Heatran has made a return to Pokemon GO in Tier-5 raids as part of the Sinnoh Celebration event. If you’re looking to grab one for your Pokedex (or you’re shiny hunting), you’ll want to make sure you bring the right Pokemon up against this powerful Fire/Steel-type Legendary. Here are the best counters for Heatran and some other information you need about it.
Heatran has a fantastic defensive type combination, with resistances to Normal, Flying, Psychic, and Dragon, as well as double-resistances to Bug, Steel, Grass, Ice, and Fairy. It also has an immunity to Poison-type attacks. Luckily, though, Heatran’s typing leaves it weak to the all-too-common Fighting and Water-types, as well as giving it a double-weakness to Ground.
Ground-type Pokemon like Excadrill, Groudon, Landorus, and Garchomp are the top counters in a Heatran raid. You’ll want Excadrill to ideally know Mud Shot and Drill Run; Groudon should know Mud Shot and Earthquake; Landorus will be great with Mud Shot and Earth Power; and Garchomp should ideally know Mud Shot and Earthquake. However, as long as they have Ground-type moves, they’ll still be great.
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If you don’t have access to the top attackers, there are some more common ones that will work well too. Consider using Golurk, Rhyperior, Rhydon, or Swampert. Additionally, don’t forget that Shadow Pokemon have a power boost, making attackers like Shadow Flygon useful as well. Blastoise in its Mega Evolved form is also a great choice.
Heatran has a few moves of different types that you’ll need to prepare for. For fast moves, it has access to Bug Bite and Fire Spin, the latter of which it will receive the Same-Type Attack Bonus for. In terms of charge moves, Heatran can have Stone Edge, Fire Blast, Flamethrower, and Iron Head. It will receive the Same-Type Attack Bonus for all but Stone Edge. Fortunately, none of these moves are super-effective against most of the Ground-, Water, or Fighting-type Pokemon you might bring.
Heatran’s type combination will allow it to be boosted during both sunny weather and snowy conditions. When not boosted, its catch CP will range from 2058 to 2145. However, find one that’s boosted by the weather, and its catch CP will fall between 2573 and 2681. Heatran is one of the Legendaries that can be defeated with two people if you have the top counters. Otherwise, you’ll need three or four at minimum.
With the growing number of strict lockdowns worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll probably want to prefer remote raids over in-person raids. Be safe, stay home when possible, and grab a remote pass if you need it. Heatran is available in raids until January 19 at 10 AM local time.