Giovanni's Persian
サカキのペルシアン Sakaki's Persian
Bag Poké Ball Sprite
Giovanni Persian
Giovanni's Persian
Debuts in Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Caught at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Giovanni
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 animeEdit


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.

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.

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.

Moves usedEdit

Giovanni Persian Power Gem
Using Power Gem
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 gamesEdit

Giovanni also owns a Persian in one of the Pokémon games, [[PokémonYellowVersion{{{4}}}|PokémonYellowTemplate:If}]], 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 Template:Eng.


First battle (Rocket Hideout)Edit


Second battle (Silph Co.)Edit


Gym battle (Viridian Gym)Edit



Round 1Edit


Round 2Edit


In the mangaEdit

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu mangaEdit

File:Giovanni Persian EToP.png

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.

File:Giovanni PokéWake.png

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card mangaEdit

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.

In the TCGEdit

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

Giovanni's Persian
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Giovanni's Persian Colorless-attack Gym Challenge Template:Rar 8/132 Challenge from the Darkness Template:Rar style="background:#Template:Tcg Colorless color light" |  


  • 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 articlesEdit

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

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