Persian

Type Tier
Normal UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
65
333
Atk
70
238
Def
60
218
SpA
65
228
SpD
65
228
Spe
115
328
  • Overused

Overview

Persian was seriously nerfed by the fixing of Hyper Beam and the retooling of critical hits from RBY, and is now only a shadow of its former self. Persian can still be a pain to take out with its high Speed and fairly good movepool, but without Hyper Beam and constant critical hits from Slash, it's not the huge threat it used to be. Persian can still work fine in the UU tier, though, and its high Speed really helps it out. It's also a ghetto SkarmBliss counter with an Electric move which is cool. Poor guy, never recovered from the RBY era.

Name Item

Screech

Leftovers / Miracle Berry
Moveset
~ Return / Body Slam
~ Hypnosis
~ Screech
~ Zap Cannon / Thunderbolt

Persian, a UU Pokemon that can take on both Skarmory and Blissey. Screech will force switches and/or let you put a real hurting on Blissey, who can't really demolish you with whatever special attacks it has (if it even has any). Return vs. Body Slam is paralysis vs. power, you could use Double-Edge too but it's not really worth the recoil. Zap Cannon vs. Thunderbolt is paralysis vs. accuracy really; don't use Zap Cannon with Body Slam obviously. Hypnosis is just a nice status move it gets, which is always good to put something to sleep that can beat Persian, since Persian will usually be faster. Just watch out for RestTalk Pokemon switching into a Hypnosis if they know Persian is carrying it.

Name Item

Swagger + Psych Up

Leftovers / Miracle Berry
Moveset
~ Return / Body Slam
~ Shadow Ball / Substitute
~ Swagger
~ Psych Up

Persian's good Speed lets it Swagger whatever is switching in or whatever is currently out; hope they are confused the next turn and then Psych Up. This set sadly just doesn't work as well as the first set since they can switch or just pound on Persian with +2 Attack. Substitute can work to take those +2 Attack hits Persian'll be eating, but then Ghost-types wall it like there's no tomorrow. Not a great set really—too easily maneuvered around, but Persian isn't doing much else. You need Spikes down for this to work, otherwise they'll just keep switching out for free.

Other Options

Using Spite to take away Heal Bells and stuff is always fun and works well on a fast Pokémon like Persian. You can pair Nightmare with Hypnosis or just use it to hurt RestTalk Pokemon. Iron Tail can be used to hit Rock-types who will otherwise wall Persian, but it does nothing for the Steel-types that do the same. Roar is kind of stupid with all that Speed and no real defenses to speak of behind it, but if you need a UU phazer it can do that. Thief is of note because Persian is so fast. Using Curse is always nice, but it ruins Persian's only great stat, and BubbleBeam will really nail a Rhydon coming in and is RBY nostalgia as well. Persian can utilize Charm against Curse users, but unless Persian has Roar, it has nothing to take out their high Defense.

Checks and Counters

Most Rock and Steel Pokémon that aren't weak to Electric wall Persian badly, as do Gengar and Misdreavus as long as Persian doesn't have Shadow Ball. RestTalk Pokemon such as Zapdos and Raikou, the latter of which ties in Speed with Persian, will stop Persian's most crippling move, Hypnosis. It has weak defenses, so many decently strong attacks will 2-3HKO it.