While Alolan Persian has various desirable qualities between a diverse movepool, a great ability in Fur Coat, and an amazing Speed stat, they ultimately aren't enough to keep it from being a niche option. A lack of reliable recovery makes Alolan Persian very easy to wear down throughout the match via entry hazards and sand damage, limiting how many times it can switch into attacks or pivot in and out. The metagame's abundance of Fairy-types can prove difficult for Alolan Persian, with Ribombee and Whimsicott even outspeeding it naturally. Offensively, with Alolan Persian's mediocre offensive stats and lack of a secondary typing, it is notably outclassed by Sneasel, which shares its base 115 Speed and Dark typing. However, Alolan Persian's high Speed and great utility moves stop it from being completely deadweight, specifically when paired with Choice Scarf, which allows it to cripple bulky threats with Switcheroo and serve as an extremely fast pivot. While Choice Scarf may seem redundant with Alolan Persian's high Speed, it allows Alolan Persian to outspeed even more Pokemon like Sand Rush Sandslash, +1 Flame Charge Silvally-Fairy, and non-Choice Scarf Whimsicott.
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Switcheroo
move 2: Parting Shot / U-turn
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Gunk Shot / Foul Play / Toxic / Taunt
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Fur Coat
evs: 24 HP / 252 Atk / 232 Spe
When paired with Choice Scarf, Switcheroo can cripple walls like Quagsire and Gigalith. With 232 Speed EVs and a Jolly nature, Alolan Persian outspeeds Lycanroc and Archeops even after losing its Choice Scarf. Parting Shot or U-turn are vital to gain and maintain momentum: Parting Shot weakens the foe at risk of triggering Galarian Articuno's Competitive, while U-turn provides negligible chip damage but risks self-damage from Rocky Helmet and Iron Barbs. STAB Knock Off alongside Switcheroo gives Alolan Persian great item control, although remember that Knock Off would remove the foe's Choice Scarf after Switcheroo. Gunk Shot is Alolan Persian's best coverage option, hitting Fairy-types like Ribombee and Whimsicott, although be aware that Ribombee can also run Choice Scarf and outspeed Alolan Persian. Alternatively, Foul Play helps make up for Alolan Persian's low Attack stat, Toxic further cripples defensive threats, and Taunt stops moves like Gigalith's Stealth Rock or Tangela's Sleep Powder. Alolan Persian is best as a lead, using Switcheroo against common leads like Gigalith and Ferroseed or pivoting out to gain early momentum. Alolan Persian can continue to pivot in and out throughout the match and serve as speed control if still holding the Choice Scarf. As a pivot, Alolan Persian pairs well with other pivots like Wishiwashi and Vikavolt to maintain momentum, entry hazard removers like Silvally-Steel and Charizard to switch in more, and hazard setters like Mesprit and Sandslash to further punish the opponent's switches. Lastly, Alolan Persian's Switcheroo can give Pokemon like Ribombee and Silvally-Ghost free turns to set up, potentially locking foes into utility moves like Stealth Rock or resisted attacks like Drain Punch.
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