Yaru de Pon (ヤル・デ・ポン), is a tanuki that appears in Star Fox 64 and its 3DS rerelease. According to Slippy Toad's information on the Japanese Star Fox 64 official website, he is actually the president of Space Dynamics. Slippy knows this because he works closely with his father, Beltino Toad. He only appears in the game's Training Mode, acting as a trainer, teaching the neccessary techniques to pilot the Arwing in both standard "Corridor Mode" and All-Range Mode.
As seen in the more detailed 3DS release, Yaru appears to be a tanuki with a green and red cap, similar to Slippy Toad, while wearing a grey uniform resembling that of the Star Fox team's. A theory is that he may be a flight instructor for the Cornerian army. He holds up a wrench showing that he is also some type of mechanic. The fact that the trainer seems to speak in a similar manner to Morse code in the original game also indicates that the trainer may actually be a hologram designed to help with training. It is also possible that he works aboard the Great Fox, as he and ROB 64 share the same background in the Communications Channel in the 3D remake.
- Yaru is the only character in the Nintendo 64 version of the game to not speak in an actual language (he instead speaks in an almost Morse code-esque manner). He could be speaking in Lylat, as his voice remains the same in the Europe and Australian release.
- The trainer is given a speaking voice (by Jay Ward), in Star Fox 64 3D. His voice is very similar to the one Ward gave Wolf O'Donnell in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- The trainer is often mistaken for a raccoon. However, a tanuki is a canine animal, making it fit with most of the Cornerian forces.