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If you have a good competitive moveset for Genesect, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for its pre-evolutions, if any, can also be shared on this thread.

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Genesect Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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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

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Genesect @ Douse Drive
Trait: Download
Nature: Hasty (+Spe, -Def)
- U-Turn
- Techno Blast (Water)
- Flamethrower
- Iron Head

On this type of moveset, Genesect is primarily attack up and speed up. If it seems easier to do special attack up and speed, you may do so as well.

With the corresponding Download ability, Genesect can use U-Turn to upgrade either special attack or attack, thus making it raise stats without having to do much. On a Hasty ability, it's speed is raised and benefited making for a sure hit and run. This move is great in combo with other Pokemon that have either the move U-Turn or Volt Switch. This move also seemingly gets STAB and if super effective, it may faint the opposing Pokemon.

When the Download ability is applied at least twice with Genesect (assuming you used the U-Turn hit and run method), and you get at least two stages up for special attack, it is safe to assume that Techno Blast will faint a Pokemon if super effective. With fire being its main weakness (and a 4x weakness!), it would be smart to have a repellent against the opposition.

Flamethrower yields coverage over many Pokemon. The main goal of utilization of this Pokemon is to repel over grass types using fire type moves (Ex. Gourgeist, Lombre, Ludicolo), ice types who can cause plenty of status changes which mess with gameplay, or steel types who can heavy hit with fire type moves (Ex. Mawile, Lucario, Aggron).

With Iron Head, one can take care of fairy types (which wouldn't have bothered anyway due to typing), ground types (who do average damage, however worse with the nature), and ice types who wouldn't have done so much anyway.

Things To Watch Out For:
Certain Pokemon, depending on ability and time utilized in battle, may outwit the strategy of U-Turn + Download, etc. Pokemon with the speed boost ability may start to out speed in battle if not taken out, and if that Pokemon just so happens to know flame charge as well, Genesect will be in a world of hurt. If this occurs in battle, your best option is to take it out with another Pokemon, or if reckless enough, try out speeding the Pokemon (By the way, Pokemon that can wield both flame charge as a move and speed boost as an ability: Blaziken).

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Genesect special sweeper

Ability: Download
Nature: Timid (+Spd,-Atk)
Item: Douse Drive

Techno Blast; weakness coverage
Bug Buzz; good STAB
Flash Cannon; also good STAB
Charge Beam; 70% chance of raising SpAtk

or physical sweeper

Ability: Download
Nature: Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk) or Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
Item: Life Orb adds 30% increase to all moves
(metal claw=65, flame charge=65, x-scissor=104, giga impact=195)

X-Scissor; good STAB
Iron Head/Metal Claw; if gen 5 iron head any other gen metal claw because it has a 10% chance of raising Atk
Flame Charge; decent attack and it raises the speed stat
Giga Impact; quick battle ender (people often rule this move out because of the rest but it pacts a punch especially with the life orb)

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Killing Machine
Held Item: Douse Drive
Ability: Download
Nature: Naive
EVs: Atk 126, Sp. Atk. 126, Speed 252, Def 4
-Techno Blast (Water)
-Ice Beam
-Magnet Bomb
Naive nature cause Download ability

Techno Blast- Signature move held Douse Drive to cover weakness of Fire type Pokemon, (Genesect is 4x weak to Fire) can also be used for Ground/Rock.

X-Scissor- Get rid of Dark/Psychic also because of Download ability.

Ice Beam- Use for those Flying/Dragon/Ground/Grass types.

Magnet Bomb- Get rid of Fairy type Pokemon, or use for something else like Fly/Dig/Bounce/Sky Drop.

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Special Sweeper Genesect

Genesect @ Douse Drive
Ability: Download
Nature: Mild (+SAtk/-Def)
EV Spread: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spe

  • Technoblast (Water)
  • Flash Cannon (STAB)
  • Bug Buzz/Signal Beam
  • Flamethrower

Technoblast (Water) is the best option you have for Technoblast really... Fire and Electric are not worth imo, also Water covers for your 4x Weakness to Fire. Flash Cannon is your STAB move, added bonus if it ever lowers enemy SpD. Bug Buzz/Signal Beam to deal with Dark/Psychic types which are always out there, also a STAB, I prefer Signal Beam as it can Confuse the target, you already get some chance of lowering SpD with Flash Cannon so Bug Buzz can be uneeded. Flamethrower for Coverage, deals with Grass, Ice, Steel and Bug types, just nice Move overall, with high Accuracy and decent Power.

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Genesect @ Douse Drive
Trait: Download

EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)
Bug Buzz
Flash Cannon
Ice Beam
Techno Blast

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Heres what I use

Genesect w/ Burn Drive and Download for the Abillity. Role: Special SwREEper
Techno Blast: Its a signature move for it, plus its pretty good damage for a move
Flame Charge: I feel Flamethrower is a bit unstable on my half...I use this for more speed. BeCaUsE sPeEd....Is KeYyYyYy
Ice Beam: You all saw this before. Its for taking out giant boys in the meta. PLUS THAT FREEZE CHANCE MIGHT HELP ONCE IN A WHILE
Bug Buzz: its a STAB move, PLUS Its great for lowering SpDfs, which further helps in the sweepage

if you have any improvements, PLEASE feel free to let me know