Exeggcute

Chlorophyll
Speed doubles in sun.
Harvest
After each turn, the wielder may receive the Berry it used at a 50% chance (100% if in sun).
Type Tier
Grass / Psychic LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 22 25 -
Atk
40
9 10 13 14
Def
80
12 14 17 18
SpA
60
10 12 15 16
SpD
45
9 11 14 15
Spe
40
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

Exeggcute might have got a major boost this generation in the form of Drought Vulpix, but sadly, Vulpix is banned, so Exeggcute will once again have to rely upon Sunny Day support to sweep. Eviolite also makes Exeggcute much more bulky, and Exeggcute still has a reliable recovery move in Synthesis and useful resistances to common Fighting-, Water-, and Ground-type attacks.

But it's not all sunshine for Exeggcute. First of all, it has a pretty bad Special Defense stat of 45, and to go along with that, it has weaknesses to Ice-, Fire-, Dark-, and Ghost-type attacks. Exeggcute's movepool is also pretty lackluster, as it has few coverage options outside of its STAB attacks. All in all, Exeggcute is a decent Pokemon, but won't be seeing much use in LC.

Name Item Ability Nature

Diverse

Oran Berry Harvest Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Sleep Powder
~ Substitute
~ Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
~ Psychic
36 HP / 36 Def / 196 SpA / 196 Spe

The trait that best warrants Exeggcute's success is its extreme diversity. It isn't diverse in the sense that it can run many sets effectively, but rather that all of its best skills are available in one set. With no form of permanent sunlight in Little Cup, Exeggcute can't sweep well enough to be usable. It is outclassed as a physical wall by almost everything out there, including Lileep and Ferroseed. This does, however, leave Exeggcute one set and a few roles it can play exceptionally well without being outclassed.

This set can do quite a few things. First, if it is necessary to temporarily remove a threat from the game so one of Exeggcute's teammates can set up, Sleep Powder is close to the best thing there is. Leaf Storm is another way of doing this, as its sheer power is enough to OHKO some common offensive Pokemon such as Meowth, Chinchou, and Mienfoo. It also allows Exeggcute to counter Staryu, which is a huge threat to stall teams. Diverse Exeggcute works very well on such teams because of the combination of Sleep Powder's ability to cause switches and the egg Pokemon's ability to stall with Substitute, Oran Berry, and Harvest, which has a 50% chance of restoring a used berry. Furthermore, Exeggcute provides resistances crucial to stall teams, such as Fighting, Water, and Electric. Finally, Exeggcute uses Psychic as a STAB attack that doesn't lower its Special Attack, and to improve its coverage. It is also useful for Mienfoo that think they can come in and fire off a U-turn unharmed when Exeggcute has already used Leaf Storm.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Physical Wall

Eviolite Chlorophyll Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Wish / Synthesis
~ Giga Drain
~ Leech Seed / Hidden Power Fire
~ Protect / Toxic
116 HP / 40 Def / 236 SpA / 116 Spe

While Exeggcute isn't the best wall in LC, it can accomplish a feat that no other wall in LC can; it can outspeed most Choice Scarf users and tie with Choice Scarf Scraggy. It can almost heal itself fully with Synthesis in the sun, taking away the need for Rest. Other than that, Exeggcute also gets Giga Drain to heal itself. Leech Seed is good with Giga Drain, allowing Exeggcute to regenerate its health at a crazy rate. Hidden Power Fire hits Ferroseed, which would otherwise wall Exeggcute completely. Protect stalls for Leech Seed damage, and Toxic can be used with Hidden Power Fire to have another way of taking down the opponent's health.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Chlorophyll Sweeper

Life Orb / Eviolite Chlorophyll Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Giga Drain / SolarBeam
~ Psychic
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Fighting
~ Sleep Powder / Synthesis / Sunny Day
116 HP / 236 SpA / 116 Spe

This set may seem outclassed by Oddish and Petilil offensively, but Exeggcute has much better defenses and STAB Psychic-type attacks to boast. Giga Drain is the preferred option because with SolarBeam, a weather changer such as Snover can switch in without difficulty, resulting in the move becoming highly ineffective. Psychic gives Exeggcute another strong STAB option to smack Pokemon that resist Grass-type attacks hard, while Hidden Power Fire hits the Steel-types that resist Exeggcute's other attacks. On the other hand, Hidden Power Fighting can be used to hit Houndour, which can otherwise destroy Exeggcute. Sleep Powder makes sure Exeggcute is not setup bait, while Synthesis gives Exeggcute more staying power.

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Other Options

On the Chlorophyll set, Explosion can be used when Exeggcute is at low health for a quick escape, but as it does not pack the same amount of power in BW, it's not a recommended option. For some reason, Exeggcute gets Swords Dance, and can run a Swords Dance set with sun support. Exeggcute has physical options such as Seed Bomb, Return, Explosion, and Nature Power (which becomes Earthquake in Wi-Fi), but it does not have too many other options. A Trick Room support set with Trick Room, Light Screen, Reflect, and Giga Drain can be used, but Exeggcute is outclassed in that department by Natu. With Harvest, Exeggcute can use Oran Berry to regenerate half of its health, but Exeggcute will lose Eviolite and Chlorophyll. Heat Rock and Sunny Day can be used to give Exeggcute more Speed, but Exeggcute benefits more from getting it from a teammate.

Checks and Counters

Houndour is the best counter to Exeggcute, destroying it with its STAB attacks. Ferroseed can wall Exeggcute completely if it isn't packing Hidden Power Fire. Snover and Hippopotas can hamper it by taking away Exeggcute's sun. Stunky traps it with Pursuit and Sucker Punch, but needs to watch out for Hidden Power Ground. Scraggy takes hits with Eviolite and can KO Exeggcute with Crunch. Dratini also resists Grass-type attacks, and can revenge kill Exeggcute with ExtremeSpeed. Lickitung ignores the sunlight and laughs at all of its attacks, setting up Curse. Most Pokemon with U-turn, such as Choice Scarf Mienfoo and Gligar, are good counters as well.