How to Get Better Background Scores in New Pokémon Snap


To get high scoring photos, players in New Pokémon Snap will want to take the background into account. Here’s what that means, and how to score well.

New Pokémon Snap’s release has reinvigorated the passion fans of the original game had in the series while introducing a new generation to the relaxing spinoff. However, as fun as it is to take fun photos to edit and post online, the player is there to help the Professor in an ecological survey. Part of this quest involves taking high-quality pictures of Pokémon in their habitats, which are ranked.

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When Professor Mirror rates the player’s photos, he judges them on several factors. This includes the size of the Pokémon, the direction they’re facing, and more. However, one of the more difficult and less explained scoring criteria is the background. This guide will explain the parameters of the background category, as well as photography tips to score well in it.

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While backgrounds can contribute toward a photo’s overall score, it is entirely possible to earn a diamond rank without it. This is because many of the landmarks that add to the background’s score are exclusive to certain areas of each photo course. For instance, the Bidoof dam at Florio Nature Park is considered a good background element, so any Pokémon photos with it in the background will have a bonus score. This means that to get the highest possible score with Bidoof, it’s best to snap a photo of it while it’s resting in its dam as opposed to in the grass.

Another instance of a good background feature is the waterfall toward the end of the Founja Jungle course, on the second island. The Quagsire relaxing in the pond in front of it will score well in the background category because of the waterfall’s presence, signifying that unique landmarks and distinct features are classified as ‘background’. Additionally, any Pokémon in that area will score well as long as the waterfall is visible in the background. Basic trees and shrubbery won’t count, no matter how appealing the photo looks, so dynamic and or one-of-a-kind objects like the dam and waterfall are what the game is looking for when it comes to a high-scoring background. Every time the player goes through each course, take note of these landmarks or similar features and try to incorporate them into as many photos as possible by using different camera angles. The crystabloom flowers, and other objects the player can interact with, also increase the background score, so Pokémon photos taken with it will perform better in the Professor’s ratings.

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New Pokémon Snap is available for Nintendo Switch.

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