Splatoon 3: How & Why To Transfer Data [Explained]

In our guide we will tell you how to easily Transfer Data in Splatoon 3.

With the new game ready and available to play, most fans are migrating towards the brand new Splatoon 3 game. The thing is, Splatoon 3 makes it very difficult to transfer your previous data to the new game. Hence, without special guidance, most players will be confused as to how to do this. But fear not! Our Splatoon 3 how-to transfer data guide will explain all the steps you need to take to ensure a seamless and easy transfer! 

Key Highlights

  • The Splatoon franchise lets their old players be able to transfer their game data from one Splatoon game to another (Such as from Splatoon 2 to Splatoon 3).
  • Doing this procedure is a little complicated, and you can lose your data if you do something wrong.
  • First, you have to make sure you have a good wifi connection and that you have played Splatoon 2, of course.
  • When you open Splatoon 3, the game will try its best to find the old data and ask you to import it.
  • Then it will ask you to import it or not and once you do, you will be awarded 3 “Golden Sheldon Licenses.”

A Few Important Things To Know About

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Things you should know before transferring data.

Before we tell you how to transfer data, there are a couple of things you must be aware of. Most players do not make informed decisions about transferring their data and hence, end up regretting it later.

So now that we have your attention, let us look into the two main things you should be well aware of. Before you continue, why not have a look at our guide on the best characters in Splatoon 3? It will give you great insight into which characters you should invest in the most!

How Many Times Can The Data Be Transferred

Most players assume that data can be shifted multiple times. Thinking that is a mistake that has led to numerous players losing their precious data. Why is that the case?

Well, the thing is that as soon as the new Splatoon 3 hit the market on September 9, 2022, Nintendo was very quick to come out with a statement on its Twitter account. On the post, we were able to pick up one key piece of information. Before you continue, why not take a look at our guide on how long to beat campaign the Splatoon 3 game?

Shockingly there will only be one save data transfer per Nintendo account. Yet another element that players must take into consideration is that if you select “cancel” at the confirmation box in the transfer procedure. There will be devastating outcomes, well, at least in the eyes of some users.

What will end up happening is that players will never be capable of transferring data again. Name something more tragic than that, and we will wait. While you are here, take a look at Splatoon 3 weapon tier list. It will give you great insight into which weapons are the best.

All of this means that players will be unable to attempt once more, regardless of whether they try to remove their current saved data or try to create a fresh version. We can not stress it enough once players reach the confirmation box, they should immediately transfer it just because each Nintendo account only gets one attempt.

How To Easily Transfer Data In Splatoon 3

Now that you have all the prior information to make the right decisions let us look into all the steps you will need to take in order to shift your Splatoon 2 data to the new Splatoon 3 installment. Before you move forward, why not have a look at our Splatoon 3 review? It will give you great insight into the mechanics of the game!

Start Off With Playing Splatoon 2

Okay, so it might seem very obvious and unnecessary to you but hear us out! While we know that most, if not all, players already have their data saved, it is important that gamers at least play the Splatoon 2 game for a couple of hours. 

We know it sounds annoying, and we all really want to jump into the new game, but doing this will help you out in the long run, trust us. While you are here, we suggest you look into Splatoon 3 best weapon guide.

Ensure A Good Wifi Connection 

Before you start the whole process, try to make sure that your Wifi connection is very strong. Try to ensure that you are in a room that has the strongest connection. You do not want your data to be corrupted due to poor quality wifi.

Now you might be thinking, why is Nintendo being so strict about these rules? Well, the thing is, players will actually be rewarded for the transfer. Hence, the company wants to ensure players do not misuse it. If you are curious about the rewards, do not worry; we will discuss them later!

Open The Splatoon 3 Game

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saving data option in Splatoon 3

Now that you have everything set, players should open the Splatoon 3 game. One thing we would suggest you do is to make sure that the game has been updated beforehand. It will save you a lot of time and energy. This way, you will be able to hop into the game as soon as the data has been transferred!

As soon as you open the game, players will be presented with the save data screen, where the game will actively search for any data you might have saved previously. If the game does end up finding it, you will be shown stats about it.

Select Import Data

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importing data in the game

The end is within grasp! At this point, you have the ability to import your previously saved data. While the option of importing is present, some players choose not to do so. Why? Well, according to them, it adds another layer of challenge. Whether you import or not, it is up to you!

The Last Step

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The last step to import data

Well, the last step is not really a step; after you do all the things we mentioned above, you are good to go! All you have to do now is to play the game and receive your hard-earned reward!


Now that you know how to import data, let us look into all the rewards you will be able to get! Bear in mind that they will not be extravagant gifts, but hey, for doing basically nothing, they are a steal!

Three Gold Sheldon Licenses

Although when players are not just at the appropriate rank for accessing a weapon ordinarily, such Licenses let users access whatever weapon right away. It is surely a nice alternative if players are particularly committed to their primary weaponry.

Early Access To Anarchy Battle Mode

Using the imported save data option, players will enter the Anarchy battle right away, even though it will normally be activated at Level 10. Players will commence at B- if their score in one of the many other ranked modes was B- or above.

Challenge Your Friends In Battle

Depending on how far players have gotten in Splatoon 2, players will be able to line up with players who have comparable skill sets to you.

Climbing The Infamous Grizzco Ladder

Players can tell Mr. Grizz at Grizzco if they are regular workers by going over there. At the same time, players will always begin out as apprentices. But due to the commitment to Grizzco,  players will get 40 Job Credits right away. Making it far simpler for players to advance in level.

The third installment of the game has offered many new and innovative modes that make it hard for the players not to indulge in them. But playing the new game has brought upon a challenge that most players deem to be very annoying, and if you are an OG Splatoon franchise player, you know exactly what we are talking about.

We hope that our Splatoon 3 how-to transfer data guide was helpful in solving your issue!

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Irfan Ansari

With four years of Video Game Journalism and Tremendous love for Gaming, Irfan loves chatting and writing everything about video games.

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