Today, we have the wonderful Pokemon Exeggutor. How can you not
like this Pokemon? It has a great design and is a decent
battler. Although it as good as it was in RBY, Eggy is still a
Exeggutor @ Leftovers/Lum Berry
-Hidden Power Fire/Hidden Power Ice
Sunnybeaming Exeggutor; this is the only reason you should use
Exeggutor in standard. Sunny Day, then fire off STAB Solarbeam
from base 125 Special Attack without charging. Hidden Power Fire
gets a boost from the sun and damages Metagross, Skarmory, and
other Grass Pokemon, while Hidden Power Ice also kills Grass
Pokemon and takes down Flying Pokemon like Salamence. Sleep
Powder puts a Pokemon to sleep (such as a Snorlax that switches
in) and allows Exeggutor to use Sunny Day on the switch, while
Explosion takes a Pokemon with it. Generally, Sleep Powder is
the preferred choice; use another Pokemon for special sponges.
Exeggutor @ Leftovers
The stalling Exeggutor; it isn't nearly as effective as
Sunnybeaming Exeggutor, and it ignores Exeggutor's strengths.
Put a Pokemon to sleep, then stall with Leech Seed. Psychic is
there as a STAB attack. For the last slot, you can continue to
stall with Synthesis or kill a Pokemon with Explosion. Although
Blissey and Snorlax are annoyed by Leech Seed, this set
accomplishes little in the long run and does not have the power
of the Sunnybeaming set.
Exeggutor @ Leftovers/No Item
-Hidden Power Ice/Stun Spore/Thief
The uber Exeggutor; Exeggutor should only be used in the uber
metagame to counter Groudon. Since Groudon's Drought creates
eternal sunlight, Exeggutor can switch into Groudon Earthquakes,
outspeed it due to Chlorophyll, and OHKO it with STAB Solarbeam.
(Don't switch Exeggutor into Groudon's Overheat or Hidden Power
Bug, though!) Since Exeggutor doesn't need Solarbeam, you can
use Sleep Powder and Explosion on the same moveset. Hidden Power
Ice is preferred over Hidden Power Fire due to the Dragon- and
Flying-based ubers (Latias, Latios, Lugia, Rayquaza). Stun Spore
can be used for double powder, while Thief can steal an item on
the switch-in (stealing a Lati@s's Soul Dew is especially cool).
Don't use an item if you're using Thief, obviously.
Unfortunately, Exeggutor barely touches other ubers. Rayquaza
and Kyogre are the biggest problems; their traits negate
Chlorophyll, so if they switch in on a Solarbeam, Exeggutor will
be forced to charge the attack while the opposing ubers outspeed
and OHKO Exeggutor. If you predict a Kyogre or Rayquaza switch,
use Sleep Powder instead of Solarbeam so that you can put the
switch-in to sleep.
If you're using Exeggutor, you should pair it up with your own
Groudon in case your opponent doesn't have a Groudon of their
EVs: For the Sunnybeaming sets, give it 198 Speed to outspeed
394 Pokemon after Chlorophyll, max Special Attack, and put the
rest in HP. Use a Modest Nature without Explosion and a Mild
Nature with Explosion. (You can give it 220 Speed in the uber
metagame to outspeed Deoxys-F, but you would have to make
Exeggutor Timid, and it needs all the Special Attack it can
get.) For the stalling set, max HP and split the rest between
Other Options: In ubers, you can make a gimmicky
Substitute-Leech Seed set; however, it's no better than the
stalling set, since you're ignoring Exeggutor's strengths. Wish
is an excellent healing move that can support your team. Toxic
can be used to wear down foes in the uber metagame, but
Exeggutor has better options. Curse can go for a gimmicky
physical Exeggutor (Exeggutor has a decent 95 Attack stat), but
it doesn't get STAB on any physical moves and you're ignoring
Exeggutor's strengths once again.
Counters: Blissey, Snorlax, Regice, Salamence, Skarmory,
Metagross, Weezing, Dodrio, Gyarados, Zapdos. Although Tyranitar
is killed by Solarbeam, its Sandstream overwrites Sunny Day, so
it can switch in on a Solarbeam, force Exeggutor to charge its
Solarbeam, and switch to a counter.
In the uber metagame, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Latias, Latios, and
Lugia all mess this set up, while Mewtwo can shrug off the
Solarbeam and OHKO/2HKO Exeggutor with Ice Beam.
Opinion: Exeggutor is a nice, underrated Pokemon. Although
Sunnybeaming is a fragile tactic, Exeggutor can pull it off with
aplomb due to its decent movepool and high special attack. As
long as you play to Exeggutor's strengths and have some support,
it can be a valuable addition to your team.
OU: 3/5. A decent Pokemon, but it's hampered by a lot of
Uber: 2.5/5. This Pokemon used to be an uber staple, but has
fallen into disfavor due to the rise of Kyogre and Rayquaza in
the uber metagame. It's still a decent Pokemon, though.