What does it take to become the world speed record holder in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Well, being French helps a lot. The current BOTW world record holder, Player5, says French dialogue shortens his run by about 4 seconds compared to English – and at just 24 minutes 15 seconds 4 seconds, that’s enough significant.
Player5’s record-breaking result was posted on Sunday 15 May and beat the runner-up by over 30 full seconds, putting him ahead. “I don’t actually train much outside of the stream,” he said during a run broadcast. “Mostly it’s just the streams that I do.”
Mileage is Any%, which means that the only goal required is to reach the end of the game. Other walkthroughs – such as “All Dungeons”, “All Main Quests” and “All Shrines” – are self-explanatory and take much longer; usually a matter of hours. The 100% speed 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 and a half hours.
Using a combination of glitch tricks, Player5 guides Link around the map, grabs the powers from the Great Plateau, chats with King Roam for a bit, and then scales he heads to Hyrule Castle for the final showdown with Ganon, who is, unsurprisingly, a pushover despite Link only having two hearts. And it’s all!
This is how Player5 described the world record:
Very good run, most of the time is paragliding (loads) and lock. There are still some time savings in the other splits and declines of the plateau, but overall I’m happy with the playthrough. 24:0x is definitely doable, but below 24, riskier strategies are likely to be needed.
Player5 is no stranger to the throne of Breath of the Wild – he currently ranks first in all main quests (2 hours 21 minutes 59 seconds) and all dungeons (1 hour 31 minutes 49 seconds). as well as a first place run of 28 minutes 16 seconds, which is completely “damage-free”. He just very good in Zelda.
But 24:15 is the best time… already. According to Best theoretical time, which brings together all 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 the speedrun and charity fundraising event. Summer games done fast takes place soon, starting on Saturday, June 26th and ending on Sunday, July 3rd. This year it will take place again, and you will be able to check the schedule on the GDQ website!
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