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Questions tagged [speedrun]

A speedrun is a play-through of a level, map or whole game where the player tries to achieve the quickest time possible. Use this tag for questions about speedrunning in general - if your question is game-specific, please use the game's tag instead.

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Super Mario Odyssey Downgrade Digital Version to 1.0.0 or 1.1.0

Since v1.2.0 came out for odyssey, many wall clip glitches used by speed runners were patched out. This forced them to buy the physical copy and reset factory their switch, turn wifi off, etc. just ...
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What happens if you disable the quarantine enforcement platform before the arrival of the Sunbeam?

It would take some serious speedrunning, but besides time I see nothing which would stop you from completing most of the main plot and deactivate the quarantine enforcement platform before the Sunbeam ...
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In Super Metroid, is jumping after running not just as fast as running on the ground?

I see some of the top speedrunners trying to minimize time in the air. For example, in the second room of Ceres station, and in the beginning of Parlor. Why do they do this? I would assume that as ...
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How can I beat this Dev time in Offspring Fling?

How does one pull off the maneuvers required to beat the Dev time for level 049. Keep It Moving? The most horrifying part of this level is that -- after heroic effort -- you beat the Gold time, only ...
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Why do speed runners use different languages [duplicate]

I've been watching many different speed runs of all my favourite games; Horizon Zero Dawn, Legend of Zelda, Dark Souls, etc. However one thing I've noticed is that they often use a different language ...
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Is it faster to run or dodge-roll?

I'm currently attempting to beat God of War 1 in under 5 hours for the Speed of Jason McDonald achievement. When moving from from place to place, is it faster to run or dodge-roll?
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Looking for more detailed explanation concerning SMB flagpole glitch

In Super Mario Bros, there is a glitch, where a certain set of frame-perfect presses allow you to jump directly into the bottom block of the flagpole at the end of the level. In this article on the ...
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What is the fastest character or speedrun build?

I'm looking to max out my character move speed for running through levels fast (not necessarily clearing enemies or doing high difficulty runs), but I can only find guides on the "fastest leveling ...
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How to run and navigate the menu at the same time with controller?

How to use controller to navigate the menu while runing (i.e. not walking, but dashing)? For example, in this Dark Souls 3 speed run video the guy simultaniously runs and navigates the menu. Note how ...
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In Super Metroid, how do you “Kago” through falling platforms?

Super Metroid speedrunners "Kago" through the first falling platform in Wasteland. How do they do this? I've tried running into the spikes and doing as short a hop ...
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In Super Metroid speedrunning, which backup Super Missiles are fastest to obtain?

Background I'm learning to speedrun Super Metroid (Any%). Runners following the old route (KPDR, i.e. Kraid-Phantoon-Draygon-Ridley) as well as the new route (PRKD) both obtain two super missiles ...
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What sidequests can be done before getting Excalibur II?

In order to obtain Excalibur II in Final Fantasy IX, the player has to reach Gate to Space, a room in Memoria in under 12 hours of playtime. That obviously means that several sidequests will have to ...
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Is using decor considered as glitching for the purposes of a Speedrun?

On some games (mostly RPGs), speedrunners use decor elements to skip some zone(s) of the game (for instance in the Duke's Archive in Dark souls). Since using decor doesn't look like a bug, is it ...
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In Mario 64 speedruns, why are the keys necessary?

I've been a fan of TAS (Tool Assisted Speedrun) videos for a long time, and always go back to watch the various Mario 64 Speedruns because they're so good, but after watching a few videos, I wonder: ...
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Fastest route to 99 lives in Super Mario World

Starting from a fresh game of Super Mario World (SNES), what sequence of levels should be played in order to reach a lives total of 99 as quick as possible? From my experience with the game, I know ...
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How does the 20 minute OOT run work?

I've just got done watching a sub-20 minute run of The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina Of Time and I need to be explained something. How in the hell can you Warp form the first boss to the last boss. ...
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Why do speed-runners usually use the Japanese version of a game?

In most speed-running videos, the person playing the game will usually play the Japanese version, with or without any knowledge of understanding Japanese. Is there a reason why they do this? In ...
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What is the fewest cycles to clear Majora's Mask, without exploiting glitches?

I’ve seen videos of Majora’s Mask speedruns that heavily relied on glitches. There’s also this guide about clearing 100% in 5 cycles. And now I’m curious about the fewest number of cycles it takes ...
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Which version(s) of Super Mario World are allowed when speedrunning on SpeedRunsLive?

I am interested in Speedrunning Super Mario World on SpeedRunsLive, but I was wondering if there are restrictions on what versions are allowed. In particular, are there restrictions on whether you use ...
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What is the closest Fragrant Branch of Yore to Majula?

I like to speedrun the souls series and an important piece of this is knowing the locations of story-important items. I have found quick routes to many items of importance but the one that I cannot ...
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Is there a term for speedruns which don't use glitches or sequence breaks?

Sorry, I've never really followed speedrunning, so I apologize if this is obvious. Essentially, what I'm asking about are speedruns that simply play the game as it was intended to be played (no ...
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How does “wrong-warping” happen, and how can I do it myself?

In Zelda Speedrunning, namely Ocarina of Time, one of the tricks that speedrunners can use is called "wrong-warping". As I understand it, this happens when you go outside of a level and somehow go to ...