Pokémon trainers continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular game series with yet another free Pokémon distribution event. This time around, Genesect can be caught in Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (abbreviated by many fans as Pokémon ORAS) as well as Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. To catch Genesect, interested players must visit their local participating retailer for a special code to download the mythical Pokémon. The event runs from November 1 through November 24, or while codes last.
Catching Genesect is nearly identical to the process for getting Volcanion last month. The first step is to obtain a free Genesect code card at a participating GameStop (in the U.S.) or an EB Games (in Canada). Don’t forget, although the Genesect event is going on until November 24, the code cards are only available while supplies last.
With Black Friday and holiday shopping picking up, these cards could potentially run out a bit faster than the cards for other, previous distribution events. Securing your card as soon as possible is recommended. You won’t need to worry about connecting to the Internet right away to redeem the code, though, as the unique code printed on each card won’t expire until February 28, 2017.
When you’re ready to redeem your code to catch Genesect, follow these steps:
1. On the Main Menu screen, choose “Mystery Gift.”
2. Select “Receive Gift.”
3. Choose the “Via Code” option. (An Internet connection is required at this point.)
4. Enter the one-time use code exactly as it appears on your card.
5. Get Genesect and return to the Main Menu.
6. Find a Delivery Girl at any Pokémon Center to add Genesect to your party.
- Make sure you have an empty space in your party before going to speak with the Delivery Girl. You cannot pick up Genesect if your party is full.
- Once Genesect has been picked up, be sure to save your game.
- Remember to make sure your 3DS or 2DS is charged, or have it powered up using the A/C adapter, while transferring data. Losing power during this process can result in data loss or corruption issues.
Genesect, the ancient bug Pokémon, is a dual-type Bug and Steel-type monster. It is also the final character in the Unova region Pokédex after debuting in Pokémon Black and Pokémon White. Team Plasma experimented on the creature by tweaking the cannon on its back. As a result, players could change its attack type using mechanical drives. The official Pokémon website explains this feature in further detail.
“Once you get the Mythical Pokémon, collect the Drives that change the type of its Techno Blast move in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire by talking to a character in Mauville City.”
Techno Blast is a Normal-type attack by default. Players can teach an old bug some new tricks using the Burn Drive, which changes Techno Blast to a Fire-Type move. The Douse Drive shifts the attack to a Water-type move, Chill Drive initiates an Ice-type attack, and the Shock Drive changes it to an Electric-type attack.
Genesect transfers over at Level 100 with a dynamic move set that includes the Bug-type Signal Beam and Grass-type Solar Beam in addition to Techno Blast and the Steel-type Magnet Bomb. Its Download ability can come in handy as it grants the ancient bug the ability to adjust its power according to the stats of its opponent. Coupled with the ability to change drives and attack types, Genesect is a force to be reckoned with.
Trainers who are into the world of Pokémon but aren’t as into the video game have the opportunity to see Genesect’s powers in action in the film, Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened. The Pokémon trading card game offers another way to put the power of Genesect in the palm of your hands. The Pokemon TCG: Mythical Collection — Genesect anniversary set comes with a collectible pin, two Pokémon Generations card game booster packs, and a code card for the online game. It also includes a special foil full-art promo card unique to the collection that’s different from the Genesect EX released previously. Fans may also be interested in adding the GameStop exclusive, limited edition eight-inch Genesect plush to their collections.
The Pokémon 20th anniversary celebration is winding down as the year comes to a close. A Meloetta event is planned for December as the last mythical Pokémon event of the year. Which Pokémon event has been your favorite so far? Share your Pokémon memories in the comments section below.
[Featured Image by Nintendo/The Pokémon Company]