Update: Since this story went live earlier today, Distortion2 has beaten his record once again, reducing the length of time to just six minutes and 59 seconds. We've embedded this new world record above.
To offer some clarification: this is an unrestricted, Any% category speedrun, meaning participants can use any glitches or exploits in order to reach the game's credits in the fastest possible time. Some of the techniques and shortcuts used in the above attempt are incredibly difficult to pull off, requiring an extraordinary level of dexterity and hours of practice to get right.
Of course, there are other categories that run through the game in a more traditional fashion. As shown on Speedrun.com, Elden Ring has several tracked categories, including All Remembrances. This version tasks speedrunners with beating all critical path bosses, the record currently standing at one hour, 32 minutes, and 45 seconds. There's a lot to dig into when it comes to speedrunning, so take a look if you're curious.
Original Story: In Elden Ring, the hallowed action RPG from FromSoftware, you can spend hundreds of hours gradually growing stronger and besting every vile creature and boss in the game, probably dying countless times in the process. It's a slow, methodical game about exploring a vast map, discovering its secrets and overcoming its challenges. Alternatively, you can blitz it in 10 minutes or less.
While other speedrunners are in the race to beat Elden Ring in as short a time as possible, it's Distortion2 that continues to lead the way, breaking his own world records along the way. You may recall we reported on his brilliant sub-30 minute run — but that was a month ago. Now, he's just established a new record, reaching the title's end credits in eight minutes and 56 seconds.
You can watch the full video above, showing the entire Any% run in less time than it took to put together this article. It's absolutely bonkers — Distortion2 utilises ridiculous glitches and exploits that cut through the entire game. Obviously, don't watch if you're wary of spoilers (or some bad language), but it's fascinating to see the game being broken into a million pieces like this.
You have to wonder where the record will be in another month's time. Are you a fan of speedrunning? What do you make of Distortion2's efforts? Tell us in the comments section below.
[source youtube.com, via twitter.com]
I dont understand why these are so fascinating..if it was legitimate speed runs without cheating or glitching i'd be impressed but this? Pffft man up and do a proper speed run..
@XinGViruS You don't have to. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. You may think you can show them why they're wrong, but you can't, because it's a subjective matter.
Edit: well, with so many posts deleted, now my post seems completely weird.
I think we can pretty much dispense with the spoiler warnings for Elden Ring any% speedruns these days. There's really not a great deal spoiled other than "at some point you end up going to a crumbling city in the sky (the speedrun doesn't even show you the way you would get there via normal story progression), and at the end of the game you go to the Erdtree and fight a grizzly warrior in a boss arena". They don't even see/fight the end boss in these speedruns any more
A complete newbie to Elden Ring could watch one of these and would still have absolutely no idea what to expect actually playing the game, or story wise
Wtf speedrun. I rather enjoy this masterpiece called elden ring and take my time with it.word up son
@Northern_munkey Exactly. I'm my opinion, speed running is going from the start to the finish without glitching etc.
@XinGViruS You don't need to explain. I can understand there is a large amount of skill involved in completing the game in this way and it takes a lot of dedication. But glitch based runs just aren't usually interesting to me or the vast majority of players.
We all like different things. If you like that cool, enjoy, but don't be salty just because others have little interest and would prefer to watch a glitch free run. There's room enough for more than one mindset.
Yeh file me under if you're using glitches and exploits your not truly speed running the game... your just cheating.
This ain't no legit speed run, he's cheating to get to unreachable areas, he deserves no praise or credit what so ever
@GoodGame indeed. Its like to put in reverse gear in GT7 and drive back and forth over the finishing line to win the race lmao.
@XinGViruS people are allowed to have opinions, particularly when itt comes to the any% category. At the end of the day these glitches have all been patched out, in order to even do one of these speedruns you need to be intentionally using a more glitchy version of the game. Personally I find it interesting how low they can get it but I wouldn't really consider it "beating the game", it's just an extreme cheese tactic that takes a lot of skill to pull off
I think they've got it to the point now that you don't even really need a human to do it though, you could probably just program a macro to press the keys at the exact right time, eliminate all the failed attempts at getting zips, and get that speedrun below 5 minutes. And to me that kind of makes it inherently less interesting - at least when they had to fight Maliketh there was a degree of randomness, whereas now it's purely a matter of whether they can pull off a set of frame perfect inputs to zip from location to location. Using zips to skip to certain boss fights is one thing, but using zips to also skip the boss fights themselves just makes it inherently more boring to me - but at the end of the day all that matters to an any% speedrunner is how low they can get the time, not how exciting the run is to watch
This is fake, it takes longer than that to get through the character creator!
I don’t understand speedrunning. Isn’t the point to enjoy a game from start to finish. It’s like going to watch a movie of 2 hours, but deciding to watch only the end of it in 5 minutes. Or starting to read war and peace, reading last 2 pages and call it a day.
@PaperAlien I don't care for speed running, but it has to be about the speed that it takes a player based on their skill in the game. I think the glitch runs are maybe just a fun thing some people enjoy.
@ORO_ERICIUS Exactly lol
@clianvXAi Presumably they have played the game already and it's just the meta challenge of doing the same thing quickly. I personally don't get let's plays for story games that you want to play.
I do appreciate that the right people doing let's plays feels like playing with your friends, but you could just play with your friends!
@playstation1995 I love comments like "I'd rather take my time and enjoy the game". Cause obviously this is his first time playing the game, there's no way he has properly played and enjoyed it before doing speedruns /s
Pfffttt. 9 minutes? That’s insanely slow. What’s he playing it on? A Casio watch using a banana as a controller?
That must be one hell of a build to beat every boss in 9 mins 😉
Imagine spending $70 on a 9 minute game.
I rather like seeing code exploited like this. Its certainly not a testament to the players strength at the game, its more a case of 'extreme cheesing'.
Im not averse to finding a cheesy way to beat a boss and I think ER's design helps to encourage this.
This speedrun is a similar thing taken to a new level. Its of no interest to fans of playing the game normally, but speed runners would not pretend its relevant to the game, they are not trying to show off their combat skills, or suggesting this would be a way to enjoy the title.
Im only 100 hours in and expect a lot more, but to play it at all I needed a cheesy astrologer build, and needed some direction to get that up to speed. No doubt purists would sneer, but at least this way I get to experience this fantastical world xD
While this may have been impressive from a technical standpoint, this might have been the most boring speedrun I've ever watched. Most of the run was trying (and failing) the warp glitch (zip?). It felt like he was making so many mistakes.
@cheonseojin That's the way.
I'm 65 hours in and I've only fought two main bosses.
I did enjoy the Resi 2 speedruns. Some of the techniques are just way out of left field.
I'll watch some of these when I finish the game.
@dBackLash to be fair from what I understand the warp glitch is tricky to pull off - it involves specific inputs (to do with blocking and then moving forward), but the timing is incredibly specific.
But like you say, it's also incredibly boring. If they just programmed a macro to do the inputs exactly right, the whole speedrun would probably last 5 minutes or less - and I think that's at least partly what makes it so boring. They're literally just doing inputs that you could program a macro to do, and whether or not they break a new record is dependent on how well they get the input timings right.
At least when they had one or two bosses to fight it was a bit more interesting, and you couldn't say "yeah, a basic script could've done that"
People apparently don't have a good understanding about what speedrunning is:
Yes, he already played the game.....More than you did at the very least.
The purpose of speedruns (as the name suggests) is to finish the game in the fastest time possible, the fun isn't in playing but perfecting your movement to beat the best score (everyone watched the 1:12 speedrun right?)
I love the idea of speedrunning because of the community around it, everyone shares the new trick/glitch they found, even if in apparence meaningless if you combine it with another it might make the run really faster.
When you see a speedrun, remember that it's most of the time the cummulated work of hundreds of people.
It's always speedrun fans telling how nonspeedrun fans are wrong in comments across the internet.
I'm 123hrs in and beaten only 3 main bosses, though feels like I've beaten a million optional Great Enemies and bosses in catacombs, caves and evergoals etc. Let's just say I'm not following any path, I'm just conquering the map making sure I've found enough items and levelled up for what lies ahead. Btw have a good laugh with this: https://www.pcgamesn.com/elden-ring/2-delayed
Glitch running. Not speed running.
Sorry, I don't have any respect for these types of runs.
I love some speedruns and I get why the fastest time possible is appealing but it sure is boring and it really lacks any tension in most games with glitch categories compared to no hit runs or 100%. Basically I can watch 120 star SM64 runs all day but 0/1 runs are boring, same thing here but whatever, some people like it.
I only pay attention to speed running because I enjoy watching Karl Jobst unintentionally funny YouTube videos on the subject. So I guess bravo to fartsurfer69 or what ever on there amazing run
The only speed run i managed was during a rather vicious bout of montezumas revenge..sofa to the toilet in about 5 secs..roughly..
Wow! I can't wait to find out when this record gets broken too! Absolutely fascinating to hear about weekly!
Respect to Dist. People truly underestimate how hard this is to pull off and act as if the dude only does it because he can't beat the bosses by himself (lol to that).
@lolwhatno agree. There are people who believe this is his first time playing the game or something. Unbelievable. It takes a lot to seriously believe that honestly.
If this is what people enjoy then good for them..enjoy..to me personally its a glitch run..am i allowed to think that? And i'm not saying he dosnt have skills either..it must take a hell of a lot of skill to perfect all the exploits..kudos
This is a fascinating watch, but I must say I have little appreciation for this beyond that. I want to see a speedrun where someone actually beats the game and see how fast they can do it.
Agree with the majority; its much more interesting to me to see a 100% glitchless speed run. That's someone playing it like I do but with 100x more speed, precision and skill.
Seeing someone exploit some bugs in programme code doesn't really hit the mark for me; no matter how adept they have to be to trigger those exploits.
@Northern_munkey it is a glitch run for sure, no one would ever deny that. That's what the any% category is there for in speedruns. Rolling the credits in the fastest way possible. That said, exploiting the game also means very low stats in comparison to other runs which automatically also results in a no hit run at the same time. The bosses you face, you pretty much have to dodge frame perfect, there's no margin for mistakes. But I agree: While it's fascinating to watch, all bosses runs are more enjoyable to me as well.
That's why games have different speedrun categories.
To allow players to speedrun it in different ways.
Not everyone wants to sit down and play through a game without glitches. Some love doing it with glitches.
Some like doing it without.
That's why there's different categories.
That's a well worded update that hopefully means people will treat speedrunning with the respect it deserves. I don't generally enjoy the glitchy categories either but there are plenty of other categories available that are more fun to watch if people want to seek them out.
Fantastic job from Dist. I love any % and glitchless categories. Both are very skilled players that I don't even come close to.
I'll have to give this a watch tonight
This should be called Glitching speed run, or cheese run. He actually hasn't run the whole game in the fastest way possible. He glitched his way through it, which is an art in itself, its hard to find and exploit glitches, it takes a lot of time and effort. Exploit master maybe?
Can't say I have much interest in glitch speed runs, but what's with all the hate over them?
Obviously the guy who made this has finished the game legitimately, too. Not that it really matters if he didn't.
I doubt he's sh*tting all over people who only play games once and then put them on the shelf forever to gather dust!
Yeah, no offence, but this is starting to be ridiculous.
@lolwhatno we're all very well aware of how speedruns work. It's just that some of us don't think much of the ones that involve exploiting glitches (which are then fixed by the developer thus making it impossible for anyone to beat the game faster) and others simply don't like speedruns in general, because they think it defeats the purpose of the game/the way it was made to be played (just like you wouldn't use a pan as a plate, but you still can).
Had a chuckle reading the title of the article just now since I was here earlier today, when the WR was reported to be under 9 minutes instead of 7. This man sure works fast.
Guys, he already has a speedrun for getting all Remembrances and you can check it out to see his skill, this is a separate category and it's the most popular since watching it require much less time than a speedrun with no glitches
@lindos he already did that, check his channel on yt or here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_Ef8X732fw&ab_channel=Distortion2
@dschons there are? Who are these people exactly?
@playstation1995 That's exactly my opinion. We must take our time and enjoy each detail from these games. I think speedruns are really a waste of time (though it seems to be saving time).
@naruball I should have come prepared and made a list of every commenter I've seen on the internet when it comes to that. Sorry, my bad.
@Blackmagehobbit. Yeah it is.i always enjoy my video and take my time with it. Word up son
@Blackmagehobbit Obviously, speedrunners have done exactly that prior to speedrunning, most likely more than anyone else. They play through the games multiple times throughly like we do to enjoy it. After that, they start routing, finding exploits, planning their fastest routes etc.
Speedruns are competetitive, there's a community for it with leader boards etc. they are not meant as a guide to beat a game as quickly as possible for "ordinary" players in order to save time.
@dschons I understand their work and respect it; however, I still think it is not the best way to enjoy a game. Our lives are already too rushed in many ways and then, when we are playing we should not be worried about how quick (or long) a game must be. Just take our time (but anyone can play anyway they want of course).
Crazy mofo. I’ll be taking my sweet time with that game, probably stalling for VRR and all
Doesn't matter, he used cheats.
@clianvXAi The idea of speedrunning a movie is cracking me up. I think the test would be you make a cut of the movie as short as you can and show it to someone who has never seen it and see how well they can explain the plot.
@ORO_ERICIUS best comparison I’ve read!
Whilst I’m sure doing the equivalent of turning on “no clip mode” and dropping down to the boss and then claiming you beat the game is thrilling to some people, the vast majority expect to see an impressive play through of the game when sites plaster their news sections with headlines like this.
So congrats to this bloke who found a way to skip the entire game then exploit a bug to get a message to pop up, but how about next time you champion an actual skilled player and we confine the cheats to the darker corners of the web where they can harmlessly lurk in peace.
Me, a 140hrs in. Still not cleared the Capital City. “That’s nice dear”.
Phah... after 7 minutes I'm still not done choosing my character's hair color...
@Palleon I really don't mean this in a demeaning way but you dont have any idea what you're talking about. Every skip that you see in the run is frame perfect without pause buffering, not "no clip mode and dropping down to the boss". There's a reason they updated the article to at least TRY to explain why this is an absolutely insane achievement.
There are certain games built for speedrunning. Super Metroid probably being the most well known one. The game was designed from the ground up to push players to beat the game faster and faster by any means necessary.
You’re really not supposed to take Metroid slow. The real fun is improving your completion time as you keep running through the game.
Do you have any idea how difficult most of these glitched runs are?
I’ve attempted to do the Super Mario 3 credits warp glitch. Hundreds of tries and I still couldn’t get it to work.
Speed runners know more about the games they run than any of us regular gamers.
To speedrun a game, one must master the game. One must understand the underlying code of how the game works. It goes far beyond playing the game. It requires a fundamental understanding of how gameplay actually functions on the machine side.
It's wild to me that some people in this comment section can't appreciate the skill this speedrunner is exhibiting here.
All I can see is an ocean of people comparing their runs to his and proclaiming to all how their method of playing the game is the one true way of playing and anyone who deviates from that sacred path must be excommunicated from the gaming community...
it's even crazier that there are people calling this player a fraud when all it takes is one quick look at their youtube channel, where the various speedruns he's done (Including an all bosses run!) can be seen.
It's obvious to anyone with a reading level above the age of 5 that they have played the game in every way possible and have now turned to speedrunning different categories for an extra challenge while playing the game.
At this point it all sounds like jealousy since this speedrunner will always be better than you at Elden Ring and all you can do about it is whine in the comments like toddlers about how he's not playing it right.
@NoxusXIV nobodys whining like toddlers but what they are doing is expressing their oppinions on what constitutes a speed run and what dosnt..whether you like it or not its not a true speed run it is in fact an exploited speed run..thats the bare bones of it and nobodys disputing that he hasnt got the skills to play the game properly either so i dont understand why you feel the need to start being insulting..it really is pretty cool how he has the dexterity to pull off all the precise timing it takes to glitch all the way to the end credits seriously it is quite impressive but you have to accept its not for everybody and those people are allowed to voice their oppinions otherwise push square would never have published this article right? Everything you have just said has already been covered in about 10 posts before yours so your comment was obsolete before you even thought about what you were going to chip in with..enjoy the video..
@OrtadragoonX My apologies - I thought this was about Elden Ring. I must have skipped some of the article, sorry! I’m not aware of Super Mario, so certainly wouldn’t have commented without seeing it. Best of luck in your future attempts
@Northern_munkey Exactly! It’s not a true speed run in the sense that the majority think of it.
@NoxusXIV I’m in no way jealous of someone who exploits a set of bugs to walk from the start of the game to the end in 3 minutes and then force a pop up to say it’s over. I’m sure it takes immersive skills to do this - but what I, and it seems most of the commentators, would like to see is someone actually playing the game in at least some semblance of an intended way.
Most of us clicking play are thinking “gosh I wonder how he killed Magrit so quickly” or “He must be incredibly talented to run the length of the world, timing his jumps across that chasm so well” - fully prepared to be impressed.
To then see a chap find a bug and walk through to the end in 3 minutes takes away any further interest.
Imagine seeing the headline “athlete beats 2 minute mile” and then watching the starter pistol go as he steps back over the line and claims he finished, whilst looking smug.
None of us are jealous.
@naruball That's the thing though, you don't know it well enough. If you people did, you would know that they can roll the game back to the version they want.
Don't other speedruns beat the whole purpose of the game too? The game is meant to be enjoyed and not rushed through.
P.s: I also sometimes eat the lunch leftover in a pan lol!
Edit: I don't have a "problem" (too strong of a word but whatever) with people who say they prefer other speedruns, and that's totally understandable. But I have a "problem" with those who say there is no merit in doing a glitch run, they tend to be the same who say they prefer taking their time with the game (thinking that it's his first playthrough)
This is not a speed run. It’s an exploit. Imho in a game that people get so upset about suggestion of a “easy” mode the same people embrace speed run glitches and ridiculous farming.
@Palleon "Imagine seeing the headline “athlete beats 2 minute mile” and then watching the starter pistol go as he steps back over the line and claims he finished, whilst looking smug."
Okay, now imagine there are 12 athletes in a line all trying to step backwards the quickest. Suddenly it's competitive again. That's what an any% unrestricted speed run is. Perhaps it should be more clear on the articles advertising it on websites like this so people with your disposition are not disappointed (I mean that genuinely).
I really don't get everyone here saying "this is not a true/legit speedrun" like who are you to decide that? There's multiple speedrun categories of every game for a reason, and no category is less of a speedrun than another. Some categories might be more interesting to watch than others but that's entirely subjective. I personally find the ER any% run way more exciting than let's say All Remembrances (There's a LOT of riding) but I totally get why people want to see that instead. I just feel like that's because it's way easier to grasp what's happening in a run that's visually more similar to a casual playthrough.
@RelativeJim why does it matter so much? So more than a few people dont think its a legitimate speed run..what i cant understand is why the people that think it is are getting more upset and defensive than those that dont..the irony isnt lost on me..at the end of the day its a difference of oppinion but the people questioning the people that dont think it is are the ones getting all hot under the collar as if in some way there was a personal slight involved..seriously get a grip people..
@Northern_munkey Well yeah of course "my side" is getting defensive because we're on the defending side of the argument lol. But sure, if we were to look at it that way then the "any% runs aren't legit"-side were the ones getting upset from the start over any% being a popular category, right?
It just seems weird to me to go "this sucks" unprovoked and then turn around and say "why do you care so much?" the irony isn't lost on me.
@RelativeJim but there wasnt any need for anybody to be getting defensive untill people started getting a little bit offensive..there could have been a decent topic here but it started to descend into name calling because some people didnt see it as a speed run..anyway can we agree to disagree and move on as i'm sure we all have more important things to do..👍
@dschons no it's much better to pull facts out of thin air. By all means, keep doing it.
@lolwhatno "you would know that they can roll the game back to the version they want"
what are you talking about?
"Don't other speedruns beat the whole purpose of the game too? The game is meant to be enjoyed and not rushed through."
Yes. That's why I mentioned that some people don't like any speedruns, while others like the ones where the speedrunner plays the exact game they played, but thanks to their impressive skills, they manage to beat bosses in record time.
"I really don't get everyone here saying "this is not a true/legit speedrun" like who are you to decide that?"
People with a different opinion. Crazy concept. I know.
@naruball I totally lost track of the conversation, so I'm leaving it here. (I also got a little toxic so sorry for that)
I meant that glitch speedrunners can roll back to whatever version of the game they want if the glitch every gets fixed.
@lolwhatno not sure if that's possible. I've read the exact opposite in numerous trophy guides, but perhaps I'm wrong.
@naruball Yes, sounds like I'm pulling it out of thin air, I agree. Because it is unconceivable to me how someone could come to these conclusions. But unfortunately, they are out there. Shocking, I know. It's not rare to see stuff like "Look at that him, he can't beat the bosses himself, so he has to use cheats".
@naruball https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/ai5080/if_a_glitch_is_patched_in_a_game_and_a_previous/ from the speedrunning community itself (we were both correct)
@dschons I now see what you mean.
@lolwhatno thanks! I see the comments focusing on Steam, but is that the case for ps games, too?
@naruball For that I do not know, I'm somewhat following the speedrunning scene, but I do not know the details nor do I specifically watch glitch speedruns. I just saw some speedrunners mention what version they were playing on, which made me assume what I said.
I think it's not possible, except for rolling back to the first version (delete/reinstall the game). But I would be surprised if it's not possible to do it on a hacked ps4.
@lolwhatno maybe on a hacked ps4, but I don't see how you can do it on a regular one.
"That's the thing though, you don't know it well enough. If you people did, you would know that they can roll the game back to the version they want."
I now find this particularly funny.
@naruball (trying to save face here) I was talking about pc speedrunners, don't know a lot of them on ps4. And yeah, on pc IIRC it's really easy to roll back to a previous version.
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