Alolan Persian's great Speed stat, valuable Dark typing, and versatility through access to several coveted moves, including STAB-boosted Foul Play, Nasty Plot, Taunt, and U-Turn, are rare and valuable traits in LGPE OU. Taunt and its Speed stat vitally allow it to shut down the recovery of slower Pokemon like Mew, Zapdos, and Mega Charizard X, and can even effectively prevent Mew from using Stealth Rock in some scenarios. Unfortunately, Alolan Persian's effectiveness is limited by its other stats. Its poor offensive stats leave it struggling to deal much damage to Pokemon that don't fear Foul Play, limiting its ability to apply offensive pressure or revenge kill certain Pokemon reliably, while its pitiful bulk limits its longevity and ability to set up safely. As a result, Alolan Persian is usually relegated to specific team structures that desire its aforementioned upsides, most notably offensive teams where it can function as a utility-based pivot and revenge killer. On these teams, however, Alolan Persian can thrive and proves to be quite difficult to play around without sustaining noteworthy damage.
name: Utility Pivot
move 1: Foul Play
move 2: Taunt
move 3: Toxic
move 4: U-turn
item: No Item
Foul Play is Alolan Persian's best attacking move, capable of reliably 2HKOing Mew and Mega Charizard X after Stealth Rock and dealing respectable damage to prominent physical attackers like Melmetal, Rhydon, and Snorlax. Taunt allows Alolan Persian to prevent the use of status moves, notably including Stealth Rock and recovery options such as Mew and Zapdos's Roost. The latter is extremely important as it allows Alolan Persian to force significant damage on these Pokemon, something very few Pokemon are capable of. Toxic is useful for punishing Pokemon that can shrug off Alolan Persian's Foul Play, such as Mega Gyarados, Zapdos, and Poliwrath. Dark Pulse provides solid damage against Mew after a burn and can potentially flinch opposing Pokemon, making it an acceptable alternative to Toxic. U-Turn allows Alolan Persian to cover the opponent's switches when switching out and wear down its checks and counters while maintaining momentum. A Jolly nature is preferred in order to let Alolan Persian better handle Pokemon such as Alolan Dugtrio, Gengar, and the rare Mega Pinsir.
Due to its frailty, Alolan Persian should be brought into battle safely via pivoting moves or on predicted non-damaging moves like Stealth Rock or Roost. As one of Alolan Persian's main goals is to use Taunt to deny the use of Stealth Rock from anything other than Aerodactyl, it can often be a good idea to lead with it— if the opponent doesn't lead with their Stealth Rock user, Alolan Persian can either pressure them with Foul Play damage or be safely switched out with U-Turn. Alolan Persian appreciates being brought in against physical tanks like Melmetal and Rhydon via U-Turn, which both threaten it offensively but often can't afford to take a Foul Play without being left vulnerable to Alolan Persian's physical teammates. Alolan Persian can also be used as a revenge killer with Foul Play.
Pokemon that excel at keeping up momentum are ideal partners for Alolan Persian, as they help provide it safer switch-in opportunities to put its utility to use and force switches. Mega Beedrill is a good example of such a teammate, as it benefits from Alolan Persian's ability to prevent the opponent from setting up Stealth Rock and lets Alolan Persian pressure some of its most common defensive responses, most notably Melmetal and Rhydon. Mew and Zapdos are pivots that have great longevity and can provide their own utility, such as setting Stealth Rock and Reflect respectively. Melmetal can help with handling Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Beedrill, and Mega Alakazam, which all threaten to revenge kill Alolan Persian with ease. Mega Alakazam appreciates Alolan Persian's ability to keep Pokemon like Mew and Zapdos within OHKO range, as well as its ability to pivot in on Alolan Muk's Crunch if necessary and accrue valuable chip damage with Foul Play or U-turn.
A Nasty Plot set may seem appealing thanks to Alolan Persian's good Speed and perfect coverage between Dark Pulse and Thunderbolt, but such a set still struggles with mediocre damage output after a boost due to Alolan Persian's poor Special Attack, its poor bulk to sustain a sweep, and vulnerability to the fast Mega Evolutions. Alolan Persian can use Hypnosis instead of Toxic in order to catch the opponent off guard and shut down a potentially vital Pokemon- however, the risk is generally not worth the less significant reward this set gains from landing it.
Checks and Counters
**Faster Pokemon**: Alolan Persian's poor bulk leaves it susceptible to revenge killing from faster attackers. Mega Beedrill and Mega Alakazam can OHKO Alolan Persian, while Mega Aerodactyl can deal upwards of 60% with Rock Slide.
**Healthy Pokemon**: While this may seem broad, Alolan Persian's lacking offenses and frailty mean that almost any viable Pokemon not weak to Dark is capable of trading hits with it and coming out on top. As such, it must always be used carefully.
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