Genesect, a Mythical Bug and Steel type Pokémon, is returning to Pokémon Go. During Pokémon Go Fest 2020 Trainers around the globe worked hard to meet every single challenge, unlocking three week long events. The third and final week is Unova Week, during which Genesect will take over Legendary Raids. So you better start preparing your team now. We have everything you need to know to take on this Mythical Pokémon!
Who is Genesect?
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. These Drives change the type of its signature move: Techno Blast; however, Pokémon Go hasn't incorporated the different Drives or its signature move yet, making this a very easy Raid.
What are the best counters?
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 is good news as there are a lot of really strong Fire types, as well as a few strong Pokémon with Fire type attacks who can fill in as well. So far, Genesect can only do Bug, Steel, and Normal type damage, leaving most of its counters in fine shape for this Raid.
The Legendary Fire and Dragon type, Reshiram is fairly new to Pokémon Go and was released for it's only run in Raids during a global pandemic so many players don't have this Pokémon or enough candy to power it up. Still, if you have Reshiram, it's the best non-shadow Pokémon for this Raid. It's resistant to Bug and Steel type attacks and none of its weaknesses are relevant to this fight. If you are bringing Reshiram, you'll want it to know Fire Fang and Overheat.
The Fire and Ghost type, Chandelure is also an excellent counter for Genesect and far more obtainable. With its Fire type moveset, Fire Spin and Overheat, and its resistances to all of Genesect's possible moves, 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.
Fairly new to Pokémon Go, Darmanitan is a Fire type Pokémon from the Gen V Unova Region. Although it has a Galarian variant and a currenly unreleased forme, you'll want the original Darmanitan to battle Genesect. It resists Bug and Steel type attacks as well, so it will last a while. If you're bringing Darmanitan to this Raid, you'll want it to know Fire Fang and Overheat.
A Legendary Pokémon from Gen I, Moltres performs very well in this Raid. It has resistances to Bug and Steel type moves and no weaknesses Genesect can exploit. Moltres has been available in numerous Raids, Research Breakthrough Rewards, and as a Legendary Shadow Pokémon, so most players have a few. Fire Spin and Overheat is the moveset you'll want.
The final evolution of the Gen III Fire Starter, Blaziken is 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 has no weaknesses for Genesect to exploit. Fire Spin and Blast Burn is the moveset you'll want.
A Legendary Pokémon that has only been available for limited Raid events, Heatran is a Fire and Steel type that works great against Genesect. It is resistant to Normal, Bug, and Steel type attacks, making it one of the most survivable Pokémon on the list. If you're bringing Heatran to this fight, you'll want it to know Fire Spin and Flamethrower.
The final evolution of the Gen I Fire Starter, Charizard performs very well against Genesect. It's resistant to Bug and Steel type attacks and has no weaknesses Genesect can exploit. Having been available since day one, in Raids, and the star of its own Community Day, most players have entire teams of powered up Charizards. Fire Spin and Blast Burn is the moveset you'll want your Charizard to know.
While Entei is a Legendary Pokémon, it has been available in Raids, as a Research Breakthrough Reward, and even as a Shadow Legendary Pokémonon Giovanni's team. Entei also boasts resistances to Bug, Steel, Fire, and Ice type moves. If you're bringing Entei into this fight, you'll want it to know Fire Spin and Overheat.
The Fire type Eeveelution, Flareon has been available since day one in spawns, Raids, and more. Most players have several Flareons and more than enough Eevee Candy to power them up. Being a pure Fire type, it boasts resistances to Genesect's Bug and Steel type moves and has no weaknesses the Paleozoic Pokémon can exploit. You'll want your Flareon to know Fire Spin and Overheat for this fight.
Another Fire Starter, Infernape is also a Fire and Fighting type that has had the Community Day treatment. It's not quite as strong as Blaziken, but still makes for a great counter to Genesect. You'll want your Infernape to know Fire Spin and Blast Burn.
Brand new to Pokémon Go, players who participated in Pokémon Go Fest 2020 had the chance to earn a Victini by completing the Rocket Straight to Victory. This little Mythical Pokémon is a Psychic and Fire type that resists Genesect's Bug and Steel type moves. In a more general sense, Quick Attack is not ideal for Victini, however, because Genesect is resistant to Psychic type attacks, you'll want to pair Quick Attack with Victini's signature move, V-Create.
While most players can come up with entire teams of excellent counters for Genesect, there are plenty of good back ups as well. If you happen to have a gap in your team, consider any of the following:
- Magmortar with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
- Arcanine with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
- Typhlosion with Ember and Blast Burn
- 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 Flamethrower
- Ninetales with Fire Spin and Overheat
- Rapidash with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
- Simisear with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
- Torkoal with Fire Spin and Overheat
- Ho-Oh with Extrasensory and Fire Blast
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, 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 Moltres
- Shadow Entei
- Shadow Charizard
- Shadow Arcanine
- Shadow Magmortar
- Shadow Salamence
- Shadow Houndoom
- Shadow Mewtwo
- Shadow Ninetails
Note: Shadow Moltres and Shadow Entei outperform every other Pokémon in the best counters list. Shadow Charizard, Shadow Arcanine, Shadow Magmortar, and Shadow Salamence also perform on par with the other best counters.
How many players does it take to beat Genesect?
Genesect isn't a particularly challenging Raid. None of the best counters are weak to any of Genesect's moves, and the same goes for most of the back-ups. With the Shadow Pokémon rebalance, a pair of high level Trainers can easily finish this Raid. If you're lower level or don't have the best counters, you may need a slightly larger party.
Although Weather Conditions don't make a huge difference in this Raid due to most of Genesect's counters resisting most of its attacks, Partially Cloudy Weather will boost Genesect's Normal type moves, Rainy Weather will boost its Bug type moves, and Snow will boost its Steel type moves. Sunny/Clear weather will boost your counters' Fire type attacks.
Do you have any questions for countering Genesect? Got any tips for fellow Trainers? Drop us a comment below and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go Guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!
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