New Pokemon Snap is, a cause of enormous excitement for the vocal fans who have been clamoring for a sequel to the 1
It’s not just that there are rare Pokemon – New Pokemon Snap also has rare moments. The game has a star rating system which means there are four broad photo categories for each Pokemon, with one star being the most common behavior and four stars being the rarest. Additionally, Professor Mirror and his generic anime assistants will present you with challenges: “I heard a Pokemon is playing a little game of hide and seek in the flower field. Let me know if you find it!” and the like – and you’ll be rewarded with frames, badges, and other paraphernalia when you complete them.
This is an evolving list, with discoveries for the Florio National Park both during the day and at night (each level has a day and night variant, with new behaviors and different Pokemon). Some will complete challenges, others will earn high star rankings, and others are still just cool pictures.
I’ll be updating it all week with Pokemon of different levels.
Pidgeot and Magikarp (Florio Natural Park, day)
This one can be difficult to time, but totally awesome if you can. You must have the stage on level 3 to click it.
As you exit the forest area and enter the shore of the lake, Pidgeot flies over and lands in the middle of the trail. It will then fly away and come around on your left, around the same time as Dodrio hops on the scene. Your job is to throw a fluff fruit at Pidgeot, either in the middle of the path or up the hill to your left. That will cause it to fly away again to the big tree at Magikarp.
As soon as you see Pidgeot on top of the tree, throw a fluff fruit at Magikarp. Magikarp will swing in the air, which will get Pidgeot’s attention. The bird Pokemon will then dive into the distance before circling back to grab Magikarp. It’s extremely cool.
There are a few challenges here. The first is hitting Pidgeot with a fluff fruit, which is not too difficult, but also not so easy that you go through it every time. The second, much bigger problem is the timing when you throw the fluff fruit at Magikarp. If you time it wrong, your view will be obstructed by grass. I also had an issue where the camera registered the shot as a photo of Ducklett, which is chilling in the background. Very annoying.
I found the best time to throw fruit at Magikarp is when you are roughly in the middle of the bridge built by Bidoof.
Emolga kills fruit
The first time you sail through Florio Nature Park with the scanner, you will be warned of charred fruit at the bottom of a tree in the second area. I sure thought it was Scorchbunny, that little crook. Surprise: It’s Emolga.
To catch the electric bug in the act, wait for it to fly on top of the tree branch on top of the charred fruit. Then discard a fluff fruit to lure Emolga to the ground. It will jump down, examine the fluff fruit, and then electrify hell out of it. Charred fruit? More like scorched earth.
Don’t mess with Wurmple
Flying Pokemon normally trumps Bug Pokemon, but not in New Pokemon Snap. One of the best photos you can get at Florio Nature Park is Wurmple spraying poison all over Tailow. If you do it right, you will get that as part of a Westside Story-esque showdown between three Tailow and Wurmple.
As you roll along the bottom of the lake, around the area where you took the photo of Pidgeot grabbing Magikarp, three Tailow fly out of the bushes on the left. To get Wurmple’s poison attack, you’ll need to shoot at least one of this Tailow mid-flight. Snap all three to take an even better photo. That’s harder than it sounds, because they fly fast and you have to photograph them all individually.
You pass a tree with sleeping Hoothoot in it, and then the confrontation is on your left. Wurmple vs Tailow. If you made two flying Tailow’s, they are two Tailow and one Wurmple. Shoot all three flying Tailow and you get three against three. In either case, throw an Illumina orb at Wurmple and he will jump around and attack the aggressive Tailow with a poison attack.
A moonlight fight
Wurmple and Tailow aren’t the only beef Pokemon in the natural park. Once you unlock Level 3 of Florio Nature Park by Night, you can see a clash between two significantly more gnarled fighters: Heracross and Pinsir.
To get the goods, you have to start in the area with the glowing crystal bloom. When you’ve gotten this far, you know you can scan the pile of dirt and Pinsir’s horns / pliers will stick out. In order for Pinsir to fight Heracross, you must throw an Illumina sphere at its horns, not a fluff fruit. If you let fluff fruit flow, you will not get a dance of death.
Throw the Illumina orb at Pinsir and he’ll jump out of his pile of dirt. Scan a few times now. After three or four scans, Heracross falls from a tree. It lands on its back looking embarrassed as Pinsir walks over to check it out. Then, as you make your way past the Hoothoot tree, you’ll see Pinsir and Heracross squarely off it.
Pikachu and friend
Can’t we all get along? Pikachu isn’t about war, it’s about love. In the Illumina Spot trail in Florio Nature Park, there is a secret Pikachu that you can get out of your hideout. When you do, he will come and say hello to the Illumina Meganium and you can photograph the two icons as buds.
After the first crystal bloom, there is a moment when Meganium pauses and looks from left to right. The next area is an open field. You will see a cliff wall on the right. You can’t see it, but there’s a Pikachu up there. Throwing Fluffruit over the cliff will cause a Pikachu to plop down.
As you can see, it is undaunted by the massive Pokemon literally flowing with force. Pikachu runs straight to Meganium and greets him with a smile, which is a great sight for any aspiring photographers who happen to be cruising past.
Check back to this page throughout the week as I add rare shots from other levels.