Floatzel

Floatzel, The Sea Weasel Pokémon. It is a common sight around fishing ports. It is known to rescue people and carry off prey..With its flotation sac inflated, it can carry people on its back. It deflates the sac before it dives. Its flotation sac developed as a result of pursuing aquatic prey. It can double as a rubber raft. It floats using its well-developed flotation sac. It assists in the rescues of drowning people.

Overview

Floatzel is a strange Pokémon. Its design leaves something to be desired and it is somewhat mediocre stats the exception of which is its Speed and, to a lesser extent, Attack. It is tied with Starmie for fastest Water Pokemon however with Swift Swim and being set up in rain, it will outspeed anything and can do some decent damage physically. However, its Speed is the only exceptional thing about it. However, with Swift Swim and being set up in rain, it will outspeed anything and can do some decent damage physically.

Abilities

Swift Swim: Standard ability. It doubles Floatzel's Speed in the rain, letting it outspeed anything. However, in some circles with a ban on the Drizzle/Swift Swim combination, it can be less useful.
Water Veil: A bit of a gimmicky ability but can be very useful in some cases. It prevents Floatzel from being burned

Movesets

Pop Goes The Floatzel

-Waterfall
-Crunch
-Ice Punch
-Aqua Jet / Switcheroo
Item Attached: Choice Band
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

Your standard Choice set here. Each move can provide decent coverage with Waterfall getting the added boost of STAB. Ice Punch will take care of Grass and Dragon-types that may try to block Floatzel, Crunch can take care of many Psychic and Ghost-types. Finally, Aqua Jet can be used to get a priority hit in, or alternatively you can use Switcheroo to switch the Choice Band over to various Pokémon in order to screw up the opponent's strategy.

A Floating Bulk

-Bulk Up
-Waterfall
-Crunch
-Ice Punch
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

A standard Bulk Up set here. Due to Floatzel's Speed, you should be able to get set it up pretty easily. With Bulk Up, Floatzel's Attack gets to a respectable level and helps shore up its dire Defense. The other moves work exactly like the other sets, providing decent coverage to take out most opponents. Some would consider putting Baton Pass on this set, to pass the Attack and Defense boosts to other Pokémon, but that's not completely necessary for this set.

Burn Baby, Burn

-Switcheroo
-Waterfall
-Crunch
-Ice Punch
Item Attached: Flame Orb
Ability: Water Veil
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 SDef
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

This Floatzel set is a bit of a gimmick but can cripple the opponent easily. Using the Water Veil ability, the Flame Orb that it carries will not activate, thus not showing your hand. If you use Switcheroo, it will give the Flame Orb to the opponent, and will burn it at the end of the turn, halving their Attack and putting in decent damage. The other moves work as standard, taking Floatzel's Attack into consideration and providing some decent coverage.

Other Options

Aqua Tail, Focus Punch/Substitute, Ice Beam, Hidden Power, Rain Dance, Scald, Toxic
Aqua Tail can provide decent damage, but has a slightly lower accuracy to Waterfall so isn't always the optimal choice
Focus Punch & Substitute can be used together to do decent damage as the standard SubPunch combination
Ice Beam can give a decent Ice-type move if you choose to go with a Mixed and/or Special set
Hidden Power can be useful for type coverage, especially if it is Grass-type
Scald gives a nice Special Water-type move, with the added bonus of possibly burning the opponent
Rain Dance can be used to set up other Pokémon, due to Floatzel's Speed, and can be used on Floatzel itself to help it double its speed
Toxic is an obvious choice based on Floatzel's Speed, allowing it to quickly inflict this status on the enemy

Double & Triple Battle Options

Floatzel is really not that well suited for Double & Triple battles, it's at home in Singles due to the majority of the attacks that use Physical being single target

Partners

Anything that can set up Rain Dance can be incredibly handy for Floatzel. Politoed with Drizzle is the optimal choice when you're not dealing with the Smogon rules or Pokémon like Volbeat who have Prankster so can set it up before any other Pokémon moves. Alternatively, Tailwind users can be used in the same way

Countering Floatzel

While Floatzel can hit fast, it cannot take a serious hit, having low defences. Zebstrika is a great counter due to Floatzel lacking Ground-type moves and it being able to easily outspeed Floatzel in standard weather. Trick Room can completely cripple any Floatzel and have it taken out quickly. If you have any Bulky Water or Grass Pokémon, then they are also good to be able to stall and take out Floatzel.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Not in game.

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Not in game

Colosseum/XD:
Not in game

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Routes 213, 218, 221, 222, 224 & 230, Fuego Ironworks, Victory Road (Diamond/Pearl)
Routes 218, 221, 222, 224 & 230, Fuego Ironworks, Victory Road .(Platinum)

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Safari Zone (Special Items)

Black/White:
Route 11, 14

Black 2/White 2:
Route 11, 14, 23, Abundant Shrine, Victory Road, Nature Preserve

Animé Appearences

Floatzel has made a few appearances. In these, it has been owned by Kenny during his Sinnoh Grand Festival challenge and owned by Crasher Wake, and used in his battle against Ash

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
539 Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu (1) Pokémon Ranger! The Wave-Guiding Riolu! (Part One) Pics
551 A Crasher Course in Power Pastoria Gym! VS Crasher Wake! Pics
559 One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! The Final Showdown! Pokémon Triathlon! Pics
588 Not Aired Mysterious Creatures: Pokémon Pics
642 Last Call, First Round! Grand Festival! The Art of Flame & Ice! Pics
643 Opposites Interact! Mamoswine & Pachirisu! The Ice Chandelier - Decisive Blow! Pics
646 For The Love Of Meowth Goodbye Team Rocket! Meowth's Love! Pics
648 Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port Ash VS Kenny! Setting Sail for Each Destination! Pics
M13 Zoroark - Master of Illusions Phantom Champion Zoroark Pics
650 An Old Family Blend! The Eve of the Fierce Fighting! The Big Gathering of Ash's Pokémon! Pics
651 League Unleashed! Opening! Sinnoh League - Suzuran Tournament!! Pics

 
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