Best answer: Yes, Pokémon Sword and Shield Switch games will be the first core Pokémon games in the series to use autosave. It's good news for many players, but Shiny hunters might want to turn it off. Fortunately, you can choose to turn off autosave and rely on manual saves.

How will autosave change the way you play?

In previous Pokémon RPGs, players had to go into the main menu and select save to record their progress. However, the director for Sword and Shield, Shigeru Ohmori, recently revealed to Game Informer that these games will automatically save as you play.

We do have an autosave feature this time, where you can adventure, and it'll continuously save the game.

Since the game will automatically save when you reach specific checkpoints or certain cut scenes, it's going to make playing through the game more convenient for the most part. Players won't feel as much of a panic to save their journey after completing huge hurdles. The game should automatically save your progress for you. This is usually indicated by a save symbol in the bottom corner of the screen. Ohmori went on to say that autosave can be turned off if the player prefers to stick to manual saving. This is especially good news for players who like to go Shiny hunting.

What are Shiny Pokemon?

For those unfamiliar with the term, Shiny Pokémon are rare versions of regular Pokémon. You can tell a Shiny Pokémon apart from a regular one because it will have different coloration than what's considered standard. For example, Charizard is usually orange, but a Shiny Charizard is black, as seen in the picture below.

Shiny Pokémon don't have any additional perks aside from looking cool, but their unique coloration makes them appealing to catch. In Pokémon games, the appearance of a Shiny Pokémon is randomly determined, however, the chances of coming across a Shiny Pokémon increase if you capture the same Pokémon multiple times in a row without breaking your catching streak. This has lead many players to go hunting for a specific Shiny Pokémon.

Getting a Shiny starter Pokémon is exceptionally rare since players usually don't come across these Pokémon while they travel through the map. They have to be given a Shiny at the start of the game. So, to get a Shiny starter in previous games, players would save the game right before choosing their starter.

If the starter Pokémon they selected didn't randomly show up as Shiny, then Shiny hunters would need to hard reset, or soft reset their game. Players needed to start back up at the last save and to get another chance for the starter to show up as a Shiny. It's a long, tedious process that requires a lot of patience and time, but over the years, many players have found it worth it.

Why turning off autosave can be a good thing

I, along with other Shiny hunters, am happy to hear that you can turn off the autosave feature and rely on manual saving within Sword and Shield. If manual save wasn't an option, then anyone hoping to get a Shiny starter would have to restart their game altogether.

That would force them to wait through the opening cut scenes and preliminary objectives before actually getting to the selection process. As it is, being able to turn off autosave will make it a little easier for players to reset their games in the hopes of catching a Shiny starter.

Blue Sword

Pokémon Sword

Explore the Galar region in Pokémon Sword

Generation 8 is almost here with the upcoming Pokémon Sword game. Capture Pokémon, battle in gyms, and explore a brand new map as you prove that you are the greatest Pokémon trainer of them all. You'll be able to trade Pokémon with other Switch gamers who own their own copies of Pokémon Sword or Shield.

Red Shield

Pokémon Shield

Catch 'Em All in Pokémon Shield

Explore the Galar region as you make your way to each gym and capture every Pokémon you come across. This game features three new starters to choose from and the ability to choose whether your character is a boy or a girl. Trade Pokémon with other Sword and Shield players to fill out your Pokédex.

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