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Elden Ring speedrunner beats game in under seven minutes

YouTuber Distortion2 has hit a new milestone for Elden Ring speedrunners, coming in under seven minutes.

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Elden Ring has only been out for a couple of months, and players have already uncovered an absurd amount of secrets and hidden tricks within the game. This also applies to the speedrunning community, which recently hit a major milestone. Speedrunner Distortion2 has managed to clear the game in just under seven minutes, setting a new world record.

Distortion2 shared a video to his YouTube channel on April 12 in which we see him go from the opening of the game to the credits in astonishing time. When it was all said and done, Distortion2’s final time for his run was 6:59 minutes.

You can watch the excitement build in real-time in the video, which was taken from a recent broadcast on his Twitch channel. You can see his chat reacting as the run goes on, with Distortion2 himself getting audibly excited once the realization set in that he was about to put the finishing touches on yet another record-breaking run.

Distortion2 achieved such an impressive time by employing a method known as the zip glitch. To execute a zip glitch, players tune their graphical settings and use a program called Metronome in order to manipulate the game into allowing them to teleport or “zip” across large distances.

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Distortion2 has been one of the biggest players in the young Elden Ring speedrunning community. He previously posted records when he beat the game in just over twelve minutes, as well as under nine minutes. Now, Distortion2 is setting the bar once again.

As players spend more time in Elden Ring and discover new tactics, it’s been interesting to watch the Speedrunning space evolve right before our eyes. For more of the crazy things that players are accomplishing in The Lands Between, be sure to visit our dedicated Elden Ring topic page.

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    April 12, 2022 2:30 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Elden Ring speedrunner beats game in under seven minutes

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      April 12, 2022 3:03 PM

      holy shit that warp hack is quite the bypass. unsure if that qualifies as a speed run.

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        April 12, 2022 3:25 PM

        Using exploits that let you glitch out of the entire game shouldn't count. I hope FROM fixes whatever zip glitch he is using.

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          April 12, 2022 3:38 PM

          This category can simply use the old patch if they fix it.

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            April 12, 2022 3:59 PM

            How do they preserve old game versions with auto-updates via the various game services? Is it even possible on console? It sounds easiest on PC but even disabling auto update over Steam is a huge PITA.

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              April 12, 2022 7:54 PM

              If you wanted to you could archive clean files from steam every time it gets updated

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          April 12, 2022 4:00 PM

          Why are people so hang up on this, how does it hurt you that this glitch is in there. I really don’t get that. If it would be multiplayer sure, but it’s not and it is really not affecting you in any way.

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        April 12, 2022 3:36 PM

        from what I've seen, the community kinda makes up its own rules about what counts for a speedrun, factoring in things like % completion (e.g., Quake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODC5n5ngQKU), or use of glitches (e.g., Earthbound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am3A3kQE2U8)

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        April 12, 2022 3:38 PM

        There are definitely different categories of speedrun including glitchless, but for whatever reasons these ones always get the headlines/clicks.

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        April 12, 2022 3:57 PM

        Of course it is counting, just a different category, prolly any % or something.

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        April 12, 2022 7:40 PM

        What an odd take. Of course it qualifies as a speedrun, it's called an Any% for a reason. I'm sure there will be different categories.

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          April 12, 2022 10:03 PM

          It's actually in the Any% Unrestricted category. The Any% category doesn't allow zips, but does allow wrong warps.

          See the different category rules here (click the category tabs, then click the view rules button (The game rule tab in the rules applies to all categories, unless otherwise specified, and it is there that zips are banned in most categories as it is highly performance / framerate dependent)):
          https://www.speedrun.com/eldenring

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            April 12, 2022 10:06 PM

            Current records:
            Standard Any%: 26m 07s
            Any% No Wrong Warp: 57m 24s
            All Remembrances: 1h 31m 58s
            All Achievements: 4h 41m 40s

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            April 12, 2022 11:58 PM

            Yeah i was too lazy to look at the title

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        April 12, 2022 8:05 PM

        Speedrunners set their own rules together. I'm betting "unrestricted" means you can use any glitch you want, and there are other categories that choose to not use certain glitches.

        Just because it's calvin ball though doesn't mean it's not not fun!

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      April 12, 2022 10:06 PM

      lol these are not speedruns. they are exploits

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