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Misty's Staryu

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Misty's Staryu
カスミのヒトデマン Kasumi's Hitodeman
Poké Ball
Misty Staryu.png
Misty's Staryu
Debuts in Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Caught at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Cerulean Gym
Staryu
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Staryu Shin'ichirō Miki

Misty's Staryu (Japanese: カスミのヒトデマン Kasumi's Hitodeman) was one of the three original Pokémon acquired by Misty in the Kanto region in the anime, and Misty also has a Staryu in most of the games she appears in.

In the anime

History

Original series

Kanto
Staryu in its debut

Misty uses Staryu often as one of her main battling Pokémon throughout most of the series. It doesn't seem to have much of a personality due to its extremely un-anthropomorphic features, but Misty says she's able to recognize its emotions and feelings. It often shimmered when called into battles, and its core glowed pink accompanied by a siren like 'Bing' when tired or weakened.

Staryu was first used to defend Mt. Moon against an attack by Team Rocket. Staryu was sent out against Meowth, who was trying to abduct a Clefairy. Misty next used Staryu in her Gym battle against Ash. When Ash didn't recognize Staryu, he used his Pokédex on it; he later commented "Leave it to a girl to show off her jewelry!". Staryu demonstrated an Ability similar to Natural Cure, despite Abilities not having been introduced at the time, by diving into the water to negate Stun Spore and Sleep Powder. It also seemed to be rather clumsy, as it missed Butterfree and nearly slipped, almost falling into the water. Despite this Staryu was able to beat Butterfree by tackling it into the water.

Staryu was also used for its strong swimming abilities, helping Ash and his friends escape the sunken St. Anne, and also later helped the team escape James's Gyarados along with Goldeen and Starmie. It also tried to help the gang get to the North Pole along with Goldeen, Starmie and Squirtle, however it, along with its fellow swimmers, tired out before they made it. It would again be called to help tow a raft to escape a crumbling island made up of Kabuto that were then reviving.

Misty also used Staryu during the Princess Festival.

Misty auditioned Staryu for a part in a movie in Lights, Camera, Quacktion!, however, as is often the case with Misty calling out Staryu, Psyduck came out instead. Staryu did get a part however, helping provide the rain effect for the final scene.

Orange Islands

Its media career also included dancing on stage in Stage Fight! to help a traveling riverboat show that dubbed acting Pokémon with human voices back stage.

Staryu was often called into battle, even relied on when Misty had access to other Pokémon such as Poliwag and Corsola. Staryu's strength was called on in Bye Bye Psyduck, battling Marina's Tentacruel. Upon entering battle, Marina commented it was an excellent looking Staryu, and Misty responded that Staryu was one of her favorite Pokémon and that she polished it daily. The pampering appeared to pay off as it was able to take down Tentacruel with one Swift attack. It was however defeated by Marina's powerful Psyduck.

Misty and Staryu in the Advanced Generation series

In The Stun Spore Detour, a wild Poliwag seeks protection from James and Meowth by hiding behind Misty. Misty's Staryu defeats James's Weezing by using Tackle followed by Double-Edge, which not only cut through Weezing's Smog but also sent Weezing flying.

Johto

Staryu was also used to fight Ash a second time to win a Totodile. It battled against his Chikorita, showing high determination, digging in its heels against a Tackle and dodging through Razor Leaf and Vine Whip. It was also able to strike a powerful Water Gun that jetted Chikorita several feet up and across the battle field. It was, however, beaten to the ground by a powerful Vine Whip. Misty later apologized to Staryu, saying she hoped she hadn't pushed it too hard and only did so because she had an immense amount of faith in the Pokémon, showing she had a very strong bond with Staryu and cared about it greatly.

In Spell of the Unown Staryu was called up against Molly Hale. Being under water, Staryu showed to be even more capable than on land. It went up against Mantine and scored a couple of Tackles before looping round for another run. Before it was able to hit, Staryu was hit by Mantine's Whirlpool, although the attack, even combined with a direct hit from Bubble Beam, wasn't able to even affect it slightly. It then easily dissipated the Whirlpool with Rapid Spin and went on the offensive with several high speed Tackles, chasing Mantine through the water in dogged pursuit.

Advanced Generation series

Chronicles

Despite being one of the oldest Pokémon Misty owns, Staryu is still used, even in recent episodes. It was called on in Cerulean Blues to defend the Cerulean Gym from a challenge by the Invincible Pokémon Brothers. Staryu battled very well, until the brother's Hitmonchan launched a sneak attack on it, knocking it out. Despite not being able to battle, Staryu won by default due to the Pokémon Brother's cheating by using that illegal sneak attack. He tried to justify himself but Nurse Joy's ruling stood.

Kanto Battle Frontier

Staryu's last appearance to date was in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon. Misty used it to battle Dr. Yung's mirage Aggron. Staryu began with a direct hit with BubbleBeam, which failed to faze Aggron. It was then struck with a strong Sandstorm attack. Misty then ordered Water Gun to be used, this was countered with Thunder Wave, Staryu was then finished with a volley of Bullet Seed. This appearance happened after Misty had left the main cast and was leader of Cerulean Gym.

Misty used Staryu quite often in Kanto and during the Orange Islands saga. However, after she captured her Poliwag, she started to use it less often. By the end of the Johto saga, Misty hardly ever used Staryu, preferring to use her Corsola and Politoed.

Personality and Characteristics

Staryu dosen't seem to have much of a personality due to its extremely un-anthropomorphic features. Most of its personality is seen in battle, where it is shown to be very powerful, being Misty's top choice through most of the series. When it loses it occasionally gets upset about the loss until Misty comforts it. Staryu is shown to have a very strong bond with its Trainer due to how she can tell what it's emotions and feelings are and how much trust they have with each other.

Moves used

Misty Staryu BubbleBeam.png
Using Bubble Beam
Misty Staryu Swift.png
Using Swift
Move First Used In
Swift Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Water Gun  Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Tackle The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
Double-Edge The Song of Jigglypuff
Rapid Spin Spell of the Unown
Bubble Beam  The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Staryu has appeared as a part of Misty's team in all the Generation I games and their remakes.

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green Pokémon Yellow Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Pokémon Stadium
Round 1
Spr 1b 120.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Staryu Lv.18
Tackle
Normal
Water Gun
Water
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 1y 120.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Staryu Lv.18
Tackle
Normal
Water Gun
Water
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 3f 120.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Ability:
Natural Cure
Held item:
None
Staryu Lv.18
Tackle
Normal
Harden
Normal
Recover
Normal
Water Pulse
Water
120.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Staryu Lv.50-100
Recover
Normal
Minimize
Normal
Thunderbolt
Electric
Psychic
Psychic

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Misty's Staryu appears in The Grand Rhydon Plan. of the Ash and Pikachu manga.

In the movie adaptations

Misty's Staryu appeared in Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Misty's Staryu in Pokémon Adventures

In Pokémon Adventures, Misty's Staryu (nicknamed ヒトちゃん Hito-chan in the Japanese version) debuted in the Red, Green & Blue chapter in Gyarados Splashes In!, defending an injured Misty from her rampaging Gyarados. It was on the brink of fainting when Red intervened, buying Staryu enough time to recover and launch a joint attack with Red's Bulbasaur before Red captured the Atrocious Pokémon. It was used later to defend against Koga's newly-evolved Rhydon; however, despite its type advantage, it lost to the stronger opponent.

Moves used

Misty Staryu BubbleBeam Adventures.png
Using BubbleBeam
Move First Used In
Recover Gyarados Splashes In!
BubbleBeam Gyarados Splashes In!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the TCG

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

Misty's Staryu
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 Staryu Water Gym Heroes Common 90/132 Hanada City Gym    
Misty's Staryu Water Gym Challenge Common 92/132 Unnumbered Promotional cards    
      Hanada City Gym    
      Leaders' Stadium Common  
 

Related articles

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



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