Monster Hunter World Surveyor Set solutions: How to complete Surveyor Set research quests

Our explainer to finding each Surveyor Set location as part of the Iceborne questline.

Monster Hunter World Surveyor's Set research tasks is a questline introduced in the Iceborne expansion.

These have you use the new photo feature to take pictures of various Gajalaka and Grimalkyne tribes in their habitats. Doing so will unlock new decorations for your room and more.

Once you have settled into the expansion - read our page on how to start Iceborne if you've yet to begin - to complete all the following you need to also befriend the Boaboa, too.

Here's solutions to all Monster Hunter World Surveyor Set missions:

How to unlock the Monster Hunter World Surveyor's Set questline

In order to undertake these requests, you must have befriended the Gajalaka and Grimalkyne Tribes in Monster Hunter: World.

Once done, you should start Iceborne and beat the first monster Beotodus, which in turn unlocks the Seliana hub.

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From there, speak to the Lynian Researcher, found near the Council Table and he will give you access to the Surveyor's Set and Observation log.

This log will contain the Location, Rewards and completion conditions of each Research Request.

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We've compiled a complete list of how to capture them, and where you're able to find them, in the following list:

Surveyor Set 1. A Keen Sense of Smell solution

Location: Ancient Forest Area 17
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Steel Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

In order to fulfill this pretty simple first request, you'll need to venture out to the Ancient Forest in a Low Rank expedition. Start in area 17, and check your map to see where the Bugtrappers are, venture over a few vines and climbable tendrils to reach their camp.

Once there, whip out the Surveyors Set and capture a fairly large image framed from the front of the Bugtrapper of them sniffing around. You'll know when you get a shot that aligns with a request when a red paw appears, but then you can compare that shot against the request to make sure you've gotten the correct one.

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Surveyor Set 2. Keeping Up the Pace solution

Location: Ancient Forest Area 6
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Steel Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

In order to complete this request, you need to head to area 6 of the Ancient Forest. There, you will be able to go north, and up a small incline to the right, revealing an upper level within area 6.

Then, head left to the tree with the marks on it and you should be able to see the Bugtrappers, snap a pic of one giving orders to another Bugtrapper and be on your way. The upper level is difficult to spot, so follow our instructions to reveal this hard to find area.

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Surveyor Set 3. The Leaf Boat solution

Location: Ancient Forest Area 1
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Steel Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

This is another simple request. First, you'll want to recruit a Bugtrapper to your party by heading to Ancient Forest area 17 on a Low Rank expedition, then head to Area 1 to a body of water that you can fish in, then, the Bugtrapper will hop into a leaf boat. Whip out the Surveyor's Set and take a zoomed in image of it facing the front, as ever, the red paw will appear when you've nailed it.

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Surveyor Set 4. Grimalkyne Under a Chilly, Wet Roof solution

Location: Ancient Forest Area 4 or 6
Gold Tier Reward: Sublime Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Golden Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 2000 Research Points

First of all, you will want to head to the Ancient Forest when it's raining. Then, you'll want to head over to either area 4 or 6, and you should see the Grimalkyne mark appear on your minimap. Head there and snap a photo in order to fulfill this final request.

It can be a bit tricky, so be sure to make sure you're in an expedition while it's raining. We recommend running the standard 2 star Jagras hunt until it's raining in the Ancient Forest, and then returning from that quest and returning to camp to make this one appear properly.

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Surveyor Set 5. Itchy Ears solution

Location: Wildspire Waste Area 15
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 5x Armor Sphere
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

This is really easy, just head to the Protector's camp in area 15 and whip out the Surveyor's Set. Then, wait until the cat scratches its ears! You'll know when the red paw icon appears that you've done it.

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Surveyor Set 6. The Grimalkyne's out the bag solution

Location: Wildspire Waste Area (Any Camp)
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 3x Advanced Armor Sphere
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

First of all, head to the Protector's Camp in area 15, recruit one then head back to any camp in the Wildspire Waste. Head over to where your Palico stands and the Protector should be right next to them. Whip out the Surveyor's set and wait for a surprised expression. This one is super simple.

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Surveyor Set 7. Day Training solution

Location: Wildspire Waste Area 6 or 9
Gold Tier Reward: Sublime First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 3x Hard Armor Sphere
Bronze Tier Reward: 1800 Research Points

Head out on an expedition to the Wildspire Waste, then, during the daytime head to area 6. On a Northmost part of the area will be a few Protectors duking it out, frame them both locked in battle and take a snap. This should be it!

For completing this task, you will also receive a Grimalkyne Doll (Black) once you have talked to the Lynian Researcher.

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Surveyor Set 8. Hello There! solution

Location: Coral Highlands Area 11
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 5x Armor Sphere
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

To complete this request, head to Area 15 of the Coral Highlands and into the Troupers lair. There, you'll want to capture an image of two of them waving at each other zoomed in. As ever, seeing the red paw.

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Surveyor Set 9. Taming the Wildlife solution

Location: Coral Highlands Area 3 or 8
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 3x Advanced Armor Sphere
Bronze Tier Reward: 800 Research Points

First, you'll want to set out into the Coral Highlands on a Clear Day while on an Expedition. We found them in Area 3, you should see a little Grimalkyne image when you do, then wait for the right moment and zoom all the way in to capture this tailraider while riding a Shamos.

It can be slightly tricky to capture, so be sure to keep an eye out when the red paw appears. This seems to be chance-based, so be sure to head back to Seliana and out again if it doesn't pop the first time.

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Surveyor Set 10. The Sound of Success solution

Location: Coral Highlands Area 3, 9 or 12
Gold Tier Reward: Sublime Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 3x Hard Armor Sphere
Bronze Tier Reward: 1500 Research Points

To get this one, you'll want to go on an expedition to the Coral Highlands and wait until the night. We found these travelling troupers in area 9 tooting their horn in an inaccessible location, so be sure to zoom all the way in and take a snap.

Again, there seem to be a degree of chance with the way that these pop, so be sure to check Areas 3 and 12 if 9 does not work for you.

Upon completion of this request, you will receive a Grimalkyne Doll (Navy) from the Lynian Researcher.

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Surveyor Set 11. Air Pollution solution

Location: Rotten Vale Area 9
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 3x Steel Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

This one is quite simple, first recruit a plunderer from Area 15, then take them into Area 9, where they'll start coughing. Here, you will be able to whip out the Surveyor's set and take a snap of the poor Lynian coughing.

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Surveyor Set 12. Polished to a Sheen solution

Location: Rotten Vale Area 15
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 3x Steel Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

In order to get this one, just head into area 15, and towards the northernmost point of the area will be a Plunderer sitting on a ledge, polishing their blade. Capture them in the action with the Surveyor's Set and you'll be on your way.

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Surveyor Set 13. A Big Catch solution

Location: Rotten Vale Area 1, 8 or 9
Gold Tier Reward: Deluxe First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 1x Silver Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 800 Research Points

Head to area 1, 8 or 9 in the Rotten Vale, whichever one has the Grimalkyne trap popped on it, then lure and mount a monster in that area. After that, snap a picture of the Plunderers that appear when it gets trapped.

This one needs to be framed with the monster in it, so it can be tricky to get!

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Surveyor Set 14. Eat or be Eaten solution

Location: Rotten Vale Area 12 / 15
Gold Tier Reward: Sublime Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Golden Egg
Bronze Tier Reward: 200 Research Points

Head to the Rotten Vale at night, when there is Acid Rain. Use another quest to trigger the weather condition and wait until night time. Then, we found this in Area 15, where you will be able to spot a Grimalkyne fishing. Snap it and be on your way.

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Surveyor Set 15. Let's Dance! solution

Location: Elder's Recess Gajalaka Lair
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Gajalaka Sketch
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

This one is pretty simple, go out on an expedition to the Elder's Recess, and then head into one of the Gajalaka Caves. There, you will be able to find them dancing. Whip out the Surveyor's Set and take a snap.

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Surveyor Set 16. Big Bang Attack solution

Location: Elder's Recess
Gold Tier Reward: Deluxe First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Gajalaka Sketch
Bronze Tier Reward: 800 Research Points

For this one, head to the Elder's Recess and grab a Gajalaka Tailraider. Then, head into any area and pick a fight with any monster.

Equip a temporal or rocksteady mantle to make sure you don't take any damage and watch the Gajalaka Tailraider closely, use the surveyors set and take a picture of the Gajalaka throwing a Meowlotov Cocktail.

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Surveyor Set 17. Flight of the Gajalaka solution

Location: Elder's Recess Area 1, 8 or 11
Gold Tier Reward: Sublime Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 1x Gajalaka Sketch
Bronze Tier Reward: 1500 Research Points

Once again, head out to the Elder's Recess and go to Area 1, 8 or 11. This is another chance-based encounter, so be sure to head back a few times if it does not immediately pop for you.

We found it in Area 1 flying over some lava. The shot is pretty hard to capture, so be sure to line it up correctly to get a gold tier reward.

Upon completion of this, speak to the Lynian Researcher in Seliana to receive a Gajalaka Doll.

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Surveyor Set 18. Popo Pecking Order solution

Location: Hoarfrost Reach Area 2 or 7
Gold Tier Reward: First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 1x Boaboa Ticket
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

For this chance-based encounter, head to the Hoarfrost Reach and look for the Boaboa icon as you land.

We struck out and found the Boaboa riding the Popo in Area 7, take a snap of the Boaboa on top of the Popo and be on your way! As ever, seeing the red paw will show you that you've gotten it right.

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Iceborne has arrived! Here's how to start Monster Hunter World Iceborne and beat the first monster, Beotodus. Once you get settled into the world, learn about Layered Armour in Monster Hunter World and the various side-quests available - including Surveyor Set missions, Boaboa quests and finding Pearlspring Macaque locations. And, when you're ready to take it on, Shara Ishvalda. If you're crafting, then learning where to find rare materials such as Purecrystal and Monster Slogbone is useful. Been away from Monster Hunter for a while and need a refresher? Our pages on weapon changes and types, how to join friends and Squads in multiplayer plus how to capture monsters and mount monsters can help.


Surveyor Set 19. Ready, Aim, Fire! solution

Location: Hoarfrost Reach Area 6, 11 or 14
Gold Tier Reward: Deluxe Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: 1x Boaboa Ticket
Bronze Tier Reward: 400 Research Points

This is a really difficult one! You will need to get your friendship level with the Boaboa up to 3, and then look for where the trap is on your map - it should be in area 6, 11 or 14.

Then, lure and mount a monster in that area, and take a photo of the Boaboa leader ordering the Harpoons. This is incredibly tough to capture, but definitely possible!

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Surveyor Set 20. Skinny Dipping solution

Location: Hoarfrost Reach Area 2 or 17
Gold Tier Reward: Sublime First Wyverian Print
Silver Tier Reward: Boaboa Ticket
Bronze Tier Reward: 2000 Research Points

In order to get this one, you will need to go to the Hoarfrost Reach during a Blizzard at midnight - just run a few quests in the area and return when you have met the requirements. Then, you should be able to find a Boaboa in the nude, skinny dipping. We found it in area 2's hot springs.

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