Pokemon Sword And Shield Glitch Deletes SD Files – How to Avoid It

A strange Pokemon Sword And Shield bug seems to have appeared today, causing issues to players that just started playing the game. According to several different sources, the glitch gets triggered after an unexpected crash and causes all SD card data to get deleted. Some also say that save files are being corrupted due to this issue, not knowing if this is a Nintendo Switch bug or an issue with the new Pokemon game.

A few hours ago, players started reporting that after an unexpected crash on Pokemon Sword And Shield, all files stored on their SD card would get wiped. At that point, some said that this is nothing more than a hoax and this is a movement led by haters trying to create problems on release day.

In fact, the issue got so much attention that speculations run wild over the past hours. The first assumptions were that this issue is not caused by the game itself but is an exFAT malfunction affecting only homebrew consoles.

At first, it was reported that the strange Pokemon Sword And Shield glitch causes save files to get corrupted. The community was quick to delete that possibility since save files are not being saved on external cards and, as a result, are safe. What does happen though is a complete deletion of all files on an SD card. In reality, the possibility of you running into that glitch is minimal so there shouldn’t be an issue for you to download the Pokemon game digitally and run it perfectly.

What is happening though? Hacker SciresM provided a thorough explanation through Twitter and Polygon.

What is this Pokemon Sword And Shield Bug?
Essentially, what is happening during this bug is that your Nintendo Switch is trying to retrieve data from the disk. If the procedure fails, then the game crashes wiping your SD card entirely. Although he doesn’t really know why this happens, it’s caused due to the card’s formatting. If your SD card follows exFAT, then the issue might occur. If not, then you’re completely safe. This is mainly the reason why homebrew consoles tend to get this problem.

What can you do to ensure that you don’t run into it?
If you know that you are using an exFAT SD card, then you should replace it with a FAT32 one, just to be sure. This will 99.9% keep your game files safe, with some reservation that we still don’t know the extent of the whole issue.

If you do wish to use exFAT though, you should enable autosave in the game, so that if and when that happens, you’ll have a recent save to go back into. However, note that if the glitch does happen to you then not only do you lose your Pokemon Sword and Shield game files but everything that is stored on your external storage card.

Note that this issue only affects players that have bought the game digitally. If you don’t know what kind of SD card you are using but have a retail copy, you shouldn’t worry at all. For all we know, this isn’t an issue of Pokemon Sword and Shield alone. This is a system error that might have been discovered either way.

How to check your SD Card Format
If you want to check if your SD card follows an exFAT format, you’ll have to boot it on your PC through an Android device or an external USB reader. When the card appears on your devices, right-click and choose properties. On the opening window, you can see the File System specification, right under the device’s type.

If you want to change your SD card’s system to FAT32, then you’ll have to do it through a complete format that will, once again, wipe your files. The easiest way to be sure you won’t get any issues is to get a new card and ensure that it runs FAT32 before downloading the game.

If you have just bought Pokemon Sword And Shield digitally and were terrified to download it so that you won’t lose your files, fear not. This isn’t a widespread bug. You can go ahead and enjoy the game, after giving your SD card a check. Better safe than sorry, right?