New Pokémon Snap Barren Badlands guide

Barren Badlands is a brand new zone revealed with the latest free New Pokémon Snap DLC. This map features one alternate path and 10 new Pokémon to photograph.

Barren Badlands alternate path

To unlock the alternate path of Barren Badlands, you first need to reach Research Level 2. To do so, complete a few runs of the map, get to know the Pokémon living here, and take the best pictures possible.

Once you reach Research Level 2, you can unlock the alternate path right at the beginning of the course. During the day, just throw an Illumina Orb to the Crystabloom next to the balancing boulder. A meteor will strike it and make it fall into the geyser. Scan the zone before reaching the geyser to get the option to go on the alternate path.

At night, nothing happens if you hit the Crystabloom. As soon as you land on Barren Badlands at night, throw Illumina Orbs at the dust trails running in front of you. It will lure out the Digletts hiding beneath the ground. Take their picture quickly, before they go back underground. Make sure to hit at least three Digletts, and they will all run to the boulder. Throw an Illumina Orb to the Crystabloom and the Digletts will push the boulder into the geyser. You can now discover the alternate path at night.

New Pokémon Snap Barren Badlands alternate route
Screenshot by SQUAD.

New Pokémon you can find in Barren Badlands

Barren Badlands is home to 10 new Pokémon to photograph, and 10 others we previously met on other New Pokemon Snap maps. Some Pokémon are available as soon as you discover Barren Badlands for the first time, but others are only visible once you unlock Research Level 2.

The 10 new Pokémon which appear on Barren Badlands are:

  • Tepig
  • Crustle
  • Diglett
  • Koffing
  • Swalot
  • Rockruff
  • Scolipede
  • Gliscor
  • Zeraora
  • Salazzle

10 other Pokémon we’ve already met on previous maps are also roaming around Barren Badlands:

  • Onix
  • Crustle
  • Mandibuzz
  • Hippowdon
  • Silicobra
  • Shinx
  • Lycanroc
  • Minior
  • Torchic
  • Kangaskhan

With a total of 20 Pokémon to (re)discover and photograph on Barren Badlands, this free DLC of New Pokémon Snap brings several additional hours of adventure. Once you are done with Barren Badlands, make sure to visit the Mightywide River and the Secret Side Path, the other two new maps available in Pokémon Snap.

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