ATB’s Top 25 Pokemon: (17) Starmie


This is At the Buzzer’s list of the top 25 Pokemon of all-time. We’re in the serious business zone now, counting down one by one until we reach the very best. For more information, click here or check out the Related Links down at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to vote on how we did in the poll below!

Today’s Pokemon uses the seven colored core of its body to send electric waves into outer space. Regardless of the environment it lives in, its body grows to form a symmetrical geometric shape. Because of its luminous nature, this Pokémon has been given the nickname “the gem of the sea.”

17) Starmie (3 votes, 124 points)

Chris: Starmie was the first staple I ever had on my team. He’s the first Pokemon I ever looked at and said, “Yep, that’s my dude.” Even though he hasn’t been around for a while, I still remember him like it was yesterday.

(Why is he not around now? I mean, I’m sure he’s on a cartridge somewhere around Emerald or so, but it gets to be a real pain in the ass moving your Pokemon between games, you know? And let’s not get started on Pokemon Bank and its issues. So…he lives on in my heart, and in a closet somewhere. Sorry, Starmie.)

My Starmie was always overleveled and featured Surf, Psychic, Ice Beam and Thunderbolt. I remember as a kid that I always enjoyed his battle animations in Pokemon Stadium. He just spun around in the air and did his thing while decimating my opponents. Hell, even his look is hilarious to me. It’s like two Staryus get stuck together with glue or tape or peanut butter or something, and they basically decide just to let it rock.

I haven’t raised a Starmie since the original, probably out of devotion to those childhood memories, but I think it’s time to bring the band back together again. Soon, Starmie. Soon.

Shaun: I don’t understand why Starmie was so good. I didn’t want him to be good. I mean, I didn’t want him to suck, but I caught one on a whim, and I was very confused when he started decimating my opponents. Starmie confuses me.

Maybe it was, in part, because of the fact that he had such a well-rounded moveset. This guy was prepared for anything. And he needed to be, really, considering he had no discernible eyes…or mouth….or really sensory organs of any kind except maybe touch? Starmie confuses me.

I lied above. I didn’t catch Starmie on a whim. The strange truth is that, one night, deep into my Pokemon fever dream throes,  I had a nightmare where a Rhyhorn tore my Starmie into five pieces, one for each leg…but then each leg grew into a new Starmie, and each new Starmie was the champion of a different element, based the original’s moveset pre-dismemberment. So I adopted Static Starmie, Hydro Starmie, Freeze Cold Freeze Starmie, Mindcrush Starmie, and Perfect Fusion Starmie onto my team, and became known across the world as the Starmie master….which, now that I think about it, was less of a nightmare and more of an awesome dream. From that day on, I had an affinity for Staryu and Starmie, even though Starmie, to this day, confuses me.

On a related note, it’s weird what sorts of things stay with you and make an impression years later…

On another related note, Starmie is a confusing mess.

Jason: Hey-yah!



(18) Pikachu

(19) Torchic

(20) Garchomp

(21) Lapras

(22) Dragonair

(23) Swampert

(24) Voltorb

(25) Butterfree





Honorable Mention


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