The word “speedrun” has a simple concept, beat (run) the game as fast (speed) as you can. There are variations on how a speedrun is done. An Any% run is beating the game as fast as you can including level skips and exploits, etc. On the flip side of that is a 100% run, which is exactly what it sounds like, get 100% in the game as fast as you can.
It’s no argument that Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a massively open game with tons to do, including 900 collectibles. For reference, I beat the game in, around, 60 hours and my final completion was only 15%. Twitch streamer and speedrunner, Xalikah beat Zelda: BOTW to 100% completion in 49 hours.
49 hours, nine minutes, and 41 seconds to be more precise with Xalikah’s time. According to Reddit user Kewl0210, a 100% run requires ever shrine completed (120 shrines), all Korok seeds (900 seeds), every main quest, side mission and memory discovered, each map location, tower and obtaining every key item. That’s a tall order for a normal 100% but to speedrun it is crazy talk. The good crazy talk, the incredibly impressive crazy talk.
Speaking with Kotaku, Xalikah said this about this world record speedrun, “The hard part is thinking about all the items and stuff you need, especially when the lack of sleep kicks in. — I had a good start on the first 24 hours. When I hit 30 hours, it was hard for me, I felt like the run wasn’t going to end, so I decided to take a nap break.”
On Discord, Xalikah said next time he’ll do it, “sub 40 hours.”
You can watch Xilkah’s speed run on Twitch, I’ve gone ahead and included the video here for you. See you in 49 hours.