Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in olden times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in Hisui, modern-day Sinnoh, you will join the Galaxy Expedition Team (Galaxy Team for short) as a member of the Survey Corps stationed in Jubilife Village. You will be tasked to meet every Hisui Pokemon species to complete the region’s first-ever Pokédex.
In the game, there are Pokemon who appear larger than their regular counterparts with glowing red eyes, which means they are filled with Wild Might that increases all of their stats and reduces the damage they receive from status conditions, and increases combat capabilities that are found all over the Hisui region. These Pokemon are called Alpha Pokemon.
In this guide, we will learn where to find an Alpha Floatzel!
The Alpha Pokemon will always be at a higher level than their regular counterparts. They will always be aggressive once they notice the player (except for Mantyke and Mantine) and will never run away (except for when the type of Alpha Pokemon appears during a certain time of day or if a Space-Time Distortion appears around them). Alpha Pokemon will roar and release a shockwave once they notice the player, and if the player is close enough, the player may get staggered and get knocked to the ground for a short while.
The player will be able to catch Alpha Pokemon, regardless of the Alpha Pokemon’s level, by battling with it and then eventually throwing a Poke Ball. The player, however, can catch Alpha Pokemon without battling by sneaking around the Alpha Pokemon in the tall grass or by using stealth items and then throwing a Poke Ball; however, the player cannot do this if the player’s current obedience level is significantly lower than the Alpha Pokemon’s level.
Additionally, suppose the player has a hard time catching an Alpha Pokemon. In that case, the player can increase the catch rate of catching an Alpha Pokemon by raising the player’s Star Rank (the player’s Survey Corps rank), which can be done by completing Research Tasks and talking to Professor Laventon in any of the Base Camps.
Three types of Alpha Pokemon can be found in the game: fixed Alpha Pokemon that will always spawn and can be found in some regions of the game and will always be at a fixed level; random Alpha Pokemon, which may only appear once the player has quelled the area’s frenzied Noble Pokemon, and Alpha Pokemon in Massive Mass Outbreaks which can appear as a second wave in the same location as the first wave.
As the other two are random, we will discuss fixed Alpha Pokemon, specifically an Alpha Floatzel.
Floatzel is a Water-type Sea Weasel Pokemon with an orange body that looks like both an otter and a Weasel, a pair of small legs with three toes on each foot, a pair of long light brown arms with four fingers on each hand, two pointed blue fins on each of its arms, two tails with light brown tips. This yellow floatation device looks like a life vest and sits around its head to the front of its arms.
To its back above the tail, with two pointed fins on the top of its head, a light brown circle on its forehead, a black and small nose, and a light brown jaw, and the color go all the way down to its belly, and a marking that looks like an orange teardrop in the middle of its belly.
According to its Pokedex entry in the game, Floatzel has a long floatation sac that prevents it from drowning even in stormy seas. Additionally, people can see Floatzel around fishing hamlets from time to time.
Alpha Floatzel can be found in the northwest of Worn Bridge (north of Deertrack Heights or south of Horseshoe Plains) in the Obsidian Fieldlands and can be found in this location at all times of the day and in every weather condition. The Alpha Floatzel that can be found in this location is Level 31.
It is recommended to sneak to the back of the Alpha Pokemon, using the tall grass or stealth items like Smoke Bombs, and throw the player’s Pokemon or Poke Ball on its back to catch it unawares, which assures that the player moves first in battle.
If you plan on distracting it with food before catching it, it is worth mentioning that Floatzel’s preferred foods are Springy Mushrooms, Hearty Grains, and Plump Beans.
Suppose you plan on battling the Alpha Floatzel first before catching it. In that case, it is worth noting that Floatzel is a Bug-type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to Electric-type and Grass-type moves (super effective) and a resistance to Fire-type, Ice-type, Steel-type, and Water-type moves (not very effective).
Aside from the Alpha Floatzel that can be found in the Obsidian Fieldlands, the regular, non-alpha, Floatzel can be found in the Cobalt Coastlands (in Aipom Hill and Bathers’ Lagoon). Floatzel can also be found here at all times of the day and in every weather condition. Aside from that, the player can find Floatzel in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Obsidian Fieldlands and Space-Time Distortions.
Now that the player has an Alpha Floatzel, the player can try to use the Alpha Floatzel to complete other requests, missions, or Arceus’ task for the player, which is to catch ‘em all!