Pokemon Go Genesect raid guide: Best counters, weaknesses and moves


Genesect is back in raids until Oct. 12


Genesect is back in Pokemon Go for a limited time. You can encounter the mythical bug/steel Pokemon in five-star raid battles until Oct. 12, and this time around, it’s equipped with its Douse Drive — making this your first chance to catch this form in the mobile game. Here are some tips to help you beat and capture Genesect before it leaves Pokemon Go again.

Genesect weaknesses

Much like Scizor, Genesect is a bug- and steel-type Pokemon, which means it only has one weakness: fire. Since both bug and steel are susceptible to it, however, Genesect takes quadruple damage from fire-type attacks, so you’ll want to stack your team with strong fire-type Pokemon when challenging it.

Best Genesect counters

Any fully evolved or legendary fire-type Pokemon will be helpful in battle against Genesect, especially if they know fire-type Fast and Charged Attacks. If you need some suggestions, however, here are a few recommended Pokemon to use against Genesect:


  • Mega Charizard X/Y: Fire Spin, Blast Burn
  • Arcanine: Fire Fang, Flamethrower
  • Moltres: Fire Spin, Overheat
  • Mega Houndoom: Fire Fang, Flamethrower
  • Entei: Fire Fang, Overheat
  • Magmortar: Fire Spin, Fire Punch
  • Heatran: Fire Spin, Flamethrower
  • Darmanitan: Fire Fang, Overheat
  • Chandelure: Fire Spin, Overheat
  • Reshiram: Fire Fang, Overheat

Best moves for Genesect

Genesect is one of the strongest mythical Pokemon in the game, and if you want to leverage that offensive strength, the best moves to teach it are Metal Claw and Magnet Bomb. You can also replace the former attack with Fury Cutter to take advantage of Genesect’s bug typing, which will make it a more effective counter against psychic Pokemon. In terms of raw damage output, however, Metal Claw and Magnet Bomb are the best move choices for Genesect.

Genesect leaves raids at 10 a.m. local time on Oct. 12. Be sure to also check out our Pokemon Go October events roundup for more details on this month’s in-game events and activities.

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