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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.

Features

Featured Pokémon

TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter.png Pokémon in wild

Selected Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type Pokémon and Nincada had increased spawn rates in the wild and from Incense or Lure Modules:

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Pidgey
Pidgey
#016
Normal   Flying
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Pikachu
Pikachu
#025
Electric
Jigglypuff
#039
Normal   Fairy
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Tentacool
Tentacool
#072
Water   Poison
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Magnemite
Magnemite
#081
Electric   Steel
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Eevee
Eevee
#133
Normal
Marill
#183
Water   Fairy
Shiny Pokémon.png
Sneasel
Sneasel
#215
Dark   Ice
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Houndour
Houndour
#228
Dark   Fire
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Torchic
Torchic
#255
Fire
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Nincada
Nincada
#290
Bug   Ground
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Snorunt
Snorunt
#361
Ice
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Snover
Snover
#459
Grass   Ice

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

Nincada
#290
Bug   Ground
Ninjask
#291
Bug   Flying
Egg 5k.png 5-km Eggs

5-km Pokémon Eggs obtained during the event would hatch more of these Bug-type Pokémon:

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Nincada
Nincada
#290
439 / 399
Karrablast
#588
675 / 626
Shelmet
#616
476 / 434

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

Egg Raid Normal.png 1st Tier
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Caterpie
Caterpie
#010 Caterpie
Bug
Boss CP 1,434 CP
Max capture CP 249 CP 312 CP
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Wurmple
Wurmple
#265 Wurmple
Bug
Boss CP 1,896 CP
Max capture CP 330 CP 413 CP
Venipede
#543 Venipede
Bug Poison
Boss CP 2,563 CP
Max capture CP 403 CP 504 CP
Joltik
#595 Joltik
Bug Electric
Boss CP 3,254 CP
Max capture CP 584 CP 730 CP
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Klink
Klink
#599 Klink
Steel
Boss CP 3,227 CP
Max capture CP 546 CP 683 CP
Egg Raid Normal.png 2nd Tier
Venomoth
#049 Venomoth
Bug Poison
Boss CP 10,345 CP
Max capture CP 1,190 CP 1,487 CP
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Yanma
Yanma
#193 Yanma
Bug Flying
Boss CP 7,485 CP
Max capture CP 840 CP 1,050 CP
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Pineco
Pineco
#204 Pineco
Bug
Boss CP 3,526 CP
Max capture CP 633 CP 791 CP
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Mawile
Mawile
#303 Mawile
Steel Fairy
Boss CP 12,739 CP
Max capture CP 934 CP 1,167 CP
Egg Raid Rare.png 3rd Tier
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Raichu
Raichu
Electric Psychic
Boss CP 16,848 CP
Max capture CP 1,306 CP 1,633 CP
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Scyther
Scyther
#123 Scyther
Bug Flying
Boss CP 19,014 CP
Max capture CP 1,546 CP 1,933 CP
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Pinsir
Pinsir
#127 Pinsir
Bug
Boss CP 21,306 CP
Max capture CP 1,690 CP 2,113 CP
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Skarmory
Skarmory
#227 Skarmory
Steel Flying
Boss CP 15,182 CP
Max capture CP 1,204 CP 1,506 CP
Bronzong
#437 Bronzong
Steel Psychic
Boss CP 25,211 CP
Max capture CP 1,279 CP 1,599 CP
Egg Raid Rare.png 4th Tier
Beedrill
#015 Beedrill
Bug Poison
Boss CP 21,019 CP
Max capture CP 1,054 CP 1,318 CP
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Marowak
Marowak
Fire Ghost
Boss CP 13,525 CP
Max capture CP 1,048 CP 1,311 CP
Metagross
#376 Metagross
Steel Psychic
Boss CP 40,224 CP
Max capture CP 2,166 CP 2,708 CP
Excadrill
#530 Excadrill
Ground Steel
Boss CP 30,737 CP
Max capture CP 1,853 CP 2,317 CP

Shop special offer

TodayView Icon Shop.png Special shop offers

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

Special Box
Special Box
PokeCoin.png 480
Ultra Box
Ultra Box
PokeCoin.png 1,480
Adventure Box
Adventure Box
PokeCoin.png 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.

Field Research event tasks

TodayView Icon Research.png 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

TodayView Icon Research.png 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
1st Part

Great to see you again, TRAINER. 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.

2nd Part

Thanks for getting that baseline research taken care of for me, TRAINER. 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.

3rd Part

Thanks, TRAINER! 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.

4th Part

TRAINER, 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.

5th Part

I can’t thank you enough for your help, TRAINER. 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!

Trivia

  • 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]

References

  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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