Is Heatran good in Pokémon Go?

How does Heatran fare in the battle league?

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Whenever a new legendary Pokémon becomes available in Pokémon Go, or one returns to five-star raids, players are curious to see if others are planning to use it in any Pokémon Go battle leagues. Notable legendaries regularly used in the Master League include Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Mewtwo. They’re powerful Pokémon, and you can usually only acquire them for a limited time. Heatran is one of these Pokémon, but is it good, and should you go out of your way to earn a perfect IV to use in battles? Make sure to give it the best moveset to shine in combat truly.

Heatran is a Steel and Fire-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Fighting, Ground, and Water-type moves, but it’s resistant to Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, and Steel-type moves. You need to be careful against specific match-ups against Heatran, but overall, it’s a great Pokémon with various resistances to help protect it. Heatran’s has a maximum CP of 3,754, an attack of 210, a defense of 180, and stamina of 177.

Because of how powerful Heatran can become, you won’t be using it in the Ultra League. You primarily want to use it in the Master League. That’s where it can do the most work, and you’ll be able to utilize all of its stats. It’s not at the top of the Master League tier list, but it’s a great choice if you want to take down Dialga, Togekiss, Lugia, or Metagross. You want to be careful when battling Melmetal, Kyogre, Dragonite, or Giratina (Origin). All of those Pokémon can counter Heatran.

If you plan to use this Pokémon in the Master League, here are a few pairings you can use with it. Heatran is best to use with Groudon, Dragonite, Zekrom, Dialga, Regirock, Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Togekiss, Latios, Metagross, or Gyarados. These are some good Pokémon that can potentially complement one another, depending on how you structure your team. Heatran’s best moveset to be a powerful asset include fire spin for its fast move, and then stone edge and flamethrower for its charge moves. With stone edge, you’ll be able to take out key meta choices, such as Dragonite and Ho-Oh, but you’re left vulnerable to not beating Mamoswine.

Overall, Heatran is a solid choice. It has various resistances that make battling it difficult, so if you want to force out Water or Fighting-type Pokémon that will lose against a Mewtwo or Dragonite, Heatran is an excellent choice. You can pair it with Groudon for a truly devastating combination.