Observation Logs in Monster Hunter World Iceborne (MHW) are research requests in which the Lynian Researcher in Seliana  provides Hunters with requests that require capturing a total of 20 photos of various Grimalkyne, Gajalaka, and Boaboa performing specific actions. Successfully completing the listed research requests will grant players with both the "Fledging Observer" and the "Outstanding Observer" Trophy/Achievement. You can find the Lynian Researcher at the Lynian Observatory right in front of the Round Table Room in Seliana. Upon talking to him for the first time, he provides Hunters with a camera.

Observation Logs Important Notes

Here are a few notes to remember after speaking to the Lynian Researcher and before heading out:

  • To identify which specific area you'll need to capture a photo, you'll find a GrimalkyneGajalaka, or Boaboa  Tribe symbol marked on your map.
  • For some photos, there are various conditions that need to be met in order to successfully capture the shot:
    • A specific time of a day
    • A specified weather condition
    • The level of the Tribe must be leveled up high enough
  • Most observations which are marked with the surveyor symbol next to the palico icon revolve around capturing some specific set of animations out of a couple variants in order to register gold completion. For silver or below, any animation suffices. When going for gold, if a specific animation set (e.g. coral orchestra successfully completing a rehearsal) does not play, the animation set chosen by the game can be reset by simply travelling to camp and back to re-roll the animation.
  • If you have already submitted a bronze or silver photo for a certain Observation Log, the surveyor symbol for that observation will stop appearing on your map. In this case you will have to manually check the spawning points to find it again.
  • Some observations have to be made in combat. If the animation relates to a tribe's trapping ability, the correct pair of tribe and location must be present (e.g. For A Big Catch, you must record the Plunderers trapping a large monster in the Rotten Vale.)

 

Observation Logs in MHW Iceborne

Log #

Observation Log

Location

Tribe

Environmental
Conditions

Completion
Conditions

Rewards

1 A Keen Sense of Smell Ancient Forest

(Grimalkyne Lair in Area 17)
Bugtrappers None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Sniffing the surroundings
2 Keeping Up the Pace

Ancient Forest 
(Area 6)

Bugtrappers None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Giving orders to another Bugtrapper
3 The Leaf Boat Ancient Forest Bugtrappers None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Riding on a leaf
4 Grimalkyne Under a Chilly, Wet Roof Ancient Forest 
(Area 4 / 6)
Bugtrappers Rain
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 2 subjects - Front
  • A trendy Grimalkyne with a leaf umbrella
5 Itchy Ears

Wildspire Waste 
(Grimalkyne Lair in Area 15)

Protectors

None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Scratching its ears
6 The Grimalkyne's Out of the Bag Wildspire Waste 
(Any Camp)
Protectors None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Surprised by an unexpected Palico
7 Day Training Wildspire Waste 
(Area 6 / 9)
Protectors Daytime
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 2 subjects - Any direction
  • Locked in a duel
8 Hello There! Coral Highlands 
(Grimalkyne Lair in Area 11)
Troupers None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 2 subjects - Any direction
  • Waving with a weapon
9 Taming the Wildlife Coral Highlands 
(Area 3 / 8)
Troupers Clear Weather
Daytime
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • Taming a Shamos
10 The Sound of Success Coral Highlands 
(Area 3 / 9 / 12)
Troupers Nighttime
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 2 subjects - Front
  • Completing a Coral Orchestra rehearsal
11 Air Pollution Rotten Vale Plunderers None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Coughing after inhaling effluvium
12 Polished to a Sheen Rotten Vale 
(Grimalkyne Lair in Area 15)
Plunderers None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Taking care of its Plunderblade
13 A Big Catch Rotten Vale 
(Area 1 / 8 / 9)
Plunderers None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 3 subjects or more
  • Setting a Grimalkyne Ivy Trap
14 Eat or be Eaten Rotten Vale 
(Area 12 / 15)
Plunderers Acid Rain
Nighttime
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Any direction
  • Angling for a large fish
15 Let's Dance! Elder's Recess 
(Gajalaka Lair)
Gajalaka None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Dancing
16 Big Bang Attack Elder's Recess Gajalaka None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Any direction
  • Throwing a Meowlotov
17 Flight of the Gajalaka Elder's Recess 
(Area 1 / 8 / 11)
Gajalaka Daytime
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • Grabbing onto a Barnos
18 Popo Pecking Order Hoarfrost Reach
(Area 2 / 7)
Boaboa None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • Climbed on top of a Popo
19 Ready, Aim, Fire! Hoarfrost Reach 
(Area 6 / 11 / 14)
Boaboa None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Ordering a Boaboa Harpoon attack
20 Skinny Dipping Hoarfrost Reach 
(Area 2 / 17)
Boaboa Blizzard
Nighttime
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Enjoying a hot bath
21 Bath Connoiseurs Seliana Gathering Hub Pearlspring Macaque None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 or more subjects - Front
  • Relaxing the Gathering Hub
  • 400 pts
  • Steel Egg x3
  • Observation Log Size Increase x1
22 The Viper's Banquet Hoarfrost Reach
(Area 8)
Viper Tobi-Kadachi None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • Eating in its nest
23 Say, Sneeze! Seliana Canteen Felyne None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Front
  • Sneezing
24 Rust Abandoned in the Frost Hoarfrost Reach
(Area 13 top of cliff)
Kushala Daora None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • Includes head portion of shedded skin
25 Gathering Hub Courier Seliana Gathering Hub Felyne None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 Subject - Front
  • Doing work in the Gathering Hub
26 Velkhana's Icy Breath! Hoarfrost Reach (Area 15) Cortos None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 Subject - Any angle
  • Attacking Cortos with a breath attack
27 The Quest Prepper Upper Seliana Gathering Hub Hub Lass None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1subject - Front
  • Doing work in the Gathering Hub
  • 400 pts
  • Gourmet Voucher x1
  • Observation Log Size Increase x1
28 Howling at the Moon Ancient Forest (West side of Area 1, atop a giant rock) Zinogre  Night
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • Zoom up on the body, howling at the moon
  • 2500 pts
  • Celestial Wyverian Print x1
  • Observation Log Size Increase x1
29 Poogie's Pursuit Seliana Poogie None
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • Walking in the base
  • 1500 pts
  • Observation Log Size Increase x1
  • Gourmet Voucher x1
30 A Fiery, Passionate Dance Elder's Recess. Area 8 Ritual Dance Area Gajalaka Night
  • Captured as large as possible
  • 1 subject - Not from behind
  • The Chief's Wild Dance
  • 1500 pts
  • Observation Log Size Increase x1
  • Dragonvein Coal Chunk x5



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    • Anonymous

      20 Feb 2020 16:04  

      My observation log is glitched. I have them all completed with 3 stars but I only have 24 slots. The last 6 are still locked.

      • Anonymous

        06 Feb 2020 22:15  

        How do you unlock the last 2 observation logs? (23 and 24 at the time of writing) I know where the pictures can be taken but the actual objectives/logs are not unlocked yet. (I only have 1 to 22) Does anyone know how you unlock the last 2 assignments?

        • Anonymous

          31 Jan 2020 12:48  

          Is there anything that should be causing your observations to delete after some time? It is the second time it has happened where I go to take a picture of something, move to the next picture only to see there is not one. All of them are deleted. My submitted ones are not reset, but sometimes I just see something I want a picture of. Maybe they could add a "photo album" decoration for your room, where you can "upload" pictures you've taken and want to save. Be interesting to visit another players room and see the pictures they think are worth keeping.

          • Anonymous

            22 Jan 2020 04:05  

            Sorry but this stuff is moronic at best. Good luck taking a picture of a gajalaka tossing a molotov mid-combat while they fling paralysis knives and other random objects at you. It's more frustrating than fun and whoever thought this was a good idea needs to be bonked on the head and fired.

            • Anonymous

              21 Dec 2019 07:33  

              For anyone having trouble with the just added observations, namely the "Viper's Banquet" one or some such, you have to take the picture technically after it has taken its bites, so when it's looking up but not when its actually eating it. If you wait till it turns into "shredded flesh" you're too late. Despite 10 pictures I took with it facing me, not one of them counted as "1 subject not from behind". It is *just* as it raises its head from the last bite.

              • Anonymous

                17 Sep 2019 11:26  

                Can't actually talk to him for some reason. Never talked to him in iceborne actually, because it didn't let me c:

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