Pokérus is a very useful thing that is used in EV training. (For a guide on EV training, please
What does it do? Well, Pokérus doubles the amount of EVs received
from a battle.
This is particularly useful, as EV training is
quite a long-winded process. With this
handy little virus, the amount of EVs gained can be doubled, or even quadrupled if
you have the right items!
Introduction Back to Top
Pokérus has essentially the same function the item Macho Brace. It doubles
the amount EVs gained from a battle. But because Pokérus is not an item, the Pokémon can have both a Macho
Brace and Pokérus, which results in four times the amount of EVs But
the best thing about Pokérus is it doesn't have the speed decrease of Macho Brace, and
it can be passed on to other Pokémon!
Now how useful is that? You
don't need to spend loads of money on items for EV training, because
you have Pokérus that's easily transferable among your Pokémon! The
downside is that it is extremely hard to contract Pokérus in the first
course you can trade with someone who has Pokémon that already has
Pokérus. But, before you worry about this, you can check if your Pokémon
already has the virus!
To find out if you have a Pokérus infected Pokémon,
check the summary page of the Pokémon. There will be a purple
status problems, such as Poison, Burn, etc., usually are. Another way to figure
this out is to go to the Pokémon
Center. The first time you go to the Pokémon Center after the Pokémon has been
infected, the nurse will tell you that your Pokémon, indeed, has been
infected. Look at the picture above for more details. If none of your Pokémon
in their summary, and the nurse doesn't say anything out of the ordinary, then
you're out of luck. Read the next section to find out how you can get Pokérus.
How to Get Pokérus Back to Top
The initial Pokérus infection can come in two ways: wild Pokémon
battles and trading. The chances of getting Pokérus from a wild Pokémon
are slimmer than finding a shiny. Chances are, you'll never encounter Pokérus
in your game if you don't cheat or trade.
If you do battle a
wild Pokémon that has Pokérus,
there is 1/4 chance that the wild Pokémon will transfer its Pokérus to
Another way to get Pokérus is to have a friend who already has it trade with you.
With Wi-Fi and Union Rooms in Pokémon DPPt and HGSS, this is very
easy to achieve! Once you've got one Pokémon that has Pokérus,
it's time to learn how to spread it.
Pokérus can be transferred from one Pokémon to the another if the
infected Pokémon is in your party, and a couple of wild Pokémon
take place. For each turn of the battle, there is a 1/4 chance that
the virus will spread to other party members. Note that putting an infected Pokémon in the box will not
transfer it to other Pokémon.
A word of caution! Pokérus will stop being infectious after 24
hours. The effects will remain, but it can't be spread any more.
You will know this when you see a . or a
symbol when you go to the Pokémon's status page. A solution to this is to keep a
Pokémon inside the PC box, as the countdown for Pokérus temporarily
stops while the Pokémon is in the box.