'Pokémon Go' Heatran Raid: Counters and Everything You Need to Know

Raids in Pokémon Go have updated for the Sinnoh Celebration event and trainers will have more chances to catch Pokémon from Gen 4 than ever before.

While trainers will be able to catch some of Sinnoh's most iconic Pokémon, like Buizel and the starters, the Legendary Pokémon Heatran will make its return to the mobile game.

Starting Tuesday, January 12, and up until Sunday, January 17, at 8 p.m. local time, go out and explore the world of the Sinnoh region and battle Heatran and other Gen 4 Pokémon in the latest Raid update.

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Heatran is a Fire and Steel-type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Water, Fighting and Ground-type attacks. Ground-type attacks are four times more effective than other attacks.

This Legendary is resistant to Fire, Steel, Grass, Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Ice, Normal, Poison and Psychic-type attacks, so be sure to stay away from using Pokémon that rely on those moves.

With the inclusion of Mega Pokémon, there is only one good option to take into battle against Heatran, and that's Mega Blastoise.

Bring Mega Blastoise into battle and it'll increase the power of Water-type attacks of every Pokémon that is currently in battle. While bringing in more Ground-type Pokémon is the fastest and easiest way to take on Heatran, you could do worse than having Mega Blastoise on your team.

As mentioned above, the key to defeating Heatran is bringing as many high-attack-power Ground types as possible. There are quite a few of those in Pokémon Go currently, including Garchomp and Groudon.

If you're looking for Pokémon to bring into battle with Heatran, try these options:

  • Mega Blastoise with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Rhyperior with Mud Slap and Earthquake
  • Ground with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Excadrill with Mud Slap and Drill Run
  • Rhydon with Mud Slap and Earthquake
  • Golurk with Mud Slap and Earth Power
  • Golem with two Ground attacks
  • Donphan with two Ground attacks
  • Flygon with two Ground attacks
  • Swampert with two Ground attacks


Similar to the Unova Celebration event before it, the latest Raid update in Pokémon Go fills Raids specifically with Pokémon from the Sinnoh region.

Trainers will get a chance to catch the Sinnoh starters, as well as the rare and elusive Gible. This is also one of the few ways to find a Buizel during the Sinnoh Celebration event. Defeat Buizel in a one-star Raid to have a chance at finding a Shiny Buizel.

Level 1

  • Turtwig
  • Chimchar
  • Piplup
  • Buizel
  • Shinx
  • Gible

Level 3

  • Lopunny
  • Hippowdon
  • Toxicroak
  • Lumineon

Level 5

  • Heatran

Mega Raid

  • Mega Charizard Y
  • Mega Blastoise
  • Mega Abomasnow

Which Pokémon are you taking into battle against Heatran? Let us know in the comments section.