Just last week a new update came to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in the form of Version 1.2.0.
This update added a ton of new features as well as a ton of much needed bug and performance fixes. Unfortunately, not all is good, as a major new bug reared its ugly head that is causing both Pokémon Scarlet and Violet players to completely lose their save data.
The definitive source of the bug is currently unknown, but players have been able to pin common threads involving the games’ new functionality allowing players to connect to Pokémon GO or after downloading the upcoming DLC expansion.
Countless players have reached out to Nintendo Support already with no definitive solution being reported as of now. One solution offered from a Nintendo representative was to transfer Pokémon on the corrupt save file to Pokémon HOME when support for the app goes live later this year.
This solution’s main problem is that some players have reported that they cannot access even their backup save data because the game won’t even boot up the Home Screen.
This isn’t good news, as there appears to be no concrete way to resolve this issue on the current patch version. For those that have fallen victim to this bug, here are some ways you can attempt to solve the problem, and for others, here are ways to avoid it altogether.
How to fix corrupt data bug
Check for Corrupt Data
- On the Switch’s HOME Menu, select System Settings.
- Scroll down the options and select Data Management.
- Select Management Software.
- Select Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet in the software list.
- Select Check for Corrupt Data
Other than using the Switch’s default corrupt data troubleshooter, there is no official fix for this game-breaking bug. The best users can hope for is that for the release of a new patch or that the Pokémon HOME compatibility allows players affected by this bug to transfer their hard-earned collection of Pokémon.
For those who have yet to encounter this bug, transferring Postcards from Pokémon GO and catching Vivillon as well as pre-purchasing the DLC expansions may have to wait until the issue is officially acknowledged and solved.
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Eric Bartlett is a seasoned writer, player and content creator for Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.