How to Save Your Game in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield is a big game, so it’s important you don’t lose any progress. Here’s how to save your game.

Good news: there are no specific save locations in Pokémon Sword and Shield! It can be frustrating in RPGs when you need to find yourself a save point before you can quit your game.

Thankfully, there’s none of that in Pokémon Sword and Shield: you can save your game whenever you want.


In order to save, all you need to do is access the game’s main menu by pressing ‘X’ on your Joy-Con or Pro controller. From there, you can either press the right shoulder button (R) to go straight to the save menu, or navigate to the ‘save’ icon.

Unfortunately, you can’t choose a save slot, so it’s impossible to create multiple saves from the same playthrough. Choosing ‘save your progress’ will simply overrwrite your last save.

Make sure you access the save menu regularly, and be sure to save your progress before you quit out of the game so you don’t lose anything!