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What is a good moveset for Heatran?

4 votes

Power, ultimate power. This guy is up there with the most powerful of legendaries (Mewtwo, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Lugia, Ho-oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, not the incredibly powerful Arceus.) He is there not for incredible stats (which it does have) but for great typing. Mine knows:

Magma Storm: High power, STAB, traps the foe.

Earth Power: Good power, high accuracy, chance to lower Sp. Def. Deals with other Fire types, other Steel types, and Rock types.

Dragon Pulse: Good power, high accuracy, deals with Dragon types.

Flash Cannon: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, chance to lower Sp. Def.

Heatran learnset

asked Aug 4, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 2, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion

13 Answers

8 votes

For use on Sun Teams, Choice Scarf Heatran!

Heatran @ Chocie Scarf
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Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 SAtk, 252 Spd, 4 HP
Timid Nature

  • Earth Power

  • Fire Blast

  • Hidden Power [Ice]

  • Overheat

I use this Heatran on my newest sun team and it is not only unpredictable but it hits like an artillery cannon. Earth Power is there mostly to hit other Heatrans, while Fire Blast is your main move, and with STAB and sun boost it is going to maim just about anything that isn't KO'd. Hidden Power ice is to nail common Heatran switch-ins such as Gliscor and Landorus, while Overheat is to be used if you need overwhelming power, just beware of that SAtk drop. One thing that this Heatran has over other Heatrans is that it is highly unpreditcable, since most Heatrans in today's OU metagame run defensive sets. Also, if you manage to get a Flash Fire boost, you have pretty much won :D

answered Nov 5, 2012 by the_netts
edited May 13, 2013 by the_netts
This is the Set, +1.
:D (filler)
i would not have all special attacks and over heat, i would switch it for protect or substitute
Since Heatran is scarfed is he uses Overheat that is all he ends up using, usually if you plan on switching out after attacking. It has better accuracy than Fire Blast and overall hits a bit harder. In the Sun it will roast quite a few things.
Sorry that I'm commenting now, but wouldn't (On a sun team) Heatran be better off with SolarBeam? Just a suggestion...
4 votes

Heatran does not really have great typing. It has some good defenses but is 4x weak to ground moves... Earthquake is one of the most common moves used in battles.

Also Steel moves are not that great really, you don't get much type coverage.

I would go with:
- Flamethrower
- Earth Power
- Dragon Pulse
- Stealth Rock or Explosion

answered Aug 5, 2010 by Pokemaster
don't let the 4 times effective weakness to ground think he has bad typing, you have 5 other pokemon to deal with pokemon with earthquake, so switch out! and heatran has the most resistances of all pokemon, why on earth would you say he has bad typing?
No poison and no burn isnt that great! :D
3 votes

How odd. So many answers try try to fix heatrans speed issue with a choice scarf, but there's another way worth mention

Trick Room Heatran!

Heatran: choice specs/leftovers
Ability: flash fire
Nature: quiet
Evs: 252 hp 252 sp atk 4 sp def
Earth power
Hp ice/hp grass
Flamethrower/fire blast

The little magma monster may seem a little fast for trick room, but if given a chance will prove his worth. This is for one reason, eruption. Now you may be asking, why not have camerupt as a trick room eruption user, he's slower. Well, heatran has a superior defensive typing, higher special attack and most importantly more versatility. Heatran runs a great deal of sets, making it unpredictable, a useful quality. Now when it comes down to item choice it's a matter of personal preference. Choice specs flash fire boosted eruption in the sun is one argument. However leftovers allow heatran to recover from hazards and other residual damage to maintain a full powered eruption, while also allowing for move switches. I've think I've talked about eruption enough, so lets move on. Earth power is heatrans standard coverage options, hitting threats like opposing heatran and tyranitar. Hp ice is the superior choice as it hits dragon and ground threats. However if water types are your prime fear you can run hp grass instead. Finally the last move goes to reliable STAB. Remember this set has certain uses, and if you don't seek those specific uses, find a different Pokemon.

answered May 13, 2013 by Dudeicolo
edited Jun 19, 2013 by Dudeicolo
Specs Eruption in the sun O.O
Ran a little easy calc.
150*1.5 stab boost*1.5 sun boost*1.5 specs boost*1.5 flash fire boost *1.5 helping hand boost=1139. 0625.
That's right, a specs and helping hand boosted full health STAB eruption after a flash fire boost in the sun has 1139 power when NEUTRAL. Sure this is a ludicrous scenario, but still with just a sun boosted STAB eruption has 337.5 power
I can't get an Eruption Heatran without that Pokemon Ranger event.
3 votes

Heatran @ Leftovers
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Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 SDef / 252 HP / 4 SAtk
Calm Nature
- Lava Plume
- Substitute
- Taunt
- Toxic

Stallbreaker Heatran, works like a total boss. I'm using it on my Uber team currently and it does wonders. Works especially well on opposing Giratina, substitute holds up against Dragon Tail which is much more common while Taunt shuts down Rest, Sleep Talk, and Roar. Toxic wheedles down the HP while I twiddle my thumbs. Also works against Blissey, forcing a switch, and many other stallers. Lava Plume has great chance to burn which works well when I have Sub up and a physical attacker comes in.

I went for full Special Defense because A) his Special Defense is already better, and B) Unlike OU where he can take some physical hits, Ubers has much higher stats. So boosting his Defense would be a waste of time when he has such a juicy SDef.

Leftovers is his only recovery, but he normally stays behind his Sub long enough to heal up a decent amount.

answered Sep 25, 2013 by MrKijani
edited Sep 25, 2013 by MrKijani
Me: Let's see what Kijanub thinks is a good set..WHOA A GIRATINA AND BLISSEY COUNTER. *is gonna use*
1 vote

Here is another Heatran option:

Eruption/Magama Storm/Flamethrower: Eruption is a special move that has high power, high accuracy, and STAB, but very few have it. Magma Storm has high power, STAB, and traps the foe. Flamethrower has good power, high accuracy, STAB, and a chance to burn.
Ancientpower: Decent power, high accuracy, chance to raise all of Heatran's stats.
Earth Power: Earth Power: Good power, high accuracy, chance to lower Sp. Def. Deals with other Fire types, other Steel types, and Rock types.
Flash Cannon: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, chance to lower Sp. Def.

answered Aug 14, 2010 by trachy
It cannot learn eruption
1 vote

Gen V

Heatran (M) @ Air Balloon

Trait: Flash Fire

EVs: 4 Def / 248 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Lava Plume
  • Earth Power
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Dark Pulse
answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Choice Scarf Heatran

Heatran (F) @ Choice Scarf-
The point of this entire set.
Trait: Flash Fire-
Only ability that can be used with Eruption. It isn't bad though.
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd-
Max Speed and offense. The last EVs are put into Defense so Heatran can switch in more on Spikes. Although you still might prefer not getting hit by Spikes. So a Rapid Spinner helper is good! :D
Quiet Nature(Needed to have Eruption)
- Eruption-
Hits REALLY hard. 150 base power, STAB, maybe even a Flash Fire boost is hard to beat. And it has 359 Special Attack! I think this guy is the best Pokemon to use Eruption because it is fast enough to hit first unlike Camerupt and it takes neutral damage from Stealth Rock unlike Typhlosion. Having 100 accuracy is a nice change over Overheat and Fire Blast also.
- Flamethrower-
Alternative Fire STAB. This is for when Heatran is low on HP and is unable to effectively use Eruption. This is used instead of Fire Blast or Over Heat because of reliability and over Lava Plume because of power.
- Hidden Power [Ice]/Hidden Power [Electric]/Dragon Pulse-
Type coverage. Hidden Power Ice hits Salamence and Dragonite for x4 damage and hits harder than other moves would against Gliscor and Landorus. Hidden Power Electric is for if you want to KO that Gyarados. Dragon Pulse gets a stronger neutral hit than Hidden Power, but it lacks as much Super Effective coverage. It still gets perfect neutral coverage with its Fire STAB.
- Earth Power-
Type coverage. Along with Hidden Power Ice or Electric it gets perfect neutral coverage.Takes down other Heatran - at least those not soaring through the sky on a hot Air Balloon - with ease.

This is my favorite Heatran. And I find it to be the best user of Eruption.

answered Jul 1, 2012 by TMeganium22
edited Nov 5, 2012 by Psychic x
There Trent, that is easier to read.
OOohhh! So Trent made his own account..... Just understood.
Sorry. PO failed. It let me use Eruption with Timid for the first dozen matches, but then after an update it said I can only use this with a Quiet nature. I'll hide this if people want me to.
I believe Heatran needs to have Quiet Nature with Eruption.
1 vote

Okies, lesgo with a Rain stopping trap:

Heatran (M) @ Grass Gem

Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Magma Storm
  • Sunny Day
  • SolarBeam
  • Hidden Power [Ice] / Earth Power

As long as Heatran doesn't get dumped on by a Scarf Toed, Heatran is an excellent way to take out Politoed. EVs give as much attacking power as possible so Heatran can beat Specially Defensive Politoed. Sun teams greatly benefit from Heatran, so I recommend a Sun team used around this. Actually, a Sand team could use this as well, as long as your weather starter's still alive. CS teams can also abuse this. Frankly, if you have trouble with Sand teams, you can use this, but it's insanely hard to pull off. Anyways, when a predicted switch into Politoed comes, which is natural, go for STAB Magma Storm to trap it in the battlefield. Get rid of the rain by using Sunny Day, weakening Scald and Hydro Pumps. Then, kill the Politoed off using no charges Grass Gem boosted SolarBeam, which will knock it out. The last slot is mostly filler. Hidden Power [Ice] catches Dragons when they get trapped, and Earth Power deals with opposing Heatran.

Paralysis support is nice on this guy, so a Togekiss or Jirachi would work. Rachi even has U-turn, making it easier for Heatran to come in.

You may also want to go for 140 HP / 252 SAtk / 116 Spd to not be outsped by Specs Toed, max speed, and Will-O-Wisp as the filler to cripple Hippowdon (credit to Enoch-117).

answered Jul 21, 2013 by Mewderator
edited Sep 4, 2013 by Mewderator
0 votes

He's a great lead So her it is.

Heatran@ leftovers
Trait flash fire
Nature Timid
Evs. 252 sp. attack. 252 speed. 4 sp. defence
Magma storm
Earth power
Will o wisp

You use magma storm to prevent them from switching. Then taunt. Cut down their attack and sweep them with earth power. I will eventually kill a nearly anybody.

answered Jul 9, 2012 by Absol
edited Jul 9, 2012 by Absol
EVs, Natures, Items?
Done, please remove the flags.
Why the flags?
0 votes

Heatran @ chople berry
Trait: Flash fire
EVs: 244 hp, 52 def, 132 spa, 4 spd, 76 spe

heat wave: 100 power- stab
earth power: 90 power- 10% chance to lower spd
substitute: Uses HP to creates a decoy that takes hits.
protect: protects user from all attacks during the turn its used( feint can go through)

answered Dec 29, 2012 by POKEBRO100
heat wave is 95 power.  Maybe it was more in previous generations…
0 votes

Heatran @ Leftovers
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature
- Substitute
- Fire Blast
- Flash Cannon
- Earth Power

answered Dec 27, 2013 by JarJar~
0 votes

Defensive Heatran.

Heatran @ Leftovers
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Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 SDef / 252 HP / 4 SAtk
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Will-O-Wisp
- Magma Storm
- Earth Power
- Protect/Substitute

Will-o-Wisp kills the foes attack to allow full investment into SDef along with getting the residual damage off for stalling. Magma Storm lays down a hard hit to reduce the stall time along with trapping them with more residual damage. Earth Power is coverage, though you could use anything you want here. Protect is a free Leftovers heal while avoiding damage but Substitute isn't a bad idea if you can get one up.

answered Jun 27, 2014 by Tysonyoshi
0 votes

Heatran @ Air Balloon
Calm Nature
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 SpA
-Stealth Rock
-Lava Plume/Fire Blast/Magma Storm

Air Balloon Heatran is great, giving Heatran a temporary immunity to Ground. When coupled with its typing and Flash Fire, Heatran is immune to three moderately common types in the OU metagame. It can cripple physical attackers with Will-O-Wisp and break walls with Taunt. Its immunity to Toxic allows it to switch into walls and set up. As Heatran forces switches on many Pokemon, it can set up Stealth Rocks easily. Lava Plume is a great move with a moderately high Base Power and perfect accuracy. Fire Blast is extremely powerful, but it really sucks when it misses. Magma Storm is an interesting option that prevents switching out to reset Toxic damage or to get rid of a Taunt.

answered Dec 2, 2014 by Radicool21