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    Question Mega Aerodactyl

    I've been reading up (and breeding up) on Mega Aerodactyl. This looks like an attractive setup:

    Aerodactyl @ Aerodactylite
    Adamant Nature
    252 ATK / 4 DEF / 252 SPE

    - Rock Slide
    - Earthquake
    - Ice Fang
    - Aerial Ace

    I'd like to:
    pair it up with another Rock Slide user, preferably fast, and ability to not be hit by Earthquake is a bonus. Going for double damage, double chance to flinch. Thinking about sweeping behind them with Mega Charizard Y (Drought) and Venusaur (Chlorophyll).

    Any comments on the Aerodactyl strategy (Rock Slide + Coverage moves)?
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    What kind of team are you building? I'm a little confused as well by your last statement. It seems to me that you plan on using Mega Charizard Y and Mega Aerodactyl on the same team. I want to make sure you know 1 mega on a team.
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    Not to be a bubble breaker, but Mega Aerodactyl is kind of hard to get out in doubles. Despite the bulk increase, it's still pretty frail and just doesn't hit as hard as you would think since Tough Claws doesn't boost things like EQ. And while you can have both holding mega stones, you can only mega evolve one per battle, so you'd have to choose between Zard and Aerodactyl if you bring both.

    That said, your EVs and nature look spot on. I would just drop Aerial Ace for Protect though so you can avoid those big hits that would knock him silly or status moves like Burn. As for a partner that's a rough one if you want them to avoid EQ...if you're willing to use Protect on the partner though, either Rhydon with Eviolite or Rhyperior are good choices, both hit hard and draw electric attacks away from Aerodactyl and Charizard with Lightning Rod. Otherwise you're looking at something like Dragonite (it's ok) or Salamence (which is usually more special based).
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    I had no idea Mega Aerodactyl was such a beat stick. Base 135 attack and base 150 speed. Its also pretty bulky. Instead of running a hard 252 for speed, why not EV it in speed just to outspeed threats and invest the rest into HP, defense and special defense. That way you can add a dual screener to your team. I also like Rhydon with Eviolite or another Pokemon with Lightning Rod to support it. If this is not for VGC, I would suggest you add a Cresselia to your team.
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    I am highly confused- I have read and re-read and triple read the rules and I can not find where it says that you may only Mega-evolve only one (1) Pokemon per battle.

    Any link to a new set of rules on this change?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benzo View Post
    I am highly confused- I have read and re-read and triple read the rules and I can not find where it says that you may only Mega-evolve only one (1) Pokemon per battle.

    Any link to a new set of rules on this change?
    The game does not let you Mega Evolve more then once. You can hold multiple mega stones but once you mega evolve the first time, you can't do it again. Unless something change I'm not aware of.
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    Thanx for the clarification- it is a game mechanic that does the restricting, which is information I have not come across yet or experienced in-game.
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    @ Bulbasaur-

    Hawlucha is going to be your best bet to pair with Aerodactyl- it can learn Rock Slide via TM, won't be hit by EQ, and, it will not be easily out-speed by a great number of Pokémon in it's speed tier.

    Look into Hawlucha as an option for your strategy.
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    I also think a Prankster user that has access to Taunt will be helpful. So far it looks like the team has a huge weakness to burn. Look into using Tornadus or other fast Pokemon with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaporeon View Post
    I want to make sure you know 1 mega on a team.
    That, as Benzo said, is news to me and good to know. That kind of changes strategy at the VGC team level. I'm still looking for a rock slide duo where one can avoid earthquake as the guys who soften things up, then looking to bring in Mega Charizard (Drought) & Venusaur as sweepers. This thread definitely answered many questions and I thank you for all your responses!
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    If you want to use Aerodactyl, then still use it. It still has a max speed of 394 with a Jolly nature and a speed IV of 31. Many competitive players use a move called Wide Guard, which protect both Pokemon for attacks that hit 2 Pokemon, so dont make your whole strat using double hit moves. However, if you want another good Pokemon with Rock Slide, they you may want to look into a Trick Room Team as the slower Rock Slider have really good bulk and can take hits.
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