Aerodactyl



While players back in the day had to choose between Omanyte and Kabuto, we were all permitted an additional fossil, the old amber, which somehow contained the genetic information for a giant, monstrous pterosaur. That was either one heck of a lot of tree sap, or it's a Jurassic Park reference, implying we may have extracted Aerodactyl blood from a non-pokemon mosquito.

This rock/flying is amazingly tough for a non-evolving pokemon, and it looks the part, not so much like a pterosaur as some kind of terrifying wyvern, and either way it's an excellent addition to any dragon-themed team that doesn't want to limit itself exclusively to actual dragon types. I love that huge, toothy underbite, and I love its weird little three-fingered hands. Except for the apparent "thumbs," those are surprisingly accurate pterosaur wings.


Then there's Mega Aerodactyl, which is interesting, because it basically re-emphasizes that this creature is partially rock type. Stones are basically erupting from its body like malignant overgrowth, and the rocky chin-spike looks especially formidable. I'm not sure how this thing is supposed to stay in the air with stalagmites growing out of its wings, but whatever, it's a pokemon. Only the stony bits on its stomach feel like one detail too many; not too bad at all for a mega.


I'm not as big a fan, but it's a darn cool beast.

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