Competitive Information for Aerodactyl [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Aerodactyl aerodactyl
Base Stats for Aerodactyl

Rock / Flying

Abilities:
PressurePressure: If this Pokemon is the target of a move, that move loses one additional PP.
,
Rock HeadRock Head: This Pokemon does not take recoil damage besides Struggle/Life Orb/crash damage.


Evolutions / Family:
Aerodactyl

Weakness Chart for Rock/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
2x
  
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0x
2x
0.5x
0.5x
  
2x
2x
2x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Aerodactyl? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Diamond/Pearl Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Common team mates for Aerodactyl in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

JirachiGyaradosFlygonShayminJolteonDugtrioBreloomGengarSuicuneInfernapeRaikouCelebi


Aerodactyl is a pretty decent Rock and Flying-typed Pokemon. Aerodactyl is a almost common Pokemon to see in Generation 4. Aerodactyl is weak to Electric, Ice, Rock, Steel, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Aerodactyl
Item: Focus Sash / Power Herb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sky Attack
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock / Stone Edge
- Taunt

Physical Sweeper Aerodactyl (Analytic)

Aerodactyl is popular Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Aerodactyl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Pressure, if Aerodactyl is the target of a move that move loses one additional pp.

Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Stealth Rock is a status move (hurts foes on switch-in. factors rock weakness).
Stone Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Taunt is a status move (for 3-5 turns, the target can't use status moves).




Species: Aerodactyl
Item: Life Orb / Power Herb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Sky Attack

Physical Sweeper Aerodactyl (Pressure)

Aerodactyl is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Aerodactyl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Aerodactyl's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Pressure, if Aerodactyl is the target of a move that move loses one additional pp.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).




Species: Aerodactyl
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Rock Head
Nature: Lonely (+Atk, -Def)
EVs: 200 Hp / 200 Atk / 104 SpD / 4 Spe
Moveset:
- Roost
- Dragon Claw
- Curse
- Rock Slide

Aerodactyl Physical Tank (Cursedactyl)

Aerodactyl is an extraordinary Physical Tank. It was designed to take a mighty amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Aerodactyl last longer regaining it's it's HP every turn. With Rock Head, Aerodactyl does not take recoil damage besides struggle/life orb/crash damage.

Roost is a status move (heals 50% hp. flying-type removed until turn ends).
Dragon Claw is a physical 80-base power Dragon-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
Curse is a status move (curses if ghost, else -1 spe, +1 atk, +1 def).
Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Aerodactyl? These builds have been optimized for Diamond/Pearl Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Common team mates for Aerodactyl in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

JirachiGyaradosFlygonShayminJolteonDugtrioBreloomGengarSuicuneInfernapeRaikouCelebi


Species: Aerodactyl
Item: Life Orb / Power Herb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Double-Edge / Return
- Sky Attack

Doubles Physical Sweeper Aerodactyl (Pressure)

Aerodactyl is a sensational Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Aerodactyl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Aerodactyl's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Pressure, if Aerodactyl is the target of a move that move loses one additional pp.

Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Aerodactyl learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Air Cutter
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Dragon Breath
60
100%
20
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Dragon Pulse
90
100%
10
No additional effect.
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Fire Blast
120
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Heat Wave
100
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ominous Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Assurance
50
100%
10
Power doubles if target was damaged this turn.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Dragon Claw
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fire Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to burn. 10% chance to flinch.
Fly
90
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to freeze. 10% chance to flinch.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if a foe is switching out.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
50
80%
10
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Sky Attack
140
90%
5
Charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. High crit.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to paralyze. 10% chance to flinch.
Wing Attack
60
100%
35
No additional effect.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears target side's hazards/screens.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Foresight
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Rock Polish
--
--
20
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Roost
--
--
10
Heals 50% HP. Flying-type removed 'til turn ends.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Scary Face
--
90%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Tailwind
--
--
30
For 3 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Taunt
--
100%
20
For 3-5 turns, the target can't use status moves.
Torment
--
100%
15
Target can't select the same move twice in a row.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Whirlwind
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Aerodactyl can perform in Diamond/Pearl. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive DP Move and Ability Combos for Aerodactyl

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