Pokemon Go Heatran Raids Guide: Weaknesses, Counters, And How To Catch Tips

The Gen 4 Legendary is back in five-star Raid Battles until September 10; here are some tips to help you battle and catch it.

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Another Pokemon Go Legendary has returned to the game for a limited time. Heatran, the Lava Dome Pokemon from Diamond and Pearl, is appearing once again as a five-star Raid boss, making this your first chance to capture one since January. If you're looking to add the Legendary Pokemon to your collection, we've rounded up some tips to help you battle and catch Heatran below.

Heatran Raids

Until September 10, Heatran will periodically appear as a five-star Raid boss at Gyms around the world. You'll need to have a Raid Pass to participate in these battles. You can either purchase Raid Passes from Pokemon Go's in-game store or receive a free one when you spin the Photo Disc at a PokeStop; however, you can only hold one free Raid Pass at a time in your inventory.

Heatran Raids can occur any time, but your best bet for finding one will be on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 PM local time, when Niantic hosts its weekly Raid Hour events. During that hour, most Gyms will host a Heatran Raid, effectively guaranteeing you'll be able to find one. The Heatran Raid Hour events will occur on the following dates:

  • August 26
  • September 2
  • September 9

Heatran Weaknesses And Counters

Heatran is a dual Fire/Steel type, which makes it especially weak to Ground-type Pokemon. Groudon, Rhyperior, and Garchomp will be especially helpful when battling Heatran, although Water and Fighting types such as Machamp, Kyogre, and Swampert will be good choices to bring along as well.

Two types you'll generally want to avoid using, however, are Dragon and Psychic. Heatran resists both thanks to its Steel typing, so neither will be very helpful when challenging the Legendary. Bug, Grass, and other Steel Pokemon are also weak to Heatran, so avoid bringing any of those along to the Raid.

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