How to take on Genesect in Pokémon Go

Special Pokemon Go Genesect Search

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Genesect, a Mythical Bug and Steel-type Pokémon, is coming to Pokémon Go soon. Although there are plans to support EX raids in April and participate in a special paid search event before that, Genesect may be delayed by due to COVID-19 issues, but you can still start preparing your team now. We have everything you need to know to face this legendary Pokémon!

Mythical Pokémon resurrected from a fossil, Genesect was introduced into the modern era by scientists working for the infamous Plasma team. These scientists were not satisfied with simply resuscitating a Pokémon that had disappeared 300 million years ago; they also added technological “improvements” to the Mythical Pokémon. These modifications include a barrel on its back which can contain different types of discs. These discs change the type of their signature move: Techno Blast; however, it looks like the different types of Genesects in Pokémon Go have access to different loaded moves. Fortunately, only one of these loaded movements really poses a threat to Genesect counters.

What are the best counters?

As a Bug and Steel type Pokémon, Genesect has only one weakness, but it’s a big one. Genesect has a double weakness in the face of Fire attacks. This is good news as there are many very powerful types of fire, as well as some powerful Pokémon with fire type attacks which can also fill up. Most of these counters will work regardless of the color of Drive Genesect, but some of them are weak compared to electrical types, so be careful with Shock Drive Genesect.


Pokemon 609 Candlemas

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The best kind of fire in the game, Chandelure is also the best counter for Genesect. With its Fire, Fire Spin and Overheat moveet, and its resistance to all possible Genesect movements, if you have Chandelure, bring it. Unfortunately, many players still lack this Pokémon which was mainly limited to Halloween.


Pokemon 485 Heatran

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A legendary Pokémon that is only available for limited raid events, Heatran is a Fire and Steel type that works very well against Genesect. It takes standard Fire and Electric damage, but otherwise resists all other Genesect moves. If you bring Heatran to this fight, you’ll want him to know Fire Spin and Flamethrower.


Pokemon 146 Moltres

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Legendary generation I Pokémon, Moltres works well with most versions of Genesect. It has resistance to Bug, Steel and Fire movements, but it is weak against Electric types. If you face a Shock Drive Genesect, leave Moltres out of your team. Otherwise, Moltres has been available in many raids, groundbreaking rewards, and as a legendary Shadow Pokémon, so most players have a few. Fire Spin and Overheat is the set of moves you want.


Pokemon 244 Entei

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Although Entei is a legendary Pokémon, it is available in raids as a revolutionary research reward, and is currently part of the team of the legendary ghost Pokémon Giovanni. Entei also has resistance to Bug, Steel, Fire and Ice movements. If you bring Entei into this fight, you will want him to know Fire Spin and Overheat.


Pokémon 006 Charizard

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The Gen I Fire Starter, Charizard works well against most versions of Genesect. He has a weakness for electricity and takes normal damage from Normal, Poison and Ice, but being available from day one in raids, and the star of his own community day, most players have whole teams of Charizards under tension. Fire Spin and Blast Burn is the set of moves you want your Charizard to know.


Pokemon 257 Blaziken

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Another Fire Starter, Blaziken is a Fire and Fighting type who was readily available and had his own community day, you probably already have a few on. It has resistance to Bug, Steel, Fire and Ice movements, and takes normal damage from others. Fire Spin and Blast Burn is the movement game you want.


Pokemon 136 Flareon

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The type of fire Eeveelution, Flareon is available from day one in apparitions, raids and more. Most players have multiple Flareons and more than enough Eevee to power them. Being a pure fire type, it has resistance to insect, steel, fire and ice movements of Genesect and suffers normal damage from the rest. You will want your Flareon to know the rotation of the fire and overheat for this fight.


Pokemon 392 Infernape

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Another Fire Starter, Infernape is also a Fire and Fighting type who received Community Day treatment. It’s not quite as strong as Blaziken, but it’s still a great counter-Genesect. You will want your Infernape to know Fire Spin and Blast Burn.


While most players can offer entire teams of great counters for Genesect, there are also many good backups. If you happen to have a gap in your team, consider one of the following:

  • Magmortar with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
  • Arcanine with fire hook and flame thrower
  • Typhlosion with embers and explosion burns
  • Salamence with Fire Fang and Fire Blast
  • Emboar with Ember and Heat Wave
  • Houndoom with Fire Fang and Fire Blast
  • Mewtwo with psycho cut and flame thrower
  • Ninetales with Fire Spin and overheating
  • Rapidash with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
  • Simisear with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
  • Torkoal with Fire Spin and overheating
  • Ho-Oh with extrasensory and Fire Blast

How many players does it take to beat Genesect?

Currently, our Genesect information is based on datamining and may change by the time it reaches EX raids. As such, we just don’t know how many players it will take to complete this raid. On the positive side, most EX raids tend to attract a large crowd, so you will likely not miss a short. If its moveet remains the same at launch, it could be increased by a number of weather conditions. Sunny weather will stimulate your Fire-type movements, as well as the Burn Drive Genesect flame thrower. The partly cloudy weather will increase the hyper beam of the Genesect with normal training. Cloudy weather will increase the gunk shot of Douse Drive Genesect. The snow will increase the beam of ice of Chill Drive Genesect, as well as its Steel type movements, and Rainy Weather will stimulate the Zap cannon of a Shock Drive Genesect, as well as its Bug type movements.


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