How to Restart in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Need to start a new game in Pokemon but aren't sure how? It's easier than you may think.

Pokemon games are somewhat notorious for only having one save file. What if you want to play as a different gender, have a different team, choose Popplio instead of Rowlet (and don't lie; you know you want to) all on the same card? Unfortunately, Game Freak didn't see fit to address that problem with its latest games, so the only way to get a do-over in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is to start over completely. But the games don't do a tremendously good job of telling you how to do that. In fact, they don't tell you period.

How to Delete a Save File

Fortunately, it's super simple to delete a save file in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon so you can start over. On the opening screen, the one where the cinematic is playing, press Up on the D-Pad, B, and X at the same time. You'll then be asked whether you really want to delete all your data and so on. It might take a try or two, unless you have excellent timing when pressing buttons, but you'll get there.

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That's it for how to restart your save file, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon guides for other tips and tricks to help you be a Pokemon Master!

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Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. Games like Fire Emblem [Blazing Blade] and Golden Sun hold their places on his best games of all time list alongside more recent discoveries on the PlayStation Vita, such as The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky trilogy and the Persona games (and yes, 4 Golden is the best Persona, end of story). Josh began covering gaming in 2017 as part of a writing internship with GameSkinny as he sought to diversify his skillset and...more »

Published Dec. 16th 2017

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