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Pokemon Go Genesect Raid Guide: Best Counters and Moveset

Take down Genesect with these counters.
Genesect counters in Pokémon GO

Genesect has returned to raids in Pokémon GO and will be available from October 1st – October 11th 2021, this time in its ‘Douse Drive’ form that allows it to use a Water-type version of Techno Blast. In this guide, we will cover the best counters to beat Genesect in Pokémon GO, as well as the best moveset to use once you’ve caught it. Don’t forget to visit our guide on how to get Zarude, another Mythical Pokémon recently added to Pokémon Go!

Pokemon Go Genesect Weakness

Despite being in its ‘Douse Drive’ form, Genesect retains its Bug/Steel-type, making it 4x weak to fire Pokémon, which is also its only weakness. Bring plenty of strong Fire-type attackers to easily melt down Genesect in Pokémon GO, such as the counters listed below.

Best Genesect Raid Counters in Pokémon GO

The top 6 counters for Genesect in Pokémon Go are Mega Charizard Y, Shadow Moltres, Shadow Entei, Shadow Charizard, Reshiram and Mega Charizard Y. These are all extremely strong fire type attackers that can deal huge amounts of damage to Genesect when raiding.

  • Mega Charizard Y – Fire Spin + Blast Burn
  • Shadow Moltres – Fire Spin + Overheat
  • Shadow Entei – Fire Fang + Overheat
  • Shadow Charizard – Fire Spin + Blast Burn
  • Reshiram – Fire Fang + Overheat
  • Mega Charizard X – Fire Spin + Blast Burn


If you’re a newer player and don’t have these Pokémon yet, other top counters include Darmanitan, Blaziken, Entei, Moltres, Emboar and Charizard. While these are lower down in terms of DPS (damage per second), they’re still extremely strong picks and will bring Genesect down with ease. Some moves listed below are exclusive to certain events, simply replace them with a different Fire-type move and it will serve the same purpose.

  • Darmanitan – Fire Fang + Overheat
  • Blaziken – Fire Spin + Blast Burn
  • Entei – Fire Fang + Overheat
  • Moltres – Fire Spin + Overheat
  • Emboar – Ember + Blast Burn
  • Charizard – Fire Spin + Blast Burn

Best Moveset for Genesect (Douse Drive) in Pokémon GO

Despite being able to learn a Water-type version of Techno Blast in its Douse form, the move is not worth keeping to use in raids. Genesect is one of the few Bug-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go to have good stats, meaning Genesect is best used as a Bug-type attacker with Fury Cutter as its fast move and X-Scissor as its charged move. Alternatively, Genesect can be used as a Steel-type attacker with Metal Claw as its fast move and Magnet Bomb as its charged move. Since Genesect is 4x weak to Fire, and only fire, Techno Blast (Water) can be useful as a third move in PvP, however, it’s extremely expensive for a Mythical or Legendary Pokémon to learn a third move and Genesect isn’t a top pick for PvP, either.

Fast Moves Genesect (Douse) can learn:

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

Charged Moves Genesect (Douse) can learn:

  • Gunk Shot (Poison)
  • Hyper Beam (Normal)
  • Magnet Bomb (Steel)
  • Techno Blast (Water)
  • X-Scissor (Bug)

Is Genesect Good in Pokémon GO?

Genesect is a decent Pokémon in Pokémon GO, but not one you should invest in. Bug-type attackers are rarely ever needed since most Pokémon weak to it are also weak to another type with better attackers. Even when Bug-types are needed, Scizor beats Genesect by a long shot, being cheaper to invest into and easier to obtain candy, as well as being useful in PvP.

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