As Elden Ring speedruns get faster, runners are not only becoming more efficient, but also skipping more of the game on their way to the credits. In the last world record, which reaches 12 minutes and 32 seconds (opens in new tab)Mitchriz only has to fight one boss.
The new ‘zip’ (opens in new tab) and the ‘meta zip’ technique allows you to expand the game and make moments like this possible. The 19 minute record (opens in new tab)with less than two weeks, it already looks slow and old in comparison.
To do the trick, you can see Mitchriz set his character up in a blocking animation while a series of sounds play in the background to guide him, as if he were playing Mario Kart and about to start the race. When the final beep sounds, he presses W and his character is catapulted across the map so fast it takes the world a second to catch up and load.
Zippers allow Mitchriz to skip all over Limgrave and go straight to Liurnia. From there he has to get the Icerind Axe (for the weapon skill) and go through the waygate to a late play area. In previous speed races, this is where the real race started because it led directly to a series of bosses before the end of the game, but in the current route, this is the first and last boss. With zippers, each boss (opens in new tab) after that it can be skipped, leading straight to the end of the game.
“Alright, it boils down to this. Two zips to go,” Mitchriz said as the loading screen took him to the final area of the game.
With extremely specific character placement and a PC capable of maintaining a stable enough framerate to make failure possible, he was able to propel his character straight up the steps before the final fog door in the game. Instead of walking past it, he performed another zip that sent him to the edge of the map, which ended the final boss battle before it even started, granting him the boss reminder and the final cutscene – which he jumps, of course. .
It’s ridiculously fast, faster than the current Dark Souls world records (21 minutes (opens in new tab)), Dark Souls 2 (14 minutes (opens in new tab)) and Dark Souls 3 (31 minutes (opens in new tab)). But the 12-minute run doesn’t seem close to an end for Elden Ring’s fast runs. In this same run, Mitchriz discusses a potential way to get around the initial seven minutes of setup with a mega zip and a series of zips afterwards to kill the two remaining bosses. A zip-only run if you will. Who needs the horse?