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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  1. random person

    random personPred 2 urami

    First Geico sponser I’ve seen

  2. favorthevoid

    favorthevoidPred 5 urami

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

  3. Paul

    PaulPred dnevom

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

  4. VLR Volt

    VLR VoltPred dnevom

    Its not arceus ITS ARKOOS

  5. ethel wright

    ethel wrightPred dnevom

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

  6. Jacob crawford

    Jacob crawfordPred dnevom

    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


    NEVERSUB2MEPred dnevom

    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?


    NEVERSUB2MEPred dnevom

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

  9. GerrYNoT

    GerrYNoTPred dnevom

    This is what I called a gaming teacher

  10. BloodRage

    BloodRagePred 2 dnevi

    hoothoot packing


    XXX EGGTACIONPred 3 dnevi

    So dragons aren’t real ):

  12. Josh Castro

    Josh CastroPred 3 dnevi

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

  13. memz PF

    memz PFPred 3 dnevi

    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.

  14. Guardian’s Extras

    Guardian’s ExtrasPred 7 dnevi

    What did we learn today kids? *FLETCHLING IS SUPREME*

  15. Mr.Fluffy

    Mr.FluffyPred 7 dnevi

    Best sponsor-slip in ever

  16. FusionBlast 360

    FusionBlast 360Pred 7 dnevi

    I wonder what the physics in Pokémon is like

  17. Adi M

    Adi MPred 7 dnevi

    Gyarados-is a flying type but can't fly Golurk-is not a flying Pokemon but can fly

  18. Flint Loch

    Flint LochPred 9 dnevi

    yeah but they fly in the game

  19. Subuddha Karki

    Subuddha KarkiPred 10 dnevi

    but how does vullaby fly

  20. MadGasterPlayz YT

    MadGasterPlayz YTPred 12 dnevi

    I love how you used Pokemon Sapphire for the intro

  21. bicurious george

    bicurious georgePred 12 dnevi

    Please explain how Yvetal even uses it’s 3rd wing…

  22. Willyscoiote

    WillyscoiotePred 13 dnevi

    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?

  23. Chicken Potato

    Chicken PotatoPred 13 dnevi

    fly is sky jump in japanese

  24. Christian Bryan

    Christian BryanPred 13 dnevi

    Laughs in being 50lbs at 11 years old, average height but skinny

  25. Pizzalover524

    Pizzalover524Pred 13 dnevi

    I think the explanation is that the world of Pokémon has a smaller force of gravity

  26. Kyra McCone

    Kyra McConePred 14 dnevi

    We need the doduo episode

  27. Natsume-Hime

    Natsume-HimePred 14 dnevi

    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.

  28. vampjoseph11

    vampjoseph11Pred 14 dnevi

    "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.

  29. Hayden Caldwell

    Hayden CaldwellPred 15 dnevi

    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

  30. live life

    live lifePred 15 dnevi

    what if the gravity of the universe if different as compared to ours

  31. chalkbox

    chalkboxPred 15 dnevi

    i cannot believe they got GEICO to sponsor them.

  32. Feng Han

    Feng HanPred 16 dnevi

    Game theory! Game theory! ❤️ this channel.

  33. Darth Caedus

    Darth CaedusPred 16 dnevi

    Tauros learning surf...nice

  34. AKhajiitMerchant

    AKhajiitMerchantPred 16 dnevi

    To be fair, Lugia IS Psychic/Flying.

  35. Mascot Darryl

    Mascot DarrylPred 16 dnevi

    Me who always use salamence for fly:BRUH

  36. skid

    skidPred 17 dnevi

    Well yeah but video game

  37. 黃梓洋 1A23

    黃梓洋 1A23Pred 17 dnevi


  38. GGman1174life

    GGman1174lifePred 17 dnevi

    If he’s made of steel, wouldn’t it’s muscles me stronger. (Not logically, of course)

  39. Shadow_Gamer

    Shadow_GamerPred 17 dnevi

    i trust this man but i dont believe that Charizard IS HEAVIER THAN A 7'3 METAL BIRD WITH A HUGE WINGSPAN

  40. leopard gecko rosie

    leopard gecko rosiePred 17 dnevi

    I think they can fly from the gravity on pokemons earth

  41. Insert name here

    Insert name herePred 17 dnevi

    😂 im 12 and weigh 100 pounds not 81

  42. Bric Balmforth

    Bric BalmforthPred 18 dnevi

    Heya MatPat, have you ever heard of the old Rankin-Bass movie The Flight of Dragons? It has some pretty interesting explanations into dragon flight and fire breath. TL;DR the dragons in that show can produce hydrogen and expand their body like a blimp, thus providing lift for an extremely massive animal. Charizard has a lot of dragon characteristics, so maybe it could do something similar.

  43. DarkFrozenDepths

    DarkFrozenDepthsPred 18 dnevi

    Well, the "Let's go!" installments did have most of the HM moves done by actual things and not pokemon... Like surfing on a literal surfboard and using some balloons to fly.

  44. Dr Acula to you

    Dr Acula to youPred 18 dnevi

    Or maybe Pokemon strength is ridiculous considering many Pokemon can learn the move strength and likely flap way harder than a real bird ever could meaning they get more ait push

  45. Т1000 Youtube

    Т1000 YoutubePred 19 dnevi

    7:35 simply put: to have more stuff doing something, you need to have more stuff that isn't doing that to support the stuff that does that, and more stuff to make the stuff that supports the stuff work.

  46. Sharon Riley

    Sharon RileyPred 19 dnevi

    This video could be wrong because the answers for the pokemon are just sized up birds from OUR WORLD pokemon are mystical creatures that can breath fire or shape the terrain how they want it but matt was comparing them to over sized birds so this theory is kind of off

  47. luigigamer333

    luigigamer333Pred 19 dnevi

    I think you're forgetting the "L" in Fletchling's name there MatPat!

  48. Luna Re

    Luna RePred 20 dnevi

    i have pokemon sword

  49. Alec Jaworski

    Alec JaworskiPred 20 dnevi

    what about bees?

  50. Yashasvi Singh

    Yashasvi SinghPred 20 dnevi

    7:05 mine weight is 85 kg

  51. Jamie Kosch

    Jamie KoschPred 21 dnevom

    I don t carry wet you are saying bit airadeile has not alwasy ben flying and rock tep he cims from a fislla and you to can be maied a fislla you hav bones skin bold musles and si did dios but wet remanes is ther bones in side thos bones is dio d n a your bones hav your d n a in them to but dependen on how ones revide wood depen on hows reviing you and with wet tect wen your bake to life you are stell you your skin is not then maied fo rock sam with fisllapokemon like airadela

  52. Super Jedi420

    Super Jedi420Pred 21 dnevom

    Let's not mention how bumble bees shouldnt be able to fly but they do.

  53. Radomir

    RadomirPred 21 dnevom

    Subjecting real world physics to dictionary creatures, Yayyyyy!!!

  54. Jack Witkow

    Jack WitkowPred 21 dnevom

    this proves the lions would win

  55. Tangerine Paint

    Tangerine PaintPred 21 dnevom

    And as for the Pokémon that CAN fly, just Lion ladder, just make sure there aren’t any Pokémon that can easily knock down the tower


    CRUSHER. KNIGHTPred 21 dnevom

    Why you hate Pokemon?

  57. horace andy

    horace andyPred 22 dnevi

    The ultra porch shortly attach because balinese laterally double like a cloudy juice. guarded, well-off desire

  58. Scariett909

    Scariett909Pred 22 dnevi

    5:36 I'm too dumb so here ya go

  59. Hintonator

    HintonatorPred 22 dnevi

    Kinda makes you think about what hoot hoot would look like if it didn't eat so much 😅

  60. Bigman101111111

    Bigman101111111Pred 22 dnevi

    Hoot hoot had too many hooters wings. That’s the secret to his weight.

  61. Coyote8004

    Coyote8004Pred 22 dnevi

    The largest species of eagle was the Haas Eagle. 15ft wingspan.

  62. Abigail E

    Abigail EPred 22 dnevi

    the wedge tailed eagle is a falconry bird as well you can see the jesses on his legs

  63. Steve F

    Steve FPred 22 dnevi

    Gravity is different in the Pokémon world. That’s why you can jump off cliffs and be okay.

  64. Viktor Ignatov

    Viktor IgnatovPred 23 dnevi

    The wideo is funny and the explanation for the real world is on point. But in a world where there is a 2 and a half foot tall rat in your backyard the explanation is that physics in the Pokemon world work differently then physics in our world


    GAMER BOYPred 23 dnevi

    Ant man all over again

  66. j s

    j sPred 23 dnevi

    dragonite not being able to fly wasnt all that surprising to me i mean look at those wings they look like cosplay props LMAO

  67. Zach Williams

    Zach WilliamsPred 23 dnevi

    This title is a lie This theory is pharse After all, ask the bee Despite human laws of aviation it still flies without care

  68. Bubz4420

    Bubz4420Pred 23 dnevi

    It's because anime and video game logic

  69. louie beni

    louie beniPred 23 dnevi

    But bees are a thing so they could fly

  70. Lottie Searle

    Lottie SearlePred 23 dnevi

    3:40 So... What I'm hearing is, you want to know... What is the carrying of an unladen swallow!?

  71. Little blue Flame

    Little blue FlamePred 23 dnevi

    Maybe here world is different

  72. Little blue Flame

    Little blue FlamePred 23 dnevi

    I grew up near bald eagles I guess I am lucky

  73. Brandon Foley

    Brandon FoleyPred 24 dnevi

    What about their gravity? Superman could jump super high because of lower gravity, astronauts can jump higher, so maybe there?

  74. criptamint lance

    criptamint lancePred 24 dnevi

    bees cant fly by logic

  75. Abdullah Toor

    Abdullah ToorPred 24 dnevi

    We have airplanes so steel type is an expected flying type.

  76. Md Ashraful Islam Shorif

    Md Ashraful Islam ShorifPred 24 dnevi

    poor bird he was minding his own buisness until ash came and catched him

  77. Danobie П

    Danobie ПPred 24 dnevi

    The birds are just BUILT DIFFERENT.

  78. monkeyxscope

    monkeyxscopePred 24 dnevi

    Knock out city pls

  79. Tim Stotelmeyer

    Tim StotelmeyerPred 24 dnevi

    Next up: why hyper-beam is impossible.

  80. Roblox Gamer daily vid

    Roblox Gamer daily vidPred 25 dnevi

    Boater: Hey kid. Mewto: high tide time. Ash: Mistey can you get out a pokem so we can make it to the light tower. Mistey:okay. Boater: Am I a joke to you?

  81. Aiisoq

    AiisoqPred 25 dnevi

    Chameleon: Watching tv TV ad: Redbull gives you wings. Charmeleon: Bet

  82. Power ON Productions

    Power ON ProductionsPred 25 dnevi

    Woober was a missed opportunity

  83. 201thorn

    201thornPred 25 dnevi

    Lugia can't fly excuse me but, Lugia has always been the pokemon that never obeys the law of physics .Its pokedex entry in Ruby/Sapphire/emerald literally says Lugia's wings pack devastating power - a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart regular houses. As a result, this Pokémon chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea. Its entry in Diamond/pearl/ platinum It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm. The amount that Lugia can generate should rip its wing from its socket.

  84. Timothy Crowley

    Timothy CrowleyPred 25 dnevi

    Who has seen Charizard and thought, "Huh. that Pokémon looks really aerodynamic. It's absolutely plausible that it's wings can support both it's own weight AND that of a 10-year-old-kid"?

  85. Tyler Sieczkowski

    Tyler SieczkowskiPred 25 dnevi

    how where pterodactyls able to fly?

  86. kiefer spark

    kiefer sparkPred 25 dnevi

    Is the pokemon world canonically on earth? If not then the air density may be different. If the air was more dense, then more pokemon could fly, also the weight ratio would change, because the weight in the pokedex, would be the weight of them on their planet. So how large would the planet have to be so that all flying pokemon in the pokedex could fly?

  87. Mark van Esch

    Mark van EschPred 25 dnevi

    Hoothoot is a burrowing owl, duh.

  88. Wendy Pengelly Goldman

    Wendy Pengelly GoldmanPred 25 dnevi

    I just scrolled through every comment to find my old comment...... it’s gone....🙁😞😣😖

  89. 1 2

    1 2Pred 25 dnevi

    maybe the gravitation is higher something like 2g that would make flying mutch easyer...the air would be more like a fluid (witch it already kind of is...) hope that makes sens to you

  90. jj nix

    jj nixPred 26 dnevi

    If you look at the dex and compare you realize people in the pokemon world are much smaller than in ours and it seems weight doesn't equate either

  91. TimeDipper

    TimeDipperPred 26 dnevi

    Perhaps the world of Pokemon has a different law of gravity, but that’s just a theory.

  92. Zach Elrod

    Zach ElrodPred 26 dnevi

    Fun Fact: I got the Geico Rocket League Ad before the video started. Just to see another Geico ad (in the form of the sponsor)

  93. FlamingXZ

    FlamingXZPred 26 dnevi

    OMG same!

  94. DistortedChrist

    DistortedChristPred 26 dnevi

    But we don't want to talk about bees. Physics says they shouldn't be able to fly.

  95. Noel Villanueva

    Noel VillanuevaPred 26 dnevi

    Brother: I had a dream where I was the president! Sister: I had a dream where I was a ninja! My dreams: 13:00

  96. Michael Randol

    Michael RandolPred 26 dnevi

    It’s simple a two ounce bird can’t carry a one pound coconut!

  97. Kusumasai Pedireddy

    Kusumasai PedireddyPred 26 dnevi

    Skrmory is a steel type

  98. jonny welby

    jonny welbyPred 26 dnevi

    You missed one logic THE LOGIC OF ANIME!!

  99. Fabled Stone

    Fabled StonePred 26 dnevi

    but shouldn't u have to double the height of the wing as well to reach 8 times the volume? there's something off u only have to calc 4 times the weight

  100. redlove108

    redlove108Pred 27 dnevi

    This episode reminds me of the Bumble bee meme. How all the natural laws of aerodynamics says it can't fly, yet some how it can. MatPatt! You need to reconsider what kind of thrust and power they must swing with their wings to then be able to fly.

  101. thegamer fromjuipiter

    thegamer fromjuipiterPred 27 dnevi

    Someone wanna tell me why I’m wrong about something? If the thing just flaps it’s wings faster doesn’t it make more lift?

  102. Red Archer

    Red ArcherPred 27 dnevi

    sure apply earth logic to an orange non dragon whose fire breath can melt mountains.

  103. Dariusz Piwowarczyk

    Dariusz PiwowarczykPred 27 dnevi

    maybe the pokemon world is alot smaller and the gravity is also smaller. Things could fly easier.