Game Theory: Why Flying Pokemon CAN'T FLY!

Birt 17 apr 2021
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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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  • 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 ;)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • What about bees?

  • vid starts at 1:23

  • 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.)

  • I've heard swallows are strong enough to carry coconuts

  • 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

  • 1:03

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

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

  • Can you please do an altos adventure lore video

  • Because they're pokemon. They can fly

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

  • Excuse me, did geico just sponsor Game Theory?

  • 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??

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

  • I legit had a geico ad before the video started

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

  • Imagine seeing a charizard just swooping down and abducting a kid

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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • Next video, Fairy Pokémon aren’t fairies

  • “Ruining your childhood in 2011” -Mattpat GT

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 3 words, *square, cube, law*

  • 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!"

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

  • Ruined my childhood :)

  • If you watch generation to you know that the dealer has the legs

  • y'know matpat, I never came to realize, but theirs a sentimentality to your videos, just so you know, you are very appreicated and sometimes get me through my day, keep on doing what you're doing.

  • pokemon aren’t normal animals though. dumb, but interesting i guessss.


  • You're making excuses you're ruining lives your whole series is a cancer go to heck and quit ISmem

  • If the Pokédex is full of lies, which MattPat covered in a previous Game Theory video, how can it be a reliable and truthful source of information for this Game Theory??

  • what if the world of Pokemon have much dencer Air like realy much which mean you can fly with more weight on you.

  • I get the science of this video but according to what we know, bees shouldn’t be able to fly. But they do, so makes sense that pokemon would break these “laws” too:

  • hi

  • You could save 15% or more- Bruh no I've heard too many of these commercials plz

  • I like how the title is just like “actually charizard can’t fly” because in gen 1 this was actually true!

  • Ik im late but im hi and i felt the need to say 11:00 yes lugia can control current and air pressure

  • What if the planet they are on isnt earth so they weigh less? Would the ratios workmout the same or no? would the Pokemon be able to flap fast enough?

  • Bees.

  • i had no idea geico sponsored youtube videos

  • Ok but what if all 'flying' types float psychically and just use their wings for direction

  • 7:19 oh hey Edd crouse

  • I would LOVE to see a Game Theory episode about the loftwings in Skyward Sword, based on this video! It would probably be much harder though, seeing as I don't know if their weights were ever recorded...

  • the pokemon universe is the opposite of krypton (the planet) instead of more gravity than earth its less gravity than earth so instead of gaining powers like flight and strength you lose powers

  • Im curious if a Pterodactyl flew?

  • Matpat you forgot the gravity of the pokemon world

    • If you take in the account of the gravity of the pokemon world then the pokemon could more easily fight the effects of the gravity of the pokemon world if the gravity is less

  • 1:30 you do know we rode horses for like.... thousands of years?

  • 0:30 who the **** are you?

  • They also used to say that bees shouldn’t be able to fly. You don’t have a life. I don’t like you leave Pokémon alone. I’m telling my mommy.

  • No amount of science will ever convince me Pokémon aren’t an effective means of travel.

  • I the pokemon community we call those pidgey clones regional birds

  • So this video is a dragon vs a Bird let that sink in

  • Game theory:charzared can’t fly. Gen one fans: we were right all along.

  • According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a Charizard should be able to fly

  • Don't u guys love when u don't pay attention for 5 seconds and u have to re-watch the entire video cuz u didn't understand a thing? 😂

  • Glad you shown my kind


  • ✨🥧 🕊 *pie dove* 🕊 🥧✨

  • I got a pokemon GO ad on a pokemon theory.

  • MatPat used the saddest hey Arnold episode to make a point...damn

  • What are the others 719 codes?

  • Pokemon can breath fire, and shoot water whirlpools, but flying that shouldn't be possible. None of it should be possible matt, normal rules do not apply.

  • So Charizard not being able to learn Fly in Red & Blue was actually scientifically accurate?

  • Finally geico game theory collab

  • can we get a theory about what is under Mimikyu's cloak

  • The intro was the best one yet

  • 5:20 laughs in Filipino

  • now, lets have a look at water type pokemons... specially the wilds ones. encounter a tentacool *while underwater in the open ocean* ! still needs to teach it dive ...

  • they can do things like create tornados with their wings, I think pokemon shouldn't be compared to animals when seeing what they're capable of.

  • Do brawl stars

  • What about bees and moths whose bodies are bigger than their wings for most species? Like the bumblebee for one example.

  • noice job on getting a Geico sponsor

  • there's a local legend about an Osprey that caught a Sturgeon flew a short distance and dropped it on somebody's roof lul

  • Xd

  • if it ain't mat pat I don't watch