Floatzel

Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Type Tier
Water NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
85
- 311 374 -
Atk
105
221 246 309 339
Def
55
131 146 209 229
SpA
85
185 206 269 295
SpD
50
122 136 199 218
Spe
115
239 266 329 361
  • Underused

Overview

Floatzel can be a deadly Pokemon, especially when used correctly. Being the fastest Pokemon to get Swift Swim is quite an accomplishment, and Floatzel doesn't lack in the movepool department either. It even has a solid Special Attack stat to take advantage of Surf and Ice Beam. Being one of the few reliable Pokemon who can Baton Pass Bulk Up is something to also brag about, and Floatzel isn't afraid to show it either.

Sweeping with Floatzel needs some leeway though. It has problems, but many other Pokemon do as well. Aside from the usual bulky Water-types, Tangrowth is a problem for Floatzel, despite having Ice Punch at its disposal. Floatzel's mediocre defensive stats don’t give Floatzel a lot of opportunities to switch into direct attacks either. If you can bypass these shortcomings, Floatzel is a powerful threat late-game with the rain boosting its Speed as well as Waterfall.

Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Life Orb / Damp Rock Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Waterfall
~ Ice Punch
~ Return
~ Rain Dance
232 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Def / 16 Spe

Floatzel is a fast Water-type Pokemon who can cause quite a bit of destruction in the rain. The rain acts similar to an Agility and a Howl (for Waterfall that is) boost, which is why little Speed investment is necessary. After the rain is set up, it's time for Floatzel to wreak havoc upon its opponents. Waterfall will be the main attack for Floatzel and hits incredibly hard in the rain. Ice Punch adds coverage while stopping Grass-types from absorbing the boosted Waterfall, as well as hitting Altaria hard. Return is your best weapon against opposing Water-types and complements Waterfall for nearly perfect coverage. It's also your strongest attack against Toxicroak, who will often come in to absorb Waterfall. Rain Dance is in the last slot as you can never have too many Rain Dance users on a Rain Dance team.

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Name Item Nature

Bulk Up

Life Orb / Leftovers Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Bulk Up
~ Waterfall
~ Ice Punch
~ Return
32 HP / 252 Atk / 48 Def / 176 Spe

Floatzel lacks Swords Dance; however, having Bulk Up still gives Floatzel the Attack boost that it needs. After using Bulk Up, Floatzel will obtain 417 Attack and 237 Defense. Once Floatzel has used Bulk Up once or twice, it should follow up by attacking. Waterfall provides reliable STAB, dealing significant damage to the many Fire-, Rock-, and Ground-types in the UU metagame. Ice Punch picks off Grass-types, as well as hitting Altaria hard. Return pairs well with Waterfall and offers good coverage while hitting the many bulky Water-types who resist the Water + Ice combination. Brick Break and Crunch are the main other options for this set. Crunch will hit Ghost- and Psychic-types harder than any move, which is especially important for Slowbro who resists Water-type moves. Brick Break, however, hits Lapras hard, since Lapras resists Water- and Ice-type moves. Brick Break also hits most Steel-, Dark-, and Normal-types harder than any other move. Aqua Jet is a minor option but does allow you to hit priority users before they hit you, as well as hitting faster Choice Scarf users, like Dugtrio and Swellow.

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Name Item Nature

Baton Pass

Leftovers Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Waterfall
~ Bulk Up
~ Taunt
~ Baton Pass
80 HP / 252 Def / 176 Spe

Floatzel is one of the few Pokemon who can Baton Pass Bulk Up boosts. The weasel's high Speed and access to Taunt help this set successfully pass the boosts. Since Whirlwind, Roar, and Perish Song are common ways to prevent Pokemon from Baton Passing boosts, Taunt helps patch that problem. It can also make certain offensively weak Pokemon setup bait. Waterfall is used as the sole attack since it's Floatzel's most reliable Water-type move, and Floatzel is not meant to be a sweeper with this set. Therefore, another attack isn't needed.

A Jolly nature and 176 Speed EVs allows Floatzel to outspeed Timid Mismagius and Jolly Scyther while Floatzel's Defense is maximized so it can take hits as best as possible with the rest placed in HP. Floatzel doesn't need Attack EVs on this set as it's not meant to be a sweeper; it's meant to be a team supporter. Floatzel should only retaliate when it feels that it is absolutely necessary to. Otherwise, Floatzel should simply use Baton Pass to escape from harm. Leftovers is the preferred item as free recovery can help Floatzel last longer.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Waterfall
~ Ice Punch
~ Return
~ Crunch / Aqua Jet / Brick Break
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

The ingredients to Choice Band are rather simple: a good movepool, acceptable Attack, and high Speed. You may lose the versatility of switching attacks, but the Attack boost is welcomed. While Floatzel has an impressive Speed stat, its Attack is mediocre compared to the likes of Absol and Hitmonlee, but that higher Speed can come in use at times, as well as its powerful STAB Waterfall. Waterfall is Floatzel's main attack to hit the many Ground-, Rock-, and Fire-types in UU, while Ice Punch falls close behind in hitting the many Grass-types. Ice Punch also hits Altaria hard. Return gives reliable damage; however, use a coverage move or priority here if you want. Crunch damages Slowbro and Rotom, Aqua Jet provides useful priority and makes Sucker Punch from Absol and others fail, while Brick Break isn't exactly a necessary option; however, it hits most Normal-, Steel-, and Dark-types harder than any other attack. Another option is Pursuit to trap fleeing Pokemon, such as Mismagius who is OHKOed by a Jolly Choice Band Waterfall after Stealth Rock damage, so will unlikely risk staying in.

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Name Item Nature

Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Rash
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance
~ Surf
~ Waterfall
~ Ice Beam
240 Atk / 252 SpA / 16 Spe

Floatzel is a surprisingly good mixed sweeper thanks to decent offensive stats and Rain Dance. This set works just like any other Rain Dance sweeper: find a turn to Rain Dance and start inflicting pain. Surf is the primary STAB here, and hits some of the physically defensive Pokemon who think they can take Floatzel's hits easily. Waterfall is the second move to hit Chansey, Clefable, and others hard. Ice Beam is used in the last slot to hit the many Grass-types of UU, while also OHKOing Altaria.

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Other Options

Aqua Tail is another STAB option that has a higher Base Power than Waterfall. Waterfall outclasses Aqua Tail though, as Waterfall has the nifty 20% chance of a flinch occurring as well as 100% accuracy. Aqua Jet is a priority move that Floatzel has access to; however, Floatzel is usually fast enough that it is almost redundant to use it. Focus Punch can be used alongside Substitute, Waterfall, and Crunch. Speaking of Substitute, Liechi Berry and Substitute make a good set thanks to Floatzel's high Speed.

Checks and Counters

Bulky Water-types are the best counters to Floatzel. Milotic can easily Recover the damage and retaliate with Hidden Power Grass or repeated Surfs. Quagsire can do very well against Floatzel as long as Floatzel doesn't have Hidden Power Grass or Bulk Up. Lapras with Thunderbolt is a great counter, taking most attacks easily and hitting back hard. Slowbro can also do well, and has many ways to deal with Floatzel; Thunder Wave, Psychic, and Grass Knot are the main ones. Toxicroak also causes most sets problems with Sucker Punch priority and a Water immunity.

Tangrowth has high Defense and access to the powders to cripple Floatzel. Against non-Rain Dance versions, Sceptile will be faster while being able to take out Floatzel with Leaf Storm. Electrode is also faster than the non-Rain Dance versions, and can hit Floatzel hard with Thunderbolt.