How to share your Steam save file for Sekiro with a friend [who uses a different steam account]?

I go to c:\Users[myname]\AppData\Roaming\Sekiro[folder-with-a-lot-of-numbers] and replace the file with a file from the similar folder on my friends PC.

But when I start the game it says "Failed to load save data".

I tried different works arounds:

  • To create a new character first. Only then quit the game and replace save files. Same error.

  • The way people did it in Dark Souls II. I replaced file while catscene was playing. As result I did get a file with two characters - transferred one and the new one. But when I load trasferred character I get the same data error.

  • I tried -restorecouldbackups launch option, like it says in here [in russian]. Same error.

  • I even found this app for Dark Souls 3, but it wants darksouls3.exe file and doesn't seem to work for Sekiro.

1 Answer 1


It wasn't easy, but I managed to do it.

So we are porting save file from account-A to account-B. I assume there is only one character in the save file on the account-A.

  1. Open c:\Users\[user-A-windows-name]\AppData\Roaming\Sekiro\[user-A-steam-id] and get the file S0000.sl2 - this is Sekiro's save file.
  2. Make sure you created a save file with at least one character on the account-B - log into the game on the account-B, sign user agreement, start a new game and quit one when you get the character in the first area.
  3. Open c:\Users\[user-B-windows-name]\AppData\Roaming\Sekiro\[user-B-steam-id] and be ready to replace the file, which is there, by account-A file.
  4. Start a new game, and while cutscene is playing alt-tab and replace the file.
  5. When the game is started quit out to the main menu. Go to Load menu and delete the last character (the one you just created) - you won't need it anymore.
  6. Now you should be able to load the game file in the main menu w/o error, but when you will try to load the first character you will get "Failed to load save data" error.
  7. Now you need to get hex editor. I use this one: https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/
  8. Open your account-B save file. And copy bytes with offsets from 00A003D4 to 00A003DB (hex numeration) - this is account-B SteamId, which is checked when you load the file.
  9. Find bytes 00034164-0003416B and replace them by the copied bytes. This is account SteamId, which is checked when you load the character. Now the error will change to "Save data is corrupted".
  10. Then select bytes from 00000310 to 0010030F and calculate MD-5 check sum on them. You should get 32-digit dex-number, which you enter at 00000300-0000030F to your save file. This is check sum for you first character data, which told the game that the data is "corrupted".
  11. Go to Load menu and load the first save. When you will be doing it you will see that the date and play time will be incorrect. But once you load and quit out they will be fixed.
  12. Graphics settings are at c:\Users\[user-windows-name]\AppData\Roaming\Sekiro\GraphicsConfig.xml file, simply copy this file. The rest of the settings you will need to setup manually.

P.S. The data for each player character is shifted by 00100010 bytes. Knowing this you should be able to port other characters slot in the similar manner, but I haven't tried it. How to port the very last slot - I don't know.

  • 2
    Nice answer! thanks for doing the legwork on this.
    – Malco
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 14:02
  • 1
    This fixed it for me, thank you so much!
    – Brendan L
    Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 2:59
  • 2
    I have tried following these steps, but they don't seem to work anymore. I have tried using github.com/uberhalit/SimpleSekiroSavegameHelper/releases but it didn't import either. Thankfully, in the tool there is an option "Patch game to load unimported foreign save", which worked!
    – wormsparty
    Commented Aug 18, 2019 at 7:45

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