Description: Aerodactyl is one of the select few sweepers that can make efficient use of Hone Claws, and with its ability to force out many threats thanks to the threat of its blistering Speed, it's not difficult to pull off one boost. Additionally, Aerodactyl doesn't have to function with a Hone Claws boost; in any situation, it can simply fire off its already-strong attacks to revenge kill or clean up anything in its way. Taking one Hone Claws boost, Life Orb, and STAB in account, Stone Edge becomes an even mightier and accurate attack than it already is, which allows Aerodactyl to 2HKO even physically defensive Skarmory after Stealth Rock damage. Aqua Tail is the preferred secondary attacking option, which, after the boost, 2HKOes all variants of Gliscor and Hippowdon and OHKOes any defensive Tyranitar with prior damage. Additionally, both Aqua Tail and Stone Edge already provide decent coverage with each other, so Roost is an option in the last slot to heal off any damage previously taken. However, Fire Fang might be appealing for invaluable coverage against Ferrothorn (and to an extent, Scizor), who walls the aforementioned attack combination.
Options: Other attacking options include Earthquake and Ice Fang over Aqua Tail and Fire Fang; by using these moves, Aerodactyl gains coverage against Gastrodon and can hit Gliscor, Tyranitar, and Jirachi much harder. While doing so would mean losing Aerodactyl's way to deal with opposing Ferrothorn and Scizor, you can simply employ teammates to take care of these two and, in return, gain arguably better coverage thanks to the EdgeQuake combo.
Counters: Seeing as Aerodactyl has crippling weaknesses to common priority moves in Bullet Punch, Ice Shard, and Aqua Jet, it is obviously necessary to eliminate users of these moves before switching Aerodactyl in freely. Magnezone is your best bet against Scizor, who threatens with STAB Bullet Punch, amongst other dangerous Steel-types that Aerodactyl has trouble with. You may also consider Jellicent or Tyranitar to wall common counters or to eliminate them with mixed sets, respectively. Stealth Rock damage will also be a major obstacle for Aerodactyl; an instant solution to this would either be a Rapid Spin user or a Pokemon with the ability Magic Bounce, such as Donphan and Espeon, respectively.
This is a good moveset for aerodactyl (Pokemon #142) with the rock-head ability/trait, a Jolly nature, and equipped with Life Orb submitted by TeamRocketGrunt. For use in competitive Pokemon battles featuring an Export option and breeding guide.