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Pokemon Go: Heatran raid guide

Published: 7/Jan/2020 21:20

by Paul Cot


Heatran is returning to Pokemon Go Raid Battles after it was first introduced in late 2018. Here’s how to defeat the Gen 4 legend.

The second coming of Heatran was first revealed when Niantic outlined what we could look forward to in January for Pokemon Go. It will be available from January 7, 1pm PST (4pm EST and 9pm GMT) all the way through to February 4, 1pm PST (4pm EST and 9pm GMT).

It will replace Virizion as the featured Pokemon in five-star Raid Battles. If you’re really lucky, you may even encounter it in its shiny form.

Heatran stats

Let’s take a look at how powerful the dual fire and steel-type legend is. Its stats certainly aren’t mind blowing but does appear to have the edge on the Swords of Justice, who were featured throughout November and December, at least in terms of their ranks.

  • Attack 251 – 46 of 688
  • Defence 213 – 46 of 688
  • Stamina 209 – 101 of 688

The Lava Dome Pokemon is vulnerable to water and fighting-type attacks but has an extra weakness ground-types, as both its types are weak against it. However, it is resistant to a lot of types, too. Bug, fairy, grass, ice, poison and steel will all only deal 39.1% damage.

Best counters

Given its clear vulnerability, it will come as no surprise that ground-type Pokemon dominate the best counters list.

Excadrill may not be the strongest defensively but is the best option when it comes to dealing out damage in the quickest time possible (DPS). Ideally you want it to have Mud Slap and Drill Run as its moves and its steel-type alternatives.

The Gen 3 legend, Groudon, is also a supreme counter option. It is a pure ground-type Pokemon but a little annoyingly it doesn’t always have the ground-type moves you’d like, especially in this scenario.

@PokemonGoAppGroudon is one of the best counters to battle Heatran…

It’s essential it has Mud Slap at its disposal and not Dragon Tail as the difference in effectiveness is massive. The same can be said with its charge move whereby the usually powerful Solar Beam, and to a lesser extent Fire Blast, aren’t moves you want to be using against Heatran. Instead you’ll want it to have Earthquake, although having both of the optimal moves is rare.

Garchomp is another excellent choice but isn’t the commonly possessed Pokemon. If you do have one, like Groudon, you’ll want its ground-type moves again – being Mud Shot and Earthquake.

Golurk and Rhyperior are two other decent options but lack the defensive stats to survive long enough to deal the damage you’d want.

As five-star Raid Battles go, Heatran is a relatively easy Pokemon to take down due to its super weakness to ground-types. You just want to make sure the aforementioned Pokemon have ground moves to utilize.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.