'Pokémon Go' Unova Week Raids: Shiny Genesect Counters & Every New Boss

Unova Week in Pokémon Go has begun and with it the Raids and the Boss Pokémon that inhabit them have shifted to include those from the Gen 5 games, including the return of the Legendary Pokémon Genesect.

While Genesect has appeared in Pokémon Go in the past, this time its Shiny form will be catchable for the first time. Shiny Genesect is one of the most drastic changes in the entire franchise, going from a dull purple to a bright red color.

Trainers will have one week to battle and catch as many Genesect and Unova region Pokémon as they can during the event, but before they do they'll want to build a team to take it down.

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Genesect returns to 'Pokemon Go' for Unova Week. The Pokemon Company/NewsGeek


Genesect is a Bug and Steel-type Pokémon, making it resistant to Poison, Ice, Normal, Bug, Psychic, Steel, Fairy, Grass and Dragon-type attacks. Trainers should steer clear of using Pokémon with those moves.

This Legendary's typing makes it weak to just Fire-type attacks. However, Fire-type moves will deal four times the damage so Pokémon Go trainers will want to go into battle with as many Fire types as they can.

Pokémon Go does have a variety of different Fire-type Pokémon that trainers can use to take down Genesect. Take these options into consideration before going into battle.

  • Reshiram with Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Heatran with Fire Spin and Flamethrower
  • Chandelure with Fire Spin and Overheat
  • Moltres with Fire Spin and Overheat
  • Entei with Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Blaziken with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Flareon with Fire Spin and Overheat
  • Typhlosion with Ember and Blast Burn
  • Arcanine with Fire Fang and Flamethrower
  • Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Magmortar with Fire Spin and Fire Punch


Pokémon Go trainers know that Genesect and its Shiny form are the highlight of the latest Raid update, but what else can they expect? Niantic confirmed that Roggenrola, the Rock-type Pokémon from Unova will be in Raids during the week-long event.

Roggenrola is also having its Shiny form debut in Pokémon Go during Unova Week, giving players another chance to find this rare Pokémon.

Here are all the new Raid Bosses during Pokémon Go's Unova Week:

Level 1

  • Timburr
  • Cottonee
  • Petilil
  • Dwebble
  • Klink

Level 2

  • Roggenrola
  • Whirlipede
  • Darumaka
  • Stunfisk

Level 3

  • Liepard
  • Palpitoad
  • Amoonguss

Level 4

  • Garbodor

Level 5

  • Genesect

What Unova Pokémon do you hope to catch during this event? What Pokémon are you bringing into battle against Genesect? Let us know in the comments section.