The Rare Pokemon Virus You WANT To Catch! | The SCIENCE of... Pokemon (Pokerus)

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We've talked about shiny Pokemon, one of the rarest finds in any Pokemon game. Today, Austin is going a step further in the rare department. Theorists, have any of you ever heard of the Pokemon virus known as the Pokerus? I'm going to guess even some of the most fanatic of Pokemon fans watching this have not. What is the Pokerus? What does it do? And why, Theorists, do you WANT to catch it? Austin, take it away!

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    Chandrakala VegiChandrakala Vegi13 саат мурун
  • Does anyone here have a pokemon with pokerus?I need it until I can spread it to one of my team members

    ¿Error?Fox¿Error?Fox17 саат мурун
  • funni ha ha

    Aniket VermaAniket VermaКүн мурун
  • I went to see the stats of my pokemon and i saw the poke rust symbol

    BEARBEARКүн мурун
  • Or. You can gen Pokemon.

    Devin DyquistoDevin Dyquisto2 күн мурун
  • when you go to a doctor for a check up and the doctor knows you have been sick they always say "looks like you body has eliminated the virus" or "looks like the virus has been killed", how can you kill/eliminate something if it's not already alive, no matter what doctor i go to they always say it

    pyroslashrs cozy cornerpyroslashrs cozy corner2 күн мурун
  • I discovered pokemon quite late, when I was around 18 and in my very first game (emerald) my pokemon caught the pokerus. I asked my friend about it and she was shocked and had no clue what it was. We googled it later that day. I only got the Virus only one other time in multiple play throughs of different games

    BalrogSandwichBalrogSandwich3 күн мурун
  • If you boost a Pokémon’s EV stats by 510 in the first generation, will the stats remain the same when transferred ahead in the series, or reset to the maximum potential “cap” by the stat calibration of the following games..?

    Ryan VandenRyan Vanden3 күн мурун
  • we need more austin

    PCPC5 күн мурун
  • Shinies depend on what game you're playing. Gen 4 and behind are the 8,192. Gen 5 and beyond are 4,096 (Like that Bulbasaur depicted) have halved shiny-odds, meaning .006% of the time

    Matthew DonoghueMatthew Donoghue6 күн мурун
  • When you click on a game theory and hear him click. Me: "This is gonna be good!"

    matthew smithmatthew smith6 күн мурун
  • I have a shiny eevee infected with pokerus

    K1LLERK1D01K1LLERK1D017 күн мурун
  • Meh having a cinderace with pokerus that had a hidden ability one in a mill chance😂😂

    violet guyviolet guy9 күн мурун
  • New subscriber so a little late, but; did anyone else find it funny that he put Cofagrigus (a gen 5 'mon) on a FireRed/LeafGreen (gen 3) template?

    Richard DillRichard Dill10 күн мурун
  • pokemon: is laying on the ground chared completely black like fresh charcoal game: it's knocked out.

    damon Jacksondamon Jackson12 күн мурун
  • Your mitochondria is actually a virus so....yeah it has it's own set of DNA which is different then your sequence oh and without this virus/parasites you would cease to exist so in otherwords you would die just saying thank you parasite eve which is what peaked my interest in such topics

    raijin 1378raijin 137813 күн мурун
  • Laughs in 250pounds

    BrewDiePieBrewDiePie13 күн мурун
  • Diuretics help you pee, not poop. Totally unrelated to the word "diarrhea".

    GrelmGrelm17 күн мурун
  • What the intro classical song?

    XenonTheBuizelXenonTheBuizel17 күн мурун
  • Pokerus is the powerhouse of the cell.

    HomicidalPhoneHomicidalPhone19 күн мурун
  • I got the corona-- I mean, the Pokerus, a few hours ago.

    cjay97cjay9719 күн мурун
  • It's so cute that he says #DadBodsUnite when he's only 170 lbs. 😅 I'm not saying he doesn't have a dad bod, but 170 is pretty low end; I wish I was still that weight, because returning to it is not easy.

    Rep. of AntarcticaRep. of Antarctica19 күн мурун
  • 10:23 those look like the injectors from steven universe.

    TheInkyAbyssTheInkyAbyss20 күн мурун
  • crisper is actually a bactria that survived an attach from macro fage

    Lets talk gamesLets talk games21 күн мурун
  • "like catching a shiny 2.5 times" Do we split the last one in 2?

    River QuestRiver Quest21 күн мурун
  • My whole pokemon team in HGSS just got Pokerus, i guess im lucky

    justino tagliavinijustino tagliavini22 күн мурун
  • I remember when my best friend and fellow Pokemon nerd Bruno explained this to me for the first time... It totally blew my mind and then, after training a few mons properly, I was able to actually have fun at the Battle Tower.

    Pedro_Neo_StudioPedro_Neo_Studio22 күн мурун
  • The only problem is that max EVs are still limited. :(

    Tyler JenningsTyler Jennings23 күн мурун
  • I just got my first pokerus infected mon today... A shiny eevee I got in a wonder trade that was holding a masterball LMAO. I was like oh, okay. So what's the best cause of action now? Of course breeding and handing out pokerus infected eevee's like candy. It ain't much but it's honest work. 😂

    Naomi KempNaomi Kemp23 күн мурун
  • When I took genetics for my BS in Bio, we had a whole debate on Virus and Prions being "alive or not". We determined that Virus' were Vampires and Prions were Zombies. This was a decade ago so I don't quiet remember how we came to that conclusion. My Prof had to put a stop to it cause it took over the discussion board in blackboard. It is indeed a fascinating topic. And a bit disturbing also given the nature of Prions.

    Kit WhiteKit White24 күн мурун
  • I actually have some Pokemon with the pokerus in Pokemon ultra sun

    Dig DeeperDig Deeper27 күн мурун
  • Badly informed with EV-to-STATS ratio.

    Al TrujilloAl Trujillo28 күн мурун
  • vitamins work the whole way up to max EVs as of sword and shield for anyone interested in strong pokemon but not the hassle of EV training

    Alliana MooreAlliana Moore28 күн мурун
  • I kind of think virus's are aliens.

    TheDissilent 8TheDissilent 828 күн мурун
  • Actually a lv 100 Pokémon’s stat only goes up by 1 for every 4 evs and you can only max out 2 stats with evs and any Remaining points into any other stat or distribute the 510 evs amongs the different stats but then you won’t be able to fully max stats to the limit so for every 100 evs a stat only goes up by 25 points not 100 Austin even with pokerus those limits still exist

    Blu3 M00N Baf00n GamingBlu3 M00N Baf00n GamingАй мурун
  • Before i watched this i got a pokemon ad

    Phrog J wimbletonPhrog J wimbletonАй мурун
  • That's not how EV training works. 😐

    No NameNo NameАй мурун
  • alive is a made up concept so no one can arbitrarily rule something as alive or not, but yes i think viruses are alive

    Victor Romário Alvez Zaak SaraivaVictor Romário Alvez Zaak SaraivaАй мурун
  • If it’s extremely contagious then how is it more rare than shinies

    Mr. MehpersonguyMr. MehpersonguyАй мурун
  • I got pokerus one time after I battled ditto. I got it a second time after I got a ditto.

    Joy McGillJoy McGillАй мурун
  • Pokerus is that rare? How have I had it like 4 different times in different games and only ever found 1 natural shiny. 🙁

    Joy McGillJoy McGillАй мурун
  • 170lbs, 'dadbod'? Darling, cash that reality check

    Big Cow ProductionsBig Cow ProductionsАй мурун
    • @Matthew Crane lmaoo

      Big Cow ProductionsBig Cow ProductionsАй мурун
    • Having a dad bod doesn’t have anything to do with weight lol

      Matthew CraneMatthew CraneАй мурун
  • The last 4 episodes I can ever remember of yours are you in some stage of illness. You okay?

    Big Cow ProductionsBig Cow ProductionsАй мурун
  • I only (legitimately, without trading) got pokerus one time, back in... I think it was... Hm... it was either Crystal version, or possibly Leaf green. I'm leaning more toward Crystal, because I played it way more than Leaf. Edit: just remembered I had a sneasel I infected with it in Pearl. I'm really not sure what exactly happened, like if it was a glitch or if I did some weird specific thing that happened; but after I'd figured out how to evolve it (around lv.50 was when I found out about the razor claw).. the first time it leveled up after evolving, most of its stats went up by 15-20 each??? I don't know if it was because I evolved it so late, and the virus just caused the stats to jump to what they would have been if I evolved the sneasel at an earlier level? I know that pre-evolutions get less stat boosts than evolved forms; so that was the only reason I could think of that would cause it...

    ShadowPoniShadowPoniАй мурун
  • Then is it possible that just like computer viruses, real viruses are also created? By some extraterrestrial species who is altering every species' dna on different planet with their own dna and those whose physical immunity denies it fall sick.. Were we evolved by natural selection or someone manipulated our genes to evolve this way?

    Deepanshu SinghalDeepanshu SinghalАй мурун
  • *drops vial of T-Virus* "Oopsy-poopsy!"

    Nikolai13Nikolai13Ай мурун
  • Is is nearly three times more common in gen 8 to get pokerus

    Carter TheUnimaginitiveCarter TheUnimaginitiveАй мурун
  • Me: Casually watches while infecting the rest of my Pokémon with pokerus

    Carter TheUnimaginitiveCarter TheUnimaginitiveАй мурун
  • I can't believe Tier Zoo and Austin are buddies.

    The Blue Phoenix: Captain GamerThe Blue Phoenix: Captain GamerАй мурун
  • If viruses are living bodies? Yes, I think so. I like to think that they appeared on Earth, but separately from the first cells... another evolution branch that used the other to survive... Maybe that's totally messed up (which could totally be). Edit : It is not really a serious theory just a random thought that came of mu mind that's not serious business

    Azerty2978 azertyAzerty2978 azertyАй мурун
  • can we stop for a second and discuss about how a bacteriophage basically rapes a bacteria? the difference is that I personally think they deserve it

    Yann OliveiraYann OliveiraАй мурун
  • When I was younger I remember my friend coming over to show me and my other buddy his pokemon had pokerus, I was very skeptical on it even existing because it sounded like b.s.and I've been playing since gen 1. Anyways I took a look at his pokemon and I was shocked so I asked him how did he get it and where he was at that time to see if I could get it but he insisted that it was just luck and location had nothing to do with it but I went over to the same place which was victory road (ruby version) and started battling random pokemon and ended up fighting a loudred after the battle I went to the nearest pokemon center and in my disbelief the nurse said my pokemon has it!!! I was so estatic what is the likely hood that 2 people in the same room getting pokerus within an hour of each other and mind you this was back in the gba days and me and my friends didn't have a link cable so there's no way I got it from him. I asked my third friend to go to the same area I was just to see if he got it but unfortunately he wasn't so lucky .even to this day I'm still skeptical on it being a luck thing.

    Refurbished Condom SalesmanRefurbished Condom SalesmanАй мурун
  • 3 of my pokemon caught the pokerus virus

    Ali Martinez JuradoAli Martinez JuradoАй мурун
  • Rewatching this episode after Covid-19, the pandemic, and 2020 hits on a whole other level….

    Jocelyn KlarerJocelyn KlarerАй мурун
  • My pokemon got it in the same day when I got to shinies in less then 3 minutes (today at the time I’m writing this)

    Very chill childVery chill childАй мурун
  • It may not produce like creatures like humans and animals but they are alive in their own right and way.

    Steven FeagleySteven FeagleyАй мурун
  • My Pokémon got it I guess I’m lucky

    Da-punisher556Da-punisher556Ай мурун
  • Where's mp

    fr3domgodfr3domgodАй мурун
  • 4 ev = 1 stat point. Not a 1:1 ratio. Love you guys

    EZ Breezy GamingEZ Breezy GamingАй мурун
  • You caught a Eevee... Wait, it's shiny....Let's go to the Pokemon center... Wait it have Pokerus too!?

    • Grio •• Grio •Ай мурун
  • All of my pokemon has pokerus......... Yet I've never seen a shiny pokemon....

    MythicalCookiesMythicalCookiesАй мурун
  • After like 2 years of not opening my DS lite in Summer of 2020 I got my pokemon in Platinum infected by a pokerus, only to find out that the wild pokemon that infected my pokemon was a chansey with a pokerus that I caught. It's nuts.

    SafeSafeАй мурун
  • Are…are pokerus viruses also Pokémon themselves? If this does happen in the future, I’m calling poison/psychic type.

    Lucky ArceusLucky ArceusАй мурун
  • 0:50 He BETTER not have been in college while I’m not!!!!

    Moadot720Moadot720Ай мурун
  • I had no idea Pokerus was so rare - I’ve had it randomly (especially in like gen 3 games) many times, way more often than I’ve ever found a shiny 🤔

    Emma GillEmma GillАй мурун
  • 6:25 Lets all remember Uvogin for a second

    Izhar AhmadIzhar AhmadАй мурун
  • 5:13 I would've done speed

    the meeperthe meeperАй мурун
  • I got it from when I was tradeing in ultra moon then after a while it infected all of my Pokémon

    Jose JassoJose JassoАй мурун
  • Ah yes Pokémon genocide

    Charlie CCharlie CАй мурун
  • Vitamins increase all the way to 252EVS in Sword and Shield.

    David FisherDavid FisherАй мурун
  • Pokemon:did we done that?

    Maria Luisa BerardMaria Luisa BerardАй мурун
  • Can I just point out that to what Austin was talking about whether or not viruses are "alive", many of the things there are not qualifyers. Several of these are just checking whether or not something is similar to other living things, not whether something is "alive" or not. We can get rid of the 1st, 4th, and 5th, at the very least.

    Val BroderickVal BroderickАй мурун
  • Did anyone notice folder named Pet stuff !

    Amber BansalAmber BansalАй мурун
  • The millions of micro organisms going inside me Me: RAAAAAAAAAPPPEEE

    Hazel O'BrienHazel O'Brien2 ай мурун
  • Does anyone know the song that starts playing around 6:28 after the Buneary is kil- uh I mean fainted....? :)

    Becca RyuuBecca Ryuu2 ай мурун
  • Hey Austin what are the chances that the pokemon flu can be transferred to electric type Pokemon and said trainers with electric type Pokemon?

    Eva-Naiya TorianEva-Naiya Torian2 ай мурун
  • MATTPATT IS BETTER

    Den SevostyanovDen Sevostyanov2 ай мурун
  • @k8ngshaka

    Thabang NkopaneThabang Nkopane2 ай мурун
  • pokerus more like pokecovid-19

    ale xale x2 ай мурун
  • The original virus design looks human made change my mind.

    Koza plays.Koza plays.2 ай мурун
  • me to virus: you saved me but why virus:monke

    ALVIN ABRAHAMALVIN ABRAHAM2 ай мурун
  • Viruses are artificially made infection by future humans AKA aliens to kill, benifit, harm or evolve any organisum it infects

    Just Another undertale GeekJust Another undertale Geek2 ай мурун
    • That's what I think

      Just Another undertale GeekJust Another undertale Geek2 ай мурун
  • this virus legit looks like a funking robot :∆

    blood bagblood bag2 ай мурун
  • nice

    Persephone ReveriePersephone Reverie2 ай мурун
  • I only found pokerus once on pokemon,think it was in alpha sapphire when I first found it,I've heard about it years before so I know how extremely rare it is

    alolanraichualolanraichu2 ай мурун
  • Viruses are aliens.

    FdR NGMFdR NGM2 ай мурун
  • This isnt mattpat lol

    RedemptionRedemption2 ай мурун
  • me with my level 100 scorbunny or the 3rd evo of that starter w the virus😎

    SammySuxsSammySuxs2 ай мурун
  • As a pokemon nerd..... that isn't how EV's work lmao

    ThunderWolf600ThunderWolf6002 ай мурун
    • it's too confusing for me to understand

      alolanraichualolanraichu2 ай мурун
  • Smugon Competitors: Who's ready to ignore all the basic sanitary rules?

    Gabriel Le PenGabriel Le Pen2 ай мурун
  • Tier Zoo is legit one of the best ytb when it comes to biology!

    Hikari AzurielHikari Azuriel2 ай мурун
  • Your really confused by EV training...just saying. You got it pretty wrong here. =X

    darktemplar446darktemplar4462 ай мурун
  • Here's a theory: PokéRus was designed by SilphCo. prior to the events of GSC.

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун
  • 14:08 _Jiggly Bu_

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун
  • So, PokéRus is artificial?

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун
  • Again with the Kanto Plurals. The singular and plural forms of a Pokémon's name are identical. Changing the spelling to pluralize the name was a localization error from the first few episodes of Season 1 of the anime. It was corrected in later episodes soon after it was discovered. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: in terms of pluralization, the closest English word to a Pokémon's name would be _deer,_ as its singular and plural are identical under all circumstances. Here's an easy rule to remember when pluralizing the name of a Pokémon: _The plural of Pokémon name X is always X. No spelling changes, no pronunciation changes, no exceptions._

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун
  • It's not a coma, it's just briefly unconscious. It's assumed that either it recovers shortly after the battle or an area Pokémon Ranger heals it.

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун
  • Honestly, when people say they "killed" a wild Pokémon, it annoys me to no end. Pokémon are only killed in certain cutscenes of the dark story for _Pokémon Insurgence,_ a scene where the protagonist rips off the head of a Nuclear-Type (I wish I was kidding) in the fan-made _Pokémon Uranium_ fanfiction _Adventures in Tandor,_ and the incomplete and abandoned fanfiction _Game of Champions._

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун
  • The vitamins are liquid, not pills.

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун
  • I like to make my Pokémon blindingly fast. More specifically, with the Snivy line, I like to combine blistering Speed (taking advantage of its status as Unova's fastest starter) with mind-blowing Special Attack and go with moves like SolarBeam, Giga Drain, Energy Ball, and Leaf Storm, as well as getting it to hold a Miracle Seed to ramp things up even further.

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowstic2 ай мурун