A New Speed Run Record: 59 minutes for a no-glitch full run

#1 Edited by Turambar (6808 posts) -

He skips the taurus demon and undead burg as a whole, and spends less than a minute falling down the wood planks to get to blight town. While it took 15 minutes for most people to get to the first boss, it took him less to ring both bells. The first ever 1 hour and 9 minute speed run took about 21 minutes to get to that point, this guy manages to squeeze in a Sif kill in those 5 minutes. God fucking damn.

#2 Posted by BaneFireLord (2949 posts) -

People be crazy.

#3 Edited by SomeJerk (3299 posts) -

I've had the game for like three weeks tomorrow and I'm learning a bunch from these, thanks!  Most recent trick I learned was a shortcut to right before the Capra Demon from before the first fog gate in upper Burg.
 
1) Did he break the wall before the iron ball?
2) How did he combo damage on the drop on the first boss?!
 
(adding as I watch because this is legit good shit)
 
3) oh hell, the way he handled the first BK!
4) shiiit this runner has balls the size of planets

#4 Posted by Turambar (6808 posts) -

@SomeJerk: Iron ball?

If by combo damage you mean the asylum demon, most people seem to use the dropping attack right before they hit him. Using it earlier lets the sword get extended all the way out, so your sword hits the asylum demon, dealing the 50ish damage, before the actual dropping attack damage lands as well.

Also fyi, EpicNameBro has a decent video breaking down some of the tricks used in this speed run.

#5 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Watching this solely for Blighttown. Take that, stupid walkways!

#6 Posted by Turambar (6808 posts) -

@Ravenlight: You should watch it for Duke's Archives and Tomb of the giants as well. This guy does not GIVE A FUCK.

#7 Posted by Sanious (793 posts) -

@Turambar said:

@SomeJerk: Iron ball?

If by combo damage you mean the asylum demon, most people seem to use the dropping attack right before they hit him. Using it earlier lets the sword get extended all the way out, so your sword hits the asylum demon, dealing the 50ish damage, before the actual dropping attack damage lands as well.

It's doing the lunge attack off the edge instead of just the normal dropping attack.

#8 Posted by CptBedlam (4453 posts) -

Sounds crazy. Definitely gonna watch this later.

#9 Posted by Turambar (6808 posts) -

HE SKIPPED CEASLESS DISCHARGE

#10 Posted by grugvoth (74 posts) -

Not sure if this run has been linked to from here before, try 32 minutes and 45 seconds for the entire run. This is all done in one single segment although it looks like he uses one quit out of the game and relaunch to do one skip. Other than that though it is pure running around and doing very little other than killing the bosses.

#11 Posted by Turambar (6808 posts) -

@grugvoth said:

Not sure if this run has been linked to from here before, try 32 minutes and 45 seconds for the entire run. This is all done in one single segment although it looks like he uses one quit out of the game and relaunch to do one skip. Other than that though it is pure running around and doing very little other than killing the bosses.

That one uses a glitch to get into the Kiln without playing through half the areas in the game. Hence why this one explicitly states no-glitch.

#12 Posted by kishinfoulux (2389 posts) -

I fucking love Dark Souls Speed Runs.

#13 Posted by murisan (1119 posts) -

Just watching gameplay of this game makes my adrenaline start

#14 Posted by Duff_McWhalen (23 posts) -

@Turambar: THIS SPEED-RUN IS INVALIDATED. HE'S A PHONY.

#15 Posted by Gunslinger0130 (224 posts) -

That was insane, took me over 70 hours... Thanks for sharing!

#16 Posted by grugvoth (74 posts) -

@Turambar: That's what I thought, it seemed weird to quit out when dying and suddenly be in another area. Still scary how fast it can be done though.

#17 Posted by pyromagnestir (4326 posts) -

I wish this were HD and that the menus were in English... Although I still wouldn't understand what the hell is going on.

One question, though. Dark Souls is an RPG no? How is he able to level up to the point of kicking these bosses asses without killing anybody?

#18 Posted by vikingdeath1 (982 posts) -

I LOVE Dark Souls speed runs! thanks duder!

#19 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@pyromagnestir said:

I wish this were HD and that the menus were in English... Although I still wouldn't understand what the hell is going on.

One question, though. Dark Souls is an RPG no? How is he able to level up to the point of kicking these bosses asses without killing anybody?

The leveling in Dark Souls works ina different way. I don't like Dark Souls, so i never got much into it, so i can someone can explain it better than that.
#20 Posted by murisan (1119 posts) -

@MikeGosot said:

@pyromagnestir said:

I wish this were HD and that the menus were in English... Although I still wouldn't understand what the hell is going on.

One question, though. Dark Souls is an RPG no? How is he able to level up to the point of kicking these bosses asses without killing anybody?

The leveling in Dark Souls works ina different way. I don't like Dark Souls, so i never got much into it, so i can someone can explain it better than that.

Well, killing bosses nets you TONS of souls. I have been watching on and off, but if he specs right, one boss can boost his main damage dealer by quite a bit. Every "soul level" costs a certain amount of souls regardless of where you spend them, so if he just dumped into stamina and strength, he wouldn't need to kill many peons to level up enough to finish the game.

Example.. if it costs 1000 souls to level stamina up by one point, it will cost ~1250 souls to level ANYTHING else up by a point after that. I hope that was clear enough.. I suck at explaining.

#21 Posted by MildMolasses (3223 posts) -

@pyromagnestir said:

I wish this were HD and that the menus were in English... Although I still wouldn't understand what the hell is going on.

One question, though. Dark Souls is an RPG no? How is he able to level up to the point of kicking these bosses asses without killing anybody?

I'm only saying this as someone who has watched speedruns of the game and never played it, but I believe their is an item and coven combination that allows for insane attack damage. Or something like that. It definitely has to do with the equipment being used

#22 Posted by pyromagnestir (4326 posts) -

@murisan said:

@MikeGosot said:

@pyromagnestir said:

I wish this were HD and that the menus were in English... Although I still wouldn't understand what the hell is going on.

One question, though. Dark Souls is an RPG no? How is he able to level up to the point of kicking these bosses asses without killing anybody?

The leveling in Dark Souls works ina different way. I don't like Dark Souls, so i never got much into it, so i can someone can explain it better than that.

Well, killing bosses nets you TONS of souls. I have been watching on and off, but if he specs right, one boss can boost his main damage dealer by quite a bit. Every "soul level" costs a certain amount of souls regardless of where you spend them, so if he just dumped into stamina and strength, he wouldn't need to kill many peons to level up enough to finish the game.

Example.. if it costs 1000 souls to level stamina up by one point, it will cost ~1250 souls to level ANYTHING else up by a point after that. I hope that was clear enough.. I suck at explaining.

So he's probably min/maxing the damage boosting characteristic when leveling. Alright, that helps explain some things, I think. He also seemed to know exactly who to kill to get the most souls for his efforts. Or something.

Still something about watching Dark Souls speed runs makes me want to curl up into a fetal position and cry while repeating "I don't get it." over and over.

#23 Posted by Casey25 (141 posts) -

that was dope

#24 Posted by mosespippy (4285 posts) -

@pyromagnestir said:

I wish this were HD and that the menus were in English... Although I still wouldn't understand what the hell is going on.

One question, though. Dark Souls is an RPG no? How is he able to level up to the point of kicking these bosses asses without killing anybody?

  • The Red Tearstone Ring that he was using a lot increases attack when health is low (hence why he would frequently go into battles with low health).
  • The Ring of Favour and Protection increases his health and damage and equip load by like 15% each.
  • He picked up a ring that increases damage to critical hits but I don't remember seeing him use it. I know the previous record holder did.
  • The weapon he used hits it's max upgrade with only 10 Crystal Titanite, while most other weapons require 9 titanite shards, 9 large titanite shards, 9 titanite chunks, and 1 titanite slab. You can max it out by killing 5 crystal lizards, while other weapons would need heaps of kills.
  • Sometimes early on he picked up items that can be used to get souls, some bosses drop a soul that most players turn into weapons but he uses them to get thousands of souls, and boss kills are worth tens of thousands of souls.
  • Lots of people beat the game at level 1. It's easier than it sounds since levelling equipment is more important than levelling atributes.
#25 Posted by sodacat (217 posts) -

@pyromagnestir said:

@murisan said:

@MikeGosot said:

@pyromagnestir said:

I wish this were HD and that the menus were in English... Although I still wouldn't understand what the hell is going on.

One question, though. Dark Souls is an RPG no? How is he able to level up to the point of kicking these bosses asses without killing anybody?

The leveling in Dark Souls works ina different way. I don't like Dark Souls, so i never got much into it, so i can someone can explain it better than that.

Well, killing bosses nets you TONS of souls. I have been watching on and off, but if he specs right, one boss can boost his main damage dealer by quite a bit. Every "soul level" costs a certain amount of souls regardless of where you spend them, so if he just dumped into stamina and strength, he wouldn't need to kill many peons to level up enough to finish the game.

Example.. if it costs 1000 souls to level stamina up by one point, it will cost ~1250 souls to level ANYTHING else up by a point after that. I hope that was clear enough.. I suck at explaining.

So he's probably min/maxing the damage boosting characteristic when leveling. Alright, that helps explain some things, I think. He also seemed to know exactly who to kill to get the most souls for his efforts. Or something.

Still something about watching Dark Souls speed runs makes me want to curl up into a fetal position and cry while repeating "I don't get it." over and over.

A simpler way to explain it is that the cost of leveling one attribute up by 1 point is based on the cumulative total level of all attributes. Therefore it costs the same to level one stat by 100 as it does to level 5 stats by 20 each.

He is also eating the unique boss souls to gain their soul value. Those boss souls can also be used to create unique weapons, but if you just absorb them you lose out on that, which is why most people don't just eat them.

Finally for most bosses he's wearing a ring that boost attack by 33% if you're at 15% or below health. That's why he does so little healing.

#26 Posted by murisan (1119 posts) -

@sodacat: He's also DAMN good. Them parries on Gwyn? Jeez.

#27 Posted by laserbolts (5331 posts) -

Just finished watching this and man the way he handled blighttown twice gave me hemoroids. Mad skill. I cant imagine how much trial and error it took to figure out these shortcuts. Like the bit where he crosses the lava without the ring. Like what the fuck.

#28 Posted by Turambar (6808 posts) -

@laserbolts said:

Just finished watching this and man the way he handled blighttown twice gave me hemoroids. Mad skill. I cant imagine how much trial and error it took to figure out these shortcuts. Like the bit where he crosses the lava without the ring. Like what the fuck.

All that saved him 2 minutes on the run. There is another video out there of him doing a 1 hour 1 minute run and killing ceaseless discharge.

#29 Edited by laserbolts (5331 posts) -

@Turambar:

i guess when goin for the record its worth it but god damn

#30 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1856 posts) -

Well that was impressive and made me feel completely inadequate.

#31 Posted by kishinfoulux (2389 posts) -

Letting himself take damage, knowing how much he will receive, is crazy.

#32 Edited by Jack268 (3387 posts) -
#33 Posted by Deusx (1910 posts) -

Thank you for sharing this! I asked Epic Name Bro for the link to the video but to no avail. I can finally watch this. Can't wait to see how fucking crazy he goes after ringing the first two bells.

#34 Posted by kaos_cracker (624 posts) -

Took me over 10 hours to get where he is in 20 minutes. I need to play this again

#35 Posted by RichieJohn (526 posts) -

I've watched this video a few times now. I'm in awe.

I feel like watching this and paying attention can really improve my abilities.

I'd never attempt something like this but I'm glad it's there for me to watch.

Come on Dark Souls 2!

#36 Edited by buft (3320 posts) -

He defeated

Edit: 13 minutes in and i saw things i never saw in the game i played on and off for 3 months

#37 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

@buft said:

He defeated

Edit: 13 minutes in and i saw things i never saw in the game i played on and off for 3 months

Ditto. Super impressive.

#38 Posted by NecroMongo (64 posts) -

The best part is how he deletes the character at the end. Haha.

#39 Edited by cloudnineboya (828 posts) -

what would the average score be in a normal run just too get an idea off how much he misses out and what setting his he playing on i never played this game, man he must off played this so much very interesting to watch, some off those jumps would take a lot of practice to get right,and he owns those bosses.

love the bit in the lava where he waits for the thingy to come towards him then falls of the ledge.

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