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[[File:Type Normal.gif|link=Normal type]]  
Species Classy Cat Pokémon
Abilities Limber
Unnerve (Dream World)
None ← 053 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From [[Meowth]]
Evolves Into None
{ペルシアン Perushian}
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Shape Footprint

Persian (Japanese: ペルシアン Perushian) is a Normal-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.


Persian resembles a large cat. Its fur is beige in color, and it has a curly tail. There is also a small, red gem on its forehead, which is said to give the Pokémon power. The Persian is named after the Persian breed of cat, although it resembles a cougar, with a yellowish white fur color. It may possibly an albino cougar. Another possibility is that it is based on a Siamese cat. It also has a beige coloring and black ears much like Persian and has medium sized whiskers.

Special abilities

Persian can have the abilities Limber or Technician. Limber prevents Persian from being paralyzed. Technician powers up non-effective moves. Persian will have the Dreamworld ability Unnerve which will prevent its opponent from consuming its berry.

In the anime

In the anime, Giovanni owns a Persian. This Persian is often found near Giovanni during his discussions with other Team Rocket members. Meowth from Team Rocket is jealous of this Persian because of the treatment it gets from Giovanni. Both Tyson's Meowth and Team Rocket's Meowth dislike Persian due to an event in their past.


Persian is the evolved form of Meowth, as of level 28.

Game info

Game locations

Persian Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Meowth (Blue only) None
Yellow Trade None
Gold/Silver Route 7 (Silver only) Rare
Crystal Route 7 Rare
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Evolve Meowth None
FireRed/LeafGreen Many Sevii Islands locations Rare
Diamond/Pearl Evolve Meowth None
Platinum Evolve Meowth None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 7, Cerulean Cave (SoulSilver only) Rare
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None

Pokedex entries



  • Seeing as Meowth used to be Giovanni's favorite and now has a Persian, he must favor cat-like Pokémon.
  • Giovanni is most likely a reference to a mob boss, he is seen in a suit often, has a clean hair cut, and specifically Persian.
  • Although Persian is named after the breed of cat, it doesn't share similarities with the breed of the same name. Its looks is largely based on a Siamese cat.
  • In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Persian is Pokémon Square's bank owner but later replaced by Duskull in future Mystery Dungeon titles.


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