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A Drive to Investigate comes at a time when individual gameplay is extremely important. Each item in this special research story has been created, then edited, in order to keep Trainers safe during these trying times. Some of the event tasks will include:

  • Catching Pokémon of various types
  • Play with your Buddy
  • Power up Pokémon
  • Battle another Trainer (this includes GO Battle Leauge)
  • Hatch Eggs

Let’s zip into the details.

Fri., Mar. 20, 2020, @ 8:00am
Thu., Mar. 26, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)

Please note
: In attempt to make this Special Research story event available and playable for as many Trainers globally as possible, we have extended this event.

FEATURES:Genesect Special Research
A Drive to Investigate medal/badge.
Research objectives that lead to encounters with various Bug- and Steel-type Pokémon, including Pinsir, Scizor, Skarmory, Karrablast, and Shelmet, as well as other Pokémon that appear in the story or are related to Genesect.
An encounter with Durant
Genesect-themed Avatar Items
– Cap
– Bag


  • 5 Premium Battle Passes
  • 3 Super Incubators
  • Charged TMs
  • 3 Fast TMs
  • 3 Incense
  • 3 Star Pieces
  • 1 Poffin
  • 15 Rare Candies
  • 1 Glacial Lure
Encounters with Scyther, Skarmory, Nincada, and Shieldon.
  • To receive the A Drive to Investigate Special Research, you must open Pokémon GO during the event from Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. in your local time zone. After you’ve collected the Special Research, you can complete it at any time.
  • The ticket is US $7.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency), not including any taxes or fees, and can be purchased in the shop. The ticket cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.
  • Tickets can be purchased from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 1 p.m. PDT until Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in your local time zone.
  • The ticket to this Special Research story event is nonrefundable. (Subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service.)

How to purchase a ticket and access the Special Research

Tickets to the Special Research story event A Drive to Investigate will be available to purchase a few days before the event.

1. Tap the Learn More button in the shop.
2. Tap the Buy button.
3. You’ll then receive a pop-up indicating that you’ve received a ticket for A Drive to Investigate. After you tap OK, you can find the ticket in your Item Bag.
4. Before the event, you’ll receive a medal. When you open the app during the event, you’ll receive access to the A Drive to Investigate Special Research.
5. Once you receive the Special Research on March 20, 2020, you’ll be able to finish it later if you don’t complete it by the end of the event. However, for an optimal gameplay experience, we recommend trying your best to complete the research during the event from Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. in your local time zone.

Don’t worry, Trainers—if you’re unable to participate in this Special Research story event, you can look forward to Genesect coming to EX Raids in April!

A Drive to Investigate Medal

A Drive to Investigate will come with a special medal/badge that will be available on your Trainer Screen along with other medals earned while playing Pokémon GO.

Bug- and Steel-type Encounters

Karrablast Shelmet
Karrablast Shelmet

Regional Encounter


Avatar Items

Genesect-themed Avatar Items


Premium Raid PassPremium Raid PassPremium Raid PassPremium Raid Pass
Star Piece BundlePremium Raid PassPremium Raid PassPremium Raid Pass
Premium Raid Pass

Special Research

Battle another Trainer 5 timesx1000
Catch 25 Normal-type Pokémonx3
Give your buddy 1 treats
x5 ✨ 
Power up a Pokémon 5 timesx1000
Catch 25 Fire-type Pokémonx3
Send 3 Gifts to Friends
x3 x3
Transfer 3 Pokémon x1000
Catch 25 Water-type Pokémon x3
Hatch an Egg
Make 3 Great Throws in a rowx1000
Catch 25 Electric-type Pokémonx3
Play with your buddy
Battle a Team Leader 3 timesx1000
Catch 25 Ice-type Pokémonx3
Take 3 Snapshots of Genesect
10x Genesect Candy x3

Research Tasks

Special Genesect-related Field Research tasks will be included in the price of the ticket and will reward the Pokémon named below. We will update the following as they are reported.

Make 5 Nice Throws
Make 2 Great Throws in a row
Make 2 Great Throws
Catch 10 Pokémon

Ticket Price Analysis

Trainers, we have created a “ticket price analysis” based on the items you will receive for the cost of the Special Research. If you are interested in checking that out and seeing how this event compares to that of A Colossal Discovery.

A Drive to Investigate Infographics

One Insect you won't want to squash

As we mentioned before, Niantic is prioritizing updates to Pokémon GO features and experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings, and designed to be playable without group gameplay.

They really are working hard to make the game as safe as possible with continuous day-to-day changes. I just want to take a moment and thank everyone for the hard work to try and keep things moving in the Pokémon GO world. Let’s flatten that curve Trainers! 

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