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If you have a good competitive moveset for Floatzel, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Floatzel Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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What are his stats, eg HP, Attack...?

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5 votes

Alrighty, it's been a few days since I've recommended some movesets. Glad to be back in the swing of things!

Floatzel is born to be a Physical Sweeper. It can't really do anything else (Besides revenge killing, which it is also incredibly good at doing). The aim for a good Floatzel Moveset is full-out attack, with a bit of buffing and boosting for support.

Aqua Tail/Waterfall
(Waterfall for reliability and flinching, and Aqua Tail for raw power. Both are great attacks, and it's up to you for which one you pick)

Ice Punch
(Try your very hardest to get Ice Punch on Floatzel. It compliments its Attack stat, and hits Flying, Ground, Dragon, and Grass types, which are all of Floatzel's biggest worries. Not just because of weaknesses, resistances, etc, but because of the natural advantages they'll usually have over him)

Brick Break/Rock Tomb/Iron Tail/Dig
(Use one of these for some added coverage. Brick Break gets Physically inclined Steel walls out of the way, Rock Tomb can get Bug, Flying once again, and Ice types, Iron Tail can also hit Ice types, and also gets Rock. Not much of a big deal there though. FInally, Dig is probably the worst choice, at first glance, but it's your only counter toward an Electric-type. Use whichever one you want)

Bulk Up
(One of the few Non-Fighting-Type Pokemon to learn Bulk Up. It raises your ability o be a good Physical Tank, so it's a great buff to have on Floatzel, for both the Attack boost and the Defense boost. If you want all attacking moves though, pick one of the leftover three attacks from above)

Floatzel is a great Pokemon. Not just for its good Attack and Speed stats, but for its general versatility and rather varied movepool. Jut like with Porygon, it has a somewhat small movepool, but the movepool fits Floatzel like a glove, being able to efficiently utilize any attack or move it can learn. The possibilities are nearly endless with a Floatzel, but it's best Niche lies in the Physical Sweeper, where it can put its Base 105 Attack and Base 115 Speed stats to good use.

EDIT: How could I forget? If you can't get Ice Punch on Floatzel for whatever reason you may have, just get a Heart Scale, find the fat Move Rememberer(?) guy and get Floatzel to remember Ice Fang.

This was very usefull and I agree on you on everything. Thanks!
3 votes

As I don't know much about his stats, I can only do a move

Floatzel's base attack is 20 higher than it's base special attack, so focus mainly on that. However, due to a small frame of avalible moves, you're a bit limited in choices.

I'd keep Ice Beam. Ice is such a good type when attacking. :)

You really don't need both waterfall (attack, 80) and surf (sp attack 95). It's redundant. Swap out waterfall for Crunch (attack 80).

You could swap double team for dig (attack, 80) or brick break (attack, power 75). Even though Brick Break is less powerful by five, your foe can't just switch out to a flying Pokemon and make it useless like they can with Dig.

Here's how the three types I sugested coordinate with your ice and water. (when attacking, super effective)
Ground: Fire, Electric, poison, rock, steel
Dark: Psychic, Ghost
Fight: Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark, Steel
Water: Fire, Ground, Rock
Ice: Grass, Ground, Flying, Dragon

(when attacking, not very effective)
Ground: Grass, Bug, Flying
Dark: Fight, Dark, Steel
Fight: Poison, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Ghost
Ice: Fire, Water, Ice, Steel
Water: Water, Grass, Dragon

One other advantage of Dig to concider is that Ground is super e. against electric, which is super e against you.

Overall, just bruch up waterfall and Double team and you're pretty good :)

2 votes

Well now, I'll give you two movesets.


Bulk Up: Increases Floatzel's Physical stats.
Waterfall: STAB, good chance to cause flinching, good power, high accuracy.
Ice Punch: Decent power, high accuracy, chance to freeze, deals with Grass types.
Taunt: Stops the foe frm using stat moves.


Surf: STAB, good power, high accuracy.
Ice Beam: Good power, chance to freeze, high accuracy, deal with Grass types.
Taunt: Stops the foe from using Stat moves.
Rain Dance: Increases Floatzel's Speed and increases the power of Surf.

2 votes

[email protected] Orb
Role: NU Anti-Lead
Ability: Water Veil
EVs: 104 HP / 188 Atk / 216 Speed
Jolly Nature

  • Switcheroo
  • Taunt
  • Ice Punch / Crunch
  • Waterfall


Floatzel stands out in NU as one of the fastest Pokemon. It can outspeed many threatening Pokemon, such as Tauros and Archeops. It's typing also has a great match-up against many leads, making it suitable for being an anti-lead.

Taunt is a typical move seen on many anti-leads. You generally start off with Taunt (if you predict the Stealth Rock from Rhydon, Ferroseed, etc... you get the idea).

Water Veil + Flame Orb + Switcheroo is a great combo. You don't get burned by Flame Orb because of Water Veil and you can use Switcheroo, so it cripples a Physical Sweeper. It's essential that you play Switcheroo carefully. Most of your opponents probably won't be expecting it, but you could get a bad item.

Ice Punch does around 60% - 75% to Torterra with this EV spread. Crunch deals around 60% - 75% to bulky Psychics, like Mushrana and Xatu (and in rare cases, Eviolite Duosion).

Waterfall deals with Rhydon and can OHKO Archeops (which is important because Archeops is a pretty good Stealth Rock lead in NU).

Note: 216 EVs in speed + Jolly Nature ensures that it outspeeds Archeops, while 188 Atk means that it can OHKO Archeops with Waterfall. Other damage estimates (for Ice Punch / Crunch) are done above.

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I'm just going to say this, I love this moveset.
I think it's better with choice band/scarf instead of flame orb
Kobrah no, it's better with Flame Orb. The opponent is much more likely to benefit from a Choice Band or Scarf than a Flame Orb.
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[email protected] Band
Ability: Water Veil
Nature: Mild / Hasty
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Sp Atk

Ice Beam / Blizzard
Brick Break

I've been called an idiot when I go all Choice Band + Blizzard on people, but Ice Fang doesn't KO jack crap. Blizzard has a large enough BP difference to do much more damage. If ran with rocks, it can probably KO Dragonite / Flygon / Salamence / Landorus and maybe even Gliscor. Which rocks! Waterfall is his main attack. I personally use Hasty, although Mild helps Blizzard get easier guaranteed KO's on those quad effective receievers.
Brick Break and Crunch gives amazing coverage together.

While Ice Fang is weak, at least it actually gets a boost from the Choice Band. Using Ice Beam or Blizzard is locking yourself into a single move without any positive effect. Besides, Floatzel's Attack is better than its Special Attack, so Ice Fang would probably do more damage anyway.
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Gen V

Floatzel (M) @ Expert Belt

Trait: Swift Swim

EVs: 128 Atk / 216 Def / 164 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Aqua Jet
  • Bulk Up
  • Ice Punch
  • Pursuit
As someone who has two floatzel one a special sweeper the other a physical
If it has a nature that boosts attack it should have
Low kick
Aqua jet/ waterfall / Aquatail
Crunch / iron tail
And the most important move on this set ICE PUNCH

The special set should be
Focus blast
HP dragon / grass / electric
And protect / icy wind / icebeam / blizzard
0 votes

Floatzel(F)@Expert belt

Moves:Waterfall/Aqua tail
Ice Fang/Ice punch
Bulk up/Aqua jet



Ability:Swift Swim

0 votes

Because of its plausibly high Speed stat (second fastest Water-type behind Greninja by 8 points), and relatively high Attack stat, I guess you could say that Floatzel could be a potentially good start-of-battle sweeper. Add Rain Dance to that mix (assuming the Floatzel has Swift Swim), than practically nothing can outspeed Floatzel, other than Agility-users. The only problem with Floatzel is its rather poor defensive stats, and its rather limited movepool. But it is still extremely useful for Rain teams.

Here's my suggestions:

Nature: Jolly (or much less desirably Adamant)
Ability: Swift Swim

-Rain Dance - pretty obvious why.
-Waterfall - STAB and possible flinching
-Ice Fang - type coverage. If you work hard enough to get it Ice Punch, that would be more favorable. Don't waste Ice Beam with Floatzel; its Attack stat is too good to be training Special Attack.
-Crunch, Brick Break, or (less favorably) Dig - more type coverage.
-Double Team might also be consideration if you're not using Pokémon Showdown

As for items, I have multiple suggestions:
-Focus Sash - because of Floatzel's poor defensive stats
-Water Gem - boosts whatever Water type move you want to use, especially in rain
-Damp Rock - for obvious reasons
-Eject Button - if you'd rather have something else use the rain (Politoed with Drizzle might be more appropriate, unless you aren't attacked immediately and would like to use the Swift Swim benefits)

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One of the fastest Water Type Pokemon, Floatzel! it is a Physical Pokemon so to bad Surf and Ice beam can't be very effective since..yeah cause that would be perfect,To bad with low Defense of 55 and Special Defense of 50, Floatzel won't stay in for long so pretty Much just give it a Focus Sash, anyway heres a set that I hope that will work!

Item: Focus Sash
Ability: Swift Swim/Water Veil (your choice)
Nature: Jolly/Adamant (Offensive or Faster)
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed and 4 HP
-Ice Fang
-Rain Dance
-Aqua Jet/Crunch

Waterfall is the best Physical watertype move for Floatzel and all physical water type Pokemon and has a 30% chance of fliching the opponent and so that will make up for Floatzel staying in longer, Oh and STAB. Ice Fang is for Grass coverage and a small chance of frezzing the opponent wich again will make it up for Floatzel staying in longer. Rain Dance is for activaiting its abilities so if it has Swift Swim it'l raise its speed by 2 stages wich is good if you are running on a Adamant Nature and Water Veil to curenit from those nasty Burns, Rain dance will also make its water type moves a little more powerful. Aqua Jet is a priority move so it may almost always goes first go first wich is good if the opponent is low on HP or you can go with Crunch that does good power and has a chance of lowering Defense stat wich can make you hit them harder.

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"The fastest water type Pokemon, Floatzel!"
Greninja says hi.
If you are going to run Rain Dance in your moveset then swift swim is the best choice, not only your speed goes up, but water moves become stronger, making waterfall a deadly STAB
One of the fastest. Please read more carefully! I bet that you are a very smart and wonderful person! :)
Hellfire taco lol nice edit
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a basic sweeper

Floatzel @ Life Orb
Ability: Water Veil
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Taunt
- Aqua Jet
- Waterfall
- Ice Punch

No offence, but this set is pretty illogical for a sweeper. Why run Taunt AND Aqua Jet? This set gives Floatzel 2 different types of attacking move, both of which are resisted by Water.
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There are several good Floatzel movesets, but this is my favourite:
[email protected] Vest/Choice Band/Muscle Band
Swift Swim
- Waterfall
STAB, high power, flinching
-Ice Punch
Coverage, deals with most Grass types
Prevents all of its moves being resisted by certain Water types
High power, coverage, may lower Defense
The reason I like this moveset is because it's impossible to resist/be immune to all of these moves. Please don't edit this as it is a perfectly good moveset thank you :)

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Muscle Band doesn't provide enough noticeable power to warrant using it over something like choice band or life orb.