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How To Fix Your Pokemon Game That No Longer Saves by darklugia666 How To Fix Your Pokemon Game That No Longer Saves by darklugia666
While this deviation is not a piece of art, or even an art tutorial, it will teach you how to revive one of your fondest childhood memories. The games that have been affected by save batteries that have reached their limits have inspired countless works of art, and have touched many lives. Bring these games back to life by performing this simple fix. (DISCLAIMER: Everything you had in previous save files that have gone missing are erased the second the battery dies. Installing a new battery will not retrieve the lost information/ Pokémon. Sorry, guys. :/ )

1. What you'll need:
-Sharp object (Ii used the point of my old compass) to get out the screw
-Flat object ( I used a flathead screwdriver)
-A 3 volt battery
-Electrical tape
-Patience.

2. First, remove the screw from the back of the cartridge. Push on the indents hard in a counter-clockwise motion with the sharp object. It's difficult, but once the screw starts to move you're set.

3. Remove the game from the cartridge.

4. Pry the first piece of metal off the battery with the flat object. Removing these pieces is the most difficult part; if the pieces break you'll need to solder them back on.

5. Move the top piece of metal off the battery.

6. Begin prying the bottom metal piece from the battery using the same method used to remove the first.

7. Remove the old battery.

8. Tear the plastic ring that is around the battery, but be careful and keep it in one piece to place around the new battery.

9. Remove the battery from the ring.

10. Wrap the ring around the replacement battery.

11. Place the new battery on top of the bottom piece of metal SHINY SIDE DOWN.

12. Place the top piece of metal over the battery.

13. Secure the battery with electrical tape.

14. Place the game in the cartridge.

15. Start a new game.

16. Save.

17. If you have the CONTINUE option in your menu, you have successfully repaired your game. I hope this helps, good luck :D
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LovePikaNizzy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this also work in my Sapphire?
It doesn't have problems with saving, but whenever I turn it on it says "the battery has run dry. The game can be played. However, clock-based events will no longer occur." and berries won't grow, and trainers won't rematch because of that. The game saves just fine, but since the message says "the battery has run dry" I assume that changing the battery would solve that, too?
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It would, but if you still have everything don't do it; my Ruby says the same thing but works perfectly. You may lose everything if you change it.
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TangleskyAndCo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
..uhm...my game was used, and the ring is gone...will this still work?
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It should, it's worth a shot
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starsailor5 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
hey um I tried to do this on my pokemon sapphire and the battery appears to be bolted in or glued, I can't get it off, any suggestions?
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's like superglued or something. See steps 4-6. It's really annoying and you have to be very careful, but it does come out.
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starsailor5 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
I finally got it out but one of the parts I need to resolder
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You'd need to find a tutorial on soldering, mine never needed to be resoldered. :/
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starsailor5 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Okay then
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ZombieRaptors Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hi there! im just wondering, does this work with a CR2032 battery, or does it require the one shown in the picture?
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
CR2025 and 32 should both work
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ZombieRaptors Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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EdiTHOR Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
thanks you very much! this tutorial helps (now I can revive my fire red).
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad I could help c:
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LovePikaNizzy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for putting that up!
I'll try this on my brother's Gold.. But first I need to get the new battery and electrical tape..
But I will probably never be sure if it really worked, because that Gold doesn't always delete the saved file, just sometimes (the furthest I got before it got deleted was the red Gyarados)..
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It deleted the file because the battery was dead. If it doesn't save, it didn't work.
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Maka00 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thank you, I'll attempt this on my old crystal one day.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem :)
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LiquidLandNerdMaxie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So then, this would work for the Pokemon Blue I just got?

And umm... what would happen if I umm... messed up somewhere in these steps...? Would the result be fixable...? I really like my game, despite all the torture the last owner put it through.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes to both, and the only place you can really screw up is when you do step 4/6; the little metal pieces are a pain in the ass to get off the battery, and would be easy to break off the circuit-board if you're not extremely careful. I've done this to about 10 game cartridges so far, and have never broken one of them. If one does happen to come off, you can just use a soldering iron and stick it back on. :)
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LiquidLandNerdMaxie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, thanks! :meow:
I can't wait to try this out now, I just need to find where the 3 volt batteries are hidden at.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Radio Shack has them.
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strawberrycherries Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're quite welcome
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haemorrhoid Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
THANK YOU, just thank you so much ok

also may i ask if this works with gba games?
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sadmac356 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
It should. Note that you might lose the save files.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't see why not; you might need a different battery, though.
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haemorrhoid Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Okay, do you think that you could a battery that hasn't run out from another game or would you need a brand new one?
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It would work, but a new one would be the best option; the used one may only last a little while, whereas the new one will last for years.
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haemorrhoid Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
ah ok, thank you!
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem :)
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nIcOlI1991 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
I had no idea that electrical tape would make the battery work. I just had the thing soldered back in to repair mine. And it's not just the Pokemon games that work on batteries, all Game Boy games and Game Boy Color games run off these batteries. It's just that the batteries use different sizes for different games. I found out the hard way when I tried to replace the battery in a Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX cartridge which uses a CR1616 battery, which is smaller than the CR2025 and the CR2032 batteries. Needless to say I got the thing repaired, I just needed a little ingenuity to get the thing repaired is all.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didn't have a soldering iron, so i improvised and used electrical tape. I've only fixed Pokemon games so I didn't know what the other games took, which is why i didn't say you could fix any game with it. I'm glad you got your game working. :)
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nIcOlI1991 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Oh the things we learn from taking things apart.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed.
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Neocasko Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
As a person who has used emulators a lot, I've shown others how can enjoy using them many times before.

I am glad to see others like you are sharing your knowledge like this too. :D
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^-^
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Neocasko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:D...Wait...you do know about what I do right?
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Use emulators? yes
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Neocasko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, that's nice! :D
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turtle-crazyfan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
i wish i knew bout this before i gave away all my old gameboy games......
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can get them off ebay really cheap; the ones they sell don't save, and they don't know they can do this.
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LackadaisicalLeopah Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks, I can't wait to find Gold and Silver and try this out! I have tons of 3-volt batteries! :D

Will this work for Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, too? My Ruby Versions have dead internal batteries, as does my brother's Sapphire. I'd love to replace the batteries.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I haven't tried, but it'll probably work. I'm not sure what batteries they take, though.
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LackadaisicalLeopah Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I looked at Ruby Version, and it seems to take a 3-volt battery as well. I can't check, though, because it requires a three-pointed screw and my dad says that's a special kind. We would have to take the games to Wal-Mart or something.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didn't have the fancy screwdriver for my games either, I just jammed things in the indents on the screw and pushed.
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LackadaisicalLeopah Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOLz
I should try that then. I'm just afraid of accidentally hitting the game and screwing something up.
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darklugia666 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't worry there's plenty of plastic protecting it.
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LackadaisicalLeopah Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goody. :la:
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xXxrouxXx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I did this once and managed to fry the game completely proving that I should not put metal screwdriver on metal battery pack xD Ich bin eine dummkopf! xD
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