Pokemon Go Genesect Quest: Every step to complete 'A Drive To Investigate' special research tas
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Pokemon Go Genesect Quest: Every step to complete 'A Drive To Investigate' special research tas

Lloyd Coombes
20 March 2020

Here's how to catch Genesect in Pokemon Go and complete the 'A Drive To Investigate' questline.

Pokemon Go continues to grow and evolve (see what we did there?) into a one-stop-shop for all things Pocket Monsters – and a new quest is live.

Genesect, the Paleozoic Pokémon, is landing as a reward for the new 'A Drive To Investigate' quest.

Here's everything you need to know.

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Pokemon Go: Genesect Special Research Quest

The quest kicks off today, Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. in your local time zone.

Here's everything we know about it:

A ticket to this Special Research story event will grant 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 is coming

You will need a ticket to complete the quest, though. Here's how to get one.

Ticket details

  • To receive the A Drive to Investigate Special Research, you must open Pokémon GO during the event from Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. in your local time zone. After you’ve collected the Special Research, you can complete it at any time.
  • The ticket is US$7.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency) and can be purchased in the shop. The ticket cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.
  • Tickets can be purchased from when they go live until Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. in your local time zone. Stay tuned for when they go live!
  • The ticket to this Special Research story event is nonrefundable. (Subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service.)

Research Task Guide – Everything You Need To Do To Unlock Genesect

There are 5 stages to the quest.

Stage 1

  • Battle five other trainers
  • Catch 25 normal type Pokemon
  • Give your buddy Pokemon one treat

This will give you 5 premium raid passes, a Pinsir encounter, and a Genesect cap.

Stage 2

  • Power up your Pokemon five times
  • Catch 25 fire-type Pokemon
  • Send three gifts to friends

This will earn you three charged TMs, a Skarmory encounter, and three super incubators.

Stage 3

  • Transfer three Pokemon
  • Catch 25 water-type Pokemon
  • Hatch an egg

This will earn you three Incense, a Scizor encounter, and a Genesect bag.

Step 4

  • Make three 'Great' throws in a row
  • Catch 25 electric-type Pokemon
  • Play with your buddy Pokemon

This earns you three fast TMs, a Glacial Lure Module, and an encounter with Genesect.

Step 5

  • Battle a team leader three times
  • Catch 25 ice-type Pokemon
  • Take three snapshots of Genesect

This will earn you a puffin, ten Genesect Candy, and three Star Pieces.

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