Heatran

Flash Fire
Grants immunity to Fire-type moves and increases the power of Fire-type moves by 50% when hit by a Fire-type move.
Type Tier
Fire / Steel OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
91
- 323 386 -
Atk
90
194 216 279 306
Def
106
223 248 311 342
SpA
130
266 296 359 394
SpD
106
223 248 311 342
Spe
77
171 190 253 278

Overview

Heatran fills a unique niche in the Uber tier thanks to its stellar typing and monstrous Special Attack. Heatran retains its role from the OU environment by toasting opposing Steel-types that stand in its way, as well as stopping any offensive Shaymin-S not packing Earth Power, something not a lot of other Pokemon can claim. Heatran also resists or is immune to four key attacking types commonly found in Ubers: Fire-, Ghost-, Dark-, and Dragon-type. While it may be literally scared to death by the ubiquitous Kyogre and the tiniest of earthly tremors, Heatran functions well in the Uber tier when partnered with Groudon and its ever-lasting sun. However, don't expect it to be able to take too much punishment.

Name Item Nature

Stallbreaker

Leftovers Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Taunt
~ Roar
~ Flamethrower / Lava Plume
~ Dragon Pulse / Toxic
252 HP / 128 SpD / 128 Spe

Heatran appears to be an odd choice for a stallbreaker in the Uber tier at first, especially considering its weaknesses to common attacks of the Fighting-, Ground-, and Water-type. However, Heatran's excellent set of resistances and immunities, most notably to Dragon- and Fire-type attacks, coupled with its acceptable defensive stats give it ample opportunities to switch in and do its job. Heatran can force switches with Roar, compounding entry hazard damage; it can also use Taunt to prevent the likes of Bulk Up Dialga, Giratina, and Blissey from recovering their health. Of course, one cannot forget that Heatran still has Flash Fire and a magnificent Special Attack stat, and is capable of inflicting serious damage to the opposing team with its STAB Flamethrower.

Flamethrower is the preferred attack due to its combination of consistency and power, but Lava Plume may be used instead for the increased chance of burning opposing Pokemon. Dragon Pulse allows Heatran to deal quick damage to Dragon-types and pairs well with its Fire-type STAB, hitting everything barring an opposing Heatran for at least neutral damage. However, Dragon Pulse isn't powerful enough to handle Latias and Latios due to their magnificent Special Defense and Recover. Toxic provides Heatran with a way to severely cripple the Dragon / Psychic twins, as well as the defensive behemoth known as Lugia. Finally, Protect can also be used in the last slot to scout for unexpected Earthquakes or Earth Powers from the likes of Giratina-O and Dialga. It also aids in prediction against Choiced opponents, and can help Heatran recover a bit more health with Leftovers. Toxic Spikes support is a must if you decide to use Protect, however, as Heatran loses some coverage without Dragon Pulse or Toxic.

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Other Options

Heatran is fully capable of running an offensive set consisting of Fire Blast, Dragon Pulse, Earth Power, and Explosion while holding either a Life Orb or a Choice item. Heatran's largest selling point when running such a set is the large number of resistances Heatran possesses. Heatran is generally a bit too frail to pull such a set off effectively, though, and there are many other Pokemon in Ubers that can fill the same role but with better offensive prowess. Dark Pulse is another attack that hits a lot of Pokemon in Ubers for super effective damage, but Heatran's other moves provide better overall coverage. If you're terrified of opposing Ho-Oh walking all over Heatran, you could run Stone Edge to quickly clip its wings; outside of that though, there isn't much use for it.

Checks and Counters

Heatran is far more one dimensional in Ubers than in the OU environment, so don't fret too much when faced with one. Just remember, Ground-type attacks and Kyogre will absolutely wreck Heatran. Garchomp and offensive Groudon can easily stomp Heatran into the dust with STAB Earthquake, while Kyogre can maim it with Surf and has Drizzle to dampen Heatran's Fire-type attacks. Outside of those primary checks, there exist a few other Pokemon that can give Heatran a headache. Palkia and Manaphy can put Heatran down with STAB Surf, Lucario can outrun non-Scarf Heatran and tear it to pieces with Close Combat, and Ho-Oh can eliminate it with Earthquake if it gets in on a move outside of Toxic and Stone Edge. If Heatran lacks Dragon Pulse or Hidden Power Ice, then a whole slew of Dragon-types, including Giratina-O, Rayquaza, and even Salamence, can come in and threaten it. Latias and Latios can also beat Heatran if they have Thunder and the weather is rain. Those two should beware of Toxic, though, and avoid setting up unless you're sure that Heatran lacks Roar.