Pokémon Black and White have been released worldwide! That means there are now 649 Pokémon in existence. To anyone not following the series, that may seem like a lot considering it all started with 150 over a decade ago. I was one of those people who tried to memorize their names, and I also went even further by researching their origins and how they were thought up. Well, I still do! This is the 21th of my many I Choose You! articles where I will span over five generations of games writing about each Pokémon and what makes it special. That's right - all 649 of them.
We all know about Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Lucario. But what about the brand new ones like Tynamo, Joltik, and Munna? I've added all 649 Pokémon into a randomizer and I will try to focus on all of them as they come and in no particular order. Even if you are not a Pokémon fan, I hope you'll get nostalgic with me as you read about their origins and how they've impacted my gaming experience. Hit the jump for Heatran, the Lava Dome Pokémon!
One of the first things I noticed when playing Pokémon Diamond and Pearl is that the game has a lot of Legendary Pokémon. Up until Pokémon Black and White came out, it was the game with the most Legendary and Event Pokémon introduced. I don't really catch them to use them necessarily, but I do it simply to fill up my Pokédex. Some Pokémon, like Heatran, are fun to use because of their competitive power and unique typing. Because it's not considered an "uber" Pokémon, Hetran has the potential to be on everyone's team and cause major damage.
There really is no back-story to why Heatran exists, but the games do mention that it was created around the same time Palkia, Dialga, and Giratina created Sinnoh. Heatran is very similar to Entei in that is closely related to volcanoes. But while Entei is a symbol of the fire that burned down the Brass Tower, Heatran seems to represent the inside of a volcano and the inner depths of the Earth's core. Its dual Fire and Steel-types mimic the volcanic area inside the Earth's core that is also composed of metallic material.
Aside from the geological inspiration for Heatran's design, it may have also been based on various myths of monsters that exist in a volcano. In Chile, for example, there is a myth about a monster called the Cherufe that inhabits volcanoes and is responsible for eruptions and earthquakes. In order to calm him down and appease his hunger, villagers would have to sacrifice virgins and throw them into the bowels of the volcano every so often. The Cherufe is made up of rock and lava, so it may not be a direct comparison, but Heatran does learn Earth Power by leveling up. Its name comes from the heat that circulates its body and also from the word dragon as its Japanese name, Headran, alludes to it.
You can't catch Heatran until after you defeat the Elite Four in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and then you can find it deep within Stark Mountain. Heatran is actually the only Legendary Pokémon that can be either male or female. Its gender makes no difference on how it fights, but it's interesting that it has a gender and that it varies - just like any wild Pokémon. The nice thing about having Heatran on your team is that it has many resistances that let it switch into many Pokémon easily. It does, however, suffer from a 4x weakness to Ground-type moves like Earthquake. But its weakness aside, it has an awesome Special Attack stat that when paired with an item like Choice Scarf gives it the ability to deal massive damage to many Pokémon and beat them in Speed too.
You can't go wrong having Heatran on your team. Its body may be half melted because of its intense heat, but overall, it has solid stats that make it a great Pokémon to use. It may have been overshadowed by the other known Legendaries in the Generation IV games, but don't forgot how much potential it has on the battlefield.