Thursday, 5 January 2017

Smeargle Used Spotlight 4: Persian But Alolan

Hi guys today I am back with  another episode of Smeargle Used Spotlight, it is the series where we take some pokemons that haven’t seen or gotten much attention and feel quite obscure to me, so I want to write out about their competitive potential, this time with the 4th installment we showcase the all hated and my first analyses series’ alolan form, alolan Persian without further ado lets get into its analyses:

Introduction to Alolan-Persian:
Persian is a pokemon which was introduced in the first generation of pokemon, however since it wasn’t getting much of any attention it was given which I believe is a massive buff in this generation providing it with a new muh more hated for its looks, alolan form and yes it is based on a mean and chubby cat, it gains now the pure dark typing dark typing in addition to getting some cool new abilitites and moves.

Base Stats:
If we have a look at Persian’s stats we are clearly nt impressed until we read about its speed stat with a stat line of 65 HP / 60 Atk / 60 Def / 75 Spa / 65 Sdef / 115 Spe, clearly the only thing that pops out to you is the base 115 speed stat, with e knowing that vgc 17 is not the fastest of all metagames, and with such a speed stat persian can really be able to outspeed a lot, but seeing its other stats make it seem like one of those focussashed support, true that its main potential lies within supportive aspects but it doesn’t get much frail, like some previous pokemons that I have discussed on this series same for Persian that it does get complimented greatly by its abilitites, moving on we discuss its type and save its abilities for later on.

If we look at the dark typing in this metagame it is kind of a good and a bad typing seeing that it is weak to fighting type makes you feel good that here isn’t much fighting type I this format however for the fairy type weaknesses it is a very bad type beause of the usual tapu domination around in this format, dark typing is also kind of getting the same offensive of bits typing as it can’t get much offense off against the fairy type pokemons but where come the alolan marowak and the alolan raichu it can get away with doing tons of damage to these variants which actually make you feel pretty good about this pokemon.


Fur coat: mainly fur coat is the point of discussion here remember when I said up there that its abilitites compliment its typing really well? Now is the time to discuss fur coat is the ability which used to eb the signature ability of furfrou however with the introduction of a new generation it was given to only one more pokemon alolan Persian. What this ability does is that it reduces the damage of all physical attacks by half and then when you start to imagine it you feel like its an awesome ability right. This is the very factor that makes Persian a free of sash kind of supportive pokemon and surprisingly makes it really really bulky.

Technician: technician doesn’t get much use on this pokemon in my opinion as its only and only for atleast vgc role is to be a supportive pokemon, doing offensive is not the trick of Persian. Some imaginable set like snarl + nasty plot with technician might work with the slight special attack stat that this pokemon has can be possible but really not the most efficient set in VGC with the including of four really popular fairy type pokemons.

Rattled: may I start of by saying this is quite a bad ability to be very honest. First of all there is not much bug, dark or ghost type attacks in this metagame as well as Persian doesn’t need any speed boost than for the speed that it naturally gets, rattled honestly and most likely in overall opinion wouldn’t get any sort of VGC usage.

Competitive Traits:

Z-Parting shot:
So one of the biggest reasons for alolan Persian to get the some use that it gets is probably because of the new introduction of the z-moves that make it really good. The secondary effect of the move parting shot that can be learned by Persian in addition to the fact that gives its target a special and physical attack drop and makes the user switch out is that it will fully heal the pokemon that comes in as its replacement. However this healing does not count for status problems like paralysis or burns it can still be very much useful especially with bulky pokemons like celesteela and tapu fini who like to stick around longer in battles but don’t get a fast recovery method of their own, z-parting shot can work really well with them especially keeping up loads of momentum in the battle for the most defensive of all playstyles.

Another side of alolan Persian really provides it with the role of a disruptor that it becomes mid battle against a lot of pokemons and options in this format. Especially provided with the great fake out support that is usually left out because of things like psychic terrain and isn’t considered anything but for the teams that do not carry psychic terrain really can be threatened well with this strategy a lot. In addition to that the previously discussed snarl and the parting shots that are fast can also be very much useful whenever used correctly, snarl being able to take out special attack and parting shot reducing both offensive stats by one stage is very good for it. Last but not the least the use of taunt can be very much useful at it completely shuts down a lot of bulky pokemons like porygon 2, tapu fini and more who depend upon status moves to be more effective or to say be much effective in a battle at all.

Good On Field Presence:
Persian has such an amazing on field presence as well that it can be very good in a lot of situations. Consider a Persian that carries both moves i.e. foul play and snarl then if the opponents bring in their physically offensive pokemons then you can use you snarl to nerf them opposite to this if they bring in their physical attackers then you can tank them with fur coat as well as beat them up with the move foul play which takes most advantage of their own attack stat. this combination of moves really does give Persian such an amazing on field presence against a big number of opponents similarly it being a taunt user can also come into great effect in a battle.

Shortcomings of Persian:
The real problem with Persian as an overall pokemon even after discussing it on such a high level is that its main and only effective role’s performance cannot fit on absolutely any team, for example you build a tea and in case it is not needed at all you don’t really feel much times like saying oh wait alolan Persian is the best pokemon on this slot, in summary to say that it is good with little numbers of pokemons and teams than being good with the most number of teams. Also its comfort ability in every matchup lacks too, but in the correct matchup it works really really well.

Sample Sets:
Following are some sample sets that I made for this alolan Persian, I feel like they are very good for its role of performance, the first spread is a in general bulk spread for Persian whereas the second one focuses more on the physical defensive spectrum of alolan Persian.

Persian-Alola @ Darkinium Z 
Ability: Fur Coat 
Level: 50 
EVs: 252 HP / 100 SpD / 156 Spe 
Jolly Nature 
- Fake Out 
- Parting Shot 
- Foul Play 
- Snarl

This is the general bulk spread and allows Persian to do loads as you will find it out in the calcs down below, by the way did you guys know that the base power for the foul play z-move was somehow a base 175? It does do significant damage to some pokemons too. The move slots may vary but with the team I used I felt these were the most efficient ones.
For the next one really don’t want to include a whole another sample set but read down their for the defensive bloom doom calc from tapu bulu in grassy terrain, indeed one of the strongest moves in the game and really showcases how bulky a Persian can be.
Following are some damage calculations for this Persian:

Damage Calculations:
0 Atk Persian-Alola Foul Play vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola: 120-144 (71.8 - 86.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 Atk Persian-Alola Foul Play vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Salamence: 76-90 (44.4 - 52.6%) -- 18.8% chance to 2HKO
0 Atk Persian-Alola Foul Play vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Garchomp: 85-102 (46.4 - 55.7%) -- 69.1% chance to 2HKO
0 Atk Persian-Alola Black Hole Eclipse (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola: 122-146 (73 - 87.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Persian-Alola Black Hole Eclipse (100 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Marowak-Alola: 108-128 (64.6 - 76.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Thick Club Marowak-Alola Flare Blitz vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Fur Coat Persian-Alola: 123-144 (71.5 - 83.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Garchomp Tectonic Rage (180 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Fur Coat Persian-Alola: 115-136 (66.8 - 79%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
-1 252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 252 HP / 100 SpD Persian-Alola: 146-174 (84.8 - 101.1%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO
-1 252 SpA Salamence Devastating Drake (195 BP) vs. 252 HP / 100 SpD Persian-Alola: 121-144 (70.3 - 83.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Fur Coat Persian-Alola in Grassy Terrain: 127-150 (73.8 - 87.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery
252+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Fur Coat Persian-Alola: 101-119 (58.7 - 69.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Bloom Doom (190 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252 Def Fur Coat Persian-Alola in Grassy Terrain: 144-169 (83.7 - 98.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

So here I conclude this post of mine hopefully you guys really liked it and are further ready to read more from this series of mine as togedemaru and porygon z are probably the ones next up on this series so then again hope you learned something from this post and it was worth your time. Bye for now!

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