Guide on how to obtain all 3-paw photos for the Lynian Researcher, as well as examples on how they could look.
All Palico Photos (Lynian Researcher Requests)
Iceborne introduced a pretty cool new feature to MH:World - the camera.
You first get it by the good lookin' fella' to the right of this text. He'll give it to you for free and pretty early on in the story of the DLC. He's sitting close to the council table and will stay there.
While the game throws you a tutorial on screen, upon talking to him the first time, there are a few things, which it won't tell you.
First: How to identify the spots, where the pictures can actually be taken?
If you visit an area in expedition mode and open your map, you might find this icon somewhere on the map:
This is the identifier for more than half of all pictures.
For the pictures, which aren't identified by this, you'll find instructions just above the respective picture in the chapter below.
Now, this may seem obvious, but before you can do any of these photos, you'll have to befriend all of the 6 tribes.
In order to do that, refer to the video:
Once that's done, you can charge right into it.
Go onto an expedition and take a few shots of any of the tribes.
If your photo is suitable for any of the requests, it'll show a marker right after you shot the picture. You'll recognize it.
That marker doesn't tell you, how many of the 3 requirements were met, however!
But there's a really easy way to check that real quick.
While still on an expedition, pull out your camera and the HUD will display the button in the upper right corner, which you need to press, to open your album.
Do so and select a picture with the orange marker. You now have the option to compare the picture to the request it's intended for.
As you can see, I shot two pictures for the same request, but the left one only fulfilled 2 of the conditions, while the right one fullfilled all 3.
This is shown by the fulfilled conditions being written / highlighted in orange.
Make sure to check every picture you take against the request and do so on the spot, so that you can immediately make a better one, if needed.
Lastly, if you're back in Seliana and you want to give the researcher your photo, make sure you have the correct request selected, when pressing the button to turn in the photo!
Because otherwise, he'll describe your photo as worthless and ask you to go out and take it again.
Don't be fooled by the old man!
If you'd rather watch a video guide for this, refer to this amazing video:
1 - 4 Ancient Forest
1. A Keen Sense of Smell
This one's easy - you just have to go to the tribe's lair. You find it by fast traveling to the camp in area 17 and then by just turning back., to the opposite direction of the path you'd take to go to the Rath's nest.
2. Keeping Up the Pace
For this one, go to Area 6, where Pukei-Pukei's nest is located, and just take the northwest path. Check the northern border and you'll find the ramp illustrated on the right. From there, you should find the grimalkyne.
3. The Leaf Boat
Either visit the lair or use the tailraider signal to call a local grimalkyne to your side. If you've done so, go to Area 6 and take the southwestern water router.
4. Grimalkyn Under a Chilly, Wet Roof
Now, this one is difficult.
I only had them spawn in Area 6, up the ramp I've shown prior to picture 2, but you might also get them in area 4.
Once you found them, there are several different scenarios, which can play out.
You want the one, in which there are a male and a female from the beginning. Soon after, a second dude will walk up and snitch the girl away.
This will trigger the remaining one to look down in sadness. There's now a chance for a second female, with a blossom in her hair!, to come out of the bushes and pair up with him a few seconds later.
If you stumble across a situation, which does not end up like the picture just below, fast travel back to the closest camp and walk back to the scene. It'll reset with a chance to get the right one, this time.
5 - 7 Wildspire Waste
5. Itchy Ears
Just fast travel to the northern camp near Diablos nest and you should already see the 3 green dots on the screen.
Go there and wait for the grimalkyne to scratch it's ear.
6. The Grimalkyne's Out of the Bag
Just after the last pic, go back to the camp and wait for your own palico to take something out of it's equipment. Once your palico comes back out, you'll see the grimalkyne looking like:
7. Day Training
Just go to the spot highlighted on your map by the marker illustrated in the basics, and wait until the end of the fight, when they lock their weapons.
8 - 10 Coral Highlands
8. Hello There!
Just go this tribe's lair.
9. Taming the Wildlife
Go to the location highlighted on your map.
10. The Sound of Success
Now, don't be fooled by this one!
There's a good chance for them to be locked in an animation cycle, in which one of them constantly falls over, at the end of their 'concert'. This is an endless loop.
If you get it, fast travel back to the closest camp and walk up to them again! Repeat, until you get the scenario, in which they successfully finish their concert and are then happy about it.
11 - 14 Rotten Vale
11. Air Pollution
Recruite one of the local grimalkyne by entering their lair, or by using the tailraider signal.
With one of them by your side, walk into any of the polluted areas in the lower layer of the Rotten Vale.
12. Polished to a Sheen
Just walk into their lair and look for this fella.
13. A Big Catch
Now, this one may take quite some time to spawn!
First, it's marked by the icon on the right, rather than the usual one I gave you in the basics above.
Second, you explicitly need the Plunderer tribe for this one!
The grey one with orange features. Check the pictures above and beneath.
Sadly, it is completely up to the RNG which tribe spawns, and it cannot be manipulated. You have to travel to any of the other maps / cities and come back, to reshuffle the event.
Once you got the Plunderers, just mount a monster. (You might want to use the Insect Glaive for this.)
14. Eat or be Eaten
This one's located in their lair again.
He can fish up 2 different fishes. After several Goldenfry, the event illustrated beneath will play out.
Make sure to shoot your photo while the water goes crazy! Because the fish that's about the reach the surface will draw the poor lil' fella with him into the depths.
I haven't tested it, but if you fail to get a good photo, you should be able to reset the event by fast traveling to the nearest camp and going down to the lair again.
15 - 17 Elder's Recess
15. Let's Dance!
Just go to the Gajalaka's lair.
16. Big Bang Attack
Recruit a Gajalaka by going to their lair, or by using the tailraider signal. Now approach a big monster and your new companion will start throwing this explosives.
17. Flight of the Gajalaka
The location for this one is indicated on your map.
18 - 20 Hoarfrost Reach
18. Popo Pecking Order
The location for this will be shown on your map, with the icon I illustrated in the basics at the top of this guide.
19. Ready, Aim, Fire!
This one will be illustrated on your map with the icon on the right.
Go there, wait for a big monster to cross the area and lure the monster to the Boaboa by throwing a rock into it's face or just by attacking regularly.
20. Skinny Dipping
You need to be careful for this one!
Stay as far away from the Boaboa as possible! You'll have to make use of the zoom function this time. The Boaboa will immediately flee if you approch it, even if you wear the Ghillie Mantle!
If you don't know how to get to their lair - hit one of the Wingdrakes in Area 2 with a throwable or your Clutch Claw, then spam your 'ride' button, which you also use for your tailraider.