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What is a good moveset for Genesect?

3 votes
asked Oct 23, 2010 by trachy
edited Feb 10, 2011 by Pokemaster
Likely tier: Unsure. This Pokemon doesn't have anything to fit it in Uber, Scizor might be to good at its job for Genosekuto to fit in, Borderline will still make OU where it has to fight, it has to good of stats for Underused and Neverused, and it isn't allowed in Little Cup. It is a misfit. Howeve, if enough Pokemon are put into Borderline for it to become its own tier like the others, then Borderline is where this guy will be.
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Actual tier: OU
My genesect moveset:
Genesect:@ Item:Douse Drive
4 Def EV's,252 SpAtk EV's,252 Spd EV's

Ice Beam
Techno Blast
Rock Polish
Bug Buzz/X-Scissor

Reasons of each move: Ice Beam- Good Coverage against other types, Techno Blast- With the Douse
Drive, I can take down its only weakness, which is fire, Rock Polish- Boosting Genesect's speed
so it can be a special sweeper, X-Scissor/Bug Buzz- this gives Genesect a good STAB for its type

20 Answers

7 votes

Genesect @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Download

EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Rash Nature (+SpA, -SpD)

  • U-turn
  • Thunderbolt
  • Ice Beam
  • Flamethrower

As you all know Genesect is currently unreleased, but it's gonna wreck havoc when it's released.
U-Turn is STAB and is good for scouting eg when a switch is forced on the opponents side, and has the added bonus of having no immunites unlike volt switch. If Genesect comes in at the right time, U-Turn can get a Download boost, making it more threatening.
Thunderbolt takes care of bulky water types such as Gyarados.
Ice Beam takes care of top OU threats like Landorus and Gliscor also making the famous BoltBeam combo.
Flamethrower roasts problematic Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Forretress.
Make sure Genesect enters the battlefield on a Pokemon that it gets the appropriate boost from download for the situation, and preferably on a recisted hit as well.

answered Jan 29, 2012 by Hex
Epic set
I suggest Hasty. It gives Speed, which is essential for Genesect to outspeed nonscarfed base 100, and prevents a Download boost for SAtk from other Genesect.
I prefer Rash for the extra power, and the plan wasn't to use Genesect as a revenger, more of a fast attacker.
Mild can prevent opposing Genesect get an Special Attack boost.
why not just give genesect the burn drive and have techno blast instead of flame thrower? i know it would get rid of the choice scarf but with the download ability and techno blast's power he can be a complete force to be reckoned with
4 votes

It can fairly safely be assumed that this guy is not getting any of the three moves that don't have a Pokemon. Genosekuto is like a mini Arceus, but it doesn't work out that well. I do however have afew movesets for this guy.

Ability: Download

EVs: Attack, Special Attack, Speed Nature: Any neutral nature

Techno Buster: Holding the Water Cassette, as all the others arer horrible. This provides type coverage against Fire types.

X-Scissor: STAB. Physical to provide a mixed sweeper.

Flash Cannon/Ice Beam: STAB. Not very good type coverage however, which is why Ice Beam is a good option.

Explosion: BOOM!

answered Oct 23, 2010 by trachy
edited Oct 23, 2010 by trachy
explosion is a bad move on genesect.
Actually Explosion works somewhat effectively on Genesect
4 votes

Genesect @ Life Orb

Trait: Download
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Shift Gear
  • X-Scissor
  • Blaze Kick
  • ExtremeSpeed
answered May 15, 2013 by Mewderator
Dangit Mew I just found out, beat me to it
How can Genesect learn Blaze Kick and Shift Gear?
Through an Event where Shiny Genesects were given out during a Pokemon X and Y Promotional Movie, which I think was called "Genesect and The Legend Awakened". Each Genesect was Hasty and had those two Moves, along with Extreme Speed. Check out the Event section on the main site to see which.
3 votes

Genesect @ Leftovers

Trait: Download
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

  • Struggle Bug
  • Toxic
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Defense / Magic Coat

Specially Defensive set. Not too shabby.
Struggle Bug lowers your opponent's SAtk stat, bolstering Genesect's Special bulk.
Toxic stalls your opponents, particularly walls.
Flamethrower screws Steels that happen to come by.
Iron Defense is used to raise Gensect's Defense when you need it, while Magic Coat deflects status.

answered Oct 8, 2012 by Mewderator
the day has come... XD
*Sends out Heatran*
*Switches out
*Sends in Diglett. Trait: Arena Trap*
*Heatran floats with an air balloon*
3 votes

Genesect @ Choice Scarf / Choice Band
Trait: Download
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd
Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def)

  • U-Turn
  • Iron Head
  • Ice Beam / Flamethrower
  • Explosion
answered Oct 8, 2012 by Spoink
^ Hell yes! :)
3 votes

Project G.E.N:

Model MES-P2
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MES-P2 (Genesect) @ Choice Band
Trait: Download
EVs: 4 HP / 96 Atk / 156 SAtk / 252 Spd
Mild Nature (+SAtk, -Def)
- U-turn
- Ice Beam
- Hidden Power [Ground]
- ExtremeSpeed

With the arrival of the 16th Pokemon Movie ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens, the Genetically Enhanced Nuclear War Machine known Genesect has received yet another Upgrade with the addition of Shift Gear, Blaze Kick, and ExtremeSpeed to it's many tools of destruction brought to you by P2 Laboratory's G.E.N. Project. We are pleased to introduce Model MES-P2, a Mixed variant of our previous Model that is capable of launching off a true "extremely" powerful ExtremeSpeed through it's Item, the Choice Band, and possibly a +1 Atk Boost from it's Ability in Download. U-turn is it's other Physical option and STAB Attack, allowing it to Pivot out of situations where it cannot outspeed and hit hard enough with ExtremeSpeed. From the Special side, Model MES-P2 is capable of "firing" off Ice Beam+Hidden Power [Ground] with an amazing Ice+Ground Coverage combo. May the Regions of the Pokemon world kneel to the ultimate Genetically Enhanced War Machine, Model MES-P2!

answered May 15, 2013 by Enoch.EXE
More Models yet to come.
New team upcoming. Can't believe Shift Gear got released xD Nice set
I love the set. Too bad we can't acquire that nature since the event genesect only comes in a hasty nature.
Thx for catching that. I'll fix that.
2 votes

And finally, a team support set:

Ability: Download

EVs: Speed, Defense, Sp Def Nature: Careful

Toxic: Poisons the foe badly.

Reflect+Light Screen: Dual-Screening.

Explosion/U-Turn: Get out of there so your teammate can d some damage. Go out with a bang or stay in for later. Your choice.

answered Oct 23, 2010 by trachy
You have 3 moves.
Uh, Mew thats 4 moves: Toxic, Reflect, Light Screen, and Explosion/U-turn.
Explosion/ U-Turn means either Explosion or U-Turn, not both at the same time.
Woops, didn't see "Reflect+Light Screen".
2 votes

Rain Sweeper
Item: Life-orb
Ability: Download
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 S.Attack, 252 Speed


Thunder is coverage and has perfect acc in Rain. Bug-buzz is STAB. HP(Water) is coverage and is boosted by the rain. Ice-beam is for Coverage.

answered Dec 17, 2011 by Speed freak
What is HP(Water)?
Hidden power(Water), Hidden Power can be any type depending on the IVs of the Pokemon.
oh, thanks for clarifying
isnt techno blast (water type) better than HP Water?...can have perfect ivs, 15 more BP...
And you lose a good item; like life orb.
Drive can be good for something... I screwed someone's trick strat with genesect switching in and got toxic orb. HAHAHA!
2 votes

Genesect @ Life Orb

Trait: Download
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Flame Charge
  • X-Scissor
  • Iron Head
  • Return / Shadow Claw
answered Aug 24, 2012 by Mewderator
1 vote

Another set:

Ability: Download

EVs: Sp Attack, Sp Def, Speed Nature: Timid

Techno Buster: Holding the Water Cassette for type coverage against Fire.

Bug Buzz: Special Bug STAB.

Ice Beam: Deals with all those Dragon and Flying types out there.

Flamethrower: More type coverage.

answered Oct 23, 2010 by trachy
1 vote

Genesect @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Download

EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Thunderbolt
  • Bug Buzz
  • Flamethrower
  • Ice Beam
answered Oct 23, 2010 by trachy
edited Jun 28, 2011 by trachy
Use 4 SDef.
1 vote

And a physical set:

Ability: DOwnload

EVs: Attack, Sp Def, Speed Nature: Jolly

X-Scissor: STAB.

Explosion: Massive damage.

Quick Attack/Nitro Charge: Priority or increase speed.

Shadow Claw/Magnet Bomb: Deals with Ghost types. Magnet Bomb provides STAB. Use Shadow Claw for sure if you don't have Nitro Charge.

answered Oct 23, 2010 by trachy
1 vote


To be used in Rain.

Genesect @ Douse Drive
Trait: Download
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Techno Blast
- Thunder
- Bug Buzz
- Rock Polish

Now one of my favorite Genesect sets. Rock Polish boosts his Speed without locking him up in a move. Douse Drive + Techno Blast is coverage against Fire types. Thunder has perfect accuracy in Rain while Bug Buzz is STAB.

answered Sep 2, 2012 by JirachiCelebiMew
seems like a good moveset to me i will have to try it out
Me too has it but Only changed rock polish into tri Attack
0 votes

Item: Focus-sash/Bug-gem
Ability: Download
Nature: Jolly
Evs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Thunder-wave is for status. U-turn lets you switch after you status. Shadow-claw is your way of damaging Shadow-tag Chandelure. Reflect or Light-screen for team support.

answered Dec 17, 2011 by Speed freak
0 votes

Genesect @ Douse Drive


  • Bug Buzz(Stab,good move)
  • Techno Blast(Good coverage with douse drive + power)
  • Flamethrower(coverage,deal with the other bugs/steels/grass)
  • Explosion(If you are gonna faint,do it in style and damage your opponent...:P)

Not the best,but pretty nice(I hope...) :)

answered Jan 29, 2012 by ~Rex
pretty good
Meh. Id switch explosion for Ice Beam
0 votes

ICE BEAM• Coverage
X-SCISSOR/BUG BUZZ• STAB, depending on how you EV train
TECHNO BLAST [Water Cassette]• Weakness Coverage
MAGNET BOMB/IRON HEAD• Either one is just as good, STAB

answered Oct 25, 2012 by R000
edited Oct 26, 2012 by Pokemaster
0 votes

item: choice band
EVs: 252 attack 252 sp attack 4 speed
nature: rash

u turn: great with choice band STAB
flamethrower: coverage
explode: good choice band BOOM
tri attack: POWAAAA

answered Apr 7, 2014 by gengar ftw
0 votes

Mixed Sweeper:

Genesect @ Life Orb
Ability: Download (you don't really have a choice)
Hasty Nature
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
-Flame Charge
-Iron Head / Flash Cannon
-Bug Buzz
-Ice Beam

Flame Charge boosts Genesect's speed to great levels. Iron Head or Flash Cannon are obligatory STABs. Iron Head smashes Specially Defensive Xerneas, and allows you to make use of a potential +1 in Attack due to Download. Flash Cannon goes off your more heavily invested SpA, though. Bug Buzz hits very hard, and Ice Beam hits common threats like Yveltal, Landorus-T, and Mega Salamence.

answered Feb 1 by Radicool21
edited Feb 1 by Radicool21
0 votes

Genesect @ Douse Drive

Ability: Download

Techno Blast: Douse Drive makes it Water-Type, covering for Fire-Types

Tri-Attack: Has the chance of dealing 1 of 3 status conditions

Bug Buzz: STAB move and pretty powerful

Magnet Bomb: STAB and never misses, good for if you have low accuracy or the opponent has high evasion

Genesect is already overpowered and this moveset will help it become stronger. Even with the ability, which targets the opponent's weakest stat and strengthens the opposite stat. Genesect will be an Arceus in the making.

Hope I helped! ;)

answered Jun 15 by ramar345
0 votes

Overdoze (Genesect (M) @ douse drive/flame drive (if thats what its called)
Ability: download
Nature: Hasty (+SpAt-Def)
Evs: 4hp 121attk 131SpAtk 252spd

1 Techno Blast coverage
2 U-Turn (scouting)
3 Iron head (STAB) flinch
4Ice Beam/flame thrower (depends if you want burn or freeze)

answered Oct 23 by T rex2413
edited Oct 24 by ƒιzz
EVs tho o: