Yanmega, The Ogre Darner Pokémon. This six-legged Pokémon is easily capable of transporting an adult in flight. The wings on its tail help it stay balanced. It prefers to battle by biting apart foes' heads instantly while flying by at high speed.
Having gained a much needed evolution in DPP, Yanmega is an interesting Pokemon. Yanmega was one of many Pokemon to benefit greatly from the new physical/special split, taking a focus on Special Attack despite its typing being previously physical focused. As a focused specially offensive Bug-type, Yanmega didn't come out as one of the best, but it's far from a minor threat due to two amazing abilities in Tinted Lens and Speed Boost. Yanmega may just appear to be yet another Bug/Flying Pokemon with few redeeming qualities, but it does manage to sneak by with enough options for a fun pick.
Tinted Lens - Not very effective attacks deal double damage - This is one of the best abilities in the game up with things like Bulletproof and Adaptability. There is little reason to not use this ability on a wallbreaking set, ignoring a resistance is a huge deal for a Pokemon with such shaky offensive typing.
- Air Slash
With Choice Specs and Tinted Lens Yanmega is a powerful wallbreaker. Bug Buzz is the main STAB, Tinted Lens makes it very powerful while Air Slash is slightly weaker but hits a few things that Bug Buzz doesn't hit as hard. This is primarily important for Pokemon such as Moltres and Talonflame that have a 4x resistance to Bug Buzz, or otherwise Flying-weak Pokemon. Giga Drain is a nice coverage, dispatching Water- and Ground-type threats with ease. U-Turn is a nice final option as it can allows momentum and allows Yanmega to bait in threats, as Yanmega will often force switches due to its power.
- Air Slash
With Speed Boost Yanmega can act as a powerful sweeper, easily cleaning up weakened threats at the end of the game. Bug Buzz is still the main STAB move, decently spammable despite lacking the Tinted Lens boost, while Air Slash is a slightly less powerful STAB with better coverage and a nasty flinch chance. Giga Drain is still nice for coverage, dispatching Ground-type threats pretty easily while providing some healing from the Life Orb recoil. Protect is a staple for Speed Boost sets to get a free buff, though be careful of giving an opponent a free turn when using this.
Ancient Power - Ancient Power can be used over Giga Drain to allow Yanmega to OHKO Moltres but that's all it does.
Hazard Control - Controlling hazards is a must for Yanmega and makes Rapid Spin and Defoggers excellent partners. Gligar is a strong option as it can Defog and set up Stealth Rock, while Forretress can spin hazards and set up Spikes which Yanmega likes to help secure some OHKOs. However, Forretress shares a Fire weakness so that will need to be addressed as well, though the Volt Switch support it provides can help keep some momentum against this.
Snorlax - With its high Special Defense and Health, Snorlax is a strong answer to Yanmega. Being Normal type, Snorlax isn't impacted by Tinted Lens and can threaten Yanmega with powerful Returns or Pursuits while Yanmega can't do much back to it.
Moltres - Resisting both of Yanmega's STAB moves, Moltres can easily stop Speed Boost Yanmega and if EVed defensively, it can easily resist Tinted Lens Yanmega and threaten back with Flamethrower. Offensively Moltres does lose in Speed but can easily threaten Yanmega or just revenge kill with a Choice Scarf. It only really needs to fear the rare Ancient Power or Air Slash flinches.
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