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




    • Anonymous

      22 Jan 2019 22:20  

      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

        22 Jan 2019 11:49  

        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.

        • 04 Nov 2018 17:01  

          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

            21 Oct 2018 04:37  

            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

              17 Oct 2018 18:05  

              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

                13 Sep 2018 07:55  

                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

                  31 Jul 2018 15:00  

                  I just found a method that works, worked for me and i got my character back from an external save file:

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Jun 2018 22:55  

                    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

                      18 May 2018 00:43  

                      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

                        12 May 2018 03:11  

                        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

                          05 May 2018 05:11  

                          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

                            01 Apr 2018 03:58  

                            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

                              04 Mar 2018 14:01  

                              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

                                21 Jan 2018 22:28  

                                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

                                  18 Jan 2018 05:54  

                                  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

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