Aerodactyl can use one of two Abilities; Rock Head, which protects it from receiving recoil damage from moves where it would receive it, or Pressure, which doubles the PP of moves used by opponents. Its Hidden Ability is Unnerve, which prevents its opponents from using held Berries.
Aerodactyl does not evolve and does not have a pre-evolved form, but can Mega Evolve into Mega Aerodactyl.
Aerodactyl is in the Flying Egg Group, and its Egg takes 8,960 steps to hatch. It takes Aerodactyl 1,250,000 Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Aerodactyl's design is based off of pterosaurs. Its body is purple in color, with large, darker purple widespread wings. It has pointed ears, and has a long snout and large lower jaw. Aerodactyl has small hands on its wings, and both of its feet contain two toes. Its long tail is tipped like an arrow.
Aerodactyl does not have any distinctive features to differentiate between the male and female.
In most of its game appearances, the only way to obtain Aerodactyl is to revive an Old Amber. In Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, one can be obtained from the Pewter Museum. This carries over in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, Old Amber can be mined in the Sinnoh Underground after the defeat of the Elite Four. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, they can be found by using Rock Smash on breakable rocks in the Ruins of Alph.
A gift Aerodactyl is given to the player from a woman in Seafolk Village.
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Aerodactyl is in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. With a phenomenal base 130 Speed stat that puts it ahead of Pokémon like Sneasel and Virizion as well as certain Choice Scarf users like Hoopa and Emboar, Aerodactyl is a great revenge killer and late-game cleaner. It is only outsped by Accelgor and Choice Scarf users with a base Speed higher than 70, and its good base 105 Attack and usable offensive movepool make it a very potent threat. As the tier's fastest Pursuit user, Aerodactyl can trap certain frail Pokémon that try to switch out on it like Hoopa and Fletchinder. Its best set is a Life Orb attacker set that utilizes the combination of STAB Stone Edge and Earthquake to hit the majority of the tier for neutral damage while having Pursuit trapping ability and Aerial Ace to revenge kill Virizion or Roost to maintain longevity. Aerodactyl's flaws lie in its mediocre bulk which can give it trouble switching into certain attacks and its inability to break through bulky defensive walls. It also has some common weaknesses to Steel, Rock, and Ice attacks.
Aerodactyl is also viable in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. While outclassed by Mega Aerodactyl for the most part, base form Aerodactyl still has a niche as a suicide Stealth Rock lead. With a great Speed stat and Taunt, Aerodactyl is usually assured an opportunity to set up Stealth Rock while preventing the opposition from doing the same. It can Taunt Defoggers, and against Rapid Spin users like Mega Blastoise and Tentacruel, it can use Double-Edge to knock itself out after it has been knocked down to its Focus Sash. For Forretress, Aerodactyl can run Fire Blast and tear it apart in that regard. However, Aerodactyl cannot run any other viable sets in UU due to the presence of Mega Aerodactyl, and a suicide lead is rather team specific and can sometimes struggle in certain matchups.
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