Diamond & Pearl series
Ash caught him as a Starly in Two Degrees of Separation! while searching for Pikachu, who was missing due to the antics of Team Rocket. Aipom was swinging through the trees and accidentally bumped into Starly, so the two Pokémon battled. Weakened by Aipom, Starly was captured and immediately used in the search for Pikachu. In When Pokémon Worlds Collide, Starly had his first battle against another Starly belonging to Paul and lost.
In A Staravia is Born!, Starly evolved into a Staravia during a battle with Team Rocket. Immediately after his evolution, Staravia had perfectly learned Aerial Ace. Evolving has also allowed him to grow much stronger and become very useful in searches.
Staravia was the only one of Ash's Pokémon who didn't participate in Ash's first Sinnoh Gym battle against Roark; however, Staravia helped out in Ash's second Sinnoh Gym battle, defeating Gardenia's Cherubi. After seeing Reggie's Staraptor use the powerful Brave Bird attack, Ash was inspired to teach it to Staravia. In the third Sinnoh Gym battle, Staravia defeated Maylene's Machoke and Meditite, as well as successfully mastering Brave Bird.
In Pursuing a Lofty Goal!, a PokéRinger competition was held in Squallville where Ash entered and won with Staravia, who evolved into a Staraptor in the process. Shortly after his evolution, Staraptor learned Close Combat and defeated Paul's Honchkrow, earning Ash his first victory over Paul.
In Sliding Into Seventh! he was the second Pokémon in his Gym Battle against Candice, going up against her Medicham, he was chosen as Ash wanted to attack from the air and had a type-advantage. His Quick Attack was countered by Medicham's Confusion and was then flung into the ground. His Aerial Ace was blocked but then used Close Combat against it, Medicham hit Staraptor with Fire Punch but then he knocked it out with Brave Bird. He was later recalled. He later went up against Candice's last Pokémon, Abomasnow. He went for an Aerial Ace but was blocked and was knocked out by a single Ice Punch.
He participated in Ash and Paul's Full Battle in Pedal to the Mettle! where he went up against Torterra and Weavile. He managed to defeat Weavile, despite the type-disadvantage. In Evolving Strategies! he also fought against Paul's Ursaring, but lost quickly.
Staraptor was used in League Unleashed! against Nando's Roserade. He was able to defeat it with a single Brave Bird attack, but was defeated by Nando's Armaldo's super effective Rock Blast.
In Familiarity Breeds Strategy!, he was used against Paul's Gastrodon. Ash realized that Paul's Gastrodon could use Counter Shield, and Staraptor was hit by the technique. When Gastrodon slammed him on the ground, he managed to use Close Combat on the ground to get away, but was hit with an Ice Beam in the process. He started to show signs of tiring, so Ash decided to recall him in place of Buizel. Later on in A Real Rival Rouser!, after Buizel fell to Paul's Drapion Ash called him out again. However, he was unable to triumph against the superior power of Drapion's Cross Poison and Toxic Spikes.
Ash left Staraptor at Professor Oak's Laboratory when he decided to go to Unova.
Best Wishes series
He was mentioned in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion! by Professor Oak, who mentioned that Staraptor would sometimes have air races with Swellow at the lab, and Unfezant would make a good addition to those races.
Staraptor was later reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where he and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.
Personality and Characteristics
Whilst a Starly he mostly performed duties done by Ash's other bird Pokémon such as scouting and bursting Team Rocket's balloon. As a Staravia, he was shown to love battling to the point of sulking when Ash didn't choose him to participate in his first Gym Battle. Staravia was very adamant about training evident in his determination to master Aerial Ace and Brave Bird. When Staravia evolved into Staraptor his personality changed to become fierce, fast, and proud, however always maintaining an undeterred loyalty to Ash.
| Using Close Combat
| Using Quick Attack
| An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
- In the dub, Starly used Whirlwind instead of Gust, since the Starly evolutionary family cannot know Gust but can know Whirlwind. After it evolved into Starvia, the move has been consistently dubbed as Whirlwind, first being called as such in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!.
In the manga
In the TCG
- Despite the fact Ash's Staraptor and other members of his evolution family know Gust, it is impossible for Starly, Staravia, or Staraptor to learn it in the games. This error was also present in the Japanese version. The dub changed it to Whirlwind in Starly's initial appearance, but left it as Gust until Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!, after Starly had evolved into Staravia, when it was dubbed as Whirlwind again, and has been since.
- For Shapes of Things to Come!, Professor Oak's lecture is about Ash's Staravia. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: ムックルが ムクムクしんか ムクバード Mukkuru ga, mukumuku shinka, Mukubird "Mukkuru evolves abruptly, Mukubird."
- Though Staraptor is confirmed to be male, the Czech dub refers to him as female. The same happens in the Latin American Spanish dub.
- Upon evolution into Staravia, he was the 40th Pokémon species Ash has owned, counting the technically unofficial Larvitar and Haunter.
- Upon his final evolution, Staraptor became the 50th Pokémon that Ash has obtained, including evolutions and counting Seaking and Haunter. However, Haunter was not officially his and Seaking was released as part of contest rules.
- Staravia's evolution to Staraptor was first revealed in a Japanese movie poster for Arceus and the Jewel of Life.
- Out of all of Ash's Bird Pokémon, Staraptor took the longest amount of episodes to reach his final form with 116. Pidgeot taking 78, Noctowl being fully evolved upon its capture, Swellow taking 76 episodes and Unfezant taking 66 episodes to fully evolve.
- When he entered as a Staravia, Staraptor was the second of Ash's Pokémon to evolve during a PokéRinger tournament. The first was Swellow, who entered as a Taillow.