New Pokemon Snap: all locations | How to unlock the Research Camp, Lental Seafloor, and more

By Rebecca Jones
7 May 2021 17:09 GMT

New Pokemon Snap is set across the various islands of the Lental region, a small archipelago which quite conveniently features an improbably diverse series of biomes.

On Lental’s various islands you’ll find temperate meadows, rainforest jungles, tropical beaches, active volcanoes, frozen tundra, and more!

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However, New Pokemon Snap isn’t designed to be progressed through linearly. Travel between the islands of Lental is instantaneous, which is convenient, because you’re going to be going back and forth constantly as you gain access to new areas, stages, and research levels.

How to unlock all locations in New Pokemon Snap

Because of the game’s piecemeal exploration, it can be tricky to gauge just when and how you can expect to unlock new stages. For example, it feels a little counter-intuitive that you can’t actually explore the Research Camp which serves as your character’s nominal base of operations until about halfway through the game.

To help you out, we’ve put together a cheat-sheet to each of the game’s stages in roughly the order they become available, as well as the steps you need to take to unlock them.

Stage NameIslandHow to unlock
Florio Nature Park (Day)Florio IslandNo requirement — this is the game's first stage.
Florio Nature Park (Night)Florio IslandReach Research Level 2 on Florio Nature Park (Day).
Florio Nature Park Illumina SpotFlorio IslandTake a photograph of the glowing Illumina Bulb on Florio Nature Park (Night).
Founja Jungle (Day)Belusylva IslandReach Research Level 2 on all Florio Nature Park stages and photograph an Illumina Meganium.
Founja Jungle (Night)Belusylva IslandReach Research Level 2 on Founja Jungle (Day).
Blushing Beach (Day)Maricopia IslandsReach Research Level 2 on both Founja Jungle levels.
Sweltering Sands (Day)Voluca IslandReach Research Level 2 on both Founja Jungle levels.
Maricopia Reef (Day)Maricopia IslandsReach Research Level 2 on Blushing Beach (Day).
Lental SeafloorMaricopia IslandsReach Research Level 2 on Maricopia Reef (Day).
Lental Seafloor Illumina SpotMaricopia IslandsReach Research Level 2 on Lental Seafloor, then replay the level and throw an Illumina Orb at the Clawitzer you encounter at the start. Scan and take the alternate path it reveals to unlock the Illumina Spot.
Sweltering Sands (Night)Voluca IslandReach Research Level 2 on Sweltering Sands (Day).
Fireflow VolcanoVoluca IslandReach Research Level 2 on Sweltering Sands (Night).
Fireflow Volcano Illumina SpotVoluca IslandReach Research Level 2 on Fireflow Volcano.
Elsewhere ForestBelusylva IslandReach Research Level 2 on Fireflow Volcano.
Elsewhere Forest Illumina SpotBelusylva IslandReach Research Level 2 on Elsewhere Forest.
Research CampFlorio IslandUnlocks once you have completed a single run of either Lental Seafloor Illumina Spot, Fireflow Volcano Illumina Spot, or Elsewhere Forest Illumina Spot. Completing the other two will unlock alternate routes.
Shiver Snowfields (Day)Durice IslandTake photos of all four Illumina Pokemon on the Florio Nature Park, Lental Seafloor, Fireflow Volcano, and Elsewhere Forest Illumina Spots.
Shiver Snowfields (Night)Durice IslandReach Research Level 2 on Shiver Snowfields (Day).
Blushing Beach (Night)Maricopia IslandsReach Research Level 2 on Shiver Snowfields (Night).
Outaway CaveDurice IslandReach Research Level 2 on Shiver Snowfields (Night).
Outaway Cave Illumina SpotDurice IslandReach Research Level 2 on Outaway Cave and take the alternate route.
Ruins of RemembranceAurus IslandReach Research Level 2 on Outaway Cave, then replay the level and take the alternate path. Scan and photograph the Ancient Ruins when prompted.
Ruins of Remembrance Illumina SpotAurus IslandIn the Ruins of Remembrance, light up all Crystabloom with Illumina Orbs.
Maricopia Reef (Evening)Maricopia IslandsComplete the main story.

For more on how to make the most of your time exploring in New Pokemon Snap, check out our guide on how to get behind the waterfall in Founja Jungle.

Or have a look at our comprehensive list of how to complete all LenTalk Requests in Florio Nature Park.

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