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Quality Control Specially Defensive Heatran Revamp [1/3]

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Magma Storm
move 2: Earth Power
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Protect / Taunt / Stealth Rock
item: Leftovers
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Calm
evs: 252 HP / 184 SpD / 76 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Magma Storm is preferred as it enables Heatran to trap Chansey and Toxapex.
  • Lava Plume can be used over Magma Storm to cripple checks such as Garchomp, Mega Tyranitar and Gliscor before its Toxic Orb has been activated, but leaves it unable to properly pressure Chansey, Toxapex, and Clefable.
  • Earth Power allows Heatran to pressure Toxapex and opposing Heatran, which would otherwise be able to freely abuse Heatran.
  • Toxic enables Heatran to pressure sever of its usual checks such as Mega Alakazam, Garchomp, Mega Latias and Gastrodon.
  • The last moveslot is very flexible; Protect allows Heatran to safely scout moves versus the likes of Mega Alakazam, Kartana and Mega Mawile, whilst also allowing it to punish High Jump Kick users such as Mega Medicham and Mega Lopunny. It also allows Heatran to gain another turn of Leftovers recovery.
  • Taunt enables Heatran to prevent passive Pokemon such as Chansey, Toxapex, and Gastrodon from healing, making them easier to break past.
Set Details
========

  • 76 Speed EVs allows you to outspeed Rotom-W and Mega Mawile.
  • 52 Special Attack EVs can be used to OHKO offensive Heatran, but comes at the cost of a considerable amount of bulk.

Usage Tips
========
  • Heatran should be used as a defensive answer to Pokemon such as Magearna, Ferrothorn, Mega Latias, and Volcarona. However, be cautious of moves that can easily break Heatran, such as Hidden Power Ground from Mega Latias and Volcarona or Focus Blast from Magearna.
  • In the early game, it is best to spread Toxic versus checks such as Mega Alakazam, Garchomp, and Mega Latias.
  • When playing against bulkier teams, it is recommended to keep Heatran as healthy as possible; Heatran is unable to trap Pokemon such as Chansey and Toxapex if it has been weakened.
  • As Heatran lacks recovery, avoid switching into Knock Off from the likes of Tornadus-T, Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn at all costs.
Team Options
=======

  • As Heatran lacks reliable recovery, Defog users such as Tornadus-T, Tapu Fini and Gliscor are excellent partners.
  • Bulky Grass-types such as Ferrothorn, Tapu Bulu and Tangrowth are excellent partners as they are able to check common Ground- and Water-types such as Ash-Greninja, Garchomp, and Gliscor. Tapu Bulu notably provides Grassy Terrain, which provides Heatran with additional recovery, enabling to check Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Scizor, and Tangrowth much more consistently.
  • Ground immune Pokemon such as Tornadus-T and Mega Latias are fantastic options to check offensive Ground-types such as Garchomp and Gliscor, as well as other miscellaneous threats such as Kartana and Mega Medicham.
  • Bulky Water-types such as Toxapex and Gastrodon are great teammates as they share great defensive synergy with Heatran, checking other Water-types such as Ash Greninja and Tapu Fini.
 
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[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Magma Storm
move 2: Earth Power
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Taunt / Protect / Stealth Rock
item: Leftovers
ability: Flash Fire
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 208 SpD / 52 Spe
evs: 252 HP / 52 SpA / 128 SpD / 76 Spe

There's no need for 248 HP because it doesn't minimize Spikes damage. In my opinion, it's better to run 80 Speed EVs than 52 Speed EVs, as situations in which outspeeding Rotom-W is useful come into play quite often. I'd recommend 52 Special Attack EVs in order to OHKO offensive Heatran with Earth Power


[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Magma Storm is preferred as it enables Heatran to trap Chansey and Toxapex.
  • Lava Plume can be used over Magma Storm to cripple checks such as Garchomp, Mega Tyranitar and Gliscor before its Toxic Orb has been activated, but leaves it unable to properly pressure Chansey, Toxapex, and Clefable.
  • Earth Power allows Heatran to pressure Toxapex and opposing Heatran, which would otherwise be able to freely abuse Heatran. Dropping Earth Power for another move is definitely a viable option that's worth noting here.
  • Toxic enables Heatran to pressure sever of its usual checks such as Mega Alakazam, Garchomp, Mega Latias and Gastrodon.
  • The last moveslot is very flexible; Taunt enables Heatran to prevent passive Pokemon such as Chansey, Toxapex, and Gastrodon from healing, making them easier to break past.
  • Protect allows Heatran to safely scout moves versus the likes of Mega Alakazam, Kartana and Mega Mawile, whilst also allowing it to punish High Jump Kick users such as Mega Medicham and Mega Lopunny. It's also worth noting that it maximizes Leftovers recovery.
Set Details
========

  • 52 Speed EVs allows you to outspeed Mega Mawile.
Make sure to adjust this accordingly.

Usage Tips
========
  • Heatran should be used as a defensive answer to Pokemon such as Magearna, Ferrothorn, Mega Latias, and Volcarona. However, be cautious of moves that can easily break Heatran, such as Hidden Power Ground from Mega Latias and Volcarona or Focus Blast from Magearna. Knock Off from Ferrothorn is also worth considering.
  • In the early game, it is best to spread Toxic versus checks such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Garchomp, and Mega Latias. Mega Garchomp isn't anywhere near as prevalent as it was a few months back, so I think you should just keep it at Garchomp, which has been consistently good for a long time now.
  • When playing against bulkier teams, it is recommended to keep Heatran as healthy as possible; Heatran is unable to trap Pokemon such as Chansey and Toxapex if it has been weakened.
Team Options
=======

  • As Heatran lacks reliable recovery, Defog users such as Tornadus-T, Tapu Fini and Gliscor are excellent partners.
  • Bulky Grass-types such as Ferrothorn, Tapu Bulu and Tangrowth are excellent partners as they are able to check common Ground- and Water-types such as Ash-Greninja, Garchomp, and Gliscor. Tapu Bulu notably provides Grassy Terrain, which provides Heatran with additional recovery, enabling to check Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Scizor, and Tangrowth much more consistently.
  • Ground immune Pokemon such as Tornadus-T and Mega Latias are fantastic options to check offensive Ground-types such as Garchomp and Gliscor, as well as other miscellaneous threats such as Kartana and Mega Medicham.
  • Bulky Water-types such as Toxapex and Gastrodon are good teammates as they share great defensive synergy with Heatran. Gastrodon in particular helps Heatran check Psychic-types such as Mega Alakazam and Mega Latios, which would otherwise be able to easily overwhelm Heatran. Gastrodon's a rather mediocre check to these Pokemon because it's greatly pressured by Psychic, especially when taking hazards and Special Defense drops into account. I think you can just leave it at that they share great defensive synergy.
Good stuff, 1/3.
 

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Controversial but I think the move order should be Tect > Taunt > SR. Maybe even slashing one of these somewhere over Toxic could work too.

Tect is really good right now with Mega Medicham (and Mega Lopunny) being pretty heavily used at the moment. It also benefits Toxic and Magma Storm for passive damage, Leftovers recovery, and Grassy Terrain too. I wouldn't be afraid to hype Bulu alongside SpD Tran because it can withstand an Earthquake if it desperately has to and has passive ways to heal back.

I would also talk about how Toxic could be dropped for the other moves too. With Toxapex support (Toxic Spikes) you can ease up on the need for Toxic to be more annoying with Taunt and Tect or using Stealth Rock as a move. I just feel Tect is really good right now to be a last slash.
 

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