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This is a strategy guide for using Heatran in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Heatran, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Flash Fire||It powers up Fire-type moves if it's hit by one.|
|Flame Body (Hidden)||Contact with the Pokemon may burn the attacker.|
|Takes 4x damage|
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage|
|Takes 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|Nature||Timid (+Spd, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spe 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 166 / Def 126 / Sp.Atk 182 / Sp.Def 127 / Spd 141|
|Held Item||Life Orb|
Heatran is a powerful special sweeper, especially when used as the main Dynamax Pokemon - unleashing powerful Fire and Steel attacks that hit many common Pokemon in the current metagame.
Overheat and Steel Beam are Heatran's main STAB moves. Both inflict negative effects on Heatran, lowering its Sp.Atk or dealing recoil damage respectively, but these don't occur when used in Dynamax - with the two moves become Max Flare and Max Steelspike respectively.
We're using a straightforward special attacking EV spread with full investment in Special Attack and Speed with the remaining 4 EVs in Special Defense.
Life Orb boosts the power of Heatran's moves by 30% at the cost of some residual damage.
|Dragon Pulse||Allows Heatran to hit Dragon-types.|
|Ancient Power||Allows Heatran to hit Charizard and Volcarona. It also has a 10% chance to raise all of Heatran's stats by 1 stage.|
|Hyper Beam||Best used during Dynamax as it becomes Max Strike which lowers the opposing team's speed.|
|Taunt||Allows Heatran to threaten slower walls and prevent them from using support or recovery moves.|
|Nature||Timid (+Spd, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||HP 244 / Def 4 Sp.Atk 4 / Sp.Def 12 / Spd 244|
|Final Stat Values||HP 197 / Def 126 / Sp.Atk 150 / Sp.Def 128 / Spd 141|
|Held Item||Air Ballon|
Heatran's unique dual typing lets it fill the role of entry hazard support surprisingly well. Unlike other hazard setters, it can threaten opposing leads with a burn from its moves.
Lava Plume is its main STAB and has a 30% chance to inflict a burn. Taunt lets Heatran cripple opposing support Pokemon while Will-O-Wisp lets it threaten physical attackers that might think of setting up on Heatran.
It's last move is Stealth Rock and provides great chip damage to the opposing Pokemon and helps Heatran's other teammates net KOs.
We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Special Attack and Speed so that Heatran can hit hard and as fast as possible. The remaining EVs are placed in Defense to round off Heatran's natural bulkiness.
We're giving Heatran Air Ballon so that it doesn't get hit by Ground-types. This item is lost when Heatran gets hit by a contact move.
|Rock Tomb||Allows Heatran to hit opposing Fire-types. This move also reduces an opposing Pokemon's speed by one stage..|
|Scorching Sands||A Ground-type coverage move that has a 30$ chance to inflict a burn.|
Defensive Heatran is a great check to the metagame's many special sweepers. It's particularly good at walling Fairy-types since its dual typing gives it quadruple resistance to their attacks.
Heatran's signature move, Magma Storm, gives it a unique niche as a trapper. Opposing Pokemon unfortunate enough to switch into Heatran can find themselves trapped, allowing Heatran to setup Stealth Rock or switch to another Pokemon.
Both offensive and defensive vairants of Heatran are especially good at trapping slow walls, and whittling them down with its powerful moves.
Heatran faces some competition as a defensive Pokemon since the metagame has a plethora of Steel-types that have more reliable recovery moves. Despite this, it has a niche as an offensive wall that can setup Stealth Rock and potentially trap threats with its signature move.
Both offensive and defensive variants of Heatran are popular additions in Hyper Offense teams. Even without special attack investment, Heatran hits hard with its STAB moves and its great dual typing gives it quadruple resistance to Fairy-types.
Considering most Offensive teams employ Dragon-type Pokemon, Heatran is a welcome addition as its presence is often enough to deter would-be Dragon counters.
Check out our full article below to learn more about building a Hyper Offense Team.
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Despite its defensive prowess, Heatran easily falls to physical moves - especially Ground-type moves which he has a quadruple weakness to.
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