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Misty's Starmie

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Misty's Starmie
カスミのスターミー Kasumi's Starmie
Poké Ball
Misty Starmie.png
Misty's Starmie
Debuts in The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
Caught at Kanto
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Cerulean Gym
Starmie
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Starmie Ikue Ohtani

Misty's Starmie (Japanese: カスミのスターミー Kasumi's Starmie) was one of the three original Pokémon acquired by Misty in the Kanto region.

In the anime

History

Original series

Starmie in its debut

Misty rarely used Starmie in battle, generally favoring Staryu to battle on land (and often Psyduck by mistake). It seems to be fairly powerful though, as it was able to carry Misty through a long Pokémon race using a combination of swimming and hovering. Despite not having a known gender, when called into battle it would utter a feminine 'Hoh' cry. Like its pre-evolution, Starmie's core would also flicker with a dull 'bing' sound when it was tired. Starmie was typically used in more of an instrumental capacity than its pre-evolved counterpart, akin to the in-game term HM slave, being used to traverse water on many occasions.

Starmie made its debut in Misty's Gym battle against Ash, in The Water Flowers of Cerulean City. Misty had successfully beaten Butterfree with Staryu, and Starmie was called out against the higher level Pidgeotto, suggesting that at this time Starmie was more powerful than Staryu. It dived underwater to dodge Pidgeotto's Whirlwind, and shot up into the air to land a Tackle. However, its second tackle was deflected by Wing Attack, and then it was blown into the Gym wall by a Gust attack, on the brink of losing before Team Rocket intervened. The battle was called off and Ash was given the Badge regardless.

Starmie bested by Giselle's Graveler

In The School of Hard Knocks, Misty was incensed by Joe's insistence that he could easily defeat her Water Pokémon as he had done it countless times on the simulator, including once right in front of her. She promptly challenged him to a real battle, and sent out Starmie to fight his Weepinbell, most likely because Starmie had been so easily beaten in the simulation. Starmie used a single Water Gun and knocked out Weepinbell, leading to Joe's ridicule by Giselle. However, Misty then challenged Giselle, calling her out for not being a true friend. Giselle's Graveler proved to be a very powerful opponent, deflecting Water Gun by spinning and then smashing into Starmie, shattering the center gem and knocking it through the window and into the pool. It is one of the two instances a Starmie's core has been seen shattering, the other being owned by a young Trainer on the St. Anne. Starmie's regenerative abilities were also demonstrated, as by the next time it was seen, its central core was repaired.

Misty holding her Starmie, its gem shattered

Starmie was sent out to battle a wild Oddish in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village. It successfully weakened Oddish with Water Gun and Tackle, but was knocked out in one Tackle from the Bulbasaur that came to its defense. It later helped to rescue the trio from the sinking St. Anne in Pokémon Shipwreck, carrying Brock from the ship, and later towing the group's raft out of the range of James' raging Gyarados. In Tentacool & Tentacruel, it rescued the sailors that had been attacked.

It appeared to have an Ability similar to Water Absorb, even though Abilities did not exist when Misty was a main character. This was demonstrated when, in Bye Bye Butterfree!, Starmie chased Team Rocket away with a Tackle, but was knocked out when Jessie smashed it with a hammer. However it seemed to regain its health when Misty jetted water on it. In Pokémon Scent-sation!, it helped Staryu and Squirtle put out the fire at Celadon Gym with Water Gun.

Starmie bearing Misty across the water

Starmie paired with Misty in The Flame Pokémon-athon!. It made the final four as it was able to Surf across the river, allowing it to reach the top four. However, like everyone else, it was sabotaged by Team Rocket and blinded by Weezing, taking it out long enough to allow Dario, the man who had encouraged Team Rocket, to make a break for the finish.

Starmie was also one of Misty's Pokémon to be stolen by Keith in So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd, along with her Staryu, Goldeen, Horsea, and Psyduck (but Psyduck escaped later). It was later one of the Pokémon he offered to Jessie and James along with Staryu. However, the Poké Balls supposedly containing them turned out to not exist, instead containing stones with Bii-da faces.

Misty attempted to round off her team of four in Princess vs. Princess with Starmie, but Psyduck popped out when it came to the actual battle. This happened quite commonly with Starmie and Psyduck.

In The Misty Mermaid, Horsea was feeling sick due to lack of exercise, so Misty dropped it off at the Cerulean Gym so it could spend its time swimming in the aquariums there. Misty left Starmie there with it, because her sisters wanted to borrow it. Misty later reclaimed it when she became Gym Leader of Cerulean.

Advanced Generation series

It reappeared briefly in Cerulean Blues along with Horsea, being reunited with Misty. Both were quickly scared off, however, by Gyarados. It appeared briefly again in A Date with Delcatty when Misty was feeding the Pokémon.

Personality and characteristics

As Starmie wasn't given very many onscreen appearances, little is known about its personality. When in battle, it has been shown to be quite obedient and loyal to Misty. Starmie has been known to sometimes droop and bend its points when in pain or disappointment.

Moves used

Misty Starmie Water Gun.png
Using Water Gun
Move First Used In
Tackle The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
Water Gun The School of Hard Knocks
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In Pokémon Origins

Misty's Starmie in Pokémon Origins

Starmie was seen briefly in the episode File 2 - Cubone of the Pokémon Origins mini-series. It was used by Misty in her Gym battle against Red, but was defeated off-screen.

In the games

Starmie is the most regular Pokémon to appear on Misty's teams, making an appearance on all of them to date, as her signature Pokémon.

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green Pokémon Yellow Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Spr 1b 121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Starmie Lv.21
Tackle
Normal
Water Gun
Water
Harden
Normal
BubbleBeam
Water
Spr 1y 121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Starmie Lv.21
Tackle
Normal
Water Gun
Water
Harden
Normal
BubbleBeam
Water
Spr 2c 121.gif
Types:
Water Psychic
Held item:
None
Starmie Lv.47
Surf
Water
Confuse Ray
Ghost
Recover
Normal
Ice Beam
Ice
Spr 3f 121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Ability:
Natural Cure
Held item:
None
Starmie Lv.21
Rapid Spin
Normal
Swift
Normal
Recover
Normal
Water Pulse
Water
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Pokémon World Tournament
Gym battle Fighting Dojo rematch Kanto Leaders Tournament Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament
Spr 4h 121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Ability:
Natural Cure
Held item:
Bag Sitrus Berry Sprite.png Sitrus Berry
Starmie Lv.54
Water Pulse
Water Special
Confuse Ray
Ghost Status
Ice Beam
Ice Special
Recover
Normal Status
Spr 4h 121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Ability:
Natural Cure
Held item:
Bag Colbur Berry Sprite.png Colbur Berry
Starmie Lv.60
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Ice Beam
Ice Special
Psychic
Psychic Special
Surf
Water Special
Spr 5b 121.png
Types:
  Water     Psychic  
Ability:
Illuminate or Natural Cure
Held item:
Bag Petaya Berry Sprite.png Petaya Berry
Starmie Lv.50
Psychic
Psychic Special
Hydro Pump
Water Special
Ice Beam
Ice Special
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Spr 5b 121.png
Types:
  Water     Psychic  
Ability:
Illuminate or Natural Cure
Held item:
Bag Choice Scarf Sprite.png Choice Scarf
Starmie Lv.50
Psychic
Psychic Special
Grass Knot
Grass Special
Ice Beam
Ice Special
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon Stadium Pokémon Stadium 2
Gathered! Gym Leader! Round 1 Round 2 Rounds 1 and 2
Spr 5b 121.png
Types:
  Water     Psychic  
Ability:
Natural Cure
Held item:
Bag Rindo Berry Sprite.png Rindo Berry
Starmie Lv.50
Hydro Pump
Water Special
Psychic
Psychic Special
Ice Beam
Ice Special
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Starmie Lv.50-100
Thunder
Electric
Swift
Normal
BubbleBeam
Water
Thunder Wave
Electric
121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Starmie Lv.50-100
Recover
Normal
Psychic
Psychic
Hydro Pump
Water
Thunder Wave
Electric
121.png
Types:
Water Psychic
Held item:
King's Rock
Starmie Lv.50-100
Rain Dance
Water
Surf
Water
Thunder
Electric
Psychic
Psychic

In the manga

Misty's Starmie in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Misty used her Starmie in The Electric Tale of Pikachu chapter Pikachu's Excellent Adventure to rehydrate Ash after he had cried too much for losing his Pikachu. It was also used to battle against Team Rocket in the next chapter.

Moves used

Misty Starmie EToP.png
Using Water Gun
Move First Used In
Water Gun Pikachu's Excellent Adventure
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Misty's Starmie in Pokémon Adventures

Starmie appeared under the control of Misty in a Gym challenge against Red in Suddenly Starmie, the challenge didn't last long, however, as Starmie easily defeated Bulbasaur after a failed Vine Whip did little damage. However, she stated it wasn't strong enough in Mt. Moon to battle Koga's Rhydon. The battle between Bulbasaur and Starmie was merely a demonstration for Misty to show how ill-prepared Red was for facing the dangers that undoubtedly awaited them. She ended up giving him the Cascade Badge after a few days of training together.

Misty sometimes uses this Starmie to float around, as shown in You Know... Articuno!, after she traded her Gyarados away to Red for him to surf with. It also has other powers, such as using the jewel on its center to inscribe mysterious, ancient characters for people to read with. This especially came in handy during the Kanto Elite Four invasion, and later when Suicune wanted to join her to fight against the Masked Man.

Starmie was later seen defeating Whitney's Miltank in the Gym Leaders' exhibition match. It was last seen fighting against mind-controlled Team Rocket Grunts.

Moves used

Misty Starmie Rapid Spin Adventures.png
Using Rapid Spin
Move First Used In
BubbleBeam Suddenly Starmie
Rapid Spin Notorious Noctowl
Flash Notorious Noctowl
Hyper Beam Notorious Noctowl
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

Starmie in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure

Misty and her Starmie appeared as a silhouette in Betting on the Name of the Strongest! as one of the obstacles Jou must face in the Kanto region.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Misty's Starmie in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Misty's Starmie Water Gym Heroes Uncommon 56/132 Hanada City Gym    
 

Trivia

  • Starmie is the only Psychic-type (albeit as a secondary type) that has been owned by a main protagonist in the anime. Despite this, its psychic abilities were never shown. Another one of Misty's Pokémon actually showed more of its psychic attributes despite only being a pure Water-type.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Starmie.


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