Categories: Pokemon GO Gen 4

Staraptor

Pokémon GO Staraptor is a dual Normal and Flying type Pokémon, which evolves from Staravia (which in turn evolves from Starly). The evolution from Staravia to Staraptor is expected to cost 50 candies like Pidgeotto’s evolution to Pidgeot (as the Starly line is practically the Gen 4 equivalent of the Pidgey line).

Staraptor has a max CP of 2675, with an ATK of 234, DEF of 145, and STA of 170. Although it probably won’t be incredible by any means, its stats are surprisingly good compared to those of its feathered counterparts from previous generations: Pidgeot, Swellow and Noctowl.


Staraptor in the Meta

This chart will compare Staraptor’s stats to those of other prominent Flying types, as Normal types aren’t good for much in an attacking role. Note that only Pokémon able to learn Flying moves are listed in the table; thus Salamence, Gyarados, and the Legendary Birds of Kanto are excluded.

Flying Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Ho-Oh 3889 239 274 193
Rayquaza 3645 284 170 191
Lugia 3598 193 323 212
Dragonite 3581 263 201 182
Togekiss 3171 225 227 170
Yanmega 2873 231 172 172
Charizard 2686 223 176 156
Staraptor 2675 234 145 170

Overall, Staraptor isn’t anything special compared to other Flying types. In the main series games, it shone thanks to its great Attack and Speed stats, as well as its access to the coveted move Close Combat. Unfortunately, in Pokémon GO, it simply won’t be a top-tier Flying attacker.

First off, Rayquaza’s attack stat is miles higher than Staraptor’s, and it is the only Pokémon of the above list with a (confirmed/currently available) double Flying moveset. As Speed is not directly implemented in Pokémon GO (it is instead factored into the Pokémon’s ATK stat), Staraptor can’t take advantage of that strength either. Close Combat Fighting does not benefit from STAB, and the battling scene in Pokémon GO is centered around having specialized attackers to counter specific types, so Staraptor will not see much use in that department either. No wonder Staraptor has an edgy hairdo and unimpressed expression although it far outstrips other regional birds, it will see limited use in the Pokémon GO meta.

Despite this, its attack stat is still quite good. Starly are expected to be very common, so Staraptor may be a discount choice of a Flying glass cannon to be used against Fighting, Bug, or Grass type Raid Bosses such as Machamp and Exeggutor.

Staraptor will take super-effective damage from Rock, Electric and Ice moves, while resisting Bug and Grass and being immune to Ghost and Ground.


Staraptor’s Potential Movepool

Based on its main series movepool, here are some potential moves for Staraptor:

Fast Moves Charged Moves
  • Wing Attack Flying
  • Quick Attack Normal
  • Tackle Normal
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Brave Bird Flying

Weather Influence on Staraptor

The following chart will help you visualize what weather conditions are helpful or harmful when battling or raiding with Staraptor.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny
Partly Cloudy Boosts its potential Normal moves Boosts super-effective Rock moves
Cloudy Boosts its potential Fighting moves (Close Combat)
Rainy Boosts super-effective Electric moves
Fog
Windy Boosts its potential Flying moves
Snow Boosts super-effective Ice moves

Shiny Staraptor

Shiny Staraptor is pretty cool! Like its pre-evolutions, its shiny variant looks similar to its original coloration but sports a richer brown color and a blue tip to its crest of feathers rather than red.

Normal Shiny

Pokédex Entries and Facts

Known as the “Predator Pokémon,” Staraptor diverges from its pre-evolutions’ starling-like designs and instead appears to be a large bird of prey.

  • Its Black/White Pokédex entries states that “It never stops attacking even if it is injured. It fusses over the shape of its comb.”
  • Its Heartgold/Soulsilver Pokedex entries state that “When Staravia evolve into Staraptor, they leave the flock to live alone. They have sturdy wings.”
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