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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  • justin colburn
    justin colburn40 minut temu

    Mass no change because of your size

  • justin colburn
    justin colburn42 minut temu

    They have super human powers.. thats kind of the point

  • Violet Vulpix
    Violet Vulpix3 godzin temu

    How many coconuts can a swallow carry?

  • Ball Guy
    Ball Guy5 godzin temu

    Like Fletch- oh no, it’s F_etchling. Everyone, let’s talk about fetchling, and totally not fletchling

  • Epicgummyworm
    Epicgummyworm5 godzin temu

    Well we should consider you didn’t factor the gravity of Pokémon

  • jacky koning
    jacky koning6 godzin temu

    unless gravity is different or there is more air pressure.

  • Tears_Of_Asariel
    Tears_Of_Asariel7 godzin temu

    i'm a bit late, but how do you explain things like quetzalcoatlus? just because the birds of today generally go by a rule of thumb of 2kg/m, that would mean the approximated 36ft wingspan with the approximated weight of 440 lbs (both in the best case scenario, lowest weight + largest wingspan) it would still not even support 1/3 of its own weight.. so even ignoring the probable mystical properties of pokemon, your math doesnt even hold up to real world examples

  • Rex Ferguson
    Rex Ferguson13 godzin temu

    Ok but lugia is the god of wind so technically lugia would be able to will himself to flight. Also I think togekiss has more of a rayquaza way of flight even though it flaps it’s wings

  • Noah Leger
    Noah Leger16 godzin temu

    Hey matpat I'm a fan of your channel but you do know that science would never AND I MEAN NEVER be implied in things like the taxi service plus its a kids game the physics were meant to be simple a giant bird can lift big things see simple now I know you do this for fun and im not hating but I'm just saying it was meant to be simple love you

  • TheRavensFury :3
    TheRavensFury :3Dzień temu

    Of course Charizard can't fly, he does not bother to learn it 🙄😉 (try to find what I am referring to)

  • DetachableLegJeysin
    DetachableLegJeysinDzień temu

    Geico has good service but for me personally they're one of the worst to use due to cost lmao

  • CSolarstorm
    CSolarstormDzień temu

    At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rotom bike started flying too.

  • spider knight
    spider knightDzień temu

    Dodou can fly because the speed of its running i guess

  • JD Wood
    JD WoodDzień temu

    me: *trying to create a bird game* matpat: "ummmm, actually...."

  • Someone
    SomeoneDzień temu

    According to the square cube law, bees shouldn’t be able to fly, but they do

  • Parker Sandahl
    Parker SandahlDzień temu

    Look I don’t care if some Pokémon do or do not have the flying type all I care is if they have wings or they’re able to float or levitate without any wings on their own they can still fly and by the way flying is not just a superpower it’s also an actual ability some animals can do

  • TheHammerGuy
    TheHammerGuyDzień temu

    For the case of Dragonite, the Pokedex state it's some kind of being with weather manipulation powers. so physically it shouldn't fly, But when you consider its lore, it could probably using it's dragon/arcane magic to control the air currents around it. For literally most legendaries, they're just powerful, wynaut. for Lugia specifically, it's a psychic type. so it just floats itself. For Togekiss and togetic, refer to the explanation above from dragonite.

  • Cameron_glaDOSE12 Fallon
    Cameron_glaDOSE12 Fallon2 dni temu

    Matpat actually reacted to the walten files now ;-;

  • ?
    ?2 dni temu

    do you guys think that dragonite can lift stuff?

  • Aiden Winner
    Aiden Winner2 dni temu

    are we just ignoring the fact that on braviarys card says it can pick up a car without damage itself. well it says that on my card

  • Shawn Owen
    Shawn Owen2 dni temu

    Ok, this video is so close to arguing how much an African vs. European swallow can carry in order to transport coconuts too England.....

  • Miha Leben
    Miha Leben2 dni temu

    Well uh how do you make your videos in my basement again?

  • Kirseu 64
    Kirseu 642 dni temu

    A flock of a hundred or more Fletchling being seen carrying this giant sky car would be impractical as al hell and probably bridging on slave labor, but funny

  • Roman Long
    Roman Long2 dni temu

    GameFreak: *Defies Science You are challenged by Trainer MattPatt!

  • Anonymous Pigeon
    Anonymous Pigeon2 dni temu

    i Do Not appreciate being called a pidgey clone (i get it, but consider my feelings)

  • Detective Kushal
    Detective Kushal3 dni temu

    Game theory u did not mention at all the speed of the bird which might explain why charziard flies

  • Detective Kushal
    Detective Kushal3 dni temu


  • Jake thepro7890
    Jake thepro78903 dni temu

    You are really explaining science In a game where you find random mythical creatures that well idk I am hoping to get a 2ds for my b day

  • JoshYT
    JoshYT3 dni temu

    charizard can still hold one anyway

  • StarWolf
    StarWolf3 dni temu

    As soon as MatPat typed HOW DODUO CAN FLY I got a special raid notification from Pokemon Go lol

  • Aidan Hanrahan
    Aidan Hanrahan3 dni temu

    The ending in swallow the sea needs a theory!!! It was really weird.

  • Phil Sebastian
    Phil Sebastian4 dni temu

    Pterosaurs say hi

  • Lemonade Stand
    Lemonade Stand4 dni temu

    MatPat over here telling us charizard can’t fly but he he can breathe fire

  • I think jesse
    I think jesse4 dni temu

    I’m more surprised about how he got sponsored by geico.

  • QuetzaCota
    QuetzaCota4 dni temu

    I have a minor theory, maybe the gravity and atmospheric pressure are different on the poképlanet, thus allowing them to fly, but thats just a theory a mini-theory, thanks for reading.

  • KingYayo
    KingYayo4 dni temu

    Pokemon are magic they take hyper beams to the FACE! And don't just turn to dust lol

  • DaBreakfastBandit
    DaBreakfastBandit4 dni temu

    charizard isnt a dragon, he's a flying lizard!

  • Benjamin Saunders
    Benjamin Saunders4 dni temu

    Pokemon are magic That's not a joke

  • kanan bruce
    kanan bruce4 dni temu

    Huh When I was 11 I weighed 130

  • Nathaniel Lie
    Nathaniel Lie4 dni temu

    It strikes me as odd that you specifically mention some Pkm potentially being able to control air, then dismiss the idea immediately. In my mind, Flying-type has always been analogous with "Air-type." Other Pkm can control water, fire, earth, plants, and any number of other materials with little-to-no physically-derived abilities, so it stands to reason that Flying Pkm do something similar with air. I mean... there's a Flying-type move that literally makes a miniature hurricane strong enough to damage an opponent. That's something that you can only really do with either industrial equipment or an innate control over the air itself. Since Pidgey isn't carrying around any 2-ton fans, I'm inclined to say it's the latter of those two possibilities. Assuming that's the case, the real problem becomes determining a given Pkm's ability to control the air around it. Since Flying-type moves use either Attack or Sp.Attack as their main stat, we can assume that these are somehow related to how powerful their control over air is, and therefor how much they can lift in flight. Based on the descriptions of moves and basic logic, it can be assumed that Attack is descriptive of a Pkm's physical strength, whereas Sp.Attack is indicative of their ability to control 'elements' (in this case, air). Corviknight's base Attack and Sp.Attack are 87 and 53 respectively. Charizard's, meanwhile, are 84 and 109. Even if we're incredibly reductive and assume that 1 Attack point is equivilent to being able to lift 1kg of weight, Corviknight appears to be able to fly unaided (70kg Granted, this still leaves a few "Flying" Pkm unable to actually lift off. Gyarados, for example, has an Attack and Sp.Attack of 125 and 60 respectively, and a weight of 235kg (125 + 60 = 185, 185 < 235kg). But, then, Gyarados can't actually learn "Fly," so... checkmate..?

    CARTER YOUNG4 dni temu

    Hey MatPat I have a Theory for you that I have had on my mind for a while. How old is the main character in Genishin Impact? here is the main story the game opens to a cutscene where a pair of twins are fighting a goddess. towards the end of the cutscene you get to pick which twin to play as and you get to name them the character you pick. I chose the male, later we find out that the twins travel through worlds helping people. My theory is that depending on what world they are in depends on their age. if my theory is true I want to know. How old are the twins in the world you play in?

  • Rounaq Gupta
    Rounaq Gupta4 dni temu

    12:45 oh god call peta

  • nemesisnick66
    nemesisnick664 dni temu

    Yea but according to physics wild animals also shouldn't be made of steel or able to shoot explosive beams of pure energy or sunlight or lightning or summon massive waves of water out of nowhere to hit each other with our create a sandstorm or blizzard around them at will

  • donnieh dea
    donnieh dea4 dni temu

    What if the air pressure on Pokémon world is higher than it is on earth

  • Knightedshadow
    Knightedshadow4 dni temu

    Turns out that guy in ruby/sapphire/emerald that was trying to use 6 wingulls to fly actually had the right idea of things.

  • Axo The Axolotl
    Axo The Axolotl5 dni temu

    This is just like that gardevoir vid you made you apply logic to pokemon. It takes away the fun of it

  • UnlinedRabbit81
    UnlinedRabbit815 dni temu


  • Unicorn Bunny Power
    Unicorn Bunny Power5 dni temu

    I don’t mean to be rude but as someone who is willing to spend time trying to where out of this basic story and magic I think you should do the same thing it really helps.

  • Joseph Blackett
    Joseph Blackett5 dni temu

    Bruh... this add drop ... 🤣🤣

  • CheesecakeLasagna
    CheesecakeLasagna5 dni temu

    Cute birb photos.

  • CheesecakeLasagna
    CheesecakeLasagna5 dni temu

    I'm in love with editing of this video! Kudos!

  • Sour Syde
    Sour Syde5 dni temu

    8:18 how do you explain that??,if a body had 8 times the volume,it wont necesarily have 8 time the mass,in fact you must consider the body"s density here,which in flying pokemon ' s case would actually be lower due to their hollow bones,finally got you matpat ;)

  • Sunny
    Sunny5 dni temu

    I didnt get this in my recommended 3 weeks ago. Do ur job team theorists :(

  • TheMobMaster
    TheMobMaster5 dni temu

    A 15 pound deer? My tiny dog is 12 pounds, so that deer must have been a baby

  • ARgamer922
    ARgamer9226 dni temu

    This is the world of pokemon, Anything is possible!!!

  • Milkman Magoo
    Milkman Magoo6 dni temu

    300z can't be used for uber because its a 2 door but thats just a theory a car theory

  • HVAC with Greg
    HVAC with Greg6 dni temu

    the grid part around 5:00 is giving me SciShow vibes

  • RohanPlayz
    RohanPlayz6 dni temu

    but this is the pokemon world not ours even if it is inspired by it

  • Lauren Boyes
    Lauren Boyes6 dni temu

    10:50 matpat have you seen the opening of the bee movie- According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.- now apply this to pokemon and theirs your answer

  • N Weasels
    N Weasels6 dni temu

    So, had a potentially stupid idea while on the side of a mountain watching a lightning storm this week and thinking about atmospheric conditions with the latest mars rover and helicopter experimentation. Would the various flying pokemon that can't fly under these calculations fly, if say the atmosphere of the pokemon world was thicker than earth's atmosphere?

  • The North Manc
    The North Manc6 dni temu

    What about bees?

  • RiorXD
    RiorXD6 dni temu

    vid starts at 1:23

  • CalebWithAC
    CalebWithAC6 dni temu

    Lol, I play on a pixelmon server and you can buy "flight suits" for 2 million in game dollars, so me and a friend made a gang/cult/secret society called "The Flight Elitists". We only fly shiny legendaries around to protest the use of flight suits. (Flight suits are also just over powered and unaffordable for new players so alot of times the rich players will get all the legendary Pokemon from the vote party, which is a legend that spawn after the server gets enough votes.)

  • Harry McDaniel
    Harry McDaniel6 dni temu

    I've heard swallows are strong enough to carry coconuts

  • Carolyn Yoder

    Carolyn Yoder

    4 dni temu

    African or European swallows?

  • David Brown
    David Brown6 dni temu

    man this video was a disappointment. the video itself was great but that title made me think of something completely different. I thought you were going to discuss why a bird type pokemon has to be TAUGHT how to fly. I mean seriously they can 'fly' without being able to (hm)FLY lol

  • CoolCold
    CoolCold7 dni temu


  • Pock Pock
    Pock Pock7 dni temu

    GEICO as sponsor?!! awesome!! Next step is a spot in Nascar cup series

  • Lathaniel Jenkins
    Lathaniel Jenkins8 dni temu

    May not look at this xD pokemon theory:Why is it called``POKEMON``?

  • Collecter OfSouls
    Collecter OfSouls8 dni temu

    Can you please do an altos adventure lore video

  • rd n
    rd n8 dni temu

    Because they're pokemon. They can fly

  • Maxter_Zap
    Maxter_Zap8 dni temu

    My guess is that since the world of pokemon uses different laws of physics, they probably use different mass laws too

  • watch my video.
    watch my video.8 dni temu

    Excuse me, did geico just sponsor Game Theory?

  • Slevin Channel
    Slevin Channel8 dni temu

    Wrong. All Wrong. You would think Theorists and self-proclaimed Nerds would know that POkemon are NOT just Animals. Its a totally different thing. This is not about Wing Span, DUH. How can someone miss that fact??

  • Yūreis Adventures
    Yūreis Adventures8 dni temu

    What if you can fly in Dragon ball? Would that be possible? 🤔

  • PokeHearts 121
    PokeHearts 1218 dni temu

    I legit had a geico ad before the video started

  • Ali Chehab
    Ali Chehab8 dni temu

    A theory idea : "What kind of paper is Paper Mario made off?"

  • Ali Chehab
    Ali Chehab8 dni temu

    Imagine seeing a charizard just swooping down and abducting a kid

  • Ali Chehab
    Ali Chehab8 dni temu

    never thought that game theory would be sponsored by frickin' G E I C O

  • Ali Chehab
    Ali Chehab8 dni temu

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

  • Ali Chehab
    Ali Chehab8 dni temu

    Are you surprised a bird can carry multiple people at once. It's pretty simple when they drink RedBull.

  • James Eisner
    James Eisner8 dni temu

    0:50 most retarded kind of advertising in existence. Why "should you call them!" just because there is one available since you pay them when in actuality this shark is fully funktional? No, no you SHOULD NOT CALL THEM IN THIS SITUATION!

  • krrisin
    krrisin8 dni temu

    I think that comparing Pokemon flying types to IRL birds is a bit inaccurate as Scizor's Shield Dex Entry says that "It's muscles are made out of Steel" so i think that most likely CorviKnight also has Steel Muscles and thus would proportionately be able to lift way more as Even Scizor (Sword Entry) can lift its claws which account for ⅓ of it's 260 pound body weight.

  • FashionablyAlice
    FashionablyAlice9 dni temu

    Finally, a youtube video that answers the eternal question: can a five ounce bird carry a one pound coconut?

  • Mr.Preston 16
    Mr.Preston 169 dni temu

    Next video, Fairy Pokémon aren’t fairies

  • Yulistias Yenny Hadi
    Yulistias Yenny Hadi9 dni temu

    “Ruining your childhood in 2011” -Mattpat GT

  • crankpatate
    crankpatate9 dni temu

    Basically just watching the pokemon, which does the taxi service, I'm already questioning, if a thing with such body shape could fly at all.

  • hello world
    hello world9 dni temu

    9:44 weel,, i guess now we know why charizard cant learn fly in gen 1

  • krypticavalanch
    krypticavalanch9 dni temu

    a big reason birds can fly is because of the density of the bones/what ever they are of the wings. they are hollow. plus it makes sense that pokemon would use something else to fly. thats why so many flying moves are just air attacks. plus wondering but what about dragons and wyverns? they can fly and their bodies clearly dont support that.

  • Tanae and Ty
    Tanae and Ty9 dni temu

    Hey MatPat can you do a theory on how Pokémon trainers know which gender is their Pokémon are?

  • Alexander Glass
    Alexander Glass10 dni temu

    Or the poké world has a thicker atmosphere, it would also explain all the anime air time, every thing is just that much more buoyant in that atmosphere.

  • WinRaa
    WinRaa10 dni temu

    How do Pokémon even generate the energy required to use their powers? What's in these Poké-Munchies?

  • G3Gaming
    G3Gaming10 dni temu

    I'm actually pretty sure that Lugia manipulating the air is canon.

  • RosyKitteh
    RosyKitteh10 dni temu

    I always assumed that when your pokemon uses fly to fly you somewhere, both you and your Pokemon are turned into weightless data

    DJUNGELSKOG10 dni temu

    are we not gonna talk about how furret is 1.8 metres tall?

  • Mamta,amay Agarwal
    Mamta,amay Agarwal10 dni temu

    according to science bumblebee also cant fly but they do SOMETIMES science is wrong (not always)

  • Midori the Festive Gardevoir
    Midori the Festive Gardevoir10 dni temu

    Trainer with Surf: "I'm King of the World!" Fisherman with dinghy:

  • 06yarbrougha
    06yarbrougha10 dni temu

    the laws of science are crushed when considering the in-world evidence of a pidgey's wings able to generate enough buffeting-force to launch enemies from its general area [whirlwind attack] your argument is moot. But as far real-world science (which I know is the point) spot-on and awesome way to teach it MatPat

  • LennyJames
    LennyJames10 dni temu

    3 words, *square, cube, law*

  • Isaac Wilson
    Isaac Wilson10 dni temu

    Matpat: "Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to flying." Russia: "...okay, but did you see our ekranoplane?!?asking it bigger only made it BETTER!"

  • Isaac Wilson
    Isaac Wilson10 dni temu

    If you applied your "bird brained" math to actually planes, you'd be SORELY dissapointed about the too; aerodynamics are hard.