Heatran Raid Counters Guide

Heatran is a Generation 4 legendary, and a Raid Boss in Pokemon Go for December 18th to January 15th. Heatran is a Fire and Steel type, meaning it is weak to Fighting, Ground X2, and Water types, while resisting several types including:

  • Bug, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Poison, Steel (All previous are Not Very Effective x2), Dragon, Flying, Normal, and Psychic.

It is boosted by Sunny and Snow weather, and leads to its capture CPs being in the following ranges:

  • 2058-2145 CP for a regular Level 20 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 doubly weak to a typing, you can be sure that typing will be a common theme in a raid guide. Just like Tyranitar Guides have a load of Fighting types that rarely come out, so too will this guide with Ground types.

Heatran Raid Counters
WEAKNESS Fighting Ground X2 Water BOOSTED BY Sunny Snow
Supreme Heatran Raid Counters
GroudonGroudon 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
RhyperiorRhyperior 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 Raid Counters
RhydonRhydon 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.
SwampertSwampert 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
GolemGolem Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
KyogreKyogre Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Good Heatran Raid 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.
MachampMachamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
FlygonFlygon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
BreloomBreloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
HariyamaHariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Dugtrio (Alola)Dugtrio (Alola) Mud-Slap Ground Mud Bomb Ground
BlazikenBlaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
DonphanDonphan Counter Fighting Earthquake Ground
GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water

*Italics indicates Legacy.

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

We also have the raw output from the Go Hub simulator, showing the top twelve against a Heatran (Unreleased Pokemon are included).

1. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 642.1s 27
2. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 657.5s 41
3. Rhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 677.1s 28
4. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 706.1s 29
5. Mamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze 662.8s 48
6. Swampert Mud Shot Earthquake 774.8s 37
7. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 646.1s 53
8. Golem Mud Slap Earthquake 785.4s 42
9. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 737.1s 54
10. Flygon Mud Shot Earthquake 808.4s 50
11. Gyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 827.0s 39
12. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 789.9s 54

Heatran Moveset

Heatran has access to the following moves:

  • Fire Spin Fire and Bug Bite Bug
  • Fire Blast Fire, Stone Edge Rock, and Iron Head Steel

The worst moveset to face is going to be Fire Spin or Bug Bite with Iron Head, while the easiest ones will be when it has Stone Edge. As far as moves go in actual usage, Heatran got a terrible movepool, so it’s only real time to shine may be in PVP.

Weather Effects

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

This is a weather dependent boss as you can see. It needs to be stated though that in any weather condition, Rhyperior and Groudon are still the best. In Cloudy weather or Rainy weather, Machamp and Kyogre cannot compete with Rhyperior, much less the Continent Pokémon.


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