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I'm playing through Pokémon Sword and trying to fill up the pokédex. For completionist sake, I want to catch both forms of Gastrodon - The East Sea (blue/green) and The West Sea (pink/brown).

So far, I have encountered three locations where I can catch Shellos/Gastrodon, but I have only ever encountered the East Sea form.

Where can I find a West Sea form of Shellos/Gastrodon in Pokémon Sword? Are they version exclusive?

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According to Serebii, the West Sea form is not in the wild in these games and will only be available through Pokémon Home.

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  • Given how Sword/Shield has been out for a month and half now and multiple reports state they are unable to find them, I can agree upon Serebii's claim that West Sea form can only be obtained through Pokemon Home (when it get's released) – Wondercricket Dec 30 '19 at 18:28
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They're not exclusive, you can find them in the wild area. Most notably between the different lakes they might have different forms for the Shellos/Gastrodon.

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    Are there any specific lakes I need to visit? Specific weather? Specific regions? I've been to various different lakes throughout the wild area, and only ever found east sea form. If you could add a screenshot of finding a east sea form or something of the sort, I would feel more inclined to accept this answer. – Wondercricket Nov 22 '19 at 16:34
  • East sea is the blue one or the pink one ? I always forget. I usually see the blue one around lake Outrage, the pink one is more often near Axew's eye (the one where you get the spare apples) – LamaDelRay Nov 22 '19 at 16:35
  • The east sea is the blue one :) It's ok, I had to double check my question when I posted it to make sure I had the forms correct. I'm looking for the pink one. I'll check around Axew's Eye when get one tonight – Wondercricket Nov 22 '19 at 16:38
  • So I've been searching around Axew's Eye the past coulpe of days, and still no pink Shellos/Gastordon – Wondercricket Nov 25 '19 at 17:30
  • And still nothing.... Are you are thinking of the right Pokemon? You might be confused with Jellicent, which has a Blue and Pink gender variants – Wondercricket Dec 2 '19 at 20:10

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