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How to Beat Starmie

If you are looking for the best ways to defeat Starmie in Pokemon Go, you've come to the right place! This guide will teach you how to successfully win battles against Starmie by exploiting its Type weakness(es).

In addition, it is equally as important to choose the optimal Pokemon and Movesets to take advantage of those weaknesses. This will allow you to to deal maximum damage during battle and defeat Starmie quickly and easily.
How to Beat Starmie
To defeat Starmie in Pokemon Go you must take advantage of its Type Weakness(es). Being a Water/Psychic Type, Starmie is vulnerable against Bug, Electric, Grass, Dark and Ghost Type Moves.

This guide lists the best Pokemon and best Movesets you should use in order to defeat Starmie as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
Before we get into the details of this guide, please see below. The following is a simple step by step guide/checklist on how to defeat Starmie. If you would like more information surrounding terminology, specific Pokemon, Movesets, DPS, etc. feel free to check out the rest of this guide.
5 Simple Tips to Defeat Starmie
Tip #1. CP (Combat Power) Advantage
Choose Pokemon with equal or higher CP than that of the Starmie you are battling. If your CP advantage is high enough, the next steps will not be as important in battle. Starmie can have up to a maximum of 2303 CP.
Tip #2. Use Move Types Starmie is Weak Against
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Starmie will allow you to deal more damage during battle. Starmie is weak against the following Types:
BugElectricGrassDarkGhost
Damage
Increase
1.251.251.251.251.25
Tip #3. Use Pokemon & Moves of the Same Type for Additional Damage
For example, Bulbasaur using a Grass Move, Charmander using a Fire Move or Squirtle using a Water Move will deal 25% more damage simply because the Pokemon is the same Type as the Move it is using. You can find out more about damage mechanics at the end of this page.
Tip #4. Choose the Best Type(s) of Pokemon
Dealing additional damage, while taking reduced damage is important in defeating Starmie. Avoid using Types of Pokemon Starmie Moves are Super Effective against, instead try to use Types of Pokemon of which Starmie Moves are Not Very Effective against.
MoveXStarmie Moves are Super Effective Against
Tackle
Water Gun
Hydro Pump
Power Gem
Psychic
MoveStarmie Moves Not Very Effective Against
Tackle
Water Gun
Hydro Pump
Power Gem
Psychic
Tip #5. Use High DPS Movesets for Max Damage
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Starmie and the STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) of your own Pokemon will allow you to deal a great amount of damage during battle. Starmie will go down quickly if the optimal Pokemon & Movesets are used.

You can learn more about high damage Movesets at the end of this guide: Section IV. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Starmie in battle.
Thank you for reading. If you would like further or more detailed information on how to defeat Starmie please continue reading the rest of this guide. If you have questions, comments, or tips of your own, feel free to leave a message in the comment section at the end of this guide!
I. Starmie Type Weaknesses
To defeat Starmie you must first learn its Type weaknesses. Using specific Types of Moves that Starmie is weak against will result in those Moves dealing Super Effective damage (25% damage bonus).
Starmie is a Water/Psychic Type Pokemon, which means it is weak against the following Move Type(s) and will be vulnerable to the following damage multipliers:
BugElectricGrassDarkGhost
1.251.251.251.251.25
II. Utilizing Benefit of Super Effective Moves
Next we must identify Moves of the above Types. This is important as Moves that are Super Effective deal 25% additional damage. If a Pokemon has a double weakness, the Move will deal 56% additional damage.
In order to defeat Starmie you will want to choose a Pokemon with Move Types Starmie is vulnerable against. The moves of these types are shown below:
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
Bug BiteFast Bug50.45711.11
Bug BuzzCharge Bug754.25-5017.65
Fury CutterFast Bug30.4067.50
MegahornCharge Bug803.20-10025.00
Signal BeamCharge Bug453.10-3314.52
X-ScissorCharge Bug352.10-3316.67
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
DischargeCharge Electric352.50-3314.00
SparkFast Electric70.70410.00
ThunderCharge Electric1004.30-10023.26
Thunder PunchCharge Electric402.40-3316.67
Thunder ShockFast Electric50.6078.33
ThunderboltCharge Electric552.70-5020.37
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
Leaf BladeCharge Grass552.80-5019.64
Petal BlizzardCharge Grass653.20-5020.31
Power WhipCharge Grass702.80-10025.00
Razor LeafFast Grass151.45710.34
Seed BombCharge Grass402.40-3316.67
Solar BeamCharge Grass1204.90-10024.49
Vine WhipFast Grass70.65710.77
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
BiteFast Dark60.50712.00
Dark PulseCharge Dark453.50-3312.86
Feint AttackFast Dark121.04711.54
Night SlashCharge Dark302.70-2511.11
Sucker PunchFast Dark70.70410.00
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
LickFast Ghost50.50710.00
Ominous WindCharge Ghost303.10-259.68
Shadow BallCharge Ghost453.08-3314.61
Shadow ClawFast Ghost110.95711.58
III. Pokemon Weakness(es) vs. Starmie
Before we go any further, please take a minute to consider the following. Most of this guide is focused on dealing high amounts of damage in a short period of time, in order to beat Starmie as quickly as possible.

However, it is important to note that defensive Type weaknesses play an important role in Pokemon Go battles as well.
First off, Starmie can deal a great amount of damage using Water Gun and Hydro Pump. This is especially true if you are using Pokemon that are weak against these Move Type(s). The damage per second and ranking of this moveset is shown below.
High DPS Moveset for Starmie:
Move:Water GunHydro Pump
Move Type:WaterWater
Category:Fast Charge
DPS:12.023.7
Rank (DPS):#34#38
DPS (w/ STAB):15.029.6
Rank (w/ STAB):#4#13
Starmie is capable of using the following Moves:
Starmie Fast Moves:Starmie Charge Moves:
TackleWater GunHydro PumpPower GemPsychic
Type:
Type:
Power:126Power:904055
Sec:1.1 sec0.5 secSec:3.8 sec2.9 sec2.8 sec
Energy:77Energy:-100-33-50
DPS:10.912.0DPS:23.713.819.6
STAB:10.915.0STAB:29.613.824.6
While Water Gun and Hydro Pump is a strong Moveset, most of Starmie's Moves will deal additional damage if used against certain Types of Pokemon as they will take increased damage from Starmie. Depending on the particular Moveset of the Starmie you are battling against, you will want to try and avoid using Pokemon of the following Types.
MoveXStarmie Moves are Super Effective Against
Tackle
Water Gun
Hydro Pump
Power Gem
Psychic
On the other hand, there are certain Types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go, that will take less damage from the Moves of Starmie. Therefore, to survive longer during Gym battles you will want to try and use Pokemon of the below Types when battling against Starmie.
MoveStarmie Moves are Not Very Effective Against
Tackle
Water Gun
Hydro Pump
Power Gem
Psychic
It is important to note that this is not the only factor in choosing the optimal Pokemon to defeat Starmie. If you have a Pokemon with much higher CP and a high damage Moveset vs. Starmie you will obviously want to use that Pokemon. You will be able to win the battle quickly before your opponent has even had a chance to deal much damage.

However, if you are using a Pokemon with average CP and an average moveset, choosing the right Type of Pokemon becomes much more important.
IV. Benefits of Type Weakness & STAB Damage
Getting back to the offensive side of battling, the next step is to identify which Pokemon have the capability of using Super Effective Moves against Starmie.

Furthermore, we must identify Pokemon that are the same Type as the Moves they are using. This will result in an added 25% additional damage bonus, commonly referred to as STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).
If you are new to Pokemon Go or to the damage mechanics in general, be sure to review the chart below before making your way to Section V. (Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Starmie). It explains how Pokemon Go DB determines the best damage Moveset/Pokemon to beat Starmie.
The following chart explains the terms used in this guide:
Battle Mechanics Terminology (Quick Reference Guide)
DPSDPS stands for Damage per Second. The DPS of each Move is calculated by taking the Power of a Move and dividing it by the time (seconds) it takes to actually perform the move (also known as a cooldown).
STABSTAB stands for Same Type Attack Bonus. When a Pokemon uses a Move that is the same Type as itself that Move will deal additional bonus damage. For example, if a Water Type Pokemon uses a Water Type Move it will deal 25% more damage.
Best Fast MoveThe Best Fast Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Fast Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of two possible Fast Moves.
Best Charge MoveThe Best Charge Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Charge Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of three possible Charge Moves.
Best Fast Move DPS vs. StarmieBest Fast Move DPS vs. Starmie is calculated by taking the Best Fast Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Starmie has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Starmie has a double weakness to that Type.
Best Charge Move DPS vs. StarmieBest Charge Move DPS vs. Starmie is calculated by taking the Best Charge Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Starmie has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Starmie has a double weakness to that Type.
Average DPSAverage DPS is simply the average of the Best Fast Move DPS vs. Starmie and the Best Charge Move DPS vs. Starmie. The chart is then sorted by highest Average DPS to lowest.
V. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Starmie in battle.
The following chart lists the top Pokemon/Moveset against Starmie. The list is sorted by highest Average Damage per Second to lowest. Type Effectiveness and STAB play a big role in increasing the damage that is done to Starmie. If you follow every step in this guide, you will have a much easier time defeating Starmie. Good Luck!
Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Starmie
PicNameBest Fast MoveBest Charge MoveFast Move TypeCharge Move TypeBest Fast Move DPS vs. StarmieBest Charge Move DPS vs. StarmieAverage DPS
IvysaurVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9
BellsproutVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9
TangelaVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9
ParasectBug BiteSolar BeamBugGrass17.438.327.8
WeepinbellRazor LeafPower WhipGrassGrass16.239.127.6
VenusaurVine WhipSolar BeamGrassGrass16.838.327.5
VileplumeRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass16.238.327.2
VictreebelRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass16.238.327.2
ExeggutorZen HeadbuttSolar BeamPsychicGrass14.338.326.3
RaichuSparkThunderElectricElectric15.636.326.0
MankeyScratchCross ChopNormalFighting12.037.524.8
PikachuThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7
ElectabuzzThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7
JolteonThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7
ZapdosThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7
JigglypuffPoundBody SlamNormalNormal16.232.124.1
PrimeapeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
MachopLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
MachokeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
GloomRazor LeafPetal BlizzardGrassGrass16.231.724.0
MagnemiteSparkThunderboltElectricElectric15.631.823.7
VoltorbSparkThunderboltElectricElectric15.631.823.7
ElectrodeSparkThunderboltElectricElectric15.631.823.7
MeowthBiteBody SlamDarkNormal15.032.123.5
MachampKarate ChopCross ChopFightingFighting9.437.523.4
PidgeotWing AttackHurricaneFlyingFlying15.031.323.1
WigglytuffPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1
ChanseyPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1
GravelerMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1
GolemMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1
RhydonMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1
DewgongFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
CloysterFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
LaprasFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
ArticunoFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
RattataTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8
EeveeTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8
NidokingPoison JabMegahornPoisonBug14.331.322.8
CharizardWing AttackFire BlastFlyingFire15.030.522.7
ArcanineBiteFire BlastDarkFire15.030.522.7
RaticateBiteHyper BeamDarkNormal15.030.022.5
PsyduckWater GunCross ChopWaterFighting15.030.022.5
ButterfreeBug BiteBug BuzzBugBug17.427.622.5
VenomothBug BiteBug BuzzBugBug17.427.622.5
NinetalesFeint AttackFire BlastDarkFire14.430.522.5
NidoqueenBiteEarthquakeDarkGround15.029.822.4
WartortleBiteHydro PumpDarkWater15.029.622.3
BlastoiseBiteHydro PumpDarkWater15.029.622.3
GolduckWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
SeadraWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
StarmieWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
GyaradosBiteHydro PumpDarkWater15.029.622.3
VaporeonWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
OmastarWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
TentacruelPoison JabHydro PumpPoisonWater14.329.621.9
BeedrillBug BiteSludge BombBugPoison17.426.421.9
DugtrioMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8
MarowakMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8
SnorlaxZen HeadbuttBody SlamPsychicNormal11.432.121.7
ParasBug BiteSeed BombBugGrass17.426.021.7
SandslashMud ShotEarthquakeGroundGround13.629.821.7
OnixRock ThrowStone EdgeRockRock11.032.321.6
PoliwrathBubbleHydro PumpWaterWater13.629.621.6
KabutopsMud ShotStone EdgeGroundRock10.932.321.6
LickitungZen HeadbuttPower WhipPsychicGrass11.431.321.3
SeakingPoison JabMegahornPoisonBug11.431.321.3
OddishRazor LeafSludge BombGrassPoison16.226.421.3
PonytaEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
RapidashEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
MagmarEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
FlareonEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
MoltresEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
DragoniteDragon BreathDragon ClawDragonDragon15.027.321.2
ArbokBiteGunk ShotDarkPoison15.027.121.0
Nidoran♀BiteSludge BombDarkPoison15.026.420.7
NidorinaBiteSludge BombDarkPoison15.026.420.7
ZubatBiteSludge BombDarkPoison15.026.420.7
MukPoison JabGunk ShotPoisonPoison14.327.120.7
HaunterShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5
GengarShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5
NidorinoPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
GrimerPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
GrowlitheBiteBody SlamDarkNormal15.025.620.3
VenonatBug BiteSignal BeamBugBug17.422.720.0
EkansPoison StingGunk ShotPoisonPoison12.927.120.0
AlakazamPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0
MewtwoPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0

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