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Pokémon Go Heatran counters: How to defeat the raid boss

Find the best Pokémon to deal with Heatran’s 5-Star Raid
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Heatran returns to Pokémon Go as a 5-Star Raid Boss once more, challenging you to defeat it. A Raid Hour featuring Heatran will take place on February 22, 2024, from 6 to 7pm local time and will have the Shiny version of the monster activated. Any specimen caught in this time window is guaranteed to know Magma Storm as a move.

Heatran is a fusion of steel and magma, hence its appropriate Steel- and Fire-typing. While you can effectively use Water- and Fighting-type moves against the creature, the immense damage bonus from Ground-type attacks makes them the most efficient way of dealing with Heatran.

Find the best Pokémon Go Heatran counters below to make choosing your team even simpler.

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Pokémon Go Heatran counters: best Pokémon to beat the boss

This list of the best Pokémon Go Heatran counters won’t feature Shadow Pokémon, as they are less widely available and more difficult to build than regular forms. For the Mega Evolutions best suited to support your team against Heatran, we recommend you to take a look at the extra list below, which details those.

  1. Landorus (Therian Forme) (Mud Shot, Sandsear Storm)
  2. Groudon (Mud Shot, Precipice Blades)
  3. Garchomp (Mud Shot, Earth Power)
  4. Landorus (Incarnate Forme) (Mud Shot, Earth Power)
  5. Rhyperior (Mud Slap, Earthquake)
  6. Excadrill (Mud Slap, Scorching Sands)
  7. Mamoswine (Mud Slap, High Horsepower)
  8. Golurk (Mud Slap, Earth Power)
  9. Rhydon (Mud Slap, Earthquake)
  10. Krookodile (Mud Slap, Earthquake)
  11. Donphan (Mud Slap, Earthquake)
  12. Golem (Mud Slap, Earthquake)
  13. Flygon (Mud Shot, Scorching Sands)
  14. Terrakion (Double Kick, Sacred Sword)
  15. Swampert (Mud Shot, Earthquake)

Pokémon Go Heatran counters: best Mega Evolutions to support

Here are the best Mega Evolutions to use against Heatran, as stated above.

  1. Primal Groudon (Mud Shot, Precipice Blades)
  2. Mega Garchomp (Mud Shot, Earth Power)
  3. Mega Swampert (Mud Shot, Earthquake)
  4. Primal Kyogre (Waterfall, Origin Pulse)
  5. Mega Kangaskhan (Mud Slap, Earthquake)

For a schedule of upcoming raids, check out our overview for the current Pokémon Go 5-Star Raid Battles.