What new surprises await you in the Lental region?

The New Pokémon Snap update introduces new courses to the Lental region, but, first, you need to unlock these new areas.

There are six new courses in total divided across the Mightywide River, Barren Badlands and the Secret Side Path.

Below you’ll discover how to get the New Pokémon Snap update, so you can unlock all of the new areas.

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New Pokémon Snap – Free content update trailer (Nintendo Switch)

If you’d like to learn more, visit our New Pokémon Snap walkthrough.

How to get the New Pokémon Snap update

Before attempting to update New Pokémon Snap, you need to ensure your Nintendo Switch is connected to the Internet. You can easily do this by selecting ‘System Settings’ from the console’s home page and scrolling down until you reach the ‘Internet’ option.

Here you’ll be able to test your Internet connection and create a new one if needed.

After this, New Pokémon Snap should update automatically when you attempt to start the game.

If this doesn’t occur, press the plus (+) button on the right Joy Con to check if you’re playing Ver 2.0.0 of New Pokémon Snap. If you are – go ahead and play! – but, if you’re not, select ‘Software Update’ followed by ‘Via the Internet’ to download the update.

You’ll know if the content patch has been downloaded successfully, because, once you start New Pokémon Snap, you’ll be met with a list of the new courses. This update also includes new filters, stickers, frames, profile icons, research tasks and requests.

How to unlock the Secret Side Path Day and Night courses in New Pokémon Snap

To unlock the Secret Side Path courses in New Pokémon Snap, you first need to select ‘Research’ and watch the cutscene introducing the new shrinking ability of the Neo-One.

After this head to the Park (Day) course and travel through the nature park until in the area containing the lake. Here you’ll want to scan the tree directly opposite the lake, which will be on your left-hand side.

Scan this tree!

You’ll now be shrunk down and travel through the Secret Side Path course! At the end of this course, you’ll return to normal size and find yourself in the flower meadow at the end of the Park course.

Afterwards both the Side Path (Day) and Side Path (Night) courses will be automatically unlocked. On these courses you’ll encounter new Pokémon like Shroomish, Foongus and Snorlax.

A quick note for completionists – you’ll always be returned to normal size in the flower meadow at the end of the Side Path courses where you’ll find a number of new Pokémon, which can be added to the course maps for both Park (Day) and Park (Night).


New Pokémon Snap is one of the biggest video game surprises of 2021.

While it’s straightforward in concept, getting up close with Pokémon and taking pictures with them provides a relaxing and beautiful alternative to the more intense battles of Pokémon Sword and Shield or even Pokémon Unite. The game has remained untouched by its developers since its release, but that will change very soon.

About three months after New Pokémon Snap’s launch, a free update that adds new areas to explore and Pokémon to take pictures of was revealed. It’s coming very soon, so this is everything you need to know about the update ahead of its release.

When is the New Pokémon Snap update release date and time?

The Pokémon Company has confirmed exactly when this free update for New Pokémon Snap will arrive. The patch containing this new content will be released at 9 p.m. Eastern on August 3, 2021.

At that time, the game should automatically update or give you the option to update it depending on your system settings. If you’re playing the game at that time, you will have to restart to download the update and see the changes.

Is there a New Pokémon Snap update trailer?

Yes, there is! The trailer highlights all of the new areas players can explore and shows some of the new Pokémon players will meet. Check it out below:

What new Pokémon will be added in the update?

The Pokémon Company confirmed that this update would add 20 new Pokémon to the game, bringing the total number of creatures in the game up to 234. The trailer does show all of them, but it does confirm that old favorites like Psyduck and cute new Pokémon like Rockruff will join the roster. Here’s every new Pokémon we spotted in the trailer:

  1. Psyduck
  2. Tropius
  3. Swalot
  4. Rockruff
  5. Feraligatr
  6. Gyarados
  7. Shroomish

While there are many new Pokémon to find, the new areas included in this update will also allow you to see and photograph Pokémon from the base game in new areas and perspectives. This should make the update worthwhile for casual fans and completionists alike!

What new areas are in the Pokémon Snap update?

The trailer and press release unveiling this update also detail the three new areas players will be able to explore in New Pokémon Snap after August 3. The first is Secret Side Path, where players shrink down and get a new perspective. Mightywide River is a rapid-filled river on Belusylva Island where Pokémon like Psyduck and Tropius live.

Finally, there are the Barran Badlands on Voluca Island, yet another desert area. That said, this one has geysers and poison swamps. All areas can be explored during the day and night, so players will get at least 6 new expeditions out of this update.

New Pokémon Snap is available now on Nintendo Switch.


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A new generation of Pokémon is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. Become a Pokémon Trainer, embark on a new journey in the new Galar region, and unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta! Explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera. And participate in Max Raid Battles*** in which players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.

Begin your adventure by choosing one of three new partner Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble and encounter new and familiar Pokémon as you catch, battle, and trade. Players can control the camera and explore the vast areas around them in the Wild Area. Team up with other players locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles. Trainers who possess the special item Dynamax Band can Dynamax their own Pokémon. Get ready for the next Pokémon adventure in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games.

*Additional games and systems may be required; sold separately.
**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo website/switch-online
*** An internet connection is required to receive the special Meowth.


  • Catch, battle, and trade Pokémon on an all-new adventure in the Galar region
  • Choose from three new partner Pokémon and encounter never-before-seen Pokémon
  • Unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta!
  • Team up with other Trainers to participate in Max Raid Battles***!
  • Battle wild Dynamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles and try catching them***


Pokémon TV is already available on mobile and tablet devices and smart TVs, and now you can download the new app on the Nintendo Switch. Fans have the opportunity to watch select episodes and seasons of Pokémon the Series, journeying with Ash and his friends from Kanto to Galar and everywhere in between! Trainers can also brush up on their Pokémon TCG strategy by watching select matches and training tips. The library of videos on Pokémon TV is frequently updated so there’s always more to watch!

Additionally, Pokémon TV is launching a Junior category, offering videos for younger Pokémon fans and Trainers.

Note that watching Pokémon TV on the Nintendo Switch requires an internet connection.

Kick off your next Pokémon adventure by downloading the Pokémon TV app from the Nintendo Switch eShop today.


New Pokemon Snap will add three new areas with a total of 20 new Pokemon in a free content update being released next week. The surprise announcement was made earlier today via a 2-minute video posted to The Pokemon Company’s YouTube page. Notably, the update will add several fan-favorite Pokemon, including Psyduck, Snorlax, Feraligatr, Gyarados, and Rockruff, all of which were missing from the initial maps in the game. The trailer also revealed that the NEO-ONE pod will gain the ability to shrink, which will open up new areas to explore.

The three new areas includes a new Secret Sidepath at the Florio Nature Park, the Mightwide River, and the Barren Badlands. Notably, both areas will contain both Day and Night areas, which means that New Pokemon Snap will have a total of 30 maps.

The reveal that more New Pokemon Snap content was on the way isn’t exactly a surprise. A datamine revealed that the game’s core files contained room for additional Pokemon that could be added via a later update. Some fans also noticed that Shroomish appeared in the initial trailer but not in the final game – Shroomish notably appears in the new trailer and looks to be in the new Nature Park area. Still, it’s a pleasant surprise that players will get a total of 6 maps as a free download instead of as paid DLC.

New Pokemon Snap is the long-awaited sequel to the original Pokemon Snap game and focuses on taking pictures of Pokemon in the wild. The core gameplay is part photo-taking and part puzzle-solving, as players will occasionally need to coax Pokemon out of hiding using apples, a melody function, or special items that cause them to light up with energy. Players can also share their pictures of Pokemon online and compete to get a high score in photos or for an overall Photodex. The game was a strong seller when first released in April, and the new content update should draw even more interest to the game.

The update will be released for free on August 3rd. You can check out the trailer up above.


Photograph Pokémon in their natural habitats as you adventure through unknown islands!

Seek out and take in-game pictures of Pokémon in their native environments in the New Pokémon Snap game, only for the Nintendo Switch system! You’ll even discover behaviors and expressions you’ve never seen before when you encounter and research lively wild Pokémon.

Explore environments, take in-game pictures and fill your Pokémon Photodex

Travel to unknown islands with beautiful scenery like lush jungles and sandy beaches. The Pokémon pictures you take there will be used to build your very own Pokémon Photodex!

This brand-new game brings the gameplay of the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64 system to life on the Nintendo Switch system with unknown islands to discover and different Pokémon to see!

Photograph lively wild Pokémon in their natural habitats as you research and explore unknown islands. Journey through a variety of environments such as beaches and jungles to capture previously-unseen Pokémon behaviors. The photos you take can also be used to fill out your very own Pokémon Photodex!

* See a different side of Pokémon in a new photo-snapping adventure, only on Nintendo Switch
* Research various Pokémon in their natural habitats and capture Pokémon behaviors that you’ve never seen before
* Explore unknown islands with scenery like lush jungles and tropical beaches throughout your journey
* Take in-game photos to make your very own Pokémon Photodex


Pokemon Sword and Shield will be getting more content soon in The Crown Tundra.

The immersive Galar Region has been amazing to explore and all the regions around it including the Isle of Armor.

Although we do not have a clear release date as of now, fans are hopeful. 

You can purchase both expansions for Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Estore as a bundle. 

Read more about The Crown Tundra by clicking the links below:

Latest News

Update Is Live! – 22nd October

SerebiiNet has announced that the Crown Tundra patch is now being pushed live across the Nintendo Switch!

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New Legendary Pokemon – 21st October

New legendary Pokemon are being added to the game – two to be exact.

We’re also getting new shiny variants of some old favourites.

Read all about it here.

Isle of Armor vs Crown Tundra – 19th October

Which expansion will be the best? Here’s our verdict.

Legendaries Are A Guaranteed Catch – 18th October

It’s been confirmed that along with all legendaries returning in this expansion, they will all be a guaranteed catch!

No longer will you need to rinse your Poke Ball supplies and exhaust your Pokemon to get them.

Read all about it here.

What Is The Crown Tundra

The Crown Tundra is the second DLC from the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion.

The second expansion for Sword and Shield appears to revolve around the theme of ‘Exploration’.

Based in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra, you’ll explore a snowy and mountainous region.

Once again you will find new Pokemon, temples and strange environments.

You’ll be appointed the leader of their exploration team, so gear up and head out on a new adventure!

The expansion will feature open and seamless gameplay, much like the wild area, allowing players to roam around freely and control the camera; Max raid battles will also return.

The Crown Tundra is inspired by Scotland!

Release Date And Time

The Crown Tundra launches on October 23rd, meaning you’ll be able to play it very soon!

We’re expecting the release time to be at 5am BST/4am UTC.

Read More: The Crown Tundra: Release Date And Expansion Pass Information For Pokemon Sword And Shield


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The expansion is only available on the Nintendo Switch, through the Nintendo eShop.

You can also pick up a version of Pokemon Sword or Shield that includes the expansion pass


The Crown Tundra will let you play cooperatively with your friends to catch legendary Pokemon from all generations of Pokemon in underground dens.

These legendary Pokemon will Dynamax before your eyes as you attempt to catch them for yourself.

Trailer & Gameplay

Here’s the latest look at The Crown Tundra, as shown in the September 2020 Pokemon Direct.


You can check out footage from both expansions in this announcement trailer for the Expansion Pass.



New Features

New features in the game include:

  • New costumes
  • New Pokemon and legendaries
  • A new area to explore
  • New Gigantamax forms

There are also plenty of new features that we want to see such as…


New Pokemon Snap is getting a free content update that will introduce 20 new Pokemon and three new areas for players to explore. 

Shared on Nintendo’s various social media accounts, New Pokemon Snap has got a content update announcement trailer which features a host of new Pokemon including Snorlax, Gyarados, Psyduck, and more as well as gave us a brief look at the upcoming new areas. The update will release on August 3 or 4, depending on your location. 

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Thanks to the new content update, which is releasing only a few months after the game was initially released, New Pokemon Snap players will soon be able to explore three new areas including: The Secret Side Path, The Mightywide River, and The Barren Badlands. 

When visiting The Secret Side Path, the NEO-ONE will be shrunk down to the size of an insect where players can snap pictures of Pokemon that are now double their usual size. In this area, you’ll also be able to hear each Pokemon breathing and its footsteps and may even be able to spot them displaying behaviour they haven’t ever done previously. 

In The Mightywide River area, players will ride down a river as they spot Water-type Pokemon such as Gyarados and Feraligatr. Players will need to look alive though as the river also contains rapids and waterfalls. This area, along with the other new ones introduced in the update, is available in both day and night settings. 

The third and final area is the Barren Badlands, which is connected to Voluca Island. Here players will encounter environmental hazards such as desert winds, geysers, and poisonous gas-spewing swamps. The Pokemon found here are also harder to spot as they hide underground and in the rocky cliffs. 

If Pokemon Snap isn’t so much your thing, don’t worry, Nintendo still has a heap of other upcoming Pokemon releases for you to be excited about. First up we have the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes due in November which will bring the gen 4 Pokemon games onto the Nintendo Switch with updated visuals. We also have Pokemon: Legends Arceus to look forward to in January 2022 which is an open-world game set in the Sinnoh region.

Just can’t decide which one to play next? Take a look at our best Pokemon games list to help you decide.