Starmie

Starmie, The Mysterious Pokémon. At the center of its body is a red core, which sends mysterious radio signals into the night sky. The middle section of its body is called the core. It glows in a different color each time it is seen. Regardless of the environment it lives in, its body grows to form a symmetrical geometric shape. Its core shines in many colors and sends radio signals into space to communicate with something.

Overview

Starmie is one of the best offensive spinners in the game. Its speed allows it to guarantee a removal of entry hazards, only failing if its opponent is ghost type. However, Starmie falls short on defensive stats. It can’t take hits very well. It does have access to recover, which increases its survivability. Starmie is also a perfect rain abuser, since rain is pretty prevalent in the metagame.

Abilities

Illuminate: This increases the chance of a wild Pokemon attacking you. Illuminate has no effect in battle. Therefore, Natural Cure and Analytic are much better choices.
Natural Cure: When Starmie switches out, its status is cleared. This makes Starmie immune to many cripplers like paralysis or poison, as long as it switches out.
Analytic: If Starmie moves after its opponent, Starmie gains a 30% boost in attack strength. Since Starmie has great speed, this wouldn’t come into effect a lot.

Movesets

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- Hydro Pump / Surf
- Psyshock / Thunderbolt
- Ice Beam
- Rapid Spin
Item Attached: Life Orb / Leftovers
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)

This set’s primary purpose is to be the team’s spinner but it can also be a powerful threat. Hydro Pump acts as Starmie’s main STAB. Since rain is so prevalent, Starmie’s Hydro Pumps can 2HKO other bulky attackers like Keldeo. If accuracy is preferred, then go for Surf. However, surf is considerably weaker and Starmie’s 2HKOs will become 3HKOs and more. Psyshock is Starmie’s secondary STAB for threats like Breloom or Pokemon that wall Starmie like Blissey. Thunderbolt is used for coverage against other water types like Tentacruel or Jellicent. Ice Beam is coverage against walls that resist water and psychic type damage like Celebi or Ferrothorn.

Choice Star

- Hydro Pump / Surf
- Psyshock / Thunderbolt
- Trick
- Rapid Spin / Ice Beam
Item Attached: Choice Specs
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)

This set takes less of an importance on Rapid Spin and more of an importance on being a sweeper. With rain support and specs, Starmie can quickly do major damage if not OHKO anything that does not resist water type attacks. This can be done with Hydro Pump. If being sure that it will hit more often, then go with Surf. Psyshock is used for secondary STAB against fighting types like Breloom and Thunderbolt is coverage for other water types, especially Jellicent, who walls Starmie completely with Water Absorb. Trick can be used to trap an opponent into a move. This is a great strategy to cripple walls that Starmie cannot touch very well. Normally, it wouldn’t make sense to put Rapid Spin on a choiced Pokemon, because then it would be locked into Rapid Spin. However, if Starmie manages to trick off the specs, then Starmie goes from sweeper to spinner. If Rapid Spin support isn’t necessary on your team, then go with Ice Beam. It is coverage against threats like Celebi.

Other Options

Psychic, Recover, Scald, Thunder, Protect Psychic can be used instead of Psyshock as secondary stab. It attacks special defense rather than defense and is a better weapon against physical walls. However, then Blissey and Chansey become a problem for Starmie.
Recover allows Starmie to stay at a healthy HP to take hits better. Since Starmie doesn’t have very good defenses, Recover is pretty good.
Scald can also be used as primary STAB. It can cause burn but its base power is lower than Surf’s.
Thunder can be used instead of Thunderbolt. This move has a higher base power but lower in accuracy. Thunder is much more viable in the rain, as in the rain Thunder has 100% accuracy.
Protect is very useful for scouting out an opponent’s move. Since Starmie has low defense, it can give you the clue to get Starmie out of there.

Double & Triple Battle Options

Starmie is still a useful spinner in double and triple battles. Also, since rain is still widely used there, Starmie shines as a powerful sweeper with Hydro Pump.

Partners

Since Starmie’s defenses aren’t so great, anything to improve them would be perfect for Starmie. So a Pokemon that could set up screens or pass some defensive boosts would be a perfect partner for Starmie.

Countering Starmie

Starmie has many weaknesses, firstly being that it can be heavily damaged by any super effective attack. A crunch from Tyranitar or a Volt Switch from Rotom-W can do a lot. It also can be dealt with by anything faster than Starmie. There aren’t a lot but Jolteon is one major threat to Starmie. Choice Scarf also allows slower Pokemon to become threats to Starmie. In most cases, specially defensive Jellicent can wall Starmie really well. Damage done by Thunderbolt can easily be healed back by Recover. CM Latias can also take hits from Starmie without a Life Orb and then set up on it.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Evolve Staryu

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Evolve Staryu (LeafGreen)
Trade from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/LeafGreen (FireRed)

Colosseum/XD:
Snagged from Cipher Admin Snattle in Citadark Isle (XD)
Trade from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/LeafGreen (Colosseum)

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Staryu

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Staryu

Black/White:
Route 13

Black 2/White 2:
Route 13, Undella Town, Humilau City

Animé Appearences

Starmie has made a fair few appearances. In most of them, it was seen under the control of Misty before she left it at the Cerulean City Gym

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
7 Water Flowers of Cerulean City Water flowers of Cerulean Gym Pics
9 The School of Hard Knocks Pokemon Ensured-Victory Manual Pics
10 Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village Bulbasaur's Hidden Village Pics
15 Battle Aboard the St. Anne Battle On The St. Anne Pics
16 Pokémon Shipwreck Pokémon Adrift Pics
17 The Island of Giant Pokémon Island of Enormous Pokémon!?! Pics
19 Tentacool and Tentacruel Tentacool and Tentacruel Pics
21 Bye-Bye Butterfree Bye Bye Butterfree Pics
26 Pokémon Scent-sation Erika and Gloom Pics
33 The Flame Pokémon-athon Blazing Pokémon Race Pics
40 The Battling Eevee Brothers Four Eevee Brothers Pics
53 The Purr-fect Hero It's Children's Day! Mass Approval Pics
55 Pokémon Paparazzi Shutter Chance Pikachu Pics
57 The Breeding Center Secret The Secret of the Breeding Center Pics
60 Beach Blank-Out Blastoise Blastoise's Island Pics
61 The Misty Mermaid Cerulean Gym! Battling in Water Pics
67 Showdown at the Poke Corral Dueling with the Rival! Oak's Laboratory Pics
P1 Pikachu's Vacation Pikachu's Summer Vacation Pics
75 Bad to the Bone Marowak's Bone Club Pics
86 The Lost Lapras Lapras In Bonds! Pics
88 Pikachu Re-Volts Mystery of the Disappearing Pokémon! Pics
93 Bye Bye Psyduck Adios Psyduck, Hello Golduck Pics
105 Misty Meets Her Match! Trovita Gym Type Battle! 3 vs. 3! Pics
M2 The Power of One Revelation Lugia Pics
124 Flower Power Bellossom's Battle Dancing Pics
148 Tricks Of The Trade Wobbuffet and the Pokémon Exchange! Pics
170 Hook, Line and Stinker Seaking! Fishing Battle! Pics
171 Beauty and the Breeder Sayonara Vulpix! Beauty Contest! Pics
178 Ariados Amigos Ariados and the Ninja Battle  
208 The Joy of Water Pokemon Nurse Joy That Hates Water Pokémon! Misty's Wrath Pics
212 Around the Whirlpool Whirl Islands! Reaching a New Challenge! Pics
C1 Legend of Thunder Raikou! Legend of Thunder! Pics
M5 Heroes - Latios & Latias The Guardian Gods of Altomare - Latias and Latios Pics
C6 Cerulean Blue Revenge Match at Cerulean Gym! Pics
C11 A Date With Delcatty The Seriousness of Misty's Match! Risking A Life!? Pics
C16 Luvdisc Is A Most Splendored Thing Misty & Luvdisc! Love Battle! Pics
433 From Cradle to Save! Bonsly & The Ninja School! Pics
639 Dawn of a Royal Day! Dancing Togekiss! Pokemon Contest Princess!! Pics
825 Going for the Gold! Fish the Golden Magikarp! Pics
827 TBC The Castle on the Seabed! Skrelp & Dragalge!!  

 
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