[Updated] Niantic aware Pokemon Go Trainers unable to catch Aerodactyl, provides workaround ahead of fix

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on October 01, 2021) follows:

Developed and released by Niantic, Pokemon Go is one of the most popular augmented reality mobile game available on Android and iOS running devices.

After its launch back in July 2016, this video game received many positive reviews from gamers around the world. Since its release, Pokemon Go has gained millions of users from both the Play Store and the App Store.

However, recent reports suggest that some users are having issues while playing the game. Many Pokemon Go players have reported that they are not able to catch the pokemon called Aerodactyl.


In detail, when the trainers are throwing their Poke balls to capture Aerodactyl, but it fails to capture. These users have tried multiple times but the situation remains the same and every time the ball gets wasted.

This has become so frustrated for the trainers as each time a Poke ball gets wasted and still they don’t get the Aerodactyl. Meanwhile, there is no such case reported while capturing other pokemon. So apparently this problem is specifically related to Aerodactyl.


catching Aerodactyl – or at least I try my best. but somehow I have big problems throwing “far” since a few weeks. this time, I wasted “only” 50 balls (200 last time!). why??? @NianticHelp (Source)

@NianticHelp Hello! I have a trouble catching Aerodactyl, without AR mode cant catch, watch vídeo… (Source)

Some players have reported that they are unable to hit the Pokemon with the ball and they even can’t see him as he is flying high above their phone’s screen.

The multiple reports (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) on different social media platforms indicate that this Pokemon Go Aerodactyl issue is not just limited to some players, rather, it is affecting a majority players.

Meanwhile, it is good to see that Niantic Support has acknowledged the issue. The company stated that they are aware of this situation and the team is currently investigating it.


Moreover, the players will be informed as soon as the problem gets fixed. However, no ETA has been provided as to when exactly this bug will get fixed.

Niantic has also provided a temporary workaround that the users can try until it gets permanently fixed. For now, the trainers can try to catch Aerodactyl using AR mode and see if it works.

It goes without saying, we will keep you informed on the further development of the story as and when they come to out notice. Till then you can check the latest insights on games in our dedicated gaming section.

Update 1 (December 02)

11:29 am (IST): In case you’re having trouble catching Aerodactyl, then you can check out this short YouTube video for tips.

Update 2 (December 04)

05:24 pm (IST): It has been a couple of months since users began reporting issue where they were unable to catch Aerodactyl. However, Niantic Support still says that the issue is under investigation and yet there is no ETA.

Update 3 (December 06)

04:28 pm (IST): In case you’re new to Pokemon GO and have run into the issue with catching Aerodactyl, then here are the steps you’ll have to use to turn on AR mode in the game in order to catch it for the time being.

Update 4 (December 08)

06:24 pm (IST): Niantic is yet to list the Aerodactyl bug on its official Known Issues page and is yet to share any further details regarding the issue.

Update 5 (December 09)

06:00 pm (IST): Niantic rolled out a new Pokemon GO update as version 0.225 or 1.191 on the App Store. Unfortunately, the release notes have no mention of a fix for the bug with catching Aerodactyl.

Update 6 (December 10)

04:33 pm (IST): As expected, the latest update didn’t fix the Aerodactyl bug as Niantic support is still telling players that they’re working on a fix without any ETA for the patch.

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