Persian

Limber
Blocks paralysis.
Technician
Moves with 60 Base Power or less do 50% more damage.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
70
158 176 239 262
Def
60
140 156 219 240
SpA
65
149 166 229 251
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
115
239 266 329 361
  • Underused

Overview

Persian's usage in the UU environment is greatly suppressed by the existence of Ambipom, who outclasses Persian in almost every respect. Really, Persian's only advantages are his slightly higher (though admittedly still awful) Special Attack, and access to Hypnosis and Switcheroo. Even if you take Ambipom out of the picture, Persian's stats are still rather lacking, and despite his stellar Technician ability, he has only modest attacking power. Still, with his high Speed stat, Persian can make an excellent scout in his own right, and coupled with his access to Nasty Plot, he can be a fine special sweeper as well. All in all, Persian's rather underrated, and though he is overshadowed by Ambipom, he is a very legitimate threat.

Name Item Ability Nature

Nasty Plot

Life Orb / Lum Berry Technician Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Hypnosis
~ Swift
~ Water Pulse
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set capitalizes on Persian's few advantages over Ambipom, specifically his higher Special Attack and access to Hypnosis, as well as his equally high Speed stat, in order to make him a rather effective sweeper. Although Persian's initial Special Attack is still pretty bad, it becomes surprisingly decent after a Nasty Plot; when further boosted by Life Orb, it is at least enough to dispose of many switch-ins that expect a typical physical set, such as Rhyperior and Donphan. Hypnosis can allow Persian a free setup opportunity he would otherwise not have had, which is especially potent if he manages to hit a would-be counter as well. Swift is Persian's strongest special STAB attack after Technician, and it will be his primary attacking option. Water Pulse is boosted likewise, and it achieves perfect coverage in UU (besides Shedinja) alongside Swift.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Physical Attacker

Silk Scarf / Life Orb Technician Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ U-turn
~ Hypnosis
~ Bite / Return / Taunt
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

With his high Speed stat, Persian can work as a fine scout, utilizing his STAB Technician Fake Out to get off free hits before switching to a counter with a fast U-turn. This set plays extremely similarly to Ambipom, but has the advantage of Hypnosis, which allows Persian to put a foe to sleep, rendering them useless. However unreliable its accuracy may be, dropping Hypnosis is not good idea, as without it, Persian is completely outclassed by Ambipom. Bite gets a Technician boost and is Persian's strongest attack against Ghost-types that may switch into Fake Out. On the other hand, Return is a strong STAB move which can be useful in finishing off healthier foes after Fake Out. Taunt can also be used in that slot to mess up any setup attempts, and is especially useful when using Persian in the lead position.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Switcheroo

Choice Band Limber Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Switcheroo
~ Return
~ U-turn
~ Night Slash / Hypnosis
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Switcheroo is one of Persian's few perks over Ambipom; when coupled with Hypnosis, it allows Persian to possibly neuter a third of your opponent's team very quickly. A Choice Band is used to take advantage of Switcheroo as Persian is already quite fast and appreciates a boost in power much more than one in Speed (which it would get from Choice Scarf). Return is a strong STAB move to abuse the power while it lasts, and U-turn is for scouting purposes. In the final slot, both Hypnosis and Night Slash are worthy options; the latter provides a means of hitting Ghost-types, while the former allows Persian to disable yet another Pokemon after he uses Switcheroo. In either case, Limber is the best choice of ability due to the lack of low Base Power moves on the set.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Weather Support

Damp Rock / Heat Rock Limber Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance / Sunny Day
~ U-turn
~ Hypnosis
~ Taunt
252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe

Persian is tied with Ambipom as one of the fastest weather supporters in UU, but what sets Persian apart from it is his access to Hypnosis, which essentially removes a foe from the match for free. Rain Dance and Sunny Day are the core moves of this set, obviously, and their inherent qualities can turn Persian's otherwise generic teammates into deadly sweepers. A Damp Rock or Heat Rock should be held by Persian according to the choice of weather in order to prolong its effects. U-turn scouts out switch-ins and allows you to bring in an appropriate sweeper to combat them, while Taunt prevents enemy setup of all sorts.

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Other Options

On a physical set, Seed Bomb stands out as Persian's best attack against Rock-types, 2HKOing Rock Polish Rhyperior with entry hazard support. Unfortunately, it's hard to find a moveslot for it most of the time. Payback smacks Ghost-types harder on the switch, but is otherwise a lesser option compared to Bite and Night Slash because of Persian's high Speed stat. Technician Aerial Ace can be used to strike Fighting-, Grass-, and Bug-types harder than any of Persian's other moves, but is resisted by the same Pokemon that resist Normal. Last Resort can make an extremely threatening attack alongside Fake Out, but such a set is gimmicky, and done better by Ambipom anyway. Finally, Persian has access to Knock Off, which can prove extremely annoying to foes that rely on their items to be threatening.

Checks and Counters

For offensive sets, the absolute best counter to Persian is Spiritomb, as it is immune to his Normal STAB, has excellent all-around bulk, and can also cripple him with Will-O-Wisp. Persian can't even switch or U-turn out safely, as a Choice Band-boosted Pursuit will do upwards of 95.2% to any offensive set. Bulky Fighting- and Water-types such as Hitmontop and Milotic, respectively, are also trouble for Persian. Physical variants are walled to Timbuktu and back by the likes of Weezing and Donphan. Support sets are harder to counter, technically speaking, but faster Taunt users can limit their options quite effectively. Finally, faster sweepers like Sceptile and Alakazam can revenge kill Persian, but should be wary of switching in directly. Keep in mind that even though Persian has a lot of checks, all of them must be wary of Hypnosis, Switcheroo, Knock Off, and U-turn when switching into him.