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Ash's Staraptor

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Ash's Staraptor
サトシのムクホーク Satoshi's Mukuhawk
Poké Ball
Ash's Staraptor
Debuts in Two Degrees of Separation!
Caught at Route 202
Evolves in A Staravia is Born!
Gender Male*
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
Starly Staravia Staraptor
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 Has not yet appeared

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. In Japanese, it is voiced by 古島清孝 Kiyotaka Furushima as a Starly and Staravia, and by 小西克幸 Katsuyuki Konishi as a Staraptor. In English, it is voiced by Sarah Natochenny.



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 battled another Starly belonging to Paul and lost.

In A Staravia is Born, Starly evolved into a Staravia during a battle with Team Rocket. Evolving has allowed it to grow much stronger and become very useful in searches.

Staravia was the only 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.

Unlike Pidgeot or Noctowl, Staravia is closer in use to Swellow in that, while Pidgeot and Noctowl were mainly used for scouting purposes, Staravia is occasionally used in battles and is one of Ash's most reliable team members.

In DP118, a PokéRinger competition was held in Wind Town. Ash entered and won with Staravia, who evolved into a Staraptor in the process and earned Ash his first victory over Paul.

Moves used


  • 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.
  • As seen in Fighting Fear with Fear!, Staravia is Ash's first Pokémon to wear his bag.
  • 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 mukumuku-evolved; Mukubird
  • Judging by the pattern on Staraptor's head, it can be assumed that this Pokémon is male. However, the pattern does change shape occasionally in some scenes, therefore it cannot be properly determined.
    • However, in DP103, it falls in love with a Staravia doll that was designed to appear female, showing that Staraptor is male. It is noteworthy that Staravia's "dot" is noticeably larger than that of the doll's.
    • In the Czech dub, Staraptor is constantly referred as a female Pokémon.
    • In the Latin American dub, Staraptor is referred to as a male Pokémon.
  • Staraptor was the 40th Pokémon species Ash has owned, counting Larvitar, Haunter, and Raticate.
  • Staraptor is the only Pokémon Ash has on hand that he caught in a valid location in the games; Chimchar and Turtwig are unavailable in normal gameplay unless chosen as a starter, Ash himself didn't capture Buizel, and Gligar doesn't appear on the route Ash captured it unless the dongle method is used.
  • Staraptor is Ash's only Pokémon who shares an English voice actress with him.
  • Staraptor's method of evolving to its final stage is similar to Ash's Swellow, through a PokéRinger competition.
  • Upon it's final evolution, Staraptor became the 50th Pokémon that Ash has obtained, including evolutions and counting Seaking, Beedrill, Haunter and Raticate, even though Haunter was not officially his, Beedrill was given away nearly immediately, 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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