How to restart your game in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Picked the wrong starter? Not to worry, this guide will help you restart Pokemon Sword and Shield so you can kick things off correctly.

Pokemon Sword and Shield offer a cheery world of delights to explore, but sometimes things just aren’t the way you want them. Maybe you realized that you hate your choice of starter, or that naming yourself Butts isn’t quite so funny after an hour or two. Whatever the reason, some people want the chance for a do-over, and that’s where this guide comes in. Below, we’ll teach you how to restart your game in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

How to restart your game in Pokemon Sword and Shield

How to restart your game in pokemon sword and shield
Restarting your game in Pokemon Sword and Shield requires navigating the Switch menus.
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While there’s no built-in option to restart your game in Pokemon Sword and Shield, doing so isn’t too tough thanks to the Nintendo Switch software. What we’ll detail below are the steps to delete your Pokemon Sword and Shield save data. A word of warning first: make sure you’re really sure you want to restart your game. Following the steps below will lose all your current save data in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Comfortable with that? Follow the steps below to restart your game in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

  • Open the Switch home menu.
  • Open System Seetings (the cog symbol).
  • Navigate to the Data Management section.
  • Select Delete Save Data.
  • Choose Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield.
  • Choose the account you want to delete the data for.
  • Select Delete Save Data.
  • When you’re ready, launch Pokemon Sword or Shield again!

With those steps complete, launching Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield with the account you just wiped the data for will let you start again from scratch. Make sure you start off with the right decisions this time around! Then again, if it all goes wrong you can just follow the steps above once more.

After learning how to restart your game in Pokemon Sword and Shield, the world is your Oyster. Or should that be Cloyster? Either way, if you’re after some more news, tips and tricks for the Galar region, check out these links:

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