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Pokemon Go Genesect Raid Guide: Best Genesect Counters, Weaknesses, And More Tips

The Mythical Gen 5 Pokemon has returned to five-star Raids for a limited time; here are some tips to help you battle and catch it.


Niantic has brought another Mythical Pokemon back to Pokemon Go for a limited time. Genesect, the Mythical Bug/Steel type from Pokemon Black and White, is returning to five-star Raids until January 12, and this time around it will be equipped with the Burn Drive, making this your first chance to catch this form in Pokemon Go. If you're looking to add the Mythical Pokemon to your collection, we've rounded up some tips on how to beat and catch Genesect below.

Genesect Raid Hours

Genesect will appear in five-star Raids from January 5-12. This marks only the second time that the Mythical Pokemon will be available in standard Raids; previously, the only way to encounter it (if you missed its Special Research story event) was in EX Raids, which require an invitation to join.


Since standard Raids occur periodically, there's no telling when a Genesect Raid will take place. However, you'll receive an in-game notification when a Raid at a nearby Gym is about to begin, so you shouldn't have much trouble tracking a Genesect Raid down.

Genesect Weaknesses And Counters

Much like Scizor, Genesect is a Bug/Steel Pokemon. This typing helps mitigate many of the weaknesses Bug and Steel types typically have, but it also makes the Mythical Pokemon extremely vulnerable to Fire types, so you'll want to bring along plenty of those when challenging Genesect. Fire-type Legendaries like Reshiram, Entei, Ho-Oh, and Moltres will be especially effective if you have those, but other Fire Pokemon like Chandelure, Darmanitan, and Charizard will also be helpful.

Pokemon To Avoid

Although Psychic Pokemon are normally pretty powerful, they're at a disadvantage against Genesect. Not only do they take super-effective damage from Genesect's Bug-type moves, but their Psychic-type attacks are not very effective against the Mythical Pokemon thanks to its Steel typing. Fairy Pokemon also take super-effective damage from Steel moves, making them another type to avoid when challenging Genesect.

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