What does it take to be a world record speedrunner for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Well, being French helps a lot. The current world record holder for BOTW, Player5, says that French dialogue shortens its run by about 4 seconds compared to English – for a time of just 24 minutes and 15 seconds, 4 seconds Right significant.
Player5’s record run was posted on Sunday 15th May and beat the runner-up by a full 30 seconds giving him a clear lead. “I don’t actually train much off-stream,” he said while streaming the run. “Mostly it’s just the on-stream runs that I do.”
The run is any run, meaning the only required objective is to reach the end of the game. Other runs – like “All Dungeons”, “All Main Quests” and “All Shrines” are self-explanatory and take much longer; usually a matter of hours. The 100% speedrun record – which requires runners to complete all Shrines, all Divine Beasts, all Quests, all Upgrades, all Koroks (!) and all Towers – is currently just over 16.5 hours.
Using a combination of glitch tricks, Player5 flings Link across the map, grabs the powers from the Great Plateau, chats a bit with King Rhoam, and then zooms his way to Hyrule Castle for the final battle with Ganon, who unsurprisingly is a weakling despite Link only having two hearts. And that’s it!
This is how Player5 described the world record run:
Very good run with most of the time savings in the paraglider (loads) and lock. There are still small gains in time on the other plateau splits and blights, but overall I’m happy with the run. 24:0x is definitely doable, but Sub 24 probably requires riskier strats.
Player 5 is no newcomer to the Breath of the Wild throne – he currently sits first in All Main Quests (2 hours 21 minutes 59 seconds) and All Dungeons (1 hour 31 minutes 49 seconds). as well as a 28-minute, 16-second run in first place that is completely “damage-free.” he is only very good in zelda.
But 24:15 is only the best time… so far. According to Best Theoretical Time, which combines the best segments from all the best players, it’s humanly possible to complete Breath of the Wild in just 21 minutes and 20 seconds. So stay tuned?
If you love speedruns, don’t forget this speedrunning and charity fundraiser Summer games done quickly is coming soon and will start on Saturday 26th June and end on Sunday 3rd July. It will be in person again this year and you can check the schedule on the GDQ website!
Did you learn any speedrun tips from Player5’s run? Tell us in the comments!
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/05/random-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-speedrunner-slices-34-seconds-off-the-world-record Random: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Speedrunner cuts 34 seconds off world record