Starting Friday, August 21, 2020, at 1 PM PST, Heatran, The Lava Dome Pokémon will be taking over Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go, and this time, you might even catch a shiny Heatran. It will be available for three weeks, ending on Thusday, September 10, 2020, at 1 PM PST. This Legendary Fire and Steel-type Pokémon is very strong and quite useful, so you won't want to miss your chance to catch one. We're here to walk you through building the perfect team for taking on this Legendary Pokémon!
Who is Heatran in Pokémon Go?
Something like a tortoise comprised of rocks and magma, Heatran is a Legendary Pokémon from the Gen IV Sinnoh Region. Unlike most Legendary Pokémon, Heatran can be male or female, and it is the only Pokémon with its particular mix of Fire and Steel typing, giving it some pretty incredible resistances. While it's not in the top 20 attackers, it is extremely useful in Pokémon Go. Plus, it looks really cool!
What are the best counters for Heatran in Pokémon Go?
A unique Fire and Steel type, Heatran has a lot of resistances. In fact, Heatran resists Poison, Normal, Flying, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy type attacks. However, it is weak to Water and Fighting type attacks and takes quad damage from Ground type. Heatran is also able to deal Fire, Bug, Steel, and Rock type damage.
The mascot for Gen III's Pokémon Ruby, Groudon is the top performer in this Raid. Although it is a Legendary Pokémon, it has been available enough times that most players have at least one or two. It isn't weak to any of the types of attacks Heatran can do and it resists Rock type damage. With the moveset Mud Shot and Earthquake, Groudon will be an indispensable part of your team for taking on Heatran.
The final evolution of Gen I Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, is one of the top Ground type Pokémon in the game. Having been featured in a Community Day and evolving from a Gen I Pokémon, there's no excuse not to have at least one or two by now. As a Ground and Rock type, Rhyperior resists Rock and Fire type damage, but it is weak to Steel. Mud Slap and Earthquake is the moveset you'll want your Rhyperior to have for this Raid.
A Legendary Ground and Flying type from the Gen V Unova region, Landorus hasn't seen the kind of widespread availability as Groudon, but if you have a strong one, he will serve you well in this fight. Landorus resists Bug type damage and brings no significant weaknesses to this Raid. Mud Shot and Earth Power are the moves you'll want your Landorus to know.
The final evolution of Gen IV's Gible, Garchomp is a pseudo-Legendary Dragon and Ground type. Although Gible tend to be a little harder to find normally, it's been featured in a Community Day and the Ultra Unlock Dragon Week, so most players have at least one strong one. Garchomp resists Rock and Fire type attacks and brings no notable weaknesses to this Raid. You'll want your Garchomp to know Mud Shot and Earthquake.
The Ground and Steel type evolution of Gen V's Drilbur, Excadrill is an amazing counter for Heatran in certain cases. It's resistant to Bug, Steel, and Rock type moves, but takes double damage from Fire type. Drilbur is fairly common and it only cost 50 Candies to evolve, leaving plenty left over for powering up. Mud Slap and Drill Run will make quick work of Heatran.
The Gen I evolution of Rhyhorn, Rhydon has been in the game since day one. While Rhyperior is better for this Raid, if you don't happen to have an extra Sinnoh Stone lying around, Rhydon will work well in this Raid. As a Rock and Ground type, it resists Fire and Rock type damage, but will take double damage from Heatran's Steel type move. Mud Slap and Earthquake are the moves you'll want your Rhydon to know.
A Ghost and Ground-type from Gen V's Unova region, Golurk resists Heatran's Bug and Rock type moves. It's first stage, Golett isn't super common, but it only requires 50 Candies to evolve. If you're bringing Golurk to this fight, you'll want it to know Mud Slap and Earth Power.
The final evolution of Gen I's Geodude, Golem is super common and has been featured in a number of events so most players have at least a couple really strong ones. It's not quite as sturdy as some of the other counters, but still works very well in this Raid. Another Rock and Ground type, it resists Fire and Rock type damage, but takes double damage from Steel type attacks. Mud Slap and Earthquake is the moveset you're looking for.
A Ground type from Gen II, Donphan is the evolution of Phanphy. Relatively common and introduced early on, most players have this elephant like Pokémon. It brings no notable weaknesses to this fight and resists Heatran's Rock type moves, Mud Slap and Earthquake are the moves you'll want your Donphan to know.
The final evolution of Mudkip, Swampert is a Ground and Water type Pokémon that is pretty common and even comes in a Shadow form. Swampert resists Rock, Steel, and Fire type attacks, making it super durable against Heatran. Mud Shot and Earthquake are the best moves for this battle, but its Water type moves, Water Gun and Hydro Cannon will do in a pinch if you just cannot spare the TMs.
If you don't have a solid team of the best counters, there are still plenty of back ups to choose from. Remember, Ground type moves are ideal, but you can also use Water and Fighting type moves.
- Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Haxorus with Counter and Earthquake
- Seismitoad with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Ho-Oh with Hidden Power and Earthquake
- Mamoswine with Mud Slap and Bulldoze
- Gastrodon with Mud Slap and Earth Power
- Hippowdon with Thunder Fang and Earth Power
- Kyogre with Waterfall and Surf
- Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Kingler with Mud Shot and Crabhammer
The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events, it's possible to change their moves. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:
- Shadow Swampert
- Shadow Flygon
- Shadow Machamp
- Shadow Gyarados
Note: Shadow Swampert and Shadow Flygon perform at the same level as the Pokémon in the best counters list.
How many players does it take to beat Heatran?
While it is possible for two players level 30 or higher to take on Heatran if they have the best counters and Heatran has the easiest of its movesets, you'll probably want at least four Trainers. Weather Conditions are unlikely to play a big factor in this Raid. Sunny/Clear Weather boosts Heatran's Fire type moves, but also boosts your Ground type counters, leveling the playing field. Rainy Weather will boost its Bug type attacks but will also boost Water type counters. Partly Cloudy boosts Heatran's Rock type moves, Cloudy Weather will boost Fighting type counters, and Snow will boost it's Steel type moves.
Questions about taking on Heatran in Pokémon Go?
Do you have any questions about taking on the Lava Dome Pokémon? Any tips for fellow trainers? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many other Pokémon Go Guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!
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