Today's final Grass type is Exeggutor. One of my absolute favorites from Generation I, Exeggutor has seen better days. Competitively, Exeggutor takes a hit with every new Generation. Currently, it languishes in NU, where its absurdly high Sp. Atk and Chlorophyll actually make it usable. Did you know that Exeggutor has the highest Sp. Atk stat of all Grass type Pokemon (tied with Roserade?) Unfortunately, its middling Speed and insane amount of weaknesses hold it back.
Hey, remember when I said that Grass and Dark had pretty bad defensive synergy during the Shiftry entry? Yeah, as it turns out, Grass and Psychic is even worse. Tied with Abomasnow and Celebi for the Pokemon with the most weaknesses of all time
, Exeggutor has a whopping 7
weaknesses. These are: Fire, Poison, Flying, Ice, Dark, Ghost, and a 4x weakness to Bug. I can only imagine that if Exeggutor didn't have this many weaknesses, it would be in a higher tier because its movepool --containing moves such as Leaf Storm, Leech Seed, Psychic, and Psyshock-- is actually pretty good.
However, despite its shortcomings, Exeggutor remains one of my favorite Generation I Pokemon. For starters, it was a BEAST in Generation I, where the strongest Bug type move was Pin Missile, Ghost and Poison moves sucked, and Dark wasn't a thing. Basically, if you weren't using Alakazam or Mewtwo, chances are you were using Exeggutor. Then there's its adorably quirky appearance. It is deliciously random to have a psychic palm tree/coconut...thing. Also, cookie points for turning Ash into their personal bitch for the anime. I always enjoy that. This guy was just an incredibly fun Pokemon to use, and when I brought mine to Generation IV, I was both surprised and delighted by its performance.