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
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  1. Guardian’s Extras

    Guardian’s Extras

    2 päivää sitten

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

  2. Mr.Fluffy


    2 päivää sitten

    Best sponsor-slip in ever

  3. FusionBlast 360

    FusionBlast 360

    2 päivää sitten

    I wonder what the physics in Pokémon is like

  4. Adi M

    Adi M

    2 päivää sitten

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

  5. Flint Loch

    Flint Loch

    4 päivää sitten

    yeah but they fly in the game

  6. Subuddha Karki

    Subuddha Karki

    5 päivää sitten

    but how does vullaby fly

  7. MadGasterPlayz YT

    MadGasterPlayz YT

    7 päivää sitten

    I love how you used Pokemon Sapphire for the intro

  8. bicurious george

    bicurious george

    7 päivää sitten

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

  9. Willyscoiote


    8 päivää sitten

    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?

  10. Chicken Potato

    Chicken Potato

    8 päivää sitten

    fly is sky jump in japanese

  11. Christian Bryan

    Christian Bryan

    8 päivää sitten

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

  12. Pizzalover524


    8 päivää sitten

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

  13. Kyra McCone

    Kyra McCone

    9 päivää sitten

    We need the doduo episode

  14. Natsume-Hime


    9 päivää sitten

    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.

  15. vampjoseph11


    9 päivää sitten

    "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.

  16. Hayden Caldwell

    Hayden Caldwell

    10 päivää sitten

    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

  17. live life

    live life

    10 päivää sitten

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

  18. Free Smileys Enjoyer

    Free Smileys Enjoyer

    10 päivää sitten

    i cannot believe they got GEICO to sponsor them.

  19. Feng Han

    Feng Han

    11 päivää sitten

    Game theory! Game theory! ❤️ this channel.

  20. Darth Caedus

    Darth Caedus

    11 päivää sitten

    Tauros learning surf...nice

  21. AKhajiitMerchant


    11 päivää sitten

    To be fair, Lugia IS Psychic/Flying.

  22. Mascot Darryl

    Mascot Darryl

    11 päivää sitten

    Me who always use salamence for fly:BRUH

  23. skid


    12 päivää sitten

    Well yeah but video game

  24. 黃梓洋 1A23

    黃梓洋 1A23

    12 päivää sitten


  25. GGman1174life


    12 päivää sitten

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

  26. Shadow_Gamer


    12 päivää sitten

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

  27. leopard gecko rosie

    leopard gecko rosie

    12 päivää sitten

    I think they can fly from the gravity on pokemons earth

  28. Insert name here

    Insert name here

    12 päivää sitten

    😂 im 12 and weigh 100 pounds not 81

  29. Bric Balmforth

    Bric Balmforth

    13 päivää sitten

    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.

  30. DarkFrozenDepths


    13 päivää sitten

    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.

  31. Dr Acula to you

    Dr Acula to you

    14 päivää sitten

    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

  32. Т1000 Youtube

    Т1000 Youtube

    14 päivää sitten

    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.

  33. Sharon Riley

    Sharon Riley

    14 päivää sitten

    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

  34. luigigamer333


    14 päivää sitten

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

  35. Luna Re

    Luna Re

    15 päivää sitten

    i have pokemon sword

  36. Alec Jaworski

    Alec Jaworski

    15 päivää sitten

    what about bees?

  37. Yashasvi Singh

    Yashasvi Singh

    15 päivää sitten

    7:05 mine weight is 85 kg

  38. Jamie Kosch

    Jamie Kosch

    16 päivää sitten

    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

  39. Super “DThunder” Jedi420

    Super “DThunder” Jedi420

    16 päivää sitten

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

  40. Radomir


    16 päivää sitten

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

  41. Jack Witkow

    Jack Witkow

    16 päivää sitten

    this proves the lions would win

    • Tangerine Paint

      Tangerine Paint

      16 päivää sitten

      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



    16 päivää sitten

    Why you hate Pokemon?

  43. horace andy

    horace andy

    17 päivää sitten

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

  44. Scariett909


    17 päivää sitten

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

  45. Hintonator


    17 päivää sitten

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

  46. Bigman101111111


    17 päivää sitten

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

  47. Coyote8004


    17 päivää sitten

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

  48. Abigail E

    Abigail E

    17 päivää sitten

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

  49. Steve F

    Steve F

    17 päivää sitten

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

  50. Viktor Ignatov

    Viktor Ignatov

    18 päivää sitten

    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



    18 päivää sitten

    Ant man all over again

  52. j s

    j s

    18 päivää sitten

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

  53. Zach Williams

    Zach Williams

    18 päivää sitten

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

  54. Bubz4420


    18 päivää sitten

    It's because anime and video game logic

  55. louie beni

    louie beni

    18 päivää sitten

    But bees are a thing so they could fly

  56. Lottie Searle

    Lottie Searle

    18 päivää sitten

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

  57. Little blue Flame

    Little blue Flame

    18 päivää sitten

    Maybe here world is different

  58. Little blue Flame

    Little blue Flame

    18 päivää sitten

    I grew up near bald eagles I guess I am lucky

  59. Brandon Foley

    Brandon Foley

    19 päivää sitten

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

  60. criptamint lance

    criptamint lance

    19 päivää sitten

    bees cant fly by logic

  61. Abdullah Toor (ArchaeoToor)

    Abdullah Toor (ArchaeoToor)

    19 päivää sitten

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

  62. Md Ashraful Islam Shorif

    Md Ashraful Islam Shorif

    19 päivää sitten

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

  63. Danobie П

    Danobie П

    19 päivää sitten

    The birds are just BUILT DIFFERENT.

  64. monkeyxscope


    19 päivää sitten

    Knock out city pls

  65. Tim Stotelmeyer

    Tim Stotelmeyer

    20 päivää sitten

    Next up: why hyper-beam is impossible.

  66. Roblox Gamer daily vid

    Roblox Gamer daily vid

    20 päivää sitten

    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?

  67. Aiisoq


    20 päivää sitten

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

  68. Power ON Productions

    Power ON Productions

    20 päivää sitten

    Woober was a missed opportunity

  69. 201thorn


    20 päivää sitten

    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.

  70. Timothy Crowley

    Timothy Crowley

    20 päivää sitten

    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"?

  71. Tyler Sieczkowski

    Tyler Sieczkowski

    20 päivää sitten

    how where pterodactyls able to fly?

  72. kiefer spark

    kiefer spark

    20 päivää sitten

    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?

  73. Mark van Esch

    Mark van Esch

    20 päivää sitten

    Hoothoot is a burrowing owl, duh.

  74. Wendy Pengelly Goldman

    Wendy Pengelly Goldman

    20 päivää sitten

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

  75. 1 2

    1 2

    20 päivää sitten

    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

  76. jj nix

    jj nix

    21 päivä sitten

    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

  77. TimeDipper


    21 päivä sitten

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

  78. Zach Elrod

    Zach Elrod

    21 päivä sitten

    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


      21 päivä sitten

      OMG same!

  79. DistortedChrist


    21 päivä sitten

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

  80. Noel Villanueva

    Noel Villanueva

    21 päivä sitten

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

  81. Michael “mayhem” Randol

    Michael “mayhem” Randol

    21 päivä sitten

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

  82. Kusumasai Pedireddy

    Kusumasai Pedireddy

    21 päivä sitten

    Skrmory is a steel type

  83. jonny welby

    jonny welby

    21 päivä sitten

    You missed one logic THE LOGIC OF ANIME!!

  84. Fabled Stone

    Fabled Stone

    22 päivää sitten

    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

  85. redlove108


    22 päivää sitten

    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.

  86. thegamer fromjuipiter

    thegamer fromjuipiter

    22 päivää sitten

    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?

  87. Red Archer

    Red Archer

    22 päivää sitten

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

  88. Dariusz Piwowarczyk

    Dariusz Piwowarczyk

    22 päivää sitten

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

  89. hakdoey nakdiey

    hakdoey nakdiey

    22 päivää sitten

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

  90. Maverick Studios

    Maverick Studios

    22 päivää sitten

    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.

  91. Sergeant Squirrel- Clash of Clans (BrockrocksGaming)

    Sergeant Squirrel- Clash of Clans (BrockrocksGaming)

    22 päivää sitten

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

  92. don rob777

    don rob777

    22 päivää sitten

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

  93. TJ Hatch

    TJ Hatch

    22 päivää sitten

    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

  94. Team D. S. Z.

    Team D. S. Z.

    23 päivää sitten

    They aren't pidgey clones they are the regional birds

  95. Vaughn Alexander

    Vaughn Alexander

    23 päivää sitten

    My trusty Bird Jesus Pidgeot gets me around

  96. Imaginternet Gaming

    Imaginternet Gaming

    23 päivää sitten

    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

  97. Odd_Magus


    23 päivää sitten

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

  98. Bengals OAL (BengalsOAL)

    Bengals OAL (BengalsOAL)

    23 päivää sitten

    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.

  99. Josh Bee

    Josh Bee

    23 päivää sitten

    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.

  100. daa xing

    daa xing

    23 päivää sitten

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