Pokemon Go Genesect Special ResearchSource: Niantic

Genesect is returning to Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go and this time with a new Drive form. Fortunately, we here at iMore have everything you need to know to tackle Genesect. And be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey!

Who is Genesect in Pokémon Go?

Pokemon 649 GenesectSource: The Pokémon Company

A Mythical Pokémon revived from a fossil, Genesect was brought into the modern age by the scientists working for the infamous Team Plasma. These scientists weren't satisfied to just resurrect a Pokémon that had been extinct for 300 million years; they also added technological "upgrades" to the Mythical Pokémon. These modifications include a cannon on its back that can house different type Drives. In the core games, these Drives change the type of its signature move: Techno Blast.

In Pokémon Go, Genesect's Drives also change the typing for Techno Blast; however, that's mostly not played out well for Genesect. In nearly all cases, it's best use is as a Bug type. That doesn't mean players shouldn't focus on this raid. Genesect is still an excellent Bug type Pokémon, and short of a couple Mega Bug types and Shadow Bug types, it will remain the top Bug type in Pokémon Go until we see Volcarona and the Bug type Ultra Beasts introduced.

What are the best counters for Genesect in Pokémon Go?

As a Bug and Steel type Pokémon, Genesect only has one weakness but it is a big one. Genesect takes quad damage from Fire type attacks. This time, we'll be facing Genesect with its Shock drive, meaning it is capable of dealing Bug, Steel, and Electric type damage. Mega Evolution isn't necessary to win this fight, but it certainly makes the battle go faster.

Mega Charizard Y

Pokemon 006 Mega Charizard YSource: The Pokémon Company

Outperforming every other Pokémon on the list, Mega Charizard Y was practically built to melt down Genesect. As a Fire and Flying type, it takes reduced damage from Steel and Bug type moves. While it is weak to Electric type damage, its massive bulk means that's still not much of a threat. It will also boost all your other Fire type counters, but as Fire types are the only top counters in this raid, you won't need to coordinate with the rest of your raid party. Fire Spin and Blast Burn are the ideal movesets for any Charizard you bring to this fight.

Mega Charizard X

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Although it falls behind Mega Charizard Y, Mega Charizard X also makes quick work of Genesect. As a Fire and Dragon type, it takes reduced damage from all of Shock Drive Genesect's moves. While Mega Charizard Y should be given priority, if you already have a Mega Charizard X ready to go, you'll want it to know Fire Spin and Blast Burn.

Reshiram

Pokemon 643 ReshiramSource: The Pokémon Company

The Legendary Fire and Dragon type, Reshiram is another excellent counter for Genesect, dealing more damage than even Mega Houndoom. As a Dragon and Fire type, it's resistant to Bug, Steel and Electric type damage, so it will last a long time in this fight. Reshiram has only had two runs in raids so far, both during a global pandemic, so you might not have the candy necessary to power it up. However, if you do, you'll want Fire Fang and Overheat for your Reshiram's moveset.

Mega Houndoom

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If you don't have enough Mega Energy to swing a Mega Charizard, Mega Houndoom performs very well in this Raid. As a Dark and Fire type, it resists Steel type damage and has no weaknesses Genesect can exploit. If you're bringing Mega Houndoom to this Raid, you'll want it to know Fire Fang and Flamethrower.

Darmanitan

Pokemon 555 Darmanitan Source: The Pokémon Company

Darmanitan is a rather unique Pokémon first discovered in the Unova region. It has a regional variant and multiple forms, but the original Fire type is the one you'll want to battle Genesect. It resists Steel, and Bug type attacks, and has no weaknesses Genesect is able to exploit. It's also very obtainable, with its first stage, Darumaka being quite common, and only requiring 50 Candy to fully evolve. If you're bringing Darmanitan to this Raid, you'll want it to know Fire Fang and Overheat.

Chandelure

Pokemon 609 ChandelureSource: The Pokémon Company

The Fire and Ghost type, Chandelure is also an excellent counter for Genesect and far more obtainable than Reshiram or the Mega counters. With its Fire type moveset, Fire Spin and Overheat, and its resistances to Bug and Steel type, if you have Chandelure, bring it. Thanks to Litwick being featured in both Halloween and Pokémon Go Fest 2020, many players can bring Chandelure to this Raid.

Blaziken

Pokemon 257 BlazikenSource: The Pokémon Company

The final evolution of the Gen III Fire Starter, Blaziken is another great choice for this raid. It's a Fire and Fighting type that has been readily available and has had its own Community Day, so you likely have a few powered up already. It has resistances to Bug and Steel, and it has no weaknesses for Genesect to exploit. Fire Spin and Blast Burn is the moveset you'll want.

Heatran

Pokemon 485 HeatranSource: The Pokémon Company

A Legendary Pokémon from the Sinnoh region of Gen IV, Heatran is a Fire and Steel type that works great against Genesect. It is resistant to Bug and Steel type attacks, while having no relevant weaknesses. Heatran has also had several runs in raids now, so most active players have had the chance to add it to their roster. If you're bringing Heatran to this fight, you'll want it to know Fire Spin and Flamethrower.

Moltres

Pokemon 146 MoltresSource: The Pokemon Company

A Legendary Pokémon from Gen I, Moltres performs very well in this Raid. It has resistances to Bug and Steel, but its weakness to Electric type damage make it far less ideal against this version of Genesect than some of the others. Moltres has been available in numerous Raids, Research Breakthrough Rewards, and even as a Legendary Shadow Pokémon, so most players have a few. Fire Spin and Overheat is the moveset you'll want; however, if you happen to have a Moltres with the Legacy move, Sky Attack, do not TM this move away. It's one of the best Flying type attacks and can only be regained with an Elite TM.

Emboar

Pokemon 500 EmboarSource: The Pokémon Company

Another fully evolved fire starter, Emboar is a great counter for Genesect. Like Blaziken, it's a Fire and Fighting type, so it resists Steel and Bug type moves, and takes normal damage from Electric type. Its also had the Community Day treatment, as well as having been featured in a number of other events, so most players have a few by now. Ember and Blast Burn are the moves you'll want your Emboar to know for this raid.

Entei

Pokemon 244 EnteiSource: The Pokémon Company

One of the Legendary Beasts of Johto, Entei is another fantastic choice for this raid. As a pure Fire type, it has no relevent weaknesses, and resists Bug and Steel type damage. While Entei is a Legendary Pokémon, it has been available in Raids, as a Research Breakthrough Reward, and even as a Shadow Legendary Pokémon on Giovanni's team, so odds are you have at least one. If you're bringing Entei into this fight, you'll want it to know Fire Fang and Overheat.

Flareon

Pokemon 136 FlareonSource: The Pokémon Company

Last but not least is the Fire type "Eeveelution": Flareon. Another pure Fire type, Flareon can stand up to all of Genesects attacks, with only the Electric type moves dealing full damage. Plus, because Eevee has been in the game since day one and has been featured in countless events, including several Community Days, there is no good reason not to have the resources for an entire team of Flareons. Fire Spin and Overheat is the moveset you'll want your Flareon to know when going up against Genesect.

Back ups?

Although most players will be able to make a team of the best counters, if you're finding a gap in your team, there are plenty of back ups who work well in larger groups. Just make sure you're dodging and any of the following could be a decent back up:

  • Infernape with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Typhlosion with Incinerate and Blast Burn
  • Victini with Quick Attack and V-Create
  • Magmortar with Fire Spin and Fire Punch
  • Pyroar with Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Arcanine with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
  • Ho-Oh with Incinerate and Fire Blast
  • Delphox with Fire Spin and Flamethrower
  • Houndoom with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
  • Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Salamence with Fire Fang and Fire Blast
  • Heatmor with Fire Spin and Flamethrower
  • Simisear with Fire Spin and Flamethrower
  • Mega Manectric with Thunder Fang and Overheat
  • Rapidash with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
  • Camerupt with Ember and Overheat
  • Ninetales with Fire Spin and Weather Ball
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Flamethrower
  • Groudon with Mud Shot and Fire Punch
  • Togekiss with Hidden Power and Flamethrower
  • Genesect (Burn Drive) with Fury Cutter and Techno Blast
  • Electivire with Thunder Shock and Flamethrower

Shadow Pokémon?

The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events or with Elite TMs, it's possible to change their moves. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:

  • Shadow Entei with Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Shadow Arcanine with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
  • Shadow Magmortar with Fire Spin and Fire Punch
  • Shadow Ho-Oh with Incinerate and Fire Blast
  • Shadow Salamence with Fire Fang and Fire Blast
  • Shadow Moltres with Fire Spin and Overheat
  • Shadow Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Shadow Houndoom with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
  • Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Flamethrower
  • Shadow Ninetales with Fire Spin and Weather Ball

Note: Shadow Entei, Shadow Arcanine, and Shadow Magmortar outperform all the non-Mega, non-Legendary Pokémon in the best counters list.

How many players does it take to beat Genesect in Pokémon Go?

Genesect wasn't a particularly challenging Raid before Mega Evolution. Now, that there are three Fire type Mega Pokémon available, you should be able to easily take out Genesect with just a couple high level Trainers, even when taking into account the slightly more threatening Electric type moves this version has. If you don't have the Mega Energy to spare, lack the best counters, or are a lower level, you might want to aim for four players, but even then, this should be a relatively easy raid.

Weather Conditions that could impact this Raid include:

  • Rainy Weather will boost Genesect's Bug and Electric type moves
  • Snow will boost its Steel type moves
  • Sunny/Clear weather will boost your Fire type counters

Questions about taking on Genesect in Pokémon Go?

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