Heatran Pokémon GO: How to Catch

Pokémon GO's winter activities include the return of Heatran
Pokémon GO's winter activities include the return of Heatran / Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Heatran will return to Pokémon GO in January as one of the special events scheduled to take place that month. Heatran's strength is all but guaranteed by virtue of its being legendary, so catching it may prove tricky. Here's what you need to know about the Pokémon's return and how to add it to your collection.

Heatran Pokémon GO: How to Catch

Heatran is a Fire- and Steel-Type Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, which Niantic and The Pokémon Company introduced in the fourth generation of Pokémon. Starting Jan. 7, Pokémon GO players will be able to encounter Heatran in five-star raids. Heatran will also be available to catch in a shiny variant during these raids.

Players will have until 4 p.m. ET on Feb. 4 to catch Heatran in these raids; after that point the Pokémon will once again disappear.

Heatran can have the following attacks:

Fast Attacks

  • Fire Spin — Fire-Type
  • Bug Bite — Bug-Type

Charge Attacks

  • Fire Blast — Fire-Type
  • Iron Head — Steel-Type
  • Stone Edge — Rock-Type

The Fire- and Steel-Type Pokémon is particularly weak against Ground-Type attacks, but is also weak to Fighting- and Water-Type attacks. Conversely, you'll want to avoid Normal-, Grass-, Ice-, Poison-, Flying-, Psychic-, Bug-, Dragon-, Steel-, and Fairy-Type attacks.

Strong options for taking down Heatran include Groudon, Rhydon, Rhyperior, Machamp, Blaziken, Kyogre, Gyarados and Omastar. As long as your Pokémon is powerful and uses Ground-, Fighting- or Water-Type attacks, you'll be in a good position to defeat Heatran.