Exeggcute (タマタマ, Exeggcute Tamatama in original Japanese language versions) is one of 493 fictional species belonging to the Pokémon franchise. Exeggcute's name is derived from the words egg and execute. Its Japanese name may be a pun on 玉 tama (ball) and 卵 tamago (egg).
Exeggcute resembles a cluster of six pink-shelled eggs, each bearing a distinct expression. Most of the eggs are cracked, some to the point of exposing a hard yellow yolk-like interior.
Although an Exeggcute is considered a single Pokémon, each one is actually comprised of six different entities collectively comprising the Exeggcute, though they may be connected through one telepathic brain-wave, incorporating their psychic powers. These entities are egg-shaped, although they are actually more related to plant seeds than eggs. They attract each other in groups of six using telepathic signals only they can receive and form a very strong bond of energy. Thanks to this bond the Exeggcute remain in their balanced formation and can spin around. Even if one is temporarily separated, it will quickly be rejoined with its swarm.
The shell of the creatures forming the Exeggcute is particularly durable. Even if it cracks, the mysterious content will not spill. It is said that if cracks increasingly appear on its surface, it is close to evolution. However, Exeggcute require exposure to Leaf Stones to catalyze their evolution into Exeggutor in the video games.
In Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed and LeafGreen, Exeggcute is found in the Safari Zone. In the last two games it is additionally found in the Berry Forest. In Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal, Exeggcute can be found by shaking trees using Headbutt. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Exeggcute can be found in the Great Marsh after obtaining the National Pokédex.
Exeggcute has pretty good statistics and many moves that induce status ailments and other annoyances, which makes it useful in battle. However, Exeggcute's evolved form Exeggutor is much more preferred due to its increased stats. It is the only Pokémon that can learn the Normal-type move Barrage naturally.
It is important to also remember that Exeggcute's dual type of Grass/Psychic makes it very vulnerable to bug-type moves.
The Exeggcute species was featured in episode #43 (March of the Exeggutor Squad), where it belonged to a carnival magician named Melvin. Exeggcute inadvertently hypnotized Ash to obey Melvin's every command. Melvin has Ash capture a lot of Exeggutor for him, but when they get out of line his Exeggcute evolves into an Exeggutor and forces every Exeggutor to hypnotize each other, sending them on a rampage. Exeggcute also made an appearance in the movie short "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure".
Bill is seen with an Exeggcute in Pokémon Special. Prior to the events of Volume 23, it has since evolved into Exeggutor.
Trading Card Game
Exeggcute has appeared quite a few times on the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Gym Heroes (Erika's Exeggcute)
- Neo Destiny
- EX FireRed & LeafGreen
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue; Pokémon Yellow; Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2; Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal; Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen; Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
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- Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
- Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21, 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5