Pokemon GO Heatran weaknesses, best counters & Shiny details

Pokemon GO Heatran weaknesses, best counters & Shiny details
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Written by 

Dani Cross


22nd Feb 2024 13:10


Heatran is a pretty underrated Legendary Pokemon, and it's returning to Pokemon GO as a Raid Boss on February 22 and then again from February 26 to March 1, 2024.

If you're looking for some tips on how to take down this particular Pokemon in the game, we've got a list of the best counters and an explanation of Heatran's weaknesses. We've also included some details about how to get the Shiny form of Heatran down below!

Heatran weaknesses in Pokemon GO

Heatran is a Fire/Steel-type, which means it's heavily weak to Ground-type moves. I'd recommend bringing a whole squad of Pokemon with Ground-type moves if you want the easiest time defeating Heatran.

You can also bring Water or Fighting-type Pokemon, but nothing beats Ground-type for Heatran Raids. It's also preferable to bring Pokemon that aren't weak to either Fire or Steel-type attacks.

Best counters to defeat Heatran

Here's a list of all the best Heatran counters and the best movesets for them:

Pokemon Best Moveset Sprite
Groudon Mud Shot & Precipice Blades
Groudon from Pokemon Home
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Garchomp Mud Shot & Earth Power
Garchomp from Pokemon Home
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Rhyperior Mud-Slap & Earthquake
Rhyperior from Pokemon Home
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Excadrill Mud-Slap & Scorching Sands
Excadrill from Pokemon Home
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Swampert Mud Shot & Earthquake
Swampert from Pokemon Home
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Landorus Mud Shot & Earth Power
Landorus from Pokemon Home
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Mamoswine Mud-Slap & High Horsepower
Mamoswine from Pokemon Home
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Golurk Mud-Slap & Earth Power
Golurk from Pokemon Home
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Flygon Mud Shot & Scorching Sands
Flygon from Pokemon Home
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You'll probably notice a large amount of Ground-types in the table above! Don't worry if you don't have the perfect moveset though - any Ground-type attacks should be enough if you've got a solid team.

Can you get a Shiny Heatran in Pokemon GO?

You can find Shiny Heatran in Pokemon GO, but only after defeating it in a Raid Battle.

When you defeat Heatran you'll get a chance to catch it, and this encounter has a small chance of giving you a Shiny version of Heatran. It'll probably take you multiple Raids before you find a Shiny one, so it might take a long time - or you might get unlucky and never find one during the Raid's duration.

That's why it's vital to have a strong team of counters to complete lots of Heatran Raids and have the highest chance of finding a Shiny if that's your goal.

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For more Pokemon GO guides, check out our homepage. Additionally, we've got a list of codes you can redeem in the game, or you can take a look at our Raid guides for other Pokemon, including Hisuian Typhlosion, Wyrdeer, Shadow Ho-Oh and Enamorus

Dani is a Guides Writer for GGRecon. She graduated from university with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, then worked as a freelance writer before joining the GGRecon team as a full-time writer in 2023. In her opinion, the best game of all time is Elden Ring – but her favourite is Halo: Reach, a game that created lifelong friendships and somehow started her down the path to a career in media. She’s also way too invested in Pokemon cards, and a big fan of guinea pigs, cats and other cute creatures.

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