In my last post, I talked about something I got on my team called Pokerus. If you take that word apart, it is “Pokemon Virus”. You probably think I’m crazy, right? Well, that would be normal. But it’s like a shiny Pokemon. There aren’t many people who know what a shiny is. But they’re real. In fact, if you played Pokemon Silver, Gold, Crystal, Heart Gold, or Soul Silver, you’ve seen a shiny. The Red Gyarados? Yeah, that’s a shiny. It’s lame because you can get it basically for free. If you’ve played Black Version 2 or White Version 2, you can get two frees shinies. Depending on your version, if you defeat Benga and talk to him at his house in Floccesy Town, he’ll give you a shiny Dratini (White 2) or shiny Gible (Black 2). It’s at level 1 and has an Exp. Share. Also, if you SEE every Pokemon in the Unova Region, you can get an item from Professor Juniper called the “Permit”. This allows you to get on a plane in Mistralton City to get to a place called Nature Reserve. This is the only way to get there and it’s not even on the Unova Map. There are some Pokemon there that can only be found there, plus, there’s a free level 60 shiny Haxorus in the middle of the place. You have to capture it, but it is free. I’ve gotten off track, but Pokerus exists, just like shinies do. But, unlike shinies, you can’t get Pokerus for free. Well, you can, but you’re not always guaranteed it. Now I’m going to say something rather…saddening.

Shinies are almost impossible to miss. Even if their colorations are hard to distinguish, they still sparkle. That’s would I would call an “indicator”. So sorry to tell you, but there’s no indicator for Pokerus. If you encounter any Pokemon, it may have Pokerus. But you can’t tell. What’s worse is that you only have a 3 in 65,536 chance of finding one. That’s a 0.004577636% chance of finding it. Slim odds. So yeah, good luck finding it. The worst part of all, though, is that if you can’t tell if it has it, you have to actually make contact with it. If you find a Pokemon that has Pokerus and just run away from it, I feel sorry for you. You didn’t get infected. But, attacking it or capturing it would infect your Pokemon. If a Pokemon hit it, that Pokemon would be infected. If you captured it, that Pokemon would be infected, but not your other Pokemon. But if it had it even after you attacked it, defeated it, or captured it, you still couldn’t tell. But there is someone who could. I don’t know how, but Nurse Joy would tell you. Me, a lucky young man, have been infected three times on three different profiles. I’ve memorized what she says. She says something along the lines of this:

“Your Pokémon may be infected with Pokérus. Little is known about the Pokérus except that they are microscopic life-forms that attach to Pokémon. While infected, Pokémon are said to grow exceptionally well.”

The dialogue may be a little different for each game, but it’s something along the lines of that. There’s a lot I need to tell you about, so grab a sandwich or something.

Whenever you went to the doctor, and he said you were infected with something, like smallpox or the flu, you weren’t happy. You felt like you wanted to die just so you wouldn’t have to go through it. Sleeping is good, too, because if your body isn’t working as much, it can focus more on defeating the virus. Pokerus is similar to this, except it can’t infect people, and it only infects Pokemon. Also, it’s beneficial. If you ever played through Sapphire, Ruby, or Emerald, and you beat the Winstrates, and talked to the mother, she would give you something called a Macho Brace. You may or may not know what that is, but there’s something Pokemon have called IVs and EVs. IV stand for individual value, which is basically a Pokemon’s stat level. They’re affected by the EVs Pokemon get, its nature, its characteristic, and just the Pokemon in general. IVs are better when a Pokemon is evolved. So a Mightyena would have better stats than a Poochyena, but the Poochyena would learn some move earlier than Mightyena. EV stands for Effort Value. Pokemon give off EVs when they are defeated. For every four EVs you get, you get one level up for a stat or multiple stats, depending on the Pokemon. For example, a Poochyena gives off 1 attack EV when defeated. If your attack was 56, and you defeated four Poochyena, and only four Poochyena and didn’t have Pokerus, didn’t have your Pokemon holding a Macho Brace or any other EV-enhancing item and didn’t eat any EV-reducing berries, when you gained a level, your attack would be 57. However, Mightyena gives off 2 attack EVs. If your attack was 56 and defeated four Mightyena and only four Mightyena and gained a level and didn’t have Pokerus, didn’t have your Pokemon holding a Macho Brace or any other EV-enhancing item and didn’t eat any EV-reducing berries, your attack would be 58. This number can be increased with Pokerus, a Macho Brace or any other EV enhancing item. It can be decreased with Pomeg Berries, Kelpsy Berries, Qualot Berries, Hondew Berries, Grepa Berries, and/or Tamato Berries, also known as EV reducing and friendship increasing berries. Some Pokemon give off multiple EVs to different stats. Chimecho give off 1 special defense EV and 1 special attack EV. Macho Braces, if held by a Pokemon, reduce its speed by half, but doubles the EVs that a Pokemon would normally gain. So, it would seem as if a Poochyena gave off 2 attack EVs, and Mightyena gave off 4 attack EVs, and Chimecho gave off 2 special defense EVs and 2 special attack EVs. With Pokerus, it quadruples with a Macho Brace but only doubles without it. Similar items are the Power Weight, Power Bracer, Power Belt, Power Lens, Power Band, and the Power Anklet. Having a Pokemon hold these items while having Pokerus is called “Stacking”, by the way. That’s right: A Pokemon can be FOUR times as powerful with a Macho Brace and Pokerus. Unfortunately, you only get one Macho Brace, so, unless you’re doing an Only-Run, if you want those doubled-powered Pokemon, you need at least Pokerus. Well, that’s all the effects. Now everything else.

Like I said, there’s no easy way to get Pokerus. Well, actually there is. It’s called a GameShark or an Action Replay. Let me rephrase that. There’s no easy way to get Pokerus without hacking or cheating. Like Shiny Pokemon, it’s all in the luck. But unlike, there’s no way to make it easier to get. Bummer. But, in the unlikely event that you do get Pokerus, here’s things you need to do:

First of all, I don’t care what Pokemon you capture. Just capture anything, infect it, put it in the box, and only take it out when you want to infect other Pokemon. Why? Well, it won’t last. Like the flu and smallpox, your body fought it off (unless you have HIV, in which case, I hope you get better) thanks to our trusty immune systems. I learned in my biology class that one of the first systems that is activated in your body is your immune system. Why? There’s bacteria literally everywhere. You can’t see it with the naked eye because they are microscopic. Besides, if they were visible, it’d be tough to see stuff. Washing your hands with soap works, but the moment you stop washing your hands, bacteria start growing on your hands again. These bacteria are harmless and die easily. Literally, water and soap. If humans were killed that easily, we’d all be dead. Be thankful for that. However, our body has immune systems that fight off foreign particles. You have many defense systems, such as your nose hair, your skin, mucus, and your immune system. Despite all of these, we still get sick. I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t got sick in their lives, probably because it’s impossible. But, it doesn’t last, thankfully. But for a helpful virus like Pokerus to go away is rather cruel. Rain on your parade, am I right? But for whatever reason, if a Pokemon is in a PC and it has Pokerus, and is kept in there, it will never lose Pokerus. So you can keep it forever. So a good strategy is just putting your infected Pokemon in the box at the end of each day. It’s a burden, but hey, nobody said having Pokerus would be easy. Anyways, I’d say it’s rewarding. So, when you get infected, it can last for at most, four days after or one day after if they’re in your party. One day, you may wake up, and it won’t have a PKRS icon anymore. Instead, it’ll have a smiley face. This means it’s cured. Bad news: When you got infected with something, it was terrible. But, you’ve now been immunized. You see, if that same virus tries to infect you again, your body will recognize and stop it before it multiplies. Trust me, viruses can multiply fast. In a similar way, if it cured itself, it can’t be infected again. Ever. Forever, it shall be immunized. Its body will recognize the virus and fight it off. In fact, if you had Pokemon in your party that have Pokerus, they’d be fighting it as I speak. Now, finally, how to infect your Pokemon with it once a Pokemon has it. It’s literally the easiest thing ever. All you have to have is a non-infected and non-cured Pokemon and an infected Pokemon. Defeating Pokemon will eventually give it Pokerus. If you have one infected Pokemon and two non-infected Pokemon and you battle, they may get it at the same time.

Well, that’s pretty much everything you ever need to know about Pokerus. If something new comes up about it, I’ll be sure to update this post.

Have you ever gotten Pokerus?

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