Best Heatran counters are strong Ground types like Garchomp, Groudon, Rhyperior and Excadrill. Shiny Heatran is available from raids. Heatran is a Generation 4 legendary Pokemon.

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.


When a Pokémon is double weak to a practical typing, you can be sure that typing will be a common theme in a raid guide. Just like Tyranitar Guides have loads of Fighting typed counters, Heatran’s guide is filled with Ground types.

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.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 470.51s 11.88
2. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake 469.47s 13.25
3. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Earthquake 437.63s 17.88
4. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 472.56s 14.75
5. Landorus Mud Shot Earth Power 454.10s 18.63
6. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Earth Power 457.23s 18.75
7. Excadrill Mud-Slap Drill Run 464.08s 23.00
8. Krookodile Mud-Slap Earthquake 503.10s 19.88
9. Golurk Mud-Slap Earth Power 512.20s 21.63
10. Golem Mud-Slap Earthquake 549.81s 18.13
11. Donphan Mud-Slap Earthquake 542.44s 19.38
12. Swampert Mud Shot Earthquake 579.87s 14.88
13. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Hydro Cannon 591.66s 14.75
14. Flygon Mud Shot Earth Power 580.16s 20.50
15. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Hydro Pump 641.98s 14.25
16. Seismitoad Mud Shot Earth Power 621.15s 18.25
17. Haxorus Counter Earthquake 602.21s 22.88
18. Gastrodon (West Sea) Mud-Slap Earth Power 644.40s 18.25
19. Gastrodon (East Sea) Mud-Slap Earth Power 642.72s 18.50
20. Gastrodon Mud-Slap Earth Power 644.56s 18.38
21. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Bulldoze 545.17s 32.25
22. Hippowdon Thunder Fang Earth Power 645.56s 19.88
23. Kyogre Waterfall Surf 678.09s 16.13
24. Kingler Mud Shot Crabhammer 635.42s 24.00
25. Lucario Counter Aura Sphere 618.70s 31.86
26. Conkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch 656.14s 23.38
27. Nidoking Fury Cutter Earth Power 641.98s 27.50
28. Lopunny (Mega) Low Kick Focus Blast 680.53s 24.63
29. Dugtrio (Alola) Mud-Slap Mud Bomb 613.31s 37.00
30. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite Drill Run 611.54s 40.43
31. Sandslash Mud Shot Earthquake 681.56s 27.50
32. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 692.55s 27.25
33. Heracross Counter Earthquake 666.26s 33.86
34. Feraligatr Water Gun Hydro Cannon 742.23s 21.38
35. Empoleon Waterfall Hydro Cannon 733.06s 23.63

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. This list above will be updated in the future, as we are awaiting any new evolutions coming along that might tip the counters, such as Mamoswine and Garchomp.

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 Pokemon 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
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Iron Head Steel

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


Fire Spin is an excellent Fire typed move that deals a lot of damage (14 base power) and generates Energy quickly.

Bug Bite Bug generates energy quicker, which leads to Heatran using a charge move more frequently. In rare scenarios where Heatran has a Super Effective charged mve, this will result in a more difficult fight.

Heatran’s charge moves are a similar affair.

Fire Blast is a high damage output Fire move that benefits from STAB and deals neutral damage to Ground types.

Stone Edge is arguably the easiest charge move as it deals reduced damage to Ground types and deals far less damage than a Fire Blast.

Iron Head is Heatran’s mandatory Steel typed charge move and it’s rather easy to fight against. Nothing note worthy here, just remember that it deals neutral damage to your Ground types.

Weather Influence

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Ground counters Boosts Heatran’s Fire Spin Fire and Fire Blast Fire 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 and Fireblast, 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

Charge move Minimum Optimal
Fire Blast Fire 2 – 3 4
Stone Edge Rock 2 4
Iron Head Steel 2 4

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 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