Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.
Heatran Raid Guide
Weighing in at 44905 CP, Heatran initially seems to pack a more powerful punch than many other raid bosses. It has a bit more attack and less defense than the typical legendary raid boss. However, it can be taken down with just two trainers! Of course, three or four would be much more comfortable, but nonetheless this one will require fewer trainers than other legendaries. The key reason behind this is that Heatran is both Steel and Fire type. This not only makes him double weak against Ground, there also happen to be a lot of very powerful Ground Pokémon to work with!
Preparing for a Raid
Seasoned raiders can skip this section, but if you're new to raiding, you may want to check out these points.
I'll go over building a team of ideal counters next, but before that, you need to prep a handful of things to set yourself up properly. You can skip this if you're a regular raider.
- Check your local Pokémon Go group, Discord, Facebook, etc., to see who wants to join the raid. Unless you're rocking six phones plus six high level accounts by yourself and know how to tap with your toes. When you find enough people, set a time and how lenient you can be with how late people are. 'Hard start' refers to starting at the stated time no matter what.
- If you can, take gym control over to your color before the start of the raid. This will give you two extra balls to use against Heatran after you complete the raid.
- Bring your friends! Bringing high level friends into raids will grant you extra attack damage to Heatran and extra balls at the end of the raid.
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Building an Ideal Counter Team
Heatran is a Fire and Steel type. You can absolutely use Water type Pokémon or Fighting type Pokémon to counter either of those types. However, it will not be as effective as using Ground. Ground double counters Fire and Steel and the perfect team will consist mostly of Ground type attacks. Simply put, if a Pokémon uses Earthquake, put it in your lineup!
Ideal teams include:
- Groudon with Mudshot and Earthquake
- Rhyperior with Mud-slap and Earthquake
- Rhydon with Mud-slap and Earthquake
- Swampert with Mudshot and Earthquake
- Golem with Mud-slap and Earthquake
However, there are some great options that aren't Ground types, including:
- Kyogre with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
- Gyarados with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
- Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Hariyama with Counter and Dynamic Punch
While some of these options are difficult to come by, pretty much everyone should have at least a few Golems floating around they can use. Or if not, I highly recommend building a team of six Machamps! In my opinion, Machamp is one of the most useful Pokémon given its high dps and its type strength versus normal (and four other types too).
Best Heatran Counters in Pokémon Go
As per usual, adhere to the standard best practices for catching raid bosses.
- Align a colored circle you believe you can easily hit.
- Take your finger away from the screen (readjust if Heatran jumps or moves).
- Wait until Heatran attacks, fortunately he attacks quite often making this part much easier.
- Throw during the attack animation such that your ball will hit inside the colored circle when the animation finishes. (Be sure to use a curve throw to add an extra 1.7x catch chance multiplier).
Also, don't forget to use a Golden Razz Berry to lock down an extra 2.5x catch chance multiplier. And if you're really looking to optimize, remember that Heatran is a Fire and Steel type so make sure to push for a Gold Medal Fire/Steel type to land an extra 1.3x catch chance multiplier! For extra details on catching, check out my catch guide.
While Heatran is unfortunately a bit further away and a little harder to hit great throws, he moves less and attacks frequently, making him otherwise pretty easy to interact with. Overall I'd prefer Pokémon like this just to save time waiting for them to attack, but it does mean a few less great shots given some misses.
Before opening up the appraisal menu, an IV calculator, or even an on-screen IV evaluating tool you can just look at your Heatran's catch CP. The catch CP will correlate with the IVs it has.
- Max catch CP for non-boosted weather is 2145
- Max catch CP for boosted weather (Sunny & Snow) is 2681
For reference, check the chart below on appraisals to get a clearer understanding on what appraisals mean in Pokémon Go or check out my guide.
IV Evaluation Chart
I'm personally very glad to have a boss that is more offensive in nature and I'm always happy to fight stuff that can be taken with fewer trainers just in case I can't find enough people! Good luck with catching Heatran, and if you want to learn more about maximizing your gains from raids, feel free to check out my guide on how to make the most out of raids.