Heatran is a fearsome Pokémon to fight in Pokémon Go. It’s one of the many legendary encounters you can have in the various five-star raids in the game. Heatran will be available when Niantic announces trainers can find them in the world, or during specific events. These times vary, and when you see a Heatran available, do your best to bring as many other trainers with you to take it down. You may not have too much time. Despite its being a legendary Pokémon, Heatran has a handful of weaknesses you can exploit to take it down. There are specific Pokémon you want to use to counter it.
Heatran is a Steel and Fire-type Pokémon, making it a difficult Pokémon to counter. It only has a handful of weaknesses, but it’s resistant to Bug, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Poison, Steel, Dragon, Flying, Normal, and Psychic-type moves. You want to avoid using any of these as much as possible. You want to focus on using Water and Fighting-types, and it’s incredibly vulnerable to all Ground-type attacks.
Pokémon to counter Heatran
The three Pokémon you want to use in your roster when fighting Heatran include Garchomp, Rhyperior, and Swampert.
Garchomp is a Dragon and Ground-type Pokémon capable of giving Heatran a lot of trouble. It has the highest defense and attack of the three choices. It has a maximum CP of 3,962, an attack of 261, a defense of 193, and a stamina of 239. You want yours to know mud shot and earthquake or sand tomb to do the most damage in this raid. Earthquake will be your best bet, though.
Next, you have Rhyperior, a Rock and Ground-type Pokémon. While its stats may not be as strong as Garchomp, it’s a great choice to take it into the battle. It has a maximum CP of 3,733, an attack of 241, a defense of 190, and a stamina of 251. Your ideal moveset for Rhyperior consists of mud slap and earthquake.
The final optimal choice is Swampert, the Ground and Water-type Pokémon. With Swampert being a Water-type, any Fire-type attacks Heatran uses against it won’t do too much. It has a maximum CP of 2,974, an attack of 208, a defense of 175, and a stamina of 225. While it has significantly lower offensive and defensive stats, it’s only weak to Grass-type moves. It is resistant to Steel and Fire-type attacks. You want yours to know mud shot and earthquake.
While those are some better choices, you need to bring at least six Pokémon to face off against Heatran. Your party can also consist of Excadrill, Groudon, Golem, Flygon, Seismitoad, Kyogre, Kingler, Mamoswine, Cokeldurr, Lucario, Feraligatr, Emploleon, Machamp, or Nidoking.
After defeating Heatran you and your friends have a limited number of chances to try and capture it using Premier balls. You can receive more Premier balls by contributing more to the battle, having the Heatran raid on a gym owned by your team, and by battling with trainers on your friend list.