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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Darkfireice 14 цагийн өмнө
If viruses are alive, then so are crystals
Tourmalino Өдрийн өмнө
A lot of misinformation here, ill blame it on him being sick
ZGuy0fSci Өдрийн өмнө
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 Өдрийн өмнө
510 total EVs . . . 256 or so for one stat. Unlesss they changed it?
AsianOtakuGuy 2 өдрийн өмнө
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 Spirit 2 өдрийн өмнө
Here for you, get recommended my friend
juiceberry 3 өдрийн өмнө
DizitPix 4 өдрийн өмнө
viruses are aliens that were made by the government /j
Firesgone 4 өдрийн өмнө
9:28 Ooo... A whole pizza slice. Ouch.
Zhang Yaozhong
Zhang Yaozhong 4 өдрийн өмнө
He didn't scream his lungs out!!!
Erwin Estrada-jr
Erwin Estrada-jr 5 өдрийн өмнө
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 6 өдрийн өмнө
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 Santos 6 өдрийн өмнө
i was expecting tierzoo to be here now my day has been ruined
Hagen springtrap
Hagen springtrap 6 өдрийн өмнө
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 Vivian 6 өдрийн өмнө
wow, i never EVER had heard of this pokerus before, since when that exist?
Shrimp The Cybop
Shrimp The Cybop 6 өдрийн өмнө
Me seeing new game theory video Me seeing blue text Me getting sad because austin isnt as energetic😞
Taio 7 өдрийн өмнө
5:00 Ouch, you got it all wrong
leo thereaper276
leo thereaper276 7 өдрийн өмнө
"NUKE IT WITH YOUR HYPER BEAM!" was realy funny
Sceptic Llama
Sceptic Llama 7 өдрийн өмнө
"lets talk about viruses" shows a bacteriophage. i see what you did there
Ms. Sådmån
Ms. Sådmån 8 өдрийн өмнө
Wait.. I got a shiny pokerus lucario and now almost all my pokemon have pokerus.. whet are the chances of that??
SilverHawkScape 8 өдрийн өмнө
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 Bijl 9 өдрийн өмнө
My entire team in Pokémon moon has pokerus and i didn't know it was that rare omg
Creative Writer
Creative Writer 10 өдрийн өмнө
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 Tranqer 10 өдрийн өмнө
....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 10 өдрийн өмнө
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 Pengo 11 өдрийн өмнө
most of my pokemon have pokerus it's all because i have it...
Stacey Bailey
Stacey Bailey 11 өдрийн өмнө
I don't like the new map pack I like to do map pack
Edgy Username
Edgy Username 11 өдрийн өмнө
That moment when you have 4 pokemon with the pokevirus that you caught at the beginning of the game
Simple Sailor
Simple Sailor 11 өдрийн өмнө
I found the poke virus and thought it was deadly. Kept me all anyways cause whatever. Now I know.
sam kirk
sam kirk 11 өдрийн өмнө
To me I go by the mantra "if it can die, it's alive,"
RyanWake bradtelle
RyanWake bradtelle 11 өдрийн өмнө
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 Aura 11 өдрийн өмнө
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 11 өдрийн өмнө
as for pokerus it only speeds up the ev training process, it does not increase the 510 cap to 1020
Wesley yaeggy
Wesley yaeggy 11 өдрийн өмнө
I think virus ( what is it plural?) Might be there own thing like a fungus
David & Friends
David & Friends 12 өдрийн өмнө
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 Hankins 12 өдрийн өмнө
Hmmm that looks good "eats"
Robin Adriaensens
Robin Adriaensens 12 өдрийн өмнө
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 GHOSE 13 өдрийн өмнө
Game Theory, reply wiith "GAME theory!" if you revisit your old videos
super mario
super mario 13 өдрийн өмнө
I'm Austin:(
Simon Tracer
Simon Tracer 13 өдрийн өмнө
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. 13 өдрийн өмнө
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 hardy 14 өдрийн өмнө
More dislikes
Sol Chapeau
Sol Chapeau 14 өдрийн өмнө
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 Potter 14 өдрийн өмнө
Oh nice Austin is still here
TheREAPERoo7 14 өдрийн өмнө
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 Shenk 14 өдрийн өмнө
Me trying to get my shiny pokemon the Pokerus virus
Big bad Burger boi
Big bad Burger boi 15 өдрийн өмнө
Oh boy you milked pokemon alot
LanieMae 16 өдрийн өмнө
Once I got pokerus on my Kyrem in a random black 2 play through without even trying
SheezyBites 16 өдрийн өмнө
If it was gene editing surely it would effect IVs since those are genetic, not EVs which are trained.
Rick Angel
Rick Angel 16 өдрийн өмнө
This is not MatPat. 😑
WindedEmulation11 17 өдрийн өмнө
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 17 өдрийн өмнө
Person below me is ganna have a great day ↓↓↓↓↓
Rooster7 5428
Rooster7 5428 17 өдрийн өмнө
I think viruses are alive, just not by our criteria
Click 18 өдрийн өмнө
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 Panda 18 өдрийн өмнө
But where is Matpat !?
AnimeToonist 18 өдрийн өмнө
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 18 өдрийн өмнө
He got one of my favorite pokemon, neat.
Samuel Thackeray
Samuel Thackeray 18 өдрийн өмнө
"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 Carving 19 өдрийн өмнө
mighty kitty
mighty kitty 19 өдрийн өмнө
"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 Melton 19 өдрийн өмнө
Is this game thirest
Andrew Farley
Andrew Farley 20 өдрийн өмнө
FINISH THE FALLOUT THEORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheIbis 20 өдрийн өмнө
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 Hansen 21 өдрийн өмнө
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 4 өдрийн өмнө
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 bojorge 21 өдрийн өмнө
Austin: Doesn't mutate pokemon into giant monsters. That would actually rule Me: Dynamax and Gigantomax?
Jade Rabbit
Jade Rabbit 21 өдрийн өмнө
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- - 21 өдрийн өмнө
Me : about to watch video Ad : Get Nintendo switch and play Pokémon!
Vandy 21 өдрийн өмнө
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 Sexton 21 өдрийн өмнө
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 922 21 өдрийн өмнө
Wait but so the virus’s is messing with the IV’s, huh neat.
DragonSailorZero 22 өдрийн өмнө
Never saw a shiny, but totally got pokerus--more than once
Theurgy 23 өдрийн өмнө
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 Person 23 өдрийн өмнө
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 niesmieszny 23 өдрийн өмнө
me: ,,click on that video'' video: ,,google drive screen" me: AUSTIN!
Kendal Westwind
Kendal Westwind 23 өдрийн өмнө
Pinky 24 өдрийн өмнө
I've never heared of that virus but now I want it...
brogeezie 24 өдрийн өмнө
Should have done some more research on ev training. It takes 4 evs the level up that stat buy 1.
Kellen Walker
Kellen Walker 24 өдрийн өмнө
someone traded thier lunala for my ditto in pokemon sun and the lunala had the virus sooooo SCORE!!!
Lobser Mahn
Lobser Mahn 24 өдрийн өмнө
Ehy didnt he bring up the lactose intolerance guy who infected himself so he could eat pizza again
berry bear
berry bear 24 өдрийн өмнө
KamikazeNinja75 24 өдрийн өмнө
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 Anderson 24 өдрийн өмнө
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 Trap 25 өдрийн өмнө
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-21 25 өдрийн өмнө
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 25 өдрийн өмнө
>>77 kg starver >> claiming he is fat
Oof Thor
Oof Thor 25 өдрийн өмнө
erik N
erik N 25 өдрийн өмнө
If there not alive how do we kill them
Elijah Bergeron
Elijah Bergeron 25 өдрийн өмнө
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 25 өдрийн өмнө
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 Haynes 25 өдрийн өмнө
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 Puppy 25 өдрийн өмнө
Wait wait wait wait... TEIRZOO?!? I FREAKING LOVE HIM
I need neko uWu
I need neko uWu 26 өдрийн өмнө
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 Wyrm 26 өдрийн өмнө
"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 Radiance 26 өдрийн өмнө
MNdown deletes likes AND comments. When you post a comment, refresh a few times to make sure it's still there.
Jude Matthew Tante
Jude Matthew Tante 26 өдрийн өмнө
Jude Matthew Tante
Jude Matthew Tante 26 өдрийн өмнө
Don't Touch This
Jude Matthew Tante
Jude Matthew Tante 26 өдрийн өмнө
Jude Matthew Tante
Jude Matthew Tante 26 өдрийн өмнө
EV Training! VS. Using Vitamins... IV Breeding... VS Hacking Perfect IV Pokemon!
Jude Matthew Tante
Jude Matthew Tante 26 өдрийн өмнө
Also EVs Actually Needs 4 of Them To Make The Stat Higher
Real Eyes Realize Real Lies
Real Eyes Realize Real Lies 26 өдрийн өмнө
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.
Leafiafan 26 өдрийн өмнө
Hold on, hold on. The pokerus IS contagious...
OMEGA ROCKET 27 өдрийн өмнө
he cooked to bunny to a crisp
Chimerat 27 өдрийн өмнө
I've caught that thing 2-3 times over the years. I think there might be infected Pokémon in my Bank actually.
Rodean Raisi
Rodean Raisi 27 өдрийн өмнө
Here's An idea, are Pokémons natural or were they man made. Cuz why would an animal evolve with powers like that?
Zack 27 өдрийн өмнө
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
OnlyFails 27 өдрийн өмнө
Autistic Austin was actually watchable for this episode, I wonder why...
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