'Pokémon Go' Raid Boss Update: Shiny Heatran, Counters and Every Change

The first Pokémon Go update in 2020 brings a shakeup for the Raid Battles, and one of the Legendaries of the Sinnoh region returns for trainers to have another shot at catching it.

Heatran, the Fire and Steel-type Pokémon, will appear in Level 5 Raids starting Tuesday, January 7 at 4 p.m. EST until February 4. For almost a month, Pokémon Go trainers will have plenty of chances to catch this Legendary. If you haven't caught one already, this is another brief window to do so. But also, Shiny Heatran makes its Pokémon Go debut as well.

Trainers won't know if they've found a Shiny Heatran until after defeating it in a Raid Battle and enter the catching stage.

If you're looking to take down Heatran and want to know which Pokémon will appear in Raids starting Tuesday, here's all the information you'll need.

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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.

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:

  • 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


Level 1

  • Sandshrew
  • Magikarp
  • Klink
  • Shinx
  • Oshawott

Level 2

  • Mawile
  • Prinplup
  • Gligar
  • Marowak
  • Breloom
  • Kingler

Level 3

  • Machamp
  • Onix
  • Vaporeon
  • Donphan
  • Claydol
  • Alolan Raichu

Level 4

  • Golem
  • Alolan Marowak
  • Galarian Weezing
  • Rhydon
  • Tyranitar
  • Excadrill

Level 5

  • Heatran

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

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