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I collect main-story Pokemon games. I'm doing a pretty good job (Yellow, FireRed, Emerald, Diamond, HeartGold, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X, Y, Omega Ruby)

My Pokemon Emerald's Save Battery and Internal Battery both have died. I cried myself to sleep last night. My life will never be the same (I know I can buy more, so I only really cried for about three minutes).

So, if you have a brand new Save Battery and Internal Battery in Pokemon Emerald, how long will either of them last?

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They usually last like 7-8 years, from what I've seen.
Don't worry.  Everything can be replaced.  I was the original owner of my Emerald game and it lasted about 6 years before it was replaced.  That was the shortest time I had with one.  My longest one was Firered which was acquired from a previous owner shortly after release in 2004 and lasted 10 years until 2014.  I remember these two especially because they stood out compared to the others which averaged around 8 years.
I thought FireRed and LeafGreen didn't have batteries that can wear out... would it delete my save data if it dies?
Mine lasted 7 years
You needn't worry, as the battery is literally just for a electronic 'watch' (the RTC). If your save got erased, then you have a counterfeit game.
^ this. My emerald's internal battery is kill and it works fine.
Yea, mine too, It's been dead for years.

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From what I can gather from a full fifteen minutes of web surfing like a boss, I conclude that internal batteries will last for an average of 5-10 years, usually leaning towards 7 or 8. If the internal battery dies it simply means that time-based events will no longer work.

Sources: Lots

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