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Pokerus. Something that is whispered in awe and sought by many. But, I hear you ask, what is Pokerus and what is so special about it? What you need is a guide that can tell you all that. Now, where can you find such a guide? Oh! You're reading one. How convenient.

Pokerus is a virus. No, not the sort that jams up your computer. An illness. But this one is rather unusual. It gets you double Effort points (if you don't know what those are, I suggest you read the guide found here. If you've read it and STILL don't understand it, I suggest you don't bother.) So it's very useful to have, and so it's something everyone wants. Strange how everyone wants their pokemon to catch a virus :-P

Anyways; how to catch it. It's pretty hard to do this. What you have to do is battle a pokemon, wild or trainer, which has the virus. Then your pokemon will catch it. There are two ways you can tell you have it. One, you can see a little status thing beneath your pokemon that has a tag saying PKRS, the abbreviation for Pokerus. Two, Nurse Joy will tell you one of your pokemon has it when you heal a pokemon with Pokerus at a pokemon centre. Once you have it, it's easy to spread it to others. Just put it in your PC and it will spread to those in the same box as yours. Alternately, if it is in your party it will spread to others in your party.

Oh, a word of warning. After a while, the virus will go away. So when you catch the virus, battle like crazy until it's gone and make good use of it.

Any tips? Oh, I have a couple. One; Mix records a lot and then battle the people in their base. I got Pokerus TWICE by doing this. Two; if you get it give it to someone else by trading a pokemon with the virus. Then they can give it back to you after you've lost the virus. Handy if you need some long-term training.

Good luck!

Thanks to Boo 0o for this!

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pikachu_Ash on Mon 04 Jun 2007 19:44:19 UTC.
The link to the guide doesn't work and I can't find the report a fault button lol
SD198 on Thu 12 Jul 2007 17:01:27 UTC.
PokeRus, it seems more of a mystery than thought, I infact caught it on Sapphire randomly, now either it lasted for like a week (unlikely) or it appears randomly.
The Hitcher™ - Because You're Worth It on Mon 13 Aug 2007 21:53:19 UTC.
I think I've only ever caught Pokérus once, on GSC. Don't really remember stuff like this very well though so I can't remember if I've got it again or not.
Mopahir on Mon 03 Sep 2007 20:02:47 UTC.
i got it diamond it has a face instead and wont spread
Lemming1545 on Tue 04 Sep 2007 09:44:53 UTC.
That's because you waited until the virus was no longer contagious. I've gotten in Diamond, too - it starts out with a purple icon labeled "PKRS" next to the Pokemon's name, and can be spread to other Pokemon as usual. After a while, it changes to the small face next to their picture you're talking about - that means that the pokemon is now immune: it is no longer contagious and cannot catch Pokerus again.
tomkang on Thu 06 Sep 2007 18:54:44 UTC.
but when its gone does it still double ev points?
laironlover77 on Sun 23 Sep 2007 23:55:01 UTC.
My friend has four different Pokemon with it.
ameiliaketchum on Sat 17 Nov 2007 22:53:58 UTC.
the smily face means it passed. no more pokerus for u. it doesnt affect u after it passes...i already knew this from the guide book for D/P
espeon32 on Wed 26 Dec 2007 23:56:44 UTC.
NO! i was wondering why this combee i got on the GTS had that face.... so it wont spread and it wont double? GRRRRRRRR
r.e.d. on Sat 16 Feb 2008 20:25:39 UTC.
i only got pokerus once on emerald and saw an episode where team rocket (not jessie and those losers) but the higher up guys and they took prof. oak but i didnt learn anything cuz it was to be continued, i hate that...
Coppo on Thu 27 Mar 2008 02:11:59 UTC.
It's true that a Pokemon which has had Pokerus for 24 hours will stop the virus from being contagious, however I heard that by leaving that Pokemon in the box, the 24 hour limit would be removed and it would stay contagious. Am I wrong?
Pokedex Master on Sun 24 Aug 2008 00:48:05 UTC.
i have got this my squad had it but some of my other pokemon caught it and they still have it cause there in my pc box
The lynx shadow on Sun 12 Apr 2009 10:25:54 UTC.
I have been lucky to find it in pearl after i battled Cynthia!I was suprised because the chance very low 1 in 20 000!
BurningTempest on Thu 14 May 2009 00:58:19 UTC.
ive read a few other guides on the PKRS and half of them say that the effect stays after it goes :) , can we confirm that?
Sizacu on Sat 08 Aug 2009 09:06:21 UTC.
Yeah, it stays with your Pokemon ut only that partciular Pokemon can gain the double EVs. So your Pokemon stll has Pokerus, but it can't spread to other Pokemon unlessyou have another one with Pokerus that is contagious.
En garde...voir on Wed 28 Oct 2009 15:43:52 UTC.
i still haven't managed to catch it once yet *bows head in absoulute despair*
Pokemon Isshu Lover 593 on Tue 06 Jul 2010 15:37:13 UTC.
Some Asian girl and I are the only 2 people who don't like it. I should fleeeeeeeee!
Musica on Mon 13 Jun 2011 22:23:27 UTC.
The first game i played was Saphire (I know it's sad) and within 2 days I had it, and on the third my Blazikin was level 73 and I'd beaten the elite 4, it was one of the best weeks ever.
millerray on Wed 08 Feb 2012 22:57:01 UTC.
i've been playing pokemon for years and have played every game up to emerald, but i have never once got pokerus. i didn't even know what it as until a few days ago. isn't that sad?