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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    1. Erwin Estrada-jr

      its not 100 per vitamin. its actually 100 EV. every 4 EV is about 1 stat increase. the max a stat can increase is by 252 EVs which is actually 63. the most a pokemon can have in TOTAL EVs is 510. and the shiny rate is 1/4096 vanilla rate since gen 6

    2. Airshiphead

      I'm probably the 10th person that has said this, but 1 point in EVs doesn't equal 1 point in the stat

    3. Markus Kenji Santos

      i was expecting tierzoo to be here now my day has been ruined

    4. Hagen springtrap

      Ahh thanks nice to know that I am responsible for millions of organisms and I have millions of organisms inside me and I am basically a god and cosmos

    5. Laura Vivian

      wow, i never EVER had heard of this pokerus before, since when that exist?

    6. Shrimp The Cybop

      Me seeing new game theory video Me seeing blue text Me getting sad because austin isnt as energetic😞

    7. Taio

      5:00 Ouch, you got it all wrong

    8. leo thereaper276

      "NUKE IT WITH YOUR HYPER BEAM!" was realy funny

    9. Sceptic Llama

      "lets talk about viruses" shows a bacteriophage. i see what you did there

    10. Ms. Sådmån

      Wait.. I got a shiny pokerus lucario and now almost all my pokemon have pokerus.. whet are the chances of that??

      1. SilverHawkScape

        Actually, once you catch the pokerus, it will spread to the whole party the pokemon is in. You can also preserve the pokerus by putting the afflicted pokemon into the Box.

    11. Fred Bijl

      My entire team in Pokémon moon has pokerus and i didn't know it was that rare omg

    12. Creative Writer

      I think the virus should be considered alive. Those checklists were based on 1 understanding of how it could work, and a virus is trying to survive in some sort of way.

    13. Kyocdra Tranqer

      ....ya know.....I haven't been sick in the last 4 years to be honest... So do I just have extra bacteria in ma belly?

    14. H0N3YY _JPEG

      i remember on my emerald play I got one in my doduo and released it since I thought it was bad : D

    15. Gleamgo Pengo

      most of my pokemon have pokerus it's all because i have it...

    16. Stacey Bailey

      I don't like the new map pack I like to do map pack

    17. Edgy Username

      That moment when you have 4 pokemon with the pokevirus that you caught at the beginning of the game

    18. Simple Sailor

      I found the poke virus and thought it was deadly. Kept me all anyways cause whatever. Now I know.

    19. sam kirk

      To me I go by the mantra "if it can die, it's alive,"

    20. RyanWake bradtelle

      In theory is shiny Pokemon is less likely it just doesn't go away in 3 days. Also that means you need to factor the transmission rate from a battle vs catching a Pokemon with it

    21. Flame Aura

      that's not how EV's work... that 510 total ev points yes, but every 4 points is 1 stat point so... yeah not as monstrous as you think 510/4=127.5 rounded down to 127 points to distribute to each pokemon and even then you can't put all 510 ev points (127 stat points) into 1 stat like attack you can only have a max of 252 ev points in 1 stat or 63 stat points... so this cofagrigus cant have that stat layout, as for the vitamins they give 10 ev points each to each stat to 100 ev points which is within the 510 pool. [eg, if you ev train a pokemon and use up 480 ev points you can use them on stats that have x>100 ev points invested and even then you only have 30 ev points left to use so you would only be able to use 3 vitamins...]

      1. Flame Aura

        as for pokerus it only speeds up the ev training process, it does not increase the 510 cap to 1020

    22. Wesley yaeggy

      I think virus ( what is it plural?) Might be there own thing like a fungus

    23. David & Friends

      I remember in my Cellular Biology class when my professor told us that viruses weren't considered as live organisms. I was shocked to say the least. I think they are alive. They just go around differently than other organisms.

    24. Henry Hankins

      Hmmm that looks good "eats"

    25. Robin Adriaensens

      I don't think he got it, you only get one stat point for every four EV-points ya know? And 100 in one stat is never possible because you can get up to 252 EV's in one stat, which means 63 stat points


      Game Theory, reply wiith "GAME theory!" if you revisit your old videos

    27. super mario

      I'm Austin:(

    28. Simon Tracer

      Why didn't you mention this in the previous video? It's as if you know that crispr and such can be utilized and yet wouldn't create the freaky being if it was able to be manually controlled

    29. This is the greatest username of all time.

      To ask if viruses are alive you’d first have to ask if our definition of life is or is not fundamentally flawed.

    30. L's hardy

      More dislikes

    31. Sol Chapeau

      Viruses are not alive. They do not self-motivate (move on their own), they do not self-replicate (make babies), they do not take in any food or gasses (eat, drink, or breathe), and they excrete no waste.

    32. James Potter

      Oh nice Austin is still here

    33. TheREAPERoo7

      Ay, mat, think you could cover risk of rain 2? It has amazing gameplay, and even better lore! I’d like to see you take up this challenge, not to mention try the game!

    34. Austin Shenk

      Me trying to get my shiny pokemon the Pokerus virus

    35. Big bad Burger boi

      Oh boy you milked pokemon alot

    36. LanieMae

      Once I got pokerus on my Kyrem in a random black 2 play through without even trying

    37. SheezyBites

      If it was gene editing surely it would effect IVs since those are genetic, not EVs which are trained.

    38. Rick Angel

      This is not MatPat. 😑

    39. WindedEmulation11

      How can you make a video about Pokémon and not know basic stuff like what kind of Pokémon Cofagrigus is. It's been around for a long while. I'd understand if it was one like Duraludon which has only been around since generation 8, but Cofagrigus has been there since at least generation 5.

    40. Quentonius

      Person below me is ganna have a great day ↓↓↓↓↓

    41. Rooster7 5428

      I think viruses are alive, just not by our criteria

    42. Click

      Pokerus isn’t even viable in the newer versions. You literally can just time skip while sending them in pokejobs. You’ll be done in less than 5 minutes.

    43. A Bored Panda

      But where is Matpat !?

    44. AnimeToonist

      Former biology major here! My personal thought is that viruses ARE somewhat alive, but in a sense that just doesn't directly fit into the current classification that we use. Sort of like how fungi (while, yes, I know they have their own kingdom classification, but bear with me) have traits that are both plant-like and animal-like. Fungi don't quite fit into either category and had to be stuck in one that was all their own. I think that viruses will eventually be classified similarly, or that the classification requirements will be adapted; they're alive, but just not by the standards that we use today.

    45. GrungScreamVR

      He got one of my favorite pokemon, neat.

    46. Samuel Thackeray

      "I know it seems like it should be more complicated than this and it is but actually isn't." Game theory's "well yes but actually no" meme.

    47. Paper Carving


    48. mighty kitty

      "At level 100 Cofagrigus will have 6 stats" Wait- they get 6 stats when they're level 100? Maybe earlier? I don't know i never had a level 100 before. Huh, neat.

    49. Kaiden Melton

      Is this game thirest

    50. Andrew Farley

      FINISH THE FALLOUT THEORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    51. TheIbis

      Why is it so different when Austin Talks, not saying that Matt is better but for me atleast, it just seems so different.

    52. Simon Hansen

      So if 100/500 EV is max, does this virus make that 200/1000 or does it jusr speed up the process?

    53. Ricardo javier Gutierrez bojorge

      Austin: Doesn't mutate pokemon into giant monsters. That would actually rule Me: Dynamax and Gigantomax?

    54. Jade Rabbit

      I remember that damn virus in the gen 1 game. Didn’t know what was going on so restarted game. Dang I feel old lol.

    55. -0 Cloud Eater 0- -

      Me : about to watch video Ad : Get Nintendo switch and play Pokémon!

    56. Vandy

      I've never encountered a shiny pokemon and I've gotten the pokerus twice having no clue wtf it meant at the time lol

    57. Teresa Sexton

      What he used an azumarill instead and it had HUGE POWER? if he killed a ton of ev giving pokemon, he would have a deadly blue and white puffball

    58. Player 922

      Wait but so the virus’s is messing with the IV’s, huh neat.

    59. DragonSailorZero

      Never saw a shiny, but totally got pokerus--more than once

    60. Theurgy

      Actually EVs are 1 point of stat per 4 EVs at level 100, and can be raised a max of 510 EV points max in total, 252 points max per stat.

    61. Just A Person

      Oh! Pokerus! A fun topic, although I wonder who patient 0 was or how it came about. *sees the Austin email intro* Oh no.

    62. ten niesmieszny

      me: ,,click on that video'' video: ,,google drive screen" me: AUSTIN!

    63. Kendal Westwind

      No one: America: NUKE IT WITH HYPER BEAM

    64. Pinky

      I've never heared of that virus but now I want it...

    65. brogeezie

      Should have done some more research on ev training. It takes 4 evs the level up that stat buy 1.

    66. Kellen Walker

      someone traded thier lunala for my ditto in pokemon sun and the lunala had the virus sooooo SCORE!!!

    67. Lobser Mahn

      Ehy didnt he bring up the lactose intolerance guy who infected himself so he could eat pizza again

    68. berry bear


    69. KamikazeNinja75

      EV training! You're sucking the fun out. EV training! You're too old for this. Exploiting the game, 'cause you don't have a life! Beating up kids makes you feel like a man! EV training, yeah!🤣🤣🤣

    70. Nick Anderson

      I had Pokemon catch Pokerus in my Ruby Version around 2004. I didn't see my first shiny (in my own games at least) until Pokemon GO in 2019.

    71. Sat Trap

      Dear Austin. Hi!!... It's me Panda. You not making more and more episodes makes no freaking sense......

    72. Chloe The scp-1471-A-21

      Real life Viruses:We kill human Pokerus:Boost Pokemon instead of Killing it "punch the table to destroy" That's not make any sense

    73. tsartomato

      >>77 kg starver >> claiming he is fat

    74. Oof Thor


    75. erik N

      If there not alive how do we kill them

    76. Elijah Bergeron

      For the P.S. section at the end: Tin foil hat off: "Maybe? I don't know, they could be something entirely different." Tin foil hat on: "Aliens from another universe. Bam." IDK, I'm not a scientist, I'm just a kid who loves Earth, just not ours.

    77. Blackmantis1

      IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO ACTUALLY PLAY POKÉMON: Austin’s explanation of EVs is actually almost completely how you get them is correct but 1 EV DOES NOT EQUAL 1 STAT POINT, no not even at level 100, in fact 1 EV gains you NOTHING, 4 EVs are necessary to gain a single stat point, I understand that Austin’s explanation was just a quick run through but for anyone who wants to now apply this knowledge this difference is extremely important.

    78. Nathaniel Haynes

      I think I lnow what viruses are they are aliens from out of space and the have adapted to do whay they do it's so obvious how could we miss this

    79. Power Puppy

      Wait wait wait wait... TEIRZOO?!? I FREAKING LOVE HIM

    80. I need neko uWu

      One problem. Vitamins can give you a maximun of 100 evs.. but 4 evs = 1 stat. So 100 evs is 25 stat

    81. Barded Wyrm

      "Is a virus alive?" is, imo, the wrong question. A better question would be "Is a virally-infected cell really still best understood as a cell of the host organism, or is it functionally a distinct organism with crucial traits and behaviours defined by its infection?"

    82. Primal Radiance

      KGup deletes likes AND comments. When you post a comment, refresh a few times to make sure it's still there.

    83. Jude Matthew Tante


      1. Jude Matthew Tante

        Don't Touch This

      2. Jude Matthew Tante


      3. Jude Matthew Tante

        EV Training! VS. Using Vitamins... IV Breeding... VS Hacking Perfect IV Pokemon!

      4. Jude Matthew Tante

        Also EVs Actually Needs 4 of Them To Make The Stat Higher

    84. Real Eyes Realize Real Lies

      I'm glad you left that in, cause you had it right the first time -it is "designed". Which ties into the scientific fact that the vessel that contains our essence is full of symbiotic relationships, something that you quickly touched on -symbiotic relationships can't magically "develop", but anyone is welcome to BELIEVE that if they like, just admit that it's just that, a BELIEF, and not science.

    85. Leafiafan

      Hold on, hold on. The pokerus IS contagious...


      he cooked to bunny to a crisp

    87. Chimerat

      I've caught that thing 2-3 times over the years. I think there might be infected Pokémon in my Bank actually.

    88. Rodean Raisi

      Here's An idea, are Pokémons natural or were they man made. Cuz why would an animal evolve with powers like that?

    89. Zack

      I would say viruses aren’t scientifically considered alive by the literal definition, but in a general sense, they are “alive”, if you just mean organic and able to react. But technically they aren’t

    90. OnlyFails

      Autistic Austin was actually watchable for this episode, I wonder why...

    91. I am no one no one at all

      Seems to me like this type of virus would attack the bacteria which have Loose DNA rather than bundled dna, this would make significant effect on the ability to snip out parts of dna and replace with duplicating dna/

    92. Tha Banks

      That's crazy. My sister literally showed me today her Pokemon had the Pokerus Edit: It doesn't even matter anymore. They're all cured 🙃

    93. Kolbalt

      I was doing a pokemon black randomizer nuzlocke soul run with some friends on an emulator and the pokemon I caught on route 1 ended up catching pokerus. They trolled and died but I kept the save file and just decided to keep playing on it because I was so surprised I got pokerus. it was also nice because the randomizer gave me petilil as a starter choice which is one of my favorite pokemon (lilligant rather)

    94. Cory Murray

      I’ve never even heard of that before 🤣

    95. carl johnson

      am i the only one who instantly closes the video if matpats not the one talking? XDDDDDD

    96. Crimson Lightning

      When Pokémon sword and shield was fairly new. After I finished the game I went shiny hunting and my first shiny was woloo. That shiny woloo had pokerus. I didn’t spot it until I healed my Pokémon and got told about pokerus searched and saw that the only Pokémon I had with pokerus was that woloo (I put it in my party when I got it before healing)

      1. Crimson Lightning

        I wish there was a way I could prove it but outside of it’s my only Pokémon that doesn’t lose pokerus. If u can prove it I’d like to know

    97. Aiden OF THE CREEK

      Science class - yay!

    98. Andaconda Nation

      6:40 this editor is amazing. Lol

    99. Cheryl Lochansingh

      Look like someone got diarrhea

    100. Carlos Miranda

      That hyper beam segment made my day.