New Pokemon Snap features a total of 24 courses and, much like the original game, many of them feature alternate routes for players to explore. Some of these are available straight away, but others will need to be unlocked either by increasing the course's research level or by interacting with some of the Pokemon that can be found in the immediate area.
For the most part, gaining access to New Pokemon Snap's alternate routes is relatively simple and after players have done so once, they can typically do so on future runs simply by scanning the area where the new route begins. There are one or two, however, that can be a little tricky to find and several which will need to be unlocked each time that players wish to explore them.
Players will unlock the Bidoof Dam route after reaching research level 3 on the Park (Day) course and research level 2 in the course's nighttime variant. At nighttime, players will take the route by default, but they will need to scan for it while playing in the daytime version of the course.
To gain access to the swamp route, players will need to hit the Crystabloom near the beginning of the Jungle (Night) course with an Illumina Orb and then scan the glowing footprints. After doing so, the route will be available in both versions of the course by scanning the area.
The ruins route is only available in the nighttime version of Founja Jungle at research level 2 or above. To gains access to it, players should not take the swamp route and instead look for a Liepard sleeping on a cliff over to the right just past the two sleeping Toucannon. Hitting it with Illumina Orbs and Fluffruit won't seem to have much effect, but if players are successful, the same Liepard will show up behind them just after the NEO-ONE heads out over the branches. This will cause another Liepard to jump down from a branch above and knock players down into the jungle below. Annoyingly, this process must be repeated every time players want to take the ruins route.
Players can get behind the waterfall at research level 3 in both versions of the course. To do so, they'll need to look ahead while they're traveling over the branches and find a Liepard that's sitting or standing on a rock. Hitting it with Illumina Orbs and Fluffruit as early as possible will cause it to jump off the rock rather than fall asleep as it usually would and players can then scan the area to follow the new route. As with the ruins route though, players will have to repeat this process every time they want to get behind the waterfall.The default routes for the Sands (Day) and Sands (Night) courses are slightly different. Upon reaching research level 2 in each course, however, players will be able to perform a scan immediately after travelling down the first big sand dune to switch over to the route found in the other version of the course.
Upon reaching research level 2 and reentering the course, the default route in Fireflow Volcano will change shortly after players enter the main volcano area. After this, players will be able to perform a scan in the same area to choose whether to take the alternate route again.
To unlock the winter area in the Forest course, players will need to reach research level 3 and then use the Melody Player near the Trevenant that's standing by the floating blue rock. Once it moves the rock, players need to perform a scan and then hit Espeon with an Illumina Orb. The route will remain unlocked in future runs, although players will need to hit the Espeon with an Illumina Orb every time they take it to avoid going to the summer area instead.
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