On July 9, late into the evening, Twitch streamer Ainrun roared in reduction after beating Elden Ring’s last boss. After a grueling two-and-a-half hours he had completed the sport with out taking a success from any enemy or spending a single rune to make his character stronger. “Oh my god it’s over dude, let’s go, sure!” he stated deliriously. “Oh my god dude fuck this sport. Elden Ring rune degree one no-hit run, sure!”
Elden Ring generally is a irritating however rewardingly tough sport by itself phrases. As soon as full, nonetheless, die-hard followers have needed to discover different methods to maintain the problem alive. Speedrunners end the sport as rapidly as humanly attainable (presently simply over an hour with out utilizing glitches). One has defeated each main boss utilizing solely their ass. Even amongst these feats, the no-hit, no-leveling runs maintain a particular place. There’s one thing each easy and extremely old-school in regards to the endeavor.
“I’ve been doing no-hit runs and pace runs of FromSoftware video games ever since 2020, beginning with Darkish Souls 1,” Ainrun advised Kotaku in an electronic mail. He’s since finished no-hit runs of all three Darkish Souls video games, in addition to Sekiro, and even accomplished a “trilogy” run the place the no-hit playthroughs needed to all occur sequentially. He’s now targeted on Elden Ring, whose open-world design permits for some attention-grabbing selections and extra room for strategizing.
Whereas well-known Souls streamers like The Joyful Hob have already accomplished RL1 No Hit Runs, these skip the sport’s first boss, the Grafted Scion. It’s a must to leap over a cliff and die to progress to the beginning of the sport, no matter whether or not the Scion is defeated. However the place different streamers bypassed the preliminary combat, Ainrun considers it an necessary a part of the run (he cheekily refers to his because the “greatest” model of such a run).
“I personally really feel like this breaks a sequence that the builders supposed you to undergo to progress with the sport, so I decide to do the combat,” he stated. In his opinion, that first Scion is definitely one of many harder bosses within the no-hit run. “I spent plenty of time practising it, in search of openings to benefit from,” he stated. “I used to be additionally motivated by the truth that a majority of different gamers select to skip this boss. In my view, a ‘problem’ run like what I’ve finished is meant to be difficult, [so] utilizing shortcuts doesn’t actually make sense.” Gamers like YeetsMeMario have additionally integrated the Scion combat into their runs.
From there it’s about executing just a few key methods towards a few particular bosses. Since there’s no leveling, character builds are fairly minimal, however nonetheless play an necessary function. Ainrun prefers to wield the Serpent-Hunter nice spear because it’s fast, offers a lot of injury, and requires little funding. After selecting that up from Rykard’s boss enviornment, he additional optimizes with the Ash of Battle Flame of the Redmanes. It does plenty of posture injury, and Ainrun’s purpose is to stagger bosses after which punish them as a lot as attainable whereas they’re shocked.
Whereas that’s a tried-and-true technique in Elden Ring usually, it’s particularly necessary within the boss combat towards Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. In his serpent type, his ”groundshock” assault is extremely onerous to dodge, so Ainrun makes certain to kill him earlier than he can ever get it off. “A member of my group known as Arham got here up with an excellent technique of utilizing sleep pots on Rykard in the beginning of his section one that will sleep him for round two seconds,” he stated. “This combat was essentially the most exact combat of the run the place I needed to execute completely.”
Gideon Ofnir is one other doozy. The sorcerer has an arsenal of splashy spells that need to be confronted head on. Beforehand, gamers would skip him utilizing an out-of-bounds parkour trick. Within the newest patch that’s now not an choice. One runner known as Vswed devised a method to stunlock Gideon utilizing a bleed-spec Rapier. That didn’t work for Ainrun, nonetheless, so as an alternative he and his group settled on using crouch poking, which is extra typically utilized in PvP to roll-catch invaders. “This meant that I might simply kill this boss relying on my execution relatively than depend on [an] further buff,” he stated.
However even with follow and planning runs can nonetheless finish in catastrophe. In an earlier RL1 No Hit run try the identical evening, Ainrun executed every little thing completely solely to run right into a needle assault within the last moments of the ultimate boss combat. “The Elden Beast was presupposed to do one other assault (Rings) that I often use to determine the place the boss will seem subsequent and kill him as he comes up, however he did a needle rain assault as an alternative, which may be very tough to keep away from and the previous couple of needles clipped me and ended my run,” he stated. With out lacking a beat he began over and nailed every little thing.
Probably the most wonderful issues in regards to the run isn’t even ending as a level-one scrub, however doing it so rapidly. At simply over two hours, the playthrough unfolds at a breakneck tempo. Subsequent, Ainrun is specializing in finishing the no-hit run trilogy by including a profitable All Fundamental Bosses try. As soon as that’s finished he’ll sort out it with the “no leveling” requirement. Whereas Elden Ring will get DLC sooner or later, gamers like Ainrun present that even after tons of of hours there are all the time new mountains to climb.