New Pokemon Snap Sweltering Sands Pokemon Guide

Sweltering Sands in Pokemon Snap

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New Pokemon Snap Sweltering Sands Pokemon Guide

May 2, 2021

By: Dan Rockwood

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Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Release Date
April 30, 2021
Genre
Simulation
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The appropriately named Sweltering Sands location in New Pokemon Snap is a desert oasis that attracts a wide variety of different Pokemon for you to photograph. Raising your Research Level in both the Day and Night variations of this location can be difficult, but with some time and patience, you'll be able to capture plenty of high-scoring pictures that can help you progress. Below is a guide of various Pokemon in Sweltering Sands you can photograph, as well as 3-star and 4-star photo opportunities that we've come across so far.

New Pokemon Snap Sweltering Sands - Day 

New Pokemon Snap Sweltering Sands

Below is a list of Pokemon in Sweltering Sands during the day: 

Trapinch
Skorupi    
Heliolisk
Mandibuzz
Cacnea    
Vivillon
Hippowdon    
Torchic        
Lccanroc (Midday)
Tyranitar       
Flygon
Onix        
Scorbunny
Pinsir        

3-Star Opportunities

 
 

Torchich
Torchic can be spotted by the oasis near the center of the map. Toss a few applies their way and get some photographs of them enjoying a snack. Easy 3-star photo! 

New Pokemon Snap Sweltering Sands

Cacnea
Near the beginning of the level you'll be able to spot Cacnea rolling down a hill, don't hesitate to get the action shot! 

Hippowdown
Toward the end of the level you'll be able to spot a showdown between two Hippowdown. It can be tricky to grab the exact moment that qualifies fora 3-star photo, so don't be shy with that trigger finger! 

Onix
After you unlock the second path, veer off to the right and near the end of the level will be a group of Onix. Grab a photo of one roaring for a 3-star picture. 

Onix

 

Pinsir
In the sand crater byt the end of the level toss an apple down to reveal a Pinsir. Take some photos of Pinsir chowing down! 

Skorupi
Skorupi will get swept up in a tornado. This photo opportunity moves by fast, so be ready to capture the moment! 

Skorupe

 

 

4-Star Opportunities

Cacnea
Cacena will get swept up by a tornado early on in the level, grab the photo of them soaring through the air! 

Tyranitar
Wake up Tyranitar with apples and lure Lyranroc over. Lyanroc will run away, coax Tyranitar to follow and the Pokemon will perform a tail whip, destorying a rock formation. Take pictures through the whole action to not miss the perfect shot! 

Tyranitar

 

New Pokemon Snap Sweltering Sands - Night

Sweltering Sands Night Map

Trapinch    
Skorupi    
Sandshrew    
Cacnea    3   
Hippowdon    
Lycanroc (Midnight)    
Kangaskhan        
Mandibuzz
Minior        
Onix
Magikarp    
Tyranitar      
Silicobra
Flygon        

3-Star Opportunities: 

Trapinch
Can be spotted right at the beginning of the level jumping out of the sand. 

Trapinch

Skorupi
Toss Illumina balls at the three Cystalblooms near the beginning of the level and a meteor will strike the Pokemon. Grab a photo! 

Minior
When meteors come down after you light up the three Crystalblooms mentioned above, toss another Illumina ball at the sand where they struck. A Minior will rise up. 

Sandshrew
Lycanroc will be chasing Sandshrew across the desert, take a photo of the chase (just be sure the focus is on Sandshrew!) 

Lyanroc
When you get to the big cliff before the sandfalls, toss an Illumina balls up at the Crystalbloom. a Lycanrock will run across the cliff and howl at the moon, perfectly positioned for a photo. 

Lycanroc

Flygon
Near the end of the level you'll find Flygon sleeping in a carter. You can wake the Pokemon by tossing apples down. Follow them with your camera to observe a stunning dragon dance -- you can grab 3- and 4-star photos here! 

Tyranitar
Ah, the mysterious twister! Toss an Illumina ball at the Crystalbloom by the twister and it will stop, revealing Tyranitar at the center. It can be difficult to wake Tyranitar, but toss apples at him until he rouses. When he roars you know you've got a 3-star photo. 

Tyranitar 3-star photo

4-Star Opportunities: 

Minior
At Research Level 2 take the path to the right and near the end of the level you'll be able to spot some 4-star Minior floating in the air. 

Minior

Kangaskhan
Keep tossing apples in the direction of Kangaskhan when you take the left path. Toss them in the water nearby and directly at the Pokemon, eventually you'll get some action that can result in a 4-star photo. 

Flygon
As described above, watch the Dragon Dance carefully after you wake the Pokemon with apples. 

Flygon

There's plenty to love in this level, and many secrets to uncover! Unlocking higher Research Levels can help you uncover every mystery that Sweltering Sands has to offer. 

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Staff Writer

I'm a New England-based writer who loves games and the industry at large. My favorite video game is Majora's Mask, and I will always says yes to looking at cat photos. I play all games but spend most of my time on Switch and PS4/PS5, with favorite genres being action adventure. 

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