Game Theory: Why Flying Pokemon CAN'T FLY!

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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  • pokemon can fly matpat is wrong

    retrograde the pegasusretrograde the pegasus4 klukkustundum síðan
  • Petscop. We need it

    Mike animatesMike animates4 klukkustundum síðan
  • I love your videos, but maybe the gravity in the pokemon universe is slightly less than here

    Joshua WilsonJoshua Wilson5 klukkustundum síðan
  • From one point on you guys stopped using the metric ,this is supposed to be a scientific channel. Come on gt.

    Chris BotosChris Botos9 klukkustundum síðan
  • He did not account for the gravity he just assumed that is was the same for the Pokémon planet as it is on earth

    Mr. comicozyMr. comicozy17 klukkustundum síðan
  • helium bladder from digestion.

    Tyler KulpTyler Kulp22 klukkustundum síðan
  • Just a question, but how do we knowwhat the carriage is made of?

    Dennis BrameDennis BrameDegi Síðan síðan
  • *Sad Salamance noises

    Emmanuel MatosEmmanuel MatosDegi Síðan síðan
  • Mass no change because of your size

    justin colburnjustin colburnDegi Síðan síðan
  • They have super human powers.. thats kind of the point

    justin colburnjustin colburnDegi Síðan síðan
  • How many coconuts can a swallow carry?

    Violet VulpixViolet VulpixDegi Síðan síðan
  • Like Fletch- oh no, it’s F_etchling. Everyone, let’s talk about fetchling, and totally not fletchling

    Ball GuyBall GuyDegi Síðan síðan
  • Well we should consider you didn’t factor the gravity of Pokémon

    EpicgummywormEpicgummywormDegi Síðan síðan
  • unless gravity is different or there is more air pressure.

    jacky koningjacky koning2 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Tears_Of_AsarielTears_Of_Asariel2 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Rex FergusonRex Ferguson2 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Noah LegerNoah Leger2 dögum síðan
  • Of course Charizard can't fly, he does not bother to learn it 🙄😉 (try to find what I am referring to)

    TheRavensFury :3TheRavensFury :32 dögum síðan
  • Geico has good service but for me personally they're one of the worst to use due to cost lmao

    DetachableLegJeysinDetachableLegJeysin2 dögum síðan
  • At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rotom bike started flying too.

    CSolarstormCSolarstorm3 dögum síðan
  • Dodou can fly because the speed of its running i guess

    spider knightspider knight3 dögum síðan
  • me: *trying to create a bird game* matpat: "ummmm, actually...."

    JD WoodJD Wood3 dögum síðan
  • According to the square cube law, bees shouldn’t be able to fly, but they do

    SomeoneSomeone3 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Parker SandahlParker Sandahl3 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    TheHammerGuyTheHammerGuy3 dögum síðan
  • Matpat actually reacted to the walten files now ;-;

    Cameron_glaDOSE12 FallonCameron_glaDOSE12 Fallon3 dögum síðan
  • do you guys think that dragonite can lift stuff?

    DoggyDoggy3 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Aiden WinnerAiden Winner4 dögum síðan
  • Ok, this video is so close to arguing how much an African vs. European swallow can carry in order to transport coconuts too England.....

    Shawn OwenShawn Owen4 dögum síðan
  • Well uh how do you make your videos in my basement again?

    Miha LebenMiha Leben4 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Kirseu 64Kirseu 644 dögum síðan
  • GameFreak: *Defies Science You are challenged by Trainer MattPatt!

    Roman LongRoman Long4 dögum síðan
  • i Do Not appreciate being called a pidgey clone (i get it, but consider my feelings)

    Anonymous PigeonAnonymous Pigeon4 dögum síðan
  • Game theory u did not mention at all the speed of the bird which might explain why charziard flies

    Detective KushalDetective Kushal4 dögum síðan
  • Ummmmmm

    Detective KushalDetective Kushal4 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Jake thepro7890Jake thepro78905 dögum síðan
  • charizard can still hold one anyway

    JoshYTJoshYT5 dögum síðan
  • As soon as MatPat typed HOW DODUO CAN FLY I got a special raid notification from Pokemon Go lol

    StarWolfStarWolf5 dögum síðan
  • The ending in swallow the sea needs a theory!!! It was really weird.

    Aidan HanrahanAidan Hanrahan5 dögum síðan
  • Pterosaurs say hi

    Phil SebastianPhil Sebastian5 dögum síðan
  • MatPat over here telling us charizard can’t fly but he he can breathe fire

    Lemonade StandLemonade Stand5 dögum síðan
  • I’m more surprised about how he got sponsored by geico.

    I think jesseI think jesse5 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    QuetzaCotaQuetzaCota5 dögum síðan
  • Pokemon are magic they take hyper beams to the FACE! And don't just turn to dust lol

    KingYayoKingYayo6 dögum síðan
  • charizard isnt a dragon, he's a flying lizard!

    DaBreakfastBanditDaBreakfastBandit6 dögum síðan
  • Pokemon are magic That's not a joke

    Benjamin SaundersBenjamin Saunders6 dögum síðan
  • Huh When I was 11 I weighed 130

    kanan brucekanan bruce6 dögum síðan
  • 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 < 87Atk) while Charizard only seems to need a little extra air-manipulation (90.5kg - 84Atk = only ~7kg). 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..?

    Nathaniel LieNathaniel Lie6 dögum síðan
  • 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?

  • 12:45 oh god call peta

    Rounaq GuptaRounaq Gupta6 dögum síðan
  • 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

    nemesisnick66nemesisnick666 dögum síðan
  • What if the air pressure on Pokémon world is higher than it is on earth

    donnieh deadonnieh dea6 dögum síðan
  • Turns out that guy in ruby/sapphire/emerald that was trying to use 6 wingulls to fly actually had the right idea of things.

    KnightedshadowKnightedshadow6 dögum síðan
  • This is just like that gardevoir vid you made you apply logic to pokemon. It takes away the fun of it

    Axo The AxolotlAxo The Axolotl6 dögum síðan
  • Gravity

    UnlinedRabbit81UnlinedRabbit816 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    Unicorn Bunny PowerUnicorn Bunny Power6 dögum síðan
  • Bruh... this add drop ... 🤣🤣

    Joseph BlackettJoseph Blackett6 dögum síðan
  • Cute birb photos.

    CheesecakeLasagnaCheesecakeLasagna7 dögum síðan
  • I'm in love with editing of this video! Kudos!

    CheesecakeLasagnaCheesecakeLasagna7 dögum síðan
  • 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 ;)

    Sour SydeSour Syde7 dögum síðan
  • I didnt get this in my recommended 3 weeks ago. Do ur job team theorists :(

    SunnySunny7 dögum síðan
  • A 15 pound deer? My tiny dog is 12 pounds, so that deer must have been a baby

    TheMobMasterTheMobMaster7 dögum síðan
  • This is the world of pokemon, Anything is possible!!!

    ARgamer922ARgamer9227 dögum síðan
  • 300z can't be used for uber because its a 2 door but thats just a theory a car theory

    Milkman MagooMilkman Magoo7 dögum síðan
  • the grid part around 5:00 is giving me SciShow vibes

    HVAC with GregHVAC with Greg7 dögum síðan
  • but this is the pokemon world not ours even if it is inspired by it

    RohanPlayzRohanPlayz7 dögum síðan
  • 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

    Lauren BoyesLauren Boyes8 dögum síðan
  • 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?

    N WeaselsN Weasels8 dögum síðan
  • What about bees?

    The North MancThe North Manc8 dögum síðan
  • vid starts at 1:23

    RiorXDRiorXD8 dögum síðan
  • 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.)

    CalebWithACCalebWithAC8 dögum síðan
  • I've heard swallows are strong enough to carry coconuts

    Harry McDanielHarry McDaniel8 dögum síðan
    • African or European swallows?

      Carolyn YoderCarolyn Yoder5 dögum síðan
  • 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

    David BrownDavid Brown8 dögum síðan
  • 1:03

    CoolColdCoolCold8 dögum síðan
  • GEICO as sponsor?!! awesome!! Next step is a spot in Nascar cup series

    Pock PockPock Pock9 dögum síðan
  • May not look at this xD pokemon theory:Why is it called``POKEMON``?

    Lathaniel JenkinsLathaniel Jenkins9 dögum síðan
  • Can you please do an altos adventure lore video

    Collecter OfSoulsCollecter OfSouls9 dögum síðan
  • Because they're pokemon. They can fly

    rd nrd n9 dögum síðan
  • My guess is that since the world of pokemon uses different laws of physics, they probably use different mass laws too

    Maxter_ZapMaxter_Zap10 dögum síðan
  • Excuse me, did geico just sponsor Game Theory?

    watch my my video.10 dögum síðan
  • 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??

    Slevin ChannelSlevin Channel10 dögum síðan
  • What if you can fly in Dragon ball? Would that be possible? 🤔

    Yūreis AdventuresYūreis Adventures10 dögum síðan
  • I legit had a geico ad before the video started

    PokeHearts 121PokeHearts 12110 dögum síðan
  • A theory idea : "What kind of paper is Paper Mario made off?"

    Ali ChehabAli Chehab10 dögum síðan
  • Imagine seeing a charizard just swooping down and abducting a kid

    Ali ChehabAli Chehab10 dögum síðan
  • never thought that game theory would be sponsored by frickin' G E I C O

    Ali ChehabAli Chehab10 dögum síðan
  • "and then we'll mention the incredible GIRTH of Hoothoot" - MatPat while writing this episode

    Ali ChehabAli Chehab10 dögum síðan
  • Are you surprised a bird can carry multiple people at once. It's pretty simple when they drink RedBull.

    Ali ChehabAli Chehab10 dögum síðan
  • 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!

    James EisnerJames Eisner10 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    krrisinkrrisin10 dögum síðan
  • Finally, a youtube video that answers the eternal question: can a five ounce bird carry a one pound coconut?

    FashionablyAliceFashionablyAlice10 dögum síðan
  • Next video, Fairy Pokémon aren’t fairies

    Mr.Preston 16Mr.Preston 1610 dögum síðan
  • “Ruining your childhood in 2011” -Mattpat GT

    Yulistias Yenny HadiYulistias Yenny Hadi10 dögum síðan
    • matpat has always been wrong about most theories except the dittos are mew debate that is right and proven in the detective Pikachu movie

      retrograde the pegasusretrograde the pegasus4 klukkustundum síðan
  • 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.

    crankpatatecrankpatate11 dögum síðan
  • 9:44 weel,, i guess now we know why charizard cant learn fly in gen 1

    hello worldhello world11 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    krypticavalanchkrypticavalanch11 dögum síðan
  • Hey MatPat can you do a theory on how Pokémon trainers know which gender is their Pokémon are?

    Tanae and TyTanae and Ty11 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    Alexander GlassAlexander Glass12 dögum síðan
  • How do Pokémon even generate the energy required to use their powers? What's in these Poké-Munchies?

    WinRaaWinRaa12 dögum síðan
  • I'm actually pretty sure that Lugia manipulating the air is canon.

    G3GamingG3Gaming12 dögum síðan