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The Season of Heritage is chugging along, and it's hit its second projected milestone, the "second lock" to the door, as the narrative of of the game goes. This time around, we've got Rock and Steel Type Pokemon as our focus. From general bonuses to a brand new Mega Evolution, we've got a bit to look forward to here.

Mountains of Power

Event Start Event End
January 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time January 13, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time
Time Until Start
  • 1/2 buddy walking distance for hearts
  • A timed research line will be available
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available during the event, including the introduction of the Shiny Slugma line.
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via Raids, including the introduction of Mega Aerodactyl.
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via Field Research Tasks

The Rise of the Rock Types

Arguably, the most exciting part of this event has to be the introduction of a Rock Type Mega Evolution at last, Mega Aerodactyl. And while this monster can be used in general PvP, its exclusion from the Go Battle League means that this review will focus strictly on its PvE performance.

All-in-all, most players have been waiting on Mega Tyranitar, not Mega Aerodactyl, as the great Mega King of Rock Types. Mega Aerodactyl is just the big stop-gap on the way to our monolithic monarch, right? Well, yes and no...

While Mega Tyranitar does indeed have a solid lead on Mega Aerodactyl in terms of TDO, Mega Aerodactyl pulls ahead just slightly in terms of DPS. But this difference is so tiny that it shouldn't matter, right? Right... except for the fact that Mega Aerodactyl's Flying sub-type can give it a TDO advantage over Mega Tyranitar in specific scenarios (though the opposite is also true), and that the use of Rock Slide over Stone Edge equates to more reliable average performance. Because of these factors, the playing field is pretty level. And while the field of play it is tilted towards Mega Tyranitar's favor a fair bit, the fact of the matter is that Mega Aerodactyl will have raids where it out-performs Mega Tyranitar.

....and no, we're not going to talk about Mega Diancie. Who knows then that monster will show up.

Okay, so we've gotten the theoreticals out of the way, how about right now? Well, Rock Type is generally a highly sought-after type for its effectiveness against a number of Tier-5 raid bosses. It's very pervasive and powerful, and the ability to provide Mega Evolution boosts to other common Rock Type attackers will definitely be important. However, the immediate utility of raising a Mega Aerodactyl is a bit dubious. The only confirmed upcoming Tier-5/Mega raid boss that's weak to Rock are Regice, Mega Abomasnow... and itself, ironically. Though using something with a Flying sub-type against Regice or Mega Abomasnow is likely to be a bit of a rocky time, pun intended. 

When all is said and done, is Mega Aerodactyl worth the stardust investment? Yes, definitely. It will likely have utility long-term, and will provide great dividends whenever its skills are called for. However, it would probably be best to hold onto your stardust and only raise it when its skills are actually needed.

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Mountains of Power

Friday, January 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time

The Season of Heritage Story Continues!

Spark’s intuition leads him to believe that the mysterious door’s second mechanism requires the help of Rock- and Steel-type Pokémon to unlock it.

Journey through terrain reminiscent of the mountains found in regions like Johto and Sinnoh, and work with Spark to unlock the next mechanism!

Catch up on the story so far on the Season of Heritage web page.

Event Bonus

Buddy Heart Icon

1/2 walking distance to earn hearts with your buddy

Image of Research IconTimed Research

The event will feature Timed Research focused on catching Pokémon, hatching Eggs, and earning Buddy Candy.

Complete the tasks to earn encounters with Pokémon like Mawile and Beldum!

Wild Encounters IconWild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild.

Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter a Shiny Slugma, if you’re lucky!

Image of Zubat - Shiny Icon On

Zubat

Image of Machop - Shiny Icon On

Machop

Image of Geodude - Shiny Icon On

Geodude

Image of Slugma - Shiny Icon On

Slugma

Image of Nosepass - Shiny Icon On

Nosepass

Image of Barboach - Shiny Icon On

Barboach

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Image of Onix - Shiny Icon On

Onix

Image of Ferroseed - Shiny Icon On

Ferroseed

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raid IconRaids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids. For the first time in Pokémon GO, Mega Aerodactyl will be available in Mega Raids!

One-Star EggOne-Star Raids

Image of Alolan Geodude - Shiny Icon On

Alolan Geodude

Image of Onix - Shiny Icon On

Onix

Image of Beldum - Shiny Icon On

Beldum

Image of Bronzor - Shiny Icon On

Bronzor

Three-Star EggsThree-Star Raids

Image of Ursaring - Shiny Icon Off

Ursaring

Image of Donphan - Shiny Icon Off

Donphan

Image of Medicham - Shiny Icon Off

Medicham

Image of Absol - Shiny Icon On

Absol

Five-Star EggFive-Star Raids

Image of Heatran - Shiny Icon On

Heatran

Mega EggMega Raids

Image of Mega Aerodactyl - Shiny Icon On

Mega Aerodactyl

Image of Research IconField Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks!

Image of Alolan Geodude - Shiny Icon On

Alolan Geodude

Image of Slugma - Shiny Icon On

Slugma

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Image of Mawile - Shiny Icon On

Mawile

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

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—The Pokémon GO team

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