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. Kendal Westwind
    Kendal Westwind
    שעה לפני

    No one: America: NUKE IT WITH HYPER BEAM

  2. Pinky
    9 שעות לפני

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

  3. brogeezie
    13 שעות לפני

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

  4. Kellen Walker
    Kellen Walker
    16 שעות לפני

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

  5. Lobser Mahn
    Lobser Mahn
    17 שעות לפני

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

  6. Jace Berry
    Jace Berry
    22 שעות לפני


  7. KamikazeNinja75
    23 שעות לפני

    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!🤣🤣🤣

  8. Nick Anderson
    Nick Anderson
    יום לפני

    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.

  9. Sat Trap
    Sat Trap
    יום לפני

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

  10. Chloe The scp-1471
    Chloe The scp-1471
    יום לפני

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

  11. tsartomato
    יום לפני

    >>77 kg starver >> claiming he is fat

  12. Kathryn Yeniyurt
    Kathryn Yeniyurt
    יום לפני


  13. Oof Thor
    Oof Thor
    יום לפני


  14. erik N
    erik N
    יום לפני

    If there not alive how do we kill them

  15. Elijah Bergeron
    Elijah Bergeron
    יום לפני

    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.

  16. Blackmantis1
    יום לפני

    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.

  17. Nathaniel Haynes
    Nathaniel Haynes
    2 ימים לפני

    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

  18. Creeper crazy
    Creeper crazy
    2 ימים לפני


  19. Power Puppy
    Power Puppy
    2 ימים לפני

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

  20. I need neko uWu
    I need neko uWu
    2 ימים לפני

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

  21. Barded Wyrm
    Barded Wyrm
    2 ימים לפני

    "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?"

  22. Primal Radiance
    Primal Radiance
    2 ימים לפני

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

  23. Jude Matthew Tante
    Jude Matthew Tante
    2 ימים לפני


    1. Jude Matthew Tante
      Jude Matthew Tante
      2 ימים לפני

      Don't Touch This

    2. Jude Matthew Tante
      Jude Matthew Tante
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    3. Jude Matthew Tante
      Jude Matthew Tante
      2 ימים לפני

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

    4. Jude Matthew Tante
      Jude Matthew Tante
      2 ימים לפני

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

  24. Real Eyes Realize Real Lies
    Real Eyes Realize Real Lies
    2 ימים לפני

    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.

  25. Leafiafan
    3 ימים לפני

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

    3 ימים לפני

    he cooked to bunny to a crisp

  27. Chimerat
    3 ימים לפני

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

  28. Rodean Raisi
    Rodean Raisi
    3 ימים לפני

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

  29. Zack
    3 ימים לפני

    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

  30. OnlyFails
    3 ימים לפני

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

  31. I am no one no one at all
    I am no one no one at all
    3 ימים לפני

    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/

  32. Tha Banks
    Tha Banks
    4 ימים לפני

    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 🙃

  33. Kolbalt
    4 ימים לפני

    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)

  34. Cory Murray
    Cory Murray
    4 ימים לפני

    I’ve never even heard of that before 🤣

  35. carl johnson
    carl johnson
    4 ימים לפני

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

  36. Crimson Lightning
    Crimson Lightning
    4 ימים לפני

    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
      Crimson Lightning
      4 ימים לפני

      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

  37. Aiden OF THE CREEK
    Aiden OF THE CREEK
    5 ימים לפני

    Science class - yay!

  38. Andaconda Nation
    Andaconda Nation
    5 ימים לפני

    6:40 this editor is amazing. Lol

  39. Cheryl Lochansingh
    Cheryl Lochansingh
    5 ימים לפני

    Look like someone got diarrhea

  40. Carlos Miranda
    Carlos Miranda
    5 ימים לפני

    That hyper beam segment made my day.

  41. Murilo Theodoro
    Murilo Theodoro
    5 ימים לפני

    The part about ev training was wrong in so many ways, but the biggest one is that there's is a cap to how much evs you can give any pokemon

  42. Lolfattenski
    5 ימים לפני

    What i learned from this? KILL ALL THE BUNEARYS!!

  43. Cara Furry
    Cara Furry
    5 ימים לפני

    It's so rare I've only herd youtubers and such talk about it 3 times counting this one

  44. Cryptic Corgi
    Cryptic Corgi
    5 ימים לפני

    If the virus is not alive in our definition, then is the energy based life forms in science fiction technically not alive?

  45. hasargel
    5 ימים לפני

    Oh.. so using it on already trained pokemon isnt doing anything...

  46. Opposinn Dog
    Opposinn Dog
    5 ימים לפני

    Time to purposely have shiny the shiny jolteon to get the pokevirus

  47. Victory
    5 ימים לפני

    HOW TO BECOME A SUPERPOWERED X-MAN DEFEATING, SUPERMAN's SKULL CRUSHING SUPERHUMAN? CATCH EVERY MUTUALISTIC VIRUS, EAT ALL OF THE KINDS OF FLINTSTONES VITAMINS, take all sorts of healthy stuff, do yoga, tai-chi, go to your chiropracter every other day, shower once a day, and take every Umzu you can, plus working out.

  48. SoumaLya Das
    SoumaLya Das
    6 ימים לפני

    elder brother/sir the calculations you showed about ev training is way more complex and not even that dramatic always.... sincerely, a young fan

  49. George Phucas
    George Phucas
    6 ימים לפני

    Austin you got evs wrong

  50. Log Bot
    Log Bot
    6 ימים לפני

    Yo is this guy always sick or something?

  51. Freezing Moons
    Freezing Moons
    6 ימים לפני

    6:14 killed me HAHHAHHHA

  52. Kayclau's Shipposts
    Kayclau's Shipposts
    6 ימים לפני

    Viruses can be born and they can die and their reproduction method is basically a celular version of a parasitic infection. But I guess they're not alive. Who knows...

  53. Titan Aaron
    Titan Aaron
    6 ימים לפני

    I'm still confused

  54. Jackson Tomaszewski
    Jackson Tomaszewski
    6 ימים לפני

    thank you for talking about bacteriophages

  55. Scarlet Star
    Scarlet Star
    7 ימים לפני

    You're more mellow this episode, I like this side of you, a lot. More mellow Austin. Get well soon.

  56. Jordan Spencer
    Jordan Spencer
    7 ימים לפני

    Pokerus is highly contagious. One of my pokemon come caught it and it spread to every pokemon in my party. Naturally, I preceded to then spread it to the rest of the pokemon I had ever caught. I called that my hunked up beefcake run and went out of my way to ev train for once.

  57. Leo S
    Leo S
    7 ימים לפני

    That feels good when he is not screaming

  58. *little_werido*
    7 ימים לפני

    Ya mask more like ya Boi lol

  59. Will B
    Will B
    7 ימים לפני

    What happened to... who is Austin, please explain, what happened to MatPat

  60. Incognito Spaghet
    Incognito Spaghet
    7 ימים לפני

    Honestly it all depends on what you define being “alive” as If it’s the ability to move and do things on its own with a purpose. And executes that purpose then yes a virus would be considered alive. Like a machine or robot would too. But if you believe that a living thing must be able to reproduce in a way that isn’t hijacking, has a thought process or can have some sort of relationship then a virus would not be alive at all

  61. Manga God
    Manga God
    7 ימים לפני

    Viruses are organic robots for all intents and purposes

  62. Tosha
    7 ימים לפני

    I had a legit pokerus on my Ultra Moon save

  63. • Mythical Manaphy •
    • Mythical Manaphy •
    7 ימים לפני

    I ended up getting it from a Shiny Cinistea through a link trade. I think it was hacked (and illegal) since it’s memories literally state “being in court with it’s original trainer”, but I still love it 🥺 I’ve had it for like 3 months and nothing happened so I think I’m fine

  64. Raremuan
    8 ימים לפני

    in class we learned that viruses dont live, and i kinda get it. as it was just said, it does not use energie like other living things (example: cell breathing, metabolism), it cannot reprosuce with only the species itself, it needs host cells, it does not have a metabolism. But still it does "hunt" and not just tries to infect the first, wich means it has a way to sense the certain cells or organic matter, insteas of just infecting everything it encounters, even if it doed not work. It has adapted parts that fit to only certain task(s) and it does need to reproduce to not go extinct. I honestly dont know the anwser on this

  65. shosho shop
    shosho shop
    8 ימים לפני

    Who is ash's dad

  66. Cosmic pizza delivery guy
    Cosmic pizza delivery guy
    8 ימים לפני

    Song at the end pls

  67. Forged
    8 ימים לפני

    What was that song towards the end? I does is have to know.

  68. Sri 123
    Sri 123
    8 ימים לפני

    Viruses are both living and nonliving When they are outside of the host they act as nonliving,but when they are inside a host their metabolism starts working and because of this they are called as living,and also because of this behaviour they are not even considered as microbes.

  69. Rasmus Nielsen
    Rasmus Nielsen
    8 ימים לפני

    This just makes me think that as we know from Gen 4 games, people and pokemon used to be one and the same! However, at some point, pokemon themselves decided that they should serve humans. This leaves me with a bit of a conspiracy theory: What if someone at some point found a way to make every pokemon dumber, slower and less strong to make them more like animals to achieve this goal of making them "servants" of humans? Be it some kind of chemical or biological weapon... This could also explain what Pokerus is: A manmade cure for this possible disease, but one that didn't entirely cure the pokemon, and instead just made it the Pokerus we know an love, either from it being incomplete, faulty or just mutated into a different strand of Pokerus

  70. Edward Haybell
    Edward Haybell
    8 ימים לפני

    Wait, TierZoo is a microbiologist? Whaa?

  71. Gacha_GG242
    8 ימים לפני

    s a i l o r m o o n *a n d* p o k e m o n i n t h e s a m e. v i d e o.

  72. Benjaman Alexander
    Benjaman Alexander
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  73. Wader Gamer
    Wader Gamer
    8 ימים לפני

    While yes, shiny pokemon uesed to be 1/8192 but now it is 1/4096

  74. Noob master0370
    Noob master0370
    8 ימים לפני

    i hate austin

  75. Jin
    9 ימים לפני

    I would say viruses are alive, they do reproduce just not conventionally, they exhibit some form of intelligence or at least instinct, I think the having to be made up of cells requirement is outdated as well. For example a fully self aware AI, IMO, would be alive.

    1. Connor Schultz
      Connor Schultz
      7 ימים לפני

      Technically it's 'not alive' because it can't reproduce with it's own 'species' the line is arbitrary people know that and have been talking about changing it sense viruses that use viruses to reproduce have muddled lines even more

  76. unDeathbysnipe
    9 ימים לפני

    I'm not finished with the video yet, but it actually takes 4 EVs to gain 1 stat point, if I'm remembering correctly. There are other specifics, but that wasn't the point of his video, so I'll leave them out of this comment.

  77. Food For Thought
    Food For Thought
    9 ימים לפני

    Devil’s Inside by The Fake Arts is the song at the end btw!

  78. Frank Ford
    Frank Ford
    9 ימים לפני

    Dont forget to incorporate your pokemons nature also

  79. Doge
    9 ימים לפני

    I just realized Austin’s videos are titled with blue and mats are green

    1. Froshlee14 K
      Froshlee14 K
      3 ימים לפני

      Thats true lol

  80. Mr.GameBoy
    9 ימים לפני

    Finally, the great and legendary Austin has risen.

  81. Justin White
    Justin White
    9 ימים לפני

    Only time I've ever Ev trained intentionally was leaf green. Needed to get my pidgeot's speed up to survive the final four long enough for me to feather dance a few times. Found a spot with a lot of doduos (and rare dodrios). Pure speed.

  82. Justin White
    Justin White
    9 ימים לפני

    Me watching with subtitles; Eevee training and... Coffee grigas? I'm in!

  83. Repubbles McGlonky
    Repubbles McGlonky
    9 ימים לפני

    Wait, 65,536? Why does that number sound familiar? Wasn't it in his video on Minecraft Diamonds or something? :O

    1. Connor Schultz
      Connor Schultz
      7 ימים לפני

      It's the 16 bit integer limit I think

  84. Jakequaza
    9 ימים לפני

    You made a mistake in your understanding of EVs. 1 ev is not equal to 1 stat point. It depends on level but usually you’ll need multiple EVs for one stat point. I’m pretty sure at level 100 each 4 EVs equals one stat point. And in sword and shied each vitamin gives you 10 EVs each. So you can give 26 to max out a stat (since the max for one stat is 252, and 510 total, meaning two stats can be maxed out)

  85. sloesty
    9 ימים לפני

    Correction: Every three or 4, ev results in a stat raise. So adding 256 ev will not give you 256 attack, nor can you creatz a 427 defense cofagrius.

  86. Doin Daworst
    Doin Daworst
    9 ימים לפני

    Please sir, can you do don’t starve?

  87. Seagrain 1987
    Seagrain 1987
    9 ימים לפני

    What is the name of the song that played at the end

  88. kimberly 12345
    kimberly 12345
    9 ימים לפני

    Alexok 💙💙💖💖💖💖❤❤🧡🧡🖤🖤💜💚💛💛💜💙💖💖❤❤🧡🧡🖤🖤💜💚💛🤜🤛

  89. Owen Clark
    Owen Clark
    9 ימים לפני

    I’m offended you didn’t know cofagrigus especially since I started in gen 5

  90. E B
    E B
    10 ימים לפני

    I once got the poke virus in sun and I thought it was just something that is meant to effect your starter compulsory as I got it on my starter and the traded other starters and I didn’t utilize it bc I didn’t know what it was. I also got it right before the elite four so I didn’t really find it helpful. I also didn’t do ev training back then soo yeah. Also I have only played sun and diamond also never found a shiny then am on 1710 resets for shiny litten in ultra sun

  91. Matthew Lund
    Matthew Lund
    10 ימים לפני

    @4:55 Real Pokemon Trainers are facepalming. Probably should have just skipped the EV explanation all together.

  92. Christiangamepro 209
    Christiangamepro 209
    10 ימים לפני


  93. Levi Christiansen
    Levi Christiansen
    10 ימים לפני

    WHO are you!?!

  94. Ishan
    10 ימים לפני

    0:33 thats not even a virus it's a bacteriophage

  95. WolfScythe7
    10 ימים לפני

    viruses are zombies according to my biology professor in college but he was a very my way or the high way kind of person so he never really explained what he meant by it

  96. SynTaco
    10 ימים לפני

    Can I ask what is the music in the intro when austin is talking about him getting sick and not taking caffine

  97. The Green Lantern
    The Green Lantern
    10 ימים לפני

    NUKE IT WITH HYPER BEAM!!! -Austin 2021

  98. Maaviah animation's
    Maaviah animation's
    10 ימים לפני

    No not Austin again

  99. Ihassquidhat t
    Ihassquidhat t
    10 ימים לפני

    evs need 4 per stat lul

  100. Mo Momo
    Mo Momo
    10 ימים לפני

    Lol I have a stomach bug rn