GO Battle League analysis: Does Genesect match its Mythical status? - Dexerto

GO Battle League analysis: Does Genesect match its Mythical status?

Published: 17/Aug/2020 17:50

by Paul Cot


Genesect is the latest Mythical species to be added to Pokemon Go. The question is though, does the bug-type live up to its reputation when it comes to GO Battle League?

The Paleozoic Pokemon has previously been available in the mobile game through paid-for Special Research and Timed Research in the Throwback Challenge event. Now though, trainers can encounter Genesect in abundance as it is available in Raid Battles – at least until August 21.


Theoretically, Mythical Pokemon should be superior to their ‘normal’ counterparts but as we know that isn’t always the case. Despite being so rare, there are often commonly seen Pokemon that can defeat it with ease – and we’re not even talking about type advantages.

Bug and steel typing

The Unova Mythical ‘mon is an interesting dual bug and steel-type. It shares this typing with Scizor which has very similar credentials when it comes to GO Battle League.


In terms of resistances to weaknesses, bug and steel make for good reading. Its only weakness is fire, which of course is doubled as fire is super effective against both bug and steel.

On the other hand, Genesect does have a total of 9 resistances, two of which are grass and poison – only dealing 39.1% damage. Its other resistances are bug, dragon, fairy, ice, normal, psychic, and steel.

Genesect Pokemon Go Mythical
Genesect is a Mythical Pokemon from the Unova region…


If GO Battle League was simply about typing, Genesect could be a really good option. As we know though, there is a lot more that determines whether a particular species is effective in PvP.


One of those is it moves. Specifically, how much damage and energy its Fast Moves generate. Then it is a question of whether there are low energy Charge Moves which are essential for success in GO Battle League.

Here are the Fast Moves available to Genesect:

  • Fury Cutter – 2 DPT, 4 EPT
  • Metal Claw – 2.5 DPT, 3 EPT

Neither of these are anything to shout about. While Fury Cutter may deal pathetic damage, at least it provides an avenue to build up some Charge Moves.


Meanwhile, those Charge Move options are as follows:

  • Hyper Beam – 150 damage, 80 energy
  • Magnet Bomb – 70 damage, 45 energy
  • X-Scissor – 45 damage, 35 energy

Many consider X-Scissor the best option but Magnet Bomb, along with Fury Cutter, gives you better coverage. It may require 10 more energy but the damage gains are worth it.


Ideally, Genesect users would utilize both of these but given the 100,000 Stardust cost, this would be an extravagant purchase. The incentive to do so is diminished when you consider Genesect’s stats.


As you’d expect, Genesect does have good stats. However, these aren’t suited to GO Battle League as they attack heavy.

Unfortunately, at least in this case, it is bulk that is required for PvP. Its stats are as follows:

  • Attack: 252 (53 of 827)
  • Defense: 199 (88 of 827)
  • Stamina: 174 (312 of 827)

This results in Genesect being a ‘soft’ pick. Of the three tiers in GO Battle League, Genesect is probably most suited to Ultra League due to its 3,353 max CP. Despite matching up well, it actually loses to a Pokemon it holds a type advantage over – Altered Forme Giratina.

This may sum up Genesect’s credentials in PvP – looks good on paper but doesn’t perform when it matters.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.