This page teaches players about Save Management for Dark Souls 3. Included are save limitations and conditions for all platforms.

  • The game autosaves regularly after most actions, often after any item has been picked up or dropped, an enemy defeated, a bonfire lit or rested at or a conversation had with an NPC.
  • There is only one save per account, so anything you do is final
  • "Save Scumming" is the practice of creating a copy of your save to an external location, so that you may revert to it and change your actions.


PS4 Save Files

  • Saves for Dark Souls 3 are located in your "Game Save Data Management"folder.
  • You can save one copy to online storage if you have a PS+ membership. "Game Save Data Management" > Save Data in System storage > Upload to online storage
  • You can save a copy to an external USB drive, as many times as necessary. "Game Save Data Management" > Save Data in System storage > Copy to USB

Xbox One Save Files

  • Saves for Dark Souls 3 are located in ??folder.
  • You can save one copy to online storage if ??. ??
  • You can save a copy to an external USB drive, ??

PC Save Files

  • Saves for Dark Souls 3 are located in your /C>Users>"username">AppData>Roaming>DarkSoulsIII.
  • It's possible that the folders are hidden so unhide them in your folder settings. You can do this by going to control panel and clicking on Appearance and Personalization or File Explorer Options in Windows 10, click on the "View" tab and check the box for "Show hidden files, folders and drives" then press ok.
  • You can create backups of your data, but if you encounter an "Invalid Game Data" message, see below.


As per the official Bandai Namco site:

"Invalid Game Data" warning message on Main Menu after starting up Dark Souls III

This message is intended to inform end users that some external file, modification of game save data, exploit or cheat/hack, or alterations to the game have been detected by the Dark Souls III server team and that the end users' account/profile has been flagged for further investigation. The warning message ("Invalid Game Data") will continue to be displayed until the Dark Souls III server team has determined whether or not a violation of the End User License Agreement (EULA) occurred. At that point the account/profile will either have restrictions placed on it (to limit the online interactions during multiplayer sessions and a further penalty message of "You have been Penalized" issued) or the "Invalid Game Data" warning message removed.

During the time that the warning message is displayed the end user will have a chance to completely remove any such external files, mods, cheats/hacks or delete their game save (if alterations were performed to it or hacked items/equipment were obtained either as a direct cheat/hack or via unknown "gift" from an online player).

Due to the apparent risk of "taking candy from strangers", it is recommended that players should always back up their save data to an online service (such as cloud saves) or as a direct back-up of the save file to a separate folder/directory (for PC/Steam). This would allow any players who; end up receiving a hacked item/equipment unknowingly from an online player, the ability to restore their original game data from the cloud or separate backed up game data.

We have also included a link below to the Dark Souls III EULA as many end users have requested additional information regarding what would be considered a "Restrictable/Punishable" offense. The specific section of the EULA that covers "Online Conduct" is covered in Section 7.

Link to Dark Souls III EULA article




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    • Anonymous

      21 Apr 2021 09:17  

      I bought a new laptop and placed all my steam games and the application on an external drive. I transferred the ds3 game saves to c:\users\username\appdata\roaming\darksoulsIII\0110000105f7b6f1 but on I do not see load file in the main menu. Cannot figure out.

      • Anonymous

        08 Mar 2021 04:04  

        I tried to transfer an old backup save file to a brand new bought DS3 from steam, but the game doesn't recognize the save file! I know there is a way to make it recognize it using the HxD editor but I don't know which exact parts of the file I should change to do it so. Someone has to know this, right? I'm looking for it everywhere!! I was ready for a NG+ playthrough! I don't want to start from the beginning, pleaseee heeeelp!

        • Anonymous

          03 Feb 2021 07:38  

          LOL their link does not exist, why does that not surprise me. How hard could it be to patch this game ending exploit they left in the game? Game companies are responsible for this @#$% when all they had to do is beta test, debug or just plain finish the game before releasing it!!!

          • Anonymous

            13 Dec 2020 19:42  

            im going to get the game after i cracked it to see if i can run it and i played a little, is it possible to transfer my character from the cracked version to the official ?

            • 06 Dec 2020 05:46  

              Quick question, is it possible to transfer characters to other accounts? I just got a new PSN account and don't want to lose my all of my save files from Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls 2 Sotfs, Dark Souls 3, and Bloodborne. Any help would be nice, even if it is just telling me that there is no way and in order to use them I need to use that account.

              • Anonymous

                04 Dec 2020 02:49  

                Not having cloud save auto is ****ing bullshit! My power turned off for a second and corrupted all my data! **** this game!so many hours

                • Anonymous

                  21 Nov 2020 01:50  

                  i would just like to know something, i am reaaaally going at it in this game, but i have been playing in my desktop. i am going to spend a week away an i am going to bring my laptop with me. i would just like to know if by simply installing the game on the laptop i will be able to continue where i left off on my desktop or is there something i need to do ?

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Nov 2020 19:23  

                    I had to re-install Windows and delete all apps and files. Before doing so, I went into Steam and used the Backup and Restore Programs options. Does this not save the DS3 game data?

                    • 18 Jun 2020 08:22  

                      Minor problem. I keep backups of my character face presets in the in-game player editor. However, because of how finicky the Dark Souls 3 character editor can be, I ended up deleting the preset of a character I want to re-create from level one. A save of this character is already in play. Am I able to find out the exact details on how the character is shaped using her file? In simpler terms, I want to re-create my character, and I want to know what the sliders on my existing character are, since I no longer have the preset. Anyone know what I can do?

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Jun 2020 17:04  

                        hello i have a problem my PC was reinstalled and i my character was deleted tooso is possible to recovery it ?? somehow

                        • Anonymous

                          24 May 2020 16:52  

                          Is it okay to use save files to change builds. Like exploiting rosaria under the the file save policy of bandai namco?

                          • Anonymous

                            13 May 2020 20:01  

                            Damn, that was very helpful, thank you! I couldn't find a way to backup my saves on Xbox, but I just went to ?? and performed ?? to dump it on my USB and it worked! Didn't try performing ?? to dump it to cloud storage tho, I guess it happens automatically

                            • Anonymous

                              21 Mar 2020 12:21  

                              La concha de su madre recibĂ­ un Soberano de Tormentas +20 y tuve que eliminar mi savedata. Hackers del orto!

                              • Anonymous

                                03 Dec 2019 16:38  

                                Found my old save file. I already tried it out and it's working but can I somehow add characters from old save without losing my current characters? Or would I need to change save files every time I want to play another save?

                                • Anonymous

                                  10 Jul 2019 01:04  

                                  This is sad that my steam account got banned (I don't cheat, don't edit saves, no mods, shaders etc.) I got the save of 135hrs of single player grinding because I hate pvp Now that im on the endgame, only boss.left is Midir. i cannot password summon my friend. And you know what? In polish status info screen you don't even have message with warning you have corupted file/ penatly. I only got to this because some random dude told me to change language to english. I don't even know for how long my acc is banned and I don't wanna delete that save because of hard hours of grinding for fck sake! This is just not fair im on the same server with cheaters when I play solo and long

                                  • Anonymous

                                    09 Mar 2019 16:01  

                                    if your friend is playing on a different steam account he would have to use a save editor to make the save compatible with his account. this might be bannable as it requires 3rd party software to do, but ive done it like 15 times and have not been banned for it so its prolly ok

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