Pokémon Scarlet and Violet corrupted save fix - how to load backup save

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet corrupted save fix - how to load backup save

If you are affected by the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet corrupted save issue, then this post is for you.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are out, and they are not without their own issues. The game is so buggy that Nintendo has already started giving refunds to players who are not impressed by the latest Pokemon title.

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Reportedly, the game is crashing during gameplay for many players, corrupting their save files as a result. Players with autosave off are mourning the loss of their progress. While Pokémon Scarlet and Violet performance can be fixed by restarting the game, it won't restore a corrupted save.

However, there is an easy fix to this. In this article, we will show you how to fix the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet corrupted save issue. So, let's get started!

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet corrupted save fix

The game actually keeps a secret save feature that backs up your progress even if you have autosave turned off. A cheat code lets you access the secret backup save, which means your game progress is not lost.

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As shared by GameXplain on Twitter, pressing the X + B + Up buttons while on the title screen will show you the secret backup file. Just select the "Start from backup data" option, and the game will load up the latest backup file, fixing the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet corrupted save issue.

While this backup may not take you back to the exact moment your game crashed, it is a lot better than starting over from your last manual save.

To prevent yourself from losing hours of data, we recommend you turn on autosave and also keep a separate manual save, just in case the autosave gets corrupted.

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How to fix Pokémon Scarlet and Violet crashing

Since crashing is causing the saved files to corrupt, the permanent solution is to fix the crashing issue, thereby preventing file corruption from happening in the first place.

The developers are already aware of the crashing issue and we can expect a patch to be released soon. Until then, you may want to try to keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure your Nintendo Switch system software is fully updated.
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  • Also, ensure that you are running the latest version of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
  • Try clearing the cache via System Settings and see if it makes any difference.

Hopefully, one of the suggestions will work for you and you will be able to experience crash-free gameplay. If not, your only option is to wait for the developers to patch the issue.

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