Staryu (Pokémon)

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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Staryu (disambiguation).
Staryu
Star Shape Pokémon
ヒトデマン
Hitodeman
#120
Staryu



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Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Illuminate or Natural Cure Cacophony
Cacophony
Analytic
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
225 (39.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 3
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
2'07" 0.8 m
Staryu
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Weight
76.1 lbs. 34.5 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
106
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
68
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
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HP
0
Atk
0
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Speed
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Shape
Body05.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F120.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Brown
Base friendship
70
External Links

Staryu (Japanese: ヒトデマン Hitodeman) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Starmie when exposed to a Water Stone.

Biology

Staryu is a golden-brown starfish-like Pokémon with five appendages. These appendages surround an exterior organ called the core. The core resembles a golden metal casing with a red gem in the center, which is held in place by a golden ring looped around Staryu's lower left point. If any of Staryu's appendages are lost or eaten by predators like Lumineon, it is unharmed and can grow them back with ease provided the core is still intact.

When the sun goes down, the core glows its brightest. Many Staryu will float from the seafloor to the surface and align themselves with stars of the night sky as their core flickers, displaying a connection with the celestial bodies of space. The anime has shown that if Staryu becomes weak, its core will grow faint and flash slowly. During the ends of summer, groups of Staryu tend to gathered while lighting up in a steady rhythm. Staryu can be found at the very bottom of the ocean on the seafloors. There are times, however, when Staryu finds itself in rivers that lead into the ocean as seen in Pokémon Snap. In the past, Camouflage was its signature move.

In the anime

In the main series

Staryu in the anime

Major appearances

Misty's Staryu

Staryu is one of Misty's main battlers throughout the original series. It debuted in Clefairy and the Moon Stone, thus also marking the species' debut. It also appeared during Misty's cameo arcs in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon.

Other

In The Great Eight Fate!, two Staryu were part of Juan's Sootopolis City Water Exhibit. They and Juan's other Pokémon were captured by Team Rocket, but they all worked together to escape.

In the Hoopa's Surprise Ring Adventures short Shooting Star, a Staryu crashed down on Ash and Pikachu and sent them flying, while another blasted Hoopa off.

In The Power of Us, Toren lent a Staryu to Callahan for the Pokémon Catch Race.

Minor appearances

In Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village, a Staryu was under Melanie's care in the Hidden Village. It appeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

A Staryu appeared in Battle Aboard the St. Anne.

In Pokémon Fashion Flash, a Staryu was on Scissor Street.

A Staryu appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, multiple Staryu were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory. They reappeared in The Rivalry Revival.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Staryu was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

A Staryu appeared in Marina's fantasy in Bye Bye Psyduck.

In The Power of One, a Staryu sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A Staryu appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

In The Joy of Water Pokémon, a Staryu was receiving special treatment in a salt bath tank at the Pokémon Center located near Lake Lucid.

In Around the Whirlpool, a Staryu was stolen from the Pokémon Center of Blue Point Isle.

In Dueling Heroes, a Trainer's Staryu competed in the Whirl Cup.

In Gonna Rule The School!, the Pokémon Trainers' School lent a Staryu to the school's underage students for use in lessons.

A Staryu appeared in the opening sequence of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

In One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, a student used a Staryu provided by the Pokémon Summer Academy for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

Two Staryu appeared in All for the Love of Meloetta!.

Multiple Staryu appeared in Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!.

In Expedition to Onix Island!, multiple Staryu were living on a deserted island.

A Trainer's Staryu appeared in Lost at the League!.

Multiple Staryu appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.

In Going for the Gold!, a Staryu lived in the Ambrette Aquarium. It was erroneously depicted with Starmie's colorization.

In Summer of Discovery! and Foggy Pokémon Orienteering!, a Trainer's Staryu attended the Pokémon Summer Camp. It reappeared in a flashback in Day Three Blockbusters!, and in a fantasy in Battling Into the Hall of Fame!.

In Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad, a Staryu was living in the forest.

Two Staryu appeared in Alola to New Adventure!, with one under the ownership of a Trainer and the other wild.

A Staryu appeared in a fantasy in Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!.

In The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!, Sophocles chose to observe a Staryu and a Shellder for a class assignment.

A Staryu appeared in A Shivering Shovel Search!.

A Staryu appeared in I Choose You!.

In Alola, Kanto!, a wild Staryu was at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

In I Choose Paradise!, two Staryu were at the Pokémon Paradise Resort, including one owned by a Trainer.

In Securing the Future!, two Staryu joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.

Three Staryu appeared in Pikachu's Exciting Adventure!.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Staryu competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference, but was defeated by Sandy and Shaymin.

A Trainer's Staryu appeared in Exhibition Unmasked!.

Three Staryu appeared in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP007 Staryu Ash's Pokédex Staryu. The core of this Water Pokémon shines in a rainbow of seven colors, a core that is valued by some as a type of jewelry.

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, a Trainer's Staryu was in a town square in Pasio.

In the manga

Staryu in Ash & Pikachu

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Main article: Misty's Staryu

Misty's Staryu appeared in The Grand Rhydon Plan.

In the Pocket Monsters manga

Two Staryu appeared in JNM01.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Misty's Staryu

Staryu debuts in the Red, Green & Blue chapter as one of Misty's Pokémon. It defended her from an enraged Gyarados in Gyarados Splashes In! and from Koga's Rhydon in Raging Rhydon.

A Staryu appeared in The Kindest Tentacruel as one of the Pokémon in Yellow's fantasy about evolution via Evolution stone.

A Staryu appeared in ''Breath of the Dragonair Part 1, under the ownership of a Trainer. It was used in a surfing contest, before it was interrupted by Lance controlling the winning prize, a Dragonair.

Crystal encounters a herd of twelve Staryu during her journey in Surrounded by Staryu. The dozen Staryu hound after Bill in an attempt to play with him, encasing him and his Farfetch'd in a dodecahedral shell not even Crystal's Cubone could penetrate. Crystal was eventually able to catch and calm Staryu down by breaking them up from the inside, using the new Pokémon Portable Transport System to send her Natu inside. They are later seen playing with Professor Oak in his Laboratory in Cherrygrove City.

A Staryu appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

A Swimmer named Jack owns a Staryu nicknamed Starry that appeared in Not So Fetching Feebas, where it assisted him on the bait of luring Feebas.

A Staryu appeared in a fantasy in Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia IV.

A Trainer's Staryu appeared in Deprogramming Porygon-Z.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS120 As long as the sparkling core in the middle of its body is not destroyed, Staryu can reform, even after it has been cut into a thousand pieces.*

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

A Staryu appeared in Let's Aim For The Goal!.

Multiple Staryu appeared in Let's Survive This Sea Battle.

In the TCG

Main article: Staryu (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl/3DS/Wii U/Ultimate

When released from a Poké Ball, Staryu will target one of the opponents, spin towards them, and shoot Swift. Its attack is rapid-fire, but it can easily be escaped from by Directional Influence; the player can still move around while getting hit by Swift.

Melee trophy information

These starshape Pokémon that evolve into Starmie are found in large numbers at the seashore. At night, Staryu's red center glows and blinks on and off. It's said that as long as its red center remains, it can regrow its limbs. Whether it's related to Cleffa, another Pokémon with a vaguely star-shaped appearance, is unknown.

Brawl trophy information

"A Star Shape Pokémon. It gathers in groups and flashes the red jewel in the center of its body in time to the twinkling of the stars in the night sky. If it loses appendages, it can regenerate them right away. It can also use Camouflage, which allows it to change its type to match the surrounding terrain. If a Water Stone is used on it, evolves into Starmie."

3DS/Wii U Trophy information

NA: This Water-type Pokémon, Staryu, greatly resembles a star. Exposing one to a Water Stone causes it to evolve into Starmie. Another star-shaped Pokémon, Cleffa, exists, but the two don't look all that similar. In Smash Bros., Staryu will attack foes with Swift. Anyone hit will be seeing stars!

PAL: This Water-type Pokémon evolves into Starmie when you use a Water Stone. Its star shape makes it rather cute, but that doesn't mean Staryu's not a threat. Its Swift attack will pummel fighters with a flurry of stars. If you notice Staryu's aiming at you, quickly move up or down to get out of the line of fire.

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Pinball: A Staryu appears on the Red Table; however, it is merely decoration.

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#120
Red An enigmatic Pokémon that can effortlessly regenerate any appendage it loses in battle.
Blue
Yellow As long as the center section is unharmed, it can grow back fully even if it is chopped to bits.
Stadium It is capable of growing back any portion of its body that is cut off. At night, the center core glows with a red light.
Generation II Johto
#167
Gold At night, the center of its body slowly flickers with the same rhythm as a human heartbeat.
Silver Even if its body is torn, it can regenerate as long as the glowing central core remains intact.
Crystal When the stars twinkle at night, it floats up from the sea floor, and its body's center core flickers.
Stadium 2 At night, the center of its body slowly flickers with the same rhythm as a human heartbeat.
Generation III Hoenn
#143
Kanto
#120
Ruby Staryu's center section has an organ called the core that shines bright red. If you go to a beach toward the end of summer, the glowing cores of these Pokémon look like the stars in the sky.
Sapphire Staryu apparently communicates with the stars in the night sky by flashing the red core at the center of its body. If parts of its body are torn, this Pokémon simply regenerates the missing pieces and limbs.
Emerald It gathers with others in the night and makes its red core glow on and off with the twinkling stars. It can regenerate limbs if they are severed from its body.
FireRed It appears in large numbers by seashores. At night, its central core flashes with a red light.
LeafGreen An enigmatic Pokémon that can effortlessly regenerate any appendage it loses in battle.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#169
Diamond If its body is torn, it can grow back if the red core remains. The core flashes at midnight.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold At night, the center of its body slowly flickers with the same rhythm as a human heartbeat.
SoulSilver Even if its body is torn, it can regenerate as long as the glowing central core remains intact.
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #238
Black If its body is torn, it can grow back if the red core remains. The core flashes at midnight.
White
Black 2 As long as its red core remains, it can regenerate its body instantly, even if it's torn apart.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Coastal #034
Hoenn
#148
X Even if its body is torn, it can regenerate as long as the glowing central core remains intact.
Y It appears in large numbers by seashores. At night, its central core flashes with a red light.
Omega Ruby Staryu's center section has an organ called the core that shines bright red. If you go to a beach toward the end of summer, the glowing cores of these Pokémon look like the stars in the sky.
Alpha Sapphire Staryu apparently communicates with the stars in the night sky by flashing the red core at the center of its body. If parts of its body are torn, this Pokémon simply regenerates the missing pieces and limbs.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #184
Alola
USUM: #223
Kanto
#120
Sun Large numbers of these Pokémon make their home at the seaside. At night, a strange red glow radiates from the center of their bodies.
Moon This Pokémon gets nibbled on by Lumineon and others. Thanks to its red core, it regenerates fast, so it's unconcerned by their snack attacks.
Ultra Sun In many places, there are folktales of stardust falling into the ocean and becoming Staryu.
Ultra Moon No number of injuries can bother Staryu. Its amazing regenerative powers return it to its previous state in half a day!
Let's Go Pikachu As long as the center section is unharmed, this Pokémon can grow back fully even if it is chopped to bits.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #098
Sword If you visit a beach at the end of summer, you'll be able to see groups of Staryu lighting up in a steady rhythm.
Shield Fish Pokémon nibble at it, but Staryu isn't bothered. Its body regenerates quickly, even if part of it is completely torn off.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Seafoam Islands
Routes 19, 20, 21, Cinnabar Island, Seafoam Islands (Super Rod)
Blue (Japan)
Seafoam Islands
Routes 19, 20, 21, Cinnabar Island, Seafoam Islands (Super Rod)
Yellow
Seafoam Islands (Surfing)
Routes 19, 20, 21, Pallet Town, Vermilion City Harbor, Cinnabar Island, Seafoam Islands (Super Rod)
Generation II
Gold Silver
Routes 19, 34, 40, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Cerulean City and Gym, Cherrygrove City, Union Cave (Good Rod and Super Rod)Night
Crystal
Routes 19, 34, 40, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Cerulean City, Cherrygrove City, Union Cave (Good Rod and Super Rod)Night
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Lilycove City (Super Rod)
Emerald
Lilycove City (Super Rod)
FireRed
Trade, Event
LeafGreen
Pallet Town, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, One Island, Five Island, Icefall Cave (Super Rod)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Sunyshore City, Canalave City (Super Rod)
Platinum
Sunyshore City, Canalave City (Super Rod)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Routes 19, 34, 40, Cherrygrove City, Cianwood City, Union Cave B2F, Olivine City (Good Rod and Super Rod)Night
Route 47 (Surfing)
Pal Park
Sea
Pokéwalker
Beautiful Beach and Beyond the Sea
Generation V
Black White
Route 13 (Surfing or Surfing in rippling water)
Black 2 White 2
Route 13, Undella Town, Humilau City (Surfing or Surfing in rippling water)
Transfer from Dream Radar
Dream World
Sparkling Sea
Generation VI
X
Route 8 (Good Rod)
Y
Trade
Omega Ruby
Lilycove City, Team Magma Hideout (Super Rod)
Alpha Sapphire
Lilycove City, Team Aqua Hideout (Super Rod)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Hano Beach, Poké Pelago*
Route 7 (fishing)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Hano Beach, Poké Pelago
Route 7 (fishing)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Routes 18, 19, and 21 (Sea Skim)
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Challenge Beach, Training Lowlands

In side games

Generation I
Snap
Valley
Pinball
Red Field: Seafoam Islands
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Channel
Secret Cove
Pinball: R&S
Ocean (Ruby Field)
Trozei!
Phobos Submarine, Endless Level 36, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Silver Trench (15F-25F), Grand Sea (15F-25F), Fantasy Strait (B15-B25)
Ranger
Fall City, Safra Sea
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Brine Cave (B8F-B9F, Lower Brine Cave B1F-B5F)
MD Sky
Brine Cave (B8F-B9F, Lower Brine Cave B1F-B5F)
Ranger: SoA
Puel Sea
Rumble
Bright Beach (Normal Mode A)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Beach: Echo Valley, World Axle - B1F
PokéPark 2
Cove Area
Rumble U
Unidentified Flying Objects
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 1
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (Third release)
Rumble World
Dewdrop Bay: Quiet Inlet (All Areas), Pearl Marsh: Moonlit Island (All Areas)
Picross
Area 10: Stage 08

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Twister Staryu English United States 5 November 8 to 14, 2002;
December 27, 2002 to January 2, 2003
RS Pokémon Center New York Evolution Stone Promotion Staryu English United States 50 August 30 to September 4, 2003
FRLG Pokémon Trade and Battle Day Staryu English United States 18 September 25, 2004

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* TM Ice TM33 (Ice Punch) (100%)
Yellow*
Gold Silver Stardust Stardust (23%) Star Piece Star Piece (2%)
Crystal
Ruby Sapphire Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Emerald
FireRed LeafGreen Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Diamond Pearl Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Black White Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Black 2 White 2 Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
X Y Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Sun Moon Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Stardust Stardust (50%) Star Piece Star Piece (5%)
Pokéwalker Water Stone Water Stone (Beyond the Sea only, 100%)
Events* Water Stone Water Stone (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
30
90 - 137 170 - 264
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total:
340
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.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 70.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
1/3 ☆☆
Skill
3/3 ★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
13/17 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

By leveling up
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Harden Normal Status 0000 —% 30
044 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
088 Confuse Ray Ghost Status 0000 100100% 10
1212 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 05050 100100% 40
1616 Minimize Normal Status 0000 —% 10
2020 Swift Normal Special 06060 —% 20
2424 Psybeam Psychic Special 06565 100100% 20
2828 Brine Water Special 06565 100100% 10
3232 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
3636 Power Gem Rock Special 08080 100100% 20
4040 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100100% 10
4444 Surf Water Special 09090 100100% 15
4848 Recover Normal Status 0000 —% 10
5252 Cosmic Power Psychic Status 0000 —% 20
5656 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Staryu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Staryu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
By TM/HM
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM14Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM14 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM17Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM18Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM18 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM36Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM36 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM45Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM45 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM55Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM55 Brine Water Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TR03Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TR04Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR05Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR06Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR08Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR09Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR09 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TR11Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR11 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR16Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR16 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR19Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR19 Tri Attack Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR44Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR44 Cosmic Power Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR52Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR52 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TR63Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR63 Power Gem Rock Special 08080 100}}100% 20
TR70Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR70 Flash Cannon Steel Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR84Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR92Bag TR Fairy Sprite.png TR92 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Staryu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Staryu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
By breeding
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Staryu in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Staryu in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Staryu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Staryu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
By tutoring
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh IoA Flip Turn Water Physical 60 100% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Staryu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Staryu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Confuse Ray Staryu (Skyridge 104)
DoubleSlap Staryu (Skyridge 103)
Pound Staryu (Neo Revelation 56)
Staryu (EX Delta Species 84)
Staryu (EX Hidden Legends 75)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin120.png Pinani120.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS120.png PinRSani120.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani120.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.9%
Friend Area: Bountiful Sea
Phrases
51%-100% HP When I glow red, it means I'm in tip-top condition!
26%-50% HP My health is down to half.
1%-25% HP I'm ready to give up. Please help me!
Level up Ah, my level's gone up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 120.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Water
Poké Assist: Water PA.png
Water
Field move: Flash fm.png
(Flash ×1)
Loops: 5 Min. exp.: 25 Max. exp.: 39
Browser entry R-112
Staryu attacks while spinning its body. Take care not to touch it then.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Water
Poké Assist: Water PA.png
Water
Field move: Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Browser entry R-094
It attacks by launching strange orbs and by spinning around.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2120.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
He thought no Pokémon could exceed his speed. Actually, losing Chase made his life more challenging and fun.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT120.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#277
Shuffle120.png

Prank
Sometimes changes when a foe will next disrupt your play.


Pokémon GO
GO120.png Base Stamina: 102 Base Attack: 137 Base Defense: 112
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Staryu Candy 50
Fast Attacks: Tackle*, Water Gun, Quick Attack×
Charged Attacks: Swift, Bubble Beam, Power Gem

Evolution

120Staryu.png
Unevolved
Staryu
 Water 
Water Stone
Water Stone
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First evolution
Starmie
 Water  Psychic 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 120.png Spr b g1 120.png Spr 1y 120.png Spr b g1 120.png Spr 1g 120.png Spr b g1 120.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 120.png Spr b 2g 120.png Spr 2s 120.png Spr b 2g 120.png Spr 2c 120.png Spr b 2c 120.png
Spr 2g 120 s.png Spr b 2g 120 s.png Spr 2s 120 s.png Spr b 2g 120 s.png Spr 2c 120 s.png Spr b 2c 120 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 120.png Spr b 3r 120.png Spr 3e 120.png Spr b 3r 120.png Spr 3f 120.png Spr b 3f 120.png
Spr 3r 120 s.png Spr b 3r 120 s.png Spr 3e 120 s.png Spr b 3r 120 s.png Spr 3f 120 s.png Spr b 3f 120 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 120.png Spr b 4d 120.png Spr 4d 120.png Spr b 4d 120.png Spr 4h 120.png Spr b 4d 120.png
Spr 4d 120 s.png Spr b 4d 120 s.png Spr 4d 120 s.png Spr b 4d 120 s.png Spr 4h 120 s.png Spr b 4d 120 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 120.png Spr b 5b 120.png Spr 5b 120.png Spr b 5b 120.png
Spr 5b 120 s.png Spr b 5b 120 s.png Spr 5b 120 s.png Spr b 5b 120 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 120.png Spr b 6x 120.png Spr 6x 120.png Spr b 6x 120.png
Spr 6x 120 s.png Spr b 6x 120 s.png Spr 6x 120 s.png Spr b 6x 120 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 120.png Spr b 7s 120.png Spr 7s 120.png Spr b 7s 120.png
Spr 7s 120 s.png Spr b 7s 120 s.png Spr 7s 120 s.png Spr b 7s 120 s.png
Front Back Front Back
120MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Staryu images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon Ranger, Staryu is the only Pokémon with the Field Move Flash.
    • Once Staryu serves its purpose with Flash, it cannot be captured again, except during the Kyogre mission.
  • Staryu is one of fourteen Pokémon that one is able to collect foreign Pokédex entries for in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • Staryu shares its category name with Cleffa. They are both known as the Star Shape Pokémon.
  • Despite being a genderless Pokémon, Staryu and Starmie were programmed to learn Egg moves in Gold and Silver; however, due to being genderless, these were unobtainable. This was fixed in Crystal.
  • Staryu may be considered a counterpart of Shellder. Both are Water-types in the Water 3 Egg Group, both evolve with a Water Stone, and both gain a second type upon evolution. Cloyster is seen as a slow defensive Pokémon, while Starmie is seen as a fast attacking Pokémon.
    • They also have a chance of holding valuable items, Stardust/Star Piece and Pearl/Big Pearl, respectively. Staryu is exclusive to LeafGreen and X, while Shellder is exclusive to FireRed and Y, with both Pokémon found by fishing in the same locations in their respective versions.
  • PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond erroneously refers to Staryu as a male, despite it being a genderless Pokémon.

Origin

Staryu's design is based on a starfish, likely a common starfish. Conceptually, it appears to be a pun on a literal star, as Staryu is rumored to be extraterrestrial in nature.

The large gemstone attached to its body is held on by a bracket, similar to a ring mount. Additionally, although Staryu's gem seemingly does not display it, the concept of asterism is worth mentioning in terms of Staryu's possible design basis, especially since Staryu's is a cabochon gem. If this was indeed inspiration for its design, then Staryu's gem is perhaps a star-ruby.

Name origin

Staryu appears to be derived from star (referring to its shape, rumored extraterrestrial origins, and the starfish) and yu (possible corruption of you, in opposition to the mie in Starmie). Yu is also the Chinese word for fish (魚).

Hitodeman appears to be derived from ヒトデ hitode (starfish) and the English word man.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ヒトデマン Hitodeman From ヒトデ hitode and the English word man
France Flag.png French Stari From the English words star and I
Spain Flag.png Spanish Staryu Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Sterndu From Stern and du
Italy Flag.png Italian Staryu Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 별가사리 Byulgasari From byeol and 불가사리 bulgasari
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 海星星 Hóisīngsīng From 海星 and 星星
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 海星星 Hǎixīngxīng From 海星 and 星星


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