Tears of the Kingdom speedrunner beats the game in about 94 minutes

The kingdom barely had a chance to cry as a speedrunner put in a stellar 94-minute any-percent run on launch day.


It was bound to happen eventually, but an intrepid speedrunner is already making marks on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on Day 1. With the game having launched at midnight on May 12, a speedrunner was able to post an any-percent clear of the game in around 94 minutes, an hour and a half.

It was gymnast86 who posted a YouTube video of their clear of the game, as spotted by Video Games Chronicle, on May 12, 2023. According to the title, gymnast86 is able to clear the entirety of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in 1 hour, 34 minutes, and 33 seconds. Their video also serves as proof of the accomplishment, though be wary to watch as there will be spoilers. Nonetheless, it’s an impressive feat full of unique tactics and techniques using the game’s features such as the Ultrahand and Fuse mechanics, which allow you to put nearly anything together as a weapon or vehicle to traverse the world.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Speedrun Ending
Clocking in at 1:34:33, YouTuber gymnast86 put up one of the first and fastest clears of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom so far.
Source: Gymnast86

We’re no strangers to seeing speedrunners clear games quickly. Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Elden Ring, and more have played host to a variety of speedrunning accomplishments coming right out of their launch. It is, however, incredible to see in Tears of the Kingdom, where we have seen plenty of reviewers and critics reporting having 70 to 100 hours in the game before they wrote their reviews. Of course, reviewers are probably taking their time and exploring everything that Tears of the Kingdom has to offer in contrast to a speedrunner looking to get the fastest clear possible.

The early bar is set for Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom speedruns. We’re sure to see more insane and zany clear times with the game now out in the wild. Stay tuned as we continue to watch for further news on the game and check out our Tears of the Kingdom strategy guide if you need help in your own adventures!

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