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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  • Shiny Tyranitar
    Shiny Tyranitar


  • Scott

    Could the world that Pokémon is set in have less gravity?

  • Kirstin Nichols
    Kirstin Nichols

    And 15.

  • Kirstin Nichols
    Kirstin Nichols

    Matpat: An 11 year old weighs on average 37kg. Me who is -69kg: Wrong.

  • Synth Wolfe
    Synth Wolfe

    Also, quick question. Should togekiss really count? I've never seen it flap its wings. Presumably, they're more for stabilizing flight than producing lift, meaning it should also be in the "flies by mystical means" category, yeah?

  • Synth Wolfe
    Synth Wolfe

    One MASSIVE flaw in your math. The term "steel" refers to any number of iron based alloys. This means that "steel" doesn't have a designated weight in and of itself, as you MUST factor in the other materials. There's a big difference in weight when you compare surgical vs industrial steel. Spring steel is light, comparatively speaking. And thats if we assume that a world as technologically inconsistent as pokemon can properly identify steel from other similar looking metals. Thats also assuming that its not made of some fantasy steel alloy, which I wouldn't doubt, as steel on its own isn't black, unless its covered or coated in something (paint, soot, etc).

  • somerandomthing

    The charizard looks like it drank beer and then decided to fly and it crashed

  • Eddie MacK
    Eddie MacK

    I thought this was gunna be a really loud DEAR NINTENDO....SINCERLY AUSTIN video for some reason

  • Corbin Scott
    Corbin Scott

    Jesse and James had the right idea. Hot air balloons and dirigeables are the way of the future.

  • Sava Stojmirovic
    Sava Stojmirovic

    If you used 20 of the final evolved form of flechling, talonflame,it would probably work because talonflame look very similar to your normal eagle. Also, imagine riding on a taxi lifted up by talonflame, and then the driver says, “Use Flamecharge!” and the talonflame go ten times faster for 5 min, so cool.

  • NerdoKiddo

    bees / charizards / lead bloons should not be able to fly, as their tiny little wings / helium is not enough to lift their fat little bodies off the ground. of course, they fly anyways as they dont care what humans / pokemon masters / monkeys think its impossible

  • The omega falinks
    The omega falinks

    Technically anything can fly no matter it’s wingspan, it just has to go faster the smaller Twinspan is in relation to its body weight

  • Δημήτριος Σαντάς
    Δημήτριος Σαντάς

    owls for the win!

  • Slanker

    well they can

  • Jonathan and Sherylene Day
    Jonathan and Sherylene Day

    Did you calculate how big the Pokémon world is and it’s mass to figure out the gravity of the Pokémon world? What about air density? The more dense the air is the less lift you need to fly. That also might explain why falling is far less dangerous on the Pokémon world.

  • goji_animations2021

    Right before this played I saw a game theory add

  • Yabuturtle

    Gyarados seems to have more dragon moves than flying moves. He should either be a water/dragon type or have more flying moves.

  • Mr Me
    Mr Me

    Dude that intro was fire 🔥

  • Mannuell Juan
    Mannuell Juan

    so why do they needs wing when they cant fly?

  • Commenter

    I’m pretty surprised..

  • Jonathan Soh
    Jonathan Soh

    Thats because the flying type is actually a hidden morph of the psychic type and the move fly is actually a form of psychic which can only be cast locally


    I'm shiny hunting Fletchling so I know what I'm going to do with the other ones now

  • MastersTV

    matt: saying all this pokemon: ANIME LOGIC

  • K.O.B.

    Rewatching this video and seeing the mass effect pt 2 cut out still hurts...

  • Katiscool_44

    I got an ad that was literally starring matpat at the begining and I thought it was the video.

  • Alex Lee
    Alex Lee

    Can we talk about this SUPERB product placement?

  • sonia sharma
    sonia sharma

    There is no law like this in pokemon world

  • Juliann Dionot
    Juliann Dionot

    Rayquaza is god of wind i think so he is supporting himself

  • Landan Polk
    Landan Polk

    Game Theory: Spyro is actually the villain in the original Spyro games (bonus points if you can make him the villain in the entire franchise)

  • Narrator_wally

    I would stick with surfing on my blastoise thankyou

  • NoobMasterr R
    NoobMasterr R

    Charizard : I’m the best for human transport!. Corviknight : no I can lift multiple people in an IRON thing! ??? : amateurs…. Charizard: what did you say!? Octowl : AMATEURS. ( the part where he said the horned owl was the best reminded me of Noctowl since he has horn like things )

  • AdrenalineUnlimited

    Your science on this one isn't very good

  • AdrenalineUnlimited

    The oxygen levels on their planet look very different, as different as they must have been for dinosaurs to fly

  • Xiaohan Zhao
    Xiaohan Zhao

    I got an matpat ad while watching this. Lol

  • Aaron Elisha Ong
    Aaron Elisha Ong

    It could be carried by an african swallow

  • 黑暗拳侍

    數位張麻子 真的找我組隊打網球??我五屆奧運出賽沒坐商務艙了還找我打球???

  • Francine Axisa
    Francine Axisa

    One of the real questions is why can hydregion learn surf but not the other birds since idk how he surfs

  • Sams the bezt at stuff 888
    Sams the bezt at stuff 888

    Square cube law is killing my giantess dreams

  • storm raven
    storm raven

    there is one thing that is not noted in this and that is that most of the the flying pokemon that he mention that should not be able to fly are all dragon types, dragons not being a real creature are a bit diffrent from birds.

  • TheAsianTomboy

    MatPatt destroying ourchidlhood since 1998

  • MonkeyBoy3290 4
    MonkeyBoy3290 4

    matpat on his way to apply real world physics to fictional franchises that have almost no matching physics:

  • augusto moreira
    augusto moreira

    so if i make carboard wings to my charizard, increazing its wings surface area and not increasing too much the wheigt, it should be able to fly?

  • augusto moreira
    augusto moreira

    imagine being that baby who got kidnapped by an eagle

  • samyuktha gangadhar
    samyuktha gangadhar


  • kenzie2

    Hello OwO

  • Jonathan De Jesus
    Jonathan De Jesus

    Hey OwO

  • Fuscous MC
    Fuscous MC

    how is a 5'7" dragon heavier than a 7'3" pure steel bird

  • z

    mat you exlained why ants are small but stronk

  • TrainFanSam

    That’s disappointing, I always wished I could fly around on a Salamence.

  • Maximus Lardizabal
    Maximus Lardizabal

    I just got a add from this channel

  • Jenny Peterson
    Jenny Peterson

    I got a ad with this guy in it

  • The Ginga
    The Ginga

    Bruh how tf did I get a game theory HRless ad on a game theory video😂😂

  • Might Guy
    Might Guy

    You should do the ark lore, there’s a lot to it

  • LogeyPerogi

    Flying type: *flies* Matpat: Yeahhhh no

  • M3chaCat

    pls mak a battle cats game theory episode pls

  • Hrky

    According to all laws of aerodynamics, Charizard can't fly. Due to its heavy body, it can't lift itself off the ground. But despite that, Charuzard still flies. Because it doesn't care what humans say

  • MyGamester Gamin
    MyGamester Gamin

    Ok ok good theory or it’s not that it’s FLY bc majority of animals/Pokémon with wings can fly, but it’s more of having to carry a 10 year old, so what if some are weak and can’t fly while carrying a human…. Then again pidgey….

  • duoxia shao
    duoxia shao

    michus can fly

  • retrograde the pegasus
    retrograde the pegasus

    your wrong matpat first of all flying pokemon arent on earth second of all if they were it would be in a different dimension with different laws to their universe prove me wrong you lost my respect

  • Jonathan Pennington
    Jonathan Pennington

    Well I guess now there's no need to do a gametheory episode on if Skyrim dragons could actually exist

  • Carolina Moyer
    Carolina Moyer

    Hey matpat and I have a great theory idea! It’s about how magicarp is literally the evolved form of feebass! Contact this e-mail for me to show you my evidence. But the way, I’m a 10 year old who enjoyed watching your videos and I have the permission from my parents to comment here. I hope I can share my theory with you!

  • Sugar Spice
    Sugar Spice

    Dammit, they did it again. Matpat's add right before the video. HRless WHY

  • Randy Johnson
    Randy Johnson

    I'd argue the muscle power of pokemon defies biology in general

  • Godzilla

    I just encounterd one of your ads

  • Qualnard

    No joke, I got a MatPat ad on this video.

  • baekhapmul

    doduo learning Fly:

  • Цвети Симеонова
    Цвети Симеонова

    I just thought of a piggy with a wing Spand of like 10 m but its height still stays the same in somehow when slabs those wings it gets sent to the stratosphere LOL

  • itsGuy

    I think physics doesn't matter in a world with magical creatures that evolve when beating up enough stuff or eating a discontinued hard to find candy

  • Chris Pantaleon
    Chris Pantaleon

    Question. Charizard is not a bird!! It’s basically a dragon. But not a dragon type Which is pretty Outrageous. So I’m pretty sure charizard can handle his one wait

  • Aaron Nix
    Aaron Nix

    Yeah but they are birds that are creating tornadoes with the flaps of their wings lol. They are unrealistically strong which is why I always assumed they could

  • Magnus Alnes
    Magnus Alnes

    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.

  • Kad84

    Flying Pokemon CAN fly! All of Ash's bird Pokemon flew!

  • Cole Miner
    Cole Miner

    Maybe the flight services should be exchanged for teleport services

  • Lapidot43

    I got a game theory ad?!? What

  • Dragon Dude Collecting
    Dragon Dude Collecting

    Geico??? What makes you think your audience would be interested in that??

  • MuzDog

    this vid seems quite POGGERS

  • IcyUncleChris76

    I don't know man, they do kinda be flying do

  • Mewtwo

    Its called anime logic


    *So I will have to use Pidgeot, dang*

  • jonathan paano
    jonathan paano

    Or spearow

  • jonathan paano
    jonathan paano

    I usually use tailow if I see him or starly

  • jonathan paano
    jonathan paano

    Poliwraths is one of my fav

  • RogerDger

    Matpat, what about a prehistoric flying dinosaur such as the quetzalcoatlus which weighed approx. 450-550lbs, had a wingspan of 33-36ft and had a max. lift weight of 1800lbs? This flying creature violates the square cube law and yes, there are different theories as to why the dinosaurs were able to violate the SCL, but it’s not proven.

  • Bacon Boy13yt
    Bacon Boy13yt

    What about all this time it was a man with a jet back? But idk

  • alexbegaming

    Sad Flygon noises

  • Conner Squire
    Conner Squire

    You go to deep, You ruining peoples childhood while sound like bill nye talking about Pokémon ;((

  • Jayden Ramos
    Jayden Ramos

    10:24 I used to hve the emerald guy pokemon card but my grandma DESTROYED IT

  • TheRockstarGr

    Have you considered that maybe these pokemon fly like That ''Bumblebees Shouldn't Be Able to Fly" myth?

  • Renan Rasim
    Renan Rasim

    Corvonite remindse me of that crow/raven from that paw patrol episode where Marshall shrincks in a dream just wanted tho menchen

  • Renan Rasim
    Renan Rasim

    Rookede evolves intho corvenighte

  • Sigurd Skalleberg
    Sigurd Skalleberg

    lugia uses phychic power 2 fly tho so he can fly

  • Ninja Kid
    Ninja Kid

    Mandom these are games so stop making a fuss

  • Sengo Muramasa
    Sengo Muramasa

    I can’t believe you got sponsored by geico

  • lothohakon


  • darkkshades ٍ
    darkkshades ٍ

    atleast my favorite pokemon owlet can fly

  • Windstreak Wolf
    Windstreak Wolf

    Why is it that whenever i read Hoothoot’s name written out I pronounce it as hoo - thoot?

  • CptStark

    Physically bumblebees can't fly 🤷🏼‍♂️

  • Squigs Squigley
    Squigs Squigley

    So you are using the cube theory, however, Charizard could have thin wings like bats, while still having a great length and width. And the skin may be super tough to support the weight?

  • Yuri Tarded
    Yuri Tarded

    I think lunala can fly

  • Olimar92

    Aerodactyle is based on Pteradons, who actually got pretty big. Unlike birds who use their legs to get off the ground, because they actually jump to get started, Pteradons are thought to have actually pushed themselves off the ground with their arms. Seeing as Quetzulquatlus is basically confirmed to have flown, and is the largest flying creature to have done so. Its tiny legs couldn't get it off the ground, but those arms could.