Photography and your favorite Pocket Monsters are back together with the release of New Pokémon Snap, the long-awaited successor to Pokémon Snap of the Nintendo 64. Players can once again take pictures of their favorite Pokémon in the wild in a peaceful environment, free from battle.
However, there’s more to getting that perfect photo than just pointing a camera. Here are the tips and tricks you need to get started New Pokémon Snap.
Understanding research points
To get ahead New Pokémon Snap, you need to collect research points, which increase your research level. Increasing the research level changes the Pokémon’s behavior in an area, often increasing their numbers or making them less shy – which, of course, leads to better photo opportunities. It’s also how you unlock additional levels and progression within the game, and important if you want to find all of the Legendary Pokémon.
After each expedition, the photos you take are rated and scored. The total is then added to your survey level for that area, equivalent to experience points in other games, which ultimately leads to an increase in the research level.
Stars and scores
There are two types of assessments in it New Pokémon Snap. The point score is based on the overall quality of the photo; centering your subject, filling the frame, the pose, and other similar factors all contribute to the point score, which is directly factored into your research level.
The star rating is determined by the quality of the moment you capture and ranges from one to four stars. A normal photo is one star. An act, such as eating, is generally good for two stars, while a more unique behavior can be three or four stars.
Your goal is twofold: collect images by each of the four possible star ratings for each Pokémon and try to make sure that each of these images has the highest score possible.
Plan for multiple visits
Each time you visit a new level for the first time, each Pokémon will contribute to your research score, even if you took a photo in the other levels. The camera can take 72 photos, so be aggressive and snap them. Scan regularly and try to note where the Pokémon spend their time. This will help you know where to look for future runs to increase your score. You won’t get a perfect shot of every Pokémon in one run – focus on nailing a few per run.
On repeat visits, you’ll want to focus on completing all of each Pokémon’s star ratings. To find different Pokémon, it is often worth checking out what is happening behind your vehicle. Listen carefully as you go, as Pokémon will often call out from hidden areas or perform interesting actions that can earn you a higher star rating.
Shoot for the highest score
Taking high-scoring photos can be easy if you know what to look for. Size can contribute up to 2,000 points to your total and is largely determined by your timing and framing. Concentrate on filling the frame with the Pokémon without zooming in enough to cut out parts of the image. Centering the subject relative to the frame with the cursor affects the placement score, which can contribute up to another 1,000 points.
Other categories are more difficult to control and may seem a bit more random. Stance is determined by the Pokémon’s action. The OThe Pokémon category is a combination of the number of Pokémon that are photographed and how well they are framed. The background is based on the setting and what happens behind the Pokémon you catch.
If you focus on the things you control, size and framing, and don’t think too much about the other elements, you will reliably score high on your photos.
After each expedition, you will receive a map for each Pokémon. You then choose which photo you want to submit for review. It might be tempting to always select the photos with the highest star rating, but that’s not necessarily the best idea. Replacing a 3-star photo with another does not yield as many points as adding a new 1-star photo, for example.
If Professor Mirror rates photos from a star rating you already have, he will note which photo is more valuable. If the new picture is worth more, the difference will be added to your research total. You will be given the choice of which image to keep, but you won’t lose any points if you replace a higher-rated image with a lower-rated image, so feel free to keep the one you like best.
Continue the story to unlock items
There are several items that you get during the game that affect Pokémon’s behavior and help you unlock some of the Three and Four Star Behaviors. These are given to you as you progress through the story. It may be tempting to try to boost your research level in the early zones before moving on, but you’ll be much more likely to focus on progress until you have these additional tools.
The items you unlock have unlimited use, so feel free to spam your scanner, throw fruit, etc. The exact way they affect Pokémon varies, so experiment and see what happens. Don’t be afraid to throw the fruit at Pokémon; they (the fruit) are soft and do not hurt anyone.
Adjust the controls
In New Pokémon SnapSetting your target, taking shots, and the occasional use of an item to lure Pokémon are the most important elements in getting that perfect shot. Standard controls are simple, but can be optimized with a few simple swaps for much better performance.
First, consider switching to an operating scheme that moves the shutter button from A to ZR. This allows you to keep your right thumb on the thumbstick, which you are aiming, while still taking pictures. This makes it much easier to take pictures of moving targets.
Then consider increasing the speed of the camera and pointer. These are set to a low setting by default, making it difficult to move from one Pokémon to another for photos. By even increasing both values by a few points, you can quickly move from point to point to get the best photos.
Find new ways
Many levels have branching paths, giving you access to different angles and new Pokémon to photograph. Some of these can be accessed through your scanner. First, tap the scan button to discover an interesting point. Arrows at the bottom of the screen indicate where to aim. Once you center the point of interest on your camera, press and hold the scan button and your vehicle automatically follows the new path.
In some cases, you have to interact with Pokémon to find another path. Certain Pokémon need music, while others need you to distract them with fruits or illuminate them with the orbs. In many cases it comes down to trial and error, so don’t be afraid to redo the same expedition multiple times to find all the hidden paths.
Complete LenTalk requests
LenTalk requests are bonus targets set by the other characters in New Pokémon Snap. Some of these requests come with stickers or other small rewards, but the real value is in star ratings. Many of these requests result in three and four star photos, which are sometimes difficult to obtain.
Press to see which requests are available Y on the home screen while on the research station and select All requests. As you unlock more research levels, the number of requests will increase, so check back often.