Starly (Pokémon)

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000 #{{{prevnum}}}: Empoleon
#{{{nextnum}}}: Staravia 000
ムックル Mukkuru
Artwork from Diamond/Pearl
Normal Flying
Starling Pokémon
Keen Eye
Exp. at Lv. 100
Regional Pokédex numbers
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Regional Browser numbers
0.3 m
4.4 lbs.
2.0 kg
Dex color
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Body style
Gender ratio
Flying group 1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
Base Exp.: 56 Battle Exp.: 561*

Starly (Japanese: ムックル Mukkuru) is a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon.



Gender differences

The white spot on a female's forehead will be smaller.

Special abilities

The muscles in Starly's wings are very strong, but are able to bend at the same time to give Starly flexibility when flapping it's wings. This also gives it great power with it's wings, so it is able to take off extremely quickly from the ground by angling it's head up vertically and giving a big up-beat from it's wings. This is it's escape mechanism from predators.

Another charactaristic of Starly is that it's eyes are always focused on something. They have binocular eyesight - and can pick out great detail from 20 metres away. This gives Starly the ability "Keen Eye" where it's vision can't be marred whatsoever by any force.


Starly are very complacent Pokémon, like most Flying-types, for example Pidgey. Cool and calm at nearly all times, they are also very sociable creatures and have a number of different calls and cries. Starly congragate here and there in flocks, sometimes up to very large numbers indeed, going up to 40 and up, but half of the time Starly is spend alone, or in a small group cut off from the main flock.

Due to their keen eyesight and their powerful muscles and light bones, Starly are perfectly adapted to taking flight whenever needed, especially when spotted by a predator like Poochyena, Growlithe or Glameow. This is where living in numbers benefits the whole group - 30 pairs of eyes are better than one, and one Starly can disappear into a huge flock, making it extremely difficult for predators to lock onto one target when the whole flock takes off.

As said before, Starly are very sociable with their own species. However, they can also communicate with other species, mainly Pidgey and Taillow, but rarely Spearow. Starly's calls are known to be very strident, and over 50 different chirps and songs have been recorded.

Starly keep a small area, or space, rarely bigger that 5 metres by 5 metres or so, which they seem to defend ferociously to any who seem fit to intrude. They tolerate other species, and some territories may overlap, but fights break out when territories begin to run over each other, or when it's the breeding season and males are trying to impress the females. Starly's long beak can be used to prod at others, groom feather hides, but's it's main purpose is for a specialized diet (see below).


Starly are very common in large, green, well-tended gardens in the suburbs of modern towns. Large flocks congregate in adjoining backgardens to make one "super-flock" which may take off elsewhere. Larger Starly are found in Deciduous woodland and fields, where they are more likely to evolve to Staravia, which is more adapted to life in the open grasslands.


Main article: Pokémon food

Starly's diet consists mainly of worms and grubs. It's long beak can prod through the earth, where Starly's excellent sense of smell will sniff out any worms hidding at least 6 inches below the surface. Starly can use the beak as a chip against bark, getting to the juicy grabs inside, but this may leave scars on the beak as it's not quite adapted to this technique. Starly also feed on nuts and seeds, even from humans in man-made bird nests/houses.

In the anime

Starly in the anime

Starly made its first animated appearance in DP001, with one being examined at Professor Rowan's lab. Continuing his Flying Pokémon tradition, Ash captured a Starly in Two Degrees of Separation. He used it to find Pikachu and it was then used to pop Team Rocket's balloon until evolving in A Staravia is Born.

Paul captured three Starly in When Pokémon Worlds Collide. The first two were released because they didn't know Aerial Ace; although the third could use the move and easily beat Ash's Starly, Paul still deemed it weak and released it as well.

Brock healed a wild Starly in DP038.

In the manga

Berlitz was attacked by a swarm of Starly just leaving Professor Rowan's. She was protected by Diamond and Pearl.

In the TCG

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond They flock in great numbers. Though small, they flap their wings with great power.
Pearl Usually with a large flock, it is barely noticeable when alone. Its cries are very strident.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

Game Rarity Location
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Common Lake Verity and Routes 201, 202, 203, 204, 209 and 212

In side games

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
100 - 147 190 - 284
54 - 117 103 - 229
31 - 90 58 - 174
31 - 90 58 - 174
31 - 90 58 - 174
58 - 123 112 - 240
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

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By leveling up

Game Generation IV
Start Tackle
5 Quick Attack
9 Wing Attack
13 Double Team
17 Endeavor
21 Whirlwind
25 Aerial Ace
29 Take Down
33 Agility
37 Brave Bird


Game Generation IV
TM06 Toxic
TM10 Hidden Power
TM11 Sunny Day
TM17 Protect
TM18 Rain Dance
TM21 Frustration
TM27 Return
TM32 Double Team
TM40 Aerial Ace
TM42 Facade
TM43 Secret Power
TM44 Rest
TM45 Attract
TM46 Thief
TM47 Steel Wing
TM51 Roost
TM58 Endure
TM78 Captivate
TM82 Sleep Talk
TM83 Natural Gift
TM87 Swagger
TM88 Pluck
TM89 U-turn
TM90 Substitute
HM02 Fly
HM05 Defog

By breeding

By tutoring



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Starly is based off a young starling.

Name origin

Mukkuru is derived from 椋鳥 mukudori (gray starling) and and kurukuru (クルクル), an onomatopoeic word describing a bird's call. Starly is derived from starling.

In other languages

Related articles

External links

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#{{{nextnum}}}: Staravia 000
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