Big Nate Island Guide


Get ready for a whole new type of online virtual world adventure on Poptropica. Enter the comic strip world of Big Nate – a wisecracking kid who holds the all-time record for detentions at this school. You’re on a mission to find a long-lost time capsule which, if found, can save the school from demolition. You’ll need help from Nate and his friends to complete your online virtual world quest!

For walkthroughs on Big Nate Island, scroll down.

Released: February 12, 2009
Common Room: Cap’n Salty’s
Preceded by: Nabooti Island
Succeeded by: Astro-Knights Island

Resources on this page: Island Extras | Synopsis from Poptropica | Video Walkthrough | Written Walkthrough | Album Photos | Trivia

Island Extras: Map | Official Tour

Video Walkthrough

For a written walkthrough with pictures, scroll down on this page!

Written Walkthrough

Walkthrough written by Codien
Special thanks to Fierce Moon, PopBuddies, Lucky Joker, & Slanted Fish

Table of Contents

1) Comic Strip Frame Locations
2) Big Nate Island Guide

Comic Strip Frames

  1. Pop-In Shoppe – on the green couch, on the top floor.
  2. Klassic Komix – talk to the guy to receive the frame.
  3. Photo Studio – on top of the light, to the right.
  4. Main Street – on a telegraph pole, to the very right of the street.
  5. Inside the School – on a speaker, on the top floor.
  6. Science Lab – on the Planet Mobil, to the left.
  7. Outside the School – on the wooden scaffolding, to the right of the school.
  8. Playground – floating in the air, on top of the climbing wall.
  9. Puffin Point – on top of the lighthouse.

bignate comic

Big Nate Island Guide

With only a Lobster, a pack of Stale Gum, and some Peanut Butter Crackers, you can find a Time Capsule any day.

Main Street

When you arrive, you will be greeted by Big Nate. He’s on a search for a time capsule hidden a hundred years ago. Let’s join the hunt!


Head to your right and enter the shop named “Pop-In Shoppe”, a store run by Nate’s dad. At your left there is a bulletin with some background information on the time capsule. If you go to the top floor, on the green couch there is a comic strip frame. There are nine of these frames hidden around Big Nate island and they all join up to make a comic strip that will help you later in the game.

Go back outside and go to your right. Enter the “Klassic Komix” building, which is full of comics and other cool stuff. Once inside talk to the guy. He is looking for a comic he lost, he will provide you with a comic frame for it. Exit the building.

Pass the “Cap’n Salty’s” building, which is the island’s multiplayer room, and then enter the Photo Studio (the large camera), a building run by the “School Picture Guy”. On the right there is a comic frame sitting on a light. Pick it up then go back outside. Now on the right of the “Photo Studio” there is a telegraph pole you can climb. Climb to the the top to obtain another comic frame. Jump back down and go right.


You are now outside the school, where there is a large bell on the top (more information can be found later on in the guide). Head to your right and go inside the school. Inside there is a science lab, some rundown lockers, a detention hall, and a secret room. Go to your right, jump up the stairs and grab the comic frame. Enter the door labeled “Science Lab” on your left.

Once inside the room, make your way next to the science geek, a boy named Francis. Click on the chemistry set next to him. Turn on the heater to 4, then pour half of the beaker with blue liquid and half with yellow, which will make a greenish color. This will produce a Stink Bomb. It will be useful later.

Go over to your left towards the Mr. Bones skeleton model and grab the comic frame on top of the planet mobile. Make your way out of the science lab and out of the school.

Climb up the wooden scaffolding on the right of the school. Grab the comic frame on it. Now go right to the Playground.

Playground & Kids’ Club House

Climb to the top of the playground and head left so you are on top of the climbing wall. Floating above you is a comic frame, so grab it. Go right and enter the ‘Kids Only’ house. Win the “Go To Jail” game to obtain the Peanut Butter Crackers.

gotojail bignate

If you want to, you can win at “Table Football” to obtain a book called Big Nate’s Pratical Jokes (note: You don’t have to play Table Football, but you do need to win Go To Jail). Go back outside and travel right to reach “Puffin Point”.

Puffin Point & Big Nate Comic

Go right and climb up the Lighthouse. On the very top of the light house is a comic frame, grab it. You now have collected all the comic frames. Click on your Inventory, then examine the Big Nate Comic. Arrange them so they spell: “Nine Three Zero Five” in between the strip.

bignate comicfull

This is the order they are in (going from left to right, top first, then the bottom):

  1. Uh… excuse me… | Hm?
  2. I’m new here, and… um… I’m sort of lost. | Ah! Nate Wright at your service, dude! Where do you need to go?
  3. I’m trying to find the art room. | Art room! Gotcha! Stand here!
  4. Uh… here? | Right there! And don’t move!
  5. But… | Klik!
  6. FOOOMM!
  7. Well? | You overshot. He reached the nurse’s office.
  8. Dang! | …Which is probably a good place for him to end up.

You have formed the Big Nate Comic! Now exit the comic strip. Ask Mr. Rosa, the man who is painting, if you can look through the telescope. Look through the telescope and you’ll see that to your right, there is a scroll under a rock. Exit the telescope.

To the left of the lighthouse is an old picture floating around in the wind. Try and grab it by jumping around starting at the lighthouse ladder. This may take a couple of tries.

Once you have collected the Old Photograph, head back to Main Street by going left.

Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, & a Lobster

Keep going left, left, left, until you reach the Photo Studio building (the large camera). Enter the building. On the left you’ll find the ‘School Picture Guy’, who has a golden scuba suit he will trade for a photo. Swap the photo for the Scuba Gear.

Now leave the building. Walk left and enter the building “Klassic Komix”. Talk to Gordie (the shopkeeper) again, and tell him you found his comic. He will be so glad that he will let you keep the comic and let you have a Stale Pack of Gum as a prize.

Exit the building and go right. Make your way back to Puffin Point, so go right, right, right, right…until you reach it. Head right past the lighthouse and talk to Cap’n Salty. He needs your help to rescue the lobster trap from under the water. Go into your Inventory and put on the scuba gear.

Jump off the dock and dive down. Swim all the way to right until you can’t go any futher, then swim down until you reach the Lobster Trap. Pick it up and wait until your oxygen runs out.

Once you are back at the start, swim up. Talk to Cap’n Salty and tell him you have his trap.

He’ll let you have two items – the Lobster and Jet Ski Keys.

Jump on the skis on your right and ride away. Big Nate will challenge you to see who can get there first. The best way to beat him is to try keep your computer’s mouse as far to the right side as you can and to move farther and gain some distance from him. Be sure to jump over obstacles by clicking when you get near one!


Once you arrive at the rocks (it’s called Sealsaw Rock on the Map) jump on the tilting, seesaw-like rock. Push both of the cute seals to the left side of the rock.

Now you can jump down and take the scroll. The scroll is the Map to Capsule. Ride back to Puffin Point. Climb back up the lighthouse to the light. Go to your Inventory, select the “Lobster” item card, and click “Use” to your lobster to turn the light around.

It will scare away the bird at the top of the school bell. Jump off the lighthouse and go left.

Nate’s Locker

Go left to the Playground. The capsule is here but it is guarded by the girls. Go left, enter the school building, and jump up to the second floor. Run left to the lockers and click on one spilling with papers. Enter the locker code found on the comic – 9305.

Once the locker empties itself, click on the papers again. You will find the School Blueprint. If you examine it you will see that there is a secret room. Now the only way to move the girls is to ring the bell, but the bell is missing its clapper. The bell clapper is hidden in the secret room.

Secret Room

To get to the secret room you have to go through the detention room. To enter the Detention room stand outside the detention room door and chew on the gum by going to your Inventory, selecting the item card “Pack of Stale Gum,” and clicking the “Use” button. The teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, will take you inside. The secret room is through the filing cabinets.

Use the stink bomb to move the teacher. Go to the right and click on the filing cabinets. It will reveal a hidden ladder. Then go down. Once you’re down at the bottom turn on the power by clicking on the power lever. On the right above the work bench should be a bronze bell clapper.

Jump up and grab it to obtain the Bell Clapper. Make your way back up the stairs and outside of the school. Go to the top of the school, use the bell clapper, and ring the bell. The girls will now leave their place.

Uncovering the Time Capsule

Go to the Playground and stand between the two posts, between the monkey bars and the logs. Open your items and use the Peanut Butter Crackers. The dog will then dig a hole, showing the time capsule hidden underneath.

Click on the hole and pull the capsule from it. Click the lock to open it. Watch the dialogue between Big Nate and his friend Jenny, who convinces Nate to use the valuable pearl inside the capsule to save the school even though he doesn’t really want to.

Once the newspaper (called “The Clam Courier”) appears, click close at the top-right corner of the gamescreen. You will then be confronted by the teacher who will award you with the Big Nate Island medallion and credits to spend at the Poptropica Store!

Congratulations! You’ve completed Big Nate Island. If you are looking for more things to do, take a ride in the blimp for a new adventure on another island. Or check out the multiplayer rooms located on Main Street, where you can chat and battle with other Poptropicans!

Looking for more walkthroughs? Check out our Island Help page! 🙂

Album Photos

These pictures are collected in your Poptropica photo album in the profile section. Click to enlarge.


  • Big Nate Island is Poptropica’s 8th island, released on February 12, 2009.
  • As of July 10, 2015, the island became locked to members only, with a demo for non-members.
  • Big Nate is a comic strip by cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. You can check out more about it in the Klassic Komix building on Main Street. The characters on this island and the style of drawing are consistent with the comic. Also, that means none of the characters are customizable.
  • Common room: Cap’n Salty’s
  • In the school basement, Artur can be seen by the heater. However, when the lights are turned off, he is not there.
  • Cap’n Salty was created just for this Poptropica island; his character does not appear in the Big Nate comics. This is confirmed by Big Nate’s creator Lincoln Peirce in a comment on GoComics.
  • Peirce’s GoComics comment also explains, “Because all the environments on poptropica are islands, I created a world for Nate which resembles an island off the coast of Maine. Consequently, there are some details about Big Nate Island that aren’t 100% consistent with details from the comic strip.”
  • Artur never gets detention in the comics, so it’s strange that he’s in the secret room within the detention room.
  • Geography errors: In the detention room, the world map is missing Australia, Indonesia, the Caribbean islands, Greenland, and Siberia. Also, the continent of South America and Africa is shaped differently and Antarctica is smaller.

too cool for school


482 thoughts on “Big Nate Island Guide”

  1. how do you get past the seagull!?!?
    I tried using the lobster but it didnt work,I even tried the crackers![I knew it wouldn’t work]

    Slanted Fish: You need to use the lobster on top of the lighthouse to turn the light around so the seagull will go away.

  2. Well.. I accidentally used the pack of stale gum before the guide said to use it and now I don’t have it… so now how do I get into the detention room.. I’ve already tried the classic Popgum, and its not helping…Help?

    Slanted Fish: Try contacting Poptropica about the problem, and if you have to, restart the island via the Map.

  3. Well.. I accidentally used the pack of stale gum before the guide said to use it and now I don’t have it… so now how do I get into the detention room.. I’ve already tried the classic Popgum, and its not helping…Help?

    Slanted Fish: Try contacting Poptropica about the problem, and if you have to, restart the island via the Map.

  4. You should post a video walkthrough on each island. Sometimes videos help where explaining can’t.

    Slanted Fish: There’s a video guide on the PHB’s Big Nate Island page. 🙂

  5. O.o.. Friendly Fish or (SlantedFish) lives in China and he or she has completed 8 islands!! Is slantedfish busy or wut?

    Slanted Fish: My slantedfish account has less islands done because it’s new, but my main account is hi.Juyo – also, I live in Hong Kong. 🙂

  6. Okay, I gave spitsy the crackers, he dug a hole, but i cant click on the hole!! I’m in between the logs and the monkey bars. I even had him dig a hole next to some other logs too! I can’t click on it still :(. What’s going on?

    Slanted Fish: Sounds like a glitch; try contacting Poptropica about it.

  7. I don’t get it…. I’m on the time capsule digging out part but…. when I click it there’s nothing about a lock. Tell me if my laptop is slow or…..

    Slanted Fish: After you pull out the capsule, you’ll need to click it to unlock it.

  8. thx 4 the help!! I had completed this island before on another user but forgot some of the parts. Thank you!

  9. I finished Big Nate Island in under 20 minutes. It’s really easy as long as you go into every building, talk to everyone, etc. Thanks for the fabulous guide though!

  10. Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….o much!

  11. You don’t need to get the old photo and the scuba gear. Just customize it from the poptropican Trusty-Bird (first friend her) and you don’t need to get the diving suit. I did it this way, too.

  12. You really should add that when you’re diving, you have to avoid the bubbles. I had to try about ten times to get the Lobster Trap. But all of your guides have been xtremely helpful. Thx 😛

  13. I couldn’t find the 4th piece of the comic, no matter how hard I tried. I searched EVERYWHERE!!! Can you please help me???


  15. I am so angry! I finally found an island that’s not so hard, and I was near the end. Then a pop up shows: “You need to be a member to continue!” AAAAAHHHH!!


  16. Holy. I have been a Poptropica member since I was in elementary school. Since this dang game came out. I clearly remember paying no money and finishing this and every other island there was. There is no way that I a buying a membership to complete an island that was free when I was a little kid. Oh, it’s just a little bit, why are you making a big deal? I HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR 9 YEARS. SINCE I WAS A KID, WHEN I WAS A TWEEN, A TEEN AND NOW AN ADULT. I REFUSE TO PAY FOR THIS


  17. I thought Big Nate was free for a week, but after i assembled the comic, it told me to get membership. Will it work if I ignore the message and just move on? IDK

    P.S. Spookygoose, i completely agree! I have played since i was 5 and i am now 12, and i completed Big Nate Island a long time ago, not when it was free, but for the island of the month. Sadly i forgot my password and had to make a new account. THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE ISLAND OF THE MONTH NOW…

    1. I thought Big Nate was free to all players this week, too! But when I assembled the comic, it told me to become a member!!! The advertisement was a lie!!! 😡 POPTROPICA, I AM BEGGING YOU TO MAKE BIG NATE ISLAND AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE!!!

  18. You guys should add to the release date something like “for the public temporarily, July (blank) 2018”

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