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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  • •MaiaDesu •
    •MaiaDesu •4 godzin temu

    about the "viruses are alive or not" thing: they're aliven't

  • Squishy Green
    Squishy Green10 godzin temu

    dang wen will we get a pandemic with a virus thats only helpful

  • Jonah Crabtree
    Jonah Crabtree14 godzin temu

    Pokémon: hmmm Pokémon zombies

  • Rodan Gojira
    Rodan Gojira16 godzin temu

    I thought matpat ran this channel?

  • Spectral Cloud
    Spectral Cloud18 godzin temu

    100 EVs will not increase your pokemons stats by 100. It goes up 1 point per 4 evs. 100 evs would only increase a pokemons stat by 25

  • Inun
    Inun23 godzin temu

    Still pushing the fake evolution for humans.

  • Artem Tesov
    Artem TesovDzień temu

    “Usually phages are designed- …ADAPTED” LOL

  • Amateur Gaming
    Amateur GamingDzień temu

    If anyone is wondering, Cofagrigus for EV training wants max HP, SpA and the rest into SpD. Good luck out there Trainers!

  • Darkfireice
    Darkfireice2 dni temu

    If viruses are alive, then so are crystals

  • Tourmalino
    Tourmalino2 dni temu

    A lot of misinformation here, ill blame it on him being sick

  • ZGuy0fSci
    ZGuy0fSci2 dni temu

    As for can something that is a living being or organism or overall system be non-cellularly "Alive" ? I'd say........ it's good to keep an open mind when it comes to what counts as "Living." Especially as we in time are able to clear away those and the things that stand in the way of a Transhumanist society and state of being with more medical and scientific advancements not to be confused with "trans humans," or such political bs, lmfao..... keks. With the possibility of fully functioning machine learning able and consciously aware machine beings per AI. ( "Self" being very important and the notion of validation likely to be part in hand for when at that point.) After all, what does it even really mean to be "Alive?" Depending on how so that you mean it.

  • ZGuy0fSci
    ZGuy0fSci2 dni temu

    510 total EVs . . . 256 or so for one stat. Unlesss they changed it?

  • AsianOtakuGuy
    AsianOtakuGuy3 dni temu

    Dear Austin, Hi! It's me! A random Pokemon enthusiast on the internet! The newest gen game of Sword and Shield allows full unlimited use of vitamins up to the maximum of 26 of a single type to fill all 252 possible EVs of a stat at once. Previous gens however, did used to limit vitamin usage to 10, or 100 EV per stat. Each stat has a max value of 252 possible EVs. However, a pokemon can only have a maximum of 510 possible EVs across all stats. EVs only take effect at multiples of 4, so there will be 2 useless EV points that will do nothing. Every 4 EVs give 1 stat point at level 100, effectively giving you 127 extra stats to distribute at your choice, but limited to a maximum of 63 extra points in one stat. In other words, you cannot get 100 extra points in a stat as shown to Cofagrigus, even including IVs, which can give up to 31 extra points in a stat at level 100. Only a maximum of 94 extra points can be added to a pokemon's base stats from IVs and EVs. The only way to bypass this 94 extra points rule is with natures. Nature affects a pokemon by decreasing a stat by 10% while increasing another by 10%. For instance, the Adamant nature decreases SpA while increasing Atk. Austin's Cofagrigus: HP 240 - 226 = 13 Atk 94 - 94 = 0 Def 427 - 295 = 132

  • Shady Spirit
    Shady Spirit3 dni temu

    Here for you, get recommended my friend

  • juiceberry
    juiceberry4 dni temu


  • DizitPix
    DizitPix5 dni temu

    viruses are aliens that were made by the government /j

  • Firesgone
    Firesgone6 dni temu

    9:28 Ooo... A whole pizza slice. Ouch.

  • Zhang Yaozhong
    Zhang Yaozhong6 dni temu

    He didn't scream his lungs out!!!

  • Erwin Estrada-jr
    Erwin Estrada-jr7 dni temu

    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

  • Airshiphead
    Airshiphead7 dni temu

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

  • Markus Kenji Santos
    Markus Kenji Santos7 dni temu

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

  • Hagen springtrap
    Hagen springtrap7 dni temu

    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

  • Laura Vivian
    Laura Vivian8 dni temu

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

  • Shrimp The Cybop
    Shrimp The Cybop8 dni temu

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

  • Taio
    Taio8 dni temu

    5:00 Ouch, you got it all wrong

  • leo thereaper276
    leo thereaper2769 dni temu

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

  • Sceptic Llama
    Sceptic Llama9 dni temu

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

  • Ms. Sådmån
    Ms. Sådmån9 dni temu

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

  • SilverHawkScape


    9 dni temu

    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.

  • Fred Bijl
    Fred Bijl10 dni temu

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

  • Creative Writer
    Creative Writer11 dni temu

    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.

  • Kyocdra Tranqer
    Kyocdra Tranqer11 dni temu

    ....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?

  • H0N3YY _JPEG
    H0N3YY _JPEG11 dni temu

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

  • Gleamgo Pengo
    Gleamgo Pengo12 dni temu

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

  • Stacey Bailey
    Stacey Bailey12 dni temu

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

  • Edgy Username
    Edgy Username12 dni temu

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

  • Simple Sailor
    Simple Sailor12 dni temu

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

  • sam kirk
    sam kirk13 dni temu

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

  • RyanWake bradtelle
    RyanWake bradtelle13 dni temu

    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

  • Flame Aura
    Flame Aura13 dni temu

    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...]

  • Flame Aura

    Flame Aura

    13 dni temu

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

  • Wesley yaeggy
    Wesley yaeggy13 dni temu

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

  • David & Friends
    David & Friends13 dni temu

    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.

  • Henry Hankins
    Henry Hankins13 dni temu

    Hmmm that looks good "eats"

  • Robin Adriaensens
    Robin Adriaensens14 dni temu

    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

    PRATYUSH GHOSE14 dni temu

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

  • super mario
    super mario15 dni temu

    I'm Austin:(

  • Simon Tracer
    Simon Tracer15 dni temu

    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

  • This is the greatest username of all time.
    This is the greatest username of all time.15 dni temu

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

  • L's hardy
    L's hardy15 dni temu

    More dislikes

  • Sol Chapeau
    Sol Chapeau15 dni temu

    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.

  • James Potter
    James Potter15 dni temu

    Oh nice Austin is still here

  • TheREAPERoo7
    TheREAPERoo716 dni temu

    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!

  • Austin Shenk
    Austin Shenk16 dni temu

    Me trying to get my shiny pokemon the Pokerus virus

  • Big bad Burger boi
    Big bad Burger boi16 dni temu

    Oh boy you milked pokemon alot

  • LanieMae
    LanieMae17 dni temu

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

  • SheezyBites
    SheezyBites18 dni temu

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

  • Rick Angel
    Rick Angel18 dni temu

    This is not MatPat. 😑

  • WindedEmulation11
    WindedEmulation1118 dni temu

    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.

  • Quentonius
    Quentonius18 dni temu

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

  • Rooster7 5428
    Rooster7 542818 dni temu

    I think viruses are alive, just not by our criteria

  • Click
    Click19 dni temu

    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.

  • A Bored Panda
    A Bored Panda19 dni temu

    But where is Matpat !?

  • AnimeToonist
    AnimeToonist19 dni temu

    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.

  • GrungScreamVR
    GrungScreamVR19 dni temu

    He got one of my favorite pokemon, neat.

  • Samuel Thackeray
    Samuel Thackeray20 dni temu

    "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.

  • Paper Carving
    Paper Carving20 dni temu


  • mighty kitty
    mighty kitty20 dni temu

    "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.

  • Kaiden Melton
    Kaiden Melton21 dzień temu

    Is this game thirest

  • Andrew Farley
    Andrew Farley22 dni temu

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

  • TheIbis
    TheIbis22 dni temu

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

  • Simon Hansen
    Simon Hansen22 dni temu

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

  • Taurell Reed

    Taurell Reed

    6 dni temu

    No. He just explained Ev Training and Ev Points wrong. The virus doubles the intake of Ev's earned after battles. So if a pokemon gave 2 Defense EVs after it's defeated, then with the virus you'll gain 4 Defense Ev's instead. The Max EVs a stat can gain is 252 in total; while the Max Evs a Pokemon can gain is 510 in total. When a pokemon is at lvl100 you'll learn and see that every 4 EVs = 1 stat Point for respective stats. You can effectly give one-two stat a max of 63 extra stat points each, if you focus 252 EVs into two stats, and the last 4 points in a third stat. Giving you a total of 508/510 EVs used.

  • Ricardo javier Gutierrez bojorge
    Ricardo javier Gutierrez bojorge23 dni temu

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

  • Jade Rabbit
    Jade Rabbit23 dni temu

    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.

  • -0 Cloud Eater 0- -
    -0 Cloud Eater 0- -23 dni temu

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

  • Vandy
    Vandy23 dni temu

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

  • Teresa Sexton
    Teresa Sexton23 dni temu

    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

  • Player 922
    Player 92223 dni temu

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

  • DragonSailorZero
    DragonSailorZero24 dni temu

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

  • Theurgy
    Theurgy24 dni temu

    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.

  • Just A Person
    Just A Person24 dni temu

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

  • ten niesmieszny
    ten niesmieszny24 dni temu

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

  • Kendal Westwind
    Kendal Westwind25 dni temu

    No one: America: NUKE IT WITH HYPER BEAM

  • Pinky
    Pinky25 dni temu

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

  • brogeezie
    brogeezie25 dni temu

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

  • Kellen Walker
    Kellen Walker26 dni temu

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

  • Lobser Mahn
    Lobser Mahn26 dni temu

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

  • berry bear
    berry bear26 dni temu


  • KamikazeNinja75
    KamikazeNinja7526 dni temu

    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!🤣🤣🤣

  • Nick Anderson
    Nick Anderson26 dni temu

    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.

  • Sat Trap
    Sat Trap26 dni temu

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

  • Chloe The scp-1471-A-21
    Chloe The scp-1471-A-2126 dni temu

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

  • tsartomato
    tsartomato27 dni temu

    >>77 kg starver >> claiming he is fat

  • Oof Thor
    Oof Thor27 dni temu


  • erik N
    erik N27 dni temu

    If there not alive how do we kill them

  • Elijah Bergeron
    Elijah Bergeron27 dni temu

    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.

  • Blackmantis1
    Blackmantis127 dni temu

    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.

  • Nathaniel Haynes
    Nathaniel Haynes27 dni temu

    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

  • Power Puppy
    Power Puppy27 dni temu

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

  • I need neko uWu
    I need neko uWu27 dni temu

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

  • Barded Wyrm
    Barded Wyrm27 dni temu

    "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?"

  • Primal Radiance
    Primal Radiance27 dni temu

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