Ash's Staraptor

Ash's Staraptor
サトシのムクホーク Satoshi's Mukuhawk
Poké Ball
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Ash's Staraptor
Debuts in Two Degrees of Separation!
Caught at Route 202
Evolves in A Staravia is Born!
Pursuing a Lofty Goal!
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
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This Pokémon spent 11 episodes as Starly and 105 episodes as Staravia.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Starly Kiyotaka Furushima Sarah Natochenny
As Staravia Kiyotaka Furushima Sarah Natochenny
As Staraptor Katsuyuki Konishi Sarah Natochenny

Ash's Staraptor (Japanese: サトシのムクホーク Satoshi's Mukuhawk) is the first Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught in the Sinnoh region.


As a Starly

Ash caught it 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 it 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 used in the Gym battle against Candice, where he was easily defeated by her Abomasnow after winning against her Medicham.

It battled 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 powerful Brave Bird attack, but was defeated by Nando's powerful Armaldo.

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.

It is assumed that Ash left Staraptor at Professor Oak's Laboratory when he decided to go to Unova.

Moves used

Using Close Combat
Using Brave Bird
Move First Used In
Whirlwind Two Degrees of Separation!
Wing Attack Two Degrees of Separation!
Quick Attack  Two Degrees of Separation!
Aerial Ace  A Staravia is Born!
Gust × Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!
Brave Bird  Crossing the Battle Line!
Close Combat  Pursuing a Lofty Goal!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately known 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 TCG

Ash's Staraptor is featured in the TCG as a Pokémon  . The following is a list of cards named Staraptor  .

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Staraptor M   41 - Movie Commemoration Random Pack (no English release) 018/022


  • 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 One Big Happiny Family, 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 it as female. The same happens in the Latin American Spanish dub.
  • Upon evolution into Staravia, it was the 40th Pokémon species Ash has owned, counting the technically unofficial Larvitar and Haunter.
  • Upon its 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.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Starly, Staravia, and Staraptor.

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