Tips for getting four stars and high scores in New Pokémon Snap photos

As you already know, New Pokémon Snap was officially released last Friday, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The goal of this title is to snap as many Pokémon as we can across different locations,

It is worth remembering that each photo sent to Professor Mirror will receive two ratings: a star rating and a numerical score. Well, here are some tips on how to get a high number of stars and a high score on your photos in the game.

How to get four stars on our photos

The most important aspect to keep in mind is to capture photos of rare Pokémon behaviors and moments. Basically, the rarer the moment, the more stars it will be worth. Although there is no clear order or list of moments and their rarity, you can assume that if it’s a behavior you haven’t seen before it’s something worth photographing.

Here are a few examples:

  • Pokémon sitting (or sleeping) on each other.
  • Flying-type Pokémon lifting other Pokémon into the air.
  • Water-type Pokémon spraying water on other Pokémon.
  • Pokémon chasing each other.
  • Pokémon dancing or playing together.
  • Pretty much anything strange or adorable.
  • It seems that higher level maps tend to contain more rare moments and behaviors, so we may simply have to wait until we can explore other areas to find rarer behaviors.
  • Using Blanzanas is another way to easily get two or three stars in our photos. If we throw them near a Pokémon we can either make them eat them (usually worth 3 stars) or throw them directly at their body and try to capture their “angry” face (usually worth 2 stars).

How to get high scores on our photos

The score we receive focuses more on the quality of the photo taken, taking into account the following factors:

  • The pose of the Pokémon in question.
  • That the Pokémon is as close as possible to the center of the photo.
  • The Pokémon should be as large as possible.
  • The criteria for this score also has no strict rules, as it seems to be a bit finicky and following the above list does not always guarantee a high score.

The numerical score is tied to the types of stars we receive:

  • Less than 2,500 points: Bronze stars
  • 2,500 – 3,500 points: Silver stars
  • 3,500 – 4,000 points: Gold stars
  • More than 4,000 points: Diamond stars