabutops is a good choice thanks to its ability to apply offensive pressure and the added priority is useful to take down the revenge killers looking to take down Aerodactyl, but it doesn't have any notable type synergy other than Ground attacks. Cryogonal can take on specially oriented threats for Aerodactyl like Amoonguss or Roselia, and can Toxic bulky Water-types. Likewise, Aerodactyl really appreciates hazard support because the Pokemon that can handle it most are grounded, so any additional entry hazards are encouraged. Smeargle and Scolipede are great offensive Pokemon that can quickly set down some Spikes, other great choices are Qwilfish and Crustle, based on how the team functions. Very difficult to stop Aerodactyl from lying down Stealth Rock due to its Speed and Taunt itself cannot be countered traditionally; however, it can be KOed relatively easily. Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Rotom-C and Manectric switch into Earthquake, or Taunt / Roost in Manectric's case, and put Aerodactyl in an ultimatum with Volt Switch. Bulky Water-types can minimize the damage that Aerodactyl can cause: Poliwrath can phaze or Scald; Qwilfish can Intimidate and set up Spikes; physically Slowking can Thunder Wave, Scald, Trick Room. [SET] name: Choice Band move 1: Stone Edge move 2: Earthquake move 3: Aqua Tail move 4: Double-Edge item: Choice Band ability: Rock Head nature: Jolly evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Rather singular in use and requires much more support due to SR weakness and frail defenses Hit and run set that emphasizes smart prediction and switching; Aerodactyl can switch into Ground-type attacks and weak neutral or resisted attacks. This set is effective thanks to its handy resistances and high Speed that lets it attack almost always first. Stone Edge: STAB, and has not so hot accuracy. Earthquake forms the QuakeEdge duo. Aqua Tail hits Ground-types like Rhydon, Crustle, and Sandslash. Double-Edge is great neutral coverage and takes advantage of Rock Head. [Additional Comments] Nature and EVs takes advantage of Aerodactyl's great Speed and gives it some power to boot. The EVs allows it to do all the above (I'll actually say in the write-up) If only outspeeding Sceptile is a concern than a drop to 176 Speed and the rest in HP is suggested. Rock Head is the most useful ability thanks to its ability to neutralize Double-Edge's recoil. This set is favored for more offensive teams due to Aerodactyl's frailness and live or die mentality. Also, functions as a secondary revenge killer for offensive teams thanks to its high Speed. This set works because of Aerodactyl's amazing Speed and some handy resistances, but getting overzealous will bring it down quick. The extra power from CB guarantees the 2HKO on defensive Amoonguss and the OHKO on Lilligant with SR. Needs a partner that has great offensive synergy that can take down its counters: Ferroseed, Tangrowth, bulky waters. Mixed Druddigon is perfect thanks to its ability to lure out Ferroseed and Tangrowth and hit them with a Flamethrower, and Outrage will still hurt any bulky Water-types. Bouffalant is another good option to easily switch into Grass-types with Sap Sipper and set up a Sub/SD or hit with CB. Rotom-C is a great partner thanks to its ability to take down Water-types, Volt Switch, and make it easier to switch in with Will-O-Wisp. Rotom-C also brings out Fire-types that Aerodactyl has a easier time coming into. Rotom-C can Trick a Choice Scarf on a Pokemon that's troublesome for Aerodactyl, or use HP Fire for Ferroseed. Due to Aerodactyl's Stealth Rock weakness, a Rapid Spinner is suggested. Kabutops doesn't have any notable type synergy but its effective. Cryogonal can switch into some of a water-types like Slowking that give Aerodactyl trouble. This set is a bit harder to counter due to its higher damage output, but Pokemon that dgaf are Tangrowth, Ferroseed, or Torterra; however, they all need to keep an eye out for Fire Blast or a partner that is using a Fire-type attack to take them out. Bulky waters: Qwilfish with Intimidate is great as a buffer if it avoids EQ; Poliwrath is a great counter; physically defensive Poliwrath, Quagsire. Predicting its attacks and capitalizing on it will always put it on a back foot due to its SR weakness. [Other Options] Hone Claws set but frail defenses makes it difficult to set up. Power Herb and Sky Attack can be a surprise to Grass-types but it's only a one-time shot. Elemental Fangs but they are all paltry in Base Power with only Fire Fang useful for Ferroseed and even then Fire Blast is better. Can set up weather (Rain Dance, Sunny Day) pretty easily with its Speed and disruption with Taunt. Toxic to surprise on walls like Tangrowth and Slowking RestTalk + Whirlwind and Roar...fast non-Riolu phazing [Checks and Counters] Pokemon that can constantly take a beating, so Pokemon like Tangrowth, physically defensive Slowking, and Quagsire that have access to some form of recovery. Furthermore, Ferroseed, Torterra, or any Pokemon that has the bulk and typing to weather Aerodactyl's attacks. Choice Scarf Pokemon like Rotom and Lilligant (as long as they're faster than jolly Aerodactyl). Priority with Aqua Jet and Sucker Punch can make sure its Speed doesn't make a difference.