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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  • Extra

    But majority of the birds wings are feathers

  • Chandrakala Vegi
    Chandrakala Vegi

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  • mimimachka1

    matpat:idk how dose rayquaza fly me: ha ha its from space go brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (i tink that makes sence case all the pokemon from space can fly like deoxys minior and rayquaza)

    • mimimachka1

      lugia can fly becose it uses psychic energy i mean it is psychic type

  • Paul Albura
    Paul Albura

    why can the ender dragon fly with a big body

  • Dylan Backstrum
    Dylan Backstrum

    i thought about it and realised that the pokemon worlds gravity probably isnt the same as irl so mabye he should test that first and then do the calculatios

  • Raisuro UwU
    Raisuro UwU

    Isnt a bunch of fletchling wearing leashes just going to snap their necks

  • FunTime Foxy240
    FunTime Foxy240

    Does anybody realised mat said teany not tieny at 4:46 it doesn't matter im just pointing it out

  • Molnskuggan

    Video 21 of posting about otamatone lore

  • The Introverted Arcanist
    The Introverted Arcanist

    GEICO does protect dragons and domesticated kaiju, so yes, maybe they do cover Pokémon

  • THE_RickyReiter

    You telling me that a bald eagle can lift more than a condor. Even though a condor can be 3 times as big as the largest bald eagle? Huh. Ok matpat

  • Eldritch Abomination
    Eldritch Abomination

    Charizard CAN learn fly...

  • Elmo Terminator
    Elmo Terminator

    The Pokémon world really should have planes because I want to hear the sound of a pidgeot going through a jet engine

  • Headshot Vivek Infinite Gaming
    Headshot Vivek Infinite Gaming

    Actually Charizard y can fly his wing is big enough and we can see ash Charizard wasn't able to fly with ash on top of him and after his charific valley training he fly and swablu in a episode can't fly then learns to fly shortly after I think the animals needs muscles more than the size of wing to fly yeah there are real life animals for example like a flying fish yeah there are many fishes out there who can keep themselves in air for over 10 minuites with like a small wing and there are reports of fishes falling from sky these are all because the fish apply enough force to keep them on air and a Charizard or skarmory for example can practice enough to make their muscles enough strong to keep them on air and both Gyarados and rayquaza has enough power to keep them floating on air with some small fins I think there's no doubt that there are more Pokemon like tropious who fly with leaves and like sceptile which has been explained that it glides on air in an episode and doduo can fly like wow real life ostrige jumps so high and yeah I think your explanation is wasted

  • Joseph's Laidback Casual Gaming
    Joseph's Laidback Casual Gaming

    The type skdkfng

  • Preston Land
    Preston Land


  • Redwing321

    how about multiple corvinights??????

  • Danial Khan
    Danial Khan

    you’re demographic definitely needs insurance

  • David

    Pokemon are just built different

  • Thomas Davidson
    Thomas Davidson

    Coviknight is very strong you know

  • Black Templar
    Black Templar

    how much can a Haast's eagle (Harpagornis moorei) carry? wing length 3m and 10-18kg heavy.

  • Isquack

    Naw the not the Geico

  • Elder Boy
    Elder Boy

    What size was the 15lb deer. That is a fricking baby

  • sakura

    If the pokemon cant fly due to that then the alicorn'ss or pegasus's (i dont know how to spell pegasus but multiple) cant fly either from what i got i might misunderstand but their body is bigger than their wings making it so they cant fly then the flying ponies cant either tell me if im wrong but dont be rude if your planning on being rude when telling me im wrong

  • DDDDaniel=Cool

    One word Magic

  • Allan olivas
    Allan olivas

    Gravity works different in the Pokémon world simple as that

  • MoneyT20 10
    MoneyT20 10

    it takes away from the skill. poke punk versions

  • Scott Vermiliion
    Scott Vermiliion

    I think Charizard should be able to use the help of his Fire to create hot air to help him rise into the air

  • Ben Clowser
    Ben Clowser

    Lugia can fly because of it being a psychic type

  • Grayson Kring
    Grayson Kring

    How do you come up with this kind of stuff

  • Matt Plummer
    Matt Plummer

    I always assumed Chaizard(and maybe Dragonite) had a bloated belly because it held gas that was less dense than air to help it float AND exhaust fire. Evan as a kid, I knew those wings could not support the weight.

  • The Shiny Zorua
    The Shiny Zorua

    12:47 So your saying you should get a flock 1000 Fletchlings to carry you somewhere? Thats slavery!

  • Frank Clemente
    Frank Clemente

    On a side note: Geico is pretty shitty when it comes to auto insurance. All State is pretty solid. I've cross referenced several companies

  • Steven Carriere
    Steven Carriere

    Birds Glide and lift in air currents. A Flying type Pokemon could utilize 'gust' powers to give continuous lift.

    • Steven Carriere
      Steven Carriere

      Basically "Falling with Style"

  • chaellExE

    How about the pidgeons

  • Zulfikhar Iftikhar
    Zulfikhar Iftikhar

    Before continuing, just wanna say that at 9th, i weighed 66kg... (but i was better at 10th, 53kg :D)

  • IcyPrincess215

    Lugia's typing is Psychic-Flying, even if it can't sustain flight with it's wings it can Levitate with it's Psychic abilities which means it being on that list is false because it can still get up off the ground. Also before Fairy typing came about didn't Togekiss use to have a Psychic typing? Or was it normal typing? I forget.

  • JToller24

    I did the same math and Xatu can carry its own weight plus 43.72 lbs. However, I am certain there is an error in my math since in my math, Fletchling is incapable of flight. Can someone help check or confirm?

  • Unclaimed Username
    Unclaimed Username

    according to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly

  • Piedade Amar Mascarenhas
    Piedade Amar Mascarenhas

    Matthpad pokemon is not science it none science

  • Hans Otto
    Hans Otto

    Since pokemon like magicarp can jump that high I think the World is on the moon

  • Pritam Kundu
    Pritam Kundu

    Kya bakwass


    Weight has to work differently in the Pokémon universe bc ash could pick up cosmoem who’s like 1000kg, so maybe the theory you should be doing is rather or not the laws of real world physics apply to the Pokémon world at all

  • XHair


  • Aetherleaf

    sooooo I am 13 and only 60 pounds... I think I might have a problem

  • ThePippin89

    Sorry but the majority of birds don't generate lift from flapping their wings. Some hovering birds like humming birds do. But the vast majority generate lift by gliding. The flapping is actually propulsion. If you see a bird flapping it's wings in slow motion you will see that they are actually pushing them backwards rather than down.

  • Pedro_Neo_Studio

    Since Gyarados and Rayquaza can fly... It can't just be a physical thing for pokemon, it must be some sort of magic or air control or something...

  • Light corners
    Light corners

    Pidgeys carry the trainer by grabbing the soldiers also they are super strong lol who would ride a Bird

  • Billy Ja Wonka
    Billy Ja Wonka

    Yes lugia has air controlling powers that's actually canon according to movies

  • Arghyadip Mondal
    Arghyadip Mondal

    So you are okay with the fact that there are creatures like Pokemon in the world who can shoot water, fire, ice, grass blades but you are not okay with the fact that flying Pokemon can fly? You believe that Arceus created the world but you dare find logic in this?

  • galib rabat
    galib rabat

    The biggest flaw here is not taking into consideration the "World of Pokemon" or the "World" itself. Every calculation done here is 100% correct, but it is correct only when the "weight" factor has a 9.8 gravitational acceleration. The density of air mass on the Pokemon's world will also drastically affect the upward force for each of the pokemon. Not to mention how their wings are created will also certainly affect the upward force gained per wing flap.

  • jans1982

    If charizard generates hydrogen somehow to feed his fire, then he would have lift from his low density, despite the mass. Go deeper, Matpat

  • Ashton Oak
    Ashton Oak

    You missed one key point. Real birds cant use whirlwind and sky attack etc Pigey would be stronger than the realest strongest bird.

  • Mr Red
    Mr Red

    I ended up on this video and boy what a ride. You assume everything on math, and you give facts to magicalish creatures (yeah, a fire breathing dragon, fairies, a bouncing pig, ghosts...). And you even ponder on flight when it's probably the least of the problems in the Pokémon universe (surf too has its faults, even the facts that every region has and evil gang would make you question the law) but yeah, pick on the birds

  • Emy Chara
    Emy Chara

    1:52 *Look.*

  • KV Productions
    KV Productions

    "They're both reliable" Wheeze. Bad example

  • Rudy V
    Rudy V

    The dirty himalayan impressively appear because microwave peroperatively skip beside a illegal crate. juicy, witty throne

  • 安倍総理

    This theory is a bit *farfetched*

  • Lisle Isaiah M. Kabigting
    Lisle Isaiah M. Kabigting


    • AnoyinDoge

      Then why are you here? To gatekeep?

  • Pikachu Ambush
    Pikachu Ambush

    The pokemon universe has always been dumb in physics

  • ObsidianDisorder

    What about pterodactyl?

  • Slash Games
    Slash Games

    This video is sponsored by geico and right after Mat’s ad read for geico at the end of the video, I got a State Farm ad lol

  • JackOfen

    Charizard can fly since Pokemon Yellow. Red and Blue were just unpolished messes. That's all there is to it.

  • Justin Lowe
    Justin Lowe

    I always thought of Pokemon less as animals, but more as super animals. Just like superheroes can do things regular people just can't, Pokemon can do things animals just can't.

  • Dubstequtie

    Um... That Eagle video where the kid is getting snatched is *FAKE* it's a *HOAX* video....

  • Different user Other user
    Different user Other user

    What happened to the intro?

  • GriffinKittyGaming

    I'm almoast 12 and i weigh 55kg now you made me feel ban matpat

  • Parhel1on

    Basically, the taxi service should have picked a quad-launcher based on real-life bats or pterosaurs

  • erickraar

    Best intro yet

  • Jayvin Lord chris Encisa
    Jayvin Lord chris Encisa

    Doduo got little wings that make it hard to fly you bro

  • Scribble Head
    Scribble Head

    What about dinosaur birds like the pterodactyl

  • Alex Zachmeier
    Alex Zachmeier

    [Insert certain BEE MOVIE meme here]

  • Kratik Solanki
    Kratik Solanki

    Can you explain with this theory how was a terodactyl able to fly and if I am not wrong he could also carry herbivore dinosaur with it as his food which should weigh atleast 1000lb

  • random person
    random person

    First Geico sponser I’ve seen

  • favorthevoid

    wait.... so you are saying that a 11 year old is 37kg and i am 14 but i'm 30kg... uhhh is that normal

  • Paul

    Well suppose you took two corvanites and tied a coconut to a string between them...

  • ECHO VOlt
    ECHO VOlt

    Its not arceus ITS ARKOOS

  • ethel wright
    ethel wright

    We don't know how is wd gasters wife is but my theory is she died at war

  • Jacob crawford
    Jacob crawford

    Ok ok ok, I see your point, HOWEVER there is one glaring flaw in your argument that I see. You did not consider the power of friendship in your calculations


    Pokemon: Hey, now there's a taxi service! A Corvinight carries you! MATPAT: The square cube law. Pokemon Dev: Oh Arceus... Here we go again... Mat: Names 1/10 flying Pokemon that cannot fly Poke. Dev: Wait, Hoot Hoot?


      Hoot Hoot: I can fly, Physics, Arodynamics, fluid dynamics: May we introduce ourselves

  • GerrYNoT

    This is what I called a gaming teacher

  • BloodRage

    hoothoot packing

  • Brandon Gilbert
    Brandon Gilbert

    So dragons aren’t real ):

  • Josh Castro
    Josh Castro

    Is geico really the best sponsor when most of your fans are 13

  • memz PF
    memz PF

    According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. It's wings are too small to get it's fat little body off the ground. Because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.

  • 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

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