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Pokémon infected by Pokérus, icon in the top-right corner.

The Pokérus, or "Pokémon virus", is a beneficial mechanic that any Pokémon can obtain.

Pokérus is a virus that may infect your Pokémon after any battle, showing as a Status condition than cannot be cured with an Healer.
If any of the player's Pokémon are infected, at the end of each battle the Pokérus will have a chance to spread among other Pokémon in the player's Party; this event can only occur between Pokémon in adjactent slots of the party.

A Pokémon infected with Pokérus will gain double the effort values (EVs) from battling, but the ones gained through Ev-enhancing items (such as Vitamins) will not be doubled.
Pokérus can be stacked with other Ev-training items (such as the Power Bracer).

Getting Infected Pokérus infected.png

A Pokémon has a 121.845 chance of getting infected by Pokérus after a battle with any wild Pokémon.

The message "Your Pokémon <pokémon> has caught the Pokérus!" will appear in chat and the Infected icon Pokérus infected.png will appear in the Summary (as shown in the image to the right).

An infected Pokémon will also have a 120.000 chance to infect another Pokémon in the player's Party after any battle.
The Pokérus may only spread to a Pokémon directly adjacent to an already infected Pokémon and only if they have never had Pokérus before.

Getting Cured Pokérus cured.png

Pokémon cured from Pokérus, icon in the top-right corner.

A Pokérus infection will inevitably proceed towards getting cured, and so will happen in 1-4 real days from the moment of the infection (can be modified in pixelmon.hocon config).

A Pokémon will have a chance to be cured from Pokérus in a period that goes from 24 hours to 96 hours after the moment of Infection.
Putting the Pokémon in a PC will temporarily pause the cure of the infection, but stopping it is not possible in any way.

Once a Pokémon is cured, the message "<Pokémon> gained 5 levels for being cured of Pokérus!" will be displayed in chat, the Pokémon will gain 5 levels and the Cured icon Pokérus cured.png will appear in the Summary (as shown in the image to the right).

A Cured Pokémon will become immune to Pokérus forever, but the double EV gain will not end.

Config settings


  • "pokeRusChance": Sets the 1/x chance to catch Pokérus virus from wild battles. (default= 21845)
  • "pokeRusSpreadRate": Sets the 1/x chance for Pokérus to spread to another Pokémon. (default= 20000)
  • "pokeRusTimerMax": Maximum time (in seconds) for Pokérus to last on a Pokémon. (default= 345600 (= 96 hours))
  • "pokeRusTimerMin": Minimum time (in seconds) for Pokérus to last on a Pokémon. (default= 86400 (= 24 hours))