Shortly thereafter, Kricketina took Heracross to the Pokémon Center to recover. There, he showed himself off to the people in the place. When Kricketina saw that Goh had a Pinsir, she offered Heracross in exchange for it, since it was a rare Pokémon in her home region.
Later, Heracross assisted Kricketina Kylie, Goh, and Ash in searching for a Pinsir. During this search, Heracross helped cleared the way in the forest. After it threw a tree away, Kricketina used Heracross to defeat a wildEkans. The group then decided to cook and use the food to try to attract something close to them. To this end, Heracross and Kricketina started cooking a portion of "Kricketina Treats" to spread in the forest.
The Kricketina Treats ended up catching the attention of Team Rocket, who was days without food, and they decided to capture the group's Pokémon. Despite this, they only captured Ash, Goh's Sobble, and Kricketina while leaving Goh and Heracross. This forced the two to battle a Drapion and a Scolipede that Jessie and James received from the Rocket Prize Master, alongside Meowth.
This battle ended up catching the attention of Goh's Pinsir, who started to develop feelings for Heracross. Eventually, Heracross and Goh managed to defeat Team Rocket and send them blasting off. Afterwards, Goh caught a Pinsir who was attracted to Kricketina Treats. With his first Pinsir in love with Heracross, Goh agreed to trade his newly caught Pinsir for Heracross.
In Suffering the Flings and Arrows!, the arrival of a Lilligant with a sweet smell made Heracross pay more attention to her than to Pinsir, which made Pinsir jealous. During an attack by Team Rocket on the Celadon Gym, Goh used Heracross against a Lurantis, but was defeated. At the moment when the Pokémon used by Team Rocket were going to launch the final attack, Pinsir placed itself in front of Heracross and protected him, making the two Pokémon end up reconciling.
In Big Brother to the Rescue!, Heracross was still seen suffering the effects of Lilligant's scent, which aroused jealousy in Pinsir. To resolve this, Yamper had Panpour throw a Water Gun move at Heracross's face, which temporarily fixed the problem until Alcremie passed in place.
In JN135, Heracross joined the rest of Goh's Pokémon at the lab to celebrate their Trainer's return from the lastmission of Project Mew. In JN136, Heracross attended a surprise party hosted by the Lab members commemorating Goh and Ash's departure.
Personality and characteristics
Heracross and Pinsir
Heracross infatuated by Lilligant's scent
Heracross is a powerful battler. During his battle against Ash's Pikachu, he was able to use powerful moves against his opponent and was able to easily defeat Meowth and Jessie's Wobbuffet. When Goh's Pinsir saw Heracross in action, it fell in love with Heracross, and the two have been seen spending a lot of time with each other at the Cerise Laboratory. Their relationship evolved to the point that Heracross was a kind of "bodyguard" to Pinsir, as seen in Not Too Close for Comfort!, where Heracross rushed to throw Drizzile away after it started Pinsir. Despite their affection for each other, Heracross is easily distracted by pleasant scents, most notably from Lilligant. This often results in Pinsir getting jealous and Heracross trying to apologize once he snaps out of it.
Heracross is also quite sociable, accepting Goh's commands even when he was not his Trainer yet or showing off to people who were at the Pokémon Center. Heracross is also an excellent cook, helping Kricketina Kylie prepare food meant to attract Bug-type Pokémon around the forest.
During his time at Laboratory, Heracross enjoys training with some of Goh's Pokémon, such as Darmanitan.