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GO Battle League analysis: Is Heatran as good as it is unique?

Published: 24/Aug/2020 3:40

by Paul Cot


Heatran is an interesting proposition for Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League as it is one a kind. It is the only Pokemon in the entire franchise that can boast a dual fire and steel-typing.

There are many species that have unique dual typings but given steel’s weakness to fire, Heatran becomes a tantalizing option. As most of you know there’s more to GO Battle League than typing, so let’s see how the Lava Dome Pokemon fits in.


Being a Legendary Pokemon, it is no surprise the Gen 4 ‘mon is more suited to the higher leagues in GBL. It has a max CP of 3,754 which immediately makes it attractive to those looking to bolster their Master League teams.

It can also play a role in Ultra League, although to a lesser extent. In Pokemon Go Heatran can’t have a CP of less than 1,500 so it can’t be used in Great League.

Heatran Pokemon Go
Heatran was introduced to the Pokemon world in Gen 4…

Fascinating combination of fire and steel

Let’s break down its fire and steel-typing before moving on to other aspects. This combination sounds interesting and works in reality, too.

It has a massive 10 resistances and just 3 weaknesses. All of these and their respective damage multipliers are listed below:


  • Bug – 39.1% damage
  • Dragon – 62.5% damage
  • Fairy – 39.1% damage
  • Flying – 62.5% damage
  • Grass – 39.1% damage
  • Ice – 39.1% damage
  • Normal – 62.5% damage
  • Poison – 39.1% damage
  • Psychic – 62.5% damage
  • Steel – 39.1% damage


  • Fighting – 160% damage
  • Ground – 256% damage
  • Water – 160% damage

Moves as good its typing?

Its typing may look fantastic but that means little if it doesn’t have the moves to back it up. Heatran only has two Fast Moves it can currently use:

  • Bug Bite – 3 DPT, 3 EPT
  • Fire Spin – 3 DPT, 3.33 EPT

Neither are particularly good. They both have basic damage of 3 DPT. As Fire Spin has slightly better energy gains and more importantly a lot better type coverage, it is the best of these two.

Here are Heatran’s Charge Moves:

  • Fire Blast – 140 damage, 80 energy
  • Flamethrower – 90 damage, 55 energy
  • Iron Head – 70 damage, 50 energy
  • Stone Edge – 100 damage, 55 energy

With such a high DPE for just 55 energy, Flamethrower is the first choice move in many trainer’s books and rightfully so. This can be complimented by either Iron Head or Stone Edge.


Given the greater damage and slightly better coverage, we’d recommend Stone Edge. However, this is by no means a clear cut choice and many may prefer having the steel-type move to combat fairy-types.

Heatran stats

Unfortunately Heatran does fall a little short in the stats department. Overall its stats are good – after all it is a Legendary Pokemon – but its their distribution which isn’t ideal.

  • Attack: 251 (54 of 827)
  • Defense: 213 (50 of 827)
  • Stamina: 209 (115 of 827)

While we know GBL favors defensive stats, all of these numbers are very good. They’re comparable to that of Metagross, and we all know how well that pseudo-legend fares.

With Heatran available in Raid Battles until September 10, now is the time to try it out and see if it is worthy of a place in your Master League team.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.