Heatran Raid Guide

Best Pokémon against Heatran. How to get a shiny Heatran.

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Best Heatran counters are strong Ground type Pokémon. Shiny Heatran is available from raids. Heatran is a Generation 4 legendary Pokémon.

Heatran is weather boosted by Sunny and Snow weather, which means it can be captured with Combat Power in the following ranges:

  • 2058 – 2145 CP for a regular Level 20 non-weather boosted encounter
  • 2573 – 2681 CP for a Sunny or Snow weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Heatran has a stat composition of 251 Attack, 213 Defense, and 209 Stamina leading to a Max CP of 3754. It can be duoed fairly easily, but otherwise we would suggest you take on Heatran in groups of 3-7, for high level players, or 8-20, for lower leveled players.

If you complete a Heatran raid during its raid hour on February 22nd 2024 and February 24th 2024, Heatran will know the elite move Magma Storm Fire.

Heatran raid counters

Heatran is a Fire and Steel type, meaning it is weak to Fighting, Water and double weak (x2) to Ground type attacks, while resisting several types including:

  • Double resists: Bug, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Poison, Steel
  • Resists: Dragon, Flying, Normal, and Psychic.
# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 9 330s
2. Garchomp (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 10 367s
3. Garchomp (Shadow) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 14 395s
4. Excadrill (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Scorching Sands Ground 28 403s
5. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Sandsear Storm Ground 18 429s
6. Rhyperior (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 17 435s
7. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 16 441s
8. Mamoswine (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground High Horsepower Ground 32 448s
9. Swampert (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 12 462s
10. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 14 470s
11. Golurk (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground 27 472s
12. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Scorching Sands Ground 29 476s
13. Rhydon (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 22 484s
14. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 21 488s
15. Landorus Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 21 488s
16. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 13 518s
17. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 18 510s
18. Flygon (Shadow) Mud Shot Ground Scorching Sands Ground 24 511s
19. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground High Horsepower Ground 32 520s
20. Donphan (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 26 517s
21. Golem (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 25 525s
22. Swampert (Shadow) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 20 532s
23. Hippowdon (Shadow) Thunder Fang Electric Scorching Sands Ground 24 549s
24. Magmortar (Shadow) Karate Chop Fighting Scorching Sands Ground 30 549s
25. Golurk Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground 27 555s
26. Rhydon Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 22 565s
27. Nidoking (Shadow) Double Kick Fighting Earth Power Ground 36 569s
28. Entei (Shadow) Fire Fang Fire Scorching Sands Ground 24 568s
29. Ursaluna (Shadow) Rock Smash Fighting High Horsepower Ground 23 572s
30. Kyogre (Shadow) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 20 578s

Best Heatran counters are strong Ground-type Pokemon that utilize Heatran’s double weakness to Ground-typed moves. Pokemon like Groudon, Rhyperior and Rhydon are your top picks as they have access to Mud Shot / Mud Slap Ground and to Earthquake Ground.

Heatran is an excellent opportunity to use a Swampert, as it is one of the rare match-ups where Swampert’s typing and move pool are a viable choice.

Ground types are the best choice in any weather, but if you don’t have a good selection of Ground types, a team of strong Water and Fighting Pokémon will do the trick.

If that’s the case, we recommend using Water types over Fighting types, simply because they take reduced damage from slightly more moves than Fighting types, making your type coverage a bit easier.

Breaking down Heatran’s movesets

Heatran move pool
Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Earth Power Ground
  • Magma Storm* Fire

Heatran’s move pool is an interesting mix of moves that benefit from STAB and moves that are seemingly just there for flavor purposes.

Legacy Elite Fast and Charge Attacks can only be obtained during special events, or by using an Elite Fast TM or an Elite Charge TM. Legacy moves are marked with an asterisk (*). Complete Heatran raids during its February 2024 Raid Hours to catch a Heatran that knows the charged attack Magma Storm.

Weather Influence

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Ground counters Boosts Heatran’s Fire Spin Fire, Fire Blast Fire and Earth Power Ground moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts Heatran’s Stone Edge Rock move
Cloudy Boosts Fighting counter
Snow Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Heatran’s Iron Head Steel move
Rainy Boosts Water counters Boosts Heatran’s Bug Bite Bug move

We recommend fighting Heatran in sunny weather whenever it is possible to do so. Despite boosting Fire Spin, Fireblast and Earth Power, sunny weather will also boost all of your Ground type counters, making the fight easier while unlocking the Level 25 capture encounter.

Ground types are your best option in any weather, despite Machamp and Kyogre getting a hefty boost during cloudy and rainy weather fights.

If you’re in the northern hemisphere and it’s snowy, you will have a slightly more difficult fight if Heatran has Iron Head, but other than that, it’s a no brainer – go for it.

Minimal and optimal number of Trainers for Heatran

  • Minimum group size: 3 Trainers
  • Optimal group size: 4 – 7 Trainers
  • Very easy with: 8+ Trainers

Heatran duo raids are possible, but we only recommend doing them with a strong Ground team that’s powered up above Level 30. Your best picks are Groudon and Rhyperior, as they are the fastest Heatran counters by a mile. However, there are videos of players duoing Heatran with a team of Machamps and with the Cloudy weather boost.

Heatran Use in the Meta

Related: Heatran in Trainer Battles: team ideas and Heatran’s role in the PvP meta

If you get a weather boosted Heatran, it’ll be between cp2573 – cp2681. Due to there being several Pokémon that perform better in its current role, it’s not worth powering up. You might as well therefore, trade it with someone else before you leave the raid and see if you can make it eligible for use in the Ultra League (unless of course you already have some decent Fire types below cp2500).

By trading with the following friend levels, Heatran would land in the specified CP ranges

  • Good friend: 2383 – 2681
  • Great friend: 2404 – 2681
  • Ultra friend: 2424 – 2681
  • Best friend: 2466 – 2681

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