We finish the week with another Colourless Pokémon, but
this time it’s from the HGSS Set.
Persian is a low 80 HP Stage 1 with a double Fighting
Weakness, so durability is not going to be its strong
Just as well that it has cheap attacks then. For [C],
Sharpen Claws flips three coins, and for each heads you
get to discard a random card from your opponent’s hand.
Now that COULD be extremely disruptive for an opponent
who loses the vital cards they need to set up. On the
other hand, it could be completely useless if you are
unlucky with the coin flips or the discards, or if your
opponent can use Claydol or Uxie on the next turn. As a
coin flip Hand disruption tool, it is inferior to the
newly-popular Sableye SF/Cyrus’s Initiative combo,
purely because any discard from Persian is random. If
you don’t mind the random factor in a hand disruption
strategy, then you would probably be a lot better off
running the old Absol SW which has the advantage of
being a Basic.
Sneaky Attack, Persian’s second option is also low cost.
For [C][C], it will do 30 damage (which is somewhat less
than mediocre), but if a Dark Energy is attached, the
attack’s base damage is 60. Although 60 for two is by no
means terrible, there’s nothing special about it either
in a format where Kingdras and Donphans can reach that
figure with a single Energy attachment. They also stand
a much better chance of surviving your opponent’s turn
Persian does a couple of useful things for a reasonable
cost, but it doesn’t do either of them quite well
enough, and there are better alternatives out there. The
facts that it is a weak Stage 1, and there is no real
synergy between its attacks doesn’t help matters either.
I just can’t think of any deck or strategy which would
be improved by the use of this card.
Modified: 2 (not really good enough)
Limited: 3.25 (decent attack in this format, and random
discard would be fun)