If you’re playing Pokemon Sun or Moon on the Nintendo 3DS and want to scrap your save file because you might fancy changing your character’s name, want to try a new starter Pokemon, or simply just want to play through the game again, you’re going to need to know how to reset Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Resetting your Pokemon Sun or Moon game is a pretty simple process but there’s no real direction given on how to actually do it. In this article, we’re going to go through all you’ll need to know to complete the process.
We’re also going to go through the soft resetting process which many shiny Pokemon hunters will find to be extremely useful as it enables you to quickly get back into your previous save if those Pokemon are too elusive to catch first time round.
How to reset Pokemon Sun and Moon
As with all Pokemon games, Pokemon Sun and Moon only allows you to have one save file which means you will have to reset the game if you want to do any of the above. To reset Pokemon Sun and Moon follow the below steps to get it done successfully. Don’t worry if you get to the end and don’t want to reset your game as you’ll have the option to confirm your choice. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to reset Pokemon Sun or Moon:
- Load up Pokemon Sun or Moon
Turn on your Nintendo 3DS and load Pokemon Sun or Moon
- Press X, B, Up
Once at the game's menu screen, press the following: X, B, and Up on the D-pad which will bring up the option to delete your save file
- Confirm your reset
Click yes and you will have reset your copy Pokemon Sun or Moon
If you want to reset Pokemon Sun and Moon again, just repeat this process and you can have endless adventures in the Aloha region. Resetting other 3DS Pokemon games usually follow the same process so if you’re playing other versions on the 3DS, this method should still work.
How to soft reset Pokemon Sun and Moon
If you’re not wanting to restart Pokemon Sun and Moon completely and are rather looking for a soft reset so you can hunt for those ever-desired shiny Pokemon, you can with ease. There’s no complicated hacks or workarounds to get your favorite shiny one time only Pokemon, you can simply soft reset your Pokemon Sun or Moon game and you’ll be placed back at the start screen where you can load in the exact spot you last saved, quickly and efficiently.
Here’s how to get that soft reset of Pokemon Sun and Moon done so you can get to catching those rare monsters!
- Save your game
Be currently playing Pokemon Sun or Moon and save your game
- Press L, R, and SELECT
At the point you want to do a soft reset, press the L, R, and SELECT buttons
- Load your save file
You will now be at the main menu where you can load up your save game
We hope that this how to guide for restarting your Sun and Moon game as well as soft resetting has been helpful! We’ve also created a number of guides if you’re having trouble with any other Pokemon games. Here are some of our top picks: