Game Theory: Why Flying Pokemon CAN'T FLY!
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Nowadays, Pokemon travel on your journey to becoming the best there ever was has evolved. It used to be your feet and a bike. Now, you you can ride on Pokemon in your party as a travel option. Plus, there are built in game mechanics that are basically Pokemon taxi service. The Gala region has their Flying Taxi that utilize Corviknights to fly you from place to place. Well, that got me thinkin Theorists. Did Pokemon get flying RIGHT? Could a Corviknight, or any flying type, actually carry passengers or even THEMSELF? It's time to find out!

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Writers: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
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  • Guardian’s Extras
    Guardian’s Extras

    What did we learn today kids? *FLETCHLING IS SUPREME*

  • Mr.Fluffy

    Best sponsor-slip in ever

  • FusionBlast 360
    FusionBlast 360

    I wonder what the physics in Pokémon is like

  • Adi M
    Adi M

    Gyarados-is a flying type but can't fly Golurk-is not a flying Pokemon but can fly

  • Flint Loch
    Flint Loch

    yeah but they fly in the game

  • Subuddha Karki
    Subuddha Karki

    but how does vullaby fly

  • MadGasterPlayz YT
    MadGasterPlayz YT

    I love how you used Pokemon Sapphire for the intro

  • bicurious george
    bicurious george

    Please explain how Yvetal even uses it’s 3rd wing…

  • Willyscoiote

    Well, I'm not a physicist, but if by chance the atmosphere in the Pokemon world were to be denser than the atmosphere from earth wouldn't those pokemon be able to fly?

  • Chicken Potato
    Chicken Potato

    fly is sky jump in japanese

  • Christian Bryan
    Christian Bryan

    Laughs in being 50lbs at 11 years old, average height but skinny

  • Pizzalover524

    I think the explanation is that the world of Pokémon has a smaller force of gravity

  • Kyra McCone
    Kyra McCone

    We need the doduo episode

  • Natsume-Hime

    The massive glaring flaw is that because of Pokemon typing... Magic legitimately exists in this universe. You even proved it with Gyrados, Rayquaza, and other Pokemon that can fly and levitate with no apparent means of doing so. The best examples of this are elemental powers and arcane powers like Fairy and Dragon type energy. Never mind things like animate rocks and steel beings that are also pretty dang sentient. Sure they try to apply scientific babble to explain it, but that's only because magic exists in the Pokemon universe and thus can be scientifically studied. So unfortunately Matpat and team, ya done an oopsie by ignoring that, which busts your own theory.

  • vampjoseph11

    "Raspy voiced preteen" We all know Ash had a 10 pack a day smoking and bourbon addiciton. That's why his voice is messed up.

  • Hayden Caldwell
    Hayden Caldwell

    wait mat i have a quetsion does the type of wing change if it can fly or not like charzard have different wing not made of feathers

  • live life
    live life

    what if the gravity of the universe if different as compared to ours

  • chalkbox

    i cannot believe they got GEICO to sponsor them.

  • Feng Han
    Feng Han

    Game theory! Game theory! ❤️ this channel.

  • Darth Caedus
    Darth Caedus

    Tauros learning surf...nice

  • AKhajiitMerchant

    To be fair, Lugia IS Psychic/Flying.

  • Mascot Darryl
    Mascot Darryl

    Me who always use salamence for fly:BRUH

  • skid

    Well yeah but video game

  • 黃梓洋 1A23
    黃梓洋 1A23


  • GGman1174life

    If he’s made of steel, wouldn’t it’s muscles me stronger. (Not logically, of course)

  • Shadow_Gamer

    i trust this man but i dont believe that Charizard IS HEAVIER THAN A 7'3 METAL BIRD WITH A HUGE WINGSPAN

  • leopard gecko rosie
    leopard gecko rosie

    I think they can fly from the gravity on pokemons earth

  • Insert name here
    Insert name here

    😂 im 12 and weigh 100 pounds not 81

  • Bric Balmforth
    Bric Balmforth

    Heya MatPat, have you ever heard of the old Rankin-Bass movie The Flight of Dragons? It has some pretty interesting explanations into dragon flight and fire breath. TL;DR the dragons in that show can produce hydrogen and expand their body like a blimp, thus providing lift for an extremely massive animal. Charizard has a lot of dragon characteristics, so maybe it could do something similar.

  • DarkFrozenDepths

    Well, the "Let's go!" installments did have most of the HM moves done by actual things and not pokemon... Like surfing on a literal surfboard and using some balloons to fly.

  • Dr Acula to you
    Dr Acula to you

    Or maybe Pokemon strength is ridiculous considering many Pokemon can learn the move strength and likely flap way harder than a real bird ever could meaning they get more ait push

  • Т1000 Youtube
    Т1000 Youtube

    7:35 simply put: to have more stuff doing something, you need to have more stuff that isn't doing that to support the stuff that does that, and more stuff to make the stuff that supports the stuff work.

  • Sharon Riley
    Sharon Riley

    This video could be wrong because the answers for the pokemon are just sized up birds from OUR WORLD pokemon are mystical creatures that can breath fire or shape the terrain how they want it but matt was comparing them to over sized birds so this theory is kind of off

  • luigigamer333

    I think you're forgetting the "L" in Fletchling's name there MatPat!

  • Luna Re
    Luna Re

    i have pokemon sword

  • Alec Jaworski
    Alec Jaworski

    what about bees?

  • Yashasvi Singh
    Yashasvi Singh

    7:05 mine weight is 85 kg

  • Jamie Kosch
    Jamie Kosch

    I don t carry wet you are saying bit airadeile has not alwasy ben flying and rock tep he cims from a fislla and you to can be maied a fislla you hav bones skin bold musles and si did dios but wet remanes is ther bones in side thos bones is dio d n a your bones hav your d n a in them to but dependen on how ones revide wood depen on hows reviing you and with wet tect wen your bake to life you are stell you your skin is not then maied fo rock sam with fisllapokemon like airadela

  • Super “DThunder” Jedi420
    Super “DThunder” Jedi420

    Let's not mention how bumble bees shouldnt be able to fly but they do.

  • Radomir

    Subjecting real world physics to dictionary creatures, Yayyyyy!!!

  • Jack Witkow
    Jack Witkow

    this proves the lions would win

    • Tangerine Paint
      Tangerine Paint

      And as for the Pokémon that CAN fly, just Lion ladder, just make sure there aren’t any Pokémon that can easily knock down the tower


    Why you hate Pokemon?

  • horace andy
    horace andy

    The ultra porch shortly attach because balinese laterally double like a cloudy juice. guarded, well-off desire

  • Scariett909

    5:36 I'm too dumb so here ya go

  • Hintonator

    Kinda makes you think about what hoot hoot would look like if it didn't eat so much 😅

  • Bigman101111111

    Hoot hoot had too many hooters wings. That’s the secret to his weight.

  • Coyote8004

    The largest species of eagle was the Haas Eagle. 15ft wingspan.

  • Abigail E
    Abigail E

    the wedge tailed eagle is a falconry bird as well you can see the jesses on his legs

  • Steve F
    Steve F

    Gravity is different in the Pokémon world. That’s why you can jump off cliffs and be okay.

  • Viktor Ignatov
    Viktor Ignatov

    The wideo is funny and the explanation for the real world is on point. But in a world where there is a 2 and a half foot tall rat in your backyard the explanation is that physics in the Pokemon world work differently then physics in our world


    Ant man all over again

  • j s
    j s

    dragonite not being able to fly wasnt all that surprising to me i mean look at those wings they look like cosplay props LMAO

  • Zach Williams
    Zach Williams

    This title is a lie This theory is pharse After all, ask the bee Despite human laws of aviation it still flies without care

  • Bubz4420

    It's because anime and video game logic

  • louie beni
    louie beni

    But bees are a thing so they could fly

  • Lottie Searle
    Lottie Searle

    3:40 So... What I'm hearing is, you want to know... What is the carrying of an unladen swallow!?

  • Little blue Flame
    Little blue Flame

    Maybe here world is different

  • Little blue Flame
    Little blue Flame

    I grew up near bald eagles I guess I am lucky

  • Brandon Foley
    Brandon Foley

    What about their gravity? Superman could jump super high because of lower gravity, astronauts can jump higher, so maybe there?

  • criptamint lance
    criptamint lance

    bees cant fly by logic

  • Abdullah Toor (ArchaeoToor)
    Abdullah Toor (ArchaeoToor)

    We have airplanes so steel type is an expected flying type.

  • Md Ashraful Islam Shorif
    Md Ashraful Islam Shorif

    poor bird he was minding his own buisness until ash came and catched him

  • Danobie П
    Danobie П

    The birds are just BUILT DIFFERENT.

  • monkeyxscope

    Knock out city pls

  • Tim Stotelmeyer
    Tim Stotelmeyer

    Next up: why hyper-beam is impossible.

  • Roblox Gamer daily vid
    Roblox Gamer daily vid

    Boater: Hey kid. Mewto: high tide time. Ash: Mistey can you get out a pokem so we can make it to the light tower. Mistey:okay. Boater: Am I a joke to you?

  • Aiisoq

    Chameleon: Watching tv TV ad: Redbull gives you wings. Charmeleon: Bet

  • Power ON Productions
    Power ON Productions

    Woober was a missed opportunity

  • 201thorn

    Lugia can't fly excuse me but, Lugia has always been the pokemon that never obeys the law of physics .Its pokedex entry in Ruby/Sapphire/emerald literally says Lugia's wings pack devastating power - a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart regular houses. As a result, this Pokémon chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea. Its entry in Diamond/pearl/ platinum It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm. The amount that Lugia can generate should rip its wing from its socket.

  • Timothy Crowley
    Timothy Crowley

    Who has seen Charizard and thought, "Huh. that Pokémon looks really aerodynamic. It's absolutely plausible that it's wings can support both it's own weight AND that of a 10-year-old-kid"?

  • Tyler Sieczkowski
    Tyler Sieczkowski

    how where pterodactyls able to fly?

  • kiefer spark
    kiefer spark

    Is the pokemon world canonically on earth? If not then the air density may be different. If the air was more dense, then more pokemon could fly, also the weight ratio would change, because the weight in the pokedex, would be the weight of them on their planet. So how large would the planet have to be so that all flying pokemon in the pokedex could fly?

  • Mark van Esch
    Mark van Esch

    Hoothoot is a burrowing owl, duh.

  • Wendy Pengelly Goldman
    Wendy Pengelly Goldman

    I just scrolled through every comment to find my old comment...... it’s gone....🙁😞😣😖

  • 1 2
    1 2

    maybe the gravitation is higher something like 2g that would make flying mutch easyer...the air would be more like a fluid (witch it already kind of is...) hope that makes sens to you

  • jj nix
    jj nix

    If you look at the dex and compare you realize people in the pokemon world are much smaller than in ours and it seems weight doesn't equate either

  • TimeDipper

    Perhaps the world of Pokemon has a different law of gravity, but that’s just a theory.

  • Zach Elrod
    Zach Elrod

    Fun Fact: I got the Geico Rocket League Ad before the video started. Just to see another Geico ad (in the form of the sponsor)

    • FlamingXZ

      OMG same!

  • DistortedChrist

    But we don't want to talk about bees. Physics says they shouldn't be able to fly.

  • Noel Villanueva
    Noel Villanueva

    Brother: I had a dream where I was the president! Sister: I had a dream where I was a ninja! My dreams: 13:00

  • Michael “mayhem” Randol
    Michael “mayhem” Randol

    It’s simple a two ounce bird can’t carry a one pound coconut!

  • Kusumasai Pedireddy
    Kusumasai Pedireddy

    Skrmory is a steel type

  • jonny welby
    jonny welby

    You missed one logic THE LOGIC OF ANIME!!

  • Fabled Stone
    Fabled Stone

    but shouldn't u have to double the height of the wing as well to reach 8 times the volume? there's something off u only have to calc 4 times the weight

  • redlove108

    This episode reminds me of the Bumble bee meme. How all the natural laws of aerodynamics says it can't fly, yet some how it can. MatPatt! You need to reconsider what kind of thrust and power they must swing with their wings to then be able to fly.

  • thegamer fromjuipiter
    thegamer fromjuipiter

    Someone wanna tell me why I’m wrong about something? If the thing just flaps it’s wings faster doesn’t it make more lift?

  • Red Archer
    Red Archer

    sure apply earth logic to an orange non dragon whose fire breath can melt mountains.

  • Dariusz Piwowarczyk
    Dariusz Piwowarczyk

    maybe the pokemon world is alot smaller and the gravity is also smaller. Things could fly easier.

  • hakdoey nakdiey
    hakdoey nakdiey

    "and then we'll mention the incredible GIRTH of Hoothoot" - MatPat while writing this episode

  • Maverick Studios
    Maverick Studios

    Random question/thought in a similar vein to this video: What about the Loftwing from LoZ: Skyward sword? Would they be able to fly with a single rider? I've been trying to figure it out myself, but keep getting tied up with the math.

  • Sergeant Squirrel- Clash of Clans (BrockrocksGaming)
    Sergeant Squirrel- Clash of Clans (BrockrocksGaming)

    What if the air is less dense and then have less air resistance? Does the world of Pokémon have the same atmosphere as earth?

  • don rob777
    don rob777

    Charizards likely have an extremely high internal body temperature is probably making it capable of flying when it wants to

  • TJ Hatch
    TJ Hatch

    Perhaps the Pokemon world has a thicker atmosphere, resulting in higher air pressure that allows you to generate more lift for your wingspan? I'm not super educated in aerodynamics but it seems like the most likely conclusion

  • Team D. S. Z.
    Team D. S. Z.

    They aren't pidgey clones they are the regional birds

  • Vaughn Alexander
    Vaughn Alexander

    My trusty Bird Jesus Pidgeot gets me around

  • Imaginternet Gaming
    Imaginternet Gaming

    Wait a second when matpat listed the pokémons that can't fly Vullaby wasn't there and in its dex entries its really said it can't fly with tiny wing

  • Odd_Magus

    well can't most of these creatures also put out hurricane force winds easily

  • Bengals OAL (BengalsOAL)
    Bengals OAL (BengalsOAL)

    But think about the anime where the pokemon are put of there pokeball just vibing, now think of how crazy durable and strong they are in battle. Remember you have to command the pokemon to use the move fly witch activities the strong versions witch allows them to carry all that extra weight.

  • Josh Bee
    Josh Bee

    We would need to know what the gravity is on the pokemon planet. Also we would need to know more about the atmosphere. We are assuming that both are exactly the same as our Earth. The planets magnetic field would need to be understood as well. Not to mention the fact that pokemon seem to utilize "the force" or magicks.

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    daa xing

    The brown dead nationally sack because wolf wessely copy amidst a beautiful dancer. grateful gratis, horrible mallet