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Pokemon Go: Genesect coming this month, Battle League live tonight


The Paleozoic pokémon (Pic: Niantic)

The mythical Genesect is coming to Pokémon Go later this month, and you can take part in the first Battle League tonight.

While Niantic decided to cancel this weekend’s community event for Pokémon Go, it doesn’t seem to be doing the same for another event it’s got planned for the end of March. Although granted, this one doesn’t require for you to go outside to take part in.

Called
A Drive To Investigate, it will see the last of the Unova mythical pokémon, Genesect,
be added to the game.

‘Professor Willow has found a peculiar trail of damage that appears to have been created by a single pokémon. The kicker? The damage seems to have been caused by attacks of a wide variety of types!’ reads the official description. ‘Help him discover which pokémon is behind them in this brand-new special research story event!’

For
any newcomers, Genesect is quite unique, even among mythical pokémon. Described
as an ancient bug that existed 300 million years ago, it was apparently discovered
by the villainous Team Plasma and altered by having a cannon grafted onto its
back.

While
it is classed as a bug and steel type, Genesect’s signature attack will change
type depending on what kind of Drive it’s holding.

If you want to encounter and catch Genesect for yourself, you will need to purchase a ticket for the event, which is said to cost $7.99 (£6.40). They will become available a few days before the event starts.

There will be other bonuses available, such as Genesect-themed cosmetics, as well as encounters with Durant, another bug/steel pokémon that can usually only be found in the eastern hemisphere.

The backpack’s actually pretty cool (Pic: Niantic)

If
you’re patient, though, Genesect will later be added to the EX Raids in April.

Aside from that, everyone will be able to take advantage of in-game bonuses, like more frequent appearances from fire, electric, water, and ice type pokémon and Raid Battles that will feature bug or steel types.

The event will run from Friday, 20 March 8am local time until Monday, 23 March 10pm local time. However, the A Drive To Investigate story will be available for a bit longer until Thursday, 26 March 10pm local time.

A full list of details can be found on the official website.

Aside
from that, today also marks the launch of the game’s competitive mode. The GO
Battle League Season 1 will go live tonight at 8pm local time and allow players
across the globe to battle each other.

Ironically,
you are encouraged to get out and walk so you can gain entry to the league,
despite the aforementioned community event being cancelled so players wouldn’t
catch the coronavirus instead of an Abra.

Pokémon Go is available on iOS and Android devices.

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