Aerodactyl

Type Tier
Rock / Flying BL
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
80
27
Atk
105
20
Def
65
16
SpA
60
15
SpD
75
17
Spe
130
22
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Overview

Undoubtedly a cool Pokémon and he is usable, but Aerodactyl is simply that: usable. He has good Attack and Speed, but unfortunately does not have any strong STAB attacks to take advantage of it. Being a Rock-type immune to Earthquake is good, but his defensive stats are weak and he has a myriad other weaknesses. His only option to get an attack boost besides getting lucky with AncientPower is Curse, which ruins his Speed. Despite all of these contradictions, Aerodactyl is very solid, but only if you know what you're doing.

Name Item

Standard

Leftovers
Moveset
~ Earthquake
~ Hidden Power Rock / AncientPower
~ Wing Attack / Hidden Power Flying
~ Fire Blast

This is an attacking Aerodactyl. Depending on which "regular" attack you choose, opt for Hidden Power for the other. Though AncientPower has that chance to boost all stats, its weak Base Power and low PP lead Hidden Power Rock to be recommended. Earthquake is mainly for Electric- and other Rock-types. Wing Attack has STAB and is a nifty OHKO on Heracross. And finally, should something like Forretress or Skarmory come along, Fire Blast will give them something to think about. Good in theory, but unfortunately this pales in comparison to the RSE standard for a lot of reasons, notably the lack of Rock Slide, Choice Band, and Rock Head (which would make Double-Edge an option).

Name Item

Curse

Leftovers
Moveset
~ Curse
~ Earthquake
~ Hidden Power Rock / AncientPower
~ Substitute

Curse helps Aerodactyl's weak Defense, and Substitute blocks status while you Curse up. It sucks that AncientPower only has max 8 PP, so Hidden Power Rock is recommended. This set will give Aerodactyl a chance to actually do some damage, but it comes at a cost of Aerodactyl's best stat, his Speed.

Name Item

Defensive

Leftovers
Moveset
~ Reflect
~ Rest
~ Whirlwind
~ Hidden Power Rock / Wing Attack

Despite his bad Defense, Aerodactyl's typing and ability to learn Reflect can make it useful as a phazer. Though this set overlooks Aerodactyl's Speed (and Attack for that matter), it can be quite useful as somewhat of a wall. This was more popular when Fire Blast was on a lot of sweepers, notably Snorlax.

Other Options

Double-Edge is a wild option simply for the sheer power, but the recoil probably won't be worth it.

Checks and Counters

Suicune's very high defenses and STAB Surf completely ruins Aerodactyl, as do those of most other Water-types. Skarmory needs to beware of Fire Blast, but otherwise takes Aerodactyl's attacks easily and Whirlwinds it off. Pokémon with Curse and Roar will boost with the Curse set and then remove whatever Aerodactyl accomplishes.