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Pokémon Go Genesect raid guide, best moveset and counters

Grab the alien-like Genesect in one of its many forms

Genesect stands in a rocky terrain area
Image: The Pokémon Company
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Genesect, the Legendary Paleozoic Pokémon from the Unova region, is one of Pokémon Go’s potential tier five raid targets. Our Pokémon Go Genesect raid guide explains Genesect’s best movesets, counters, and weaknesses.

Genesect has many forms, based on the four possible drives it can hold from the original games: Shock Drive (electric), Burn Drive (fire), Chill Drive (ice), and Douse Drive (water). While there are no drive items in Pokémon Go to change Genesect’s forms, you can catch the different versions. The versions do not affect Genesect’s typing at all, so its counters will remain the same.

Previously, Genesect was available to players who bought a special pass, but now it is publicly available as a raid target. As of this writing, only the non-drive version and the Douse Drive version are in Pokémon Go.

Genesect best counters and weaknesses

Because Genesect is bug- and steel-type, it’s extremely weak to fire-type moves, which you should stick to if you’re taking it on. We’ve listed a few suitable counters below:

  • Reshiram with Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Chandelure with Fire Spin and Overheat
  • Darmanitan with Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn

Pretty much any fire-type starter Pokémon with its Community Day move will put a massive dent in Genesect.

For the most damage, you’ll want it to be sunny or clear for the fire-type weather boost.

Genesect best movesets

No matter which Genesect you have, its best moveset is Fury Cutter and X-Scissor, making it one of the best bug-type attackers in the game.

If you want to use Genesect in PvP, give it Fury Cutter with X-Scissor and Magnet Bomb for some decent coverage in Ultra League.

Is Genesect available Shiny?

Yes and no. The base, drive-less version of Genesect can be Shiny, but the Douse Drive form cannot be found Shiny.

Shiny Genesect standing next to its normal form. Shiny Genesect is red instead of purple. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

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