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Pokémon Go A Drive to Investigate quest steps, rewards and ticket price explained

Everything you need to know about Genesect's paid in-game event.

A Drive to Investigate is the second paid in-game event for Pokémon Go.

Like the previous paid in-game event, A Colossal Discovery, A Drive to Investigate is focused around a specific Mythical Pokémon.

For A Drive to Investigate, this Mythical Pokémon is Genesect, which is a bug and steel-type Pokémon. After this event, you'll be able to fight Genesect in EX Raids.

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How Genesect's event 'A Drive to Investigate works in Pokémon Go, Genesect event date and time explained

'A Drive to Investigate' is the second paid in-game event to occur in Pokémon Go. Following in the footsteps of 'A Colossal Discovery,' this event will have no set location and be available to every Pokémon Go player across the world.

Pokémon Go's 'A Drive to Investigate' will start on Friday, 20th March at 8am in your local time zone and end on Thursday, 26th March at 10pm in your local time zone.

To partake in this event you must purchase a ticket before or at any point throughout the event.

If you do decide to buy a ticket before the event is released, a time-limited Special Research quest, 'A Drive to Investigate,' will become available to you from Friday, 20th March onwards.

If you purchase a ticket while the event is running, this Special Research quest will become available shortly after your transaction.

'A Drive to Investigate' will work similarly to the Special Research questlines released for Mythical Pokémon like Jirachi and the previous paid in-game event, 'A Colossal Discovery.'

The storyline will be broken down into several steps, which will each contain three individual challenges that you need to complete. You'll be rewarded for each individual challenge and step you complete.

Once you've made your way to the end of the Special Research tasks, you'll be given the opportunity to catch Genesect - the Paleozoic Pokémon.

If you're unable to complete 'A Drive to Investigate' during the event's time period, then you will still be able to finish it after the 26th of March.

The only restriction is that you must collect the Special Research task before the event ends on Thursday, 26th March.

Do this all you need to do is purchase a ticket and then turn on Pokémon Go throughout this event, which will ensure that 'A Drive to Investigate' is added to your Special Research collection.

'A Drive to Investigate' quest steps in Pokémon Go explained

Below you'll find the five quest steps, including the three challenges each one contains, for 'A Drive to Investigate' in Pokémon Go.

Be warned, however, this section does contain spoilers for both the challenges and the rewards you receive for completing them.

'A Drive to Investigate' Step 1 of 5

  • Battle another Trainer 5 times (1000 Stardust)
  • Catch 25 Normal-type Pokémon (3 Rare Candy)
  • Give your buddy 1 treat (Trubbish encounter)

Rewards: 5x Premium Raid Passes, Pinsir encounter and Genesect Cap

'A Drive to Investigate' Step 2 of 5

  • Power up Pokémon 5 times (1000 Stardust)
  • Catch 25 Fire-type Pokémon (3 Rare Candy)
  • Send 3 Gifts to friends (Karrablast encounter)

Rewards: 3 Charged TMs, Skarmory encounter and 3 Super Incubators

'A Drive to Investigate' Step 3 of 5

  • Transfer 3 Pokémon (1000 Stardust)
  • Catch 25 Water-type Pokémon (3 Rare Candy)
  • Hatch an Egg (Shelmet encounter)

Rewards: 3 Incense, Scizor encounter and Genesect Bag

'A Drive to Investigate' Step 4 of 5

  • Make 3 Great Throws in a row (1000 Stardust)
  • Catch 25 Electric Pokémon (3 Rare Candy)
  • Play with your buddy (Kabuto encounter)

Rewards: 3 Fast TMs, Genesect encounter and Glacial Lure Module

'A Drive to Investigate' Step 5 of 5

  • Battle a Team Leader 3 times (1000 Stardust)
  • Catch 25 Ice-type Pokémon (3 Rare Candy)
  • Take 3 snapshots of Genesect (Durant encounter)

Rewards: Poffin, 10 Genesect Candy and 3 Star Pieces

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

Rewards from 'A Drive to Investigate' in Pokémon Go

For taking part in 'A Drive to Investigate' in Pokémon Go, you'll receive a number of rewards including:

  • A Special Research story event that concludes in an early-access encounter with Genesect
  • Encounters with Pinsir, Durant, Scizor, Skarmory, Karrablast and Shelmet
  • Exclusive Field Research tasks that result in encounters with Scyther, Skarmory, Nincada and Shieldon
  • A special 'A Drive to Investigate' medal
  • Exclusive Genesect-themed avatar items, including a bag and a cap
You can earn exclusive Genesect-themed avatar items.

You'll also be able to earn a variety of items throughout this Special Research quest, including:

How much does 'A Drive to Investigate' in Pokémon Go cost?

A ticket for 'A Drive to Investigate' in Pokémon Go costs £7.99 / $7.99.

The ticket is nonrefundable and you can not purchase it using PokéCoins.

You'll be able to purchase tickets from the time they do live, which is yet to be confirmed, until 8pm local time on Thursday March 26th, which means you can buy a ticket at any point during the event.

Presumably the tickets will go live shortly before the event begins.

How to purchase a ticket for 'A Drive to Investigate' in Pokémon Go

Once the tickets for 'A Drive to Investigate' in Pokémon Go are live, you'll be able to purchase one from the in-game store.

You can access the in-game store from the main Poké Ball menu. When you're in the store, scroll down until you find a ticketed-event banner advertising 'A Drive to Investigate.'

Select 'Learn More' beneath this banner and then the option to 'Purchase.' This will then take you through the steps to purchase the event ticket.

After this has been completed correctly, you'll receive a pop-up informing you that a ticket for 'A Drive to Investigate' has been purchased and is in your Item Bag.


New to the game is a long overdue Mega Evolution update, which has arrived alongside the A Mega Moment research. May 2022 in Pokémon Go includes the Water Festival, which celebrates the release of Dewpider and Araquanid. Tapu Fini has also been released alongside A Poni Adventure - the last Alola region-themed special research quest. Currently both the Ultra League and Element Cup are running in the Go Battle League. Elsewhere, we've recently seen the release of more Gen 7 Pokémon as part of the Season of Alola. The first details surrounding Go Fest 2022 have also been announced, including the event date.


Do you miss out on anything if you don't pay for 'A Drive to Investigate'?

Thankfully Genesect will be entering EX Raids in Pokémon Go in April.

The most you'll miss out on from not partaking in 'A Drive to Investigate' are the specialised event badge and the exclusive Genesect avatar items.

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