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Why can't Garchomp learn fly?

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"It flies at speeds equal to a jet fighter plane. It never allows its prey to escape."
Do I need to say anything else?

(I do not want to see "That's the way Game Freak wanted it")

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Well, there is no absolute answer (except for the taboo "because GameFreak wanted it that way") but here is my theory.

Garchomp's deisgn looks aerodynamic, but it has no way of flying high into the air, which is required to use Fly. I think that the pokedex entries simply means it can move very fast, maybe even just off the ground, but it can't get the lift required for true flight.

Also, notice that it does get Aerial Ace (a lot of non-Flying Pokemon do, though). Aerial Ace is different as (I imagine) it can be performed by a Pokemon that can jump well.

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Garchomp can't learn fly because it doesn't have a jet pack.
Like Golurk.
Fly on Golurk is OP.
I have a theory. Garchomp can run so dast it can take off 1/4 miles off the ground?
I think the best theory might be that Garchomp is like a Glider. It can't fly in the literal sense, but can stay off the ground with sufficient speed acquired
yeah that is kind of what I was trying to say in my answer. You just said it better :P
He can learn Aerial Ace because his wings allow him to make enough air to slice through metal!
Thanks Meloetta!
I think GameFreak wanted to exclude Pokemon from learning the move fly, without acctually being a flying type. Of course yot have exceptions in the form of bug/flying types and some Pokemon with levitate (flygon). I understand your confusion, becouse I think it is really cool to fly on a Garchomp (like in the anime), but I can't becouse of the reasons above