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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Persian (disambiguation).
Persian
ペルシアン Persian
#053
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Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
 Normal 
Species
Classy Cat Pokémon
Abilities
Limber or Technician Unnerve
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#053
Johto
#139
Hoenn
#242
Regional Browser numbers
Height
3'03"
Imperial
1.0m
Metric
Weight
70.5lbs
Imperial
32.0kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
90 (11.8%)
Body style
Body08
Footprint
 F053 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Field 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 Normal-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Meowth starting at level 28.

BiologyEdit

PhysiologyEdit

Persian resembles large, quadruped felines, like mountain lions. Its tail has a distinctive whorl at the end, similar to its pre-evolution, Meowth. Its fur is pale tan with the exception of its black-rimmed ears. Perhaps its 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, {{Normal|<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 differencesEdit

None.

Special abilitiesEdit

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 they are notably stronger. Persian can also wield the scarce Power Gem and Switcheroo moves.

Being a fully evolved Pokémon, Persian has access to the moves Giga Impact and Hyper Beam.

BehaviorEdit

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

HabitatEdit

Urban

Urban Pokémon

Persian usually live in towns and cities but can also be found occasionally in forests, particularly in Kanto.

DietEdit

Main article: Pokémon food

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

In the animeEdit

Giovanni Persian

Persian in the anime

Major appearancesEdit

Giovanni's PersianEdit

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 was only seen battling once. Meowth of Team Rocket seems to be its "rival" as Giovanni's "top cat."

OtherEdit

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 appearancesEdit

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 was taken out by Ash's Squirtle after hitting it with Thunderbolt.

A Persian appeared in Beauty and the Breeder where it participated in a Pokémon beauty contest.

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

Pokédex entriesEdit

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW096 Persian Ash's Pokédex Persian, the Classy Cat Pokémon and the evolved form of Meowth. Persian can walk silently thanks to its nimble muscles. It pounces on its prey at lightning speed.
This concludes the entries from the Best Wishes series.

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