Breath of the Wild Speedrunner breaks world record, shaving 34 seconds off previous best time

Among the many goals found in video games, the main goal for most players is to be able to find their way to the end. While the amount of time it takes to complete a game depends on a number of factors, most gamers are familiar with the feeling of accomplishment once they finish a particular title. However, some players take full games to the next level by performing quick runs. Recently, a player managed to get through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in fast lighting time.

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It is intended to be a launch title for Nintendo’s popular hybrid console called the Switch, breath of the wild was released in March 2017. The game introduced Zelda fans to a new open world that allowed players to explore and progress largely at their own pace. Additionally, this open format has encouraged many speedrunners to try and complete the game as quickly as possible. Recently, a player finished Link’s quest faster than ever.

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On May 15, a sprinter known as Player 5 accomplished the seemingly impossible by beating breath of the wild in just 24 minutes and 15 seconds, shaving 34 seconds off the previous best time. This is the world record for the Any% speedrun category for the game. It’s worth noting that Any% speedrun only requires the player to reach the end of the game without needing to complete any other secondary objectives. Amazingly, this means that Player5 has the fastest times in four speed racing categories in breath of the wild: All main quests (2 hours, 21 minutes, and 59 seconds), all dungeons (1 hour, 31 minutes, and 49 seconds), one “no damage” run (28 minutes, 16 seconds), and now Any% (24 minutes and 15 seconds).


For those who want to see how Player5 achieved the world record, the player has posted the full speedrun on YouTube. In the video, they rush through the open world, largely due to exploiting a number of glitches in the game. However, these failures breath of the wild are essential to finish the Speedrun Any% in world record time.

In addition to using glitches, Player5 revealed a trick they used to shave precious seconds off your time on breath of the wild. According to the speedrunner, they changed the game’s dialogue to French. Interestingly, they claimed that this allowed them to save approximately 4 seconds during the race. While this may not sound like much, the difference between setting a world record time and coming up short in a sprint race often comes down to just a few seconds.


This awesome Player5 achievement comes as Zelda fans eagerly await more news on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. While the game has been delayed to 2023, Nintendo could show off the game sometime this summer. In the meantime, speedrunners are likely to continue to seek even faster times in the 2017 game.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild It is available on Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

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Source: NintendoLife


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