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Dragon’s Dogma 2: A Guide to Saving and Backing Up Your Game Progress

If you’ve experienced the original Dragon’s Dogma, you likely have a grasp on how saving functions in Dragon’s Dogma 2, as it closely resembles its predecessor. However, for newcomers diving into Dragon’s Dogma 2, the game’s saving mechanism may appear unfamiliar. This guide aims to clarify the saving process and provide instructions on backing up your save file, particularly for PC players.

There are basically two types of saves in Dragon’s Dogma 2:

  1. Your “normal save“, which autosaves regularly.
  2. Your “inn save“, which only updates whenever you save at an inn, or your house.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 – Normal Saves

Your standard save is consistently updated automatically, typically every few minutes. You’ll be alerted to the autosave of your game by the appearance of a reddish-orange circle in the upper corner of your screen.

This isn’t *just* an autosave though. In the game’s main menu, accessible from anywhere, you can choose to save at any time, as long as you are not in combat. You are given three options here:

  • Save and Continue – This will just force the game to make a save at the current moment, letting you continue. The game autosaves frequently, but use this if you want to make sure your most recent save is where you are, right now.
  • Save and Return to Title Screen – Choose this when you are done playing for the day, making sure your save is up to date as possible when you return playing.
  • Return to Title Screen Without Saving – Let’s say you accidentally did something you didn’t mean to do – piss off a character, get jailed, made a bad quest decision, etc, you can always return to the title screen without saving. If you are lucky, when you reload your file, you’ll be placed back before you made your accidental mistake – whatever it was. However, I should note that Dragon’s Dogma 2 autosaves frequently. Even if you go back to the title screen without saving, the game may have autosaved on its own already.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 – Inn Saves

So, if you wanted to have a little bit more control over your save files, that’s where Inn Saves come into play.

When you stay at an inn in the game, a separate save file is created, distinct from your regular saves. This special save file remains untouched by autosaves, giving you complete control over when to save your progress. Saving is done simply by resting at an inn. However, there’s a limitation: you only have one slot for these inn saves. You can’t create multiple inn saves; instead, you overwrite the existing one as needed.

The main drawback is that using inns for saving isn’t free; it often costs a few thousand gold coins. However, as you progress through the game, you’ll have the opportunity to obtain your own house through the “A Place to Call Home” quest. While purchasing a basic house requires a hefty sum of 20,000 gold coins, it grants you the perk of free rest in Vernworth at any time. Plus, each time you rest in your house, your inn save will automatically update.

On the main menu, you can load either type of save - your Normal Save or your Inn Save
On the main menu, you can load either type of save – your Normal Save or your Inn Save

So, essentially, the crux of the matter is this: when faced with a risky or uncertain decision, it’s crucial to utilize your Inn Save. This allows you to experiment with your choices and gauge their immediate consequences. If the outcomes don’t align with your expectations, you can simply reload your Inn Save and explore alternative options. Once you’re satisfied with the results, you can Inn Save again to effectively ‘lock in’ your decisions.

However, it’s important to exercise caution. If your last Inn Save was made hours ago and you decide to load it, there’s a risk of losing all the progress you’ve made since then. This is because your Normal Save will be overwritten with an autosave after loading.

Additionally, if you wish to rest without replacing your Inn Save, you can easily do so by visiting the nearest campsite instead. This allows you to heal up, adjust the time of day, and even apply a food bonus, all without altering your Inn Save.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Save File Location – How to Back up Your Saves (on PC)

Okay, you understand Normal Saves and Inn Saves now, but let’s just say you want to bend the rules entirely. Where are save files stored on PC, if playing the Steam version? Here:

[Steam directory location]\userdata\[steamid]\2054970\remote\win64_save

This directory will contain files for both your Normal Save and your Inn Save. You can distinguish between the two based on their Date Modified.

It’s crucial to note: If you intend to modify your Dragon’s Dogma 2 save file in this manner, it’s advisable to disable Steam Cloud for the game. Steam Cloud settings can impact which save file Steam attempts to load. For instructions on how to disable Steam Cloud, refer to our Dragon’s Dogma 2 Delete Save Data guide.

Personally, I recommend copying the entire folder to another location on your PC. Make sure to document somewhere what each save file represents (your progress in the game, etc.).

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