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Deathloop – How to Save

Deathloop - How to Save Progress Guide

Even though we all know Deathloop has an infinite loop, you still want to save every now and then so you don’t lose progress. While there isn’t a manual way to save for stuff like save-scumming, there is still a system in place. Continue reading this short guide to learn how it works.

How to Save in Deathloop

Since there isn’t a manual way to save, you have to completely depend on auto-saving. The way this system works is that it saves every time you return to the menu from the tunnels. This is the area where you can pick your loadout, infuse gear, and/or pick a district to explore. Anytime you return to this menu, your progress is stored so don’t worry.

The one dilemma is trying to save while you’re exploring a Blackreef district. Such as Updaam or The Complex. If you need to quit mid-run, you’ll lose all progress in that run back to the start. Once you start Deathloop back up, you’ll be at the beginning of that district as if you only just entered. This means you’ll no longer have any items or trinkets you may have grabbed.

Deathloop - Menu Save Screen

Once you’ve made it to this screen you can be assured that your progress is saved.

Fortunately, due to the way Deathloop works with its’ looping mechanic, everything is still the same. If you saw a weapon somewhere you really want, it should still be there. And if you remember the layout of an area, it’s still the same. This only changes based on your decisions throughout a loop.

In spite of all that, if you can get back to the tunnels easily, you can escape back to the menu to save. I recommend getting the Shift slab ability as early as you can. Since this increases your mobility heavily for getting around. As long as you don’t have a Julianna invading your game, you can always leave through the tunnels immediately.

Otherwise, you’ll have to deal with their antenna preventing you from leaving. You can deal with this by simply hacking it even if you don’t take them out. Just be careful of player Julianna’s waiting for you to show up.

Can You Save Scum in Deathloop?

Deathloop - Save Scumming Game Screenshot

Don’t end up like Wenji especially when a player is on the hunt in your game.

Due to how quitting during a run works, you may still be able to save scum. This may also work for when a player is invading your session if you don’t mind losing a little progress. Quitting when someone is invading you will simply disconnect them and reset you back to the start of a run. 

With that said, it’s entirely possible another person or at least AI will show up to hunt you down. This is why it’s important to disable that mode if you don’t want players hunting you. Our guide on How to Pause explains how to change modes to avoid this.

How to Not Lose Weapons, Trinkets, and Slabs

Deathloop - How to Infuse Items

You’ll need to unlock the infusing mechanic early on in the story that lets you permanently keep gear.

Not everyone realizes that Deathloop isn’t a roguelike, even if it shares some mechanics familiar to roguelites. But in all honesty, the roguelite genre has stretched heavily and that’s why it has the lite addition. If you’re considering buying Deathloop or are a little into the game, it’s worth mentioning the infusing system.

This is a mechanic that lets you gather currency throughout Blackreef that can store items permanently. Even if you lose and completely reset your loop, you’ll still have those items when returning. This is a form of meta progression that exists so you’re not always starting at zero.

If you have any other Deathloop questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. Otherwise, that’s all there is to this guide on how to save even though there’s not much to it.

A Deathloop key was provided by a PR agency for the purpose of our coverage.

Matt Stanley

Saturday 25th of September 2021

Quick question. Can I return to the library from the tunnels every time I loop to stock up? Then return to the tunnels and select a mission?

Jeffrey Lerman

Saturday 25th of September 2021

If you're talking about the library from the beginning of the game, I don't think you can return there. I believe playing as Julianna returns to a room there once, but that's it.