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Where to Find and Catch Aerodactyl in Pokémon GO?

Aerodactyl is a fan favourite in Pokémon GO, but catching one can get tough. Here's how you can find and catch it with ease.
Where to Find and Catch Aerodactyl in Pokémon GO?

Aerodactyl has been a fan favorite in Pokémon for a long time, and that sentiment has never changed within Pokémon GO. But the ancient Flying and Rock-type is hard to catch within the Mobile game.

Not only is this Pokémon rare compared to much of the Kanto Pokédex, but there is only one main form. That means no catching more common versions, and much of the time, players need to wait for a major event. However, there are a few ways that you can obtain one yourself when the opportunity arrives in Pokémon GO.

How to catch an Aerodactyl in Pokemon GO

Pokémon GO Mega
Mega Aerodactyl brought more opportunities for catches. (Picture: Niantic)

Catching an Aerodactyl Pokemon Go used to be much easier when the Pokédex was much smaller in Pokémon GO. Not only was it far more common for the ancient Pokémon to appear in the wild, but it was also a part of some of the rare eggs in the game. They could be hatched for a chance at the Flying-type.

Because the Let's GO, Meltan research still requires an Aerodactyl catch, new players will likely still need one. Some research, like battling in five different raids, will offer up the ancient Pokémon as an encounter reward, but those are few and far between. Instead, you may need to wait for two different variables.

The first is to pay attention to events within the game. Earlier in 2022, there was an introduction for Mega Aerodactyl which meant that more of the normal Pokémon were spawning in the wild. Nests will indicate when the Flying-type is more common, and it typically pairs with other Pokémon in Rock or Flying-type events.

Another way to ensure an encounter is to look towards raids and Team GO Rocket encounters. Both raids and grunts will team leaders will have a chance for rotations to bring in Aerodactyl. Raid rotations tend to be more common, especially with the new Mega integration of the game.

Is there a Shiny Aerodactyl in Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO Kanto
Every Kanto region Pokémon has a shiny form available. (Picture: Niantic)

At this point in Pokémon GO, every Kanto region Pokémon has a shiny form that can be caught. After the Kanto celebration event of 2021, all forms became available, and that includes our Aerodactyl friend.

Considering how tough this Pokémon is to catch, getting one in the wild is nearly impossible in terms of a shiny. Completing raids or battling a shadow version are the best chances at a shiny, but as always, it comes down to luck.

And that's all. For more awesome content, check out our section dedicated to Pokémon GO news, guides, updates, and more!


Featured image courtesy of Niantic.