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Pokémon Go: Shiny Heatran Raid Counters (January 2022)

Shiny Heatran is making a return to Raid Battles in January 2022. This gives Pokémon Go players the chance to find it by defeating it in battle.

Shiny Heatran is making a return in Raid Battles in Pokémon Go during January 2022. With the New Year right around the corner, Niantic has officially released its plans for January 2022. In an extensive blog post, trainers will be able to see all upcoming Raid Battles, Eggs, encounters, and upcoming special events. One of the interesting inclusions for January is the return of Heatran in Raid Battles. It will appear from Friday, January 7, 2022, to Saturday, January 15, 2022.

This will leave players a bit over a week to find and capture Heatran in Pokémon Go. There was an older Shiny Heatran Raid event that occurred in January 2020, but finding a Shiny Heatran now is still considered incredibly rare. Pokémon Go players are recommended to power up their counters as much as possible for this raid battle. While using a Shadow Shadow Pokémon with their moves unlocked is preferred, there are other counters players can use in raid battles. 

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In Pokémon Go, players will need to defeat it in as many Raid Battles as possible. There is no other direct way to affect the Shiny Odds in Pokémon Go so players will need to deal with the game’s base odds of 1 in 20. These Shiny odds aren’t bad at all so the best way to find it is just to play as often as possible. Get friends to invite the player to active Heatran Raid Battles when they get added to the game. To make the battle easier, players should bring along these Pokémon as the best counters for Heatran.

The Best Heatran Raid Counters in Pokémon Go (January 2022)

  • Garchomp: Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Rhyperior: Mud-Slap and Earthquake
  • Therian Landorus: Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Landorus: Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Groudon: Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Excadrill: Mud-Slap and Drill Run


Since Heatran is a Fire/Steel-type Pokémon, it has a massive weakness to Ground-type attacks. Bringing along Pokémon with Fighting or Water-type moves will also work well for this battle. Since this is a five-star Raid Battle, players should aim to team up with a group of at least five players. Any fewer might make the battle impossible to beat. After that, trainers just need to hope the odds are on their side to find a Shiny Heatran.

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Pokémon Go is available now on iOS and Android.

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