Related: How do you open up a different save file in Pokemon Moon without deleting the other one?

I have the download version of Pokémon Moon. Let's say I wanted to start a new save file without deleting all of my old Pokémon. I know you can't use an SD card from one system on another, but is there anything stopping me from creating a back-up copy of my SD card's contents, then copying it back onto the SD card to reset my progress to the state it was when the back-up was made?

  • You can use the Save-Data Backup feature to keep a backup on the system, but switching back and forth between the two will generally require a lot of technical knowledge of the 3DS' SD card directory structure. Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 4:12
  • @JustinTime I don't think pokemon plays nice with that - at least Omega Ruby didn't. It just wouldn't let me create the back-up.
    – chif-ii
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 14:30
  • That's surprising. I thought all downloaded games worked with save-data backups. Not sure what to suggest, then. Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 18:37
  • While not a true solution, per se, you could purchase a pass for Pokémon Bank ($4.99 USD a year), deposit all of your Pokémon there, and start a new save file.
    – FlitPix
    Commented May 25, 2018 at 18:46

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( I read that someone asked if this was legal. Yes, it is. As you are just modifying the hardware you bought. However, using PIRATED Games using Homebrew, is Illegal. Don't use Pirated games!)

Yes. This is possible, However for this you will need to install Homebrew. Homebrew is a Custom Firmware that allows stuff such as:

Custom Themes, Roms, Save Managing and Manipulating (Export a save, Create Pokemon on your PC using PKHeX, Then Import the save) (Or just export the save and it will be there) Etc.

I recently reset my Omega Ruby since I didn't know what to do in Sun, so I felt like replaying Omega Ruby. But Since I had alot of Pokemon on there, I made a backup using JK's Save Manager. If you would like to install Homebrew, Don't just mess around in your 3Ds Files, but instead look up a video.

Here's some links I found for u.

https://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/List_of_3DS_homebrew (List of Homebrew Apps that work with Homebrew)

(How to use PKHeX and Save Manager with Sun and Moon. This is probably what you want. You can export the save and just leave it at that.)

(How to install Homebrew on Any 3DS)

(I recommend to also save the files on your computer, So in the case something goes wrong (Rare chance), You won't lose your saves!)

Glad to help

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    This doesn't answer the question of whether or not copying the SD card contents would work
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 17:22

If you install CFW (custom firmware) onto your device and install a save manager, yes, it is possible to make a backup. That backup can then be transported over from your SD card to a computer for easier copying/transferring to another folder/whatever you want to do.

  • How do you do that? Is it legal?
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 13:54
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    It is legal as long as you don't use pirated roms such as pirated Pokemon games Commented May 23, 2017 at 14:35

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