Pokémon GO‘s official Twitter Page announced moments ago that the final Legendary raid of 2018 will not be the Lake Trio as expected, but instead be long-time resident of Stark Mountain, Heatran.
One more legendary surprise is coming to Pokémon GO in 2018! The Fire- and Steel-type Lava Dome Pokémon, Heatran, will join Raid Battles across the world from December 18 at 1:00 p.m. PST to January 15 at 1:00 p.m. PST! #BeLegendary pic.twitter.com/hd9d6cG293
— Pokémon GO is ready to #GOBattle❗ (@PokemonGoApp) December 18, 2018
Contrary to the theme of the rest of the winter event that starts today, Heatran is a Fire and Steel-Type Pokémon. That said, the latter does mean he will somewhat ironically be Weather Boosted in Snow (and Sun), so I guess it works?
Heatran has a massive double-weakness to Ground, so bring out your best Groudon if you have them. The old Ground-type staples Rhydon, Rhyperior, and Golem fit the bill nicely, but they are weak to potential Steel-type attacks, courtesy of their partial Rock-type. For those variants, consider other Ground-types such as Swampert, Flygon, and Donphan. Or, if you’re confident there’s no Fire-type attacks inbound, you can be especially cocky and use Torterra. Water-types such as Gyarados or Kyogre or Fighting-types such as Machamp are decent calls as well. Just don’t let me catch you using any Aggron or Tyranitar this time.
Are you excited for the Lava Dome Pokémon?