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Genesect (Douse Drive) Pokemon GO Raid Guide

The mythical Pokemon, Genesect, will be taking over Raids in Pokemon GO for the first part of this month.
The mythical Pokemon, Genesect, will be taking over Raids in Pokemon GO for the first part of this month. / Niantic Labs

The mythical Pokemon, Genesect, will be taking over Raids in Pokemon GO for the first part of this month.

Genesect is one of the rare Pokemon that has been quite literally risen from the dead. It naturally existed over 300 million years ago, but was brought back to life by Unova's Team Plasma and modified to become part beast and part machine. Now, part steel-type, Genesect sports a cannon on its back capable of firing a variety of different elements depending on the drive installed. Its PokeDex number is #649.

Genesect (Douse Drive) Pokemon GO Raid Guide

Genesect is taking over five-star Raids from Friday, Oct. 1 to Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. local time. This is the first time its Douse Drive variant will be appearing in-game. Unfortunately, this means it won't have the chance to be shiny.

In Raids, Genesect can have a CP value of up to 47,836 and up to 15,000 HP. Despite having a Douse Drive—implying water is inbound—it remains a bug and steel-type. Therefore, it is significantly weak against fire-types. It can survive normal, bug, steel, psychic, ice, dragon, and fairy-type attacks with double resistance against poison and grass-types.

Therefore, unsurprisingly, trainers should focus on filling out their raid team with their strongest fire-types. Some of the best counter choices for Genesect are:

  • Reshiram (Fire Fang + Overheat)
  • Chandelure (Fire Spin + Overheat)
  • Standard Darmanitan (Fire Fang + Overheat)
  • Moltres (Fire Spin + Overheat)
  • Entei (Fire Fang + Overheat)
  • Blaziken (Fire Spin + Overheat)
  • Charizard (Fire Spin + Blast Burn/Overheat)
  • Flareon (Fire Spin + Overheat)

However, when it really comes down to it, any powered-up fire-type with a fire-specific moveset will do.

When caught, Genesect can have the following stats:

  • Maximum CP: 3791
  • Maximum HP: 158
  • Attack: 252
  • Defense: 199
  • Stamina: 174

Its best moveset contains the quick move Metal Claw paired with the charged move Magnet Bomb.

More information about Genesect's reign in Raids this month can be found on the official Pokemon GO news blog.