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HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 03.31.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.40
Limited: 4.10

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Exeggutor #18/123 HGSS


While yesterday’s card was a bit . . . well, dull to be honest, today’s card is simply tons of fun to play.


Exeggutor has a reasonable 90 HP, and pretty bad Retreat cost of two, and a double Psychic Weakness . . . so far, so meh.


But it’s the attacks that make it fun. For one Colourless Energy, Energy Absorption lets you search your Discard Pile for two Energy (any kind! Including Special!) and attach them to Exeggutor. See, it’s already better than Electivire FB LV X! Dumping Energy into the Discard is easily achieved with cards like Felicity’s Drawing and Regice LA, so fuelling this attack shouldn’t be too much of a problem.


Then you have Exeggutor’s second attack, Big Eggsplosion (see what they did there?). For the low, low price of [P] you get to flip a coin for each Energy attached to Exeggutor and do 40 for each heads! Notice that it is ‘Energy’ and not ‘Energy Cards’. Yep, that means you get to flip twice for Double Colourless and Upper Energy (if its effect is activated). The potential damage is only limited by how much Energy you can drop on to Exeggutor and your own luck with coin flips.


Basically, this card is hilarious to use, but I could never recommend it for tournament play, where being able to rely on a card’s damage output is crucial to planning out your moves. It’s also far too vulnerable to a quick KO before you have a chance to power it up enough to go for big damage. Nevertheless, Exeggutor is still a lot better than most flippy attack cards. 40 damage per heads is a good amount, and you do at least get to flip for every Energy instead of having to stop on the first tails. Exeggutor may be easy to KO, but I guess that could just provide more Energy Absorption fuel for an Exeggutor swarm!




Modified: 1.5 (too risky for play, really but at least it’s fun)

Limited: 3.75 (Pair with Ampharos HGSS and sweep your opponent by flipping heads!)


Exeggutor from HeartGold & SoulSilver follows a common pattern to previous iterations: it is a Stage 1 Pokémon designed to reward risky behavior.  I just did a search of the 10 other versions of the card, and nine of them have attacks with damage dependant on coin flips, and I didn’t count reprints as separate versions.  Likewise, only two versions fail to reference Energy in some fashion for the attacks, be they Energy attached, Basic Energy attached, Energy discarded, etc.


This new Exeggutor matches their past high of 90 HP, but since this is the last Stage of the line, that’s just adequate: it can take one solid attack and survive.  That damage doubling Psychic Weakness voids that against Psychic decks and the lack of Resistance vexes me as always.  The two Energy Retreat Cost isn’t a surprise but is unwelcome unless this card proves amazingly potent.


Having two attacks bodes ill for this card, and their names are familiar.  Psychic Absorption is a transplant from other cards, but if you have a deck capable of dumping two Energy cards into the discard for something useful, you’ll enjoy a quickly powered up Exeggutor.  Indeed, it doesn’t specify Basic Energy cards, so if two Double Colorless Energy are in there, you can attach them with this attack.  Big Eggsplosion is also a returning attack, and looking at the other Exeggutor have Eggsplosion variants.  This modernized version requires a Psychic Energy to use, but that is easy enough to work into most decks.  The payoff is that you flip a coin for each Energy and for each heads you’ll score 40 damage.  Again, notice that it is for each Energy and not each Energy card: Double Colorless Energy isn’t as abusive as Boost Energy was, but it is still potent.


As I said, this card rewards risky behavior: attaching a lot of Energy to a comparatively small Pokémon and then relying on successful coin flips to rack up the damage.  However, Exeggutor does it in a manner that minimizes the risk: recycling Energy from the discard and allowing you to fudge your numbers with cards that provide more than one Energy.  When you’re flipping enough coins, the odds of the attack completely failing are lowered substantially.  If you can quickly attach enough Energy to this card, you’ll be flipping so many coins that getting the two or three heads you need for a KO will not only be possible, but the likely result.


We have two other, similar Exeggutor and they might have better combo options available.  If this card was Grass, there’d be an obvious combo with Wild Growth Sceptile; pity it isn’t.  You could maybe use this with an Energy Trans or Leaf Trans enabled Pokémon: the different Exeggutor offer Energy acceleration from the deck and shuffle and draw options via inexpensive opening attacks.  Even the currently legal Exeggute have some potentially handy opening tricks.


I see a lot of potential for this card, but things are so fast right now the risk may not be worth the reward.  Additionally, I see it as very combo dependant: it isn’t to be played as its own deck, but rather in conjunction with a lot of supporting Pokémon.  I’ve brought up past decks that used multiple Stage 1 Pokémon of different types but low specific Energy requirements, and this card begs for such a deck to return.  If we can get something for speedy set ups and enough to type match against the top decks, this card begs to be an opener/cleaner.  So here are my hopeful scores.  Yes, I think its pretty much a must run for Limited: it can suck Psychic Energy from the discard, so you just need to run enough to draw into at least one.  You can send it up early or hold it in reserve for later and build it, but either way it should rack up the KOs unless your luck is awful.




Modified: 3.25/5 

Limited: 4.5/5

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