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Persian (Pokémon)

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Meowth #052: Meowth
Pokémon
#054: Psyduck Psyduck
Persian
ペルシアン Persian
#053
053Persian.png
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Normal '
Category
Classy Cat Pokémon
Abilities
Limber or Technician
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#053
Johto
#139
Hoenn
#242
Regional Browser numbers
Height
3'03"
Imperial
1.0 m
Metric
Weight
70.5 lbs.
Imperial
32.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
90 (11.8%)
Body style
Body08.png
Footprint
 F053.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Ground group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
2
Base Exp.: 148 Battle Exp.: 1481*

Persian (Japanese: ペルシアン Persian) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves from Meowth starting at level 28.

Biology

Physiology

Persian resemble large felines, like mountain lions. Their tails have a distinctive whorl at the end, similar to their pre-evolution, Meowth. Their fur is pale tan with the exception of their black-rimmed ears. Perhaps their most distinctive feature is the red jewel in the center of its forehead. Many Pokémon, particularly those with Psychic abilities such as Espeon, Golduck and Staryu, have similar jewels; Persian, however, does not demonstrate any affinities to a particular element, so this connection seems to be purely coincidental. Like Meowth and 'real-life' cats, Persian is capable of retracting its claws and bringing them out again when needed.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Its thick whiskers are very sensitive to changes in air movements, enabling it to detect its prey by movement alone. Persian's lithe muscles also enable it to walk without making a sound. Persian has the same scratching abilities as its pre-evolution, but are notably stronger. Persian can now wield the scarce Power Gem and Switcheroo moves.

Since it's a fully evolved Pokémon, Persian can use Giga Impact and Hyper Beam moves.

Behavior

Persian, although popular for their elegance, are extremely difficult to raise. Underneath its refined facade is a fierce predator. It will Scratch anyone, including its Trainers, with little or no provocation. One should be wary if Persian raises its tail straight up, as it is a singal that Persian is about to pounce and bite. Persian has been observed ripping its prey apart for no discernible reason. A useful trick to know when training Persian, is that if it is yanked by its whiskers, it becomes temporarily docile. The reason for this is unknown. It is known to hold its tail out straight if it is an experienced battler.

Habitat

Persian usually live in towns and cities but can also be found occasionally in forests. Kanto is the best place to find them.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Persian is a carnivore, hunting prey and tearing it apart with no discernible reason.

In the anime

Major appearances

Giovanni's Persian

Giovanni has a Persian that is his primary Pokémon. It first appeared in Battle Aboard the St. Anne. While it is almost always seen at his side, it has never been seen battling. Meowth of Team Rocket seems to be its "rival" as Giovanni's "top cat"

Other

A Persian that was the leader of a pack of street Meowth (which Team Rocket's Meowth was also once part of) appeared in Go West, Young Meowth!

Minor appearances

In The Problem with Paras, Cassandra's grandmother found a Persian sleeping in the backyard. She decided that it, and not Meowth, should be Cassandra's company mascot.

Ash battled a Persian in The Mandrin Island Miss-Match. The Classy Cat Pokémon took out Ash's Squirtle after hitting it with Thunderbolt.

In Saved by the Beldum!, Tyson's Meowth defeated a Persian owned by a girl named Vivica during the preliminaries of the Hoenn League.

In the manga

In Volume 4 of Pokémon Adventures, Super Nerd William is seen using a Persian to attack Yellow. It scratches the walls of buildings to create dissonance to disorient Yellow.

The same Persian is seen again in Volume 12 as William spars against Boy Scout Bozz's Haunter.

In the TCG

Main article: Persian (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Although its fur has many admirers, it is tough to raise as a pet because of its fickle meanness.
Blue
Yellow The gem in its forehead glows on its own! It walks with all the grace and elegance of a proud queen.
Stadium It is highly regarded as a pet for its beautiful fur. However, it is extremely temperamental and difficult to keep.
Generation II
Gold Many adore it for its sophisticated air. However, it will lash out and scratch for little reason.
Silver Its lithe muscles allow it to walk without making a sound. It attacks in an instant.
Crystal Behind its lithe, elegant appearance lies a barbaric side. It will tear apart its prey on a mere whim.
Stadium 2 Many adore it for its sophisticated air. However, it will lash out and scratch for little reason.
Generation III
Ruby Persian has six bold whiskers that give it a look of toughness. The whiskers sense air movements to determine what is in the Pokémon's surrounding vicinity. It becomes docile if grabbed by the whiskers.
Sapphire Persian has six bold whiskers that give it a look of toughness. The whiskers sense air movements to determine what is in the Pokémon's surrounding vicinity. It becomes docile if grabbed by the whiskers.
Emerald A Persian's six bold whiskers sense air movements to determine what is in its vicinity. It becomes docile if grabbed by the whiskers.
FireRed Has a vicious temperament. Beware if it raises its tail straight up. It is a signal that it is about to pounce and bite.
LeafGreen Although its fur has many admirers, it is tough to raise as a pet because of its fickle meanness.
Generation IV
Diamond A very haughty Pokémon. Among fans, the size of the jewel in its forehead is a topic of much talk.
Pearl A very haughty Pokémon. Among fans, the size of the jewel in its forehead is a topic of much talk.
Platinum A very haughty Pokémon. Among fans, the size of the jewel in its forehead is a topic of much talk.
HeartGold Many adore it for its sophisticated air. However, it will lash out and scratch for little reason.
SoulSilver Its lithe muscles allow it to walk without making a sound. It attacks in an instant.
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Evolve Meowth (Blue only)
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
Few Route 7 (Silver only)
Crystal
Few Route 7 (night)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Evolve Meowth
FireRed LeafGreen
Rare Bond Bridge, Canyon Entrance, Cape Brink, Five Isle Meadow, Kindle Road, Ruin Valley, Sevault Canyon, Treasure Beach, Water Path
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Evolve Meowth
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Meowth
Platinum
None Evolve Meowth
HeartGold SoulSilver
Rare Route 7, Cerulean Cave  (SoulSilver only)
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 19
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve from Meowth
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Marine Resort (B1-B19)
Happy Outlook (B1-B19)
Pokémon Rumble Windy Prairie‎

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Diamond Pearl Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 65
125 - 172 240 - 334
Attack: 70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Defense: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Sp.Atk: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Sp.Def: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Speed: 115
108 - 183 211 - 361
Total: 440   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 65.


Pokéthlon stats

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Stamina
1/1
Jump
4/4 ★★★★
Total
14/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

Learnset

By leveling up

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Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Meowth
Unevolved
Meowth
 Normal 
Rare Candy
Level 28


Persian
First evolution
Persian
 Normal 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 053.png Spr 1y 053.png Spr 1g 053.png Spr b g1 053.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 053.png Spr 2s 053.png Spr 2c 053.gif Spr b 2g 053.png
Spr 2g 053 s.png Spr 2s 053 s.png Spr 2c 053 s.gif Spr b 2g 053 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 053.png Spr 3e 053.png Spr 3f 053.png Spr b 3r 053.png
Spr 3r 053 s.png Spr 3e 053 s.png Spr 3f 053 s.png Spr b 3r 053 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 053.png Spr 4d 053.png Spr 4h 053.png Spr b 4d 053.png
Spr 4d 053 s.png Spr 4d 053 s.png Spr 4h 053 s.png Spr b 4d 053 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 053.png Spr 5b2 053.png Spr b 5b 053.png
Spr 5b 053 s.png Spr 5b 053 s.png Spr b 5b 053 s.png
Persian For other sprites and images, please see Persian images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • In Generations I-III, Persian learned Pay Day by leveling up just like Meowth, but it no longer does in Generation IV, meaning that a Meowth must hold back on its evolution to get a Persian with Pay Day.
  • Both of Persian's abilities can be used by a member of the Tyrogue evolution line (Hitmonlee has Limber, and Hitmontop has Technician).
  • Shiny Persian has had its sprite altered in every generation: in Generation III it was changed from a tan color to pale white, and in Generation IV it was changed back.
    • Giovanni's Persian is possibly a shiny Persian, judging by the fact the inside of it’s ears are not tan, but pink. This may explain why he values it so highly. (However, it had pink ears before the concept of shiny Pokémon was introduced, so this may either be coincidental or a coloring error. It's also possible that the initial coloring error was the very reason why shiny Persian were given pink ears in the first place).

Origin

Its appearance is arguably more similar to Siamese cats than its namesake, its species in Japanese is シャムネコ or "shamuneko" meaning "Siamese Cat". Others think Persian looks more like big cats such as Pumas. The gem on its head can make it resemble a Carbuncle, a Latin-American mythological beast which had a jewel on its forehead.

Name origin

Persian's name simply refers to Persian cats. It could also be related to purr, one sound a cat could make.

In other languages

  • German: Snobilikat - Comes from snob, nobilis (Latin for precious) and Katze (cat).
  • French: Persian
  • Korean: 페르시온 Pereusion
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 貓老大 Mau Lau Da - 貓 means "cat," while 老大 means an elder or rudely, boss. Possibly relating to Giovanni's Persian.
  • Portuguese (Brazilian animé): Persa

Related articles

External links

Notes


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