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[OVERVIEW]

Heatran's key to success in 1v1 is its great Fire / Steel typing which makes it a premier check for popular Pokemon in the metagame such as both Mega Charizard, Mega Mawile, Porygon-Z, Mega Metagross. Adding to that its ability in Flash Fire helps it capitalize its matchup against Fire-types notably both Mega Charizard X and Y, and Volcarona. Heatran has access to the correct combination of moves such as Overheat, Flash Cannon, Rock Tomb, Earth Power, Endure, Taunt, to beat the aforementioned top threats. Heatran is not perfect, even though its typing grants it a lot of beneits it leaves it weak to popular Water- and Fighting-type Pokemon in the metagame such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Terrakion, Mega Heracross, and Mega Lopunny. It also has lackluster offensive stats which puts it in trouble against some Pokemon it can't hit super effectively mainly Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. Finally it's pretty slow compared to the rest of the metagame leaving it vulnerable to faster threats mainly the aforementioned Mega Heracross.

[SET]
name: Air Balloon
move 1: Overheat
move 2: Flash Cannon / Endure / Taunt
move 3: Rock Tomb
move 4: Earth Power
item: Air Balloon
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Modest
evs: 220 SpA / 168 SpD / 120 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Overheat is Heatran's go-to strongest Fire-type move allowing it to beat Steel-types such as Mega Metagross, and Mega Mawile and even hits strongly neutrally. Flash Cannon is used specifically for Fairy-Type Pokemon notably Diancie, and Mega Gardevoir. Heatran can run Endure to be able to beat Specs Hydro Cannon Greninja as it attacks on recharge turns and endure on greninja's attack turns. Rock Tomb is utilized to capitalize on some matchups most importantly against Charizard, and Magnezone. Rock Tomb allows it to slow down opposing Pokemon after Heatran lives a hit, or to break Sturdies. You can also run Taunt which allows you to have an easier time against some bulky Pokemon including Registeel, Mew, Mega Venusaur, and Porygon-2. Earth Power allows you to have an easier time against opposing Heatran and capitalize the matchup against Mega Charizard-X and other Fire-types such as other Heatran. Flash Fire helps Heatran against FIre-type Pokemon such as Volcarona and Charizard, while air Balloon allows you to be immune to Ground-type moves such as Earthquake from Donphan and Metagross-Mega, or Earth Power from Kyurem-Black and Specs Heatran.


EVs
========
168 SpD allows Heatran to live a Mega Charizard Y modest Focus Blast and avoid the 2HKO from Timid Specs Greninja Dark Pulse incase you're running endure, 124 Spe allows you to outspeed max speed Mega Charizard after a Rock Tomb, and the rest of the EVs are in Spa. Hatrean is Modest to maximize damage output

Strategy & Support
========
You should always use Rock Tomb first turn against any Charizard to scout the mega stone, If it's Mega Charizard X use Earth Power, if its Mega Charizard Y click Rock Tomb again. Also you should use that same move against Magnezone to avoid Mirror Coat. If you're running Taunt always Taunt first turn against Registeel and Mega Venusaur. As Registeel with Amesnia + Overheat Special Drop drop might be a tricky matchup, and Mega Venusaur can replenish health easily with Synthesis and Leech Seed if it isn't taunted. Endure against Greninja turn one since you live two Dark Pulse. If they Hydro Cannon turn 1 attack on recharge turn and keep on enduring on attack turns, meanwhile if they Dark Pulse you avoid the 2HKO and can OHKO with Overheat the second turn. Be wary of Garchomp as it runs Fling most of the time and can defeat Heatran even if it runs Air Balloon. Stall Pokemon such as Mega Sableye, and Mega Slowbro causes a problem to Heatran so a Pokemon that break stall such as Mega Gardevoir is a great teammate. Mega Gardevoir also helps it against bulkier offensive Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Heracross, and Choice Band Dragonite. Another great partner is Mega Sableye as it covers Heatran weakness against offensive Pokemon that can either outspeed Heatran and OHKO it such as Garchomp, Mega Gyarados, and Terrakion or easily bulk a hit and retaliate back with an OHKO such as Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. Mega Venusaur also works well with Heatran as it can also pressure and defeat Offensive Pokemon such as Terrakion, Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, and Dragonite thanks to its typing in tandem with Charm.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Choice Specs Heatran with 184 SpA / 72 SpD / 252 Spe with Eruption, Flash Cannon, Earth Power / Dark Pulse, and Ancient Power helps it against Bulky Pokemon notably Mega Venusaur, Mega Sableye, Nasty Plot Porygon-Z while keeping a positive matchup against Steel-type Pokemon like Mega Mawile, and Genesect. EVs allow it to live a 252 focus blast from Mega Charizard Y and 0 Spa Kyurem-Black's Earth Power. Though, without Air Balloon Heatran struggles against ground moves and has iffy matchups against Mirror Coat Magnezone, it also sacrifices the matchup against Earthquake Mega Meta since it outspeed Heatran and OHKO. Adding to that, it's locked into Quiet nature due to Eruption.

If Choice Specs heatran runs 252 SpA and Spe with Timid with Overheat instead of Eruption it can nail the win against Mega Metagross though it worsens the matchup against specially defensive Mega Sableye and Mega Venusaur as it is forced to Flash Cannon due to Overheat Special Attack drop. You can also run Fireblast instead of Overheat so keep the pressure on Sableye-Mega.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Water-Type Pokemon**: Most Water-type Pokemon do not take much damage from Heatran attacks and can easily OHKO so Pokemon such s Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, Mega Blastoise are typical counters.

**Fighting-Type Pokemon**: Popular Fighting-type Pokemon outspeed Heatran and can easily OHKO it notably Mega Heracross, Terrakion, and Mega Lopunny.

**Stall Pokemon**: Non-Specs Heatran cannot take on some bulky type Pokemon even if it runs Taunt, so Pokemon like Mega Sableye, Chansey, and Mega Slowbro can easily tank hits from Heatran. Though Mega Sableye should be wary of Specs Heatran.

**Bulky offensive Pokemon**: Heatran also lose to offensive oriented Bulky Pokemon such as Dragonite, and Hoopa-U as they can easily sponge Heatran hits and deal back heavy damage specially if they run a super effective coverage move.


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[OVERVIEW]

- Great Fire / Steel typing makes Heatran a premier check for popular Pokemon in the metagame such as both Mega Charizard, Mega Mawile, Porygon-Z, Mega Metagross
- Flash Fire helps it to capitalize its matchup against Fire-types notably Charizard-X/Y and Volcarona
- Has access to the correct combination of moves such as Overheat, Flash Cannon, Rock Tomb, Earth Power, Endure, Taunt, to beat the aforementioned top threats.
- Typing leaves it weak to popular Water- and Fighting-type Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Terrakion, Mega Heracross, and Mega Lopunny.
- Lackluster offensive stats which puts it in trouble against some Pokemon it can't hit super effectively Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. Plus it also lose to strong fast threats such as Archeops.
- It has low speed leaving it vulnerable to faster threats mainly the aforementioned Mega Heracross.


[SET]
name: Air Balloon
move 1: Overheat
move 2: Flash Cannon / Endure / Taunt
move 3: Rock Tomb
move 4: Earth Power
item: Air Balloon
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Modest
evs: 216 HP / 168 SpA / 124 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

- Overheat is Heatran's go-to strongest Fire-type move allowing it to beat Steel-types such as Mega Metagross, and Mega Mawile and even hits strongly neutrally.
- Flash Cannon is used specifically for Fairy-Type Pokemon notably Diancie, and Mega Gardevoir.
- Endure is good against Specs Hydro Cannon Greninja. Heatran attacks on Recharge turns and endure on greninja's attack turns. very cool!
- Rock Tomb is utilized to capitalize on some matchups most importantly against Charizard, and Magnezone. Rock Tomb allows it to slow down opposing Pokemon after Heatran lives a hit, or to break Sturdies.
- Earth Power allows you to have an easier time against opposing Heatran and capitalize the matchup against Mega Charizard-X and other Fire-types such as Victini, Band victini just wins with Brick break and other Heatran.
- You can also run Taunt which allows you to have an easier time against some bulky Pokemon including Registeel, Mew, Mega Venusaur, and Porygon2.

Set Details
========

- 216 HP allows you to live Charizard-Mega-Y modest Focus Blast LOL What? Surely there has to be a more notable reason to run this HP, and if not I would try and find a better bulk benchmark
- 124 Spe allows you to outspeed max speed Charizard after a Rock Tomb
- Rest in Spa and Modest to maximize damage output
- Flash Fire helps Heatran against FIre-type Pokemon such as Volcarona and Charizard
- Air Balloon allows you to be immune to Ground-type moves such as Earthquake from Garchomp Assuming no Fling, and Golem, Earth Power from Kyurem-Black and Specs Heatran.

Usage Tips
========

- Always use Rock Tomb first turn against any Charizard to scout the mega stone, if X> Earth Power, if Y>rock Tomb again. Also Rock Tomb into Magnezone cause it might mirror coat turn 1.
- Be wary of Overheat accuracy and special attack drop, it's always safer to click flash cannon if you can secure the OHKO in 2 turns such as against Porygon-Z
- If you're running Taunt always Taunt first turn against Registeel and Mega Venusaur. As Registeel with Amesnia + Overheat SpA drop might be tricky and cause Mega Venusaur can replenish health easily if it isn't taunted.

Team Options
========

- Mega Gardevoir is a good partner as it can cover the Water-, and Fighting-type weakness and beat Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Mega Heracross, it also beats bulky Pokemon that Heatran lose to notably Mega Sableye, and Mega Slowbro. Heatran helps it against prominent Steel-types + Zards
- Mega Sab covers Heatran weakness against Dragon-types, and Fighting-type Pokemon such as Dragonite, Garchomp, Terrakion and other offensive threats such as Mega Gyarados and Hoopa-U
- Grass-type Pokemon such as Mega Venusaur, Ferrothorn, and Serperior can also be ideal teammates as Heatran covers their Fire-type weaknesses meanwhile they cover Heatran weakness to Water-type Pokemon. Mega Venusaur also have great matchup against popular Fighting-type Pokemon such as Mega Heracross and Terrakion.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

- Choice Specs Heatran with 252 HP 252 Spa with Overheat, Eruption is better, and makes it unique on Specs, also emphasize that Dark Pulse has an amazing chance to beat Slowbro-Mega. Also these ev's are extremely lazy, find something useful and specific with the ev's. Flash Cannon, Earth Power / Dark Pulse, and Ancient Power helps against Bulky Pokemon notably Mega Venusaur, Mega Sableye, You need Eruption Nasty Plot Porygon-Z while keeping a positive matchup against Steel-type Pokemon like Mega Mawile, and Genesect. Though, without Air Balloon Heatran struggles against Ground-type coverage moves such as and Earth Power on Kyurem-Black, Earthquake from Golem, and Garchomp, and has iffy matchups against Mirror Coat Magnezone, and Focus Blast Mega Charizard Y.

Also where is Scarf Heatran in OO? Thats a notable set, and mention the fact it has to run Quiet when using Eruption and so forth.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Water-Type Pokemon**: Most Water-type Pokemon do not take much damage from Heatran attacks and can easily OHKO so Pokemon such s Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, Mega Blastoise are typical counters.

**Fighting-Type Pokemon**: Popular Fighting-type Pokemon outspeed Heatran and can easily OHKO it notably Mega Heracross, Terrakion, and Mega Lopunny.

**Stall Pokemon**: Non-Specs Heatran cannot take on some bulky type Pokemon even if it runs Taunt, so Pokemon like Mega Sableye, Chansey, and Mega Slowbro can easily tank hits from Heatran. Though Mega Sableye should be wary of Specs Heatran.

**Bulky offensive Pokemon**: Heatran also lose to offensive oriented Bulky Pokemon such as Dragonite, and Hoopa-U as they can easily sponge Heatran hits and deal back heavy damage specially if they run a super effective coverage move.

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[OVERVIEW]

- Great Fire / Steel typing makes Heatran a premier check for popular Pokemon in the metagame such as both Mega Charizard, Mega Mawile, Porygon-Z (you don't beat bulky pz as +2 Hyper Beam OHKOes or you 50/50 with Custap as you need a high roll to beat it with Rock Tomb > Overheat if you really want to add it just specify scarf pz), and Mega Metagross.
- Flash Fire helps it to capitalize its matchup against Fire-types notably Mega Charizard X and Y and Volcarona
- Has Access to the correct combination of moves such as Overheat, Flash Cannon, Rock Tomb, Earth Power, Endure, Taunt, to beat the aforementioned top threats. (personally I would merge these two together instead of making them separate sentences as they both interlink each other)

- However, its typing leaves it weak vulnerable to popular Water- and Fighting-type Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Terrakion, Mega Heracross, and Mega Lopunny.
- Additionally, its lackluster offensive stats which puts it in trouble against some Pokemon which can bulk its attacks it can't hit super effectively like Hoopa-U and Dragonite (add stall Pokemon here like Mega Sableye, Chansey, and Mega Slowbro) as well as strong fast physical attackers such as Archeops.
- It has low speed leaving it vulnerable to faster threats mainly aforementioned Mega Heracross.


[SET]
name: Air Balloon
move 1: Overheat
move 2: Flash Cannon / Endure / Taunt
move 3: Rock Tomb
move 4: Earth Power
item: Air Balloon
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Modest
evs: 216 HP / 168 SpA / 124 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

- Overheat is Heatran's go-to strongest Fire-type move allowing it to beat Steel-types such as Mega Metagross, and Mega Mawile and even hits strongly neutrally against Pokemon like Choice Scarf Porygon-Z.
- Flash Cannon is used specifically for Fairy-type Pokemon notably Diancie, and Mega Gardevoir.
- Endure is good against Specs Hydro Cannon Greninja as Heatran attacks on Hydro Cannon's recharge turn and uses Endure to prevent it from being OHKOed.
- Rock Tomb is utilized to capitalize on some matchups most importantly against Charizard, and Magnezone. Rock Tomb allows it to slow down opposing Pokemon after Heatran lives a hit, or to break Sturdy Pokemon like (give examples).
- Earth Power allows you to have an easier time against opposing Heatran and capitalize the matchup against Mega Charizard-X and other Fire-types such as Volcarona, and other Heatran.
- You can also run Taunt which allows you to have an easier time against some bulky Pokemon including Registeel, Mew you lose to Amnesia Mew even with Taunt, Mega Venusaur and Porygon2.
- Flash Fire helps Heatran against Fire-type Pokemon such as Volcarona and Charizard.
- Air Balloon allows you to be immune to Ground-type moves such as Earthquake from Donphan, and Golem, or Earth Power from Kyurem-Black and Choice Specs Heatran.


EVs
========
- 164 SpD you to live Charizard-Mega-Y's Modest Focus Blast and Timid Specs Greninja Dark Pulse.
- 124 Spe allows you to outspeed max speed Charizard after a Rock Tomb
- The rest of the EVs goes in Special Attack and Modest to maximize damage output

Strategy & Support
========
- Always use Rock Tomb first turn against any Charizard to scout the mega stone, if it is Mega Charizard X Rock Tomb into Earth Power, however if it is Mega Charizard Y Rock Tomb twice. Also, you should always Rock Tomb turn one as it might Mirror Coat and OHKO you in return into Magnezone.
- If you're running Taunt, always Taunt first turn against Registeel and Mega Venusaur. As Registeel with Amnesia + Overheat's Special Attack drop makes it unreliable to defeat and Mega Venusaur can replenish health easily with Synthesis if it isn't Taunted.
- Endure vs Greninja turn one since you live two Dark Pulse. If they Hydro Cannon turn 1 attack on the recharge turn and keep on enduring on attack turns, and if they dark pulse you live another one and Overheat.
- Be wary of Garchomp as it runs Fling most of the time and can defeat Heatran even if it runs Air Balloon.
- Stall users such as Mega Sableye and Mega Slowbro causes a problem to Heatran so Pokemon that defeat them such as Mega Gardevoir are great partners. Mega Gardevoir also helps it against bulkier offensive Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Heracross, and Choice Band Dragonite (Choice Scarf is a 50/50 if they are running Iron Head as if they flinch you lose.)
- Another great partner is Mega Sableye as it covers Heatran weakness against offensive Pokemon that can either outspeed Heatran and OHKO it such as Garchomp, Mega Gyarados, and Terrakion or easily bulk a hit and retaliate back with an OHKO such as Hoopa-U and Dragonite. It also synergize well at team preview with Heatran as it covers its weakness against Fighting-Type Pokemon. (fluff)
- Mega Venusaur also works well with Heatran as it can also pressure and defeat Offensive Pokemon such as Terrakion, Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, and Dragonite thanks to its typing in tandem with Charm.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

- Choice Specs Heatran with 184 SpA / 72 SpD / 252 Spe with Eruption, Flash Cannon, Earth Power / Dark Pulse, and Ancient Power helps against Bulky Pokemon notably Mega Venusaur, Mega Sableye, Nasty Plot Porygon-Z while keeping a positive matchup against Steel-type Pokemon like Mega Mawile, and Genesect. EVs allow it to live a Focus Blast from Mega Charizard Y zard y and uninvested Kyurem-B's Earth Power. However, without Air Balloon Heatran struggles against Ground-types like Golem, and Garchomp, and has iffy matchups against Mirror Coat Magnezone. It also sacrifices the matchup against Earthquake Mega Meta since it outspeeds Heatran and OHKOes. Plus it's locked into Quiet nature due to Eruption.

If Choice Specs Heatran runs 252 SpA and Speed with a Timid nature and Overheat instead of Eruption, it can nail the win against Mega Metagross though it worsens the matchup against specially defensive Mega Sableye and Mega Venusaur as it is forced to Flash Cannon due to Overheat's Special Attack drop.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Water-Type Pokemon**: Most Water-type Pokemon do not take much damage from Heatran attacks and can easily OHKO so Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, Mega Blastoise are typical counters.

**Fighting-Type Pokemon**: Popular Fighting-type Pokemon outspeed Heatran and can easily OHKO it; notably, Mega Heracross, Terrakion, and Mega Lopunny.

**Stall Pokemon**: (not necessary as specs tran can't beat chansey or mega slowbro, only really necessary against non-Metal Burst variants of Mega Sableye and is iffy against cm variants needs crit to win i'd just say Heatran as a whole) Non-Specs Heatran cannot take on some bulky type Pokemon even if it runs Taunt, so Pokemon like Mega Sableye, Chansey, and Mega Slowbro (add stall Mew) can easily tank hits from Heatran. Though Mega Sableye should be wary of Specs Heatran.

**Bulky offensive Pokemon**: Heatran also lose to offensive-oriented Bulky Pokemon such as Dragonite, and Hoopa-U (I would add Choice Band Victini lives Rock Tomb > Epower and 2HKOes with Brick Break) as they can easily sponge Heatran hits and deal back heavy damage especially if they run a super-effective coverage move.


[CREDITS]
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[OVERVIEW]

- Great Fire / Steel typing makes Heatran a premier check for popular Pokemon in the metagame such as both Mega Charizard, Mega Mawile, Porygon-Z, Mega Metagross
- Flash Fire helps it to capitalize its matchup against Fire-types notably Charizard-X/Y and Volcarona
- Has access to the correct combination of moves such as Overheat, Flash Cannon, Rock Tomb, Earth Power, Endure, Taunt, to beat the aforementioned top threats.
- Typing leaves it weak to popular Water- and Fighting-type Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Terrakion, Mega Heracross, and Mega Lopunny.
- Lackluster offensive stats which puts it in trouble against some Pokemon it can't hit super effectively Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. Plus it also lose to strong fast threats such as Archeops.
- It has low speed leaving it vulnerable to faster threats mainly the aforementioned Mega Heracross.


[SET]
name: Air Balloon
move 1: Overheat
move 2: Flash Cannon / Endure / Taunt
move 3: Rock Tomb
move 4: Earth Power
item: Air Balloon
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Modest
evs: 216 HP / 168 SpA 172 SpA / 124 Spe 120 Spe You only need 120 Spe to outspeed zards after rock tomb

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

- Overheat is Heatran's go-to strongest Fire-type move allowing it to beat Steel-types such as Mega Metagross, and Mega Mawile and even hits strongly neutrally.
- Flash Cannon is used specifically for Fairy-Type Pokemon notably Diancie, and Mega Gardevoir.
- Endure is good against Specs Hydro Cannon Greninja. Heatran attacks on Recharge turns and endure on greninja's attack turns.
- Rock Tomb is utilized to capitalize on some matchups most importantly against Charizard, and Magnezone. Rock Tomb allows it to slow down opposing Pokemon after Heatran lives a hit, or to break Sturdies.
- Earth Power allows you to have an easier time against opposing Heatran and capitalize the matchup against Mega Charizard-X and other Fire-types such as Volcarona you might as well just rock tomb against a Volcarona, and other Heatran.
- You can also run Taunt which allows you to have an easier time against some bulky Pokemon including Registeel, Mew, Mega Venusaur, and Porygon2.
- Flash Fire helps Heatran against FIre-type Pokemon such as Volcarona and Charizard
- Air Balloon allows you to be immune to Ground-type moves such as Earthquake from Donphan, and Metagross Mega and Golem WP Golem just wins by Rock Tombing into Earthquake, or Earth Power from Kyurem-Black, Landorus-I and Specs Heatran.


EVs
========
- 164 SpD you to live Charizard-Mega-Y modest Focus Blast and Timid Specs Greninja Dark Pulse
- 120 Spe allows you to outspeed max speed Charizard after a Rock Tomb
- Rest in Spa and Modest to maximize damage output

Strategy & Support
========
- Always use Rock Tomb first turn against any Charizard to scout the mega stone, if X> Earth Power, if Y>rock Tomb again. Also Rock Tomb into Magnezone cause it might mirror coat turn 1.
- If you're running Taunt always Taunt first turn against Registeel and Mega Venusaur. As Registeel with Amesnia + Overheat SpA drop might be tricky and cause Mega Venusaur can replenish health easily if it isn't taunted.
- Endure vs Greninja turn one since you live two Dark Pulse. If they Hydro Cannon turn 1 attack on recharge turn and keep on enduring on attack turns, and if they dark pulse you live another one and Overheat.
- Be wary of Garchomp as it runs Fling most of the time and can defeat Heatran even if it runs Air Balloon
- Stall partners pokémon such as Mega Sableye, and Mega Slowbro causes a problem to Heatran so Pokemon that defeat them such as Mega Gardevoir are great partners. Mega Gardevoir also helps it against bulkier offensive Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Heracross, and Dragonite.
- Another great partner is Mega Sab covers Heatran weakness against offensive Pokemon that can either outspeed Heatran and OHKO it such as Garchomp, Mega Gyarados, and Terrakion or easily bulk a hit and retaliate back with an OHKO such as Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. It also synergize well at team preview with Heatran as it covers its weakness against Fighting-Type Pokemon.
- Mega Venusaur also works well with Heatran as it can also pressure and defeat Offensive Pokemon such as Terrakion, Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, and Dragonite thanks to its typing in tandem with Charm.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

-Hidden Power ice along a 112 HP / 248 SpA / 148 Spe set can be ran to secure some mus such as Scarf Lando-I notably, and to get a decent odd to beat Choice Band Garchomp.

- Choice Specs Heatran with 184 SpA / 72 SpD / 252 Spe with Eruption, Flash Cannon, Earth Power / Dark Pulse, and Ancient Power helps against Bulky Pokemon notably Mega Venusaur, Mega Sableye, Nasty Plot Porygon-Z while keeping a positive matchup against Steel-type Pokemon like Mega Mawile, and Genesect. EVs allow it to live a 252 focus blast from zard y and kyub non invested ep. Though, without Air Balloon Heatran struggles against ground moves , Earthquake from Golem, and Garchomp, and has iffy matchups against Mirror Coat Magnezone, it also sacrifices the matchup against Earthquake Mega Meta since it outspeed heatran and Ko. Plus it's locked into Quiet nature due to Eruption.

If specs heatran runs 252 SpA and Spe with Timid with Overheat instead of Eruption it can nail the win against Mega Metagross though it worsens the matchup against specially defensive Mega Sableye and Mega Venusaur as it is forced to Flash Cannon due to Overheat SpA drop.

Fire blast can also be a good compromise in keeping a consistent power to pressure Mega Sableye and other defensive mons, in spite of it's lower power and accuracy.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Water-Type Pokemon**: Most Water-type Pokemon do not take much damage from Heatran attacks and can easily OHKO so Pokemon such s Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, Mega Blastoise are typical counters.

**Fighting-Type Pokemon**: Popular Fighting-type Pokemon outspeed Heatran and can easily OHKO it notably Mega Heracross, Terrakion, and Mega Lopunny.

**Stall Pokemon**: Non-Specs Heatran cannot take on some bulky type Pokemon even if it runs Taunt, so Pokemon like Mega Sableye, Chansey, and Mega Slowbro can easily tank hits from Heatran. Though Mega Sableye should be wary of Specs Heatran.

**Bulky offensive Pokemon**: Heatran also lose to offensive oriented Bulky Pokemon such as Dragonite, and Hoopa-U as they can easily sponge Heatran hits and deal back heavy damage specially if they run a super effective coverage move.


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[, ]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

- Great Fire / Steel typing makes Heatran a premier check for popular Pokemon in the metagame such as both Mega Charizard, Mega Mawile, Porygon-Z, Mega Metagross
- Flash Fire helps it to capitalize its matchup against Fire-types notably Charizard-X/Y and Volcarona
- Has access to the correct combination of moves such as Overheat, Flash Cannon, Rock Tomb, Earth Power, Endure, Taunt, to beat the aforementioned top threats.
- Typing leaves it weak to popular Water- and Fighting-type Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Terrakion, Mega Heracross, and Mega Lopunny.
- Lackluster offensive stats which puts it in trouble against some Pokemon it can't hit super effectively Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. Plus it also lose to strong fast threats such as Archeops.
- It has low speed leaving it vulnerable to faster threats mainly the aforementioned Mega Heracross.


[SET]
name: Air Balloon
move 1: Overheat
move 2: Flash Cannon / Endure / Taunt
move 3: Rock Tomb
move 4: Earth Power
item: Air Balloon
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Modest
evs: 216 HP / 168 SpA 172 SpA / 124 Spe 120 Spe You only need 120 Spe to outspeed zards after rock tomb

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

- Overheat is Heatran's go-to strongest Fire-type move allowing it to beat Steel-types such as Mega Metagross, and Mega Mawile and even hits strongly neutrally.
- Flash Cannon is used specifically for Fairy-Type Pokemon notably Diancie, and Mega Gardevoir.
- Endure is good against Specs Hydro Cannon Greninja. Heatran attacks on Recharge turns and endure on greninja's attack turns.
- Rock Tomb is utilized to capitalize on some matchups most importantly against Charizard, and Magnezone. Rock Tomb allows it to slow down opposing Pokemon after Heatran lives a hit, or to break Sturdies.
- Earth Power allows you to have an easier time against opposing Heatran and capitalize the matchup against Mega Charizard-X and other Fire-types such as Volcarona you might as well just rock tomb against a Volcarona, and other Heatran.
- You can also run Taunt which allows you to have an easier time against some bulky Pokemon including Registeel, Mew, Mega Venusaur, and Porygon2.
- Flash Fire helps Heatran against FIre-type Pokemon such as Volcarona and Charizard
- Air Balloon allows you to be immune to Ground-type moves such as Earthquake from Donphan, and Metagross Mega and Golem WP Golem just wins by Rock Tombing into Earthquake, or Earth Power from Kyurem-Black, Landorus-I and Specs Heatran.


EVs
========
- 164 SpD you to live Charizard-Mega-Y modest Focus Blast and Timid Specs Greninja Dark Pulse
- 120 Spe allows you to outspeed max speed Charizard after a Rock Tomb
- Rest in Spa and Modest to maximize damage output

Strategy & Support
========
- Always use Rock Tomb first turn against any Charizard to scout the mega stone, if X> Earth Power, if Y>rock Tomb again. Also Rock Tomb into Magnezone cause it might mirror coat turn 1.
- If you're running Taunt always Taunt first turn against Registeel and Mega Venusaur. As Registeel with Amesnia + Overheat SpA drop might be tricky and cause Mega Venusaur can replenish health easily if it isn't taunted.
- Endure vs Greninja turn one since you live two Dark Pulse. If they Hydro Cannon turn 1 attack on recharge turn and keep on enduring on attack turns, and if they dark pulse you live another one and Overheat.
- Be wary of Garchomp as it runs Fling most of the time and can defeat Heatran even if it runs Air Balloon
- Stall partners pokémon such as Mega Sableye, and Mega Slowbro causes a problem to Heatran so Pokemon that defeat them such as Mega Gardevoir are great partners. Mega Gardevoir also helps it against bulkier offensive Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Heracross, and Dragonite.
- Another great partner is Mega Sab covers Heatran weakness against offensive Pokemon that can either outspeed Heatran and OHKO it such as Garchomp, Mega Gyarados, and Terrakion or easily bulk a hit and retaliate back with an OHKO such as Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. It also synergize well at team preview with Heatran as it covers its weakness against Fighting-Type Pokemon.
- Mega Venusaur also works well with Heatran as it can also pressure and defeat Offensive Pokemon such as Terrakion, Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, and Dragonite thanks to its typing in tandem with Charm.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

- Choice Specs Heatran with 184 SpA / 72 SpD / 252 Spe with Eruption, Flash Cannon, Earth Power / Dark Pulse, and Ancient Power helps against Bulky Pokemon notably Mega Venusaur, Mega Sableye, Nasty Plot Porygon-Z while keeping a positive matchup against Steel-type Pokemon like Mega Mawile, and Genesect. EVs allow it to live a 252 focus blast from zard y and kyub non invested ep. Though, without Air Balloon Heatran struggles against ground moves , Earthquake from Golem, and Garchomp, and has iffy matchups against Mirror Coat Magnezone, it also sacrifices the matchup against Earthquake Mega Meta since it outspeed heatran and Ko. Plus it's locked into Quiet nature due to Eruption.

If specs heatran runs 252 SpA and Spe with Timid with Overheat instead of Eruption it can nail the win against Mega Metagross though it worsens the matchup against specially defensive Mega Sableye and Mega Venusaur as it is forced to Flash Cannon due to Overheat SpA drop.

Fire blast can also be a good compromise in keeping a consistent power to pressure Mega Sableye and other defensive mons, in spite of it's lower power and accuracy.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Water-Type Pokemon**: Most Water-type Pokemon do not take much damage from Heatran attacks and can easily OHKO so Pokemon such s Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, Mega Blastoise are typical counters.

**Fighting-Type Pokemon**: Popular Fighting-type Pokemon outspeed Heatran and can easily OHKO it notably Mega Heracross, Terrakion, and Mega Lopunny.

**Stall Pokemon**: Non-Specs Heatran cannot take on some bulky type Pokemon even if it runs Taunt, so Pokemon like Mega Sableye, Chansey, and Mega Slowbro can easily tank hits from Heatran. Though Mega Sableye should be wary of Specs Heatran.

**Bulky offensive Pokemon**: Heatran also lose to offensive oriented Bulky Pokemon such as Dragonite, and Hoopa-U as they can easily sponge Heatran hits and deal back heavy damage specially if they run a super effective coverage move.


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[OVERVIEW]

- Great Fire / Steel typing makes Heatran a premier check for popular Pokemon in the metagame such as both Mega Charizard, Mega Mawile, Porygon-Z, Mega Metagross
- Flash Fire helps it to capitalize its matchup against Fire-types notably Charizard-X/Y and Volcarona
- Has access to the correct combination of moves such as Overheat, Flash Cannon, Rock Tomb, Earth Power, Endure, Taunt, to beat the aforementioned top threats.
- Typing leaves it weak to popular Water- and Fighting-type Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Terrakion, Mega Heracross, and Mega Lopunny.
- Lackluster offensive stats which puts it in trouble against some Pokemon it can't hit super effectively Hoopa-U, and Dragonite. Plus it also lose to strong fast threats such as Archeops.
- It has low speed leaving it vulnerable to faster threats mainly the aforementioned Mega Heracross.


[SET]
name: Air Balloon
move 1: Overheat
move 2: Flash Cannon / Endure / Taunt
move 3: Rock Tomb
move 4: Earth Power
item: Air Balloon
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Modest
evs: 216 HP / 172 SpA / 120 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

- Overheat is Heatran's go-to strongest Fire-type move allowing it to beat Steel-types such as Mega Metagross, and Mega Mawile and even hits strongly neutrally.
- Flash Cannon is used specifically for Fairy-Type Pokemon notably Diancie, and Mega Gardevoir.
- Endure is good against Specs Hydro Cannon Greninja. Heatran attacks on Recharge turns and endure on greninja's attack turns.
- Rock Tomb is utilized to capitalize on some matchups most importantly against Charizard, and Magnezone. Rock Tomb allows it to slow down opposing Pokemon after Heatran lives a hit, or to break Sturdies.
- Earth Power allows you to have an easier time against opposing Heatran and capitalize the matchup against Mega Charizard-X and other Fire-types such as other Heatran.
- You can also run Taunt which allows you to have an easier time against some bulky Pokemon including Registeel, Mew, Mega Venusaur, and Porygon2.
- Flash Fire helps Heatran against FIre-type Pokemon such as Volcarona and Charizard
- Air Balloon allows you to be immune to Ground-type moves such as Earthquake from Donphan, Metagross-Mega, or Earth Power from Kyurem-Black and Specs Heatran.


EVs
========
- 164 SpD you to live Charizard-Mega-Y modest Focus Blast and Timid Specs Greninja Dark Pulse - You changed this to be a more ~interesting~ reason to run these EVs, but why am I running 216 HP? Should I be running 224 SpA / 164 SpD / 120 Spe instead?
- 124 0 Spe allows you to outspeed max speed Charizard after a Rock Tomb - Update to match EV change from 124 -> 120
- Rest in of EVs in Spa and Modest to maximize damage output

Strategy & Support
========
- Always use Rock Tomb first turn against any Charizard to scout the mega stone, if X> Earth Power, if Y>rock Tomb again. Also Rock Tomb into Magnezone cause it might mirror coat turn 1.
- If you're running Taunt always Taunt first turn against Registeel and Mega Venusaur. As Registeel with Amesnia + Overheat SpA drop might be tricky and cause Mega Venusaur can replenish health easily if it isn't taunted.
- Endure vs Greninja turn one since you live two Dark Pulse. If they Hydro Cannon turn 1 attack on recharge turn and keep on enduring on attack turns, and if they dark pulse you live another one and Overheat.
- Be wary of Garchomp as it runs Fling most of the time and can defeat Heatran even if it runs Air Balloon
- Stall Pokemon such as Mega Sableye, and Mega Slowbro causes a problem to Heatran so Pokemon that defeat them such as Mega Gardevoir are great partners. Mega Gardevoir also helps it against bulkier offensive Pokemon such as Mega Gyarados, Mega Heracross, and Choice Band Dragonite.
- Another great partner is Mega Sab covers Heatran weakness against offensive Pokemon that can either outspeed Heatran and OHKO it such as Garchomp, Mega Gyarados, and Terrakion or easily bulk a hit and retaliate back with an OHKO such as Hoopa-U, and Dragonite.
- Mega Venusaur also works well with Heatran as it can also pressure and defeat Offensive Pokemon such as Terrakion, Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, and Dragonite thanks to its typing in tandem with Charm.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

- Choice Specs Heatran with 184 SpA / 72 SpD / 252 Spewith Eruption, Flash Cannon, Earth Power / Dark Pulse, and Ancient Power helps against Bulky Pokemon notably Mega Venusaur, Mega Sableye, Nasty Plot Porygon-Z while keeping a positive matchup against Steel-type Pokemon like Mega Mawile, and Genesect. EVs allow it to live a 252 focus blast from zard y and kyub non invested ep. Though, without Air Balloon Heatran struggles against ground moves , Earthquake from Golem, and Garchomp, and has iffy matchups against Mirror Coat Magnezone, it also sacrifices the matchup against Earthquake Mega Meta since it outspeed heatran and Ko. Plus it's locked into Quiet nature due to Eruption.

If specs heatran runs 252 SpA and Spe with Timid with Overheat instead of Eruption it can nail the win against Mega Metagross though it worsens the matchup against specially defensive Mega Sableye and Mega Venusaur as it is forced to Flash Cannon due to Overheat SpA drop. You can also run Fire Blast instead of Overheat so keep the pressure on Sableye-Mega

Checks and Counters
===================

**Water-Type Pokemon**: Most Water-type Pokemon do not take much damage from Heatran attacks and can easily OHKO so Pokemon such s Mega Gyarados, Manaphy, Mega Blastoise are typical counters.

**Fighting-Type Pokemon**: Popular Fighting-type Pokemon outspeed Heatran and can easily OHKO it notably Mega Heracross, Terrakion, and Mega Lopunny.

**Stall Pokemon**: Non-Specs Heatran cannot take on some bulky type Pokemon even if it runs Taunt, so Pokemon like Mega Sableye, Chansey, and Mega Slowbro can easily tank hits from Heatran. Though Mega Sableye should be wary of Specs Heatran.

**Bulky offensive Pokemon**: Heatran also lose to offensive oriented Bulky Pokemon such as Dragonite, and Hoopa-U as they can easily sponge Heatran hits and deal back heavy damage specially if they run a super effective coverage move.


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I'm awake, LRXC + Magicarpe nailed a bunch, implement and QC 1/2
 
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