Misty's Staryu

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Misty's Staryu
カスミのヒトデマン Kasumi's Hitodeman
Poké Ball
Staryu flies through the air.
Debuts in Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Caught at Unknown
Gender None
Ability Unknown
Current location Cerulean Gym
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 the one of the three original Pokémon acquired by Misty in the Kanto region. Its voice actor in both Japanese and English is 三木眞一郎 Shin'ichirō Miki.


Misty uses Staryu often as one of her main attacking Pokémon throughout most of the series. It doesn't seem to have much of a personality due to its extremely un-anthromorphic features, but Misty says she's able to recognize its emotions and feelings. It often shimmered when called into battle, and its core glowed pink accompanied by a siren like 'Bing' when it was tired. Despite not having a gender, its cry sounded like a male martial artist exclaiming 'Hiya!'

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 "Trust a girl to show off her jewelry!". 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 co. 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 now reviving.

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. 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.

Misty commanding her Staryu

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, 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 thwarted by her much more powerful Psyduck.

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 what is considered by some as its best battle on screen, Staryu was called up against Molly in the third movie. 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 BubbleBeam, wasn't able to even effect 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.

It was also called on in Cerulean Blues to defend the Cerulean City Gym from a challenge by the Invincible Pokémon Brothers. Staryu battled very well, until the brothers called out three Tentacruel against it and defeated it with a volley of Poison Stings. Despite not being able to battle, Staryu won by default due to the Pokémon Brothers cheating by using more than one Pokémon. They tried to justify themselves by saying the challenge was against all three of them, however Nurse Joy's ruling stood.

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.

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