How to beat Pokemon Go Heatran Raid: Weaknesses, counters & can it be shiny?

Ezequiel Leis
Heatran in Pokemon Go

Heatran is back in 5-Star Raids in Pokemon Go, so here’s how to get this powerful Legendary in the mobile game, including weaknesses, best counters, and shiny chances.

Pokemon Go features several Legendary Pokemon in 5-Star Raids throughout February and players can now battle Heatran, one of the strongest Pokemon in the game as the Timeless Travels season draws to a close.

So, here’s everything you need to know about Heatran’s 5-Star Raids in Pokemon Go, including tips, counters, and its shiny availability.

How to get Heatran in Pokemon Go

You can get Heatran in Pokemon Go by defeating it in its 5-Star Raids running until March 1, 2024.

Heatran in a Pokemon Go Raid background
Heatran is a Fire/Steel-type Legendary Pokemon.

Heatran type & weaknesses in Pokemon Go

Heatran is weak to Fighting, Ground, and Water-type attacks. You should note that it is double-weak (4x) to Ground-type moves, making them your go-to Rauid counters. On the other hand, it is resistant to Poison, Normal, Flying, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Fairy, and Dragon-type moves.

It’s always recommended to face 5-Star Raid with at least four high-level trainers, but it can also be attainable with a group of 7 to 10 lower-level Pokemon Go players with the right counters. While you might see other users defeating this kind of Raid on their own, we recommend going at it with some backup.

Best counters for Heatran in Pokemon Go

The overall best counter for Heatran 5-Star Raids in Pokemon Go is Primal Groudon with Mud Shot and Precipice Blades.

pokemon go mega manectric raid best counter primal groudon
Primal Groudon is the best Ground-type in Pokemon Go.

Since Primal Groudon isn’t the easiest Pokemon to get, here are other suitable counters for Heatran in Pokemon Go:

  • Mega Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earth Power.
  • Landorus (Therian) with Mud Shot and Sandsear Storm.
  • Mega Swampert with Mud Shot and Earthquake.
  • Excadrill with Mud-Slap and Scorching Sands.
  • Primal Kyogre with Waterfall and Origin Pulse.
  • Rhyperior with Mud-Slap and Earthquake.

Additional counters for this Raid include Blaziken, Blastoise, Mamoswine, Golurk, and Rhydon.

All Heatran moves in Pokemon Go

Here’s the complete Heatran moveset in Pokemon Go:

Fast Moves

  • Bug Bite (Bug)
  • Fire Spin (Fire)

Charged Moves

  • Flamethrower (Fire)
  • Stone Edge (Rock)
  • Iron Head (Steel)
  • Fire Blast (Fire)
  • Earth Power (Ground)
  • Magma Storm (Fire)
heatran using a fire-type move like it does in Pokemon Go PvP and PvE
Heatran has a range of powerful Fire-type moves like Magma Storm

Can Heatran be shiny in Pokemon Go?

Shiny Heatran is available in Pokemon Go, so players hunting for shiny legendaries should keep an eye out.

Do note that the shiny spawn rate for this and most Legendary Pokemon is very low, so trainers might have to tackle many Raids to encounter one. However, if you encounter a shiny Heatran after a Raid, it’ll be a guaranteed catch, so you don’t need to spend any Razz berries to secure it.

That’s all you need to know to get Heatran in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon content, check out our other guides:

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About The Author

Ezequiel is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge of gaming, he's focused mostly on Pokemon, Fortnite, and HoYoverse titles such as Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Latin America. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected]