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

      I had deleted my console storage on ps5. And it overwrought my save on ps+ . Is there a way to get my saved back cause I just lost 500 hrs.

      • Anonymous

        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

          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

            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

              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 ?

              • 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

                  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

                    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

                      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?

                      • 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

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

                          • Anonymous

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

                            • Anonymous

                              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

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

                                • Anonymous

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Is it banable if I play with a character on my acount and then send the save file to a friend for him to use?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          wtf is this? If you can't manage to save files on the server then might as well not release the game. Film artist have noticed this and aborted all high end production.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Can you get rid of all your save data to get un solftbanned or do you just have to wait for the sever team to unban you?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              i was getting a new pc so when i get on dark souls 3 all my profiles was gone including level 789 profile that i was working very hard to get that amount of level. do you guys know how to get my profile back pls. THANKS alot. mean alot to me.

                                              • My *****ing brother deleted all of my dark souls games, (SOTFS, Remastered and Prepare to Die, and 3) on PS4, is my save data still there for my characters?

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  For PS4 users little trick, if you go to options>quit game , you can force DS3 to auto save (then u back up the save i personally use PS+ feature and upload it to the cloud ,make a mistake on boss fight "looks ate elder and younger prince fight" i just download the save and overright the one not on cloud)

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    There's no penalties for switching save files a lot, is there? I simply want to have more than 10 characters, so I swap files depending on what char I want to play atm.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Is changing your save slot with CE safe It basically multiplies your character on the same save file Or should i stick to backing up my save and replacing it for different builds

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I just found a method that works, worked for me and i got my character back from an external save file: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igy4k-rFqSs

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          hi all i have a question , the question is : i can change the save data in internet to have some millions souls or i cant ? , I WAN ANSWER

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I did NOT cheat... (Technically yes... long story short i selected dark souls 3 instead of a game created by my friend) and i got softbanned

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Dark Soul 3 how to fix this problem caution you have been penalized please help me somebody anybody to fix this problem I haven't even done anything wrong.:(

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I don't think you can back it up for Xbox. Your best bet is if you know you done fucked up, immediately quit, go to manage game and delete your save from console and redownload it once you start the game again. Delete from everywhere clears all your data from fromsoft servers so don't do it. Also apparently you can get soft banned from doing this but I think it only happens if youre trying to duplicate an item for a friend. Cuz I done fucked up lots of times and had to redownload my data and never got banned.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  eu tenho o 1º save que esta na conta secundaria.(o qual eu quero).
                                                                  e tenho minha conta primaria(a qual tem um save menos avançado).
                                                                  ambas steam account.
                                                                  posso eu transferir meu save game da conta secundaria para a primaria sem ser banido?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I can't seem to find any clear answer to this question : I bought a new pc, is there any way I can transfer my old saves without punishment? (its the same steam account)

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      ok so i wanted to get my save from my other hard drive but for some reason it dosent look like thers any saves there why is that? i had beat the nameless king and was grinding souls this is on pc.. i had to move and took the hard drive out to protect it and the pc got stolen while in storage but at least i got my hard drive now that i got a laptop i was hoping to transfer the saves so i could continue where i left off pleas help

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Thats great.. Unable to get back my save file after resetting the whole C:\ folder due to Windows Corruption.. Why does a 2016 game is not able to have their own cloud save file? Quite pathetic

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          So, am i cheating if i, let's say, before a boss fight decide to save my game in cloud of FAT32 because i wanna be sure that i have embers left when i run out of them? Keeping the main save file on console, not altering it any way, just reload it from cloud or FAT32 in case i run out of embers (for summoning help). Is this Save Scumming too?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I thought my progress was saved by the server where I was signed in using steam.
                                                                            It turns out to be otherwise. I have reinstalled my system, and my progress is gone.

                                                                            Thank you Dark Souls!

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I had an old ave on the standard edition and traded in the game, will my save be accesable if I buy the deluxe edition

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Just wanted to share, there is still a way to restore/use different save game files (across different steam accounts, etc) and avoid the save game errors from loading them. Here is the current webpage of DS3Manager: http://leg.fxgaming.org/files/SystemTest/?Main:Dark_Souls_III

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I accidentally hit delete everywhere on my profiles saved data and now all my characters with a total of over 25 days are all gone.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I have Family Share enabled with my fiance. I played maybe 60 hours of DS3 (up to Oceiros) using his copy, but on my account while staying with him, and wanted to continue now that I'm home.

                                                                                    Transferring the save date via the method outlned above absolutely does not work. "Failed to load" all the way, like some*****ty version of Jingle Bells. I can't imagine why this is the only modern game series in my whole library not to allow cloud saves or easy backups (oh, Namco 'allows' me to backup my OWN save data? How very gracious and generous!) and it is incredibly frustrating.

                                                                                    Is there any way around this? I'm okay with going through some weird laborious fix, if it'll only give me back my stuff!

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      PCversion: I moved my save then put it back; result = "failed to load" Consequence: after all those pain and suffering you are not allowed to backup your save! True. Fck'em..... :(

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I just copied my PC save files when I reinstalled my Windows 10 and formatted my disk, and I lost like 50% of Ringed City progress and 10 level... -.- what. the. frick. How the hell does that happen if I copied the entire %AppData% folder??

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I play on two separate computers due to one being my personal computer I use for school but the other being my gaming computer, when I moved out at first I didn't have the chance to move my gaming rig so I made a few characters on my personal computer, can i move those accounts onto my computer or would that penalize me?

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Backup save has Dancer's Swords.
                                                                                            Current Save has Dancer's Swords

                                                                                            Is it alright if I gave the Current Save's Dancer's Swords to a friend, then reloading the backup save so I still have the swords.


                                                                                            *putting this note here for easy navigation later*

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              so we just can't backup cuz if we do we have a chance of being banned for trying to get backup files? (pc version)

                                                                                              • I have the standart DS3 version on my PS4 console. I am thinking on getting the Deluxe Edition so I can have the DLCs on physical copy. Any idea if I will be able to play on my old save? Thank you!

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  I've formatted my pc and forget to back up the save files! so is there any way that I can restore my files?

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Is there any restriction to a transfer a save game from a pirate version to the original? i am thinking to buy the original game.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I used achievement unlocker but now when I open up dark souls it says i'll be penalised if I continue. Anyway to reset the changed files? When I reset the achievements it still threatens to penalise me.

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