Although released less than a day, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has proven to be divisive in how he attempts to move the franchise forward. For some, the games are a big leap forward from what’s come before, with their open worlds and Let’s Go mechanics making life a little easier, but for others, the games don’t go far enough. to push the boat – they stay as close to what’s in front of them.
However, one thing that has most certainly changed for Gen IX that few people will notice is the Pokémon Pokérus rare disease (or rather lack thereof).
Appeared in every Pokemon entry since Gen II, the much sought after disease could be found on Wild ‘mon (if you were very, very lucky) and would then spread to your team granting the beneficial effect of doubling effort values (EVs) of all infected people after battles. This time, however, the disease cannot be found (thanks, Game Radar+).
The disappearance of Pokérus was discovered by the Pokémon dataminer @mattyoukhana_who posted the following tweet when searching the games code:
It appears that even Pokemon that forcibly receive the virus code in Scarlet and Violet no longer show any of the symptoms (no double EVs here) nor are they able to pass it on to their teammates. Sorry guys, looks like sick days are off the menu.
Could it be that Paldea is ahead of the curve in Pokémon regions, blocking the infection rate by offering a quick vaccine? Well, maybe. Some users on Twitter, including @gandalfsoda and @twistaspin suggested that the virus wasn’t included because we were still a little too close to the last global pandemic, although it could also be that the good folks at Game Freak just forgot to add it at that time (we admit that this is not the first mechanic that came to mind)!
Whatever the reasoning behind the removal, it looks like for now, at least, our teams will be free of Pokérus.