Floatzel (Sinnoh Pokédex. It is a Water-Type, and is known as the Sea Weasel Pokémon.) is the 57th Pokémon in the
Floatzel uses the Swift Swim Ability. This Ability doubles its Speed when it is raining, but this doesn't take effect on the same turn in which the weather turns to rain. A second Ability is available to Floatzel from the Dream World, the Water Veil Ability. This Ability protects it from taking a Burn.
Buizel can evolve into Floatzel at Level 26.
Floatzel is a Pokémon whose appearance is a mix between a Sea Otter and a Weasel. It has four limbs, two arms and two legs. Its legs are small compared to its arms and it typically stands on its hind legs. On each arm there are one blue fin that has two black vertical lines. Its fur is mostly orange with parts of a cream-ish colour, which is at the end of its arms, on its belly area, eyelids, the tips of both tails and on its forehead that is a circular shape. Floatzel has a crest-like feature on its head and a short-ish snout which is orange on top and cream-ish underneath. At the end of its snout is a black nose. There is two small sharp teeth that is visable when its mouth is closed, Floatzel has two black, whisker-like features that is near its checks. On Floatzels belly is an orange patch that looks like a waterdrop. On its back is two or one cream-ish white spots on its back, the number of spots depends on its gender. Floatzel has a large flotation device that goes around its body starting near the tails and up around its neck. It looks like a life jacket, with the colouration yellow.
The female has one spot on its back while the male has two.
Floatzel appears at Routes 213, 218, 221, 22, 224, 230, Fuego Ironworks and Victory Road in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Floatzel appear at the Safari Zone's Swamp area after placing 10 Water Objects in the area.
Floatzel can be found at Routes 11 and 14 while Surfing in Black and White. In Black 2 and White 2, Floatzel appears at Routes 11, 14, 23, Lostlorn Forest, Outside Victory Road and the Nature Sanctuary by way of Surfing.
Floatzel appear at Crystal Crossing B1-B7 in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky. Floatzel is exclusive to Stormy Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Weird Rockland 13F-23F.
Floatzel can be found at Vien Forest, Union Road and The Crysta Lake in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Floatzel appear within the Ruin Passageway section of Oblivia Ruins in the Present, and in the Ice Temple Mission "Time, Time, Time!" in the past by defeating it and obtaining its Slate.
Floatzel appear at Seabreeze Trail Beach 1-2 after completing the game and Sunny Seashore Beach 4-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Floatzel is listed as an Uncommon Card in the Great Encounters, Supreme Victors and Dragons Exalted sets, and as a Rare Card in the Diamond and Pearl, Rising Rivals and Unleashed sets. A second Floatzel is listed as an Ultra Rare Level X Card in the Rising Rivals set.
Crasher Wake would use his Floatzel in a Gym Battle against Ash. It put up a good fight, but the efforts of Pikachu and Buizel were able to defeat Crasher Wake's Floatzel to win the battle and the Fen Badge.
A trainer named Monica would use a Floatzel in the film Zoroark: Master of Illusions, Floatzel's only appearance in the films as of writing.
Floatzel's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.
Floatzel finds itself in the PU tier of competitive battling, where it stands out as one of the tier's best Pokémon. With good offensive stats, a high Speed stat, and excellent overall coverage combined with unpredictability, Floatzel is a tremendously good offensive threat in the tier. It can fit on balanced and offense teams alike and functions as both a wallbreaker and cleaner. It has some neat moves at its disposal, such as Switcheroo to cripple bulkier Pokémon like Clefairy and Baton Pass to gain momentum for a team. Floatzel's best set is a special attacker set with Life Orb or Choice Specs that can hit hard with STAB Hydro Pump and can act as a very nice cleaner and revenge killer. It can also run a Choice Band set that puts Floatzel's higher Attack stat to good use and has a nice priority attack in Aqua Jet. Floatzel's only flaws are that it can be a bit underwhelming in power when using its coverage options and that it is outsped by a common Pokémon in Zebstrika.
Floatzel is also viable in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. With an excellent Speed tier that allows for it to outspeed the entire unboosted tier except for Swellow, Floatzel is a very potent attacker that can maul offensive threats in Tauros, Archeops, and Pyroar. It has a solid enough movepool to hit a large portion of the tier hard, and it can pivot out with Baton Pass, nabbing momentum in the process. Floatzel's best set is a special attacker Life Orb set that has a strong STAB in Hydro Pump and good coverage through Ice Beam and Focus Blast. Floatzel's flaws lie in its poor bulk, which leaves it vulnerable to being picked off by priority, and its only decent Special Attack stat which leads to it struggling against certain Pokémon like Lanturn. It faces competition from Samurott and Ludicolo as an offensive Water-type, as both have better bulk and movepools, but Floatzel's higher initial Speed is a major advantage over the two and allows for it to be a very good offensive threat.
Black 2/White 2
Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)
Generation IV Exclusive Moves: Via TM/HM
- TM01: Focus Punch
- TM03: Water Pulse
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM55: Brine
- TM58: Endure
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
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