That my friend would be considered cheating because unicorns have no control over the sun and moon, but the alicorns. We either have to assume they will stay neutral or just disregard their existence in this case because we cannot say that they'd side with the unicorns.No, it wouldn't be. It is canon that unicorns can control the celestial bodies as well. In the episode Hearths Warming Eve it is said that the unicorns were responsible for raising the sun and moon before the foundation of Equestria and they had to do that until Celestia and Luna showed up.
Also, a permanent night isn't desirable for unicorns and earth ponies either. This isn't really a good counter measure^^
Anyway, this countermeasure would kill ALL of the life on their Earth, so that means that unicorns have the power to doom the planet if they really want to. It's kinda like MAD in the cold war - mutually assured destruction.
The one who shoots first, dies second.
No, I bet this can be done with potions or basic chemistry. They could simply ask Zecora^^They could, but I think Zecora would refuse to tell them how to make dangerous and/or powerful potions unless they torture these informations outta her. But Zecora is smart. She could provide them with seemingly powerful potions but also make them poison themselves without their knowledge because she is a master of this art.
She could teleport immense distances but only with the magic of all 4 alicorns combined so that's not a big deal. The furthest distance traveled by teleportation by Twily or Sunset is like 50 m and that is being really generous.Maybe you're right, maybe you're not. Let's assume that you are and the greatest distance a unicorn can teleport are 50 m. That would still be extremely useful. Any given unicorn capable of teleportation could teleport into the homes of banks or wealthy ponies and rob their flanks. Or they could "break" into the restricted section of the Canterlot archives to learn powerful spells.
It is not about the speed, it seems pretty impractical to travel in 25 m steps using teleportation which probably isn't endlessly usable because it costs much energy to maintain and the average unicorn doesn't have such a large magic supply so flying still is the superior means of travel. You can praise your glorious teleportation all you want, the evidence in the series doesn't suggest that it is 1. Easy to use since only 2 characters have been shown with this ability 2. Useful for greater distances since it certainly costs a lot of magic resources and doesn't have a high range in general.We have only SEEN two unicorns who can teleport. That doesn't mean that Twilight and Sunset are the only ones capable to do that. There is a school for gifted unicorns for a reason. I think Moondancer can teleport too.
She was able to cancel out Twilight's bubble of silence. And Moondancer brings me to another good point...
Unicorns can use weapons in a superior way because they don't have to use their hooves. They can run around and still being fully enabled to use a stick, a sword or even bows and arrows.
Anyway, I think that at least Twilight has no distance limit when it comes to teleportation. She wields A LOT of magical power, as we can clearly see here:
Sure, it took a lot of effort to vanquish that beast. But it was friggin' HUGE compared to ordinary ponies. She didn't only levitate that monster outta town, but also cast that music spell to put it to sleep.
It took a lot of energy and effort so I think she can use that energy as well to teleport whatever huge distance she wants to cover.