Pokemon Sword & Shield players angry over cloud saves after fan is robbed

Published: 23/Aug/2020 19:15 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 8:21

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon community became frustrated after a player lost their 700+ hour Sword & Shield save after allegedly being robbed on the London Underground. The Trainer’s heartbreaking story sparked a debate about the Gen VIII title not having cloud saves.

The Pokemon series made its eighth generation debut with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to the Galar region, and included new mechanics such as Dynamaxing and Max Raids.

However, one element that the RPG lacks is cloud saving – or online save file backups. Fans became upset about the missing feature on August 22 when a player explained that they lost over 700 hours in the Gen VIII release after being robbed on the train.

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The latest Pokemon title was released in November 2019.

Pokemon player’s story sparks outrage over cloud saves

While many fans were initially angry with Sword & Shield scrapping the national Pokedex, the Gen VIII RPG has overall won many over after its release. However on August 22, one of its missing features became a topic for discussion after a player’s story went viral on Reddit.

TheFoolMan‘ posted their tragic experience, and detailed how they had been mugged while riding the train. “As I travelled on the tube home, I was robbed. My bag [was] snatched from me forcibly with my switch inside. I got home and was a wreck.”

The player explained that they were okay financially, however it was losing their 700+ hours in Pokemon Shield that hurt. “I got robbed, everything was replaceable, except my time in that game. Everything I built and strove for. Everything is gone because Pokemon Shield doesn’t support cloud saves,” they said.

Sadly, the Trainer even lost special event ‘mons that you can no longer get. “Event mews from gen 6. Shiny legendaries including the most recent Zeroara event. Even many of my old Pokemon that I have trained and had with me since Gen 4. Gone.”

pokemon sword shield zacian and zamazenta
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The Trainer lost all of their Pokemon including Legendaries.

They later posted an update, and said that they had reported the robbery to the police. Although the player said they weren’t very hopeful they would get their Switch back. The horrible incident put a spotlight on the Gen VIII release not having cloud save backups.

Many fans were outraged, and hit out at Nintendo and Game Freak for still not allowing the feature in the RPG in 2020. User ‘zooksmz’ exclaimed, “Having no cloud save support in 2020 is f**king ridiculous.” ‘WaffleyDootDoot’ echoed a similar sentiment and said, “It’s f**ked how there are NO CLOUD SAVES for Splatoon 2 and Pokemon games.”

reddit comments

When a Redditor pointed out Game Freak’s reason for not having them is cheating, another player ‘GlitchParrot’ responded with, “They found a way for Animal Crossing to not be able to duplicate items, they could do the same for Pokemon.”

reddit comments

The community continued to hit out at the RPG, and encouraged the topic creator to write a letter to both Nintendo and Game Freak. If nothing else, this story serves as an example of how important having a save backup function on the Switch really is.

Unfortunately for the Pokemon fan, they had imported years worth of characters from the Home app into Shield, which means they are gone forever. While many offered to send rare monsters to the user, they understandably are going to take a hiatus from the series for the time being.


Pokemon Sword & Shield player loses Master Ball due to Joy-Con drift

Published: 1/Dec/2020 21:07

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player was left fuming after they lost their coveted Master Ball due to the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift issue. The hardware error robbed the Trainer of the rare item.

Pokemon Sword & Shield made its eighth generation debut with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to the Galar region for the very first time.

A player participating in one of the game’s new features, Dynamax Raids, was left stunned when their Joy-Con hardware error made them accidentally use a Master Ball on an incredibly common monster.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Gym Leader Piers.
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A Pokemon player was stunned after wasting their Master Ball.

Joy-Con drift problem causes Pokemon tragedy

A few months after its launch, many Switch owners began to complain about their controller’s joystick getting stuck and moving their character in-game on its own. Notoriously named “Joy-Con drift”, Nintendo’s own president Shuntaro Furukawa even acknowledged the issue in June and apologized for the “trouble caused to our customers.”

The hardware issue tragically struck a Pokemon Sword & Shield player during their Dynamax Raid. Pokemon Trainer ‘ZucchiniBoi12‘ uploaded a video of the nightmare inducing moment to the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit on November 30.

In the clip, the fan goes to select a Pokeball after defeating a Ninjask, when suddenly their controller quickly scrolls up and down before unluckily landing on their Master Ball. Unfortunately, the player wasn’t paying attention and pressed A, wasting their precious Master Ball on the common monster.

Thanks joy con drift 😐 from PokemonSwordAndShield

Despite the tragic circumstances, some in the community didn’t have any sympathy for the Trainer. Various players pointed out that while the Joy-Con drift did freak out during the selection process, it stopped for a few seconds on their Master Ball. Others explained that the fan should have soft-reset their game, which would have given them back their lost item.

Screenshot of Reddit comments reacting to Pokemon Sword & Shield player losing their Master Ball.

Despite the criticism, ZucchiniBoi12 explained that it was a genuine mistake, and stated that they weren’t paying close enough attention before confirming. This isn’t the first time the hardware issue has plagued the game, either. In November, a player went viral after Joy-Con drift ruined their attempt to catch a Shiny Regieleki after spending hundreds of hours to spawn its encounter.

Whether you feel sympathy or not, it always hurts to see a Master Ball go to waste. If nothing else, the tragic story is just another reminder for Trainers to always check before pressing confirm. It becomes far too easy to not pay attention while spending hours grinding, and you never know when Joy-Con drift may happen.