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How to restart Pokemon Sword and Shield

Restarting a game is a common practice among gamers, and here’s how to restart Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield by deleting your current data.

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Pokemon games can be quite complex for new players which often leads to them making mistakes. If you want to restart your journey in Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield, check out this detailed guide.

Starting a new game is a thrilling experience, but due to the lack of knowledge, players generally make rookie mistakes during their first run. While some mistakes are easily forgettable, others can ruin your entire experience and compel you to start over.

From choosing the best starter Pokemon to selecting an adequate profile name, there are many important decisions that you need to make in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. However, if anything goes wrong, the games allow you to restart.

Here’s how to restart Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield gameplay

Guide to restart Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

You can restart Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield by deleting your existing save data. The in-game settings do not allow this, but you can do so through the Nintendo Switch console.

Here’s how to delete your Pokemon Sword and Shield data:

  1. Open your Nintendo Switch’s home screen.
  2. Go to System Settings > Data Management > Delete Save Data.
  3. Find Pokemon Sword/ Pokemon Shield and choose to delete its data. Make sure that you choose the correct user.
  4. A caution will appear. Select the red Delete Save Data button.

Now, if you launch Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield with that specific user, you’ll begin with a brand-new save file. From language preferences to the avatar, all your details will be erased.

By restarting Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield, you can choose a starter Pokemon that best suits you and avoid a ton of mistakes that you might have made during the first run.

It is worth noting that the aforementioned method works for both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The titles are basically the same in terms of story, but there are some differences in the Pokemon that trainers can catch and gym leaders.


For more Pokemon content, check out how to get a Metal Coat in Pokemon Go, the biggest Pokemon ever, and the meaning of damage counters in the Pokemon Trading Card Game.

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