New Pokémon Snap: Where to Find Manaphy and Get Each Photo Star Grade

Here’re each of the Manaphy locations in New Pokémon Snap, as well as how to get the mythical Pokémon to perform for a one, two, three, and four-star photo opportunity.


While you’ll undoubtedly have a tremendous pile of requests to work through after completing the story, one of the most exciting quests to embark on is the search for legendary and mythical Pokémon.

After you’ve activated all of the Crystablooms in the Ruins of Remembrance and run through the Aurus Illumina Spot, you’ll be able to find these coveted Pokémon everywhere, with Manaphy appearing in Maricopia Reef.


Manaphy can be found in two locations along the final path of Maricopia Reef, which we detail below, along with how to get the mythical Pokémon to show each of its star grade photo behaviours.

Where is Manaphy in New Pokémon Snap?

Manaphy is located along the Reef (Evening) route of Maricopia Reef, presenting itself in two spots along the path. You’ll only need to reach Research Level 2 for Manaphy to appear in this location.

While Manaphy can appear in two spots of Reef (Evening), we found that its earlier appearance, by the Wailords, is the only one that you need to unlock to get all four photos.

To make Manaphy show up in New Pokémon Snap, you’ll need to throw some Illumina Orbs at Crystablooms and a Vaporeon before reaching the two Wailords. Alternatively, you could just hit the Vaporeon and then make the Lapras sing towards the end of the route.


How to make Manaphy appear in New Pokémon Snap

Manaphy can be brought out of hiding in two locations along the Reef (Evening) route, but you can only trigger one showing of the mythical Pokémon in each outing.

The best location for Manaphy – where you can make it perform each of its behaviours – is by the Wailords. To commence this search for Manaphy, you need to do the following:

  • At the start of the Reef (Evening) route, use Turbo to catch and hit Vaporeon with an Illumina Orb;
  • Turn right and hit the Crystabloom with another Illumina Orb;
  • Past the whirlpool, hit another Crystabloom with an Illumina Orb;
  • As you approach the two surfaced Wailords, point your camera towards the one on the right to take that direction;
  • The distant Wailord will submerge itself, and Manaphy will swim over, alongside some Inkay.

The alternate path to a Manaphy location requires you to hit the early Vaporeon with an Illumina Orb, carry on past the Wailords, and then take the alternate route over the rock formation and towards the Lapras.


Here, you need to hit all four of the Lapras with Illumina Orbs and then play the Melody. Between the two Lapras in the middle of the area, Manaphy will leap out of the water.

This is a four-star photo opportunity for Lapras, but we found that you can only get a one-star Manaphy photo in this location.

How to get each star grade of Manaphy photo in New Pokémon Snap

You can get all four of the photo star grades in the first Manaphy location, by the Wailords, but you will need to be ready for the mythical Pokémon to leap quite high out of the water to snap the four-star photo.

A one-star Manaphy photo simply shows the Pokémon swimming along or resting on the surface of the water, not performing a particular behaviour.

A two-star Manaphy photo requires you to hit it with a Fluffruit, with its stunned look being the two-star photo behaviour.

A three-star Manaphy photo requires you to snap a picture of Manaphy eating a Fluffruit. Alternatively, you can hit Manaphy with an Illumina Orb to make it perform a little head wag, which also serves as a three-star behaviour.

A four-star Manaphy photo depicts it in mid-air after leaping out of the water. To make this happen, you need to hit it with an Illumina Orb and then play the Melody, being ready to take the photo a fair bit above the water’s surface after it quickly dips under.

Now you know the Manaphy locations and how to get each of the star grades of Manaphy photos in New Pokémon Snap.

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Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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