There’s a new Elden Ring speedrunning world record, and it was achieved using a popular exploit to skip every boss in the game but one. Speedrunner Mitchriz was able to beat the game in a staggering 12 minutes and 32 seconds using the “zipping” technique, which allows players to teleport across the map in a matter of seconds.
Streamer Distortion2 previously used zipping to achieve a 19-minute run, and then just last night hit a 14-minute run, setting a new world record. But today Mitchriz took the crown with that incredible run under 13 minutes.
When PC gamer (opens in new tab) Mitchriz reportedly uses zips to skip the entire Limgrave portion of the game and go straight to Liurnia, where they use a waypoint to access an area in the late game. In previous speedruns they then had to defeat a number of bosses before they could complete the game, but in this run Mitchriz was only able to defeat one boss, Maliketh, before skipping the others and dashing to the final area of the game.
Then Mitchriz positions their character in such a painfully specific way that they are hurled onto the steps leading up to the last foggy door in the game. From there, Mitchriz “rushes” to the very edge of the map instead of going through the door, which allows them to skip the final boss and trigger the end of the game.
“Absolutely crazy run,” Mitchriz said. “The zippers were clean from start to finish, although it took a few tries to get the ‘mega zipper’ in the end. I’m really happy with this run, a big improvement over previous runs.
As incredible as the feat is, there’s no doubt that we’ll see faster running in the near future, but eventually speedrunners will reach the limits of what’s possible in this space. Until then, we can’t wait to see what these folks come up with to break the 10 minute mark.
After all, it’s only a matter of time.
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