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From Bulbapedia.
Staryu's official artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen..
Games Melee
Move Swift
Rarity Common
Japanese voice actor Shin'ichirō Miki
Article on Bulbapedia Staryu (Pokémon)
It homes in on your foe and quickly fires star-shaped projectiles. Enemies will try to flee by moving up or down. Sabotage their efforts and let Staryu blast them.
Pokémon Encyclopedia, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Staryu, (ヒトデマン, Hitodeman), is a creature in the Pokémon media franchise.


Staryu's official artwork from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Staryu is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #120 as the "Star Shape Pokémon". It evolves into Starmie by using a Water Stone, and it is one of Misty's Pokémon both in the games and the animated series.

Swift is a special Normal-type move with 60 base power and perfect accuracy, which Staryu can learn naturally in every game.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Staryu in Melee.

Staryu appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee out of Poké Balls, replacing Starmie from Super Smash Bros. Once released it flies around looking for an opponent to target, and upon finding it it remains stationary and attacks with Swift, shooting a stream of damaging stars. Its attack can be easily DI'd out of. Touching Staryu while it's attacking also deals damage. Staryu's attack does not harm the summoner.


Staryu features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the trophies that can be collected randomly throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches.

Staryu trophy in Melee.
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.
  • Pokémon Red & Blue, 9/98

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Staryu in Brawl.

Staryu appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl out of Poké Balls in a reprisal of its previous role and behavior. It appears to move faster than the last game, making more difficult to avoid, and also seems to have a quicker rate of fire.


Staryu trophy in Brawl.
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, it evolves into Starmie.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Staryu Pokémon series SpecialsDirect.png Attack +3 PikachuHeadSSBB.pngJigglypuffHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.pngLucarioHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Staryu (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Staryu reappears in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a Poké Ball Pokémon, keeping its previous function, though its attack speed was visibly reduced.


Staryu's trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Pokémon Trophy Box.

Staryu trophy in for Wii U
Staryu trophy in for 3DS
Ntsc 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 Boy: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
3DS: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (10/2013)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Staryu in Ultimate.

Staryu once again returns as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, behaving as it did in Smash 4. While not directly changed, it’s shots link into each other more reliably due to the increased hitlag in Ultimate.

Staryu cannot be summoned on King of Fighters Stadium or Skyloft.


No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Staryu.png
2 1009 5049 500 2501 452 2263 Electric Weakness Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ヒトデマン, Hitodeman
UK English Staryu
France French Stari
Germany German Sterndu
Spain Spanish Staryu
Italy Italian Staryu
China Chinese 海星星
South Korea Korean 별가사리, Byulgasari
Netherlands Dutch Staryu
Russia Russian Старью


  • Staryu is one of two Poké Ball Pokémon to replace a member of their evolution-line in later installments, the other being Weezing.
  • Staryu replaced its evolved form Starmie from Melee onwards, because it was most likely based on Misty's Staryu from the Pokémon anime. Misty used to have both Pokémon on her team at the time of Smash 64, but she only had Staryu since she had left her Starmie at her gym before Melee was released. Misty also used Staryu more often than Starmie regardless.