Exeggutor

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 NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
95
- 331 394 -
Atk
95
203 226 289 317
Def
85
185 206 269 295
SpA
125
257 286 349 383
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
55
131 146 209 229

Overview

Exeggutor, a Pokemon that has been around since the days of RBY, has fallen into near obscurity with the advent of Pokemon Black and White. Even in RU, it faces stiff competition from other offensive Grass-types, such as Sceptile, Lilligant, and even Tangrowth. Thankfully, Exeggutor has a few advantages that set it apart from its fellow Grass-types, most notably a spectacular base Special Attack, which is significantly higher than that of any other Grass-type in the tier; it also possesses a moderately useful secondary Psychic typing and two very nifty abilities in Harvest and Chlorophyll. Admittedly, the eggplant has a few major issues that the other Grass-types in the tier lack, including a Pursuit weakness, less durability than Tangrowth, and less Speed than both Lilligant or Sceptile. However, its tremendous Special Attack and useful abilities allow it to solidly fill a few niches in the RU tier.

Name Item Ability Nature

Sunny Day

Life Orb / Heat Rock Chlorophyll Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Sunny Day
~ SolarBeam / Giga Drain
~ Hidden Power Fire / Psyshock
~ Sleep Powder
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

With a great Special Attack stat and the Chlorophyll ability, Exeggutor is an excellent choice for a sun sweeper. After setting up Sunny Day his Speed will double, turning him into a potent threat. SolarBeam is his STAB attack of choice, as it no longer requires a turn to charge under sun. Giga Drain can be used over SolarBeam, as it works outside of sun and offsets Life Orb's recoil. Hidden Power Fire nails the Steel-, Grass-, and Bug-types that resist SolarBeam, and gets a power boost from the sun. Psyshock can be used in place of it, however, for added STAB and good overall coverage. Sleep Powder is the final move of choice, as it cripples one of Exeggutor's would-be counters.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room

Life Orb Harvest Quiet
Moveset IVs
~ Trick Room
~ Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
~ Psychic
~ Sleep Powder
0 Spe
EVs
232 HP / 24 Def / 252 SpA

Exeggutor's pitiful Speed becomes his greatest asset under Trick Room; after setting it up, he "outspeeds" almost anything. Leaf Storm is his STAB attack of choice, decimating anything that doesn't resist it. Giga Drain, however, offers more consistent power and added recovery. Psychic offers great secondary STAB, and the only type that resists both is Steel. Sleep Powder is an excellent choice for the final slot, as it allows Exeggutor to cripple one of his counters or any other Pokemon that threatens Trick Room teams in general.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Lum Berry + Harvest

Lum Berry Harvest Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Powder
~ Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
~ Psyshock / Psychic
156 HP / 252 SpA / 100 Spe

Thanks to the combination of Lum Berry and Harvest, Exeggutor can switch into common status moves from Pokemon such as Tangrowth, Amoonguss, and Slowking, and either cripple the foe with Sleep Powder or retaliate with one of its STAB moves. In the first slot, Rest is used to heal Exeggutor from residual damage taken from entry hazards and resisted moves, and is risk-free thanks to Lum Berry. When Exeggutor should use Rest depends on the foe's team. For example, if Exeggutor is at half health and the foe has a Slowking out, Exeggutor should use Rest immediately so it doesn't get KOed by Fire Blast the next time it switches into it. In the second slot, Sleep Powder is used to incapacitate common switch-ins such as Moltres and Druddigon. Leaf Storm occupies the third slot, and thanks to its immediate power, OHKOes several Pokemon that Giga Drain could not, including Slowking and Lanturn. It should be noted that Exeggutor has the strongest Leaf Storm in RU, which is a boon over other Grass-types like Sceptile. However, Giga Drain can be use for its reliability, but be warned, as missing out on the aforementioned KOs could be crucial. The last slot is dedicated to a Psychic STAB of choice. Psyshock is generally the better option, as it 2HKOes Lilligant after a Quiver Dance boost and OHKOes Roselia and Cryogonal after Stealth Rock. However, Psychic can be used to guarantee an OHKO on Emboar, as well as land a solid 2HKO on Tangrowth. It should be noted that Exeggutor's Psychic STAB is a huge advantage it has over other Grass-types, as it not only pressures common sleep inducers such as Emboar and Druddigon, but also destroys Amoonguss and Roselia, which would normally be threatening to other Grass-types.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubSeed

Sitrus Berry Harvest Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Leech Seed
~ Protect
~ Hidden Power Fire / Psychic
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe

Exeggutor is an extremely capable SubSeed user, thanks to his ability, Harvest. With Harvest, he can regenerate Sitrus Berries, which heal off the damage from Substitute whenever Exeggutor drops below half of his health. Substitute protects him from status and attacks, while Leech Seed provides constant recovery while chipping away at the foe. Protect further stalls out the foe, giving Exeggutor an added to turn to leech off of its opponent. Hidden Power Fire is the attack of choice, as it hits Grass-types super effectively, and they are the only type immune to Leech Seed. Psychic offers higher Base Power and STAB, but it is walled by Dark-types, which can hit Exeggutor for massive damage.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Chlorophyll Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ Psychic / Psyshock
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Sleep Powder
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

While the other sets offer team support and the ability to sweep, Exeggutor becomes a great wall breaker when equipped with Choice Specs. Leaf Storm is his weapon of choice, punching holes in anything that doesn't resist it. Psychic and Psyshock are both excellent secondary STAB attacks; the former offers greater Base Power, while the latter stops specially defensive Pokemon that attempt to wall this set. Hidden Power Fire is Exeggutor's best option for hitting Steel-types and gains a boost when used in sun. Sleep Powder may seem like an odd move to be locked into, but its ability to cripple the opponent's main switch-in to Exeggutor is highly valuable.

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Other Options

Exeggutor can utilize a ChestoRest set with Harvest, using Rest to stay healthy and a constantly regenerating Chesto Berry to wake up. However, this is outclassed by the SubSeed set. Energy Ball offers a slight power increase over Giga Drain, but lacks the benefit of recovering health. Curse or Swords Dance can boost Exeggutor's decent base 95 Attack, but they are generally inferior given his lack of Speed or initial offensive presence. Synthesis can be used on any set for added recovery. Exeggutor is one of the few Gravity users, which can boost his accuracy but offers little direct support otherwise. Starf Berry can be used alongside Harvest to slowly boost Exeggutor's stats, but any set that can stall long enough to abuse it takes away vital coverage attacks and his ability to sweep once set up. Finally, Explosion is an option that can get a sun or Trick Room sweeper in for free after Exeggutor has set up the desired field effect.

Checks and Counters

Bouffalant gets an Attack boost from any of Exeggutor's Grass-type attacks, Sleep Powder, and Leech Seed, while Exeggutor can only 2HKO it with Choice Specs-boosted Psychic. Sawsbuck can't switch in on Hidden Power Fire or Hidden Power Ice, but it receives an Attack boost from any Grass-type attack as well. Altaria easily walls any of Exeggutor's attacks except Psyshock and Hidden Power Ice. Most fast sweepers can quickly revenge kill the Choice Specs set. Specially defensive Murkrow can Taunt Exeggutor's Sleep Powder and tank even Choice Specs Leaf Storm, while boasting a useful immunity to Psyshock; Mandibuzz performs similarly, though it does not have priority on Taunt. Sigilyph and Murkrow resist both of Exeggutor's STAB attacks but must be wary of Hidden Power Ice.