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Ash's Staraptor

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Ash's Staravia
サトシのムクバード Satoshi's Mukubird
Poké Ball
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Ash's Staravia
Debuts in Two Degrees of Separation!
Caught at Route 202
Evolves in A Staravia is Born
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
Starly Staravia
This Pokémon spent 12 episodes as Starly.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Starly Kiyotaka Furushima Michele Knotz
As Staravia Kiyotaka Furushima Sarah Natochenny

Ash's Staravia (Japanese: サトシのムクバード Satoshi's Mukubird) is the first Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught in the Sinnoh region. It is voiced by 古島清孝 Kiyotaka Furushima in Japanese and by Sarah Natochenny in English. As a Starly, it was voiced by Michele Knotz in English.

History

Ash caught it as a Starly in Two Degrees of Separation while searching for Pikachu, who was missing due to the antics of Team Rocket. Aipom was swinging through the trees and accidentally bumped into Starly, so the two Pokémon battled. Weakened by Aipom, Starly was captured and immediately used in the search for Pikachu.

In When Pokémon Worlds Collide, Starly battled another Starly belonging to Paul and lost.

In A Staravia is Born, Starly evolved into a Staravia during a battle with Team Rocket. Evolving has allowed it to grow much stronger and become very useful in searches.

Staravia was the only of Ash's Pokémon who didn't participate in Ash's first Sinnoh Gym battle, however, Staravia helped out in Ash's second Sinnoh Gym battle, defeating Gardenia's Cherubi. After seeing Reggie's Staraptor use the powerful Brave Bird attack, Ash was inspired to teach it to Staravia. In the third Sinnoh Gym Battle, Staravia defeated Maylene's Machoke and Meditite, as well as successfully mastering Brave Bird.

Unlike Pidgeot or Noctowl, Staravia is closer in use to Swellow in that, while Pidgeot and Noctowl were mainly used for scouting purposes, Staravia is often used in battles and is one of Ash's most reliable team members.

Moves used

Trivia

  • Despite the fact Ash's Staravia and other members of his evolution family know Gust, it is impossible for Starly, Staravia, or Staraptor to learn it in the games. This error was also present in the Japanese version. The dub changed it to Whirlwind in Starly's initial appearance, but left it as Gust until One Big Happiny Family, when it was dubbed as Whirlwind again, and has been since.
  • For Shapes of Things to Come, Professor Oak's lecture is about Ash's Staravia. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: ムックルが ムクムクしんか ムクバード Mukkuru mukumuku-evolved; Mukubird
  • Judging by the pattern on Staravia's head, it can be assumed that this Pokémon is male. However, the pattern does change shape occasionally in some scenes, therefore it cannot be properly determined.
    • However, in DP103 it falls in love with a Staravia robot that appeared to be female, hinting that Staravia could be male. It is noteworthy that Staravia's "dot" is noticably larger than that of the robot's.
  • Staravia was the 40th Pokémon species Ash has owned, counting Larvitar, Haunter, and Raticate.
  • Staravia is the only Pokémon Ash has on hand that he caught in a valid location; Chimchar and Turtwig are unavailable in normal gameplay unless chosen as a starter, Ash didn't even capture Buizel, and Gligar doesn't appear on the route Ash captured it unless the dongle method is used.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Starly and Staravia.

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