Genesect is coming to Pokémon Go. You have the chance to battle the ancient, mechanized Pokémon by participating in exclusive five-star raid battles. These battles will require that you work together with at least three to five other trainers to take it down. We recommend more than five trainers to increase your chances, especially for those who are lower level. Here’s what you need to know to do the most damage to Genesect and increase your chances of capturing it.
Genesect is a Bug and Steel-type Pokémon, making it only weak to Fire-type attacks. But it’s incredibly vulnerable to these attacks, meaning you want to make sure everyone on your team uses them. It has a variety of resistances you want to remember, such as Grass, Poison, Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Ice, Normal, Psychic, and Steel-type attacks. Only use fire.
Pokémon to counter Genesect
There are a variety of Fire-type Pokémon you can use against Genesect. Some of your best choices include Heatran, Darmanitan, and Chandelure.
Heatran is a Fire and Steel-type Pokémon. It’s a good choice to use against Genesect because it’s resistant to any Bug and Steel-type attacks, which Genesect will be able to utilize against trainers likely. It has a maximum CP of 3,754, an attack of 251, a defense of 213, and stamina of 209. You want to make sure it knows fire spin and fire blast, although it can still be good if it knows flamethrower as its charge move.
Darmanitan is purely a Fire-type Pokémon. It won’t be resistant to any of Genesect’s moves like Heatran, but it’ll be able to give it plenty of damage with its Fire-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 263, an attack of 263, a defense of 114, and a stamina of 233. It sorely lacks any defenses to last too long against Genesect, so you likely only want to have one of them in your party. Make sure it knows fire fang and overheat.
The final choice you want to have in your roster is Chandelure, the Fire and Ghost-type Pokémon. It’ll be a good choice, especially alongside Heatran, as it’s resistant to Bug and Steel-type moves. It has a maximum CP of 3,268, an attack of 271, a defense of 182, and stamina of 155. Much like Darmanitan, it has lower defense than Heatran. Still, because it’s resistant to Genesect’s primary damage types, it should fare better. Make sure it knows fire spin and overheat.
While these are some of the better choices to use, there a several other Fire-type Pokémon available. You can choose to use Charizard, Reshiram, Moltres, Entei, Flareon, Infernape, Blaziken, Typhlosion, Arcanine, Magmortar, Salamence, Ninetales, or Houndoom. After you win, you receive Premier balls based on your performance, how many participating trainers were on your friend’s list, and if your team owned the raid Gym.