Staryu

Illuminate
Increases wild encounter rate (no effect in battles).
Natural Cure
Cures status on switching out.
Analytic
Raises the power of all moves by 30% if the wielder moves last.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
30
- 19 22 -
Atk
45
9 11 14 15
Def
55
10 12 15 16
SpA
70
11 13 16 17
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
85
13 15 18 19
  • Little Cup

Overview

Staryu is one of the most commonly seen Pokemon in Little Cup. As the best Rapid Spin user, Staryu often spins away hazards before Recovering and removing status with Natural Cure. In addition, Staryu is one of the fastest Pokemon in the tier, reaching a blazing 19 Speed. With a powerful STAB attack in Hydro Pump and good coverage moves, it can also be a devastating sweeper. In general, Staryu is a fantastic Pokemon and should be considered whenever your team has a weakness to entry hazards or simply needs a fast sweeper.

Name Item Ability Nature

Eviolite

Eviolite Natural Cure Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Hydro Pump
~ Thunderbolt
~ Rapid Spin / Hidden Power Fire
~ Recover
36 HP / 200 SpA / 240 Spe

This is by far Staryu's most common set, and for good reason. Staryu's good bulk and Eviolite combined makes it nearly impossible to OHKO, and STAB Hydro Pump 2HKOes almost everything that doesn't resist it. Thunderbolt allows Staryu to hit Water-types that resist Hydro Pump and is an accurate move to finish off weakened Pokemon. Staryu is the best Rapid Spin user in Little Cup, as the combination of Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt allows Staryu to easily beat every Ghost-type Pokemon in Little Cup. If entry hazards are not a problem for your team, Hidden Power Fire can be used instead to hit Ferroseed and Snover, two Pokemon which resist both Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt. Recover, when combined with Eviolite, makes Staryu difficult to KO with conservative play. Staryu can force many Pokemon out and use the free turn to Rapid Spin or Recover.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Natural Cure Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Hydro Pump
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Ice Beam / Recover
200 SpA / 240 Spe

While the Eviolite set takes a more balanced approach, this set sacrifices Staryu's bulk for sheer power. Hydro Pump hits incredibly hard with 16 Special Attack and a Life Orb. Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Fire hit Water- and Grass-types, respectively, for super effective damage. Ice Beam hits Dragon-types, while Recover allows Staryu to have more longevity. Life Orb and the lack of bulk will wear down Staryu very quickly, so Recover can help to offset that.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Dance

Eviolite Natural Cure Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance
~ Hydro Pump
~ Thunder
~ Recover
36 HP / 196 SpA / 236 Spe

Staryu makes for an excellent Rain Dance supporter, as its combination of bulk and Recover allows it to set up Rain Dance multiple times. In addition, STAB Hydro Pump in rain does even more damage than the Life Orb set would. Thunder gains perfect accuracy when it is raining and easily OHKOes opposing Staryu. This Staryu is meant to be played conservatively to set up Rain Dance over and over again—it should be keeping its health high via Recover instead of going for KOs. However, with 19 Speed, Staryu will often find opportunities to pick off weakened Pokemon with Hydro Pump or Thunder.

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Other Options

Aside from the listed options, Staryu has some moves that can be of use. Thunder Wave can allow Staryu to cripple sweepers, but Staryu does not particularly benefit from paralysis due to its naturally high speed. Hidden Power Grass hits Chinchou super effectively but has little use otherwise. Cosmic Power can boost Staryu's Defense and Special Defense, making it a potent staller when combined with Recover. Staryu is one of the few good Gravity users in Little Cup and has Hydro Pump, Blizzard, and Thunder to abuse it. Reflect and Light Screen are options, but Natu usually performs the role better. A slow Staryu with Analytic can be used to make it much stronger, but Staryu enjoys going first much more. Rest can be used with Natural Cure to fully heal Staryu, but Recover is more reliable.

Checks and Counters

Chinchou is the best Staryu counter, easily taking any attack that Staryu carries and retaliating with STAB Thunderbolt or Volt Switch. Munchlax, with its gargantuan HP and Special Defense, walls Staryu all day and hits it with Return or Pursuit as it tries to switch out. Dragon-types, such as Dratini, can switch in on any Staryu set not running Ice Beam and proceed to set up with Dragon Dance. Storm Drain Lileep can even wall Ice Beam with the correct EV spread and retaliate with Energy Ball or proceed to set up with Stockpile. Ferroseed and Snover, while fearing Hidden Power Fire, wall Hydro Pump and can seriously put the hurt on Staryu with their own STAB Grass-type attacks. Finally, bulky Grass-types such as Shroomish and Chikorita can survive Ice Beam or Hidden Power Fire and Giga Drain (or Spore in Shroomish's case) to incapacitate Staryu.