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How to get Heracross in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 9/Sep/2020 11:11

by James Busby


Heracross is one of the most popular bug-type Pokemon from Gen 2, so many fans will be pleased that it has returned in Sword and Shield. Follow our guide below to find out how you can add this herculean creature to your team. 

While Sword and Shield may be missing the vast majority of Gen 2 Pokemon, Heracross has managed to make the cut. Those of you that own the Isle of Armor expansion pass will be able to add this bug-type Pokemon to your roster. The forest-dwelling critter is known for its tremendous strength and can lift things 100 times heavier than itself without breaking a sweat. 

Heracross has access to some decent bug, fighting, dark, and normal-type attacks. It may not be the most competitive Pokemon in Sword and Shield, but it can pack a mean punch when kitted out with the best moves. 

Whether you’re looking to add Heracross to your party or just wanting to complete your Pokdex, then be sure to follow our handy catching guide below.

Where to find Heracross in Pokemon Sword & Shield

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Heracross can be found roaming around the woodland areas of Isle of Armor.

Unfortunately, owners of Pokemon Sword will have to trade for Heracross if they wish to add it to their bug collection. Those of you with Pokemon Shield can find Heracross in the Forest of Focus, Challenge Road, and Training Lowlands. However, it only has a 5% spawn rate and favors the following weather conditions: normal, overcast, raining, thunderstorm, intense sun, sandstorm, and fog.

The bipedal bug will appear in any of the above locations and is incredibly easy to spot. If you don’t see Heracross in any of these locations during the above weather conditions, then simply reset the game’s date and time settings.

To do this, hit the HOME button and navigate over to the Switch system menu. From here, you’ll be able to access the date and time settings. Once you’ve selected this option, simply advance the date by one day and then head back over to the game. The weather should instantly change and new Pokemon will appear in the overworld. 

Raid Den locations

  • Fields of Honor
  • Forest of Focus
  • Training Lowlands 
  • Workout Sea

Catching Heracross

Heracross anime scene
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Heracross may be a bug-type Pokemon, but it certainly doesn’t shy away from a fight.

Unlike most Pokemon in the game, both the male and female versions of Heracross have a minor difference that differentiates them from one another. Male Heracross have horns akin to that of the Rhino Beetle, while the female version has a prominent heart shape that is affixed atop its horn. 

Because of this feature, you may want to consider adding both to your party. Fortunately, Heracross has a 45% capture rate and has 50/50 chance of being either male or female, so capturing both shouldn’t be an arduous task. 

Heracross’ dual bug/fighting typing makes is 4x weak to flying-type moves and 2x weak to fire attacks. As a result, it’s best that you avoid using these attacks to avoid knocking it out in battle. Instead, simply use normal attacks or those that aren’t super effective. 

If you wish to increase your success rate of catching wild Pokemon, then consider using False Swipe. False Swipe inflicts normal type damage and leaves your foe at 1 HP, making it the perfect attack to use when capturing Pokemon. Meanwhile, status effects like Sleep and Paralyze will also increase your captures further. 

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How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.