Berserk Gene

The Berserk Gene (Japanese: はかいのいでんし Destructive Gene) is a type of consumable held item exclusive to the Generation II games.

Berserk Gene
Destructive Gene
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Berserk Gene
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Introduced in Generation II
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In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
GSC N/A  100


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Confuses the holder (for a duration of 256 turns) and raises its Attack by 2 stages as soon as it enters battle. It is consumed upon use.

The Berserk Gene is consumed even if the holder is already confused or already has +6 Attack stages when it enters battle (due to Baton Pass). If a confused Pokémon is switched out and replaced by a Pokémon holding a Berserk Gene, the holder will be confused for the remaining duration of the first Pokémon's confusion, rather than for 256 turns.


Games Description
GSC Boosts Attack but causes confusion.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Cerulean City (former Cerulean Cave entrance)

In spin-off games

Detective Pikachu

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In Detective Pikachu, the Berserk Gene is referenced several times as part of the drug known as R, which can momentarily make Pokémon more powerful, but also causes them to become berserk. Its effects derive from Mewtwo's cells and the Berserk Gene within them.

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  • In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, wild Mewtwo are programmed to always be holding a Berserk Gene, but since Mewtwo can't be found in the wild in those games, the item cannot be obtained that way. Even if it could be found in the wild, the item would be consumed immediately, so it still wouldn't be obtainable from Mewtwo.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 破壞基因 Powaaih Gēiyān *
破壞性的遺傳因子 Powaaih-sing dīk Wàihchyùhn Yānjí *
Mandarin 破壞基因 / 破坏基因 Pòhuài Jīyīn *
破壞性的遺傳因子 Pòhuài-xìng de Yíchuán Yīnzǐ *
  French ADN Berzerk
  German Berserk-Gen
  Italian GenefuriosoGSC
Geni della distruzione*
  Korean 파괴의유전자 Pagoe-ui Yujeonja
  Spanish Gen Loco

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