Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Yanmega is a frail, offensive Pokemon that can demolish unprepared teams if given the chance. Its great coverage is complemented by Speed Boost, one of the scariest abilities to play against. Sadly, Yanmega has low defenses and weaknesses to common spread attacks such as Rock Slide, Blizzard, and Heat Wave. Placing Yanmega on a team thus requires good prediction and support, but it will pay off more often than not.
Yanmega's Life Orb-boosted attacks OHKO a huge number of Pokemon in VGC 2012. Speed Boost and Detect work very well together on this set, as not only does Detect prevent Fake Out, it also allows Yanmega to grab a Speed boost and initiate a sweep. Bug Buzz and Air Slash are Yanmega's main STAB attacks; they provide decent coverage, with the latter also packing a useful flinch rate. Rounding out the moveset is Hidden Power Ground, which severely dents the Fire- and Steel-type threats that take Yanmega's STAB moves all day. Detect is preferred over Protect as the former will not be locked out by an opponent's Imprison.
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An EV spread of 108 HP / 4 Def / 248 SpA / 148 Spe can be used to better handle weaker spread attacks, such as Garchomp's Rock Slide, while still outspeeding Crobat and Weavile after a Speed boost. Yanmega can also utilize attack-boosting Gems. For example, Bug Gem Bug Buzz puts a serious dent in common bulky Psychic-types such as Cresselia; the absence of Life Orb recoil also helps Yanmega survive Sucker Punches. Hidden Power Ice is a solid option too, to deal more damage to Zapdos and Garchomp. If running Hidden Power Ice, the EVs should be changed to 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe (or 108 HP / 252 SpA / 148 Spe) to account for the IV drop. Frisk is Yanmega's hidden ability, and although it is handy in double battles to scout an item before moves are even chosen, Speed Boost is Yanmega's main selling point.
Checks and Counters
Flying-type Pokemon in general give Yanmega problems. Zapdos and Thundurus resist everything Yanmega can throw at them and retaliate with super effective Electric-type attacks. Terrakion handles Yanmega with relative ease, but must be wary of Hidden Power Ground. In rain, Ludicolo in the rain is a huge threat to Yanmega, who is hard-pressed to get in two Speed boosts against a rain team. Trick Room teams also give Yanmega much grief, as Trick Room reverses the benefits of Speed Boost.