Heatran Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips: Which Pokémon to use in a Heatran Raid, how to make the most of Premier Balls and Berries, and what to do with Heatran once you’ve caught it

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Heatran Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: January 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to January 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: July 18, 2021

Heatran is a Steel- and Fire-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region. Heatran’s body is made of rugged steel, and it dwells in volcanic caves. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Heatran, how to catch Heatran after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Lava Dome Pokémon after you’ve caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Heatran Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Fire- and Steel-type Pokémon, Heatran is vulnerable to Water-, Fighting-, and Ground-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Heatran Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Fast Attack and Charged Attack of one of these types if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage. Ground-type attacks can deal a lot of damage, so consider adding a Pokémon with a Ground-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack to your team.

If you have multiple Pokémon that know Water-, Fighting-, or Ground-type attacks, choose the Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive at the conclusion of a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Heatran as quickly as possible.

Suggested Water-type Pokémon

  • Blastoise / Mega Blastoise (Water)

    • Fast Attack: Water Gun (Water)

    • Charged Attack: Hydro Cannon (Water), Hydro Pump (Water)

  • Swampert / Shadow Swampert (Water/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground), Water Gun (Water)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground), Hydro Cannon (Water), Muddy Water (Water), Surf (Water)

  • Seismitoad (Water/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Bubble (Water), Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground), Muddy Water (Water)

Suggested Fighting-type Pokémon

  • Machamp / Shadow Machamp (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting), Karate Chop (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Cross Chop (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Submission (Fighting)

  • Hariyama / Shadow Hariyama (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Superpower (Fighting)

  • Conkeldurr (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Focus Blast (Fighting)

Suggested Ground-type Pokémon

  • Golem (Rock/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground), Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground)

  • Donphan (Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting), Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground)

  • Flygon / Shadow Flygon (Ground/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground), Earthquake (Ground)

  • Groudon (Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground)

  • Garchomp (Dragon/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground), Earthquake (Ground), Sand Tomb (Ground)

  • Rhyperior (Ground/Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground), Superpower (Fighting), Surf (Water)

  • Mamoswine (Ice/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Bulldoze (Ground)

  • Excadrill (Ground/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground), Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Drill Run (Ground), Earthquake (Ground)

  • Krookodile (Ground/Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground)

  • Golurk (Ground/Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Earth Power (Ground)

  • Incarnate Forme Landorus (Ground/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground), Focus Blast (Fighting)

  • Therian Forme Landorus (Ground/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Bulldoze (Ground), Earthquake (Ground), Superpower (Fighting)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

After a successful Heatran raid, you’ll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Heatran, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls by battling with friends and defeating Heatran more quickly.

In an encounter with Heatran, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent Throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Heatran isn’t going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier Balls by throwing while it’s moving around. Watch Heatran to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Heatran. A Razz Berry will make Heatran easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Heatran, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Heatran Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Heatran easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Buddy Pokémon with a Buddy Level of Great Buddy or higher have the Catch Assist Perk. If a Pokémon—even a Legendary Pokémon—deflects a Poké Ball, your buddy might bounce it back for a second catch opportunity!

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Heatran is tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.

What to Do with Heatran Once You’ve Caught It

Heatran’s Initial CP Range: 2,058–2,145

Heatran’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,573–2,681

Available Fast Attacks: Bug Bite (Bug), Fire Spin (Fire)

Available Charged Attacks: Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Iron Head (Steel), Stone Edge (Rock)

As a Fire- and Steel-type Pokémon, Heatran has a type advantage against Normal-, Grass-, Ice-, Poison-, Flying-, Psychic-, Bug-, Dragon-, Steel-, and Fairy-type Pokémon. That resistance is doubly effective against Grass-, Ice-, Poison-, Bug-, Steel-, and Fairy-type Pokémon. Heatran’s lengthy list of type advantages and high maximum CP make it useful in Raids Battles against Mega Venusaur, Mega Beedrill, Mega Pidgeot, Articuno, Mega Suicune, Altaria, Regice, Rayquaza, Mega Lopunny, Kyurem, and Genesect. Raising Heatran’s CP to its maximum requires a lot of Heatran Candy and Stardust, so try to catch as many Heatran as possible to help you get there faster.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

Source: Pokemon.com

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