Drifloon and its friends were hired by Team Rocket to capture Crystal, Erika, and Katrese to hold as hostages so that Gabe will have to hand over her Charizard and Pikachu. Drifloon was brutally abused by Team Rocket especially by Jessie. When it failed to bring Katrese and when it tried to protect Erika, Jessie attempted to kill it. But Erika rescued it with the help of her Blastoise. Team Rocket was sent blasting off and the children quickly rushed Drifloon to the Pokemon Center. It barely survived, but Nurse Joy was able to save it at the last minute. When it recovered, it asked to join Erika's team which Erika accepted.
Drifloon is a very friendly Pokemon. It was loyal to Jessie and wanted to impress her, but was brutally abused for it. When it saw Meowth attempting to hurt Erika, it took the blow for her and it lost its loyalty to Jessie when she attempted to kill it. But it was rescued by Erika whom it gained new trust in. It is loyal to its new trainer, Erika.