Pokémon GO: Guide to defeating Heatran in raids

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The fourth generation Fire / Steel-type Legendary Pokémon is back. We review the best Pokémon to end it. Heatran is back in Pokémon GO. From August 21 to September 10, Sinnoh’s Legendary Fire / Steel-type Pokémon will be seen in Level 5 raids; a creature with a very low capture rate but, if we use good strategy and type combinations, it should not give us much trouble.

This time, as Niantic itself has confirmed, Heatran can even be found in its shiny / variocolor form. As you will see below, there are a number of common denominators on our list when it comes to movements and types. On the one hand, given Heatran’s weaknesses to Earth-type moves, we’ll prioritize the best tricks in charged attacks of this type. That is why Earthquake and Drilling Machine (in the case of Excadrill) seem like the most interesting options.

Other aspects to review is that Heatran (and its shiny variant) only has a 2% capture rate, it is difficult to get hold of it. We do not recommend going with less than four people to this raid because the options to finish him in the allowed time would be very remote.

That said, Heatran has a power of 2058 to 2145 at level 20; while at level 25 it rises from 2573 to 2681 (with sunny weather). The first mentioned movement will always be the simple one; the second is the loaded.

  • Heatran – Best counters in Pokémon GO
  • Groudon with Logo Shot and Earthquake
  • Rhyperior with Mud Slap and Earthquake
  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Excadrill with Logo Slap and Drill
  • Rhydon with Mud Slap and Earthquake
  • Swampert with Mud Shot and Earthquake
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If you usually go for a walk and use Pokémon GO with the Adventure Sync, you will probably be interested that we already have our monthly article ready with all the Pokémon that we can obtain through the hatching of 2, 5, 7 and 10 km Eggs this month of August 2020, including creatures that can appear in shiny form. Here we also explain how to calculate IVs with the new valuation system.


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