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Pokémon Go Heatran counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

How to defeat the Fire and Steel-type Legendary Pokémon.

Heatran, the Lava Dome Pokémon, is a Gen 4 Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

If a Legendary Fire and Steel-type Pokémon sounds exciting, your instincts are correct: it is a decent raid attacker and a reasonable Fire-type Pokémon in Master League of Pokémon Go.

Like all Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go, Heatran can be found in five-star raids. This means that if you want to add Heatran to your Pokédex, then it’s a good idea to gather a couple of fellow trainers to assist you in battle.

If you’re lucky, you might even catch a shiny Heatran.

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Heatran counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go


Heatran’s counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go are:

  • Heatran type: Fire and Steel-type
  • Heatran is double weak against: Ground-type attacks
  • Heatran is weak against: Fighting and Water-type attacks
  • Heatran is resistant to: Bug, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Poison, Steel, Dragon, Flying, Normal and Psychic-type attacks
  • Heatran Mega counters: Primal Groudon all the way. Failing that, Mega Garchomp is significantly worse, but still miles ahead of regular Pokémon.
  • Heatran counters: Landorus (Therian Forme/Lando Cat-rissian), Groudon, Garchomp, Excadrill, the other two types of Landorus and Rhyperior
  • Tactics: Two Level 50 Primal Groudon with Precipice Blades will make short work of this. Ideally (since most of us aren’t at that level), you’re looking at three to seven high-level trainers, or more if you don’t have optimal counters.

Heatran CP in Pokémon Go

Heatran should have the following CP ranges in Pokémon Go:

  • Raid Boss CP – 49,192 CP
  • Normal CP for catching Heatran – 2058 CP to 2145 CP
  • Weather Boost CP (Sunny or snowing) for catching Heatran – 2573 CP to 2681 CP

Heatran Moveset in Pokémon Go

Heatran can use a range of fast and charged in Pokémon Go, including:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Bug Bite (Bug)
  • Fire Spin (Fire)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Earth Power (Ground)
  • Fire Blast (Fire)
  • Flamethrower (Fire)
  • Iron Head (Steel)
  • Stone Edge (Rock)

Legacy Charged Moves:

  • Magma Storm (Fire)

It's the the Season of Timeless Travels in Pokémon Go, so make sure you complete the Timeless Travels quest! The Road to Sinnoh is leading us into this weekends Go Tour: Sinnoh Global event, while also bringing the Masterwork Research: Glimmers of Gratitude quest. During it, take the time to try out Routes, Gift Exchange and Party Play while you're hunting down rare Pokémon, fighting in the Go Battle League or competing in PokéStop Showcases.

Everything we know about Heatran

Heatran made its first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, where it could be found in the post-game area, Stark Mountain. It’s notable as being the only Legendary Pokémon that can be either male or female.

Heatran has no known evolutions. (Image: pokemon.com)

Heatran is also currently the only Fire and Steel-type Pokémon. This unique combination supports the belief that Heatran was based on volcanoes; the fire-type references the lava, while the steel-type represents the inner core of the earth.

Good luck finding a perfect Heatran in Pokémon Go!

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