Floatzel had strong defensive capabilities and powerful attacks. After getting into a fight with Ash's Pikachu, Ash's Buizel got a huge surprise when Crasher Wake introduced his Floatzel to Buizel which as they become rivals. As such, Buizel became determined to beat Floatzel and prove himself to Ash although he and Pikachu were at odds with one another.
According to Crasher Wake, Floatzel could use its floatation sac to significantly weaken the damage taken from a move as powerful as Giga Impact. It was able to deflect Buziel's Water Pulse straight back into it forcing Ash to send in Pikachu. Floatzel used its powerful Ice Fang to freeze part of Pikachu's back.
Buizel, who had recovered from the Water Pulse, traded places with Pikachu and used Water Gun to get rid of the ice on Pikachu's back, with their friendship had been restored, Buizel fought Floatzel again. This time, Buizel managed to get in close and unleash a Water Pulse at point blank range, defeating Floatzel.
- Katsuyuki Konishi who voices Crasher Wake's Floatzel in the Japanese and English versions of the anime also voices Ash's Heracross in both versions as well.