Will Heatran be shiny during five-star raids in Pokémon Go? – January 11, 2021

What are your chances?

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Heatran is one of the many legendary Pokémon you can capture in Pokémon Go to add to your collection. A legendary Pokémon is only available for a limited amount of time, and that means most players need to act quickly to take it down in a five-star raid before it disappears. You have the option to do it by yourself or work together with other trainers to increase your chances. You’ll even be able to use it in PvP, especially if you use the best moveset for Heatran. When you are battling it, is there a chance you can capture a shiny version of it?

Not every legendary Pokémon you battle has the chance to be a shiny version. For example, earlier this month in January, Genesect (burn drive) was unavailable. Heatran, though, will be a shiny version. If you’re looking to gain a distinct, unique version of Heatran, you have a small chance for it to appear during your five-star raid.

A Heatran that appears in five-star raids starting on January 11, 2021, until January 17, has a chance to be shiny. There might be a future event where Heatran does not have a shiny version, but the assets for that version are available and they’re in the game. It’s something that developers Niantic have been known to turn off and on, depending on the even happening. Some events where players can expect to see multiple legendary Pokémon sometimes prevent them from acquiring one.

You have a limited time and amount of raid tickets to encounter Heatran. If you want to wait until the perfect moment to go after it in raids, the weekly Raid Hour from 6 PM to 7 PM in your local time zone is sometimes best. The weekly raid hour typically replaces all of the Pokémon Raids with the featured legendary, making pretty easy for everyone to find.