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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  • But majority of the birds wings are feathers

    ExtraExtra10 саат мурун
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    Chandrakala VegiChandrakala Vegi13 саат мурун
  • 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)

    mimimachka1mimimachka12 күн мурун
    • lugia can fly becose it uses psychic energy i mean it is psychic type

      mimimachka1mimimachka12 күн мурун
  • why can the ender dragon fly with a big body

    Paul AlburaPaul Albura2 күн мурун
  • 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

    Dylan BackstrumDylan Backstrum2 күн мурун
  • Isnt a bunch of fletchling wearing leashes just going to snap their necks

    Raisuro UwURaisuro UwU2 күн мурун
  • Does anybody realised mat said teany not tieny at 4:46 it doesn't matter im just pointing it out

    FunTime Foxy240FunTime Foxy2404 күн мурун
  • Video 21 of posting about otamatone lore

    MolnskugganMolnskuggan4 күн мурун
  • GEICO does protect dragons and domesticated kaiju, so yes, maybe they do cover Pokémon

    The Introverted ArcanistThe Introverted Arcanist4 күн мурун
  • 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

    THE_RickyReiterTHE_RickyReiter5 күн мурун
  • Charizard CAN learn fly...

    Eldritch AbominationEldritch Abomination5 күн мурун
  • The Pokémon world really should have planes because I want to hear the sound of a pidgeot going through a jet engine

    Elmo TerminatorElmo Terminator6 күн мурун
  • 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

    Headshot Vivek Infinite GamingHeadshot Vivek Infinite Gaming6 күн мурун
  • The type skdkfng

    Joseph's Laidback Casual GamingJoseph's Laidback Casual Gaming7 күн мурун

    Preston LandPreston Land7 күн мурун
  • how about multiple corvinights??????

    Redwing321Redwing3218 күн мурун
  • you’re demographic definitely needs insurance

    Danial KhanDanial Khan8 күн мурун
  • Pokemon are just built different

    DavidDavid8 күн мурун
  • Coviknight is very strong you know

    Thomas DavidsonThomas Davidson10 күн мурун
  • how much can a Haast's eagle (Harpagornis moorei) carry? wing length 3m and 10-18kg heavy.

    Black TemplarBlack Templar11 күн мурун
  • Naw the not the Geico

    IsquackIsquack11 күн мурун
  • What size was the 15lb deer. That is a fricking baby

    Elder BoyElder Boy12 күн мурун
  • 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

    sakurasakura13 күн мурун
  • One word Magic

    DDDDaniel=CoolDDDDaniel=Cool13 күн мурун
  • Gravity works different in the Pokémon world simple as that

    Allan olivasAllan olivas14 күн мурун
  • it takes away from the skill. poke punk versions

    MoneyT20 10MoneyT20 1015 күн мурун
  • I think Charizard should be able to use the help of his Fire to create hot air to help him rise into the air

    Scott VermiliionScott Vermiliion16 күн мурун
  • Lugia can fly because of it being a psychic type

    Ben ClowserBen Clowser17 күн мурун
  • How do you come up with this kind of stuff

    Grayson KringGrayson Kring18 күн мурун
  • 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.

    Matt PlummerMatt Plummer18 күн мурун
  • 12:47 So your saying you should get a flock 1000 Fletchlings to carry you somewhere? Thats slavery!

    The Shiny ZoruaThe Shiny Zorua19 күн мурун
  • 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

    Frank ClementeFrank Clemente19 күн мурун
  • Birds Glide and lift in air currents. A Flying type Pokemon could utilize 'gust' powers to give continuous lift.

    Steven CarriereSteven Carriere19 күн мурун
    • Basically "Falling with Style"

      Steven CarriereSteven Carriere19 күн мурун
  • How about the pidgeons

    chaellExEchaellExE19 күн мурун
  • Before continuing, just wanna say that at 9th, i weighed 66kg... (but i was better at 10th, 53kg :D)

    Zulfikhar IftikharZulfikhar Iftikhar19 күн мурун
  • 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.

    IcyPrincess215IcyPrincess21519 күн мурун
  • 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?

    JToller24JToller2420 күн мурун
  • according to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly

    Unclaimed UsernameUnclaimed Username20 күн мурун
  • Matthpad pokemon is not science it none science

    Piedade Amar MascarenhasPiedade Amar Mascarenhas20 күн мурун
  • Since pokemon like magicarp can jump that high I think the World is on the moon

    Hans OttoHans Otto20 күн мурун
  • Kya bakwass

    Pritam KunduPritam Kundu21 күн мурун
  • 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

    BEAST BOXBEAST BOX21 күн мурун

    XHairXHair21 күн мурун
  • sooooo I am 13 and only 60 pounds... I think I might have a problem

    AetherleafAetherleaf22 күн мурун
  • 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.

    ThePippin89ThePippin8922 күн мурун
  • 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...

    Pedro_Neo_StudioPedro_Neo_Studio22 күн мурун
  • Pidgeys carry the trainer by grabbing the soldiers also they are super strong lol who would ride a Bird

    Light cornersLight corners23 күн мурун
  • Yes lugia has air controlling powers that's actually canon according to movies

    Billy Ja WonkaBilly Ja Wonka23 күн мурун
  • 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?

    Arghyadip MondalArghyadip Mondal23 күн мурун
  • 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.

    galib rabatgalib rabat24 күн мурун
  • If charizard generates hydrogen somehow to feed his fire, then he would have lift from his low density, despite the mass. Go deeper, Matpat

    jans1982jans198225 күн мурун
  • You missed one key point. Real birds cant use whirlwind and sky attack etc Pigey would be stronger than the realest strongest bird.

    Ashton OakAshton Oak25 күн мурун
  • 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

    Mr RedMr Red26 күн мурун
  • 1:52 *Look.*

    Emy CharaEmy Chara26 күн мурун
  • "They're both reliable" Wheeze. Bad example

    KV ProductionsKV Productions27 күн мурун
  • The dirty himalayan impressively appear because microwave peroperatively skip beside a illegal crate. juicy, witty throne

    Rudy VRudy V27 күн мурун
  • This theory is a bit *farfetched*

    安倍総理安倍総理29 күн мурун

    Lisle Isaiah M. KabigtingLisle Isaiah M. KabigtingАй мурун
    • Then why are you here? To gatekeep?

      AnoyinDogeAnoyinDoge27 күн мурун
  • The pokemon universe has always been dumb in physics

    Pikachu AmbushPikachu AmbushАй мурун
  • What about pterodactyl?

    ObsidianDisorderObsidianDisorderАй мурун
  • 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

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

    JackOfenJackOfenАй мурун
  • 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.

    Justin LoweJustin LoweАй мурун
  • Um... That Eagle video where the kid is getting snatched is *FAKE* it's a *HOAX* video....

    DubstequtieDubstequtieАй мурун
  • What happened to the intro?

    Different user Other userDifferent user Other userАй мурун
  • I'm almoast 12 and i weigh 55kg now you made me feel ban matpat

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

    Parhel1onParhel1onАй мурун
  • Best intro yet

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

    Jayvin Lord chris EncisaJayvin Lord chris EncisaАй мурун
  • What about dinosaur birds like the pterodactyl

    Scribble HeadScribble HeadАй мурун
  • [Insert certain BEE MOVIE meme here]

    Alex ZachmeierAlex ZachmeierАй мурун
  • 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

    Kratik SolankiKratik SolankiАй мурун
  • First Geico sponser I’ve seen

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

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

    PaulPaulАй мурун
  • Its not arceus ITS ARKOOS

    ECHO VOltECHO VOltАй мурун
  • We don't know how is wd gasters wife is but my theory is she died at war

    ethel wrightethel wrightАй мурун
  • 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

    Jacob crawfordJacob crawfordАй мурун
  • 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

  • This is what I called a gaming teacher

    GerrYNoTGerrYNoTАй мурун
  • hoothoot packing

    BloodRageBloodRageАй мурун
  • So dragons aren’t real ):

    Brandon GilbertBrandon GilbertАй мурун
  • Is geico really the best sponsor when most of your fans are 13

    Josh CastroJosh CastroАй мурун
  • 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.

    memz PFmemz PFАй мурун
  • What did we learn today kids? *FLETCHLING IS SUPREME*

    Guardian’s ExtrasGuardian’s ExtrasАй мурун
  • Best sponsor-slip in ever

    Mr.FluffyMr.FluffyАй мурун
  • I wonder what the physics in Pokémon is like

    FusionBlast 360FusionBlast 360Ай мурун
  • Gyarados-is a flying type but can't fly Golurk-is not a flying Pokemon but can fly

    Adi MAdi MАй мурун
  • yeah but they fly in the game

    Flint LochFlint LochАй мурун
  • but how does vullaby fly

    Subuddha KarkiSubuddha KarkiАй мурун
  • I love how you used Pokemon Sapphire for the intro

    MadGasterPlayz YTMadGasterPlayz YTАй мурун
  • Please explain how Yvetal even uses it’s 3rd wing…

    bicurious georgebicurious georgeАй мурун
  • 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?

    WillyscoioteWillyscoioteАй мурун
  • fly is sky jump in japanese

    Chicken PotatoChicken PotatoАй мурун
  • Laughs in being 50lbs at 11 years old, average height but skinny

    Christian BryanChristian BryanАй мурун
  • I think the explanation is that the world of Pokémon has a smaller force of gravity

    Pizzalover524Pizzalover524Ай мурун
  • We need the doduo episode

    Kyra McConeKyra McConeАй мурун
  • 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.

    Natsume-HimeNatsume-HimeАй мурун
  • "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.

    vampjoseph11vampjoseph11Ай мурун
  • 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

    Hayden CaldwellHayden CaldwellАй мурун