Yanma (5e Race)

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Physical Description[edit]

Yanma and its evolved form, Yanmega, by The Shambles

Yanma is a large dragonfly pokémon with a largely red exoskeleton. Compared to its long, thin abdomen, its thorax is short and wide. It has three pairs of two-toed legs and two pairs of wings with red bands on them. A bright green mask covers most of its face, and it has two spikes on top of its rounded head. Where its mouth is under the green covering has two mandible like protrusions. Its blue eyes can see all around its body allowing it to have a high evasiveness. The end of Yanma's tail has two flat extensions from the sides and two gray spikes in the center. Its two pairs of wings are thing and translucent, with an orange stripe near the ends. Some rare specimens are known to be blue where the red should be.


Yanma and yanmega are native bugs to the Sinnoh and Johto region, where they were usually seen zipping about in spring. Children were warned not to catch them due to their size and dangerous potential of either carrying a child off, or blasting them with sonic waves. They are skillful fliers with supersonic wings which can buzz and generate waves that are harmful when angry. They are also territorial and highly perceptive with their compound eyes. It is said kite racing in the Johto region were first modeled after the speed and maneuverability of yanma, who could fly backwards and even stop moving in midair. When industrialized war came to be, fighter and suicide jets were built with the aerodynamics of this pokemon in mind.


Yanma and yanmega frequent the swamp areas or estuaries where it is wooded, with plenty of water. They like to eat smaller insects and are very good at spotting them due to their compounded eyesight. They both are territorial and will fly around incessantly while hunting to also monitor and guard their territory. They are therefore not quite adhering to any groups. When mating season comes, males and females congregate by bodies of still water. When a yanma grows older, it is said to draw back on its ancient roots of evolution. This change triggers and they eventually evolve into yanmega. Yanmega can command in swarms and are large enough to carry people. It is theorized that yanma descended from an ancient bug of prehistoric times, which allows it to evolve this way.

Yanma Names[edit]

Yanma typically have odd names that they pronounce with buzzes. They also like to stick the word "yan" in there somewhere. Their names are gender neutral.

Names: Yanzzer, Bzzyan, Zznauzzer, Platzz

Yanma Traits[edit]

Small, semi-aggressive dragonfly creatures
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age. Yanma typically live for 40 years, extending to 180 years when they evolve into yanmega.
Alignment. Though good natured, yanma are typically neutral.
Size. You are just under 4 feet long but you grow much larger eventually. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 10 feet. You have a flying speed of 30 feet, and can not fly higher than 30 feet. You must not be wearing medium or heavy armor to use this speed.
Compound Eyes. You can see all around you, making it hard for anyone to try and surprise you. You are proficient in the Perception skill.
Sonic Boom. As an action, you can vibrate your wings to send a strong wave of destructive energy at enemies. Creatures within a 15 foot cone in a direction of your choice must make a Constitution saving throw against a DC equal to 8 + your Dexterity modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d4 thunder damage on a failed save and is deafened until the start of their next turn. They take half as much damage on a successful one and are not deafened. The damage increases to 3d4 at 6th level, 4d4 at 11th level, and 5d4 at 16th level. After you use your breath weapon, you can't use it again until you complete a short or long rest.
All-Around Vision. You have 360 degree vision, so you can see prey and predator alike even when they are behind you. You cannot be surprised.
Languages. You can speak, read and write in Common, but you have a tendency to buzz in between your words, e.g. "Hi, bzz, I'm bzz...".

Random Height and Weight[edit]

3′ 11″ +3d12 84 lb. × (1/2) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

Racial Evolution[edit]


Prerequisites: yanma
Drawing upon ancient power, you take the form of the large insects from prehistoric times and channel their energies to break your own inhibitions.

  • Your fly speed increases to 50 feet. You are no longer restricted to an altitude of 30 feet.
  • You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

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