Pokéology: Yanma & Yanmega

Heya. Seems like so long from last week, right?… No? Dang; I must be doing too much.

You might’ve noticed the lack of the banner; I’m still working on a new version, and haven’t had time to get it up. But when I have everything decided, it should look great.

This week I decided to do a Pokémon line that spans two generations, since I’m done with the generation-countdown articles.

Great time to find dragonflies this month, and here’s one any bug enthusiast would love to see. Yanma, and its bigger, badder evolution, Yanmega.

So click on through!



So this sure looks obvious. Some other place might tell you it’s a different species of dragonfly, but I don’t agree with them. This is pretty obviously Yanma. See the red bands? The forked tail?

This is the Banded Darter, if you want to know the specific species, Sympetrum pedemontanum. It’s a red dragonfly, known for its bright red bands on the wings. Mainly European, it’s a well known dragonfly across the world. Pretty cool.

There’s only one problem with the Pokémon design; its green eyes, the banded dragonfly has red eyes. The designers probably figured a Pokémon with a red body didn’t need red eyes; they had to make them stand out more and give more character to it with complimentary green eyes.

So this is a fossil clearly.  Meganisoptera; an order of dragonflies that contained the largest dragonflies that ever lived.

They lived 300 million years ago, and had wingspans of at least 30 inches. That’s well over two feet, and it’s pretty wild.  Actually, if you want to know how big it is..

That’s a full scale model of it, and that’s a full sized log. Yup, these fellas were way too big for their own good. This is thought to be due to high air content; but it’s really debated why this was.

Yanmega is clearly based on it; it has a hefty size, most likely much larger than even the largest of the Meganisoptera order. Although Yanmega is mainly based on creativity, its basis is clearly based in Meganisoptera. The spikes, tough looks, coloration, and all of that are clearly creative work.

To sum up, Yanma’s a dragonfly, and Yanmega is even bigger.




Here ya go, this is Yanma. Lovely looking fella; the colours work so well.

Yanma is clearly adapted to high speeds; everything on its body is streamlined and angled back. Yanma is known for producing sonic booms, and to get to that speed you’d need to be aerodynamic and powerful.

It sure looks aerodynamic, but how about power? At the end of the tail we can see it has two fins; this would most likely keep it stable in flight, and gives it more surface area to hover with less effort. This way the wings can be focused on speed, working one pair after another, even higher power without effort.

Personally, I think it looks to be more about effortlessness than overpowering itself.

It has some nice chompers, but I doubt Yanma hunts more than some small insects; maybe plants.

The patterns and colors are likely to show off to other Yanma, as the speed makes them not need to deal with many predators.  On top of that, the spikes on the end of the tail would probably scare most predators away though.

This is a mean looking fellow. It now has a body covered in spikes, feet with claws, fangs, a spiny tail..

The colors have changed to be an ambush predator; evidently they can now hide in trees and watch for larger prey items, rather than Yanma’s small insects.

On top of this, Yanmega has some crazy weaponry on its body; it can now take down a large prey item, probably even a Stantler at that size. The feet seem prepared to pick up anything it wants, and judging by the fangs it has, it can devour anything it can grab. Pretty impressive for a bug, don’t you think?

Clearly it has stopped caring as much about being effortless, and has a lot of non-streamlined body parts. The body is large, suggesting large muscles to aid the wings. This would mean it could beat the speed of Yanma, while still being decked out with some heavy weapons.

The red orbs seem to be easier for other Yanmega to see, this would mean that although they can still camouflage, they can also show off to other Yanmega with their pattern. One could assume their eyes are adapted to infrared, judging by the colouration, and this would help see the spots.


So there’s this weeks article. Fun times; Yanma is one of my favorite Pokémon ever, and you can see why! Simple, but beautiful. I love me some Odonata though; one of my favorite insects. Damselflies especially.

Any comments? Suggestions to the next article? Any ideas for a series of articles? Love talking to you guys.


      1. I don’t get information from other places; I just happened across an article saying that Yanma is a red-veined dragonfly; which is a dragonfly that has a red body and clear wings

        I don’t feel the need to elaborate being as I’m not using them as a source; I was simply bringing up the fact some other places have a different opinion that I don’t agree with.

        1. Knowledge restructures by being able to acknowledge surroundings as your superiors and knowing that mind excels mind, not by diminishing the value of information and degrading one while glorifying the other. We all become across things in our lives. Sometimes we call it revelation, sometimes inspection and even sometimes inspritaion. There’s no blaming. What is to blame here is the lack of veneration which is needed along with tolarance and endermant.

          1. I’m disagreeing with their science, I’m not calling them idiotic?

            I’m not sure why this matters so much. I simply saw a place that said it was a Red Veined, and I disagreed. It’s definitely a Banded Darter.

            Sure, nobody can really prove what it is; but aesthetically it is definitely a Banded Darter. I’m not calling them imbeciles for thinking otherwise; they just came across a red dragonfly and decided it was that. Cool. That’s their opinion, and I respect that, but I disagree.

          2. I don’t even say you’re calling them idiotic or imbeciles. These are beyond the term disrespect.

            The thing is, there is a person who made his search and found out that Yanma resembles another dragonfly and somehow you happen to come across his find, which makes you a receiver and him a feeder of knowledge at that point. In my opinion, there should be a respect at “that point”. Those some other places are your source of knowledge if you accept it or not. It’s easy to add walls,windows and doors to a structure, but what is hard is to lay the foundation and build up the frames.

            Plus, veneration can be used for anything from a dead person and to a thing. So… that’s not the point anyway.

  1. Whenever I read these articles, it always brings memories of the focused Pokemon back. This time its where Bug Catcher Arnie(or was it Artie?) In G/S calls you up to tell you that there’s a Yanma swarm, I go excited when he old me that ’cause it was so rare
    Improvement wise, how about the name origins of the Pokemon. For example Yanma = ?

    1. Haha, I remember that as well! 😀

      Yanma is the name origin funnily enough; it means “large dragonfly” in Japanese. 😀

  2. I always love these articles, in fact this is my favorite segment. I remember playing Pokemon G/S back in the day and getting so excited when I got the call from Arnie saying there was a swarm of Yanma appeared (as Reece has stated). I had the same feelings as Reece. As I said earlier this is my favorite segment and to me I would like to see the Pokeology of Mudkips evolution line. It is not for the “I heard you liek Mudkipz” thing, but mainly because I am fascinated with the species it is based off of. I am really wanting to know more about them. Thank you for the wonderful article.

    1. Oh geez! Thanks man. 😀 Means a lot to me to hear people enjoy it.

      Yanma was such a fun Pokemon in G/S/C, but I remember the thrill of trying to catch a shiny one in FR/LG in Ruin Valley. They were always my favorite Pokemon in the gold ‘ol days, and the shiny is one of my favorite shiny Pokemon ever.

      Mudkip is a good idea! I think I know what I’m doing next week already; so I apologize if it’s gonna take me a week or two to get to Mudkip, but I’ll be sure to have it done. 😀

      These articles are so hard to do because I have one per week; so there’s so many great suggestions and so little time to do each.

  3. Recent research has shown that species mostly became smaller due to predators shrinking to increase their agility. You know, birds and whatnot. Just a hopefully-helpful addition to what the debate was to the slightly higher oxygen (not air) content. It was a really recent article so it should come up on Google or Slashdot.

      1. Thanks man! As for the predators thing; that’s pretty interesting. I hadn’t heard that one yet, but that makes perfect sense. Awesome to hear some input 😀

        And thanks again!! Love Yanma so much. Next week’s digital though; that’ll be fun. 😀

  4. Yanma was a wonder from me back in GSC, it is one of the rarest Pokemon, (available only from swarming and you wouldnt know one exist unless someone calls you up) but it’s rather weak. So it only spends its entire captivity at oak’s. I do like it’s design though, and i was especially happy because it was given an evolution in Gen 4. A really perfect example of Devolution for me.

    1. I know right? It’s an amazing Pokemon, but it never was powerful enough to use.

      Yanmega was fantastic; love it.

      Now I want to see a pre-evo just for visuals; Dragonfly nymphs are gorgeous creatures, entirely different from their adults.

      Though, a Yanmega evolution would be handy too.

      1. you know at some point in the distant future they’re going to start making additional evolutions for things, so here’s hoping for yanultra! lol

        1. Yanmini or Yanultra! Exciting times. Next generation I assume we can look forward to 3rd generation evolutions mainly.. Unova had some great Pokemon that I love, but I always love seeing new branches on old families.

  5. Excellent as per usual

    Have to admit mate Pokeology is by far my favourite article on Pokejungle and i look forward to it every week 🙂

    I’d still love to see the Electabuzz line 🙂

    1. It means so much to hear so many people say that! 😀 I applied to the jungle games wanting to write an article like this, since it was something I wanted to see on PokeJungle, and now I feel pretty proud to hear so many people enjoy it!

      I’ll keep Electabuzz in mind, it is a pretty fascinating Pokemon!

  6. So far, you’re my favorite! I love animals too and I think Meganisoptera are pretty out there!

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