A Drive to Investigate (Genesect Special Research) Guide

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A Drive to Investigate (Genesect Special Research) is a ticketed story event that takes place from March 20 to March 26 2020. The ticket costs US$7.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency), not including any taxes or fees, and can be purchased in the shop.

The Special Research story event “A Drive to Investigate” has been designed to be playable without group gameplay. This page contains all information needed to complete the story event.


Special Research tasks

Step 1/5

  • Battle another Trainer 5x (GBL Counts win or loss) → 1000x stardust
  • Catch 25 Normal Type Pokemon → 3x Rare Candy
  • Give your buddy 1 treats (only need to give 1 berry) → Trubbish Encounter
  • Step 1 Rewards → 5x premium raid passes, Pinsir encounter, Genesect Cap

Step 2/5

  • Power Up Pokemon 5x → 1000x Stardust
  • Catch 25 Fire-Type Pokemon → 3x Rare Candy
  • Send 3 Gifts to friends → Karrablast encounter
  • Step 2 Rewards → 3x charged TMs, Skarmory encounter, 3x Super Incubators

Step 3/5

  • Transfer 3 Pokemon → 1000x Stardust
  • Catch 25 Water-type Pokemon → 3x Rare Candy
  • Hatch an Egg → Shelmet Encounter
  • Step 3 Rewards → 3x Incense, Scizor encounter, Genesect Bag

Step 4/5

  • Make 3 Great Throws in a row → 1000x Stardust
  • Catch 25 Electric-type Pokemon → 3x Rare Candy
  • Play with your buddy → Kabuto encounter
  • Step 4 Rewards → 3x Fast TM, Genesect encounter, Glacial Lure Module

Step 5/5

  • Battle a team leader 3x → 1000x Stardust
  • Catch 25 Ice-type Pokemon → 3x Rare Candy
  • Take 3 snapshots of Genesect → Durant Encounter
  • Step 5 Rewards → 1x Puffin, 10x Genesect Candy, 3x Star Piece

Ticket rewards

A ticket to this Special Research story event grants you access to a unique experience! This event comes with the opportunity to access or earn the following.

  • A new Special Research line featuring an early-access encounter with a Genesect—this is Genesect’s first appearance in Pokémon GO!
  • A Drive to Investigate medal
  • Research objectives that lead to encounters with various Bug- and Steel-type Pokémon, including Pinsir, Scizor, Skarmory, Karrablast, and Shelmet, as well as other Pokémon that appear in the story or are related to Genesect
  • Research objectives that lead to an encounter with Durant, which is typically available only in the eastern hemisphere
  • Exclusive Genesect-themed avatar items, such as a bag and a cap
  • 5 Premium Battle Passes, 3 Super Incubators, 3 Charged TMs, 3 Fast TMs, 3 Incense, 3 Star Pieces, 1 Poffin, 15 Rare Candies, and 1 Glacial Lure
  • Encounters with Scyther, Skarmory, Nincada, and Shieldon after completing exclusive Field Research tasks

Genesect research storyline

Credits for the storyline go to PokéMiners.

Genesect quest line story

Step 1/5

  • Great to see you again, %PLAYERNAME%. I always run into you when I find something exciting. Maybe you’re my Special Research good-luck charm!
  • Last night, I was studying the chemical reaction that causes Trubbish to appear.
  • Suddenly I saw bright flashing lights in the near distance and went to investigate.
  • When I arrived at the site, I noticed a lot of damage to the ground and the surrounding area.
  • At first, the damage looked to be caused by Trainers practicing for the GO Battle League, but my gut told me to investigate further in the morning.
  • While I look into this, can you help me research Normal-type Pokemon? Some of the damage looks like it was caused by a Normal-type attack.

Step 2/5

  • Thanks for getting that baseline research taken care of for me, %PLAYERNAME%. I have some updates to share with you.
  • After I returned to the site we’re studying, I realized there was actually a trail of damage.
  • When I followed that trail, I started finding areas that were dearly burned.
  • That damage must have been done by a Fire-type Pokemon or at least a Pokemon that knows Fire-type attacks.
  • You know what this means, Trainer! Time to research Fire-type Pokemon.
  • The more information we have about this type of Pokemon, the more clues we’ll have to determine whatever did all this damage.
  • Meanwhile, 171 continue following the trail of damage.

Step 3/5

  • Thanks, %PLAYERNAME%! You’ve been on fire when it comes to getting these research tasks done! Get it? You’re on fire?
  • Anyway…the damage can’t have been caused by a Trainer Battle. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It seems almost…unnatural?
  • Could it really have been caused by Pokemon? This is getting fascinating! Could you do some research on Water-type Pokemon for me?
  • As I followed the damage trail further, the burned area suddenly ended and strange water damage started appearing, and it just doesn’t seem to line up with any Pokemon I’ve encountered.

Step 4/5

  • %PLAYERNAME%, I’m so glad you’re back! We might have stumbled upon something incredible.
  • I contacted one of my colleagues in the Unova region.
  • She shared some notes about a Mythical Pokemon called Genesect that was restored from a 300-million-year-old fossil and then altered
  • Pretty cool, huh? The notes say that though this Pokemon is Bug and Steel type, it’s known to be able to use attacks with types like Fire and Water, among others.
  • This lines up with the damage at the site we’ve been researching!
  • One of the other types Genesect can attack with is Electric, and as I kept following the damage trail, I found spots that must have been hit by some kind of high-voltage Electric-type attack.
  • see if anything else lies even farther down the trail, but in the meantime, I know I can count on you to start investigating Electric-type Pokemon to help us get to the bottom of this.

Step 5/5

  • I can’t thank you enough for your help, %PLAYERNAME%. You really are my Special Research good-luck charm!
  • With the information you collected combined with the notes from Unova, I think we’ve uncovered the Bug- and Steel-type Pokemon Genesect!
  • I know what you’re thinking: Bug AND Steel with such odd attack types?
  • Apparently, when this Pokemon is holding a specially developed item called a Drive, its Techno Blast attack changes to a type that corresponds to the Drive the Pokemon’s holding.
  • I wonder what kinds of Drives exist for this Pokemon.
  • I still have so many questions, but for now, why not do a little research on Ice-type Pokemon? I hear Ice is another type Genesect can wield.
  • You ought to take a snapshot of Genesect to commemorate your meeting, too!

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