The one thing in Pokémon you don't want to catch
No matter the game nowadays, there’s always bugs to squash throughout the game’s life. Usually these bugs are minor nuisances at best, but sometimes we see bugs that are truly nefarious. Unfortunately, the latter is the situation for Pokémon Scarlet/Violet players right now.
Following the most recent update to the game, Pokémon Scarlet/Violet players are being hit with save-related bug. This is a particularly nasty issue, as it’s causing save data to become corrupted, taking away hundreds of hours of progress. Needless to say, players who stumble upon this issue are none too pleased.
Usually we’d tell you the steps to take to avoid this save-ruining bug, but it doesn’t seem there’s one specific cause at this time. Some players have had the issue crop up after connecting with Pokémon GO, while others had it happen just by downloading DLC. This certainly makes a bad situation that much worse for players.
According to a customer service rep, Nintendo is aware of the issue. There’s no doubt a fix is being worked on at this time, and hopefully it results in keeping all players safe while also recovering save data for those impacted.