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's Staryu
Debuts in Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Caught at Unknown
Gender Genderless
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 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 appeared in.

In the anime

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-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 it was tired. Despite not having a gender, its cry sounded like a male martial artist exclaiming 'Kya!'

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.

Misty commanding her Staryu.

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

In Spell of the Unown Staryu was called up against Molly Hale in. 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.

Misty and Staryu in the Advanced Generation

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.

Staryu was called on once more 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 phase 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.

Moves used

Using Water Gun Move First Used In
Water Gun Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Swift Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Tackle The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
Rapid Spin A Corsola Caper!
Recover Unknown
Dive Unknown
BubbleBeam Unknown
Double-Edge Unknown
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.

In the games

Staryu has appeared in most of the games Misty appeared in, except Gold, Silver, and Crystal.

Pokémon Red, Green and Blue


Pokémon Yellow


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen


Pokémon Stadium


In the manga

In Pokémon Special, Misty's Staryu debuted in the Red, Green & Blue chapter in the issue Gyarados Splashes In!, defending an injured Misty from a 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.

In The TCG

Staryu was featured in the TCG as one of Misty's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards named Misty's Staryu.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Misty's Staryu Water 20 Common Gym Heroes 90/132
Misty's Staryu Water 16 Common Gym Challenge 92/132

Related articles

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