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A Drive to Investigate was a Genesect-themed event.[1] Genesect Special Research and some parts of the event required purchasing a ticket to unlock.


TodayView Icon Stardust 2× Catch and Stardust
TodayView Icon Stardust 2× Hatch Stardust
TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type Pokémon spawn increased
TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter Nincada spawn increased
TodayView Icon Egg Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type in Eggs
TodayView Icon Raid Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type in Raid Battles
TodayView Icon Research Genesect Special Research set release
TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter Shiny Nincada release
TodayView Icon Shop Shop special offer

Featured Pokémon

TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter Pokémon in wild

Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type Pokémon had increased spawn rates in the wild. Nincada was in the wild exclusively during this event.

Shiny Pokémon
Icon Normal   Icon Flying
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Electric
Icon Normal   Icon Fairy
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Water   Icon Poison
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Electric   Icon Steel
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Normal
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Water   Icon Fairy
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Dark   Icon Ice
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Dark   Icon Fire
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Fire
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Bug   Icon Ground
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Ice
Shiny Pokémon
Icon Grass   Icon Ice

These Shiny Pokémon were released with the start of the event:

Nincada shiny
Icon Bug   Icon Ground
Ninjask shiny
Icon Bug   Icon Flying
Egg 5k 5-km Eggs

The following Pokémon hatched more frequently from Eggs during this event:

Shiny Pokémon
439 / 399
675 / 626
476 / 434

The following Raid Bosses were available for a time of this event, featuring Bug- or Steel-type Pokémon.

Egg Raid Normal 1st Tier
#010 Caterpie
Boss CP 1,434 CP
Max capture CP 249 CP 312 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#265 Wurmple
Boss CP 1,896 CP
Max capture CP 330 CP 413 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#543 Venipede
Boss CP 2,563 CP
Max capture CP 403 CP 504 CP
#595 Joltik
Boss CP 3,254 CP
Max capture CP 584 CP 730 CP
#599 Klink
Boss CP 3,227 CP
Max capture CP 546 CP 683 CP
Shiny Pokémon
Egg Raid Normal 2nd Tier
#049 Venomoth
Boss CP 10,345 CP
Max capture CP 1,190 CP 1,487 CP
#193 Yanma
Boss CP 7,485 CP
Max capture CP 840 CP 1,050 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#204 Pineco
Boss CP 6,108 CP
Max capture CP 633 CP 791 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#303 Mawile
Boss CP 9,008 CP
Max capture CP 934 CP 1,167 CP
Shiny Pokémon
Egg Raid Rare 3rd Tier
Raichu alolan
Boss CP 16,848 CP
Max capture CP 1,306 CP 1,633 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#123 Scyther
Boss CP 19,014 CP
Max capture CP 1,546 CP 1,933 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#127 Pinsir
Boss CP 33,687 CP
Max capture CP 1,690 CP 2,113 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#227 Skarmory
Boss CP 15,182 CP
Max capture CP 1,204 CP 1,506 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#437 Bronzong
Boss CP 25,211 CP
Max capture CP 1,279 CP 1,599 CP
Egg Raid Rare 4th Tier
#015 Beedrill
Boss CP 21,019 CP
Max capture CP 1,054 CP 1,318 CP
Marowak alolan
Boss CP 21,385 CP
Max capture CP 1,048 CP 1,311 CP
Shiny Pokémon
#376 Metagross
Boss CP 40,224 CP
Max capture CP 2,166 CP 2,708 CP
#530 Excadrill
Boss CP 30,737 CP
Max capture CP 1,853 CP 2,317 CP

Shop special offer

TodayView Icon Shop Special shop offers

The following offers were available from the shop from the start of the event.[2]

Bronze Box
Special Box
PokeCoin 480
Gold Box
Ultra Box
PokeCoin 1,480
Ultra Box
Adventure Box
PokeCoin 1,480

Ticket-exclusive features

Trainers could purchase the ticket which enabled them to receive the Special Research tasks series – A Drive to Investigate if they turned on the game during local time from March 20th, 2020, 8 a.m. to March 26th, 2020, 10 p.m.

Ticket details:

  • Sold US$7.99 (or the equivalent in local currency) and could be purchased directly from the shop. The ticket could not be purchased with PokéCoins.
  • Tickets could be purchased until March 26th, 2020, at 8 p.m. local time.
TodayView Icon Research Genesect Special Research set release
TodayView Icon General A Drive to Investigate medal
TodayView Icon General Exclusive Genesect-themed avatar items

Field Research event tasks

TodayView Icon Research Field Research tasks

There were several Field Research tasks available exclusively to the ticket holders for the duration of the event. Unlike A Colossal Discovery, not all PokéStops gave event tasks.

Catch 10 Pokémon
Make 5 Nice Throws
Make 2 Great Throws in a row

Special Research – A Drive to Investigate

TodayView Icon Research A Drive to Investigate
1st Part
Battle another Trainer 5 times
Catch 25 Normal-type Pokémon
Give your buddy 1 treats
Rewards for whole set

2nd Part
Power Up Pokémon 5 times
Catch 25 Fire-type Pokémon
Rewards for whole set

3rd Part
Transfer 3 Pokémon
Catch 25 Water-type Pokémon
Hatch an Egg
Rewards for whole set

4th Part
Make 3 Great Throws in a row
Catch 25 Electric-type Pokémon
Play with your buddy
Rewards for whole set

5th Part
Battle a team leader 3 times
Catch 25 Ice-type Pokémon
Take 3 snapshots of Genesect
Rewards for whole set


  • According to the datamine, Genesect Special Research event was planned only during local time 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 22nd, 2020.[3] In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Niantic decided to extend the event in attempt to make this event available and playable for as many trainers globally as possible.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A new Special Research story event is coming: A Drive to Investigate!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-03-13.
  2. New Boxes are Live. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2020-03-20.
  3. Text Assets Pushed - New Ticketed Events, Community Day and Safari Zones. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2020-02-28.

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