Heatran is one of the many legendary encounters you can have in five-star raids in Pokémon Go. It’ll be available starting at January 12 at 10 AM in your local time zone. It won’t be around forever, though, and you have until January 17 to battle it, by yourself or with other trainers, and capture it. During this time, it does have the potential be a shiny version. We’ve also listed out the best moveset it can learn to be a great choice for the game’s PvP Master League rankings. If you want to add this Pokémon to your arsenal, you need to take it down.
Heatran is a Steel and Fire-type Pokémon, making it a difficult Pokémon to counter. It’s only weak to Water, Fighting, and Ground-type moves. However, Heatran is resistant to Bug, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Poison, Steel, Dragon, Flying, Normal, and Psychic-type moves. We recommend using its Ground-type weakness to take it down quickly.
Pokémon to counter Heatran
The three Pokémon you want to use in your roster when fighting Heatran include Groudon, Rhyperior, and Landrous.
Groudon is easily the most Ground-type Pokémon you have in Pokémon Go. It’s a rare Pokémon that any Heatran would not want to battle against. It has a maximum CP of 4,115, an attack of 270, a defense of 228, and stamina of 205. You want it to have a moveset consisting of mud shot for its fast move, and then earthquake and fire punch. All of these attacks will do some decent damage against Heatran, and Groudon has plenty of defense to remain in the battle.
Next, you have Rhyperior, a Rock and Ground-type Pokémon. 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 for its fast move, and then rock wrecker and surf for its charge moves. While it may not have the same defensive stats as Groudon, it’s a formidable Pokémon to use against Heatran to help you claim victory.
For lucky trainers who could grab Landrous while you could, now is your time to use it. It’s a Ground and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon that you can use to deal some serious damage, much like our previous choices. It has a maximum CP of 3,588, an attack of 261, a defense of 182, and stamina of 205. It has the lowest stats of the group, but it has some excellent Ground-type moves to use in battle. Make sure it can use mud shot for its fast move, and then rock slide and earth power in its charge moves.
While those are some better choices, you need to bring at least six Pokémon to face off against Heatran. We recommend using Garchomp, Excadrill, Rhydon, Golurk, Golem, Donphan, Swampert, or Flygon.
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.