Reach for the stars
name: Special Attacker
move 1: Hydro Pump / Surf
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Ice Beam
move 4: Rapid Spin / Recover
ability: Natural Cure
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
With fantastic Speed, great coverage, and respectable Special Attack, Staryu stands out as a great Water-type in ADV ZU. Thunderbolt hits Water-types like Seaking and opposing Staryu hard. Ice Beam targets Grass-types like Bayleef and Lileep and pressures them into using their recovery moves. Rapid Spin makes it an emergency Spikes remover. Recover alongside Natural Cure makes Staryu a reliable status absorber against defensive stalwarts like Dustox and Koffing, as well as being a consistent offensive threat. Maximum Speed and a Jolly nature allow Staryu to Speed tie with Aipom, Taillow, and opposing Staryu.
Staryu operates well as a revenge killer, picking off slower foes like Seaking, Rhyhorn, and Pidgeotto with relative ease. On teams vulnerable to Spikes, Staryu is a great pick thanks to Rapid Spin. However, it must be aware of sturdy special walls like Lileep, Delcatty, and Dustox, since they can wall it with ease. As teammates, the aforementioned special walls—alongside specially defensive Rhyhorn—can check Elekid, one of Staryu's worst matchups; Elekid in turn can be used to check other Staryu. Physical wallbreakers such as Aipom, Cubone, and Pidgeotto are especially good partners, as they have trouble dealing with Pokemon like Koffing; Staryu can switch into Will-O-Wisp and threaten Koffing due to its Natural Cure and Koffing's low Special Defense. Special wallbreakers such as Cyndaquil and Growlithe can wallbreak early-game to let Staryu clean late-game.
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Surf
move 3: Thunderbolt
move 4: Recover
ability: Natural Cure
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
With a bulkier EV spread, Staryu is the tier's premier Rapid Spin user with its acceptable bulk and high Speed. Thunderbolt targets Water-types like Seaking and opposing Staryu. Recover allows Staryu to reliably use Rapid Spin, as well as negating Spikes damage. Natural Cure allows it to absorb status from Koffing and Dustox.
Teams that struggle against Spikes teams appreciate Staryu absorbing status, providing Speed control, and being a good Rapid Spin user, though Staryu should ideally remain healthy to continually clear Spikes. Special walls like Delcatty and Dustox can easily take its hits, so physical wallbreakers like Aipom, Rhyhorn, and Taillow are appreciated. Cleaners like Elekid, Aipom, and Seaking can sweep more easily without enemy Spikes, and they are free to run other items besides, like Lum Berry. Bulky Grass-types like Bayleef and Sunflora can easily switch into Staryu and retaliate, so it appreciates Fire-types like Cyndaquil and Growlithe, which can threaten them back. Given its merely good power, it can struggle to secure KOs, so it appreciates both physical and special walls to fall back on like Lileep, Dustox, and Delcatty; the latter two can check Elekid and spread status.
Hidden Power Grass can 2HKO Chinchou, though Staryu can’t easily afford to give up Ice Beam or Thunderbolt. Psychic can 3HKO Dustox after a layer of Spikes and Grimer without resorting to Hydro Pump, though its use is limited outside those two targets. Toxic cripples special walls like Lileep and Sunflora, though Staryu is already strapped for moveslots and cannot afford space for it.
Checks and Counters
**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Lileep, Sunflora, and Bayleef can switch into Staryu, avoid being 2HKOed by Ice Beam, and threaten it back with their STAB attacks.
**Specially Defensive Walls**: Dustox and Delcatty have enough special bulk to stomach any two hits from full health and safely wall Staryu. They can proceed to pressure it with either Toxic or Body Slam, respectively. Grimer can set up Curse in front of Staryu with its great special bulk, forcing it out.
**Electric-types**: Chinchou tanks all of Staryu's moves and can threaten it back with Thunderbolt. Faster Electric-types like Elekid and Voltorb can offensively check Staryu but cannot switch into it.
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