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New Pokémon Snap guide: How to get more stars and higher scores on photos

Increase the number and quality of your stars

Grookey does a one-handed handstand in a field of flowers Image: Bandai Namco/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon

In New Pokémon Snap, each photo you submit to Professor Mirror gets two ratings: a star ranking and a number score.

The number of stars you get is based off of the pose or moment you capture. The number score, which affects the type of stars you get, is based on the quality of your photo.

In this New Pokémon Snap guide, we’ll explain how to take a perfect photo.

Getting four stars on your photos in New Pokémon Snap

The rarer the moment you capture is, the more stars it will be worth. A photo of a Pikachu just standing around may be worth one star, while a photo of a Pikachu riding on the back of a Mantine will be four stars. Some four-star moments will only show up in higher leveled maps, so if you can’t seem to find that rare pose, you might find one later.

An easy way to grab two or three star photos is to use Fluffruit. If you hit a Pokémon with the Fluffruit, a photo of them with an angry face will usually be worth two stars. Photos of Pokémon eating the fruit can be worth two or three stars.

As you tour around the islands, repeatedly throw Fluffruit around, light Pokémon up with Illumina Orbs, run scans, and play music. While some special poses happen naturally, most of them come from interactions that you control.

If you’re looking to complete the game fully, you’ll need photos of Pokémon at each star level, from one to four, so don’t sweat it if the only picture you took of a Pokémon only has one star. You’ll get that money shot next time.

Getting high scores on your photos in New Pokémon Snap

The numerical score that Professor Mirror gives your submitted photos is more about the quality of the photo. While pose does contribute to the score, other factors are easier to control.

Make sure your target Pokémon is as close to the center of your photo as possible, and also as large as possible. New Pokémon Snap is a bit finicky here. While a photo heavily zoomed in on Mamoswine’s face scored over 4,000 points for us, a close up of a Beartic’s face did not yield as many points as a more natural waist-up photo.

You’ll get bronze stars for receiving less than 2,500 points, silver stars for anything between 2,500 and 3,500 points, and gold stars scoring between 3,500 and 4,000 points. Getting over 4,000 points nets you shiny diamond stars.