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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

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

Pidgey
#016
Pidgey
Icon Normal
Icon Flying
Pikachu
#025
Pikachu
Icon Electric
Jigglypuff
#039
Jigglypuff
Icon Normal
Icon Fairy
Growlithe
#058
Growlithe
Icon Fire
Tentacool
#072
Tentacool
Icon Water
Icon Poison
Magnemite
#081
Magnemite
Icon Electric
Icon Steel
Eevee
#133
Eevee
Icon Normal
Totodile
#158
Totodile
Icon Water
Marill
#183
Marill
Icon Water
Icon Fairy
Sneasel
#215
Sneasel
Icon Dark
Icon Ice
Houndour
#228
Houndour
Icon Dark
Icon Fire
Torchic
#255
Torchic
Icon Fire
Nincada
#290
Nincada
Icon Bug
Icon Ground
Electrike
#309
Electrike
Icon Electric
Snorunt
#361
Snorunt
Icon Ice
Snover
#459
Snover
Icon Grass
Icon Ice

Moreover, these Shiny Pokémon were released with the start of the event.

Nincada shiny
#290
Nincada
Icon Bug
Icon Ground
Ninjask shiny
#291
Ninjask
Icon Bug
Icon Flying

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

Event 5-km Eggs hatchlings
Nincada
#290
NincadaShiny Pokémon
439 / 399
Karrablast
#588
Karrablast
675 / 626
Shelmet
#616
Shelmet
476 / 434

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

Pokémon Raid Boss's CP Max. Capture CP
Egg Raid Normal 1st Tier Raid Bosses Egg Raid Normal
Caterpie
#010
Caterpie ( ? )
1,434 CP 249 CP
312 CP
Wurmple
#265
Wurmple ( ? )
1,896 CP 330 CP
413 CP
Venipede
#543
Venipede
2,563 CP 403 CP
504 CP
Joltik
#595
Joltik
3,254 CP 584 CP
730 CP
3,227 CP 546 CP
683 CP
Egg Raid Normal 2nd Tier Raid Bosses Egg Raid Normal
Venomoth
#049
Venomoth
10,345 CP 1,190 CP
1,487 CP
Yanma
#193
Yanma ( ? )
7,485 CP 840 CP
1,050 CP
Pineco
#204
Pineco ( ? )
6,108 CP 633 CP
791 CP
Mawile
#303
Mawile ( ? )
9,008 CP 934 CP
1,167 CP
Egg Raid Rare 3rd Tier Raid Bosses Egg Raid Rare
Raichu alolan
#026
Alolan Raichu ( ? )
16,848 CP 1,306 CP
1,633 CP
Scyther
#123
Scyther ( ? )
19,014 CP 1,546 CP
1,933 CP
Pinsir
#127
Pinsir ( ? )
21,306 CP 1,690 CP
2,113 CP
Skarmory
#227
Skarmory ( ? )
15,182 CP 1,204 CP
1,506 CP
Bronzong
#437
Bronzong
25,211 CP 1,279 CP
1,599 CP
Egg Raid Rare 4th Tier Raid Bosses Egg Raid Rare
Beedrill
#015
Beedrill
21,019 CP 1,054 CP
1,318 CP
Marowak alolan
#105
Alolan Marowak ( ? )
21,385 CP 1,048 CP
1,311 CP
Metagross
#376
Metagross
40,224 CP 2,166 CP
2,708 CP
Excadrill
#530
Excadrill
30,737 CP 1,853 CP
2,317 CP

Shop special offer

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

Box Cost Items
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.

The rewards included:

Ticket details:

  • Sold US$7.99 (or the equivalent in your 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. in your local time zone.

Field Research event 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.

Task Possible Rewards
Catch 10 Pokémon Nincada Nincada Shiny Pokémon
Shieldon Shieldon
Make 5 Nice Throws Skarmory Skarmory Shiny Pokémon
Nincada Nincada Shiny Pokémon
Make 2 Great Throws in a row Scyther Scyther Shiny Pokémon
Nincada Nincada Shiny Pokémon

Special Research – A Drive to Investigate

First part

Task Reward
Battle another Trainer 5 times 1000× Stardust Stardust
Catch 25 Normal-type Pokémon Rare Candy Rare Candy
Give your buddy 1 treats Trubbish Trubbish
Rewards for completing whole set
Premium Battle Pass Premium Battle Pass
Pinsir Pinsir
Genesect cap

Second part

Task Reward
Power Up Pokémon 5 times 1000× Stardust Stardust
Catch 25 Fire-type Pokémon Rare Candy Rare Candy
Send 3 Gifts to friends Karrablast Karrablast
Rewards for completing whole set
Charged TM Charged TM
Skarmory Skarmory
Super Incubator Super Incubator

Third part

Task Reward
Transfer 3 Pokémon 1000× Stardust Stardust
Catch 25 Water-type Pokémon Rare Candy Rare Candy
Hatch an Egg Shelmet Shelmet
Rewards for completing whole set
Incense Incense
Scizor Scizor
Genesect bag

Fourth part

Task Reward
Make 3 Great Throws in a row 1000× Stardust Stardust
Catch 25 Electric-type Pokémon Rare Candy Rare Candy
Play with your buddy Kabuto Kabuto
Rewards for completing whole set
Fast TM Fast TM
Genesect Genesect
Glacial Lure Module Glacial Lure Module

Fifth part

Task Reward
Battle a team leader 3 times 1000× Stardust Stardust
Catch 25 Ice-type Pokémon Rare Candy Rare Candy
Take 3 snapshots of Genesect Durant Durant
Rewards for completing whole set
Poffin Poffin
10× Ekans candy Genesect Candy
Star Piece Star Piece

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 coronavirus outbreak, 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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