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Giovanni's Persian

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Giovanni's Persian
サカキのペルシアン Sakaki's Persian
Poké Ball
Giovanni Persian.png
Giovanni's Persian
Debuts in Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Caught at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Giovanni
Persian
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Persian Rica Matsumoto

Giovanni's Persian (Japanese: サカキのペルシアン Sakaki's Persian) is a Pokémon pet owned by Giovanni.

In the anime

History

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Giovanni's Persian was first seen in Battle Aboard the St. Anne when Jessie, James and Meowth report to Giovanni. Since then, it has always been seen either at Giovanni's side or in his lap.

Persian made a cameo appearance in In the Shadow of Zekrom!, being petted by Giovanni. It later appeared at the end of Unrest at the Nursery! with its Trainer and Matori. In the next episode, Persian was sent into battle against Ash's Pikachu and proved itself to be extremely powerful, taking an Iron Tail, then swiftly knocking Pikachu out with Power Gem. It briefly appeared in Farewell, Unova! Setting Sail for New Adventures! and The Dream Continues!.

Personality and characteristics

Giovanni and his Persian

Meowth views this Persian as a rival. Persian is the beloved pet of the boss of Team Rocket, and Meowth wants to kick Persian out and take its place as Giovanni's beloved pet, or the "Top Cat", as he calls it. Meowth's hatred of his evolved form was not started by this Persian, but his anger manifests against it more often than against any other Persian.

Moves used

Giovanni Persian Shadow Claw.png
Using Shadow Claw
Move First Used In
Shadow Claw Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
Power Gem Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Giovanni also owns a Persian in one of the Pokémon games, Pokémon Yellow, which is highly based on the anime. He uses it mainly for battle, having been seen in all battles that the player has been challenged to. A Persian also appears in both rounds of Pokémon Stadium.

Pokémon Yellow
First and second battle
(Rocket Hideout/Silph Co.)
Gym battle
(Viridian Gym)
Spr 1y 053.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Persian Lv.29/35
Scratch
Normal
Growl
Normal
Bite
Normal
Pay Day
Normal
Spr 1y 053.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Persian Lv.53
Screech
Normal
Slash
Normal
Fury Swipes
Normal
Double Team
Normal


Pokémon Stadium
Round 1 Round 2
053.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Persian Lv.50-100
Toxic
Poison
Slash
Normal
Thunderbolt
Electric
BubbleBeam
Water
053.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Persian Lv.50-100
Screech
Normal
Slash
Normal
Thunderbolt
Electric
BubbleBeam
Water

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Persian in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Persian was seen watching its owner in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga's chapter Ash vs. Gary as his anger fades away from remembering the giant Slowpoke that Team Rocket scientists created.

Persian in How I Became a Pokémon Card

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

The backstory of how Giovanni met Persian is revealed in the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga. He rescued it when he was a child.

Moves used

Giovanni Persian Screech HIBAPC.png
Using Screech
Move First Used In
Screech The Injured Persian
Scratch The Injured Persian
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards featuring Giovanni's Persian in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Giovanni's Persian
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Giovanni's Persian Colorless Gym Challenge Rare Holo 8/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
 

Trivia

  • Giovanni's Persian seems intended to parallel other series in which the main villain owns a cat as a pet. For example, in Inspector Gadget, the villain Dr. Claw owns a cat named Mad Cat (it was named Sniffy in the 1999 movie). This trend seems to have started in the James Bond movies, where Ernst Stavro Blofeld is often shown to have a white Persian cat that he strokes in a similar fashion to Giovanni. His face also remains hidden during the first few movies, which Giovanni also parallels in the Indigo League saga until his battle with Gary.
  • Persian is the first pre-Generation V Pokémon not part of the main cast to appear in the Best Wishes series in the flesh, having a cameo in In The Shadow of Zekrom.
  • Despite having appeared every once in a while since Battle Aboard the St. Anne, Persian wasn't shown using any moves until Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!, 738 episodes later.
    • This was also the first time when Persian's Poké Ball was ever shown in the anime.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Persian.