Jessie caught Yanmega as a Yanma in The Thief That Keeps On Thieving! after Tyler battled and weakened her. After she captured her, Yanma was sent to Giovanni as their second successful theft. However, he immediately returned her after analyzing her and realizing she wasn't good enough, along with the fact that they already had plenty. Jessie then decided to train Yanma herself—unbeknown to the fact that Yanma already knew Ancient Power, Jessie sent her into battle, who ended up quickly evolving into Yanmega.
She was used often by Jessie, sometimes replacing Seviper as her main fighter and one of her most frequent picks for Contests.
In Playing The Leveling Field, Jessie began special training with Yanmega to teach her how to mimic Fantina's Drifblim for her upcoming Contest. Although Yanmega expressed it wouldn't be possible, Jessie persisted with the training. In Battling the Generation Gap! she made her Contest debut, where she was used in the Performance Stage of the Celestic Contest. Despite the training, her use of Silver Wind wasn't enough to imitate the Blimp Pokémon. As a result of the failed showcase, the two were eliminated.
In A Shield with a Twist, Jessilina entered Yanmega in the Majolica Town Pokémon Contest and won her second Ribbon. She was also used in the Chocovine Contest during Another One Gabites the Dust! where she passed the first round with a dazzling performance thanks to her use of Speed Boost and fast attacks.
In Pursuing a Lofty Goal!, James borrowed Yanmega in order to enter the PokéRinger competition which was being held in Squallville. Jessie was reluctant as James failed to win the competition with her Dustox before. Like before, James failed to win with Yanmega, as he was unable to predict how the Sinnoh winds behaved.
In Playing the Performance Encore, Jessie used Yanmega for the Daybreak Town Contest. It battled alongside Seviper against Ursula and her Plusle and Minun. Seviper and Yanmega were able to combine their attacks well, creating a Haze-Sonic Boom and Poison-Silver Wind. However, Plusle and Minun were able to defeat them using their Spark and Helping Hand attacks, knocking Jessie out of the competition.
In Dawn of a Royal Day! she was used in the Performance Stage of the Arrowroot Contest where she created an amazing performance with her Ancient Power, placing Jessie among the Coordinators advancing to the Contest Battles. Jessie ended up losing to Salvia's Togekiss in the finals, who impressed Jessie to the point she wanted to steal the Jubilee Pokémon for herself. Yanmega battled Togekiss in the next episode. She initially held the advantage with her fast flying and strong attacks, but ended up getting overwhelmed by Togekiss's unorthodox and elegant style of battling.
Jessie used Yanmega multiple times during her campaign to become a Top Coordinator at the Sinnoh Grand Festival, including the Performance Stage, in which Yanmega performed alongside Seviper and impressed special guest judge Fantina. Yanmega was also used in the Battle Stage, battling alongside Seviper twice to advance Jessie to the semifinals. However, Jessie lost her semifinal battle to Dawn.
Yanmega appeared in Memories are Made of Bliss!, where she battled Ash and his friends for the final time in Sinnoh, but got knocked back by Staraptor's Aerial Ace before getting blasted off with the rest of the team.
In Rocket Revengers!, Yanmega, alongside the rest of Team Rocket's Pokémon at Team Rocket HQ, were sent to Jessie and James so they could be added back to their team. Realizing the potential of such a large group, the team hatched a scheme to isolate Ash's Pikachu and capture him. Yanmega and Amoonguss were the first to do so, distracting Brock and his Pokémon while the rest ran ahead. Upon getting a distress signal from Gourgeist, the two returned to their Trainers to take on Pikachu as a group. She joined all of Team Rocket to launch a combined attack at the Mouse Pokémon. However, it was dodged, and Wobbuffet ended up sending it back with Mirror Coat. A wild Latias that had been following Ash then intervened and sent the evil group blasting off.
Personality and characteristics
Though not much is known about Yanmega's personality to distinguish her from others of her species, she is shown to have a habit of landing on the heads of people and other Pokémon. She has been shown to land on Jessie, James, and Seviper's heads, and even Ash, Dawn, and Brock's as a Yanma before she was caught by Jessie. Yanmega is shown to be exceptionally powerful compared to the rest of Team Rocket's Pokémon, being the closest of any of them to send Ash and his friends blasting off. In Playing The Leveling Field!, Yanmega is shown to care about Jessie's approval, crying when she couldn't imitate Fantina's Drifblim for her Trainer. She is very loyal to her Trainer. While initially inexperienced in Pokémon Contests, Yanmega gradually learned how to perform better and succeed.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
|Picture||First Used In||Moves Involved||Partnered With|
|Playing the Performance Encore!||Haze and Sonic Boom||Jessie's Seviper|
|Description: Seviper uses Haze and Yanmega follows up with Sonic Boom. The two moves fuse into a swirling white wave with streaks of thick black smoke. The combination was used during a two-on-two Contest Battle against Ursula's Plusle and Minun in the Daybreak Town Pokémon Contest.|
|Playing the Performance Encore!||Poison Tail and Silver Wind||Jessie's Seviper|
|Description: Yanmega lifts Seviper into the air. Then Seviper uses Poison Tail and Yanmega hits Seviper's tail with Silver Wind, creating multiple arrow-shaped purple beams. The combination was used during a two-on-two Contest Battle against Ursula's Plusle and Minun in the Daybreak Town Pokémon Contest.|
|Rocket Revengers!||Air Slash, Shadow Ball, Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Psybeam, and Silver Wind||Woobat, Seviper, Frillish, Gourgeist, Carnivine, Yamask, Amoonguss, and Inkay|
|Description: A combination move used by Jessie and James's Pokémon. Woobat launches Air Slash, Frillish, Gourgeist and Yamask launch Shadow Ball, Amoonguss and Carnivine launch Energy Ball, Yanmega launches Silver Wind, Inkay launches Psybeam, and Seviper launches Sludge Bomb. The attacks fuse together to create a single massive beam of energy. This was used against Ash, Pikachu, Infernape, and Hawlucha in Team Rocket's attempt to steal Pikachu, but once they dodged, the attack headed towards Team Rocket.|
- Yanmega is the first:
- Catch that Jessie made since she caught her Wurmple in All in a Day's Wurmple, 257 episodes earlier.
- Flying-type Pokémon owned by Jessie for longer than one episode.
- Pokémon owned by either Jessie or James to use her Ability.
- Pokémon owned by a main character to have fully evolved in the same episode she debuted in while being under its Trainer's ownership.
- Yanma is the only Pokémon Jessie has caught outside its debut generation, although she did evolve into one.
- Yanmega is the first of Team Rocket's Pokémon to have been offered to Giovanni, as well as the only one he rejected.
- Confirmed in Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!.
|Team Rocket's Pokémon|
|For a list of other Pokémon Team Rocket has commanded, see here and here|
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