Aerodactyl (Pokémon)

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Kabutops #141: Kabutops
Pokémon
#143: Snorlax Snorlax
Aerodactyl
プテラ Ptera
#142
142Aerodactyl.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Rock Flying
Category
Fossil Pokémon
Abilities
Rock Head or Pressure
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#142
Johto
#229
Hoenn
#297
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-198
Almia
R-258
Height
5'11"
Imperial
1.8 m
Metric
Weight
130.1 lbs.
Imperial
59.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Purple
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
Body09.png
Footprint
 F142.png 
Gender ratio
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Breeding
Flying group 31 cycles
(7905 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
2
Base Exp.: 202 Battle Exp.: 2021*

Aerodactyl (Japanese: プテラ Ptera) is a dual-type Rock/Flying Pokémon.

It is resurrected from Old Amber and is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Biology

It is widely considered to be extinct, and is only found by resurrecting it from the Old Amber.

Physiology

A ferocious, prehistoric Pokémon, it possesses serrated, saw-bladed like fangs that it uses to tear through the throats of its prey. Its wings have skin stretched from its side to its arms. The triangular-shaped tip of its tail is gray, like the tail itself which is connected to its oval body. Aerodactyl have dark green eyes, though the iris is barely visible.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Aerodactyl is capable of flying at great speeds and tearing through prey with its fangs. It is also very durable due to its rock-hard body.

Behavior

Aerodactyl's preferred method of killing its victims is by tearing through the throats of its victims with its serrated, saw-like fangs.

Habitat

The exact habitat of Aerodactyl is unknown even though some living samples have been found miles underground in caves, but so far most Aerodactyl are revived from Old Amber. It most likely lived in mountainous areas.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the episode Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Ash's Pokédex states "Its hard fangs suggest it might have been a carnivore. Its sharp claws were probably used to capture prey."

In the episode Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl, the Aerodactyl seemed to enjoy eating a pear like fruit that grew in the forests of an island.

In the anime

Aerodactyl in the anime

Major appearances

Aerodactyl first appeared in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon. It scared off the other Generation I fossil Pokémon that were chasing Ash and Team Rocket. It then kidnapped the young Trainer, who was rescued by his Charizard. Todd took a photo of this Aerodactyl, which was seen in Pokémon Paparazzi.

Fossils of Kabutops and Aerodactyl were resurrected by Annie and Oakley in Pokémon Heroes; in the English dub, they were once used by an evil Pokémon Trainer to torment the civilians of Alto Mare, but were drowned when a Latios brought water to the city. They were sent to chase after Ash and Latias. They have blank, yellow-tinted eyes with no pupils and are lined with a thick black outline.

Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl featured an Aerodactyl that was revived by Gary Oak. The Aerodactyl seemed to enjoy eating a pear-like fruit that grew in the forests of an island. Team Rocket agents Butch and Cassidy wanted to steal this Aerodactyl in order to present it to Dr. Namba, but were stopped by Gary's Umbreon and Dodrio, and of course the Aerodactyl who sent the two Rockets flying with a Hyper Beam.

Another Aerodactyl appeared in Wild in the Streets, where it terrorized Oreburgh City after being revived from its fossil state.

Minor appearances

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP046 Aerodactyl Ash's Pokédex Aerodactyl, an extinct Flying Pokémon. Its hard fangs suggest that it was a carnivore. Its sharp claws were probably used to capture prey.
This concludes the entries from the original series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP017 Aerodactyl Dawn's Pokédex Aerodactyl, the Fossil Pokémon. An ancient Flying-type, it is equipped with sharp saw-like teeth.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Red obtains an Aerodactyl from a resurrected piece of Old Amber. He has since then used it extensively for aerial transport and combat.

In the TCG

Main article: Aerodactyl (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red A ferocious, prehistoric Pokémon that goes for the enemy's throat with its serrated saw-like fangs.
Blue
Yellow A savage Pokémon that died out in ancient times. It was resurrected using DNA taken from amber.
Stadium A Pokémon that was resurrected from the genes of an ancient dinosaur. With sharp fangs, it is very vicious.
Generation II
Gold A vicious Pokémon from the distant past, it appears to have flown by spreading its wings and gliding.
Silver This vicious Pokémon is said to have flown in ancient skies while shrieking high-pitched cries.
Crystal In prehistoric times, this Pokémon flew freely and fearlessly through the skies.
Stadium 2 A vicious Pokémon from the distant past. It appears to have flown by spreading its wings and gliding.
Generation III
Ruby Aerodactyl is a Pokémon from the age of dinosaurs. It was regenerated from genetic material extracted from amber. It is imagined to have been the king of the skies in ancient times.
Sapphire Aerodactyl is a Pokémon from the age of dinosaurs. It was regenerated from genetic material extracted from amber. It is imagined to have been the king of the skies in ancient times.
Emerald Aerodactyl is a Pokémon from the age of dinosaurs. It was regenerated from DNA extracted from amber. It is imagined to have been the king of the skies.
FireRed It was regenerated from a dinosaur's genetic matter that was found in amber. It flies with high-pitched cries.
LeafGreen A ferocious, prehistoric Pokémon that goes for the enemy's throat with its serrated, sawlike fangs.
Generation IV
Diamond A Pokémon that roamed the skies in the dinosaur era. Its teeth are like saw blades.
Pearl A Pokémon that roamed the skies in the dinosaur era. Its teeth are like saw blades.
Platinum A Pokémon that roamed the skies in the dinosaur era. Its teeth are like saw blades.
HeartGold A vicious Pokémon from the distant past, it appears to have flown by spreading its wings and gliding.
SoulSilver This vicious Pokémon is said to have flown in ancient skies while shrieking high-pitched cries.
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
One Revive Old Amber
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
One Revive Old Amber
Generation II
Gold Silver
One Trade Chansey on Route 14
Crystal
One Trade Chansey on Route 14
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Fossil Revive Old Amber
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Fossil Revive Old Amber
Platinum
Fossil Revive Old Amber
HeartGold SoulSilver
Fossil Revive Old Amber
Pal Park
Mountain
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Randomly on the Ruby Field
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 4
Forever Level 53
Pair Trozei
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Sky Tower (21F-25F)
Sky Tower Summit (1F-8F)
Pitfall Valley (15F-25F)
Joyous Tower (90F-99F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Mt. Horn (8F-14F)
Mt. Mistral (1F-19F)
Pokémon Ranger Fiore Temple
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Peril Cliffs
My Pokémon Ranch Random trade with Hayley *
Pokémon Rumble Windy Prairie‎

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Ranch Kasib Berry Kasib Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
80
140 - 187 270 - 364
105
99 - 172 193 - 339
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
130
121 - 200 238 - 394
Total:
515
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 60.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
2/2 ★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
16/18 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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By breeding

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By tutoring

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|- style="background:#D1C17D" | colspan="13" | Bold indicates a move that gets STAB
Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
while a colored background indicates that the move is available.
|} |}

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin142.png Pinani142.png 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS142.png PinRSani142.png 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani142.png 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP142.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.4%
Friend Area: Ancient Relic
Phrases
51%-100% HP It isn't just birds that can fly!
26%-50% HP Blast it... Only half HP already?
1%-25% HP I've had it... I can barely keep flying...
Level up Yes! I leveled up! Watch me soar higher!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Yes! I leveled up! Watch me soar higher!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP142.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Rock  Poké Assist: Flying PA.png
( Flying )
Field move: None
Loops: 3 Min. exp.: 93 Max. exp.: 118
Browser entry  
Aerodactyl freely roams the sky while loosing devastating rays.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Rock  Poké Assist: Flying PA.png
( Flying )
Field move: Crush 4 field move.png
(Crush ×4)
Browser entry  
It flies around while firing a powerful beam and supersonic waves from its mouth.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Aerodactyl
Does not evolve
Aerodactyl
 Rock  Flying 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 142.png Spr 1y 142.png Spr 1g 142.png Spr b g1 142.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 142.png Spr 2s 142.png Spr 2c 142.png Spr b 2g 142.png
Spr 2g 142 s.png Spr 2s 142 s.png Spr 2c 142 s.png Spr b 2g 142 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 142.png Spr 3e 142.png Spr 3f 142.png Spr b 3r 142.png
Spr 3r 142 s.png Spr 3e 142 s.png Spr 3f 142 s.png Spr b 3r 142 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 142.png Spr 4d 142.png Spr 4h 142.png Spr b 4d 142.png
Spr 4d 142 s.png Spr 4d 142 s.png Spr 4h 142 s.png Spr b 4d 142 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 142.png Spr 5b 142.png Spr b 5b 142.png
Spr 5b 142 s.png Spr 5b 142 s.png Spr b 5b 142 s.png
Aerodactyl For other sprites and images, please see Aerodactyl images on Bulbagarden Archives.
Aerodactyl Fossil Sprites
Spr 1g 142 f.png Spr 1b 142 f.png Spr 3f 142 f.png
Image from
Pokémon Red and Green
Image from
Pokémon Red and Blue
Image from
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Trivia

  • Aerodactyl was originally going to use its Japanese name, "Ptera", as its English name.
  • During its first appearance in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon it was mentioned that Aerodactyl was carnivorous based on its teeth (and the reactions of the other fossil Pokémon when it arrived). However in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl it is shown and proven to be at least omnivorous, based on its joyful consumption of fruit.
  • Aerodactyl's fossil sprite in FireRed and LeafGreen resembles Aerodactyl's Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire sprite.
  • Aerodactyl is the only non-Template:Type2 that can learn Iron Head by leveling up.
  • No other Pokémon has the same type combination as Aerodactyl.
  • Aerodactyl is the only fossil Pokémon that does not have an evolution or pre-evolution.
  • Outside of Ghost- and Template:Type2s, in which such behavior is typical, Aerodactyl is one of the few Pokémon that can have STAB super-effectiveness against another Pokémon of its species, as Rock is super-effective against Flying. Other such examples include Lucario and Tropius.
  • Aerodactyl is the only Generation I Template:Type2 that doesn't have a 4× weakness to Template:Type2 moves.
  • Aerodactyl is the fastest Template:Type2 Pokémon, with a base Speed of 130.
    • Aerodactyl is tied with Crobat for being the second fastest Template:Type2 Pokémon, behind Ninjask.
    • Interestingly, Aerodactyl's shiny form shares the same colors as Crobat.
  • Aerodactyl has the highest base stat total of all of the fossil Pokémon.
  • Red's Aerodactyl, Aero, is shown in the volume cover artwork for the third volume with a remarkably purple coloring, which wouldn't debut until years later in Generation II with its shiny form.

Origin

It appears to be based upon pterosaurs, prehistoric flying reptiles, particularly the rhamphorhynchoidea branch, due to Aerodactyl's possession of teeth and a long tail. It also seems to possess some dragon-like characteristics, such as that of a wyvern---a two legged variety of dragon---which would explain its being on Lance's team.

Name origin

Aerodactyl's name may be a pun, combining aero, Greek for air, or aeroplane, with the similar sounding pterodactyl. The "Aero" could also refer to the shape of the end of its tail (Which resembles the end of an arrow). Its Japanese name is simply a shortening of the word pterosaur.

In other languages

Notes

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