Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in olden times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in Hisui, modern-day Sinnoh, you will join the Galaxy Expedition Team (Galaxy Team for short) as a member of the Survey Corps stationed in Jubilife Village. You will be tasked to meet every Hisui Pokemon species to complete the region’s first-ever Pokédex.
In the game, there are Pokemon who appear larger than their regular counterparts with glowing red eyes, which means they are filled with Wild Might that increases all of their stats and reduces the damage they receive from status conditions, and increases combat capabilities that are found all over the Hisui region. These Pokemon are called Alpha Pokemon.
In this guide, you will learn where to find an Alpha Yanmega!
The Alpha Pokemon will always be at a higher level than their regular counterparts. They will always be aggressive once they notice the player (except for Mantyke and Mantine) and will never run away (except for when the type of Alpha Pokemon appears during a certain time of day or if a Space-Time Distortion appears around them). Alpha Pokemon will roar and release a shockwave once they will notice the player, and if the player is close enough, the player may get staggered and get knocked to the ground for a short while.
The player will be able to catch Alpha Pokemon, regardless of the Alpha Pokemon’s level, by battling with it and then eventually throwing a Poke Ball. The player, however, can catch Alpha Pokemon without battling by sneaking around the Alpha Pokemon in the tall grass or by using stealth items and then throwing a Poke Ball; however, the player cannot do this if the player’s current obedience level is significantly lower than the Alpha Pokemon’s level.
Additionally, suppose the player has a hard time catching an Alpha Pokemon. In that case, the player can increase the catch rate of catching an Alpha Pokemon by raising the player’s Star Rank (the player’s Survey Corps rank), which can be done by completing Research Tasks and talking to Professor Laventon in any of the Base Camps.
Three types of Alpha Pokemon can be found in the game: fixed Alpha Pokemon that will always spawn and can be found in certain areas of the game and will always be at a fixed level; random Alpha Pokemon, which may only appear once the player has quelled the area’s frenzied Noble Pokemon, and Alpha Pokemon in Massive Mass Outbreaks which can appear as a second wave in the same location as the first wave.
As the other two are completely random, we will discuss fixed Alpha Pokemon, specifically an Alpha Yanmega.
Yanmega is a Bug and Flying type Ogre Darner Pokemon that looks like a huge dragonfly with a dark green body, red circles on its body and tail, two plates on its back and a similar one on the top of its head, another triangular plate on its tail, four wings that are oval shaped and has red tips, another pair of smaller wings on its tail, three black and thin legs on each side, large red eyes with black lines, and large fangs next to its mouth. According to its Pokedex entry in the game, Yanmega is extremely violent and does not waste its energy when hunting by only aiming at the most vulnerable spots of its prey. Additionally, it is believed that anyone who manages to tame a Yanmega is incredibly brave.
An Alpha Yanmega can be found in Droning Meadow (south of Cottonsedge Prairie or northeast of Sludge Mound) in the Crimson Mirelands and can be found here at all times of the day and in every weather condition. The Alpha Yanmega that can be found in this location is a Level 58 Pokemon.
It is recommended to sneak to the back of the Alpha Pokemon, using the tall grass or stealth items like Smoke Bombs, and throw the player’s Pokemon or Poke Ball on its back to catch it unawares, which assures that the player moves first in battle.
If you plan on distracting it with food before catching it, it is worth mentioning that Yanmega’s preferred foods are Springy Mushroom, Dazzling Honey, Hearty Grains, and Plump Beans.
Suppose you plan on battling a Yanmega first before catching it. In that case, it is worth noting that, as mentioned, Yanmega is a Bug and Flying-type Pokemon, which means it has a weakness to Electric-type, Fire-type, Flying-type, Ice-type, and especially Rock-type moves (super effective), a resistance to Fighting-type, Grass-type, and especially Bug-type moves (not very effective), and immunity to Ground-type moves (no effect).
Aside from the Alpha Yanmega that can be found in the Crimson Mirelands, the regular, non-alpha, Yanmega can also be found in the Coronet Highlands (in Heavenward Lookout), and Yanmega can be found here in every weather condition but can only be found here during the day (morning, midday, or evening). Aside from that, Yanmega can also be found in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Crimson Mirelands.
Now that the player has an Alpha Yanmega, the player can try to use the Alpha Yanmega to complete other requests, missions, or Arceus’ task for the player, which is to catch ‘em all!