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How to take on Heatran the Lava Dome Pokémon

Heatran, the Lava Dome Pokémon will be taking over Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go for one week only from January 12 through January 19, 2021. A lot has changed since the last time we faced off against this Legedary Fire and Steel type, but we here at iMore have everything you need to know to win this fight. And be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories, so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey!

Who is Heatran in Pokémon Go?

Something like a tortoise comprised of rocks and magma, Heatran is a Legendary Pokémon from the Gen IV Sinnoh Region. Unlike most Legendary Pokémon, Heatran can be male or female, and it is the only Pokémon with its particular mix of Fire and Steel typing, giving it some pretty incredible resistances. While it’s not in the top 20 attackers, it is extremely useful in Pokémon Go. Plus, it looks really cool!

What are the best counters for Heatran in Pokémon Go?

A unique Fire and Steel type, Heatran has a lot of resistances. In fact, Heatran resists nine different types, including Poison, Normal, Flying, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy type attacks. However, it is weak to Water and Fighting type attacks and takes quad damage from Ground type. Heatran is able to deal Fire, Bug, Steel, and Rock type damage. You will likely want to focus on Ground type counters to take advatange of that quad weakness, but with the introduction of Mega Evolution, Mega Blastoise provides a solid Water based plan – that is, assuming you can coordinate with your fellow Trainers.

Garchomp

The final evolution of Gen IV’s Gible, Garchomp is a pseudo-Legendary Dragon and Ground type. Although Gible tend to be a little harder to find normally, it’s been featured in a Community Day and the Ultra Unlock Dragon Week, so most players have at least one powered up at this point. Garchomp resists Rock and Fire type attacks and brings no notable weaknesses to this Raid. You’ll want your Garchomp to know Mud Shot and Earthquake.

Landorus

A Legendary Ground and Flying type from the Gen V Unova region, Landorus hasn’t seen the kind of widespread availability as Groudon, but if you have a strong one, he will serve you well in this fight. Landorus resists Bug type damage and brings no significant weaknesses to this Raid. Mud Shot and Earth Power are the moves you’ll want your Landorus to know.

Rhyperior

The final evolution of Gen I Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, is one of the top Ground type Pokémon in the game. Having been featured in a Community Day and evolving from a Gen I Pokémon, there’s no excuse not to have at least one or two by now. As a Ground and Rock type, Rhyperior resists Rock and Fire type damage, but it is weak to Steel. Mud Slap and Earthquake is the moveset you’ll want your Rhyperior to have for this Raid, but if you happen to have a Rhyperior with Rock Wrecker, do not TM this move away. Rock Wrecker is a Legacy move that will cost you an Elite TM to get back.

Groudon

The mascot for Gen III’s Pokémon Ruby, Groudon is one of the top performers in this Raid. Although it is a Legendary Pokémon, it has been available enough times that most players have at least one or two. It isn’t weak to any of Heatran’s attacks and it resists Rock type damage. With the moveset Mud Shot and Earthquake, Groudon will be an indispensable part of your team for taking on Heatran and that’s without Niantic having introduced its Mega-esque forme. Once its Primal forme is introduced, expect that Primal Groudon will completely change your counters for this Raid.

Excadrill

The Ground and Steel type evolution of Gen V’s Drilbur, Excadrill is an amazing counter for Heatran in certain cases. It’s resistant to Bug, Steel, and Rock type moves, but takes double damage from Fire type. Drilbur is fairly common and it only cost 50 Candies to evolve, leaving plenty left over for powering up. Mud Slap and Drill Run will make quick work of Heatran.

Rhydon

The Gen I evolution of Rhyhorn, Rhydon has been in the game since day one. While Rhyperior is better for this Raid, if you don’t happen to have an extra Sinnoh Stone lying around, Rhydon will still work well in this Raid. As a Rock and Ground type, it resists Fire and Rock type damage, but will take double damage from Heatran’s Steel type move. Mud Slap and Earthquake are the moves you’ll want your Rhydon to know.

Golurk

A Ghost and Ground-type from Gen V’s Unova region, Golurk resists Heatran’s Bug and Rock type moves. It’s first stage, Golett isn’t super common, but it only requires 50 Candies to evolve. If you’re bringing Golurk to this fight, you’ll want it to know Mud Slap and Earth Power.

Krookodile

Originally encountered in the Unova region of Gen V, Krookodile is relatively new to Pokémon Go. Its first stage, Sandile is one of a select few Pokémon that hatch from the 12KM Strange Eggs recovered from the Team GO Rocket Executives and so far, that is the only way to get one. This added with the 125 Candy cost to fully evolve means that most players don’t have one yet. As a Ground and Dark type, it takes double damage from Bug type attacks, but half damage from Rock. If you are bringing Krookodile to this Raid, you’ll want it to know Mud Slap and Earthquake.

Golem

The final evolution of Gen I’s Geodude, Golem is super common and has been featured in a number of events so most players have at least a couple really strong ones. It’s not quite as sturdy as some of the other counters, but still works very well in this Raid. Another Rock and Ground type, it resists Fire and Rock type damage, but takes double damage from Steel type attacks. Mud Slap and Earthquake is the moveset you’re looking for.

Donphan

A Ground type from Gen II, Donphan is the evolution of Phanphy. Relatively common and introduced early on, most players have this elephant like Pokémon. It brings no notable weaknesses to this fight and resists Heatran’s Rock type moves, Mud Slap and Earthquake are the moves you’ll want your Donphan to know.

Back ups?

If you don’t have a solid team of the best counters, there are still plenty of back ups to choose from. Remember, Ground type moves are ideal, but you can also use Water and Fighting type moves.

  • Swampert with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Mega Blastoise with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Seismitoad with Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Mamoswine with Mud Slap and Bulldoze
  • Ho-Oh with Hidden Power and Earthquake
  • Gastrodon with Mud Slap and Earth Power
  • Haxorus with Counter and Earthquake
  • Hippowdon with Thunder Fang and Earth Power
  • Kingler with Mud Shot and Crabhammer
  • Kyogre with Waterfall and Surf
  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch

Shadow Pokémon?

The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events, it’s possible to change their moves. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:

  • Shadow Swampert with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Shadow Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Shadow Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Shadow Gyarados with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
  • Shadow Sandslash with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Shadow Nidoking with Fury Cutter and Earth Power
  • Shadow Nidoqueen with Bite and Earth Power

Note: Shadow Swampert and Shadow Flygon perform at the same level as the Pokémon in the best counters list. If you are able to coordinate the use of Mega Blastoise, it will boost other Water type counters. Otherwise, stick to your Ground types for their super effective damage.

How many players does it take to beat Heatran?

While it is possible for two players level 30 or higher to take on Heatran if they have the best counters and Heatran has the easiest of its movesets, you’ll probably want at least four Trainers.

Weather Conditions that could impact this Raid include:

  • Sunny/Clear Weather boosts Heatran’s Fire type moves, as well as your Ground type counters
  • Rainy Weather will boost its Bug type attack, but will also boost your Water type counters
  • Partly Cloudy boosts Heatran’s Rock type move
  • Snow will boost its Steel type move
  • Cloudy Weather will boost your Fighting type counters

Questions about taking on Heatran in Pokémon Go?

Do you have any questions about taking on the Lava Dome Pokémon? Any tips for fellow trainers? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many other Pokémon Go Guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

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