Genesect is returning to Pokémon Go for just one week. From January 5 through January 12, 2021, Trainers can battle the Mythical fossil Pokémon in Legendary Raids once again. A lot has changed since the last time we faced Genesect, including Mega Evolution. 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?
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. This run of Genesect will introduce the first of its Drives, the Burn Drive.
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. Previously, Genesect only had Bug, Steel, and Normal type attacks, but this Genesect is holding a Burn Drive, meaning it will also have a Fire type attack. Fortunately, that poses no threat to the abundance of Fire type counters.
Mega Charizard Y
Outperforming even the Legendary Shadow Fire type Pokémon, Mega Charizard Y was practically built to melt down Genesect. As a Fire and Flying type, it takes half damage from Fire and Steel, and only a quarter damage from Bug. It will also boost all your other Fire type counters. Although Mega Charizard energy isn't super easy to get ahold of, if you have enough to bring a Mega Charizard to this Raid, you're going to want to use it. Fire Spin and Blast Burn are the ideal movesets for any Charizard you bring to this fight.
Mega Charizard X
Although it falls behind Mega Charizard Y, Shadow Moltres, and Shadow Entei, Mega Charizard X also makes quick work of Genesect. As a Fire and Dragon type, it takes half damage from Steel and Bug type moves, and only a quarter damage from Fire. While Mega Charizard Y should be given priority, if you already have a Mega Charizard X, bring it, along with Fire Spin and Blast Burn.
Coming in close behind Mega Charizard X, Mega Houndoom performs very well in this Raid. As a Dark and Fire type, it resists Fire and Steel type attacks 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.
The Legendary Fire and Dragon type, Reshiram is fairly new to Pokémon Go and was released 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 resistant to Bug and Steel type attacks and none of its weaknesses are relevant to this fight. You'll want Fire Fang and Overheat for Reshiram's moveset.
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 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.
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 Fire, 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.
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, Steel, and Fire, and it 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.
A Legendary Pokémon from Gen I, Moltres performs very well in this Raid. It has resistances to Bug, Steel, and Fire type moves and no weaknesses Genesect can exploit. 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.
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. Entei also boasts resistances to Bug, Steel, and Fire type moves, and has no relevant weaknesses. If you're bringing Entei into this fight, you'll want it to know Fire Spin and Overheat.
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:
- Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Infernape with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Flareon with Fire Spin and Overheat
- Typhlosion with Incinerate and Blast Burn
- Pyroar with fire Fang and Overheat
- Ho-Oh with Incinerate and Fire Blast
- Magmortar with Fire Spin and Fire Punch
- Victini with Quick Attack and V-Create
- Arcanine with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
- Delphox with Fire Spin and Flamethrower
- Houndoom with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
- Salamence with Fire Fang 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 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 Moltres with Fire Spin and Overheat
- Shadow Entei with Fire Fang and Overheat
- Shadow Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Shadow Arcanine with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
- Shadow Magmortar with Fire Spin and Fire Punch
- Shadow Salamence with Fire Fang and Fire Blast
- Shadow Houndoom with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
- Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Flamethrower
Note: Shadow Moltres, Shadow Entei, and Shadow Charizard outperform every non-Mega Pokémon in the best counters list. 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 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. If you don't have the Mega Energy to spare, cannot coordinate with your fellow Trainers, or are a lower level, you might want to aim for four or more Trainers.
Weather Conditions that could impact this Raid include:
- Partially Cloudy Weather will boost Genesect's Normal type moves
- Rainy Weather will boost its Bug type moves
- Snow will boost its Steel type moves
- Sunny/Clear weather will boost Genesect's Fire type move, as well as your Fire type counters
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!