It’s apparently official: Pokérus has disappeared. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet just released on Thursday, but players are already discovering that the rare, fictional disease isn’t in the new games.
Pokérus was first introduced in the Gen 2 Pokémon games. The status is basically a virus; it infects all Pokémon adjacent to an infected Pokémon in your party, even if they are both still in Poké Balls.
The disappearance of Pokérus was discovered by a Twitter user and dataminer @mattyoukhana_who discovered that the game code showed no indication of Pokérus.
Pokérus is no longer present in Scarlet & Violet! No assets for Pokérus Status Icons exist in-game, nor can they be found on wild Pokemon.
After testing with a given Pokémon of Pokérus strength, they still gain the usual EV yield (not x2), and Pokérus does not spread. pic.twitter.com/DIklfjbQHS
— Matt (@mattyoukhana_) November 18, 2022
While a virus surely sounds bad, Pokérus is actually completely beneficial. The status, which was indicated by a small icon, doubled the EV points the infected Pokemon gained in battle, making training extremely easy.
All you had to do was place your Pokémon all around the infected and poof! Within hours, all of your Pokemon would have the status.
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With Scarlet and Violet, Pokérus is no more. The icon showing infections is gone and there is no perk for it in the game. In fact, the status can’t even be found on wild Pokemon.
So for those of you who are trying to gain EV quickly and easily, hoping to get Pokérus is not going to be a good strategy.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet got off to a rocky start, with many players are experiencing gameplay issues on the Nintendo Switch. According to IGN’s Rebekah Valentine in her ongoing review: There really isn’t a moment in [Pokémon Scarlet & Violet] where shall I say they run well. Frame rates drop, Pokémon pass through walls, and character models pop in and out.
For our full Pokémon Scarlet and Violet review, stay tuned to everything IGN.
Carson Burton is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter at @carsonsburton.