Heatran Counters and Raid Guide

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

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 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.

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 Counters
WEAKNESS Fighting Ground X2 Water BOOSTED BY Sunny Snow
Supreme Heatran Counters
Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Garchomp is an incredible Heatran counter, arguably the best! Even tho Groudon is very close, Garchomp still takes the crow. Garchomp and Groudon  can be used interchangeably across teams.
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Groudon is still the king of the Ground types, though not from lack of trying on Rhyperior’s part. It had great bulk and enough power to end the fight quickly, taking advantage of Heatran’s double weakness to Ground
Excadrill Mud Slap Ground Drill Run Ground
Excadrill is the fastest Heatran counter. The combination of high DPS and low Stamina makes it a tad bit squishy, but still excellent!
Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Rhyperior deserves this spot as a Supreme counter on account of there being nothing around that matches what it and Groudon can do. Even Rhydon, the closest in neutral weather, is a incredible departure time wise from these two. If you want to take a Heatran out as fast as possible, you have to be using one of these two.
Excellent Heatran Counters
Golurk Mud Slap Ground Earth Power Ground
Golurk is similar to Excadrill, but it does perform slightly worse in terms of TTW. Overall, an excellent choice if you don’t have a good selection of supreme counters.
Flygon Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground
Flygon is listed twice on this list, and for a good reason! Earth Power Flygon is much better than an Earthquake Flygon, but both are viable counters.
Rhydon Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
If not for its new evolution in Rhyperior, it would be taking its spot as a Supreme counter. Instead though, it is one of the best Excellent counters you can find, being both widely available due to its stints as a raid boss, as well as powerful enough to justify usage. Keep in mind though, it does not have Groudon or Rhyperior’s Bulk so it will faint a lot in comparison.
Swampert Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Swampert does not see a wide amount of usage, which is a shame due to its interesting typing and relatively good stats. It does have a time to shine here however, matching the bulk of even Groudon and Rhyperior and taking advantage of the x2 weakness to Ground
Golem Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Kyogre Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Good Heatran Counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams, used when their weather is preferable, or used when a large group is active.
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Flygon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Dugtrio (Alola) Mud-Slap Ground Mud Bomb Ground
Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Donphan Counter Fighting Earthquake Ground
Gyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water

*Italics indicates Legacy.

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.

The Heatran counters heat map infographic shows how different Pokemon levels influence your Time to Win against Heatran:

Heatran counters performance per level
Heatran counters performance per level

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

Simulator data

We also have the raw output from the Go Hub simulator, showing the top performers against Heatran.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 572.3s 18
2. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 567.3s 19
3. Excadrill Mud Slap Drill Run 533.1s 24
4. Rhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 611.2s 19
5. Golurk Mud Slap Earth Power 586.5s 27
6. Flygon Mud Shot Earth Power 630.0s 24
7. Hippowdon Thunder Fang Earth Power 695.0s 23
8. Swampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon 713.2s 22
9. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 756.2s 21
10. Gastrodon Mud Slap Earth Power 739.3s 23
11. Donphan Mud Slap Earthquake 700.3s 27
12. Gastrodon Mud Slap Earth Power 740.4s 23
13. Kingler Mud Shot Crabhammer 690.6s 28
14. Golem Mud Shot Earthquake 693.0s 28
15. Mamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze 624.5s 38
16. Nidoking Fury Cutter Earth Power 714.8s 34
17. Feraligatr Waterfall Hydro Cannon 799.8s 27
18. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 766.1s 32
19. Camerupt Rock Smash Earth Power 770.7s 33
20. Blaziken Counter Focus Blast 798.5s 30
21. Gyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 843.3s 28
22. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 814.8s 32
23. Whiscash Mud Shot Mud Bomb 890.4s 27
24. Sandslash Mud Shot Earthquake 805.2s 36
25. Nidoqueen Bite Earth Power 859.8s 34
26. Poliwrath Mud Shot Dynamic Punch 934.7s 26
27. Vaporeon Water Gun Hydro Pump 933.9s 27
28. Arcanine Snarl Bulldoze 889.2s 32
29. Samurott Waterfall Hydro Pump 909.6s 29
30. Emboar Low Kick Focus Blast 898.2s 31