As teased, Genesect is coming to Pokemon Go this month. The Mythical Pokemon will make its debut in Niantic’s popular mobile game as part of a new Special Research event. However, you’ll need to buy a virtual ticket if you’re hoping to catch it.
Genesect will be available as part of a new Special Research story quest called A Drive to Investigate, which kicks off at 8 AM local time on March 20 and runs until 10 PM local time on March 26. As previously mentioned, this story quest will only be accessible if you have a virtual ticket, which can be purchased ahead of the event from Pokemon Go’s in-game shop for $8 USD.
Purchasing the ticket will grant you access to various Special Research tasks that culminate in an encounter with Genesect. If you don’t buy a ticket, you’ll have a chance to encounter the new Mythical Pokemon in EX Raids beginning in April. In addition to Genesect, the Special Research story quest will lead to encounters with other Bug- and Steel-type Pokemon such as Pinsir, Scizor, Skarmory, Karrablast, Shelmet, and Durant.
Genesect-themed trainer items
You’ll receive a few other perks for purchasing the Drive to Investigate ticket, including a Genesect-themed cap and bag for your trainer, along with the following items:
5 Premium Raid Passes3 Super Incubators3 Charged TMs3 Fast TMs3 Incense3 Star Pieces1 Poffin15 Rare Candies1 Glacial Lure
Coinciding with the Genesect Special Research event is the previously teased “mystery weekend event,” which runs from March 20-23. During that time, Normal, Fire, Water, Electric, and Ice Pokemon will spawn in the wild more frequently than usual. Nincada will also be appearing more often during the event, and you’ll have a chance to encounter a Shiny version.
On top of that, lower-level Raids will feature Bug- or Steel-type Pokemon, Karrablast and Shelmet will hatch more frequently from 5 km eggs, and you’ll earn twice the normal amount of Stardust when you catch or hatch Pokemon. You can read more about the event on the Pokemon Go website.
In the meantime, Pokemon Go’s March Community Day takes place this Sunday, March 15. The featured Pokemon this month is Abra. You can also encounter a few Legendary Pokemon in Raids, including Thundurus, and a new set of Field Research tasks is available.
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