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How to restart Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Need a fresh start in Pokemon Scarlet or Violet or made a mistake with your starter Pokemon? Then our guide will show you how to restart.

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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet users may find that they’ve picked the wrong starter Pokemon or simply want to start a fresh save file, and our guide will walk you through this process.

In spite of technical difficulties with the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s launch period, players have welcomed the new changes made in the ninth generation of Pokemon games.

From Terastallization to Titan Pokemon, the gameplay has been shaken up and there are tons for players to do and invest hundreds of hours into.

If something has gone wrong with your game though or you’ve made a mistake that requires you to start a new save file, then you simply need to follow some simple instructions.

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How to delete and reset Pokemon Scarlet & Violet save data

If you’re looking to completely wipe your Pokemon Scarlet & Violet save data and want to start afresh, then check out these handy steps to follow:

  1. Go to the Nintendo Switch’s home menu screen.
  2. Click on the System Settings option.
  3. Now, find the Data Management setting.
  4. When you’ve done that, look for Delete Save Data.
  5. You’ll want to select Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.
  6. Make sure you’ve got the right Profile selected if your console has multiple profiles.
  7. Confirm your choice, and the saved data will be deleted, and you will be free to start a new game.

It’s now a case of booting up the game again and going through the motions again that you experienced when you began your first game.


We have a ton of other Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides for you to take a look at that should help you on your journey in Paldea:

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