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.
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.
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.
Pop Goes The Floatzel
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
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
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.
Aqua Tail, Focus Punch/Substitute, Ice Beam, Hidden Power, Rain Dance, Scald, Toxic
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
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
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.
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