Pokémon Go Genesect counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Add the Paleozoic Genesect to your Pokédex!

Genesect, the Paleozoic Pokémon, can now be added to every player's Pokédex in Pokémon Go.

Originally released as part of the paid in-game event, A Drive to Investigate, Genesect will now be available for all players to battle and catch.

While Genesect is a mythical Pokémon, it will, like many legendary Pokémon, appear in five-star raids. This means that if you want to complete your Gen 5 Pokédex, you'll have to team up with a group of trainers, which, thanks to Remote Raiding, you can now do at home.

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Genesect counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find Genesect's weaknesses, along with a list of possible counters, to help you defeat this Mythical Pokémon in Pokémon Go:

  • Genesect type - Bug and steel-type
  • Genesect is weak against - Fire-type
  • Genesect counters - Charizard, Flareon, Moltres, Typhlosion, Entei, Ho-oh, Blaziken, Heatran, Darmanitan, Chandelure and Reshiram
  • Other Genesect notes - Selecting counters for Genesect is actually quite easy, simply select your most powerful Pokémon and, if they all faint, send in your remaining fire-type Pokémon.

Genesect CP in Pokémon Go

Here are the CP ranges you can expect to see when battling and attempting to catch Genesect in Pokémon Go:

  • Raid Boss CP - 47,836
  • CP range when being caught - 1,833 to 1,916
  • Weather boosted CP (Rain) when being caught - 2,292 to 2,395

Thank you to Arik90 from reddit for the help with this information.

Genesect Moveset in Pokémon Go

Like every Pokémon in Pokémon Go, Genesect can use a variety of Fast and Charged moves, but, unlike other Pokémon, your Genesect's drive decides which Charged moves it has. Here are the moves Genesect can use:


Possible Fast Moves:

  • Fury Cutter (Bug)
  • Metal Claw (Steel)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Flamethrower (Fire) - Burn Drive only
  • Gunk Shot (Poison) - Douse Drive only
  • Hyper Beam (Normal)
  • Ice Beam (Ice) - Chill Drive only
  • Magnet Bomb (Steel)
  • Techno Blast (Fire) - Burn Drive only
  • X-Scissor (Bug)
  • Zap Cannon (Electric) - Shock Drive only

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Everything we know about Genesect

When it comes to Pokémon lore, Genesect has a lot in common with Mewtwo.

As it's category as the 'Paleozoic Pokémon' suggests, Genesect was inspired by the giant insects of the Paleozoic era and, like in our world, these huge insects are now preserved in fossils.

It was one of these Genesect fossils that Team Plasma, the villainous team of the Unova region, brought back to life and then added a number of cybernetic enhancements to the revived Pokémon. This includes the cannon on Genesect's back and the various drives, which allows Genesect to use moves from a variety of different Pokémon types.

These enhancements also explain Genesect's status as a dual-type Pokémon; the bug typing comes from it being an ancient bug-type Pokémon, while the steel typing represents the experimentation it experienced.


Genesect was originally released into Pokémon Go as part of the paid in-game event, A Drive to Investigate, where players would receive the mythical Pokémon as part of the special Research Task questline.

Now, however, it will become part of the legendary Pokémon raid roster, making Genesect the second Mythical Pokémon, the first being Darkrai, to be made available via five-star raids.

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